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If you want to observe a more nuanced approach to fashion, there isn’t a threesome more provocative than W, Kristen McMenamy, and Steven Klein. If you have any uncertainty, all you have to do is pore over the magazine’s latest spread, where the 46-year-old supermodel gets weird before Klein’s lens.
Usually when a brand springs for a major face to front their campaign, you expect to see, well, a face. But not so in the first image that’s been released from Alexander Wang’s debut Balenciaga campaign, which features a legendary model clad in black and facing away from the camera, peeking out a barely-cracked door.
After seeing so many half-naked ladies on the runway and red carpet, we’re kind of jaded to the sight of nipples, sideboobs, butt cheeks, and the like. But Marc Jacobs took nakedness to a whole new level at his fall 2013 show last night by putting 18-year-old Lily McMenamy, daughter of legendary model Kristen McMenamy, in a pair of high-waisted briefs and, well, not much else.
When Mr. Valentino hosts a party, everyone and their mother shows up. Case in point: at last night’s Valentino: Master of Couture exhibit preview at Somerset House in London, Duchess Sarah Ferguson showed up with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in tow.
For i-D‘s fall Role Model issue, we’ve been gifted with not one, not even five, but sixteen different covers featuring some major faces. We wonder how long it took to schedule and plan the photoshoots?
Yesterday McQ, Alexander McQueen‘s lower priced line, held its very first runway show — and what a show it was.
The spring campaigns are pouring in, and Roberto Cavalli‘s has secured its spot among our favorite of the season.
We’ve taken issue with fashion ads and editorials that glorify violence but this Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-lensed editorial for LOVE magazine’s seriously stacked “supernatural” issue takes morbid themes to a whole new level. The photos are beautiful, but in a haunting, terrifying, and seriously creepy way.
We’ve been crushing hard on the newest set of LOVE covers, and we know what the remaining three will look like!
Last week was Dior’s first couture show in 14 years without John Galliano at the helm. And people hated it. The embattled designer is still awaiting sentencing for his public insult trial, though Bernard Arnault has stated Galliano will never work for LVMH again. That is all to say, his future is uncertain, but we do know a thing or two about his professional past.
When we learned Naomi Campbell was set to appear in Givenchy’s fall campaign, we were curious. When we heard last week that she’d be roaring in the ads and looking like a “dark ’50s pinup girl”, we just got downright excited. So here it is, the first look at Givenchy’s fall campaign, but really, who’s looking at the clothes?
Kristen McMenamy is one of our all-time favorite models. The 46-year-old is timelessly beautiful and has a sick body, but it’s her long silver locks that are our favorite McMenamy feature. She’s been super busy the past few months — walking in couture shows, covering magazines, even doing a little acting. And now she’s snagged herself a Jean-Paul Gaultier campaign!
Last week, we lamented the non-hedonistic nature of Stella Tennant‘s cover for the summer issue of i-D. Thankfully, the issue actually has several covers, and the others are more in keeping with the hedonism theme. Allow us to pit one of our favorite vets against one of our favorite newcomers: Kristen McMenamy v. Daphne Groeneveld, it is!
We’re starting to wonder if Karl Lagerfeld is only doing this fashion thing to fund and fuel his real passion: movies. Between Rachel Bilson eating ice cream, Baptiste mugging awkwardly for the Hogan-sponsored camera, and the time Karl’s favorite models danced, drank, and deejayed for his famous lens, the man has become a veritable Zeferelli — depending on your taste, of course. And now his most recent project is here: a 30-minute short film called, “The Tale Of A Fairy,” which may be his best work to date.
Cruise collections (or, if you’re so inclined, resort collections) are an interesting thing. They’re in stores longer than any other collection, and contain many of the practical pieces that help brands bring in big bucks. However, like pre-fall, they’re “in between” collections that most houses don’t think warrant an all-out runway show. Small presentations, or often just lookbooks, herald the arrival of what are in many ways the biggest collections of the year. But if there is one designer that understands the importance of cruise, it’s Karl Lagerfeld.
Film is a medium Karl Lagerfeld is really into. We’ve seen him direct models for Hogan, an ice cream-eating Rachel Bilson for Magnum, and all sorts of people for Chanel. The Kaiser is staging the house’s cruise show in Cap d’Antibes next week, and he’s made a 30-minute short film to accompany it. It looks awesome.
Kristen McMenamy is, in the words of our intrepid associate editor Julia, one of Styleite’s “gray-haired role models.” And is it any wonder why? In addition to being one of the most iconic models of the 80s, her androgyny helped reshape the modern ideal of beauty. And now, at 46, she’s proving that no one can touch her in the swimwear issue of Vogue Italia.
People often think fashion is frivolous and flighty — all aesthetics, with no meaning to back them up. And then there are people like Steven Meisel, whose gut-wrenching spread for Vogue Italia’s August issue features an all black-clad Kristen McMenamy on a sinister, tar-slicked beach.
Sure, they can deliver the news, but when it comes to trend forecasting the Associated Press should just keep it’s day job. Consider their latest mirror ball prediction: “Old models are the new black.” Well, if the trite headline didn’t tip you off to the fact that they’ve completely missed the mark — consider what lies beneath the fold.