Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Kors fall 2009 campaign preview: Carmen Kass, Photo: Mario Testino

Michael Kors fall 2009 campaign
Model: Carmen Kass
Photographer: Mario Testino
Stylist: Brana Wolf
Hair: Bob Recine
Makeup: Tom Pecheux



RETURN ENGAGEMENT: Michael Kors has had a long run with models Carmen Kass and Noah Mills in his ad campaigns and on his runway, and he’s bringing the duo back for fall. After shooting past campaigns on private jets, chauffeured cars and yachts around the globe, the fall campaign was shot in New York City to reflect the urban nature of the season. Mario Testino photographed Kass and Mills entering and leaving a Broadway theater. “Michael is an avid fan of the theater and has been attending Broadway shows since the tender age of five,” said a spokesman, who added the media spend is flat compared to last year. The ads will break in the August issues of American, British, Russian and Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and W.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farrah Fawcett RIP

American Vogue July 1978 Cover

Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Makeup: Way Bandy
Hair: Garren
Fashion: Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture

Farrah Fawcett's death has touched me deeply. She was an American icon and a real beauty. Her warm smile and positive energy brought me a lot of happiness. Farrah was sick for a long time, and is no longer in pain. She is in a better place, and will be missed.

I can't believe I am crying at work....again. Her struggle with cancer, and passing remind me that life is not to be taken for granted. Live each day as if it is your last. Farrah Fawcett was 62 years old, the same age as my father. My father is a great man, and means the world to me. My heart goes out to Farrah, her father, Ryan O'Neal, her son, and everyone who was lucky enough to be loved by her.

Farrah's friends remember her:

In a statement confirming the tragic news, Ryan O'Neal says: "After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away. Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world."
He reveals Fawcett was awake and aware of her surroundings shortly before her death, telling People.com, "She now belongs to the angels. She's now with her mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She's in a better place now.

Fawcett's Charlie's Angels co-stars Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and the actress who replaced her on the hit show, Cheryl Ladd, were among the first celebrities to remember the star. Smith commented, "She had courage and strength... Now she has peace as she rests with real angels." And Ladd told HollyScoop.com, "I'm terribly sad about Farrah's passing. She was incredibly brave, and God will be welcoming her with open arms."

"I will miss Farrah every day," commented Kate Jackson to PEOPLE. "She was a selfless person who loved her family and friends with all her heart, and what a big heart it was. Farrah showed immense courage and grace throughout her illness and was an inspiration to those around her. When I think of Farrah I will remember her kindness, her cutting dry wit and, of course, her beautiful smile."

Added Jackson, "Today when you think of Farrah remember her smiling, because that is exactly how she wanted to be remembered."

Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner called Fawcett, who died of cancer at age 62 Thursday morning, the "Marilyn Monroe of the 1970s" whose famous poster "defined what one thinks of as the All-American girl."

"Men fell in love with her and women wanted to look like her," says Hefner of his magazine's cover model. "She had a magic that never went away. She became a part of the pop culture.

Griffin O'Neal, son of Ryan, said, "I never looked at her as a 'star,' or a 'Charlie's Angel.' I looked at her always as this wonderful Southern Belle, a lady. I was fascinated by her. I loved her. She was the most gracious, wonderful person. I always wondered why she was around this family. 'Why are you here?' She was such a beautiful person. Especially in the latter days."

He went on to say, "It was incredible watching her battling to help [her son] Redmond. She had the patience of a giant. I'm so worried about my brother. What's he going to do without her? Farrah was part of my family. My heart is broken. I will miss her forever and ever. She was so kind and gracious."

Fawcett's former husband, Lee Majors, says, "She fought a tremendous battle against a terrible disease. She was an angel on earth and now an angel forever."

Hairstylist Jose Eber, who created Fawcett's famous blonde mane, says, "She was blessed with the most amazing hair anybody could have."

"Her hair had its own personality," he says. "In my business, doing hair for so long now, very rarely do you see a person who has hair with such perfection. And it was all natural."

Farrah Fawcett, Photo Francesco Scavullo


Farrah Fawcett, Photo: Francesco Scavullo


Charlie's Angel theme:



My favorite Charlie's Angels episode was "Angels in Chains". A chambray shirt & a high waisted denim jean is a classic look:




Friday, June 19, 2009

We all want the stuff that's found in our wildest dreams

This weekend, while the moon is shining down upon your skin, I hope you find the stuff that is in your wildest dreams & do the things you never do.


"A Love Bizarre" is a hit song from the Sheila E. album Romance 1600. The song is a duet between Sheila and her mentor, Prince. The song clocks in at a remarkably long 12:16, but the single version clocks out at 3:46.


The song, Sheila E.'s last major hit and was released as a single in 1985. The song is Sheila's 2nd biggest hit behind her debut single "The Glamorous Life" the song was performed in the movie Krush Groove which Sheila also had a major supporting role in. The song was a smash hit it reached #1 in Urban radio airplay & Dance/Club play , #2 on the U.S. R&B charts and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 & Pop radio airplay.

Love Bizarre Lyrics:

The moon up above it shines on upon our skin

Whispering words that scream of outrangeous sin.
We all want the stuff that's found in our wildest dreams

It gets kinda rough in the back of our limousine.

That's what we are, we all want a love bizarre.
That's what we are, we all want a love bizarre.

A strawberry mind, a body that's built for two

A kiss on the spine, we do things we never do.
Swallow the pride and joy of the ivory tower

We'll dance on the roof, make love on a bed of flower.
That's what we are, we all want a love bizarre.

The moon up above, it shines on upon our skin
. . .
That's what we are, we all want a love bizarre.
That's what we are, we all want a love bizarre.....

Krush Groove (1985) - In this scene Run and Russell "discover" Sheila E in the Bronx's Disco Fever, prompting what will become the film's love triangle. DMC and Jam Master Jay appear, Kurtis Blow...




Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Regina, Photo: Robert Nethery

Robert Nethery photographed Regina Feoktistova on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009 on Long Island.

Model: Regina Feoktistova
Photographer: Robert Nethery
Stylist: James Tinnelly
Hair: Jordan M
Makeup: Sara Glick















Oh Sheila

"Oh Sheila" is a 1985 single by Ready for the World. The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot Black Singles and the Hot Dance Club Play charts.

Ready for the World is a R&B / funk / dance band from Flint, Michigan consisting of lead vocalist/keyboardist/occasional rhythm guitarist Melvin Riley with Gordon Strozier (lead guitar), Gregory Potts (keyboards), Willie Triplett (percussion/keyboards), John Eaton (bass guitar),and Gerald Valentine (drums). Their aforementioned self-titled debut was released in 1985 and included perhaps their best-known hit "Oh Sheila," which went to number one on the R&B, Billboard Hot 100, and the Hot Dance Club Play charts that year, becoming the first ever single to hold the number one spot on all three of these charts simultaneously.

"Oh Sheila" is according to legend written about Sheila E.

3 years ago, while waiting for the spring 2007 Marc Jacobs show to start, "Oh Sheila"was played continuously on a loop. The show did not start on time, but this song put me in a real good mood. it makes me want to dance - needless to say, that was neither the right time or place.



Like they always say
What's good for the geese
Is always good for the gander
Oh, Sheila
(Oh, Oh)

Oh, Baby
Love me right
Let me love you till we get it right, Hmm
Can't you let the others be
'Cause with you is where I got to be
Oh, Sugar
Where you been?
Hangin' out with your male friends
(Listen)
Somebody's gonna hurt you
The way you love to keep hurting me
(And we sing)

Oh
Oh, Sheila
Let me love you till the morning comes
Oh
Oh, Sheila
You know I want to be the only one

Oh, Baby
Understand
That I want to be the only man
But it seems as though it's getting too hard
And I think I'll start to have my own fun
Oh, Baby
It's plain to see
That you're qualified to fufill your needs
You think you pulled one over on me
Well, Honey
Baby, just you wait and see
(And we sing)

Oh
Oh, Sheila
Let me love you till the morning comes
Oh
Oh, Sheila
You know I want to be the only one

Uh, Baby
It's 1-2-3
I love you baby, Honestly
Hmm, I want to
Di a di da li a di a di da li

Oh
Oh, Sheila
Uh, uh, uh
Oh, Sheila
Oh
Oh, Sheila
Uh, uh, uh
Oh, Sheila

Oh, Baby
Love me right
Let me love you till we get it right, Hmm
Can't you let the others be
'Cause with you is where I got to be

Oh, Baby
Understand
That I want to be the only man

You think you pulled one over on me
(Well, honey, baby, just you wait and see)
(And we sing)

Oh
Oh, Sheila
Let me love you till the morning comes
Oh
Oh, Sheila
You know I want to be the only one

Oh
Oh, Sheila
Let me love you till the morning comes
Oh
Oh, Sheila
You know I want to be the only one

(Here we go!)
Oh






Just like me "Oh Sheila" motivates and inspires people all over the world to DANCE!















Congratulations CFDA Award Winners



2009 CFDA Award Winners
June 16, 2009

Here’s a complete list of the night’s winners:

Board of Directors’ Special Tribute
First Lady Michelle Obama

Womenswear Designer of the Year
Rodarte’s Laura and Kate Mulleavy

Menswear Designer of the Year (tie)
Calvin Klein’s Italo Zucchelli
Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg

Accessory Designer of the Year
Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez

Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Alexander Wang

Swarovski Award for Menswear
Tim Hamilton

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design
Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry

International Award
Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award
Anna Sui

Eugenia Sheppard Award
Women’s Wear Daily editor in chief Ed Nardoza

Eleanor Lambert Award
GQ’s Jim Moore

Swarovski Award for Accessory Design winner Subversive Jewelry's Justin Guinta, with Hannelore Knuts, in his design & Azzedine Alaia:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

This Is The Night

Last week the DJ at the Visionaire / Calvin Klein Collection party played " Touch Me" by Samantha Fox..

"Touch Me (I Want Your Body)" was the first hit for British singer Samantha Fox. It was released in 1986 from her debut album Touch Me. The was a worldwide hit, hitting #4 in the U.S. (usually a tough market for international acts), #3 in her native UK, and topping the Australian chart.

In elementary school the more developed boys were really into her. Exposing her ass thru a rip in her jeans made her seem sexually available to men back then. Today that look, with her studded leather jacket makes her seem like the kind of woman (who may not be available at all to a man) who has already placed her order for Balmain fall 2009.

I cannot get enough Balmain and I cannot get enough of this song.


Full moon in the city
And the night was young
I was hungry for love
I was hungry for fun

I was hunting you down
And I was the bait
When I saw you there
I didn’t mean to hesitate

This is the night
This is the night
This is the time we’ve got to get it right

(this is the night)
Touch me, touch me
I want to feel your body
Your heart beat next to mine
(this is the night)
Touch me, touch me now

Quick as a flash you disappeared into the night
Did I hurt you boy?
Didn’t I treat you right?
You made me feel so good
Made me feel myself
Now I’m alone & you’re with somebody else

This is the night, yeah
This is the night
This is the time we’ve got to get it right

(this is the night)
Touch me, touch me
I want to feel your body
Your heart beat next to mine
(this is the night)
Touch me, touch me now
Touch me, touch me now
Touch me, touch me now

Hot & cold emotions confusing my brain
I could not decide between pleasure & pain
Like a tramp in the night
I was begging you
To treat my body like you wanted to

Uh....
Uh, it’s begging for you

(this is the night)
Touch me, touch me
I want to feel your body
Your heart beat next to mine
(this is the night)
’cos I want your body all the time

(this is the night)
Touch me, touch me
I want to feel your body
Your heart beat next to mine
(this is the night)
’cos I want your body all the time

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another Magazine Fall 2009 preview: Carmen Kass, Photo: Nick Knight

Nick Knight photographed Carmen Kass for Another Magazine on June 7&8 in London, with stylist Panos Yiapanis.

SHOOT
Concept: Panos Yiapanis and Nick Knight
Photography: Nick Knight
Styling: Panos Yiapanis at Intrepid
Model: Carmen Kass at Women Management
Hair: Sam McKnight at Premier
Make-up: Hannah Murray at Julian Watson
Nails: Marian Newman at Streeters
Photographic Assistance: Tristan Thompson,
Andy Vowles, Adam Goodison, Joe Colley and Amy Barton
Styling Assistance: John McCarty
Hair Assistance: Koji
Make-up Assistance: Lauren Parsons
Production: Charlotte Wheeler
Location: SHOWstudio

SHOWstudio
Creative Direction: Paul Hetherington
Editorial Direction: Alexander Fury and Laura Bradley
Technical Development: Ross Phillips
Project Design and Development: Francisco Salvado
Editorial Assistance: Imogen Chapman
Studio Assistance: Josephine Weaver

The entire shoot was covered live by Showstudio.com:

Our in-house studio space at Bruton Place is being prepped at this very moment for tomorrow's LIVE shoot for Another Magazine with none other than the legendary Carmen Kass! From 12 Noon GMT Tomorrow, SHOWStudio will stream all the action from the set with Kass, Nick Knight and Panos Yiapanis collaborating on this latest editorial for AnOther over two days. This shoot, however, is slightly different than most, promising to show a side of Carmen that has never been seen before. At the hands of Panos, and with the help of greasepaint, wigs, and fashions from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Christopher Kane and Nina Ricci, Kass will transform into a clown - but you can wipe any preconceptions of mournful monochrome Pierrots, Commedia dell'Arte Harlequins or even good old-fashion circus pratfalls from your mind. For this shoot, clowning around takes a decidedly dark, macabre and dare we say downright evil twist. More live and direct from the shoot tomorrow...





With our first outfit in the bag - and daylight fast diminishing -Panos, Hannah, Marian and Sam are putting the final touches to Carmen Kass' second look of our two-day Clown shoot. Despite our project title, Nick Knight's glossy 8x10 polaroids above testify that the shoot's aesthetic is veering far, far away from the accepted and understood realms of circus ring and fairground performance - not that we really expected light and carefree joviality, given Panos' visual references and choice of designer togs. Accordingly, the final looks have more in common with mournful French Pierrots, Stephen King's 'It' and the nightmarish Siats of Ute tribe mythology than the child-pleasing ilk of Bozo, Coco or even Krusty. And with night closing in, it can only get creepier.





With Carmen Kass' face contorted by transparent plastic tape to resemble a Royston Vasey resident and Sam McKnight's teased beehive towering hevenwards, we're off on outfit number two. This time. Kass is an explosion of riotous colour, clad in a draped tunic-dress and bejewelled leggings by Louis Vuitton, velvet shorts by Prada and a beaded top by Gucci. Panos again fashions the trademark final touches himself - in this instance, a bead-encrusted harness and sparkling shoes fit for a Maharaja.





Silent film legend Lon Chaney Sr. once stated 'There is nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight'. We're testing this theory to the max this evening, as Carmen Kass takes to the street in Panos Yiapanis' uncompromising vision of a maniacal masquerade clown. Rest assured, this is no laughing matter! Unfortunately we are unable to take our live stream out onto the fair streets of Mayfair to chart Carmen's progression, but I will be tweeting from the roadside as Nick Knight pushes Carmen to the very brink!



The team are back at our Bruton Place studio ready for another day of shooting for Nick and Panos' clown-themed story for the upcoming issue of AnOther Magazine. Model Carmen Kass already being prepped in hair and make-up, Panos and his team are busy working on items for today's looks, there's a constant flurry of garment bags being delivered via courier and Nick's just arrived so we thought we'd turn the LIVE STREAM on early. Today is a SHOWstudio first: this is Nick's inaugural shoot in our upstairs studio space, and as it's a weekday, we've got a full-house with the rest of the team downstairs attempting to go about their day-to-day duties. As well as a constant live stream trained on the heart of the action, Alex Fury and I will be multi-tasking to the best of abilities, providing regular blogs and regular Twitter updates throughout.



Carmen Kass takes to the stage in Panos Yiapanis' second look of the day: a devoré velvet tunic, cardigan, bloomers and those love-or-hate thigh-high tan waders from the A/W 2009 Prada collection. This high-fashion ensemble is however subverted into something far more unsettling, and thoroughly in keeping with our Clown theme, with the addition of items specially crafted to Panos' exacting specifications. In this instance, hand-beaded leggings and bra-like harness and a sinister 'Hannibal the Cannibal'-style face fetter. And check out Sam McKnight's truly terrifying hairdo!



Here is one of the leitmotifs of the photographer's trade: the polaroid wall, in this case covered in glossy eight-by-ten images of Carmen Kass in this morning's outlandish array of Dolce and Gabbana and Prada pieces mixed in with Panos' inimitable array of customised garments. Nick Knight's images are shaping up to blur the line between figurative and abstract - quite literally in many cases, as the sections of the photographs appears fuzzed and clouded, while other aspects register crystal-clear. The mirror-embroidery detail on one of those Dolce and Gabbana gowns, for example, runs the gamut between abstract polkadot to images so finely-focussed you can see each stitch. Carmen herself, of course, has been somewhat abstracted already - to the right of this image, you can see her behind Panos, complete (and completely unrecognisable) with Hannah Murray's circus whiteface and the chicest of frightwigs by Sam McKnight.



Now Kass is seated, dressed in 2 Miu Miu dresses, overlaid with Panos' bejewelled tutu, Miu Miu stockings and heels.
Check out the neon lip sign Panos and his team have cleverly fashioned for this look
With daylight fading fast in our Bruton Place studio space, what could be a better accessory than a neon 'lip' sign for our model Carmen Kass? Another example of Panos and his team's ingenious handiwork, the specially-devised red glowing lips are currently being used to create fantastical trompe l'oeil effects in front of Nick's lens. Dressed in head-to-toe Miu Miu (two flesh-toned, jewel encrusted dresses, stockings and heels) and a tutu customised by Panos' team, this is our sixth look today. And the team are no way near close to completion - with five (or even six!) looks left to shot and talk of venturing outside, I can safely say that we will be live streaming, blogging and Twittering late into the night.



We're going outside! Nick wants puddles but as it hasn't rained, we're going to make some of our own...
For tonight's next look, Nick's wanted to photograph Carmen in the street in some puddles - as it hasn't rained for the past week, his assistants have had to fake it with buckets of water. Here's a scene you don't see every night on your way home: Carmen Kass dressed in Givenchy and blue crystal shoes, face painted ghostly white, jumping around in puddles, pulling crazy clown poses, in front of photographer Nick Knight and a 11-strong team.


Eagle-eyed viewers will have seen Carmen pop back in for a quick outfit change. Now she's in a sparkling Gucci and back outside!
After our twelve hours of shooting (on top of yesterday's nine hour session) Nick and Panos now have everything they need for their upcoming editorial story destined for the Autumn issue of AnOther Magazine. After shooting Carmen in a plethora of Panos Yiapanis' clown-inspired looks, for most of the day in the studio space of our new Bruton Place HQ, the shoot came to a close outside in our surrounding Mayfair streets just moments ago. Here, a snapshot from the day's penultimate shot: a gracefully elegant Carmen Kass, sporting a sparkling Gucci ensemble.


It's 00:30 and we have the final shot is done!