This week team ACNE descended on New York to open their new store at 33 Greene Street. To mark the occasion the brand brought Sweden to New York by marking the occasion with a traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration at a private dinner at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.
'When I am in New York, I really feel that historical references are very visible so when designing the new store I wanted to take a very Swedish slant on history and environment,' Jonny Johannson, the brand's creative director, said in a statement. 'I was inspired by the Gustavian period of Swedish design, its cleanness and purity, and I wanted to re-interpret that in a modern way.
As you would expect, the opening drew an impressive crowd. Everyone from Glenda Bailey and Hamish Bowles to Elin Kling and Hanneli Mustaparta attended.
Tommy Ton may not be interested in releasing a book just yet but a foray into fashion design is definitely in his future. Yesterday Stevie Dance launched her new online shopping magazine, Shop Ghost, an in an interview with the street style photographer he confirmed that design is something he's interested in. 'I definitely feel that another five years [from now] is probably when I would do a collection.'
While some purists may be cynical and question Ton's decision considering his lack of design training, the move definitely makes sense. After all, over the past few years he has been surrounded by the best clothes and accessories in the business and clearly has a great eye. It doesn't hurt that he's been collection vintage pieces as references too. 'I actually have an archive because I buy old Balenciaga, not like old, old Balenciaga, but I’m talking about early 2000s Balenciaga,' he said. 'It’s mostly women’s. Helmut Lang and Balenciaga. The archive will serve as a reference if I ever design a collection.'
Leandra Medine isn't the only blogger doing well off the back of her blog. Street style photographer favourite Tommy Ton is doing just that. As well as continuing to shoot for GQ and Style.com, he recently designed a two-piece collection for Club Monaco and has been working with magazine's like Harper's Bazaar on full-on fashion editorials.
Having done all of that, a photobook in a similar vein to that of Yvan Rodic or Scott Schuman seems like the logical next step, no, but in a recent interview with Exposed Zippers, Ton confirmed that he has no plans of going down that route. 'I was approached but I think I should wait because my photos are a documentation of what goes on outside the shows and it's changed quite a bit over the last five years,' he said. 'I think I will wait another five years to see how much the shows have changed since then.'
It's that time again. The Fall issue of ELLE Collections has finally hit newsstands. Although we say it is every season, the latest installement is definitely the best yet. Touching on the controversy that has dictated the fashion headlines over the last six months, editor Lorraine Candyintroduces the issue by assuring us that it's still, as it should be, all about the clothes.
As always the issue features images that capture the key most memorable moments from this season. Nicola Formichetti's first bow as creative director of Mugler accompanied by Lady Gaga appears, as does a shot capturing the moment snow fell from the ceiling in the breathtaking production by Burberry - all of which is mixed amongst the latest campaigns and regulars like the season's best invites and Tommy Ton's best street style shots from the shows.
Pictures aside, what I most look forward to are the special interviews and this issue was no different. Susie Bubble was brought on board to talk to Alexander Wang about everything from those scathing comments from Cathy Horyn to his plans for the future and in a candid interview with Nicola Formichetti, the stylist professed his love of all things social media, revealed all about his latest porn project (yes, you did read that correctly) and how he juggles his comepeting commitements. Avril Mair also sat down to talk to Victoria Beckham after the royal wedding in an interview ithat was refreshingly fashion based rather than the tendancies to focus on her 'celebrity'.
Earlier this year Jason Wu revealed that he was working on launching his website and it's finally here. You can shop the complete S/S11 and pre-fall collection on the site, but that's not all. Wu's website really allows fans to delve deeper into the brand by offering a 'Craftsmanship' section with a mini mission statement and detail shots of his elaborate pieces.
The website also features look books from the latest collections, as well as a blog area with behind-the-scenes images, news and interviews and the first of which is with Tommy Ton who has collaborated with Wu on images for the site. The street-style blogger shot Tati Cotilar on the streets of New York in the brand's Fall 2011 collection. When asked about how the collaboration came about Ton said: "It went perfectly hand in hand the collection is luxury sportswear and it’s a nice contrast when that is set against the streets of NY because that’s probably where it will look the best and I guess that’s why Jason asked me to shoot this today because I guess my photos will do the clothes justice. It’s actually my favorite collection of his, so I’m very honored to be shooting this particular collection in the way that I do on a girl like Tati who wears clothes so well I think that’s what amazing when the clothes are right and then you have a girl like Tati who wears the clothes very well who looks like she’s wearing the clothes and they aren’t wearing her. It’s very refreshing."
She always says that she has to please the bloggers now. She says she feels it’s her job now to dress up, whereas before she was dressing for herself. The fact that she plans months in advance, outfits for fashion month, and changes strategically two or three times a day based on the event, that represents ADR this woman, this fashion icon. Whereas Anna, if you’re speaking of Anna, she’s the woman that wears Abercrombie at home or at yoga...On the last day of Paris fashion week, when I went to see her to have a last chat, she answered the door in sweatpants and a sweater, but she was still wearing heels. I was like, Anna, were you sleeping in heels? She said, 'Only for you, Tommy.'
I said yes, but I didn’t even know what my worth was. After talking to my business friends in the industry, I threw a figure at Lane Crawford. It was a bit too much, but we negotiated, and I was proud of myself because I was able to get an amount that I was satisfied with and which they were willing to pay.