Karl Lagerfeld is going full da Vinci with his multiple artistic ventures — and killing it every time. The creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his eponymous brand, and accomplished photographer now has his first sculpture exhibition at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris.
Titled “Architectures,” the exhibit was inspired by antiquity, a period that represents the origin of beauty, culture and modernity for Lagerfeld. Coinciding with his theme, the sculptures are made of two rare marbles. One is Arabescato Fantastico, a key feature of it is its whiteness with dark gray veins, obtained from a quarry that has been untouched for 30 years. The second is a black marble with white veins called Nero Marquina.
Image: Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Lagerfeld hired the best Italian artisans to hand carve the marble and make Lagerfeld’s vision a reality. It was also further developed by Aline Asmar d’Amman, a French-Lebanese architect and interior designer.
“Working with Karl Lagerfeld is an immense privilege, not only because he’s the design maverick with multifaceted talent in every creative field but also because his knowledge is cross-disciplinary,” d’Amman says. For d’Amman, witnessing his expansive bank of references open up in the design process is akin to speedy time travel. “You learn about every period from antiquity, to the 18th century, to modernism or contemporary design,” she adds. “Of course, with lots of humor and amusing insider stories.”
Check out Lagerfeld’s exhibit at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery from October 19 through December 22.
Allure has had its fair share of hits and misses this year. Rihanna gave the beauty-focused magazine a winner of a cover last month, as did Bella Hadid on the all-important September issue. But there have also been a series of disappointing covers featuring the likes of Lily James, Janelle Monae and Sasha Lane. Now, as the magazine unveils its November 2018 issue, it’s landed back in the red with a shockingly bad Angela Bassett cover. Photographed by Sharif Hamza and styled by Jaime Kay Waxman, the 60-year-old actress suits up in a gray plaid double-breasted jacket and trousers from Joseph — and we genuinely don’t know how Allure managed to get it oh so wrong.
Our forum members were left speechless — almost. “Ugh, this had potential,” sighed RMDV the second the cover came to light.
“Wow, how, HOW do you ruin Angela mot****** Bassett!!!! Shame on them, she can photograph million times better than this, and she deserved a better cover, but at least they gave her one. Still, sigh!” complained Miss Dalloway.
“Ugh, it had so much potential but ultimately failed due to bad decisions. Who even thought that was a good cover shot?” asked dodencebt.
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Coach‘s newest campaign doesn’t feature luxury leather goods or apparel, but a mission to help others. Via its charitable arm, Coach Foundation, the brand has started the “Dream It Real” campaign that focuses on inspiring high school students to pursue their dreams. The company has donated $1.4 million to this campaign, partnering with nonprofit organization The Future Project, whose “Dream Directors have partnered with students, teachers, and administrators across the country to turn their high schools into inspiring places that ignite the passion, purpose, and full potential of everyone inside them.”
Coach brand ambassadors Selena Gomez and Michael B. Jordan will serve as celebrity Dream Directors for the project. They will visit schools and work closely with students on their goals and projects.
“Today, we are proud to stand behind a mission to inspire and equip young people to take steps toward finding their passion and purpose,” said Joshua Schulman, CEO and president of Coach. “Together, our employees and our associates are a community united by our shared desire to achieve our dreams – and to help others achieve theirs.”
To launch the campaign, Coach released a video directed by Tyler Mitchell featuring students from The Future Project schools describing their aspirations and their goals for the future. Find out more about the #dreamitreal project here.
The journey of the United Colors of Benetton is something to marvel over. Starting with humble beginnings sold door-to-door to becoming a fashion empire and one of the industry’s longest-running, influential brands. Unfortunately, the company has been underperforming in recent years, losing 180 million euros in 2017 alone. In a bid to turn things around, Benetton has just appointed Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as the new creative director of the company’s men’s and women’s divisions.
Known for his use of bright colors and mix of pop and punk aesthetic, de Castelbajac made his debut into the world of fashion in 1968 when he created a label in collaboration with his mother.
Benetton and de Castelbajac have a similar affinity for playful use of color. “United Colors of Benetton and I have always had the same vision of fashion, characterised by a passion for knitting, and a love for vibrant colours and pop,” de Castelbajac said. “Together, United Colors of Benetton and I will seek to create the wardrobe of tomorrow, bringing beauty and style to everyday life, at affordable prices for everyone. ”
De Castelbajac’s first collection for Benetton will be out by 2019. Here’s hoping he’s the pop of color the company has been needing.
[ via Fashion United ]
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On the same day Penélope Cruz attended Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 show in Paris in July, it was announced that the Oscar-winning actress would be the brand’s newest ambassador, following in the footsteps of celebs like Margot Robbie and Kristen Stewart. Her first official print campaign is finally here and, in true Chanel fashion, Cruz receives the full Karl Lagerfeld treatment for the brand’s nautical-themed Cruise 2019 collection. Captured in Lagerfeld’s signature black and white style of photography, Cruz appears in a series of classic and timeless portraits.
Members of our forums weren’t so sold on the outcome, however. “Is this a joke? Is it the actual campaign or like a supplement to it? Such a colorful and youth-focused collection, and this is the campaign?” asked TianCouture.
“Holy Photoshop! she looks like Letizia Ortiz…” kokobombon said.
Also noticing some signs of post-production was dodencebt: “Wow, they photoshopped her into oblivion. Her Mango ads were a hundred times better than this!”
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Topshop is re-branding itself for Fall 2018 by changing its name to Topshop It. To celebrate, eight of today’s most popular models were chosen to promote the collection in the brand’s first co-ed campaign: Anwar Hadid, Dilone, Presley Gerber, Duckie Thot, Birgit Kos, Cara Taylor, Adonis Bosso and Sofia Mechetner.
Photo: Courtesy of Topshop
The purpose of the campaign is to evoke one’s individuality. Topshop It’s models were styled in a way that draws out who they are or the image they want to project. “We’ve called the campaign Topshop It to introduce our customers to a new kind of expression,” creative director David Hagglund told Vogue. “Topshop It will mean different things to different people, but to us it means always experimenting, pushing boundaries, staying true to our roots and taking it to the top.”
“We wanted to bring the brands to life,” Hagglund continues. “Topshop It is a celebration of what makes us unique. It is eye-catching, full of vibrant colour and has a youthful spirit.”
Topshop It will be available in stores and online starting October 15. Look for the campaign to roll out via social platforms to see how each of the models interprets the collection.