Monthly Archives: September 2010

Karl Behind the Lens

Two weekends ago I went to Karl Lagerfeld’s newest museum exhibit at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie which chronicles his career in photography. Yes dear Karl has practically tried his hand and extended his influence to everything from short film making to photography to endorsing Diet Coke, never mind his iconic designer status at the biggest luxury houses. But believe me when I say that this is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.

The exhibit is titled Parcours de travail (Work history) and features over 300 photographs taken from the Kaiser’s first photography stint back in 1987 to present. The exhibit starts out with photographs of Versailles followed by New York City buildings and fire escapes along with some landscapes – interesting enough but where’s the fashion? And then.. voila! Rows upon rows of photo spreads from black-and-white images to Polaroid transfers and campaigns shot for Fendi and Chanel strike viewers in a way that you can’t help but be amazed by the sheer depth of great moments and famous faces Karl has captured. If you thought photography was just another one of Karl’s hobbies, think again. The man’s greatness extends well beyond the realm of design and into capturing the spirit of a moment, person or place.

Parcours de travial
runs at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie until October 31st.

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Gilt MANual

Everyone’s favorite flash sale site is up to something very, very cool for guys. Gilt Groupe has ventured into the world of online editorial with its new site, Gilt MANual: The Daily Guide to Permanent Style. I know what you’re thinking.. is another online magazine really necessary? Oh yes. First off, they snabbed Tyler Thoreson, the former exec editor of Men.Style.com, so they mean business.

The site is easy to navigate with the main areas being Advice & How To (because you probably are wondering how to wash your raw denim or grow a full beard), The Essentials (from proper hangers to seven-fold ties to a chef’s knife), Features & Profiles (you always wanted to know how to dress Gordon Gekko on screen) and of course a link to Gilt Sales. I think probably the best thing about it is that it doesn’t feel like a push to Gilt’s flash sales (though the few ads that appear across the site are exclusively for Gilt sales and ultimately it underscores a stronger Gilt message to viewers). It feels like a fresh magazine that has a genuine interest and know-how for men across the board. The style of writing is also refreshing, in that it sounds like it’s coming from a familiar (albeit more knowledgeable) authority, unlike Men.Style.com which I think comes off a little too macho and trying too hard. I can’t wait to see Gilt MANual develop further, and see if a women’s editorial counterpart is planned.

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Happy Fashion’s Night Out, NY!

Count ’em – 1,000 retailers participating in this year’s Fashion’s Night Out event in NYC! Ah-mazing to say the least, and not a bad kick-off earlier this week with the biggest public fashion show ever. Oh Anna, how you continue to outdo yourself! Anyway, here’s a list of some fabulous NYC events tonight to get this party started right.. wish I was there!

1. BARNEYS because Simon Doonan has EVERYONE here.. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Proenza Shouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough will judge a karaoke contest. Singing not your thing? Try ping pong with the guys from Rag & Bone or Shipley & Halmos. Or get a glamour shot of Daphne Guinness in Comme des Garçons fragrances.

2. BLOOMIES with plenty of personal appearances from Michael Kors, Lela Rose, Kay Unger, Carmen Marc Valvo and Milly. They also have ping pong (perhaps the industry’s newest obsession after cats).

3. BERGDORF GOODMAN for another karaoke party hosted by Patrick McMullan with expected attendees including Nicole Richie, Nicholas Kirkwood, Cynthia Rowley and Norma Kamali. Oh and Victoria Beckham is doing some sort of meet-and-greet too. As if that’s not enough, Bergdorf’s is THE dog-lover destination and there will be a dog fashion show with designers Reem Acra, James Mischka and Thakoon strutting down the runway with their pets.

4. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND to get chummy with designers from Gilded Age, Thread Social and Pamela Love. 351 West Broadway .

5. OPENING CEREMONY IN THE ACE HOTEL because they’re setting up a French flea market in the lobby! AND, Alexander Wang, the Rodarte sisters and Joseph Altuzarra will all be there. 20 West 29th Street.

6. BALENCIAGA in Chelsea with Nicolas Ghesquière and a photography exhibit of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled (Balenciaga) Series. Karen Elson will also be signing copies her debut album. 542 West 22 Street bt 10th and 11th Aves.

7. HELMUT LANG with a block party. Mark the Cobrasnake will be there (hey wait, shouldn’t he be in LA for THEIR FNO).. anyway, this is your hipster destination of the night. 819 Washington Street.

8. MONCLER because they’re celebrating the opening of their first U.S. store on FNO! 90 Prince Street.

9. ELIZABETH & JAMES pop up Shop co-hosted by Fab and PopSugar. First time all Elizabeth & James lines (ladies, men’s, jewelry, shoes, Textile denim) will be sold in 1 space. 632 Hudson Street. In case you don’t make it there tonight, the pop-up runs Sept. 10-16 and there’s a party on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

**BONUS – if you’re in the MPD, do the Foursquare Scavenger Hunt and check into stores for a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree and a stay at The Standard. To be entered just include the store’s twitter alias and the hashtag #FNOmeat wherever you check in to be entered.

For more info and ALL event listings, consult the Fashion’s Night Out website.

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Rag & Bone Documentary by R.J. Cutler

While the documentary on everyone’s mind as of late should be CBS’s Fashion’s Night Out Special which airs on September 14th, a new documentary on Rag & Bone was released yesterday on the brand’s website as well as on Starbucks’ frappuccino website. Ok so the sponsor tie-in isn’t exactly so appealing BUT the documentary was filmed by R.J. Cutler of The September Issue.

I’m not in love with the For The Love of Fashion title but the 10-minute video served its purpose as it followed designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville prep for their Fall 10 show this past February. They talked about their inspiration behind the collection, the brand’s aesthetic, styling the collection, walk throughs and then a count down before the men’s and women’s shows. Anna sighting ensured!

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Fashion’s Night Out: Paris Edition

I just got back from 4 hours of Fashion’s Night Out in Paris. The verdict? Très chic, but not nearly the extravaganza that is FNO New York.

For starters, FNO Paris is held in only 1 neighborhood, the Triangle d’or in the 8th arrondissment which consists of Avenue Montaigne, Rue François 1er, Avenue George V and Avenue Franklin-Roosevelt. If you’re familiar with Paris, you know that this area is where all the luxury flagships are. 60 stores in total participated in the event and of course I plotted out a plan of attack before heading out with my fellow colleagues Laura and Marcos.

1st Stop: Gucci.


Featuring photo shoots with leather G’s as props, most people posed as what I like to refer to as “yearbook” style portraits.


Laura, Marcos and I mixed it up a bit and “fought” with intertwined G’s. They took 2 pics before I think they were scared of what we would do next.. A video screen allowed you to view the photos and print them out. Apparently they’ll also show up on Gucci’s facebook page.


Take 1.


Take 2.


Not to be outdone by French Vogue’s fashion director Emmanuelle Alt who styled looks from Gucci’s F10/11 collection in a live photo shoot.


Styled look #1, a maxi dress, bag and necklace. Really?


The crowd.


On our way out, Laura spotted one of the guys from Daft Punk.. photo op!

2nd Stop: Jil Sander

Jil Sander featured what seemed like all of the new Jil Sander Navy collection for Spring 11 from Parisian blogger Garance Doré. It was a nice opportunity to get up close and personal with the new collection, though most visitors seemed more interested in the champers and macaroons.

3rd Stop: Dior


CrowdED line for champagne.


3D shades.


The showing of Dior’s Fall 10 couture show behind 3D specs.


The images don’t do it justice.. 3D couture Dior runway, simply amazing.

4th & Final Stop: Manoush

Not quite sure if it’s fair to count this one, as we waited on line for quite a while until calling it a night without making it inside. Anyway, Manoush (indeed the ONLY worthwhile non-luxury stop on the list), amplified its circus theme with balloons and clowns.

All in all it was definitely a fun night with copious amounts of champagne at every store and some great events (the 3D couture show at Dior was my favorite). I’d have to say that my big problem with FNO Paris is that it had a very exclusive feel to it, versus NY where the whole point is that everyone is invited. You needed actual INVITES from EACH STORE to enter! I must have missed the memo on that one, but we made it in almost all stores on my list (minus Louis Vuitton which was apparently closed by the time we got there and Marni which insisted on a Marni invite for entry). The other negative which is rather obvious is that limiting FNO Paris to only 1 neighborhood (with 98% luxury flagships) is kind of missing the point of some great (and well known) contemporary French labels. I would have loved to seen events in Le Marais with labels like The Kooples, Isabel Marant, A.P.C., etc.

And of course the entire point is to get people into the stores with buzz-worthy events, which most of the above had. To me the crowds were also bearable without being excessive. The mesh of fashion people and luxury shoppers was kind of something else – with some of the luxe camp gawking at the younger fashion set (i.e. our tug o’ war photo shoot with the Gucci G’s). On the grander scheme of things, NY’s Fashion Night Out is certainly unrivaled by its countless events across several neighborhoods, and I could only hope that in the future Paris’ FNO develops into a more inclusive event with a wider market (and neighborhood) reach. That alone may just do the trick to get the younger fashion set to balance their pocketbooks and champagne at the same time.

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