Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Eric Bell by Dennis Golonka | It Takes a Thief

The second issue of Visual Tales has just been released, and it reaffirms my love for this project by John Tan, proving he’s really onto something. The new issue has ‘reckless’ as its theme, you can definitely see it in this cheeky editorial ‘It Takes a Thief.’

'You see, our thief (model Eric Bell) doesn’t just break and run away with the valuables. He takes his time enjoying a snack, a bath and raiding the closet, showing us the Lanvin S/S 2010 collection, before he makes his escape. The editorial is photographed by Dennis Golonka and styled by John Tan.'Homotography

Kelis Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel

Kelis sauced up the Kimmel stage last night, strutting an entire tribal outfit and shimmy and shamming to her newest single ''Acapella''.

Kelis is set to debut her new album Flesh Tone through Interscope in May. She was recently quoted saying...

“I was dead set, like, I put my foot down—I am not signing to a major label again! It took me four years to get off my old label,” she told Idolator in December. “I fought and fought. I spent so much time and energy getting off the label and getting out of my contract that when I finally did get out, I had not made any provisions or had any thoughts about what I was going to do next… I went to culinary school and just regrouped and got my heart back for it. I started recording and dibbling and dabbling here and there. Honestly, the record just came together, and it felt so good that I didn’t want it to get swept under the rug with a smaller label.” Flesh Tone’s comes out on May 17 Kiddas!!!

Eat, Pray, Love Jewelry, SATC 2 Everything, Do Movies Really Make You Buy?

'When Sex and the City 2 is released in May, the world will be bombarded with branded merchandise.

It’s still two months away, but we already know there’ll be a push for Halston Heritage product, Coty’s SJP NYC fragrance, Cosabella’s SATC underwear and loads of liquor brands hawking their newest pink cocktail.

Meanwhile, one of the companies producing product for SATC 2, Dogeared, has signed on to make books, jewelry and ‘travel products’ for ''Eat, Pray, Love''.

That movie, starring Julia Roberts and based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, doesn’t come out until August, but Fred Segal and ABC Home have already picked up the collection. Dogeared told WWD, “We relate to the theme of a woman’s journey for self-fulfillment and happiness.” Fashionista

I usually find most of my inspiration from musique and sometimes film but to actually buy movie branded products seems sorta uhm...creepy, almost in a delusional sort of way. As stated over at fashionista, if a movie’s release prompts me to buy a book, I’ll search extra hard to buy a copy without an actor’s face on the cover and the thought of wearing underwear stamped with a movie slogan makes all of us very uncomfortable.Haha

How about you kidda's? Are you buying these types of products?

Exclusive Debut: Gia Coppola Shoots The Like For Zac Posen’s Target Collection

Zac Posen’s new collection with Target is aimed at a younger girl—the designer describes it as “the best summer of a girl’s life”—so when the time came to make a little video teasing the range, he called one up. Posen and Gia Coppola—who also lensed the recent Opening Ceremony teaser video—first met when Posen traveled to L.A. for a trunk show; Coppola, then 14, and her friend Natalie Love (the daughter of Teen Vogue’s Lisa Love) showed him around the city. Now 23, Coppola is trying her hand at the family business—and not the winemaking one. “She’s going to be the next Coppola force to be reckoned with,” Posen insists. “They just genetically, aesthetically, have something—they’re able to capture magic.”

Coppola shot the nouvelle girl group the Like—friends of hers since high school—primping for a show and then performing one of their songs. “We looked at old Beatles footage of them in their hotel room,” she related by phone from L.A. Posen was feeling the behind-the-music vibe, too. “There’s a really nice Jim Morrison quality in the movie—all the psychedelic lights,” he said, ticking off X’s Exene Cervenka and Lou Reed as a few of the collection’s muses. The Like, for their part, will be on hand to perform at Posen’s 24-hour Target pop-up store and party next week, when, in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion, the bash won’t end until long after sunrise. Is Posen ready for an all-nighter? “I do 24-hour days at least eight times a year for my shows,” he said. “Adding one more is really no skin off my back.” —Matthew Schneier 4 ''

Lollapalooza Lineup Announced: Lady Gaga, The Strokes, Raphael Saadiq, & Stars!

The Lollapalooza official lineup has been announced for the 2010 fest at Chicago’s Grant Park. The three-day event will take place August 6 – 8.

Below is thee entire list of Lollapalooza performers, courtesy of ''Stereogum''.

"Festival creator Perry Farrell spoke to Rolling Stone about the inclusion of Lady Gaga who performed at Lollapalooza on a smaller stage in 2007 as a headliner...

“Lady Gaga represents to me the music industry today. She’s a good representation of where it’s at and where everybody’s trying to get to. If you look at the Grammys, it looked like everybody was trying to catch up to Lady Gaga. We just see the vision of Lady Gaga in Chicago in Grant Park surrounded by all those beautiful buildings—we all just thought that it would be an epic performance… She had a real interest in doing it as well because she felt like we had given her a break to go into the world of legitimate music, you know not just pop.”


Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire
The Strokes, Phoenix, Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, The Black Keys, The National, Spoon, Devo,Cypress Hill, Cut Copy, The New Pornographers, Erykah Badu, Slightly Stoopid, Grizzly Bear, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, Wolfmother, Yeasayer, X Japan, MUTEMATH, Metric, Dirty Projectors, AFI, Mavis Staples, Matt & Kim, The xx, Drive-By Truckers, Blues Traveler, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Temper, Trap, Jamie Lidell, Frightened Rabbit,F**k Buttons,Deer Tick,Blitzen Trapper,Stars,Raphael Saadiq,The Cribs,Minus the Bear,Switchfoot,The Walkmen...

Mumford & Sons,Wild Beasts,Rogue Wave,Los Amigos Invisibles,The Big Pink,The Dodos,Hockey,Cymbals Eat Guitars,B.o.B,Dawes,Warpaint,The Antlers,The Soft Pack,Rebelution,Balkan Beat Box,Wavves,American Bang,The Ike Reilly Assassination,Company of Thieves,Nneka,Harlem,The Constellations,Miniature Tigers,Mimicking Birds,The Kissaway Trail,HEALTH,Javelin,The Morning Benders,Foxy,Shazam,Violent Soho,Royal Bangs,NEON TREES,Freelance Whales,Semi Precious Weapons,Dan Black,The Band of Heathens,Dragonette,My Dear Disco,Shawn Fisher,Neon Hitch,Skybox,The Ettes,Jukebox the Ghost,These United States,MyNameIsJohnMichael,PERFORMING AT PERRY’S...

2ManyDJs,Empire of the Sun,Digitalism,Perry Farrell,Tiga,Felix da Housecat,Rusko,Erol Alkan,Kaskade,Flosstradamus,Wolfgang Gartner,Joachim Garraud,Mexican Institute of Sound,Caspa,Peanut Butter Wolf,Dirty South,NERVO,Cut Copy (DJ Set),Beats Antique,Steve Porter,Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls,Ancient Astronauts,Ana Sia,Team Bayside High,Dani Deahl,FreeSol,DJ Mel,BBU,Vonnegutt,Only Children,Lance Herbstrong

Jarek Pietka by Krajewska & Wieczorek | QVEST Magazine

Genuis, Simply Genius! 'Mixing quirky fashion with inspired crazy, photographers Zuza Krajewska and Bartek Wieczorek stage their latest editorial entitled We Two Are One for the most recent issue of QVEST magazine. Reuniting with Jarek Pietka and stylist Andrzej Sobolewski, the talented team capture eccentricity at its finest.'Fashionisto

Frey Mudd in Room 103 by Alexander Hankoff | Fantasticsmag

'Red model Frey Mudd checks into a seedy hotel for his recent editorial for Fantasticsmag. Appearing alongside MC2’s Selana, Frey is photographed by Alexander Hankoff and styled by Jeremy Myers. Meeting for an awkward rendezvous, Frey delivers a nonchalant performance.'Fashionisto

Itsnotyouitsme Report 11: Things to Know

Photobucket Alexander McQueen’s Final Bow - via

Photobucket Roseanne Barr Makes A Very Good Point!!! - via

Photobucket Bidding Wars: Bryanboy fought hard to get his hands on this 1988 issue of Vogue. It was Anna’s debut issue as Editor-in-Chief. - via

Photobucket Dr. Dre Confirms Jay-Z Collaboration! - via

Photobucket Tilda Swinton takes Jefferson Hack’s Proust Questionnaire - via

Photobucket Beloved fashion kid Christian Siriano sits down to chat with Fashion Indie. He talks inspiration, collaborations and “Having a Moment” - via

Photobucket The British Fashion Council has launched a Blog Portal! A couple of our favorites have made the list! - via

Not Dre, but still sounds good to me. Here's an old collabo with producer Pharrell of the neptunes and musique group N.e.r.d.

It's Bai Ling!

Bai Ling gets her shimmy on while strutting the streets of Los Angeles with a street performer last night. It seems like when Bai Ling gets a hold of her groove, there's just no stopping her afterwards. Get-it-Girl! Get-it-Get-it-Girl!!

And yes yes, I'm sure I've done this at one point or another in the past when leaving the disco but with loads of happy juice and friends around to cheer me on!

Wild Otter & Kitty Kat Befriend One Another

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Threads & Buddhism Will Be Courtney Love's Salvation?

“She’s a big fan of Miuccia’s aesthetic and is hoping to land a fashion spread with Steven Meisel.” –Andre Leon Talley on his lunch with Courtney Love .

Like Marc Jacobs and Burberry Look Pretty Online

By Lauren Sherman @ fashionista

If you work in fashion, you’ve heard of Createthe Group. If you don’t work in fashion, you’ve shopped on a Createthe Group-engineered Web site, whether it was Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Tom Ford, Bulgari or one of many others.

Createthe Group designs and engineers Web sites, e-commerce platforms, mobile applications and mobile commerce platforms for pretty much every big fashion and luxury brand around. Company founder James Gardner, a Wall Street refugee who set out in 2004 to bring high fashion to life online, is the brain behind these ventures. He’s also one of the primary reasons the US is a leader in fashion and luxury e-commerce. (Think about it: Companies like Stella McCartney only sell online to US customers.)

Fashionista recently sat down with Gardner to discuss how the industry has changed since he launched Createthe Group in 2004, and how it’s about to change even further.

Fashionista: What did you set out to do when forming createthe group in 2004, and how has that changed in the last six years?
James Gardner: Before I started Createthe Group, I was working on Wall Street, creating algorithms for trading. I wanted to do something like that, but in this industry. I’ve obviously not been the only person doing e-commerce for high-end brands, but my end goal is–and always has been–to use technology to transform fashion and luxury.

It seemed like, up until about two years ago, most luxury brands were afraid of the Internet, afraid of e-commerce. Early on, how did you convince brands that going online was the right thing to do?
Six years ago, apart from the real innovators, like Ralph Lauren, the vast majority of companies were concerned that the digital channel would damage their brand. They weren’t convinced that the brand could be properly represented online. As technology changed, and bandwidth increased, we were more easily able to create content with rich, beautiful imagery. We are also lucky that Marc Jacobs, Burberry, David Yurman, and others signed on with us early. As other brands started seeing that, they were more eager to team up. Selling online was something brands were traditionally worried about–they were afraid it would cannibalize their wholesale and retail outlets. Even 12 or 18 months ago, people were worried. Now, 95% of our clients have e-commerce, or we’re currently creating an e-commerce platform for them.

What do you think about the emphasis on social media in fashion? Do you think it’s really necessary for every brand to have a Facebook page or a Twitter handle?
Absolutely don’t jump on the bandwagon, understand where it fits into your overall brand. Our client Donna Karan has done a good job with Twitter. The consumer really resonates with @DKNY, so it’s been effective. [@DKNY is run by one of the firm's public relations reps--her Tweets are funny and candid, drawing over 66,000 followers thus far.]

Last week, Gilt Groupe told me that 7% of their weekend sales are made via iPhone. How important is creating mobile apps to your firm these days? It needs to be part of an overall digital channel strategy. We’re all on the iPad, already pretty obsessed with it, and the Gilt Groupe app is very interesting. You’d think, “Why do they even need a shopping app?” But the imagery and user experience make it compelling.

I think what’s more important, though, is ensuring you have a type of e-commerce platform that works on mobile phones. Just because Chanel has an app doesn’t mean everyone has to have an app. If an app is needed, tackle that after m-commerce is in place.

You work with the best in fashion, but are there any brands you’re still eager to team up with?
When I sat down and asked myself that question seven years ago, I listed out Marc Jacobs, Burberry, and a lot of other brands that we still work with today. Now, we’re quite interested in looking outside of fashion and luxury. I want to work with brands that are already innovators online, such as Uniqlo. And Apple, of course. The opportunity to work with a brand like Apple, or Target–any brand that focuses on design–would be fantastic.

So, we’ve covered e-commerce, branding, social media and m-commerce. What’s next in the digital space for luxury and fashion? Global expansion is very important, especially from a brand and e-commerce perspective. Social commerce is also important.

What exactly is social commerce? It’s social shopping–it’s a way to drives sales through a social community. A good example is Juicy Couture’s Club Couture. Consumers can put looks together–a pair of jeans, a tank top, a necklace–and browse other club members’ looks. They can also upload pictures of themselves styled in their favorite Juicy items. Consumers recommending how to put products together for other consumers–and it’s had a massive impact on sales. The conversion rate [or the number of people who actually buy something after clicking on it] is 162% higher on that section of the site compared to the regular e-commerce section.

You can follow James Gardner on Twitter: @subversiveglam, or visit his blog ''Subversiveglamour''

Robbie Wadge & Louis Yearwood by Joost Vandebrug | Volt #7

'Styling Robbie Wadge and Louis Yearwood for Volt #7, Cynthia Lawrence-John finds the opportunity to interject menswear with a little whimsy. With a delicate balance set in motion, photographer Joost Vandebrug captures a youthful naivety using great care.'Fashionisto

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