Monday, 30 March 2009

Fashion Fix

Matthew Williamson for H&M Campaign!! There's a full sneak-peek post of the H&M collection coming very soon, but for now I'm giving you this totally gorgeous image of Daria Werbowy for the campaign. Matthew is also supposed to be in the campaign, I'm excited to see those pics! The campaign was shot in Mexico solely for the sunlight on a Mexican beach...what happened to a studio and lights?! Wu wants Shoes Since Michelle Obama picked him as her designer du jour, Jason Wu has been firmly placed in the spotlight. It's no surprise that he's had offers coming out of his ears, including book deals and reality shows. Thus far, Jason has done the sensible thing and turned down all these offers, to focus on expanding his offering into shoes and cosmetics. He must have read Fashion Babylon and seen where the chunk of LVMH's fortune comes from! He hasn't revealed who he has collaborated with, but it's definitely not Manolo Blahnik. The OutNet...Coming Soon Net-a-Porter's cut price cousin will be live within the next month! There's no official launch date, but the new site is taking members. It promises over 200 luxury brands including Herve Leger, Christian Louboutin, Chloe and Oscar de la Renta with discounts between 40 to 60 percent. Merchandise will be a mixture of past season, classic pieces and best sellers from the archive...and apparently they also plan to give some items away for free!! If anyone from NAP is reading...I know a wonderful fashion lover who has recently been made redundant who will love you forever for some freebies ;) Rick Owens Interview!! I love ending my Fashion Fix with a great interview, usually Karl Lagerfeld. Unfortunately there's no Karl this week but I do have some choice excerpts from a couple of Rick Owens interviews! The full interviews can be found at Details and Vice Magazine He makes heart leap-inducing clothes, but he's not a fan of them himself. I’m not really into clothes. I wear one outfit like a uniform, and I have for years. Black sweatpants, black baggy shorts over them, a black or white cotton t-shirt, and a black cashmere t-shirt over that. I couldn’t imagine having to change outfits every day or having to change for the gym. This outfit takes me to the gym, to work in the studio, and then to dinner with a mink coat over it.

In fact, he'd rather you work out than buy clothes.

Working out is modern couture. No outfit is going to make you look or feel as good as having a fit body. Buy less clothing and go to the gym instead.

The extreme sensation of working out has replaced the mosh pits of my earlier years and the sex clubs for years after that. It’s a great combo of discipline, joyous release, meditation, and vanity. Music never sounded as good as it does now, pounding through those earbud headphones into the pit of my stomach as I feel my muscles swell.

If he accosts you on the street in Paris, it's probably not a good thing.

I've lived in Paris for six years, and I'm sorry to say that the Ugly American syndrome still exists. Sometimes you just want to say "Stop destroying the landscape with your outfit." Still, from a design standpoint, I'm tempted to redo the fanny pack. I look at it as a challenge — it's something to react against.

But if you're trying to impress him . . .

Hair and shoes say it all. Everything in between is forgivable as long as you keep it simple. Trying to talk with your clothes is passive-aggressive.

There's something a little too chatterboxy about color. Right now I want black, for its sharpness and punctuation.

It's not likely he'll design anywhere else. Honestly, Revillon was my only temptation. I would never be the slightest bit interested again. I’m not saying that bitterly, I had a lovely time with Revillon. But why would I want to put all that effort into someone else’s company when I can put it into my own?

And you probably won't be seeing any Rick Owens advertising, either. Advertising pulls you more deeply into the fashion system than I’m willing to go. I have enough, and my business is growing at a pace that’s gradual enough to be safe, yet fast enough to be motivating. And advertising’s another job, like runway shows. Once you start, you need to be ready to do it forever. That being said, though, I never thought I’d be doing runway shows. The best of the rest... Alber the clown: At the opening of the London Lanvin store, Alber had the crowd in stitches. LVMH going ethical: Rumours are circulating about LVMH buying ethical label Edun. Gucci loves girls: More rumours...apparently 9 girls have been cast for the Fall 09 Gucci campaign. Gwynnie the designer: Gwyneth Paltrow is to collaborate with French brand ZOE Tees for a capsule collection.
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