Style.com: See You This Summer—That Is To Say, Tuesday
Memorial Day is the traditional kickoff to the summer season—even if forecasts in the northeast make it feel more like sweater weather. In celebration of the holiday, we’ll be off Monday. Here’s hoping you are, too. See you Tuesday.
Style.com: Kirsten Dunst Gets Personal In Wren’s New Capsule Collection
Wren designer Melissa Coker first worked with power stylist and Lula editor in chief Leith Clark on several short fashion films for the label, starring the likes of Tavi Gevinson and Gia Coppola. At the time, they were designer and stylist. But then, the ideas started to bubble up. “We were on set and I was looking at the clothes, saying, ‘What if you did it like this?’ or ‘Maybe this should be like that,’” Clark recalled. “Eventually she was like, ‘Why don’t you just design a collection?’”
Sometimes it is that easy. Clark took the reins, looked into her own closet for inspiration, and proposed easy pieces that she’d want to wear herself. She created prints from the work of three of her favorite illustrators (Mercedes Helnwein, Fanny Bostrom, and Jenny Mörtsell) on T-shirts, and asked Coker to whip up a rusty knit hat similar to one that a little girl is wearing in a painting hanging in her parents’ bathroom. Other pieces include schoolgirlish floral frocks with peter pan collars and nipped-in jackets with retro appeal.
To keep the more-the-merrier theme going, Clark asked her close friend and client Kirsten Dunst to pose for the look book, which was shot by Dunst’s boyfriend Garrett Hedlund in Los Angeles. “Normally I style her so it was fun to flip roles and design the clothes and see how Kristen would wear them herself. It was a multi-faceted experience,” said Clark. She sent off the clothes and left Dunst and Hedlund to style and shoot themselves; the fruits of that labor debut here on Style.com. “There are some things that weren’t realized from the collection that are still lingering,” Clark hinted, “so stay tuned for a sequel.”
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Photos: Courtesy of Wren
Style.com: All That Glitters In Cannes Is Carine Roitfeld’s Gold Fashion Show
When a good cause (amfAR) and a major industry figure (Carine Roitfeld) come together, it’s a given that the fashion world will line up to lend a hand. And so it was at “The Ultimate Gold Collection” fashion show that Roitfeld staged at the nonprofit’s Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the Cannes Film Festival last night. The show included golden looks from Tom Ford and Thom Browne, Versace and Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Moncler, Dior, Comme des Garçons, Prada, Ralph Lauren, and Rick Owens—a group that becomes even more impressive given that they represent less than one third of the show’s participants. Add in the twenty-two additional jewelry and accessory brands, the glossy Gianvito Rossi heels…
Suffice it to say, with LoveGold.com as one of the evening’s three title sponsors, the theme was pretty much preordained. Having soft-launched around award season earlier this year, LoveGold is being positioned as the creative, community online platform for the World Gold Council. LoveGold helped support the accessory creations, in addition to hosting the Livestream on its homepage.
“For certain designers, the cost of gold is a barrier to entry,” said Sally Morrison, LoveGold’s director of jewelry in the U.S. “We were interested in creating a sort of incubator program where we offered gold loans for jewelers we were interested in to allow them to work in the medium and de-risk it for them. That coalesced very nicely with designers [Carine] wanted to put in the show.”
Jeweler Ana Khouri has worked with gold since launching her namesake jewelry line; for her, it’s just an extension of her sculpture background. Khouri represents the new generation of precious-metal designers, one whose mandate is as much about responsible gold sourcing as unconventional multi-finger rings. “I think gold is a universal language; it really connects people. And how amazing it is to get all this talent together with gold as the link,” said Khouri, before taking her architectural cuffs to be paired with a J.W. Anderson ruffled look.
“There’s something about gold that’s just so timeless and elegant,” said Karlie Kloss, one of the many models who have crowded the Croisette in the days leading up to this evening’s event. For the show, she wore a filigreed necklace by the Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani in her hair. “I was aware of the fantastic workmanship possible with gold,” the designer said. “But it slid to a precious base for necklaces and jewelry, and on its own, it was considered more traditional. It slipped out of the fashion sensibility in a sense.”
Well, not anymore. Just witness the headdress of gold flowers designed by Khouri that Giovanna Battaglia wore on the red carpet—or, for that matter, the spiky Mohawk by Stephen Jones that Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the Met Ball. But even Roitfeld, who had three months to assemble and review all the designs, seemed surprised when such a gold-heavy show proved free of flash. “It all looks monotone; everything matches quite well altogether; and it’s not as tacky as you would imagine gold,” she said before the gala got underway, dressed in a Comme des Garçons top that exposed a ring of tanned midriff and a taupe ruched Rick Owens skirt. But maybe even flash wouldn’t have been entirely unwelcome. “Minimalism is a little finished,” she declared, hinting that the proof will be in her next issue of CR Fashion Book. Let the gold speculating begin.
Click here for a slideshow of looks from the runway, plus a selection of the jewelry made for the occasion >
Photos: Courtesy of LoveGold
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