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Posts for January 4th 2011

Gwen Stefani Talks to Tavi for Teen Vogue

Jan04

 

I can't say I'm enthusiastic about the recent celebrity-turned-designer trend. In fact, I'm a skeptic. Too often I feel people are expected to drop a couple hundred dollars just because X celebrity was good in Y sitcom, thus somehow making X's design abilities top-notch. So, though a fan of Gwen Stefani's music, I wasn't sure what to expect when I entered the L.A.M.B. studio.

Gwen and I went straight to posing for the photos you see here, while discussing hair coloring, Heathers, and the time we'd previously met (it was supercool that Gwen remembered me a year later!). When the photographer suggested we look more active, Gwen would say things like, "Let me show you this purse!" in a sarcastic way that poked fun at how awkward it was to create the illusion of natural conversation through midsentence expressions. Even better was when she pointed to a botched sample bag and smiled for the camera, uttering through clenched teeth: "See these little dots? They make me want to punch someone." Her dryly humorous but composed anger reminded me of her attitude in the video for No Doubt's "Just a Girl." This isn't to say she wasn't stoked about the collection, just smart enough to care about the conditions of her designs. Excited to show it to an outsider and receive feedback, she had stories behind each piece, many of which gave African-inspired fabrics a streetwear shape. A few of my favorite things (Gwen's not the only one who can reference The Sound of Music!) included an optic bag, a butterfly-print dress, and deconstructed jeans.

In discussing how the brand came about, she said she didn't want to name it after herself and that she hopes those who buy her clothes do so for the garments, not her celebrity. As Gwen showed me different ways she'd style a pair of what she nicknamed "jailbird pants," an old video I'd seen on YouTube came to mind: Gwen is 22, pre-fame, and showing the camera a DIY "jailhouse dress." That use of personal identity is what makes her designs not derive from tabloid appearances but act as a further reflection of her as an artist. Like her music, they embrace a side of her that is unabashedly unique, whether she executes it through kaleidoscope prints or by singing a friendly reminder: "It's my life!"

Source: teenvogue


Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2011 Ad Campaign - Daria Werbowy

Jan04

Salvatore Ferragamo
Spring 2011
Photographer: Mikael Jansson
Model: Daria Werbowy


Madison February 2011 Cover - Alyssa Sutherland

Jan04


Gucci Spring 2011 Ad Campaign by Mert & Marcus

Jan04

Gucci Spring 2011 Ad Campaign
Photographers: Mert & Marcus
Models: Hailey Clauson, Karmen Pedaru, Joan Smalls, Nikola Jovanovic


Givenchy "le bouquet absolu" Ad Campaign

Jan04

Givenchy le boutuet absolu
Photographer: Willy Vanderperre
Model: Nimue Smit


Vogue Nippon Beauty February 2011 - Gwen Loos

Jan04

Vogue Nippon Beauty
February 2011
Photographer: Daniel Jackson
Models: Anais Pouliot, Gwen Loos, Jana Knauerova and Anna Speckhart

Source: models.com


Fendi Spring 2011 Ad Campaign - Anja Rubik

Jan04

Fendi Spring 2011 Ad Campaign
Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld
Model: Anja Rubik

Source: tfs


Vogue China February 2011 Cover - Gisele Bundchen

Jan04

Vogue China
February 2011
Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Model: Gisele Bundchen


 

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