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Posts for October 2011

Agent Provocateur Soirèe Collection & Short Film - NSFW


Agent Provocateur you know as the purveyor of opulent - and opulently priced - smalls, but did you know it also has an even higher end, crème de la crème lingerie collection?

Soirée launched two years ago and was only sold in select AP boutiques, because the budget for bodyguards to protect the £15,000 Swarovski-crystal playsuit (yes, really) only stretched so far.

Starting from today, though, AP is offering the collection online, meaning that, should you get the urge to buy £195 knickers at three in the morning, you can do so just that bit more easily.

To tie in with the launch, the label commissioned an explicit short film called Les Fleurs du Mal, or The Flowers of Evil, also premiering today. Playing on the Hammer Horror movies (how apt for Halloween), our heroine is jumped on by a gang of models clothed in the Soirèe range.

"The collection is quite artistic and we kind of wanted to do something that was a bit off the wall," says Sarah Shotton, creative director of Agent Provocateur, to WWD. "We're a vintage-inspired company, and horror back in the day was a way of showing sex in film…it was a little bit of history and a bit tongue in cheek."

Soirée is popular in the Middle East and Russia, with customers dropping up to $20,000 to $30,000 in boutiques, according to Garry Hogarth, CEO of AP. "They're just looking for the most beautiful pieces, whether it's lingerie or clothing or handbags," says Hogarth.

If "most beautiful" is euphemism for "most expensive", though, Agent Provocateur shouldn't rest on its Swarovski bra-shaped laurels; US underwear giant Victoria's Secret is offering a diamond-encrusted bra for a cool $2.5 million at its annual catwalk show on November 10.

Warning: Video does contain nudity.

NARS Holiday 2011 'Modern Kabuki' Cosmetic Collection


For Holiday 2011, NARS introduces Modern Kabuki, a collection of specially designed gifts for the ardent makeup aficionado, inspired by François Nars’ travels throughout Japan, his deep interest in Japanese culture, and his fascination with Kabuki makeup. The collection captures the exquisite artistry of Japan’s Kabuki theater. Every detail is a vibrant, modern, iconic interpretation of the centuries-old dramatic form.

Available November 1, 2011.

All photos courtesy of Nars.

Harper’s Bazaar Español November 2011 Editorial - Yulia Kharlapanova


Harper’s Bazaar Español
November 2011
Photographer: Benjamin Kanarek
Model: Yulia Kharlapanova
Video Director: Frédérique Renaut
Fashion Editor: Vanessa Naudin
Make-Up: Topolino
Hair: Patrice Delaroche

Vogue Italia November 2011 Cover - Raquel Zimmermann


Vogue Italia
November 2011
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Model: Raquel Zimmermann

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2011 Scarves Video


Alexander McQueen
Autumn/Winter 2011
Director/Photographer: Babette Pauthier

Vogue Spain November 2011 Editorial - Natasha Poly


Vogue Spain
November 2011
Photographer: Mariano Vivanco
Model: Natasha Poly
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Sara Fernandez

Flair Italy October 2011 Cover - Claire Collins & Sona Matufkova


Flair Italy
October 2011
Photographer: Philippe Cometti
Models: Claire Collins and Sona Matufkova

Barneys New York Window for Christian Louboutin


This week sees the long awaited arrival of Christian Louboutin’s 20th Anniversary book, Christian Louboutin Les 20 Ans. Available now in stores and online, the book takes us on an intimate journey through the history of Christian’s designs, from his iconic stilettos to his most fetishistic pieces.

To celebrate the arrival of the book, twenty pairs of exclusive limited-edition 20th Anniversary shoes have come to join us here at Barneys. Shoes that certainly deserve the accolade of iconic, these darlings are sure to go down in the annals of fashion history. Adding to their allure, each pair will be personally autographed by Christian Louboutin himself. Whether they’re your first or your hundredth pair, don’t miss this extraordinary fashion exclusive.

Here are the important details:

  • The shoes will be available online beginning at 9am EST on November 1, 2011.
  • There are 20 pairs of limited-edition shoes available.
  • Each pair will be autographed by Christian Louboutin.
  • Price: $3995 a pair.

Elle China November 2011 Editorial - Tara Gill


Elle China
November 2011
Photographer: Chris Nicholls
Model: Tara Gill
Stylist: Hubert Chen

Marie Claire Russia November 2011 Cover - Julia Dunstall


Marie Claire Russia
November 2011
Photographer: Erez Sabag
Model: Julia Dunstall


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