Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Rick Owens . is an American Fashion Designer hailing from California , celebrated for his avante-garde and subversive eye. Since 2003, Rick Owens has lived and worked out of Paris.
Born and raised in Porteville, California Owens studied fine arts at Otis/Parsons (now known as Otis College of Art Design) in Los Angeles for two years before a pattern-making class led him to drop out and work for some local companies that produced sportswear and inexpensive imitations of designer clothing. His own label, begun in 1994 found a following, selling exclusively to Charles Gallay, a pioneering Los Angeles retailer who kept Owens in business for several years. In 2001, he signed with Italian sales agent Eo Bocci Associati for world wide distribution, and his production moved to Italy.
He began to receive attention when an image of Kate Moss shot by Corianne Day and styled by Panos Yapanis appeared in Vogue Paris, featuring one of Owens' fitted distressed leather Jackets. He showed his first runway collection in September 2002 during New York Fashion Week with the support of American Vogue and Anna Wintour , who also featured him and his muse Kembra Phahler in a spread shot by Annie Leibovitz . The following season Owens launched his menswear collection, showing it alongside his womenswear in his Spring Summer 2003 runway show. After his second runway show in New York Owens made the decision to move the studio from Los Angeles to Paris and show during the Paris collections. He also began his longstanding collaboration with the stylist, Panos Yiapanis, who has been working with Owens on all his catwalk shows to date. He marked the anniversary of his 10th season with a launch of a retrospective book named ‘L’ai - Je Bien Descendue’.
In 2007 he was awarded a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. In 2002, he won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award . His look has been described as "glamour-meets-grunge", but Owens himself says "I try to make clothes the way Lou Reed does music, with minimal chord changes, and direct. It is sweet but kind of creepy. It's about giving everything I make a worn, softened feeling. It's about an elegance being tinged with a bit of the barbaric, the sloppiness of something dragging and the luxury of not caring. At Revillon, I felt it isn't about displaying one's junk, but rather giving the woman a selfish pleasure. It is about using sable as the lining under a very humble jacket, the luxury is all hers." Courtney Love, Madonna and Helena Bonham Carter are among the celebrities who have been seen wearing his clothes, and Patricia Fiels used some of his pieces to create a fashion-forward look for Emily Blunt's character in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada. The opening of his first shop in the Palais Royal, in Paris, also debuted his furniture range as well as his various clothing lines from the younger and more affordable Lillies and the denim range named DRKSHDW to the very exclusive Fur collection Palais Royal. His second store in New York's Tribeca opened in the Summer of 2008 with plans of further expansion.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
With Daft Punk producing the official soundtrack to the movie, the team up between Medicom, the electro duo and TRON is of course perfect. They worked on both Bearbricks and Kubrick sets in all sizes, ranging from 100%, 400% to 1000% and even larger sizes.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Featured here are 3 styles of Era LX with full technical DRI uppers which have wicking properties to keep your feet dry and fresh. The sneakers also feature patterned laces, enamel eyelets and herringbone insoles atop the standard vulcanized sole.
As many of you will have heard, Daft Punk tackled the soundtrack for the upcoming TRON: Legacy film. Up until now we’ve only heard little snippets of the music from the trailers, but today we get our first real taste with 6 full tracks courtesy of 107.7 The End.
Follow the trailer.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
With much anticipation many have awaited the re-opening of London’s premier sneaker boutique Footpatrol, which surprisingly to many, closed a couple of years ago, after having been on the forefront of independent sneaker culture in the capital for so long. The new Footpatrol London store will open this month and has been designed by the Wilson Brothers and Brinkworth.
In another sign of how the lines of luxury, fashion and street have merged, and how there is no sign of old and new, Parisian super store Colette have announced their collaboration with Hermès. Hermès signature silk scarves will see a new lease on life when the collaboration releases September 27th.
Here a quick look to the Fall/Winter 2010 by Comme Des Garcons Homme Deux x Dr.Martens.
Overall the line-up includes 3 classic Dr. Martens models, each coming in black and bordeaux. They are now available from Dover Street Market.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Dover Street Market have added a special section for the new collaboration between COMME des GARCONS PLAY and retailer EXI.T’s capsule collection. The collection consists of graphic tees, most of which reference the PLAY iconic heart.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
After the Dunk High, the Blazer Mid Supreme is up next in the Nike Sportswear Livestrong Collection for Fall 2010 and is also a Tier Zero release. The mid top sneaker comes in a butter soft black leather colorway, with matching black leather Swoosh, which has a yellow trim highlight. Furthermore the multicolor stripe accent which was featured on the heel of the Dunk, appears on the lacing of the Blazer. The Livestrong logo tag is placed on the tongue as well.
The sneaker will be release tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hedi Slimaneis a French Fashion Designer of Tunisian, Italian-Brazilian origins. He studied political sciences, and Art History at the Ecole du Louvre , and was also educated as a tailor. From 1992 to 1995 he worked for Jean Jacques Picart , notably on the centenary exhibition of Louis Vuitton 's "LV" monogramme label.
Pierre Bergè appointed him as Collections and art Director at the house of Yves Saint Laurent in 1997, and they relaunched YSL Rive Gauche Homme. He decided to leave the house in 1999, and was invited to create his own label within the Gucci Group. He was also invited to join the Prada Group to design for the Jil Sander label. Instead, he chose to work at Christian Dior , where he became the creative designer for men’s clothing, and designed the line of Dior Homme in 2000. In 2002, the Council of Fashion Designers of Amercia named him the International Designer of the Year in New York. In 2003, he was appointed creative director for Christian Dior men's fragrances, including Eau Noire, Cologne Blanche, Bois d'Argent, Dior homme, and Dior Homme Intense. He also created the first skincare lines for Dior, the "Dermo" system.
In July 2007, Slimane decided to leave the house of Dior. In an attempt to convince him to stay, Dior's parent company, LVMH offered to finance Slimane's own signature line. Negotiations lasted for six and a half months. Slimane rejected their offer in February of 2008. He stated on his website that he did not want to lose his creative freedom, sell his name, or give up the control of his own brand. He is expected to debut a line of his own which will include womenswear.
Slimane has scouted and recruited many models for his fashion shows from the streets of London, New York, and Berlin, who fit his aesthetic. Isaac Ferry, the son of rocker Bryan Ferry made his catwalk debut at one of Slimane's shows when he was 16 years old, among many young rock stars. Some of his discoveries have gone on to success as models.
Slimane has a background in furniture design, fragrance, store design, and photography. He is perhaps best known for the slim silhouette of his menswear. In addition to his work as a fashion designer, he has been involved in various other projects, including as editor-in-chief of "Libèration" and designing album covers for artists such as Phoenix and Daft Punk. In 2004, he published "Stage", a collection of his Rock musician photography . He has published several other books of his photography and has contributed writing and photography to many fashion magazines including "Vanity Fair".
In April of 2008, Slimane left for US, joined his friend Gus Van Sant, and started a new project, "Young American", which was partly shown at the FOAM Museum in July of 2007. He had two other shows: at Arndt and Partners Gallery in Berlin -- titled "Sweet Bird of Youth" (a group show, with contributions from emerging artists in the New York art scene), and a solo show at Ellipse Foundation for contemporary art. He also collaborated on the exhibition "Perfect Stranger", at Gallery Almine Rech, in Paris, February 2008, another show at Koyanagi Gallery in Tokyo, and one at the Musac Contemporary Art Museum in Spain in May of 2008.
Slimane has many connections to the British indie-rock scene, notably his close friendship with controversial Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty, and Amy Winehouse. In 2004 German documentary-makers Chrisitina Trebbi and Gero Van Boehm made a documentary about Slimane, entitled "Hedi Slimane, ma vie" ("Hedi Slimane, my life"). Slimane interest for indie rock started a whole movement in fashion. His silhouette and attitude have been adopted widely on a street level. He also started a few British bands, among them Eight Legs , and These New Puritans.
The cover and promotional art for "The Fame Monster" by Lady Gaga was photographed by Slimane in 2009. Hedi Slimane spends his time between homes in Paris and Los Angeles. Slimane was misquoted in interviews as saying that he survives on a delicately balanced diet and prefers food that he doesn't have to chew much. The mistake came from a mistranslation: "baby food" means "comfort food" in French. He does not drink, smoke or do drugs.
Junya Watanabe is a Japanese fashion designer, originally the protege of Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo . Born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961, he went on to attend Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo , graduating in 1984. At this time he began his apprenticeship at Comme des Garcons as a patternmaker. In 1987, he was promoted to chief designer of Tricot knitwear line and then moved on to design for the Comme Des Garçons Homme line. Starting in 1992, he has worked under his own name as part of Comme des Garçons. He started his own line under the Comme Des Garçons name called 'Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons' in 1993 and began showing in Paris that same year.
Watanabe, like his mentor Rei Kawakubo, is renowned for designing innovative and distinctive clothing. He is particularly interested in synthetic and technologically advanced textiles and fabrics as found in his spring/summer 2001 line but also uses more traditional materials such as cotton in his spring/summer 2003 collection. Watanabe is often considered to be a 'techno couture' designer, creating unusually structured clothes out of modern, technical materials.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
As part of their new Fall 2010 offering, Dover Street Market just received all the new Comme des Garcons Luxury Group Wallet Collection. Overall there are 6 different styles, in a series of colorways, all featuring a new embossed premium leather.
She is untrained as a fashion designer, but studied fine arts and literature at Keio University . After graduation, Kawakubo worked in a textile company and began working as a freelance stylist in 1967.
In 1973, she established her own company, Comme des Garçons Co. Ltd in Tokyo and opened up her first boutique in Tokyo in 1975. Starting out with women's clothes, Kawakubo added a men's line in 1978. Three years later, she started presenting her fashion lines in Paris each season, opening up a boutique in Paris in 1982.
Comme des Garçons specialises in anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments. During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black, dark grey or white. The materials were often draped around the body and featured frayed, unfinished edges along with holes and a general asymmetrical shape. Challenging the established notions of beauty she created an uproar at her debut Paris fashion show where journalists labeled her clothes 'Hiroshima chic' amongst other things. Since the late 1980s her colour palette has grown somewhat.
Rei likes to have input in all the various aspects of her business, rather than just focussing on clothes and accessories. She is greatly involved in graphic design, advertising and shop interiors believing that all these things are a part of one vision and are inextricably linked. Her Aoyama and Tokyo store is known for its sloping glass facade decorated with blue dots. This was designed in collaboration between Rei and architect Future Systems and interior designer Takao Kawasaki. Rei published her own bi-annual magazine, 'Six' (standing for 'sixth sense'), in the early 1990s. It featured very little text and consisted mainly for photographs and images that she deemed inspiring. In 1996 Rei was guest editor of the high art publication Visionare .
Rei is known to be quite reclusive and media shy, preferring her innovative creations to speak for themselves. Her designs have inspired many other late designers like the Belgian Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulemeester , as well as Austrian designer Helmut Lang.
Junya Watanabe, Kawakubo's former apprentice, started his own line in the early 1990s and has attained much attention in the fashion business in his own right.
Kawakubo is a member of the Chambre Syndicale du Pret-a-Porter.
I think that Rei Kawakubo is a genius. She is a fantastic designers not only for fashion but even for design.