Did she or didn’t she? That’s the big question accompanying Balenciaga’s latest ad campaign featuring uber-model Gisele Bundchen without the famed long locks that scored her a position as Pantene ambassador. The 33-year old stunner appears in the haute couture campaign with an edgy cropped buzz cut, thigh-high leather boots and a seriously sexy pose, leaving everyone asking, is the shorn hair a trick of the light, eye, photoshop, or did the Brazilian bombshell really shave her head?
The brand’s artistic director, Alexander Wang, sat down with Women’s Wear Daily to explain his vision for Bundchen’s “new” look, “This is how I see Gisele for Balenciaga; strong, powerful, mysterious and uncompromising. This season we worked with this idea of vanity, staged in a room filled with mirrors. But the cracked mirror is a continuing thread from the marble veins and creeping ivy leaves from seasons past.”
And while we’re pretty sure Bundchen’s reflection is not familiar with cracking mirrors, this latest effort from the fashion super-team of Wang, photographer Steven Klein, and the supermodel herself adds a seriously urban element to the term femme fatale.
Resort ’15 is peeling off a few decades from the current ’90′s buzz and bringing back that hippie-fave, tie-dye — and this is not your summer camp craft project. Collections from the likes of Alexander Wang, Burberry Prorsum, Michael Kors and Fausto Puglisi are featuring tie-dye prints that are perfect for summer’s music fest mania, tooling around the city, or jetting off for your beachside vacation. Just take a gander at this latest variation on of-the-moment prints and tell us you’re not ready to bust out the bleach. Paired with some funky, cool baubles and colorful summer pumps, this 60′s staple is now prime trend-setting real-estate.read more
Today’s big news jolted us out of our fast-fashion exhaustion and left us lunging for our calendars to mark the exact day that the Alexander Wang for H&M collection hits store shelves. That is correct, Alexander Wang is pairing up with H&M—*squee!
The heavy-hitting designer is arguably one of the most innovative and urban names on today’s scene, dolling out downtown cool with his namesake label, and ruling the roost at Balenciaga, so news that Wang would take a stab at a collaboration collection with the affordable H&M is… um… kind of a big deal.
Announced to the cool kids at a special Coachella party and via two Instagram teaser videos, the pairing promises apparel and accessories for men and women and will feature Wang’s “irreverent approach [that] will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion.”
“I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations.” the designer told the music fest party-goers. “They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”
Look for the collection to hit 250 H&M stores and online on November 6th.read more
The fashion world is in a frenzy with this week’s kick off NY Fashion Week — which means one thing for those of us not sitting front row in the Big Apple: trend watch. Celebrities and industry folk sit side-by-side, breath baited, watching as the haute couture reveal of the style savvy makes its way down the runway. From office to evening, Fall has always been a dramatic fashion affair, and this years top trends are no different.
Last Thursday we prowled our way through the leopard trend that’s topping nearly everyone’s to-do list, so today we’ll let you in on another ‘L’ words that you’ll L-O-V-E to L-O-V-E for Fall 2013: Leather.
Always a must-have topper in the Fall/Winter jacket department, this season’s leather is making it’s way on to shorts, skirts and particularly ladylike dresses by the likes of Dior, Michael Kors, and Altuzarra. Think the unlikeliest of strapless waist cinchers and fitted pencil style frocks all done up in motorcycle black leather and you’ll get the surprisingly feminine idea. Zip tops, leggings, and the typical boots, handbags, pumps, and belts and are also getting the leather treatment. So prepare to rev your engines for that most rock-n-roll of textiles this season — it’s going to be an ultra-chic ride.read more
Taking the exact opposite tact as nearly everyone else, designer Alexander Wang has eschewed the exuberant brights and eye-catching florals of the summer season and released a seriously serious collection of black, black, and black… um… objects. Wang’s collection is actually called Objects No. 3 and is comprised of 10 austere and minimalistic items like slippers, a deck of cards, a bottle opener, jump rope… even a pair of steely black boxing gloves. If cool were the season’s catchphrase, these objects would rule summer school.
Alexander Wang’s Objects No. 3 are available now here and are priced between $32 and $165 — a small price to pay for being the hippest kid in the hall.read more
When fashion and philanthropy come together, something magical happens. Okay, that may have been a bit cheesy but your heart will melt too after this dose of fashion goodness. Announced in a press release last week, Samsung and Alexander Wang are knee deep in a collaboration to create the industry’s first co-created print inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images using the GALAXY Note II. The print will appear on a limited-edition bag that will be sold in key markets around the world to raise funds for Art Start, an award-winning, nationally-recognized charity that uses the arts to nurture the creative talents of at-risk children and youth.
“I am most inspired from my everyday life and the people that surround me, so the idea of a co-creation with the people that I admire and respect the most is very exciting,” said Alexander Wang in the release. “This collaboration represents a new way that technology and style can come together. And, through a concerted effort, I am happy to be a part of supporting such a great charity as Art Start that embraces creativity and art in a way that can change lives.”
Not too shabby. Art Start is a New York City-based non-profit organization that uses the arts to save lives and to transform communities. Focusing on at-risk children and youth between the ages of 5 – 21, Art Start’s creative arts workshops seek to nurture the creativity and talents of their youth participants, while instilling the confidence to pursue meaningful opportunities in life.
Learn more about Art Start here: www.art-start.orgread more
Now that pint size designing duo Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have snapped up their CFDA Award, they’re turning their attention back to the expansion of their contemporary line Elizabeth & James. First up, the announcement of a handbag collection. The big news here is that the assuredly chic collection, constructed of Italian suede, leather, and New Zealand lambskin, is set to be much more affordable than some of the offerings from their couture label The Row. Mary Kate breaks down the important bits — the $$$ and the name-dropping — in a recent interview, saying, “We wanted the price point to be strong. The price point is below [Alexander] Wang and [Phillip] Lim but above Marc [Jacobs] and Tory [Burch]. We wanted these bags to be affordable.”
What does that mean exactly? Well apparently Elizabeth and James small leather goods will be prices somewhere between $125 – $395, while the larger bags will be offered between $395 and $625 — not chump change, but certainly not the staggering $34,000 alligator handbag that was offered up by The Row last year. (*choke.)
So keep your eyes peeled come July 2014 for what is sure to be a sought after collection of Elizabeth and James arm candy. The duo is also planning an e-commerce site, a fragrance in collaboration with Sephora, and a flurry of brick-n-mortar stores in the near future. Onward and upward ladies!read more