Calvin Klein S/S 2017

  Calvin Klein Spring Summer 2017, photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo, at Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Calvin Klein will be debuting their first catwalk show since the appointment of Raf Simons as creative chief officer. In the build up to the presentation at New York Fashion Week, the American brand opened doors to the public with campaign images for the house’s exclusive line, Calvin Klein By Appointment, starring Millie Bobby Brown. The Rafoultion has already happened at Calvin Klein — steering away from sexy to intellectual in the Willy Vanderperre (a…

Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2017 Campaign

Raf Simons is a busy man this fashion month. In control of Calvin Klein and his eponymous brand — the Belgian designer has just unveiled the campaign images for his Spring/Summer 2017 collection. Shot by Willy Vanderperre, one of Simons’ favourite photographers; they have worked together on previous projects such as Dior (when Simons was creative director). Vanderperre captures the the tender grit of Raf Simons, the brand and also the essence of Robert Mapplethorpe — which the collection was both a collaboration (with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation) and homage to. Styled by contemporary minimalist Olivier Rizzo.

The New Kids of Saint Laurent

The boys of Saint Laurent are ready for their close-ups in the latest preview for the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2017 menswear collection. This will mark Anthony Vaccarello’s first menswear collection for the Parisian fashion house. Taking over from Hedi Slimane, Vaccarello has tweaked the label’s image by keeping the grunginess and the trademark Saint Laurent models that Slimane started during his tenure. Reminiscent of Helmut Newton’s raw and personal polaroid’s (Newton being the first to photograph Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking) — Collier Schorr captures innocence and eroticism in the campaign photos. Nathalie Canguilhem continues the narrative in the film preview…

David Naman and the New Classic

DAVID NAMAN’s Spring/Summer Seventeen collections personifies a soft young demure — just like a fleur-de-lis, Italy’s national flower and home to David Naman. Playing with the idea of rural urbanity, laid-back suits and crinkled casual blazers, a trend of the 70s is luring itself back onto the runways and streets. Something Johnny Boy from Mean Streets would wear, but also the boy next door — its the middle man between cool and geek, confident yet awkward, but overall seasonless style. Made with Italian dexterity highlights the youthfulness of the brand — coming in tender autumnal colours varying between a romantic…

Givenchy: Out of the Darkness

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new approach to Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy. The Italian designers is infamous for his dark romanticism which has become part of the Givenchy DNA. Renowned for his sporty style and collaborations with Nike to create a capsule of Air Force 1 shoes — his main influence for A/W 17 was America, but with a twist — looking at it through the “through the eyes of a child,” Tisci said. Confident tailored suits with tribal details and stripes (another motif of the house). Vibrant and confident silhouettes unlike America’s politics as of…

The Simple Age of Prada

Miuccia Prada is like a teacher — she makes you think and essentially does what every teacher does, which is, to teach what they know. Alfred Wallis was one of the subjects at the boarding school like venue with benches in: church wood, granite marble resembling cookie dough and the more sinister: chocolate, white, buttercup yellow and olive green tiles. Backstage Mrs. Prada revealed that her, “inspirations are so many and so complex that to summarize is impossible. But I would say that the main sentiment that I had is going from bigness to smallness; from the big deal of…

The Rottweiler is Back at Givenchy

Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy has created a DNA of canine prints for the French fashion house. In a capsule collection being released in January 2017, Givenchy revisits their Fall/Winter 2011 menswear collection of Rottweiler’s; a tactical move for the brand to be releasing it during the month of their Menswear Fall/Winter 2017 collection. The masculine graphic print will be expanded onto t-shirts, sweatshirts, backpacks and men’s clutches; channelling the vigorous Givenchy vibe at its fullest. The Rottweiler is Givenchy’s way of being recognised everywhere by just a print — just like Kenzo has the tiger and Gucci has recently taken…

The Politics of Versace

There is something rock’n’roll-ish about Donnatella Versace, perhaps it’s the blonde platinum hair that suggest that she could have been like Courtney Love if her love for fashion had not taken over; or maybe it’s the way she walks, she doesn’t take steps, she takes strides — which is exactly what she has been doing ever since her brother passed away. A small step for Donatella, but a leap for Milan fashion week so far; more diversity on the runway and less elitism. The Versace runway was perhaps Donatella’s way of painting the world right now with the political power…

The New Route of Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana has been growing in revenue, controversy, fame and loyalty since 1985, when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana started what has become a key power-player in Italian fashion. Back in 2013, Bloomberg revealed that the Italian luxury house valued at $5.3 billion. However, in the words of Biggie Smalls: “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” in 2014 the Italian-duo were found innocent of a tax evasion case that had Dolce and Gabbana appear at court for almost four years. Shy away from controversy, the twosome has had campaigns banned, celebrities mad, but they have always been on brand. Everything Dolce…

The American Beauty of Bret Easton Ellis

There is a genius that Bret Easton Ellis posses — a killer aesthetic, literally and metaphorically. The author of American Psycho introduces a new thriller, The Deleted on Fullscreen; the company responsible for managing YouTube’s most eminent stars: Shane Dawson, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. Vanity Teen cover-boy and Vine sensation, Nash Grier is amongst the cast alongside Madeline Brewer, who played Tricia Miller in Netflix’s hit-series Orange is the New Black; Ian Nelson, starring alongside Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door.  The cast is a pack of upcoming talents establishing themselves in Hollywood, similar to the Brat Pack,…

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