Text, Vivian Kelly
The count-down to New York Fashion Week is on but what I call “the pre-show” is more interesting this time around. Usually, I get previews in my in-box which are helpful but a bit boring. This season, though, publicists and designers are taking a more creative approach to generating interest for their clients’ collections that will be revealed next week in New York. Christian Siriano is one of these designers.
A few days ago, I got a beautiful video clip from Slate PR of NY Fashion Designer darling, Christian Siriano‘s Spring/Summer 2012 video campaign that was shot exclusively at the Soho Grand Hotel in New York City. It stars Mena Suvari, with music by Brad Walsh. and edited by Brian Hicks and Alicia Solombrino.
I didn’t need the film to be convinced that the spring 2012 collection was Christian’s strongest one to date, but it DID make me appreciate it all the more. This is certainly not Mena’s first foray into the fashion and beauty worlds, but this film lacks the canned quality of the l’Oreal videos she’s done. The Siriano film is editorial in nature and as thus, much more interesting to watch. I’ve railed in the past about how actors have replaced supermodels on fashion magazine covers, but when it comes to doing a promotional film of this nature, you need an actor rather than a model. Watch it and see whether or not you agree that red and orange are still Mena’s best colors. Enjoy!
A Quick Refresher About Mena Suvari
You’re probably most familiar with actress Mena Suvari as the lucsious “Angela” in her 1999 break-out film, American Beauty.American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. In it, Kevin Spacey stars as office worker Lester Burnham, who experiences a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with Angela, his teenage daughter’s best friend. It’s hard to forget the image of Mena laying in a field’s worth of American Beauty Roses with that knowing look on her face.
Boo! Meet your scariest bad guy at the Aldrich Museum’s “Barrier and Trigger” Installation by Type A11 Jul
Text, Vivian Kelly
As I make my final preparations for the babes and bikinis trip to Miami [Mercedes Benz Miami Fashion Week Swim] I wanted to discuss something a little more high brow. The Culture Vulture in me loves one of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibits – TRIGGER by Type A.
Type A’s installation had us hooked so much so that we were the last to leave, after a nice chat with the artists and Aldrich’s Exhibition Director, Richard Klein.
The purpose of the project, the duo explained, was “to explore the reasons Americans feel the need to arm themselves.” This mixed-media installation is comprised of an ongoing series of targets, 35 x 23 inches arranged in neat rows which simulate the feeling of actually being in a target range.
FE friend, Helmut Brenner and I compared notes and came to the conclusion that the “bad guys” in the target range posters reminded us of the scariest stereotypes from our favorite Seventies’ cop shows an movies: Kojak, Mannix, The French Connection.
We were each fascinated for different reasons. Helmut, a businessman who runs the Brenner Foundation] liked how the artists had combined notoriously non-paying art with a very commercial endeavor. The photographic images the artists produced have actually been printed and sold as commercial gun targets by Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., a Minnesota-based company.
Me – I loved seeing all of my scariest bad guys all in one place and facing up to them and finally – FINALLY – putting those bogeymen to rest. It may sound silly, but the walk through was cathartic.
We’re all afraid of SOMETHING. Maybe it’s of the sketchy/scary guy hanging out in a phone booth, or a Rottweiler walking down the street with what “must be” drug-dealers. Maybe your bogeyman is more “out there” . Perhaps it’s something out of “Night of the Living Dead”?
This is worth a walk-through. You have until December 31 to face-up to your scariest baddie.*If one of the targets really strikes your fancy, you can order one of your very own through Law Enforcement Targets, Inc.
To learn more about Type A, visit the Aldrich.org.
Yes? I’m on the list.
The list? ??There. Is no0000 guest list tonight!”
Text, Vivian Kelly
I found this opening “statement” from Jeremy Scott’s latest show soundtrack particularly meaningful.
SURE… there was “no guest list”. That’s why the line at MILK Studios snaked around and around the downstairs holding pen, cum. art gallery and into the street. “No tickie no laundry”, for sure on this one. We bumped into The Daily Beast’s Robin Givhan, who decided she just didn’t have the time to wait. Maybe it was Vanessa Hudgens‘ presence at the show that was partially responsible for the delay.
So far, not so good, but a good fashion show is always late.
Jeremy and Kelly Cutrone and the gang at Peoples Revolution always put on a good show. He’s not a designer to slave over the Pantone color chart and I love him for being an indie rebel designer at heart, even though he’s no longer “a young designer” or “emerging”.
He has not happily, “grown-up” and abandoned his fun aesthetic in order to make “saleable” clothes. He’s found another way – which we’ll talk about a little bit later in this post.
Hint: A good collaboration does wonders for one’s bottom line and coffers.
As far as the actual show, can you say fun and logo or maybe brand mania are the words I’m looking for? If you love Coke [“The Real Thing”], Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, this is it for you.
There’s some college girl wear here kicking back to the Eighties wear of my youth- big chunky sweaters t wear on cold days that are vaguely Fair Isle as well as striped sweaters and scarves.
For evening the vibe’s a bit Spanish Matador. My favorite is the finale Wonder Woman blue sparkly dress that was reminiscent of the invitation to the MET superhero exhibit a few years back.
There was also a reference to Gregg Araki’s film, “Nowhere”, [his 1997cult film]which had the LA slacker vibe and Valley Girl plasticity, which makes it perfectly acceptable to wear a red plastic miniskirt and a poofy angora sweater in bubble gum pink. I couldn’t tell if the girls were chewing Double Bubble gum, but it would have been a nice touch.
This time, he’s brought-in a commercial aspect – a collaboration with Swatch Watches. Collaborations don’t always work, but this one did. There are 3 fun watches to choose from – Lighting Flash, Winged Swatch, and Swatch Opulence. For $70 per, you get to participate in a little of pop culture excess –in a more understated way. Since scooping up the last Lightning Flash one at the Swatch store in Grand Central Terminal, I’ve indulged my inner Valley Girl and worn it every day.
>Frederic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel Transforms Kristen Stewart’s Tresses for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Premiere28 Jun
Well, the countdown is almost at an end. What countdown? The one we’re on at my place for the midnight showing of ECLIPSE, the 3rd of the 4 TWILIGHT films that made KRISTEN STEWART and Rob Pattinson the stars of the moment.
If you’re a teenager or have a teenage daughter in your life, you’re well aware that Kristen’s style is one that many teens aspire to. So far, that’s meant, low-key indie style – concert tees, Keds, Converse and skinny jeans.
Although a reluctant star, Kristen has finally embraced her celebrity status and looks beautiful and grown up on the Red Carpet.
She teamed-up with the king of sophisticated dos – Frederic Fekkai, to attend the premiere of ECLIPSE.
One of Frederic’s team of stylists, ADIR ABERGEL, did a a soft take on the 1950’s pompadour. You girls who are going to prom or who are bridesmaids, take note. This is a great grown-up party look that doesn’t look overly done – perfect for a young girl.
HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Here’s the step by step info on how to get this look at home or you can simply give the directions to your favorite stylist so they get it just right.
STEP 1: Apply Fekkai Full Blown Volume™ Styling Whip at the roots throughout the hair.
STEP 2: Using a round brush, blow-dry the hair away from the face, and place it in pin curls.
STEP 3: Allow the hair to cool before removing the pin curls.
STEP 4: Style the hair by hand raking the hair into a side pompadour and secure it with pins.
To shape the face, pull a few pieces in front, and secure the look with Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray.
The sophisticated result beats Kristen’s day look, hands down. Nice job, Frederic and Adir!
WHAT YOU NEED/PRODUCT LIST – all available at www.fekkai.com,
Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue.
WHAT: the best fashion at the Cannes Film Festival
WHERE: the Cannes Fashion Lounge
WHY: because the fashion’s the best part!
I’ve been receiving nearly daily missives from PR companies about the fun that’s going-on in Cannes, at the legendary annual Film Festival. While I’d love to be there, this year, I’m content to live vicariously through these media blasts.
Much like watching a baseball game, it’s SO much better to sit in the comfort of my pink and green office looking out over my lawn and gardens rather than being crushed nose-to-nose with other bloggers dying to get a look at Eva Longoria at the ROBIN HOOD Film Premiere. The only way to go to the Cannes Film Festival is first class, by private jet, and to stay at the Palatial InterContinental Carlton Cannes in one of the new suites on the 7th floor. [Each one if named after a famous movie star]. The palace has evolved throughout the year, but it’s always stayed a World Class hotel, strategically located on the famous Croisette, close to the Cannes Palais des Festivals with a killer view of the Mediterranean Sea. A few years ago, I did enjoy a cocktail there, off season and sat with a group avidly speculating on the deeply tanned man in a white suit and his considerably younger, very blonde companion.
Cannes presents a wonderful opportunity for the biggest luxury brands to lure the stars to try and hopefully, model their wares. Among those represented: Pucci, Gucci, Givenchy, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Swarovski. A photo such as this one of Eva Longoria wearing Pucci to the ‘Robin Hood” premiere is worth it’s weight in gold. While I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that this white gown was Pucci, Eva looked amazing – no question about that. She also looked wonderful wearing jewellery by de Grisogono while attending the “On Tour” Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival.
Note to stylist: Robert Verdi, you’re doing a fabulous job!
For more information on the Intercontinental, visit www.intercontinental.com