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Sunday
Mar092014

CAMPAIGN WATCH - SPRING 2014 - MERT & MARCUS SHOT IT!

MADONNA FOR INTERVIEW MAGAZINE - PHOTOGRAPHED BY MERT & MARCUS IN 2010 - A SHOOT THAT CATAPULTED THE DUO INTO THE FASHION STRATOSPHEREWhile the political landscape around the world seems to be focused on ugly rhetoric, the Spring 2014 ad-campaigns in the world of luxury fashion have never been more beautiful.  Sure, there are those that focus on off-beat style or awkward beauty, but the strongest ads are luscious.   Making a bigger contribution than most is the dynamic photography duo of Mert & Marcus. Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot are two of the most famous fashion photographers in the world.   The duo work together, making them a unique powerhouse in the industry.  Having made their name shooting for French Vogue and Interview magazines the two have quite a following.  Their portfolio of work for Spring 2014 alone would be the "best of" for most photographers entire career.   Stunning shots represent Versace, Gucci, Stella McCartney, LOEWE, and Salvatore Ferragamo.   The campaigns all bring the respective brand's image front and center.   Two feature superstars - Lady Gaga for Versace and Penelope Cruz for Loewe.  All feature amazingly beautiful people - and fashion.  Of all the looks, I could pass on Gucci... (I still miss the Tom Ford Gucci days. Call me nostalgic). 

With all the talented photogs out there, it is nothing short of amazing that this duo have so many fashion brands in their portfolio - and we haven't even discussed fragrance and beauty brands they shoot!  The dynamic duo are represented by heavyweight agents - Art Partner, but at the end of the day talent books gigs.   Many times it's that one shot that a designer sees in print and says "That's the look I want".. or "Who shot this" - which can lead to a wonderful collaboration.    Start flipping through  W, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vogue, V, and Interview Magazines to see many of these beautiful campaigns in print - still the best way in my opinion... click any of the images to see more from these houses of luxury fashion and major fashion publications.

LADY GAGA FOR VERSACE - SPRING 2014- PH: MERT & MARCUSGUCCI - SPRING 2014 - PH: MERT & MARCUSSTELLA McCARTNEY SPRING 2014 - PH: MERT & MARCUSSALVATORE FERRAGAMO SPRING 2014 - PH: MERT & MARCUSPENELOPE CRUZ FOR LOEWE SPRING 2014 - PH: MERT & MARCUS

Monday
Mar032014

OSCAR WINNERS -86TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

CLICK ON OSCAR TO VISIT THE OFFICIAL ACADEMY AWARDS WEBSITEAnd the winners are.....The 86th Annual Academy Awards aka The Oscars went down Sunday March 2nd in a rainy Los Angeles.  It was hardly your typical show.   Liza Minnelli dressed like a Smurf ( I hated it) , Pharrell Williams dressed like a scout ( I liked it) - but there were exciting choices and winners.   Here's a quick rundown.  Click OSCAR or click Oscar to the left to see more info about the winners - and to see the other categories.

FASHION -Click on the lovely ladies below wearing some of my favorite looks of the night to learn more about the designers.

BEST PICTURE - 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor - Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress - Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave

Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity

Best Animated Feature - Frozen

Best Documentary Feature - 20 Feet From Stardom

Best Cinamatography - Gravity

Best Costume Design - Catherine Martin - The Great Gatsby

Best Foreign Film - The Great Beauty - Italy

Best Makeup & Hair - Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews - Dallas Buyers Club

Best Original Score - Steven Price - Gravity

Best Short Film (Animated) - Mr. Hublot

Best Short Film (Live Action) - Helium

Best Production Design - Catherine Martin & Beverly Dunn - The Great Gatsby

Best Adapted Screenplay - John Ridley - 12 years a slave

Best Original Screenplay - Spike Jonz - HER

SANDRA BULLOCK - WEARS ALEXANDER McQUEENJADA PINKETT SMITH - WEARS VERSACELUPITA NYONG'O - WEARS PRADAKATE BLANCHETT - WEARS ARMANI PRIVECHARLIZE THERON - WEARS CHRISTIAN DIORJESSICA BIEL - WEARS CHANELKATE HUDSON - WEARS VERSACE ATELIER

Wednesday
Feb192014

RALPH LAUREN GOES FOR THE GOLD...IN MENSWEAR TAILORING.. FOR WOMEN!

MADONNA WEARS RAPLH LAUREN COLLECTION TO THE GRAMMYS -PH: JEFF VESPA - WWW.WIREIMAGE.COMWith all eyes on Sochi, Russia for the ultimate competitions of all things sports related,  it's easy to forget that a huge competition worth billions of dollars began just a few weeks ago right here in the United States.  I'm talking fashion of course!  Ralph Lauren was given the gold... by Madonna, on the Red Carpet at this year's Grammy awards.   Madonna arrived with son David in (almost) matching black Ralph Lauren suits.   Madonna wore the runway suit that was a star of Lauren's Runway show in September and also a focus of the Ralph Lauren Spring 2014.  Madonna wore her favorite accessory of late - Golden mouth Grillz. MADONNA AND HER GOLDEN GRILLZ AT THE GRAMMYS With all those visits to the "Dentist" during her time living in London, you would think M would never want to hide her pearly whites.

Just ten days before, Hollywood legend Diane Keaton also donned Ralph Lauren at this year's Golden Globes Award Ceremony.  The Annie Hall star wore a black label bespoke suit reminiscent of her famous roles in Woody Allen films.   Keaton was on stage to pay tribute to Allen during a lifetime achievement award.   Few women wear menswear better than Diane Keaton!  

Of course tailored menswear is an area that Ralph Lauren knows well.  His menswear brands have earned him billions of dollars over the years.  The iconic Polo Polo-shirt is probably the most profitable single clothing SKU in the world.  DIANE KEATON WEARS BESPOKE RALPH LAUREN AT THE GOLDEN GLOBESLauren himself started his empire by selling men's ties - almost door to door.  Well, more like store to store.   Lauren would solidify his image as the American tailored suit when he outfitted Robert Redford in the iconic film - The Great Gatsby in 1974.RALPH LAUREN SPRING 2014 RUNWAY    Lauren could be considered the American resource for Menswear tailoring for women.   He does have large shoes to fill - in France - It was Yves Saint Laurent to create the look.  It Italy, it's Giorgio Armani

Now for the obvious GOLD Medal / Ralph Lauren reference.   The designer created the American teams uniforms again at the 2014 Olympics.  The Southwestern / Americana Cardigans Lauren made for the big opening ceremony were - not my favorite.  I know they sold out immediately and were selling for thousands on ebay - but too Paddington BEar for my taste. Sexy in the sketch - a little too layered in reality. 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY AMERICAN UNIFORM - RALPH LAUREN

I was happy to see that RL has changed course after the public backlash from 2010 when it was discoverd the American Olympic Uniforms were made in China.  The American Team are wearing 100% Made in America items from Ralph Lauren.  Terrific!   Click TEAM USA to see more.

The hats are great.  I was lucky enough to be given one - now that's a keeper. I feel like a total winner when I wear it!


Monday
Feb102014

BROOKLYN WANG SHOW(S) EDITORS AGE

ALEXANDER WANG - FALL 2014 - CHARLIE MEETS THOM BROWNE - PH: COURTESY OF STYLE.COMWell somehow they survived!  New York Fashion Week is in full swing and the big drama of the season has already happened.   On Saturday Alexander Wang staged his fashion show outside of Manhattan.  The designer had the nerve to hold the event where? - wait for it.. BROOKLYN! - GASP!  Certain editors took to twitter to express their dismay at the horrific traffic and overall annoyance at having to cross the bridge, take a ferry, and above all- to do something different.   BARBARELLA MEETS ROC-A-FELLA - ALEXANDER WANG FALL 2014Where in Brooklyn you ask?  Was it Coney Island? No, not so South.  Was it Brighton Beach? - No, not so East.  No.. the far flung locale that Wang chose was - THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD  - AHHHH.  Right.. the space so popular with pedestrians and tourists alike - even your suburban Aunt has heard about it, and probably been there.   So close to Manhattan that any real Brooklynite would purse their lips at you for calling it "Brooklyn".   So barely in Brooklyn that Lena Dunham's Character Hannah from Girls would slap you in the face with one of her floppy - non-brassiered t*ts for complaining about it! Really?  Unless you work in fashion that is.  If you visit NYC for fashion week (non of the cool NY based guys and gals batted an eye lash or a winter boot at the location) I guess I understand.  Especially if you are under 35 and don't remember when shows were ALL over town in the late 80's and early 90's in NYC.   When the coolest shows in Paris were not under the Louvre, but spread around the arrondissements, and when the most interesting shows in London - on second thought - let's not talk about London.  Maybe on the other hand you've done this for so many years you think you have seen and done it all..  but it seems today we are living in a Reality Show world of supposed "fashion events"  The birth of the street style editor has led us to this place of twitter twits that think they know fashion because they wear a few free dresses and got paparazzi'd a few times.  What is even more annoying -  they think they work hard and deserve to complain for traveling 3 miles in a oversized car service to see a beautiful show.   What else were you going to fill your vapid conversations with that night anyway?  It's not an age thing of course.   Youth isULTRA LUXE FANNY PACK ATTACK AT ALEXANDER WANG FALL 2014 a state of mind and having an open mind used to be a requisite for working in this oh-so-creative field that is at it's best when it balances art and commerce like a tight rope walker.  Sadly, more and more decisions are made today in board rooms around spread sheets and not cutting rooms around muslins.  Thankfully a handful of luxury brands still survive.   BAG OF THE NIGHT - MUTCH A-DO-CLUTCH - ALEXANDER WANG FALL 2014 I'm always critical of New York designers simply because they are bested by those from Milan and Paris again and again.  Add to that the fact that the American designers that are supposed to represent luxury became billionaires by producing entry level goods in China.  Where does it leave 7th Avenue?  

Alexander Wang is a bright spot in a sea of mediocrity.   Let's hope his newfound fame as creative director of Balenciaga will only elevate his signature collection.  You might question his style choices, but at least his collection looks luxurious - something NY runways can be short on. 

As for the whiners in the first few rows, if there was a god of fashion He or She would have conjured up a polar vortex and blown the East River ferry full of snivelling editors all the way to Yonkers.   Now that would be something to bitch about!   Boo Hoo it was hard to get back over the bridge?  Grab a metro card and take the F train - it was two blocks away - some of you were New Yorker's for God's sake!   You can use Uber but not HopStop - Lame.

Bravo Mr. Wang for mixing it up.   The urban collection was right on your path.  The finale was a bit of a gimmick, but so chic it worked.  You followed Lady Gaga to the Brooklyn Navy Yard - but you led the Fashion flock right out of the pen.  #BreathOfFreshAir