As we mentioned, Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos have a string of worthy (non-designer) collaborators for their brand: Jane Birkin, Julianne Moore, Natalia Vodianova, we could go on. Now, the socially conscious designers behind Lutz & Patmos have tapped Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu to design a limited-edition jumper for the coming season.
Tutu, the South African activist who helped lead the fight against apartheid, AIDS and poverty, seems a surprising choice for a fashion collaboration, but it seems he was game. Tutu helped created a short-sleeved, scoop-neck top with vestment-inspired band collar, according to Refinery29. The Hillcrest AIDS Center Trust made a detachable beaded necklace for the top, which comes in eggshell, black and Tutu's signature colour, purple-magenta. His jumper and necklace sets will sell for $425 apiece, which $40 of each top's price dedicated to the Desmond Tutu Peace Center, and $30 from each necklace going to the Hillcrest AIDS Center Trust. Now, someone needs to snap up Nelson Mandela for a capsule collection.
What do Christy Turlington, Jane Birkin and Sofia Coppola have in common? They've all guest-designed for the ever-luxe brand Lutz & Patmos, established in 2000 by Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos, two former designers of Barneys' private label who find five-minute trends unsavoury. The duo earned their name for clever knitwear, with some of the best cashmere work we've seen. (Time magazine even named Lutz & Patmos' Teflon-coated cashmere one of the "Coolest Inventions of 2002.") And the best part of the label, which recently moved from knitwear-only ranges to full collections? All the styles are ecofriendly, and at least one design per season is dedicated to charity.
This week, the designers invite you to New York's Meatpacking District for a look into their lives at work.
Keira Knightley wore pieces from the Spring '10 Miu Miu collection to today's Laurence Olivier Awards nominee luncheon party in London. We think the skirt and button-up set are perfect for the actress' restrained but playful style.
The fall shows here, now that they’re over, were a lot like an alcohol-free version of “The Lost Weekend,” the 1945 Ray Milland film. What would that be like? An eternity of bad clothes crammed into four days with editors raging like shut-ins about the lack of fun (“Help, I need a drink!”) and the blogger Bryanboy announcing on Twitter that he had scored a free fur jacket from Dolce & Gabbana.
If you, like us, are stuck on Karen Elson's haunting, husky-voiced track "The Ghost Who Walks," then you'll be pleased to hear that the model-turned-singer has a concert coming up. Elson and her band will hit New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street on March 22 at 7.30 p.m. The Bleecker Street venue is selling tickets on its website for $15.
Elson's 12-song debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, is set to drop this summer and has been produced by Elson's husband, Jack White. This isn't the flame-haired beauty's first foray into music. In 2003, she added backing vocals to a Robert Plant song, and she's previously sung with Cat Power; Zooey Deschanel's group, She & Him; and her own political cabaret troupe, The Citizens Band. She's experienced, she's nailing the bluesy-pop vibe, and she has the expertise of White at her hands. Elson can't release the rest of her album soon enough.
Earlier this morning we reported on two models - Jessica Stam and Agyness Deyn - broadening their horizons by trying their hand at designing. Having already dappled in two successful design collections, firstly for Topshop and more recently for Longchamp, Kate Moss is adding to her fruitful list of talents, as Voguereports the British supermodel is set to co-star in a ballet movie.
Moss is reportedly to star alongside Russian dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov, who whilst having an incredible dance career spanning some of the world's most famous ballet companies is more known in the fashion industry for his role as Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriend Aleksandr Petrovsky in SATC. Set to be shown at a fund-raising event and furthermore as a gallery installation, Moss needs to be "fit, healthy and looking good, so her late nights and heavy partying have to be reduced," a source told the Daily Mail. "I know that she is very happy to do that and has talked about wanting to get fit and healthy herself. It will be a movie made for them so she doesn't have to be a prima ballerina, even though she is having classes."
We've seen a recent boom in the trend of 'actress-turned-designer' of late, some working out better than others (we need mention no names). However, actresses, step aside. It might be time for the 'model-turned-designer' status to become the latest thing. Both Agnyess Deyn and Jessica Stam have signed up to design small collections, though unlike their actress counterparts, both models are set only to do one-off collections, meaning that we needn't worry so much.
Deyn has signed up to create a collection of 11 items, including dresses, knit, scarves, t-shirts and leggings, with a price range from $212 to $307, in collaboration with Barney's Japan. The range will be available from March 13 at the Kobe and Shinjuku Barney's stores in Japan, and is part of Barney's environmental campaign Go Green Go. Stam, on the other hand, has signed up to design a capsule collection consisting of a jean, cardigan and handbag for Rachel Rachel Roy. Her collection will be unveiled at New York Fashion Week in September, and will be available from October - and the model is set to rely on Twitter and Facebook updates to promote the collection.