Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Alice Dellal Interview about Chanel & Lagerfeld

Alice Dellal, the new face of the Boy Chanel handbag.
Shot in the Haute Couture salons - Alice Dellal talks about her experience as the new face of the handbag and shooting with Karl Lagerfeld for the ad campaign

The Virgin Spring

 Saskia de Brauw and Kinga Rajzak by Solve Sundsbo for Vogue Japan March 2012

Louis Vuitton will open a boutique and jewellery studio on Paris' Place Vendome this Spring

French luxury brand Louis Vuitton will open a boutique and jewellery studio on Paris' Place Vendome this spring and is preparing its first perfume, the label's head Yves Carcelle told AFP Friday. "In April we will have our own jewellery workshop and in May will will open our boutique in
the same building," Carcelle said during the inauguration of the Maison Rome Etoile, Louis Vuitton's new shop in the eternal city.
The project, unveiled in an area of Paris synonymous with luxury, will allow Louis Vuitton to "rejoin the exclusive club of the few jewellers who have their own workshops on the Place" and make the coveted adornments in situ, he said.
Carcelle said there was no timetable yet for the perfume launch and revelled in the fact that luxury meant not having to bow to pressure.
"We just at the beginning. We've recruited the famous nose, Jacques Cavallier, and we are in the final phase of buying a country house in Grasse," on the French Riviera, where the perfume laboratory will be built, he said.
"It's like when we recruited Marc Jacobs and they asked us the date of the first collection, we replied when Marc is ready it's the same thing here, now it's when Jacques is ready," Carcelle said.
The master perfumer, 49, is the nose behind L'Eau d'Issey, Dior Addict, Poeme by Lancôme and Stella by Stella McCartney.
The deal will make Louis Vuitton one of the few labels in the world with its own exclusive nose, along with Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, Hermes and Cartier.
Louis Vuitton, which began making bags in 1854, branched out into ready-to-wear, shoes, watches and sunglasses in the 1990s and 2000s.
Carcelle did not want to say how many new Louis Vuitton boutiques will open in 2012, but he did say that "the two new frontiers will be the opening of a shop in Amman in Jordan and another in September in Almaty, in Kazakhstan."

Hermès Spring-Summer 2012

Dutch model Bette Franke is the new face of Hermès spring-summer advertising campaign shot by Nathaniel Goldberg.

The Hollywood Issue

In the first-ever Hollywood Issue cover shoot from Vanity Fair contributing photographer Mario Testino, a bevy of Hollywood’s most precocious beauties lounge across a three-panel foldout—including two new Oscar nominees. The Art Deco set was designed to evoke the all-white, Jazz Age interiors of English decorator Syrie Maugham, whose clients included Bunny Mellon, Elsa Schiaparelli, and the Duchess of Windsor; V.F.’s fashion and style director, Jessica Diehl, put the 11 cover starlets in pastel satin dresses and frothy feathers to lend a 20s and 30s boudoir feel. Across the panels are actresses Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling. Mara and Chastain—both featured on the front panel—were nominated for Academy Awards in January, Mara for her portrayal of cyberpunk hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Chastain for her supporting role in Tate Taylor’s Oscar heavyweight, The Help.


Hugo Guinness for Coach

Recently, Coach suggested a collaboration of jewelry , and now presents a new capsule collection of men's leather accessories, made ​​in conjunction with Brooklyn artist Hugo Guinness.
Coach, a leading American maker of fine accessories, has teamed up with London-born, Brooklyn-based artist Hugo Guinness, to come up with the limited edition Hugo Guinness for Coach.
Hugo Guinness lives and works in Brooklyn, documenting a wide, witty range of objects in hand-carved linoleum prints. His unexpected choice of subject matter complements the rough-hewn, woodblock look of his linocuts with a well-honed sense of humour.
Guinness explained, "I am inspired by what I see around me in the city and in the country _ something overlooked and perhaps unusual to see in a picture, the everyday things of life that we tend to ignore. That's what appeals to me: honesty, simplicity and humour."
The artist-designed Hugo Guinness for Coach limited edition is a boon to both the accessories and art worlds as the famous artist has lent some of his drawings to a range of 17 new Coach items,ranging from a keychain to a leather-canvas tote that reverses.

"My artwork is usually framed in glass and placed on a wall, the idea of my block prints on totes and accessories was really interesting to me. Coach is a New York institution, so I created what I see every day on the streets of the city -coffee cups, keys, sunglasses, handcuffs."

Travelog: Winter 2012 Hermès Rue du Rhône, Geneva,Switzerland

Last minute shopping in Geneva's Rue du Rhône and I found some great displays to show you. I went to make a Christmas visit to Hermès and adored their Gingerbread house and snowscape display. Best of all if you want to get a present for the baby who has it all, take at look at Hermy,a cuddly horse from Hermes replete with signature orange ribbon tied mane and tail!

Happy Christmas to you all.

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Monday, 30 January 2012

First look at the David Beckham for H&M Super Bowl commercial

We’ve seen photos from the underwear ads, but now,take a peek at David Beckham‘s H&M underwear ad that will debut during this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
The seductive black and white commercial is a visual ode to David Beckham and the new bodywear collection.  Set to the song "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by The Animals, the 30-second spot features images of Beckham modeling the collection and captures the energy, playfulness and style of the H&M brand.

"I'm excited about my bodywear ad featuring in this year's Super Bowl," says David Beckham.  "My design team and I spent 18 months developing the collection, it's been a fantastic collaborative experience, and I'm very happy with the end result.  Like every fan, I'm looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday."

Kenzo S/S 2012

The first new design by Kenzo's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim campaign turned out with the minimalist yet striking campaign.
 Ajak Deng, Alek Wek & Nairoby Matos

Posh's new collection goes on sale in Harvey Nichols

So, here's the Victoria by Victoria Beckham SS 2012 collection, which made its debut at Harvey Nics today. As mentioned before, the line shows VB's more playful side and is said to be inspired by Emily the Strange. Talking about it, she said:
"This new line serves to channel my inner girl. It is fun and young with a distinct sense of humour. The Victoria range can't help but make you smile with its energy and personality." 

Amy, we remember you!

The show of Jean-Paul Gaultier was not only interesting from the perspective of the presented collection, made ​​in memory of the untimely deceased singer Amy Winehouse, but also in terms of make-up artists who have tried their best to create the image of "a la Amy." Voluminous wigs in the form of "beehive" deliberately broad arrows and rhinestones on the upper lip, imitating the singer - every detail of her image was recorded and appropriately to beat. From a tireless designer added a bit eccentric in the form of neon-colored wigs, bulky accessories and jewelry for the hair. After seeing photos from the show, it is not difficult to imagine how it would look, Amy, if she were a fan of Gaultier and whether she was alive.
But her father Mitch Winehouse has spoken out against Jean-Paul Gaultier.The ex-cabbie accused Gaultier of cashing in on Amy's death with a "bad taste" fashion show.

"The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock," Winehouse told The Sun. "We're still grieving for her loss, and we've had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy's death. To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on. We're proud of her influence on fashion, but find black veils on models smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste. It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life. That's upsetting for her family."

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