Concept Los Angeles held a full day of runway shows over the weekend - and there were many talented designers to discover. LA's fashion landscape is everevolving and this season I felt a significant shift forward with the level of design talent. There were several new faces, a few from out of town, and others who evolved their collections to new levels. San Francisco-based Camelia Skikos showed graphic brights while Wayward's moto nomads were the epitomy of menswear cool. Jen Awad's collection was inspired by vintage Sophia Loren chic, Mike Vensel ventured into new territory adding plaid to his signature black and Istanbul-based Özgür Masur's collection of evening gowns were red carpet glamour with a capital R. Here are a few highlights from the event including some of my favorite snaps on the runway and from behind-the-scenes. Stay tuned... I'll be posting more coverage from individual shows throughout the week.
Picture above: Camelia Skikos
Özgür Masur, photo: Jourdan Miller @LoveJourdan
Camelia Skikos and models
Mike Vensel, photo: Jourdan Miller @LoveJourdan
Wayward designer Sam Adegoke
Concept Founder and designer, Mike Vensel and models, photo: Jourdan Miller @LoveJourdan
The Well X 7 AM party was the place to be on Saturday night.
Fletcher and Wyatt Shears of The Garden and the new faces for YSL joined industry insiders, photographers, artists - and other generally cool kids to celebrate the launch of FR///RD, The Well's new zine. The online publication is the visual representation of LA's creative culture through the eyes of the retail store, studio and salon. Created in collaboration with 7 Artist Management's photographers, it captures LA's decidedly edgy aesthetic. Watch my InstaVideo above for a sneak peek of the mag and check the video below for an overview of the scene. There was killer live music, video projections and plenty of fashion. For photos from the night, check Eddie Chacon's photos on the S Magazine blog. And be sure to follow me on Insta @VeryVeryChic for more of the moment fashion coverage! XXXX
Fashion photography is one of my passions. So, I was ultra excited to be invited to an exclusive preview of the Gilles Bensimon "Elles" exhibition at the Sofitel. The exhibiton showcases the work spanning legendary French photographer's 30-year career and includes many famous faces such as Charlize Theron (above) Audrey Hepburn and French icon Catherine Deneuve - and it celebrates women. It was inspiring to learn that the Sofitel is a company led by women including Senior Vice-President Dominique Colliat, and supports women by promoting them to management levels while encouraging a balance of career and lifestyle. What could be more chic? The exhibition, which has been on tour across the US at four Sofitel properties throughout the year is making its final stop at the Sofitel Los Angeles and will be on display through December. If you have a chance, stop by the hotel for a rare opportunity to view the photos and enjoy a cocktail at the Riviera 31 lounge. Tres, tres chic! Here are a few images from the exhibition showcased in the decidedly French meets Hollywood chic interior of the Sofitel Los Angeles.
Here's my ode to pattern with this fun Instashoot. I pulled a Juliana Jabour Miro-inspired print dress and Trina Turk necklace from my closet especially for a trip to San Francisco. Since I nearly always wear black, I thought I should record the occasion! I was inspired to break out this print number to cover events at the Academy of Art University for Apparel News. It was the perfect daytime city chic look for a morning panel discussion and for lunching at Neiman Marcus. How will you wear will prints this Spring?
The latest W Magazine is the perfect answer. This month the issue has three collectible high impact covers shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott. Iconic supermodels Lara Stone, Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova are the cover girls dressed in ever so chic Eastern-inspired fashion. For more on the issue go here.
That's the theme of W Magazine's "Fierce Creatures" shoot depicting "Baroque mad hatters and bold style soldiers" stalking the surreal dry lake beds in California's desert landscape. Patrick Demarchelier captured this exquisite shoot styled by Edward Enninful featuring all the key looks for Fall. Alexander McQueen's futuristic feather-like chiffon dresses, Prada's printed suits, Louis Vuitton's Baroque prints and Comme des Garcons' oversized silhouettes. And can we talk about the hair? These blunt cut cropped wigs push the shoot into other worldly chicness. "Fierce Creatures" indeed.
Native American style takes an avant garde turn in this portraiture inspired shoot featured exclusively on VeryVeryChic. Here is a look at what happens when four artists decide to collabrate. Hair stylist Troy Peppin and makeup artist Cory Bauer conceptualized the shoot and created feather hair pieces and makeup based on Native American tribal looks. Originally we planned to focus on accessories for the styling, but I found some incredible clothing that transformed the shoot into Native American couture complete with jewelry, feathers and plenty of fringe. The shoot came together when Ben Cope captured our model Nina with a subtly somber mood to reflect the look of authentic Native American portraiture. I hope you enjoy the result!! Scroll down for the full shoot.
How do you get dressed up for the Holidays? With the right shoes of course.
Recently, I was asked to style the Michael Antonio Holiday lookbook featuring 'It Girl' Caroline D'Amore. The concept was to shoot Caroline celebrity paparazzi style in Los Angeles. Photographer Mike Rosenthal was brought in to capture the Hollywood glam-meets-lifestyle look. From the chic loft to shopping in downtown and to the club for the party, here are key looks from Michael Antonio's Paparazzi Holiday collection. The collection is available online and if you're in Los Angeles, you're in luck. The Michael Antonio Pop-Up Store is open until Dec. 22 at 517 W. 7th St in downtown LA. Get your shoes and boots for the holidays. And the clothing? It's all available. Click, click the links to get the look. A special thank you to everyone who helped with this shoot.
What do Rodarte and Beck have in common? Autumn De Wilde.
Both are frequent subjects of the talented photographer, and now, De Wilde has published a new book of photographs dedicated to Beck, a longtime friend and muse. It also features a behind-the-scenes Q&A between the pair to boot. I stopped by Bookmarc in Los Angeles to check out the action at the signing and release party. The photos say it best.
Me and Dear Creatures designer Bianca Benitez, photo courtesy of Papermag.com
The only way to describe Jerusalem is to see the city.
While visiting Israel for Tel Aviv Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to visit Jerusalem along with the other international journalists invited there to cover the event. It's an area of the world that always seemed fascinating, but hadn't topped my list of places to visit - until now. And on Thanksgiving Day in America, it seemed almost surreal and an incredibly fitting day to be there. What I found was a city steeped in history, yet poised for modernity with its architecure, spiritual views and yes, fashion. While walking through its ancient streets, I discovered its treasures. Here are images from the day including views of the Jerusalem rooftops, the Arab shuk, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jewish Quarter, the Wailing Wall and the Mamilla Hotel and Shopping Center. More images after the break.
Hedi Slimane has an almost cult-like following in the fashion world. The renowned photographer and former designer for Dior Homme is one of the most influential designers in menswear design (think shrunken silhouettes and androgynous models). And his raw, black-and-white imagery is now iconic. "Calfornia Song" opened at the Museum Contemporary of Art on Friday night and marks the first West Coast solo museum exhibition of Slimane's work. And LA’s art and fashion set turned out in full force to celebrate. Celebs including Kirsten Dunst and Tilda Swinton made an appearance to fête the landmark occasion. The exhibition spans his “California period” which began in July 2007 and traces his exploration of urban youth culture and creative communities including music, art and fashion. Think tattoos, surfers and rock stars. I first blogged about the Hedi Slimane Diary after being inspired by his fashion photography and shortly after about "Hedi Slimane's Cali" following his trip to the Coachella Music Festival in 2009. It was exciting to see his California imagery transformed into an exhibition. His work is viewed in a two-part layout at the MOCA Pacific Design Center. Black-and-white print photos are featured on the ground level and a towering multi-projection installation rotates photos in a repetitive sequence on the second floor. Indie rock band No Age performed live at the opening event. The museum debut adds to Slimane’s growing list of publications and exhibitions which include “Berlin Project” (1999-2002) and “The London Years” (2003-2007).
The terms doppelganger and androgyny have reached a whole new level.
I'm currently obsessed with "Les Gémeaux," the latest editorial out in Numéro (my fashion Bible!) It features lookalike models Ginta Lapina and Andrej Pejic. Sebastian Kim shot the ultra glossy images for issue #128 with the sleek blonde duo - it's so well done it's somewhat surreal and at the same time awe inspiring! And the fashion? Ultra chic. Some of the best looks for Fall by Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Ralph Luaren, Louis Vuitton and more.
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"French Vogue is now "so Carine" in its aesthetic that it's hard to believe she only took up the reigns 10 years ago. Her departure in January carries with it the knowledge that, though it might well retain its influence, French Vogue will never be the same...."
- Interview magazine
I'm not one to repost stories, but this one is toooooo good. Karl Lagerfeld interviewed Roitfeld for Interview magazine and it gives a great back story on Roitfeld's legendary career as well as life after French Vogue. Karl Lagerfeld, a long-time friend and collaborator, spoke with Roitfeld in late July in Paris and shot a few pics. Here is the Q&A, for the full article go here.
photo: Stephane Feugere, courtesy of Interview
KARL LAGERFELD: How far can you take an image?
CARINE ROITFELD: I think that when you're taking pictures with my principles, you can try anything. Dare to do a lot of things—dare with sexuality, dare to break taboos as long as it remains photogenic. As long as I find an elegance and beauty in it, I am not afraid to tackle anything.
LAGERFELD: I think it was Marlow who said, "There is no beauty without some strangeness in the proportions."
ROITFELD: Exactly. I think that something needs to be weird in order to have a real beauty. Beauty can be quite boring, especially if you're talking about beauty that doesn't last. And what lasts is exactly the thing that maybe wasn't pretty at first—it comes over time to be beautiful or interesting or exciting—
LAGERFELD: For example, during the golden age of movie stars, there were plenty of actresses who were deemed unattractive at the start of their careers, but struggled and finally appeared more beautiful and more iconic. Sometimes that idea of being truly iconic has something to do with not necessarily being beautiful and thus trying harder.