2017-04-25 10:39Disney and Warner Bros. will go head-to-head, both gearing up to release movie adaptations of The Jungle Book. Disney’s movie will star Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson, while Warner Bros. has announced Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale as part of its lineup
2017-04-25 18:52The Savannah College of Art and Design has acquired some eighty buildings since its inception in 1978—many of which are historic, and so spread out that a campus tour requires a car—and the development is showing no signs of slowing down. The facilities are even more impressive. Fashion students are trained on state-of-the-art laser cutters, 3-D printers, and every type of textile and fiber contraption the mind can imagine. All of that has made SCAD a hot spot of emerging fashion talent, which the school proudly displayed at Saturday night's annual student fashion show.
Beverly Sung's pleated, asymmetrical dresses (above, left) were a respectable nod to Issey Miyake. Sculptural, digital printed dresses from Wenxia Wang and Zenobia Duncan (below, left) were equally impressive. Elaine Lui, a former Alexander Wang intern, drew creativity from her native Hong Kong, with mesh-overlaid streetwear covered with prints of electric wiring and light-up LCD details built into the clothes (above, right). Across the board, fabric innovation was the big story here—burned Lycra, hand-plisséd skirts, digitally printed boiled wool. Dean of Fashion Michael Fink told us, "What sets this year apart is that there is so much textile and fiber development. The fashion students are actually making their own textiles in collaboration with our Fibers students."
One-on-ones with the designers after the show afforded an opportunity to hear their stories and inspirations. Michael Mann's conceptual menswear referenced football, a comment on the offense and defense he struggled between while being bullied as a teen. Wesley Berryman's parents drove eight hours from rural Tennessee to come see him show androgynous creations that might feel at home on a rack beside Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh (above, right). Berryman's mother told us, "I don't know where he got his fashion sense—definitely not from me! When we used to go to Walmart [to buy clothes], I was always worried he would put up a fight! But really, I just want to support my son."
The real joy in seeing a student fashion show like SCAD's is the opportunity to witness creativity without the commercial restraints many professional designers face. Free from the pressure of having to "sell" anything, and enabled by a supportive faculty and cutting-edge facilities, SCAD's runway served as a rare, unfettered fashion moment.
2017-04-25 22:12The sixth and final Vanessa Seward x A.P.C. collection will be unveiled this September, but come 2015, Seward will have a new project: her own ready-to-wear label. WWD reports that Seward will unveil her first namesake collection during Fall '15 Paris fashion week. A.P.C. will provide logistical and financial support for the venture.
Best known for giving new life to Azzaro, Seward also held positions at Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. In an interview, Seward said she wanted to create a "chic, timeless wardrobe" for her new line. A.P.C.'s Jean Touitou referred to it as "sensible luxury."
Seward's collaborations with A.P.C. are a prime example of the abovementioned aesthetic—she often uses luxury materials in a modern way to create garments at contemporary prices. "I'm going to be able to go futher with my own design identity," she said. The collection will include casual and formal pieces as well as shoes, bags, belts, and costume jewelry. Her first boutique is set to open in Paris in September 2015, and additional locations in L.A. and New York are a top priority down the road. With such strong support from Touitou, we can only expect great things.
2017-04-25 22:11Cristóbal Balenciaga reputedly made only three journeys afield in his lifetime and certainly never traveled anywhere as far-flung as Asia. However, forty-odd years after his passing, the house of Balenciaga, with Alexander Wang at the helm, staged its own intrepid China expedition, bringing forty-eight archive pieces to Beijing.
Handpicked by Wang, the selection from Cristóbal Balenciaga's Parisian years (1937 to 1968) highlighted the key pieces in his oeuvre. "I think it would be doing an injustice for everybody not to see it," Wang explained. Enshrined at the center of the exhibition, therefore, was the famous Infanta dress (1949), which shows the unremitting influence of Balenciaga's Spanish heritage on his work; the Babydoll dress of 1958; and the famed wedding dress from his last collection presented in 1967.
Though he epitomized that old world of couture, Balenciaga was the greatest pioneer of them all. Blockbuster pieces aside, the Fishnet dress (1964), an overlay of net upon a black sheath inspired by the fishermen in his hometown of Getaria, and a reversible fur-lined silk-nylon coat (1959) were just a few examples of the utterly modern. A little-known fact about the famously reticent designer was his penchant for filming his presentations in the last decade of his career, and the videos provided illuminating glimpses of "the master of us all" at work. A suit worn by Marlene Dietrich in the 1950s and the Sari dress, a design owned by Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dodie Rosekrans, also served as a reminder of his legendary clientele.
The venue, the China Academy of Oil Painting, was chosen for the church-like structure in its midst (actually the school's lecture hall), where Balenciaga's SS'14 collection was presented. "We could have easily shown the Fall collection," Wang explained before the show, "but I wanted something that would penetrate immediately." Along with the existing outfits, therefore, the models (Shu Pei, Ming Xi, Xiao Wen Ju, Hanne Gaby Odiele, et al.) sported fifteen new looks from a capsule collection released exclusively in Balenciaga's China stores immediately following the show.
2017-04-25 19:09In keeping with Moschino's tradition of irreverence, Jeremy Scott's twisted, Chanel-meets-McDonald's debut ready-to-wear collection for the house ruffled a few of fashion's fabulous feathers on the runway in Milan during the Fall '14 shows.
What then does the designer have planned for his Moschino men's debut? For one thing, it was announced today that the men's show will take place this June in London, where it may be more at home with the international crowd and diverse casting pool. "It's fun," is the statement we got from Scott. What else would you expect?
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