“blatant propaganda celebrating transgendered children”
I’m sorry, what? The clip above is one of the hundred or so pages from J Crew‘s April 2011 catalog and features J Crew’s President & Creative Director Jenna Lyons with her son. Since she is painting his nails in the photo, many a media idiot has decided to douse it in contention over the ‘argument’ regarding gender roles and heteronormativity (aka boys should like cars and girls should like Barbies).
While the Media Research Center is responsible for the quote above, Fox News – and I use the word ‘news’ lightly – equates this picture with the encouragement for humanity to abandon all trappings of gender identity. Personally, I find it an endearing way to market a classic, wholesome brand. The fact that such a positive and authentic moment in a family’s life can be construed in such a destructive manner (based solely on stepping outside of expectations) reflects a terrible attitude in modern categorical response. Excuse me while I go make a trucker hat out of condoms and put on a pant suit.
Holy smokes. Look at Adele Adkins* in Céline for The Gentlewoman, Issue 3. Cancer stick aside, this is retro gorgeous. The latest edition of the magazine focuses on “an extravaganza of female politics, power and good looks…[with] in-depth interviews with the opinionated, passionate women who are taking the international stage: singer Adele Adkins, writer Fatima Bhutto, activist Mabel van Oranje, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Frances Prenna Jones, Colette’s creative director Sarah and artist Germaine Kruip.”
* Buy all of Adele’s music right now if you haven’t already.
One of the reasons I adore London Fashion Week is the fact that while many designers use the gorgeous ‘official venue’ of Somerset House as their venue, there are tons of fabulous shows scattered around the most fantastic spots in my favourite city. For Mulberry, their show took place in the ballroom at Claridges.
It was floral done fashionably, with dozens of giant neon roses decorating the space, alongside life-size Mulberry paper dolls that didn’t stand a chance next to the wardrobe worthy collection. Florence Welch Red hair was attached to the heads of all the models, in homage to model Julia Johansen. Creative director Emma Hill was inspired by “The Secret Garden” and claimed that “it [the design process] always starts with a film”. Most importantly (it’s Mulberry, after all) – along with variations on the Alexa, the trompe l’oeil effect Tillie and chain handled Cory family were finally introduced. View Post
It can been confirmed that Lady Gaga‘s stylist Nicola Formichetti will become the new creative director of Thierry Mugler! Formichetti will oversee two designers as they create men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, the first of which will debut for Fall 2011.
After former creative director Rosemary Rodriguez quit recently, there were rumors that the house was courting Formichetti. Many have pondered whether his style would be stifled under the careful watch of a multi-billion-dollar parent company, but the press releases from both the designer and his new employer seem dedicated to a growth and success based on Formichetti’s vision of mental patient fabulosity.
“We were looking for a young talent who could really bring new energy to the brand,” stated Joël Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group, Mugler’s parent, and director general of the Mugler company. “Nicola is a multicultural, techno-savvy expert involved in fashion, communication, image and entertainment. He and the appointed talented designers will represent a new direction for French fashion.”
“Thierry Mugler is about the power of glamour and walking straight into the future,” Formichetti said in a statement to WWD. “He’s been a god for successive generations in the fashion industry. He fused pop and high fashion, told a story in style and combined fantasy with reality. My approach is personal and always very eclectic. I’d like to find new ways for a luxury brand such as Thierry Mugler to excite people.”