We don't know how it is that the Tilda Swinton-led vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive, written and directed by the Jim Jarmusch, has opened in most of the world except for the USA, after debuting at Cannes earlier this year. Not only that, but fans in Cologne and Berlin are being treated to a live concert — December 10 and 12, respectively — by the various artists from the film's soundtrack: White Hills, Jozef Van Wissem, Yasmine Hamdan, Zola Jesus and Jim Jarmusch's own band, SQÜRL. That's SQÜRL with an umlaut, which may explain why the Germans are so lucky.
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The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the winners of the British Fashion Awards 2013. Voted for by over 300 individuals in the fashion industry, the winners were awarded at the annual ceremony that took place Monday 2nd December at the London Coliseum. Guests including Samantha Cameron, Donatella Versace, Kate Moss, Harry Styles, Miuccia Prada, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tinie Tempah gathered to celebrate the successes of the fashion industry over the past year.
Christopher Kane won "Womenswear Designer of the Year" at the 2013 British Fashion Awards held in London on December 2, 2013. The award was presented to him by Donatella Versace.
We are pleased to announce that Miuccia Prada was honored with the International Designer of the Year Award by the British Fashion Council.
The British Fashion Awards 2013 took place tonight, Monday 2 December at the Coliseum theatre in London. The annual ceremony celebrates the creativity and success of those in the fashion world. Burberry was awarded twice for the following awards: BRAND OF THE YEAR AWARD (Burberry), MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Christopher Bailey). British actors Sienna Miller, Tom Sturridge, Jamie Campbell Bower, Daisy Bevan and Otis Ferry.
Last night Monday 2nd December, British model and socialite Harriet Verney, wore a salmon pink silk Lovelock Dress by Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Capsule Collection and black suede platforms from the Vivienne Westwood Gold Label SS14 Collection, to the British Fashion Awards at The Coliseum in London.
We're crazy for parties in abandoned buildings, so consider us RSVP'd for Byronesque's exhibition of vintage fashion. Adding to the spooky ambience, the event will be hosted by Michèle Lamy (aka Ms. Rick Owens), Glenn O'Brien, and Milk's Rassi Mazdack.
Byronesque.com — launched in December 2012 with a group of investors led by Andrew Rosen — bills itself the first combined editorial and e-commerce website dedicated to vintage fashion at least 20 years old. To mark its first birthday, the site is going offline with the multimedia exhibition of rare vintage pieces on 40 equally vintage mannequins, transforming the forgotten gothic corridors of the grand James A. Farley Post Office in New York into a highly atmospheric pop-up retrospective.
On hand will be vintage collections from Byronesque’s partners in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York, including Comme des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Maison Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Stephen Sprouse, and Vivienne Westwood. Additionally, pieces from the personal collection of fashion editor and tastemaker Irene Silvagni will also be available; specifically, those acquired during her post-French Vogue years working alongside Yohji Yamamoto. Vintage and couture collector Didier Ludot, too, will sell his private collection of Claude Montana for the first time. Meanwhile, a one-of-a-kind coat from John Galliano’s Les Incroyables graduation collection of 1984 will also be on display for the admiring; it won't be for sale.
“Mods, punks, skinheads, and new romantics each had a point of view and you were either with them or against them," says Byronesque's founder Gill Linton." They created a visual tension that alienated and inspired in equal measure, which rarely happens today. The vintage items in this exhibit have their own special history, and the scars that tell their stories have inspired and outlived landfills full of imitations. This is why we believe that vintage is the future of fashion.”
The exhibition launches with a private party on December 10, then opens to the public December 12-15 (open daily from 11 am-8 pm), followed by another party on December 13 with a special performance by Michèle Lamy.
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A rarity, Lady Gaga was both the host and musical guest on last night's Saturday Night Live, and it's pretty fair to say she nailed it. Her four non-skit costume changes — all Versace — hit the mark too. Here's how they shook out.
For her Monroe-esque opening monologue, Gaga slipped on a custom silver Atelier Versace metal-mesh cocktail dress with all-over Swarovski crystals.
During her first musical performance (Do What U Want), she wore a fully embroidered custom Atelier Versace halter top with matching white pants. R. Kelly slung her around the stage in a white Versace suit with a silver medusa embroidered on jacket back.
For her second performance (Gypsy), Gaga chose a custom Atelier Versace bodysuit composed of tulle with chiffon inserts and structured rainbow-colored shoulders, finished with matching rainbow Versace boots.
Her final outfit, for post-show partying, was a long-sleeve black vintage Versace cocktail dress with black paillettes.
Hood By Air is a little like the dark matter of fashion. It's unknowable, immeasurable, and passes undetected through all other matter. Some have defined the Brooklyn-based label as streetwear, others as hip hop, and still others as retro logomania. Expressed through collaborations, it changes all the time and defies description, just as designer Shayne Oliver wants it.
Reinforcing this mysteriousness, Hood By Air has outfitted the bartenders and staffers at a pop-up casino at W Hotel this weekend. Conceived by set designer and fashion illusionist Desi Santiago, Casino Diabolique resembles an actual casino, with many of the same games, but with a dark occult tinge (think Criss Angel, but without the cheese — hopefully). As you have your future read in tarot cards and play a game called the Zodiac Wheel, remember to peek at the staffers' uniforms as they may also be in your future.
Casino Diabolique, W Hotel, 541 Lexington Avenue, through November 17