What light through yonder window breaks? It is H&M and LaChappelle is the director.
In another marketing genius and following on the heels of the Lagerfeld campaign, H&M does it again. This time they hire edgy and colorful photographer/director David Lachappelle, two sexy divas (Tamyra Gray and Mary J. Blige), a Romeo & Juliet story and Dreamgirls score. Can you say, a gay man's wet dream?
Go to justjared for more on this.
To kick off Olympus Fashion Week, NYCBoys attended a few shows hobnobbing and rubbing elbows with many C-D listers. The A listers were all busy with the Hurrican Katrina Telethon, as they should be.
The highlights of this weekend were the Esteban Cortazar show and the popular Rosa Cha swimsuit show by Amil Slama. Cortazar's event was amazing and we were thrilled to be seated in the front row (can you spot the NYCBoy? Hint: see Rachel Perry on page 2). Luckily for us, no lighting came crashing down on our heads.
The Rosa Cha show however provided the best entertainment. We knew that it would be fierce. It was swimwear after all, and there's nothing like a watching boys walk up and down in their skivvies. Rosa Cha didn't disappoint with the boys and gave us an extra thrill when we saw Naomi "I slap my assistants" Campbell take the runway. Her signature walk was unmistakeable and it took all my strength not to shout out, "Wooork Bitch!". True to form, she did what she wanted and commanded that runway. No one looked at the other waify models again.
Naomi, the boys, C-listers! Oh my! (Expand to see more hot speedo shots)
Here is something you don't see everyday. Even in New York. Fashion models take on new challenge as they descend a vertical runway at New York City's Rockefeller Center for Target's fall fashion collection. (via cnn.com)
New York is in full Fashion Week mode, and for those who have been following Project Runway, here is a glimpse of the 3 finalists' collections. From the looks of it, the three finalists are Jay, Kara Saun, and Austin (I can already hear Michael Kors say "too costumy"). For those that are wondering, look closely at the models above. Melissa and Martinique seem to be battling it out for the final spot. Via NYmetro.
Out.com has also posted dish on the Project Runway fashion show "goings ons" revealing the finalists' names. (scroll to second paragraph after Madonna).
In the past , the term"prefab housing" might as well have been a four letter word in the English vernacular when it came to suitable housing. Now it looks like things may have changed. Gone are the design challenged simple A frame models, nowadays folks on the west are eyeing a sleek, modern abode popping up all over the coast.
A month ago Gucci unveiled its iPod carrying case for the fashionistas in all of us. Now Fendi has followed suit in grand scale.
From Wire News
The bag, unveiled by the Italian fashion house at a catwalk show in Milan, is a rectangular gilded purse about the size of a bread bin. It is lined with multicolored cloth and incorporates a pocket for holding up to a dozen iPods (see photo).
Lest it seem like a joke, it is not. The purse is designed specifically as an iPod carrying case. There's even a hole on one side for the iPod's earpiece cable.
"It was designed for the iPod," confirmed Fendi spokeswoman Ayana Lewis, who is based in New York.
The bag is supposedly available at Fendi boutiques nationwide, although outlets in New York and Los Angeles have yet to receive a shipment, according to sales floor associates.
The Juke Box was designed by German designer and iPod fanatic Karl Lagerfeld.
It is based on Lagerfeld's own iPod carrying case, an antique leather case "monogrammed for some Jazz Age aristocrat," according to a description by Hamish Bowles, Vogue's European editor at large.
Lagerfeld uses the case to stow his multiple iPods -- a dozen at last count, which translates into around 120,000 tracks, all of which he seems to know where to find, Bowles reports.
However, since Bowles' report, Lagerfeld has increased his collection significantly -- to 40 iPods. That's right, he now owns 40 iPods, according to the latest issue of French Elle. Modeling a silver jogging suit, Lagerfeld confesses to owning 40 of the devices. Although at first glance the reader may assume he means a single 40-GB iPod, he meant what he said: He has 40 iPods.
Lagerfeld has converted his collection of 60,000 compact discs to a unique iPod storage system, according to a recent report in Womens Wear Daily. Lagerfeld keeps most of the iPods scattered around his various homes, which, in turn, are scattered around the globe.
"The iPod completely changed the way people approach music," Lagerfeld told WWD.
The report continues, "The technology also inspired him to create iPod carrying cases for Fendi, and he allowed that their shape and materials could also be inspiring for fashion in general."
The iPod's influence can indeed be seen throughout Lagerfeld's latest collection for Fendi.
As well as the Juke Box, there's a silver iPod carrying case, which has not yet gone into production. Several items in the collection are made of translucent materials (reminiscent of Apple's use of transparent plastic) or feature a circular motif, a reference, perhaps, to the iPod's scroll wheel interface. For example, Lagerfeld designed a large silver ring called the Disk, a circular purse in semi-translucent leather, and the Compilation, a gold purse with a circular clasp.
"Lagerfeld's passion for the musical mix has obviously infused the entire Fendi studio," Bowles wrote of the collection.
Lagerfeld is so taken with the iPod, he often steers interviews toward talk of Apple's technology; at least, that's the running joke on sites like MacBidouille.
But while Lagerfeld may have use for a giant gilded iPod suitcase, it is unclear why he feels Fendi customers need, or want, one.
Unfortunately, Fendi in Rome did not respond to repeated requests for more information, or an interview with Lagerfeld.
A sales associate at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, one of the city's Fendi outlets, said the store didn't stock iPod cases, designer or not, and customers never asked for them.
Fendi is not the only fashion house to introduce expensive and luxurious iPod accessories. Gucci recently introduced an iPod Sling, a $200 carrying case with leather trim and silver clasps.
In fact, most of the major international design houses sell iPod cases, including Pucci, Dior, Chanel and Coach. Anya Hindmarch's bespoke Ebury handbag, a hot item this season, has a special compartment just for the iPod. The famous Colette boutique in Paris sells several.
"The same consumer who buys an iPod buys luxury goods," Floriane de Saint Pierre, a Parisian fashion-industry headhunter, told the International Herald Tribune.
"It's a hot gadget right now, and these designers don't want to miss the boat," said Janet Ozzard, executive editor of Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W.
Ozzard said she saw the same thing with cell phones -- designers quickly turned out expensive and luxurious carrying cases and accessories.
Danika Cleary, Apple's iPod product manager, said, "The iPod has become iconic, and fashion designers have picked up on it. It's a fashion item in itself."
I don't use Swatch although I was one of those kids in the eighties with 5 of them on one wrist. Yes, I know...but it was the 80's afterall.
Anyway, I'm glad that Swatch is making a comeback especially with their new BUNNYSUTRA line. The best part of this controversial line is that there's a huge billboard of the "bunny positions" in Times Square.
While on my daily routine of Blog Reading (my morning ritual) I came across Certaindisaster's dilemma of finding a proper shoe. I too had been on the hunt for new kicks recently but a certain overheard conversation at the gym brought me a quick solution.
Nike has a nifty little website that lets you design your own shoe. You get to say what colors, fabric, etc. go into the shoe and prices are comparable to the store prices. The process is detailed and very specific, so you could spend at least an hour (if you can't decide on colors...which I couldn't) trying to design the perfect shoe, but it's definitely fun.
This is the one I designed.