Helmut Lang Campaign “Reset” by Ethan James Green

Helmut Lang have released the beginning of a new campaign set to revitalise the brand over the coming months.  In the unusual step of employing Dazed & Confused Editor-in-chief Isabella Burly in the unusual title of Editor in residence, she is set to curate collaborations with various designers & artists with the brand.  The first designer to show will be Hood by Air’s Shane Oliver on September 11th during New York fashion week entitled ‘Helmut Lang Seen by Shane Oliver’.  Meanwhile the first ad campaign just released is a collaboration with photographer Ethan James Green, being called a ‘Reset’ the campaign is entitled ‘Helmut Lang seen by Ethan James Green’ and includes model Alek Wek, former porn star Traci Lords, transgender model Dara & artist Larry Clark among others.  The campaign is a throwback to Lang’s original iconic 90’s imagery.
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Isabella Burley – Editor in residence, Helmut Lang

 

Dior 70th Anniversary anthology book

To celebrate its 70th anniversary Dior is releasing a 7 volume anthology, paying homage to its 7 creative directors, featuring photographs by Laziz Hamani.  Founded in 1947, the seven designers who have shaped the history of the couture house, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri are all featured in each tome exploring the world and creations of the designers who have marked the storied Maison. Accompanying the images will be a written contribution by Alexander Fury.  The first volume, featuring Christian Dior himself, was released late 2016 and has now been followed up by the volumes of the next 6 designers.  

Katie Grand joins W Magazine

British stylist Katie Grand has joined W magazine as contributing fashion creative director, taking over from Edward Enninful who has recently moved on to the role of editor in chief at British Vogue.  Grand, who is also the founder & editor in chief of bi-anual publication Love Magazine, will conceptualise and style fashion stories along side existing collaborators including Melanie Ward & Benjamin Bruno.  Grand, along with Rankin & Jefferson Hack, launched fashion & culture magazine Dazed & Confused as well as working as fashion director for style magazine The Face.  Grand is also creative consultant and key contributor to designer Marc Jacobs.  

 

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Katie Grand – Stylist & Journalist

 

Single Shot – Ann Demeulemeester

Jeff Rian, Index Magazine 2008 – “Classicism implies a certain balance and order where everything is proportional. Does your work add another dimension?”
Ann Demeulemeester – “I want to cut nonchalance into my clothes. To do that, you have to work with balance. For example, a jacket pocket will hang differently after you’ve put things in it. Clothes will eventually take the shape of your body — a favorite coat will have a completely different soul than an identical jacket before it has been worn. The idea that garments are alive is a big inspiration. I want to fill them with soul. I’ve worked on that for a long time through the cut, the fabrics, and the treatments. I want to create the shape of your arm in the sleeve of the jacket.”
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Ann Demeulemeester – Fashion Designer

Loewe team up with Soulwax & Michel Gaubert on Tropical Ibiza Record

After Loewe’s pop up boutique in Ibiza, Jonathan Anderson has teamed up with Dj duo Soulwax & legendary fashion music curator Michel Gaubert to produce an Ibiza soaked summer record called ‘Close to Paradise’.  Written and produced by Soulwax and curated by Gaubert, the balearic track involves four stages narrated by four local characters, providing different perspectives on the island’s magnetism.  The track is part of Loewe’s creative nod to Ibiza this summer, inspired by Jonathan’s many childhood visits to the island.  “Ibiza is one of those places you can let go and experiment with something you’re not,” says Anderson, with gleeful anticipation. “You feel anything is possible. That’s how I feel about Loewe. There are no boundaries. And there aren’t many brands where you could do this.”  Link below:

Soulwax – Close To Paradise

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Michel Gaubert – DJ, Producer & Music Curator

Lifestyle emporium Colette set to close in December

Colette, the apex of Parisian Fashion, is set to close its doors for the final time on December 20th.  The boutique, founded in 1997 by Colette Roussaux, has long been a strong advocate of new emerging labels as well as collaborating with the highest names in fashion & design.  A statement released Wednesday read “As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20th.” The company cited retirement plans for the founder, Colette Roussaux, who ran the store with her daughter, Sarah Andelman, and made it one of fashion’s favorite new-style family businesses.  “Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette”, referring to the store requiring its founder.  It is believed Saint Laurent is set to take over the space on Rue Saint Honore.   
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Colette founder Colette Roussaux & Daughter Sarah Andelman

 

Olivier Lapidus named as new Lanvin Artistic Director

Olivier Lapidus is set to replace Bouchra Jarrar as Artistic Director at Lanvin after Jarrar completed just two collections for the house.  Olivier has previously held the role of Artistic Director at Balmain Homme during the mid 80’s as well as a decade long tenure at his fathers design house Maison Lapidus.  He also designs furniture, objects, glassware and lighting for lifestyle brands.  The designer is known for his innovative approach to his designs, his own house Creation Olivier Lapidus is described as an e-couture house due to it being predominantly based on the web.  “When we began discussions, Lanvin was interested by my Internet approach,” said Lapidus. “New technologies can be very pertinent for the oldest couture house in France. Clearly there is something innovative to tap there in terms of positioning and communications.”.  His first collection will be presented along side the spring / summer 18 shows in Paris. 
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Olivier Lapidus – Artistic Director Lanvin