25 February 2010

love(notes): suzan fellman

Bespoke Chanel Silk Scarf Chandelier by Suzan Fellman

I really love this Chanel scarf chandelier by Suzan Fellman but again if someone tried to take my scarf for this project....hmmm.  The chandelier is "draped with genuine pearls and gold-plated vintage beads and chain." Each shade is made from an authentic vintage Chanel silk scarf and is attached to a gold-plated ceiling plate.

There are also Chanel and YSL chairs, upholstered "with specially selected, vintage scarf squares with waterjet-cut Lucite legs."  Each chair is designed around the three vintage designer scarves that comprise it, so no two are ever alike.

Bespoke Silk Scarf Chairs by Suzan Fellman

photo cred: suzan fellman & vivre

23 February 2010

mag(rac): dazed & confused

Dazed & Confused, April 2009

Model: Lakshmi Menon
Photography: Josh Olins
Styling: Nicola Formichetti

10 February 2010

love notes: globe-trotter

Globe-Trotter® Centenary 13" vanity case, $800.00

The other night I was window shopping online at J. Crew and stumbled upon the Globe-Trotter® collection. Yellow luggage. Even more, it has that vintage suitcase look. ♥ Imagine, never ever confusing your luggage at the baggage claim.  Not fighting over a piece and trying to convince a former cabin mate that the generic black bag is yours and not theirs.

Which brings me back to my current love - yellow luggage. Since it is yellow, yes it'll get dirty quicker. As a result, that is why there are a lot of black bags rolling around. But odds are, for this particular set of luggage, which roughly equates to taking a family of four on vacation (including tax and gratuity), you should to be traveling on a private plane. Just saying. Therefore, luggage is not mishandled and stays smudge free. Otherwise you run a high risk of being detained after making a because of the conveyor belt marking on your precious luggage. Just is case, it also comes in black.

Globe-Trotter® Centenary 21" trolley case, $1,350.00

Globe-Trotter® Centenary 28" suitcase with wheels, $1,600.00
Globe-Trotter® Centenary 30" extra-deep suitcase with wheels, $1,675.00
Globe-Trotter® Centenary 33" extra-deep suitcase with wheels, $1,750.00

photo cred: jcrew.com

05 February 2010

mag(rac): vogue germany

Models: Toni Garrn & Baptiste Giabiconi
Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld

from thestylemusings.com

photo cred: fashionising

02 February 2010

ciné(screen): ralph rucci - a designer and his house

Ralph Rucci: A Designer and His House documents the creation of Rucci's Spring 2008 ready-to-wear and Fall 2008 couture lines "delivering glimpses of Rucci's work ethic while capturing the generous, deeply collaborative creative process between the designer and his trusted team." For those unfamiliar with Rucci, he has been designing for over 25 years and launched Chado Ralph Rucci in 1994. In 2002, he was invited to show his collection in Paris by the French Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture — the first American to receive such an invitation since Mainbocher in the 1930s. Chado Ralph Rucci garments are known for the precision of their construction, their sculptural look, and the innovative use of fabrics.

I love watching "behind-the-scenes" documentaries of veteran designers. There is always this sense of calmness and urgency, which is hard to attain. As much as I love Project Runway, I can't help but get caught up in their anxieties. It is refreshing to watch someone who is established and still humble regarding their work. For example, there is point in the film when he is describing why his label is called Chado Ralph Rucci and not just Ralph Rucci. His reasoning is that if it just read his name, then it would not accurately reflect all the work that went into the creation of a garment — a whole group of people would be left out since it's not just him responsible for the final collection.

One of my favorite scenes is when he is shows the viewer one of his weightless dresses made of lace, tulle and chiffon all covered with ostrich and vulture feathers. He pauses a moment after saying "vulture," calls one of his assistants over to make sure that they are not using the word vulture on the carnet, which are customs documents, and then kind of trails off to why not. Kind of sketchy but I love him so I will not judge plus a designer who is thinking about customs procedures? I'm all over that. Right after, he is so tickled to mention that there are women who actually buy these dresses. Real women, well as "real" as you can be with a collection of couture garments. He says its fascinating because people are writing checks for them to go to private homes instead of red carpets and he is genuinely proud of that.

photo cred: bryan bedder/getty images

01 February 2010

intrigue(motif): rodarte

Guinevere van Seenus stars in Aanteni, a high-fashion techno-thriller from CFDA award-winning design sisters Rodarte, shot by their friend and frequent collaborator, the photographer and video artist Todd Cole. Set in the deserted grounds of Paypal founder Elon Musks Space X jet lab in Hawthorne, California, the film was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the space race, which, according to Rodartes Kate and Laura Mulleavy, has defined generations of artists in their desire to use new mediums and question the established rules they were taught to follow. This cinematic collision between rocket science and visual daring is an apt match for Rodartes spring 2010 collection—a symphony of flesh-colored crochet knits, fluorescent fibres, leather bandages and distressed plaid. Costumed in a series of these exquisite creations, Van Seenus blurrily emerges from a shimmering seascape before running through the starkly alluring spaces of the Space X facility—a former Boeing airline hanger that has been transformed into what the Mulleavys call a world defined by color, texture and material. Van Seenus hallucinatory journey, punctuated by glimpses of mysterious experiments and sudden rocket blasts, is chillingly soundtracked by LA noise-merchants No Age. We advise you to strap in and don a helmet for the spectacular finale—a truly stratospheric experience that takes Rodartes unique vision beyond the final frontier. 

JOYCE is delighted to announce a truly unique charity programme in aid of UNICEF, a collaboration with critically-acclaimed fashion label Rodarte, luxury brand SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, and famous actress Maggie Cheung. Rodarte designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, have handmade four one-of-a-kind creations specifically for this charitable initiative. Each piece is inspired by Maggie Cheung and references one of her films: In the Mood for Love, Hero, Clean, and Heroic Trio. The four stunning pieces have been captured in a short film by Wing Shya with music by Peter Kam. For every click of the short film on YouTube from now to 31 March 2010, JOYCE will donate HK$1 to UNICEF.

A conversation with Laura Mulleavy, one of the designers behind Rodarte and Vogues fashion news and features director, Sally Singer. In 2009, Rodarte was Cooper-Hewitts National Design Award Fashion Design finalist and won the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.
Rodarte is featured in an exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt on view February 11, 2010 through March 14, 2010.

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