Jason Wu has become the champion of all things flirty, feminine and polished but talking to Style.com this week, the designer revealed that she's shaking things up for his upcoming S/S13 collection.
According to the title, Helmut Newton's seductive photographs were one of the starting points for his latest offerings inspiring him to tap into a more sensual side than we've seen from him in the past and to do so, he's enlisted the helm of lingerie heavyweights, La Perla. 'It has been an incredible experience collaborating with La Perla and having access to all the amazing things we could create with their specialised techniques,' he told Style.com. 'They understood my vision for the Spring collection and went above and beyond my expectations in creating the most luxurious accent pieces to go with my designs.'
As I previously reported, Anja Rubik was in Cannes last week to celebrate the relaunch of her magazine, 25 and now the first look of the new issue is out, it's actually a lot more sexual than many had expected.
In a recent interview with Style.com, Rubik said that she drew on 70's issues of Playboy and erotica magazines and it shows. Throughout the issue the likes of Arizona Muse and Abbey Lee Kershaw appear nude and features include sex tips ranging from advising women to 'Leave your heels on during sex' to 'Let him watch you masterbate'. The magazine's theme also came through in Rubik's editor's letter where she wrote, 'We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel, just make it more lubricated for an easier rise.'
But the magazine isn't all about erotica. The model has always made it clear that she aims to portray women in a strong and confident way and to do so, she decided to only collaborate with female photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Inez van Lamsweerde on the issue.'I started thinking that there are so few female photographers,' she told Oyster magazine. 'The issue is about very strong women, very ambitious; she does what she wants and she is comfortable with her sexuality.
With Scott Schuman and Garance Doré gearing up to receive the media award at this year's CFDA Awards, the pair have been in the press a lot recently. This week Schuman spoke to GQ about everything from the problems created by sitting front row at that Dolce & Gabbana show to the failings of street style blogs today. In a joint interview with Style.com, the pair criticise the eagerness that showgoers have to be photographed and Schuman talks about how he feels when people criticise them.
On choosing not to shoot purely at the shows:
SS: Other people do this and they shoot very much at the shows—and that's great and that's very fashion. Where for me, that's an element of it, but also people on the street, people in different places. Still to this day, the most fun is just getting on my bike, going out, and shooting. Sometimes I don't get anything—yesterday I didn't get anything—but it's still that absolute search and challenge to go out and see someone.
GD: He really loves that. It's really his thing. I'm not like that. It's rough! You spend hours outside—it's like hunting. You're so frustrated. You don't like that comparison?
Anja Rubik might still be modelling but 25 magazine, the project she started back in 2009 with husband Sasha Knezevic, is her main focus. To shake things up, the magazine has undergone a big revamp with everyone from Inez can Lamsweerde to Annie Leibovitz collaborating on the new issue, which will be unveiled today in Cannes.
1970s erotica magazine, Viva, along with Playboy and Carine Roitfeld were the starting points of reference for the issue's erotica theme. '25 is basically directed toward very strong-minded, ambitious women, who are very comfortable with themselves and their sexuality,' she told Style.com. 'I was thinking a lot recently and looking how sex is approached nowadays, and nudity, and bodies. Erotica kind of disappeared. The way we approach sex is either really prude or very vulgar.'
Style.com: 'De la Renta has ditched the old church where he's presented for the last couple of years in favor of his new 42nd Street showroom. New venue, new lease on life? The space is un-renovated, and the runway is narrow. It meant you had an up-close view of the beautiful handwork that has won him so many fans over the years.'
Daily Mail: 'As the grand master of red carpet glamour it is little surprise that Oscar de la Renta was one of the most eagerly-anticipated shows at New York Fashion Week. And the designer, 79, lived up to expectation with a spring/summer collection that seemed made for the red carpet.'
Houston Chronical: 'Oscar de la Renta doesn't hold back in an unsure economy. Maybe he doesn't have to. Mixed among the typical New York Fashion Week crowd of retail buyers, stylists and editors at the designer's Tuesday night show were private customers — paying customers — making notes about what they'd like to be wearing next spring. For those women, de la Renta didn't disappoint, with shocking-colored Chinese lamb jackets paired with wide-leg trousers, silk bow-tie blouses and embroidered skirt suits, and the big ballgowns that they need for their jet-setter schedule.'
Grazia UK: ‘Way to go ODLR!’ we squealed on Twitter as Oscar de la Renta kicked off his S/S’12 collection with a FROW-skimming ball gown of mustard taffeta. Traditionally, a catwalk show crescendos to this kind of extravagance – the finale gown usually being the grandest – but the designer geniously flipped the switch and won gasps of awe from his adoring crowd.'
The Marc Jacobs show doesn't usually shy away from having a star studded front row but this season it's more than the show date that's changing. Rumours allege that the only celebrities sitting front row at the show will be Sofia Coppola and Elle and Dakota Fanning.
Although designers are usually desperate to get A-listers on their front row, Jacobs' decision to go against the grain isn't wholly surprising. Bacjkin February he told Style.com that he would rather have the attention of the press solely on the clothes rather than being distracted by the stars in attendance. “I’m not into the celebrity thing like we used to. That’s boring . . . We’re not going to have celebrities," he said. "We used to have all the celebrities and people there, and I think that at that moment in time, that’s what people loved. It generated so much press and at a certain point it was like, ‘Did anybody actually watch the show?’”
As fashion week approaches, news continues to break about changes to the New York Fashion Week schedule. Earlier on this month Tabitha Simmons revealed that Marchesa are ditching their usual presentation format in favour of a runway show and today Style.com announced that MAC will no longer sponsor the Rodarte show. Isaac Mizrahi is the latest designer to announce a change this season.
Rather than playing host to a runway show, the designer has decide to photograph the collection for a look book that he'll send to press and buyers instead."We think that sounds modern," he explained on his blog today. "Of course next season we'll be planning our fabulous lollapalooza fashion show — a 3D in theaters near you."
It's safe to say that it would be difficult to imagine a world without style.com. It's one of my first port calls in each morning and when I'm shooting and even more so during the show season so you can imagine my delight about the news that they've decided to launch a print version. Exciting, non? And even better - we only have a month to wait.
'Coming in October, just days after the last look has left the runway, the debut issue of Style.com Magazine will take you deep inside the Spring 2012 collections,' the website announced this week. 'Bringing the voices of both the editors and the readers of the world's leading fashion Web site to print for the first time, this new publication will not only uncover the most intriguing people, places, and clothes of the season, it will also chart the highs and lows, the triumphs and setbacks, the public and private moments on the journey from New York to Paris, catwalk to sidewalk, backstage to after-party. It's the season from every angle. It's a magazine for fashion obsessives by fashion obsessives.'
Alex White's departure from W after 16 years at the magazine sent shockwaves when the new was announced last week. But as we all know, Stefano Tonchi has hired a great replacement in Vogue contributor and i-D fashion director, Edward Enninful.
Style.com managed to secure an interview with the stylist to discuss what we can expect from him, what designers he will shoot and his thoughts on W's contribution to fashion.