When you think of Nike, a steam of mythopoeic images of to mind: panting athletes, a sweaty Michael Jordan, that iconic, dynamic swoosh, the self-motivating directive “Just do it!” Art, on the other hand, isn’t known as Nike’s métier. But Nike’s recent collaboration with architecture magazine Pin-Up and art director Fausto Fantinuoli is switching up the sportswear company’s image, which, as the New York Times noted, might need a little sprucing up after hitching its wagon to now-unpopular athletes like Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong.
British footwear fixture Nicholas Kirkwood has opened his second American outpost, in Las Vegas’s shimmering oasis of consumerism: The Wynn Hotel. Kirkwood’s magnificent — if improbably high — heels are a sure bet in the City of Sin.
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Abercrombie & Fitch — of the sickening effluvia of cologne, pulsating music, superfluous man nipples, prematurely faded denim, and the innocuous overpriced polo shirts inscribed with sexist and racist slogans (“With These, Who Needs Brains?” and “Two Wong Can Make a White”) — is catching scorn for refusing to carry plus sizes. This slight at larger customers is aggravated by comments crazy-eyebrowed CEO Michael S. Jeffries made in 2006 interview with Salon.com, which recently went viral.
Just hours after the premiere of Sofia Coppola’s hotly anticipated “The Bling Ring” — you know, that crazy true story about wanton L.A. youths burglarizing the Hollywood homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and the like — another headlining robbery occurred. Approximately $1 million worth of Chopard jewelry was sticky-fingered from a safe in Cannes’ Novotel Hotel. We Cannes’t believe it!
Everyone’s favorite porny agitprop photographer Terry Richardson has narrowed his aperture on a new subject: Qatari-owned Valentino and its ubiquitous “rock-stud” accessories.
Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. It’s an intimidating name, perhaps not so much to American ears, but certainly in Europe and, increasingly, Asia. The London-based school is most recognized for its fashion programs, from which countless all-stars — Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Christopher Kane — have matriculated. Yet it also boasts pathways in everything from fine art (for example, Kashmiri artist Raqib Shaw is a graduate) to acting to graphic design. And now, another high grade can be added to the university’s report card: the launch of a full-scale student-produced magazine, celebrating all the creative disciplines under Saint Martins’ gilded skylights.
Few of us have moves like Jagger, but, for a dear sum, you can have threads like Richards. Saint Laurent creative director and fabled maker of tight pants, Hedi Slimane has added yet another grizzled rocker to his pantheon. Following the induction of Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Marilyn Manson, the latest addition to Saint Laurent’s ever-expanding Music Project is the grand poobah of weathered wailers, none other than Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
Valentino is shooting for the stars with its upcoming Manhattan flagship, set to open next year in the city’s old Takashimaya Building. If you’ve ever walked along 5th Avenue between 54th and 55th streets, you’ll recognize the place – it’s a gigantic, monolithic structure, replete with floor-to-ceiling paned glass windows.
Designers Katie Hillier and Markus Lupfer have partnered to create an exclusive capsule collection for mega e-tailer Net-A-Porter. The collaboration features five sweaters that seamlessly blend Hillier’s quirky Animalia charm with Lupfer’s bedazzled cashmeres.