Eddie Borgo's campaigns are always good. Okay, so maybe that's an understatement but nonetheless, the fact that I can remember at least the last three pretty vividly is a good sign and his latest one illustrates why that is. Rather than sticking with editors (Kate Lanphear and Giovanna Battaglia have starred in his campaigns before), Borgo tapped The Kills front woman Alison Mosshart to front the campaign, and it works.
Mosshart's tough-girl, rocker aesthetic works perfectly with his strong, architectural pieces and unlike other partnerships we've heard about recently, you can actually imagine the musician wearing the pieces anyway. 'I think of his jewellery as sculptures designed with one final angle in mind, us, the moves we make, the turns we take, the rambling bliss of the body in human traffic?' she told WWD. The pairing came about after Lanphear introduced the pair over dinner in Paris. 'I was completely taken when I first saw her perform,' Borgo told style.com. 'She is a poet, a writer, a performer, an artist, an intellectual, and a musician.'
Last month rumours started circulating that CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Jospeph Altuzarra is working on a capsule collection with J. Crew along with runners up Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind. The news didn't come as surprise. Back in 2010, the high street retailer announced that they would work with the award recipients of that that year - who were Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo and Billy Reid - on capsule collections and today Altuzarra confirmed that the reports are true.
'So we worked on a collaboration which I think will be out in a few weeks,' he told Fashionista. 'It was a really interesting project because it was like a conflation of their language — or of their world — [and] of our world and putting it together.” As designer-high-street partnerships go, this is one I'm definitely looking forward to get my hands on. Are you?
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize is a big one but just to make it a bit more interesting this year, they've decided to treat the finalists to a bonus trip to Paris.
According to The Cut, Tommy Hilfiger is sponsoring the program, which enables these designers to show their collections in Paris to ensure that their collections are seen by those press and buyers who couldn't make it to New York Fashion Week. The lucky ten designers are Prabal Gurung, Sophie Theallet, Simon Spurr, Billy Reid, Eddie Borgo, Monique Péan, Ohne Titel, George Esquivel, Gregory Parkinson, and Pamela Love.
In digital age where we're as excited about what people are wearing to the shows, as much as the clothes appearing on the runway the role of the editor continues to grow. Where before it was focused on creating beautiful shoots and pages in magazines, editors like Anna Dello Russo are now becoming their own brand and are building on their new found fame by signing on to collaboration after collaboration.
ADR has mastered this. This week images from the campaign of Macy's private label brand INC have been released. What's interesting about them is that as well as styling the campaign, Dello Russo also makes an appearance alongside Karolina Kurkova showing that brand's are willing to embrace (or jump on the bandwagon) of her new celebrity status. In the past year Giovanna Battaglia and Kate Lanphear have both showed off the designs of Eddie Borgo in his lookbooks and last week Carine Roitfeld was the subject of Macy's Fall 2011 campaign. Five years ago who would have imagined that editors would go from styling models in campaigns, to being the subjects themselves?
Last night the Lincoln Centre in New York played home to the 2011 CFDA Awards. As we knew, Marc Jacobs picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award, Phoebe Philo was presented with the International Award and Lady Gaga collected the big 'Fashion Icon' gong at last night's ceremony.
Other big winners of the night include the Proenza Schouler duo who picked up the award for womenswear designer of the year. Accessories designer of the year went to Alexander Wang, Menswear Designer of the Year went to Michael Bastian and Eddie Borgo recieved the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.
The CFDA Awards are a big fixture on the fashion calendar but unfortunately don't receive the amount of press that they deserve; but it looks like that is going to change. Lady Gaga has been announced as the winner of the Fashion Icon award, which was given to Iman last year and if the press that Mugler received this month is anything to go by, the ceremony won't struggle for press attention this year.
Other confirmed award winners are Hilary Alexander who will be given the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award, Marc Jacobs is being given the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award and Phoebe Philo, the International Award.
Art direction, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld; styling, Keegan Singh. Photo: Paul Maffi
Last season ELLE's Style Director Kate Lanphearappeared in Eddie Borgo's look book following in the footsteps of ediors like Lauren Santo Domingo and Vanessa Trina but this season is Giovanna Battaglia's turn. Borgo and the L'Uomo Vogue editor hit it off after meeting at an appointment two years ago.
Giovanna was very much in my head when I was designing the spring collection,” he said. “She loves jewelry and is not afraid to pile it on. She also, in her own way, is an example of high-end meets street.”
Young designerAlexander Wang must be on top of the world right about now, with a career that has flourished in success in the short space of only three years and eleven collections, he has outdone himself once more by leading the way in the CFDA Award nominations. Having been nominated for the prestigious Womenswear Designer of the Year, Wang finds himself sitting alongside fashion veterans Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, as well as Eddie Borgo and Dana Lorenz in the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design category.
Even more impressively, the only other designer to sit with two nominations this year is the man behind two successful eponymous labels and luxury house Louis Vuitton, - Marc Jacobs, who is nominated for both Womenswear and Accessory Designer of the Year. In a poignant homage to Alexander McQueen, the late designer will be honoured by the Board of Directors Special Tribute, Michael Kors will recieve the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, and Christopher Bailey will be honoured with the International Award for his work at Burberry.