When seeing the work of artists, we are constantly wondering: where do they get their inspiration? A new exhibit attempts to explain the source of designer Dries Van Noten's creativity.
Fashion designers—creative people of all stripes, really—are constantly being pressed to describe their sources of inspiration. The result, usually, is a soundbite with quickly-rattled-off references. This begs the question: can creative people coherently explain the myriad of ideas swirling in their minds? In Dries Van Noten: Inspirations, a new exhibition in Paris at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (on display until August 31), the question is given serious reflection over two-floors of space dedicated to the Belgian designer. Van Noten’s clothing is juxtaposed with famous paintings on loan, archival garments from museum collections, and video clips of runway shows and his favorite movies. Altogether, this assortment produces a multi-dimensional moodboard of the sources that have fed the designer’s imagination and resulted in his fashion creations.
Van Noten was born in 1958 in Antwerp to parents involved in fashion and retail. He attended Antwerp’s Royal Academy and launched a men’s ready-to-wear line in 1986, with women’s ready-to-wear following the next season. When he began showing his collection, he was initially grouped with five Belgian friends who came to be known as “the Antwerp Six,” including Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, and Walter van Beirendonck.
And billionaire women hit an all-time high.
Anna Wintour Sat Second Row at Valentino: As it turns out, Vogue editor-in-chief is quite the selfless person—at least when it comes to her publication. At the Valentino show on Tuesday, Anna Wintour was spotted sitting second row behind her colleagues Tonne Goodman and Grace Coddington. As it turns out, Wintour apparently gave up her seat for writer Sarah Mower, who was reviewing the show for Vogue.com. She may not be the Devil Wears Prada after all. [Fashionista]
Studio 54 Founder To Release Book: Ian Schrager, founder of Studio 54 in NYC, has decided to share his intimate look into the legendary nightclub. “If the hunter does not tell the story, the lion will,” Schrager said. Schrager will source photos that highlight the club's nights of debauchery and show celebrities including Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Drew Barrymore, and Diana Ross. The collectable coffee table book will also include interviews with Clive Davis, Sandy Gallin, and Tom Ford. [Page Six]
And Katie Holmes parts from Holmes & Yang label.
Kendall Jenner Walks for Givenchy: She strutted down the Marc Jacobs runway in a sheer top in New York, and sat next to Anna Wintour at Topshop’s Fall/Winter 2014 show before taking the Giles catwalk in London. So, it was no surprise that the younger sibling of the Kardashian clan arrived in Paris for fashion season’s final round of shows. On Sunday, the 18-year-old, up-and-coming model appeared on the Givenchy runway donning a python top with a jeweled collar and a semi-sheer black maxi-skirt. Jenner's soon-to-be brother-in-law, Kanye West, beamed with pride as he watched from the front row. Talk about a family affair. [Fashionista]
Suzy Menkes Named Vogue's International Editor: After 25 years at the International New York Times (formerly the International Herald Tribune), world-renowned fashion journalist Suzy Menkes is moving to Vogue. Menkes will serve as the Condé Nast publication’s international editor, as well as a critic and reporter for its international websites, which include England, France, Japan, Italy, Germany, China, Russia, and Spain. “It’ll be great to have Suzy as part of the team,” British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman stated. “Her experience is invaluable and I have always admired her.” [Vogue UK]
Even great actresses don’t always know the right way to navigate the red carpet at premieres and awards shows. Let stylists tell you how to walk the walk.
People usually remember three things about every Oscar ceremony when it’s over: who won, who was best dressed, and who was worst dressed. But increasingly, choosing a great dress is not enough for those looking to make a splash on the red carpet. They have to choose the right pose, too.
With red carpets more heavily photographed today than ever before, having the right red carpet pose can be the difference between an actress being deemed a fashion winner or a fashion loser. Additionally, the sheer number of red carpet events photographed today, from awards ceremonies, to film screenings, to charity events, means that actresses have to bring their fashion A-game just about every time they step out of the house. That means hiring stylists to help them select the perfect gown for a film premiere, and the perfect pose to go with it.
When Barbara Tfank dressed Uma Thurman in a Prada dress at the 1995 Academy Awards, she changed red carpet dressing forever. But now, despite the procession of dazzling designer dresses, she wonders why "people look so uncomfortable" on Oscars night.
It might seem strange to people watching the red carpet for the procession of famous-name designer gowns on Sunday night that prior to the mid-to-late nineties, actors and actresses attended the Academy Awards in pieces crafted by some of Hollywood’s greatest costume designers. Back then, the red carpet wasn't the province of Prada, Valentino, and Christian Dior. Instead, great movie dress designers including Helen Rose and Edith Head costumed the likes of Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn in one-of-a-kind pieces specifically crafted to fit their measurements, personality, and film role.
But Barbara Tfank (her surname pronounced tee-fank) arguably changed all that when she dressed a young Uma Thurman for the 1995 Academy Awards—where she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Pulp Fiction—in a lavender, custom-made Prada gown. The moment was an Oscar’s night game-changer, propelling high-end designers to vie for dressing Hollywood’s biggest stars.
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Michelle Obama’s Brow Got a Makeover: A medical procedure would be too risky for someone as constantly photographed as First Lady Michelle Obama. So, how do you keep the signs aging at bay? It turns out, eyebrows are the key. Over the past four years, FLOTUS has been meticulously grooming and re-shaping her eyebrows, helping to shed, and possibly reverse, any marks of age. “A well groomed brow is like an instant eye lift,” Lisa Potter-Dixon, head make-up and trend artist for Benefit, told the Telegraph. “The First Lady Michelle Obama has been seen with this reinvented, boyish brow and rightly so. Her fuller-looking, groomed brow opens the eyes and makes her look so much younger.” [Telegraph]
Proenza Schouler Takes Over Le Bon Marché: For a new retrospective, design duo Jack Mccollough and Lazaro Hernandez are taking over the ground floor of the French department store's Left Bank outpost in Paris. Pulling from their archive, the Proenza Schouler designers will display looks from the past twelve years of their collections along with video installations. “For us, our collections are so autobiographical,” McCollough told The New York Times. “Every collection represents six months of our life,” Hernandez said. “We could probably look back at every look and tell you what we were doing at that time." The exhibition will be on display through March 22. [The New York Times]
There's one Carrie-trait Sarah Jessica Parker may never be able to shake—a love of shoes. The 'Sex and the City' star dishes on her new shoe line and her love of fashion.
In Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) tells her Vogue editor, “I may not know men, but shoes—shoes I know.”
The quintessential single girl became best known for her outrageous, yet highly-covetable wardrobe—particularly her fascination with exquisite designer shoes by the likes of Christian Louboutin, and, of course, Manolo Blahnik.
Kate may chop her hair in advance of Australia visit next month.
Meanwhile, back to the serious news - and is it really true that Kate Middleton is going to cut her hair?
That certainly is the rumor doing the rounds this week, with speculation that Kate may give her locks a dramatic chops before heading off on tour to Australia next month.
And Gisele finally reveals wedding photo...five years later.
Versace Sells Minority Stake: Following months of speculation, Italian fashion house Versace has officially sold a 20 percent minority stake to investment fund Blackstone Group. "I am very pleased to work with Blackstone and, in particular, with Stephen Schwarzman [co-founder of Blackstone], whom I admire for his achievements and who shares the family's vision for the development of Versace," Donatella Versace said. Blackstone's investment will allow Versace to grow financially and continue to expand on a global scale into new markets. The fund recently invested $200 million in shoe company Crocs. [The Telegraph]
Jessica Lange Fronts Marc Jacobs Beauty Campaign: Sixty-four-year-old actress Jessica Lange made a splash at Marc Jacobs's Fall/Winter 2014 show, narrating the ominous "Happy Days Are Here Again" poem while models walked the runway. Now, Lange will front the first campaign, shot by David Sims, for Marc Jacobs's newly-launched beauty line. Jacobs leaked a photo to Instagram, which featued a shadowed close-up of Lange's gorgeous face. [Fashionista]
In this Fashionable Selby film, dive into Audrey's beautiful world of natural, earth-infused colors, dyes, and designs.
A group of young women is trying to prove that it’s possible to be hip and stylish, while still covering up. Can they break the stereotype of the hijab as a symbol of oppression?