Judy Blame, the iconoclastic punk, has died aged 58. The stylist, art director and overall creative genius was one of the key players in the fashion and club movement in London in the late 70’s and through the 80’s, defining post punk, new romantics and the buffalo scene. As well as designing jewellery, Judy was also a stylist for such iconic fashion bibles as I.D. The Face and Blitz. Later he consulted for such heavy weight designers as Rei Kawakubo, John Galliano and Marc Jacobs. In 1985 Blame set up, along side John Moore, The House of Beauty and Culture in Dalston, a collective of like minded creatives including Christopher Nemeth. Blame had continued to make his DIY aesthetic jewellery throughout his career and last year had his first major solo exhibition at the ICA entitled ‘Judy Blame:Never Again. Close Friend Boy George tweeted “RIP to my friend Judy Blame who was beautiful, talented and arch as hell. Fashion has a huge void in it and London has lost a legend”
Moncler is turning it’s back on the traditional fashion season and has introduced the concept of an eight strong ‘Genius’ team that will showcase new designs from the brand every month. The ‘Super Fashion Syndicate’ includes such heavy weights as Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino and British sensations Simone Rocha and Craig Green. Others in the team include Noir founder Kei Ninomiya and stylist Karl Templer. Each designer will specialise in a particular field. Line 1 will be designed by Piccioli whilst line 2 (Moncler 1952) will be left up to stylist Karl Templer. Sandro Mandrino will head up the Moncler Ski Line whilst line 8 will be left to Moncler’s long standing creative director Francesco Ragazzi. “All the creative minds of Moncler Genius have been chosen on instinct, to shape Moncler’s vision of uniqueness”. Says Remo Ruffini, CEO of Moncler, “As I say: one house, 8 different voices speaking Moncler’s language. I think creativity is the driving factor of the whole project. I do believe that creativity has no boundaries and Moncler Genius has been conceived as a hub of exceptional creative minds that work together under the same brand”. The results of these new collaborations will be unveiled with the new Moncler Genius Building which will open on the first night of Milan Fashion Week on 20th February. After that, each collection will have its own month of focus in Moncler stores from June onwards, with additional pop-ups.
Balenciaga slowly began to unveil their new campaign for SS18 Women via Instagram this week. Styled by long time collaborator and Vetements’ stylist Lotta Volkova, the campaign features models wearing the women SS18 collection whilst trying to elude the paparazzi. The images were shot by Agency Bestimage, the French equivalent of Getty images, which contained actually paparazzi photographers. “Hired security guards accompany models on their shopping trips, a further twist in the fashion meta-reality which frames the customer as the Balenciaga VIP” say the press notes. Not for the first time has Creative Director Demna Gvasalia explored this meta-reality with Balenciaga. For the Mens 2018 campaign, and again working alongside Lotta Volkova, Demna produced a series of ‘awkward family photos’ of real families (Balenciaga ‘Awkward Family Photos’). The paparazzi campaign is similar to Kanye West’s recent Yeezy season 6 campaign featuring Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton & Amina Blue. All photographed similar papped situations, and, in a twist, now looks as though it could come under fire for breaching FTC laws which require influencers to disclose sponsored content.