Designer Of The Week: Hedi Slimane

 

Hedi-SlimaneHedi Slimane is one of the most charismatic designers of the modern fashion world. He has been named the new Artistic and Creative director of Céline, and will present his first Céline catwalk show in Paris in September. Hedi replaces Phoebe Philo who quit the house this autumn.

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Slimane was born to a Tunisian father and an Italian mother and in 1968 in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. At 11, he discovered photography, received his first camera and learned black and white darkroom printing. At 16, without fashion in mind, Slimane started making his own clothes. He studied Art History at the École du Louvre and completed a tailor apprenticeship at a men’s designer house. Early in his career, he visited the offices of Le Monde, as he wished to become a journalist and reporter.

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The Frenchman began his career as an assistant in fashion marketing at Yves Saint Laurent in the 1990s, quickly rising through the ranks to become a designer, before he shot to prominence following his creative directorship of Dior Homme, and his popularisation of a skinny silhouette in menswear. In 2012, he returned to Saint Laurent to helm the brand’s womenswear and menswear labels. In his four years in the position, Slimane’s creative directorship divided opinion, but his LA youth culture-driven collections commanded the attention of the global fashion industry and drove stellar financial results. In April 2016 he departed the storied Parisian house.

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Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 15 runway perfectly summarises Hedi’s signature aesthetic.

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Model Of The Week: Karlie Kloss

Starting from today we are going to dedicate the last post of every Friday to the model/ influencer/ blogger/ designer/ entrepreneur of the week and tell their story. And we are starting off with the very successful, by all means successful, American supermodel Karlie Kloss.

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Karlie Kloss was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her family has Danish, German and Polish roots. She moved to St.Louis with her family, in 1994. Kloss has called her classical ballet training “a beautiful thing” that taught her how to move in the modeling world and was a great training ground for her runway walk. Kloss was “discovered at a local benefit runway show”. Best known for her career as a supermodel, Karlie has been on the cover of Vogue Magazine for more than 30 times and Vogue Paris even named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.

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She has been in advertisements for Rebecca Taylor, Jean Paul Gaultier, Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Chloé, Lacoste, Sportmax, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, Bally Shoe, Bergdorf Goodman, Pringle of Scotland, Dior, Hermes, Oscar de la Renta, Sonia Rykiel, Aquascutum, Topshop, Eryn Brinie, Uniqlo, Omnia Jade, Lord & Taylor, Barneys New York, American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret PINK, and Adidas. She has walked for numerous designers in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, including  Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Versace, and Elie Saab.

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Kloss is now signed with IMG Models. Karlie’s profile doesn’t just stop at being a supermodel. Passionate and fearless, Karlie is also a full-fledged entrepreneur, coder, student, baker, philanthropist and vlogger. In 2015, Kloss started her own YouTube channel, called Klossy, which features weekly vlogs and Q&A videos. She supports hungry children with the sales of her cookie brand Karlie’s Kookies, and inspires young women to learn coding through her scholarship program Kode with Klossy.  In 2016 Karlie made it into the list of Time 100 Most Influential People.

Karlie Kloss is a role model for many women of her generation, she also uses her fame and influence to support and empower other women. Karlie Kloss

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Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars perform Super Bowl halftime show

Coldplay rocks super bowl 50 halftime performance alongside with Beyonce and Bruno Mars.

The British rock band, led by frontman Chris Martin, didn’t show any sign of nerves throughout the unforgettable, colorful performance, which featured stellar appearances from Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.

As the show faded out, Beyonce’s face appeared on the screen – announcing a world “Formation” tour for 2016.

Watch Beyonce’s New Music Video ‘Formation’

Beyoncé slays in surprise new music video titled ‘formation’, which delivers a powerful message against discrimination. Beyoncé stuns in the designs like Gucci, Zimmerman, Chanel, Rosie Assoulin, Alessandra Rich and more.

“I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress. I’m so possessive, so I rock his Roc necklaces.”

The singer’s daughter, Blue Ivy, also makes an appearance multiple times throughout the politically-charged, New Orleans-set video. It begins with Beyonce on top of a police car in a flooded street and later cuts to a man holding a newspaper with Martin Luther King Jr.’s face on it with the title “The Truth.” Later on, a young hooded black boy dances in front of a line of SWAT officers before the video cuts to a graffitied wall with the words “stop shooting us” tagged on it.

Beyoncé is set to perform at Sunday’s Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, alongside with Coldplay.

 

Lena Dunham Covers Bazaar’s Daring Issue

Lena Dunham lands the november 2015 cover of Harper’s Bazaar US. Photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg, Lena rocks Ralph Lauren knitwear on the cover, but for her Bazaar editorial spread she goes topless.

Lena Dunham is the voice of a generation. And she’s only going to get louder. Read the actress’s personal essay from the November issue here and watch her Daring video below.

Dunham is big on nice. Being cool, she can take or leave. “Cool is when you do whatever the fuck you want, she says, adding, ” I don’t feel cool now, and I certainly don’t feel cool when I go to industry events. If I do feel cool, I see a picture of myself later and I’m like, ‘That was a disaster.’ What I do feel is a freedom from certain kinds of pressures. Now I don’t give a shit if you know that my jacket is from Ann Taylor.” She does, in fact, have a monogrammed denim jacket from Ann Taylor. Worn with one of Antonoff’s caps, it makes her look like a delivery boy from 1972. Suggest a Dunham-Ann Taylor collaboration and she squeals, “My dream!” She announces grandly, “Ann Taylor, I want to help you guys do the capsule collection of the millennium. We’re secreting this into the world.”

My Hawaiian Vacation

Just landed and immediately started blogging, I really miss this. The Hawaiian island of Maui is a destination for true nature lovers. It was as magical as we were told. We (my husband, my baby girl and I) went all over the island and some of our favorite places are Kihei, Lahaina, Paia, Wailea and from the beaches Maalea and Makena, of course the amazing road of Hana and black sand beaches, The road to Hana has over 600 switchbacks, 46 single-lane bridges, and countless waterfalls. It takes a good three hours or more to make the complete drive. Maui has world’s best sunrises and sunsets. Its name means “House of the Rising Sun”. We also visited the Maui Ocean Center, whcih is an aquarium and marine science center located in Maalaea,  It includes exhibits on coral reef habitats, sea turtles, sharks, and humpback whales. Hula dancing- it is synonymous with Hawaii. It’s more than shaking hips. Hand movements are a key aspect of the dance as they’re used to represent words in the chant that accompanies the dance.  You can’t leave Maui without drinkg a fresh coconut water and trying their fish tacos. The best tacos are at Coconuts Fish Cafe. With mahi mahi fish, mango salsa, coleslaw and white corn tortilla.

My Summer Sleep Essentials

Teaming up with ParachuteHome here I am sharing my summer sleep essentials. Your bedroom reflects who you are and the things you love. It should be a calming and comfortable haven. As it is summer, we need to find ways to lighten up our rooms. During these warm months there is nothing better than jumping into a cool bed with incredible luxury linens, made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise). I’m amazed with ParachuteHome’s good products and the most important after checking out their website I learnt about their charitable activities. Parachute has partnered up with Nothing But Nets, an organization that provides safe sleep to those in need.

Speaking about my sleep essentials: In winter it’s good to have a set of warm flannel sheets and perhaps an extra blanket on the bench at the foot of your bed. But it’s important for me to change the bedding and linens to match the season. You can transform your bed into a cloud of comfort with these lightweight duvets from ParachuteHome. Compared to their good quality they are pretty affordable. The same goes for their sheets. Switch a cozy flannel set with a lightweight cotton one during the summer. Light cotton sheets can keep you cooler at night. I love having fresh flowers in my bedroom. Love the aroma that spreads around. A good scented candle is also a must have. Research shows that the scent of lavender, which I simply adore, eases anxiety and insomnia. It sure provides me a relaxing good night sleep. Make sure to check on Parachute’s lavender scented candle.

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WES ANDERSON TRIBUTE ART SHOW COMES TO NYC

After a five-year run at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, Bad Dads, an art show tribute featuring over 70 Wes Anderson-inspired pieces debuted at Chelsea’s Joseph Gross Gallery this weekend. Preview a selection of the works below that will be on display.

Iris Apfel Documentary

When Iris Apfel was a young woman from Queens, New York, starting out in the fashion industry, Frieda Loehmann, founder of the famed department store, took her aside: “She said, ‘You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.’ ”

The 93 year-old style icon is the subject of a new documentary by 87 year-old film maker Albert Maysles. ‘IRIS’ explores the story behind Apfel’s reign over the New York fashion scene and how she continues to inspire the new generations of creatives.

IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression.’

I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.’

Minions Reimagined as Famous Fashionistas

The Minions are reimagined as some of the most important characters of today’s fashion world. Personalities like Cara Delevingne, Karl Lagerfeld, Donatella Versace and more now have their Minion alter ego. Check out the full lineup of fashionista minions below.

Photo: Courtesy of Stylight