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2013 November 20
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Leapin' lizards! Bergdorf Goodman raised the bar last night moments before they unveiled their "Holidays on Ice" windows on Fifth Avenue. The store had a performance by STREB Extreme Action Company, a Brooklyn-based troupe. Five acrobatic dancers descended the building in front of a delighted (and somewhat scared!) crowd of onlookers. The troupe came out of the windows of the store and walked on the building before eventually flying over the street until landing on the sidewalk. Brilliant! Let us give a massive round of applause to the genius who came up with this idea. Andy Cohen and Linda Fargo were on hand to reveal the windows. Stay tuned for our chat with David Hoey, BG's senior director of visual presentation, aka the mastermind behind the windows.
2013 November 20
Looking for a little Broadway before front row time resumes again in February? Swarovski recently invited us to check out a performance of the new musical, After Midnight, and the show was all that jazz. The show takes place at a Harlem jazz club in the Twenties, featuring songs written by a few fellas who you've likely heard of before named Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, and Cab Calloway. A few of the tunes were sung by Fantasia Barrino, who turns out a powerhouse vocal performance. The show enlisted fashion designer Isabel Toledo to create knock-your-socks-off costumes to bring us swinging back to an era where what you wore wasn't a second thought. Where did Toledo go to find over 120,000 crystal beads, pearls, and pendants to recreate the jazz age? Swarovski, of course, who's now a longtime friend of The Great White Way. The brand's dazzling creations have appeared in productions such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Motown: The Musical. Fantasia remains in the show through February 9th before k.d. lang steps in for a month and Babyface and Toni Braxton join for a few weeks in March. Tap those toes to the Brooks Atkinson theatre before midnight.
2013 November 19
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fever is heating up, as the sequel will hit theatres on Friday. We caught up with Trish Summerville, the mastermind behind the costumes in the film, to find out just how massive this project was for her, what it was like to work with Jennifer Lawrence, and whether she'll be returning for round three.
What was it that made you want to do The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?
Because Francis Lawrence (director) was attached! I worked with him in the past on videos and he reached out about designing the film, because he really took over the second installation. I like his vision and how he shoots. I like his overall aesthetics, which really got me interested to work on the project.
How many costumes were there for this flick?
We had about 50 to 60 principal actors, and Katniss [Lawrence] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] had the most changes—40 to 50 changes each. There were about 5,800 extras...I don’t know exactly how many costume changes we had, but there were well over 6,500 to 7,500 costumes.
Wow! What was the most challenging costume?
Probably the games costumes, just because all of the challenges that they had to meet. To find something that fit on 24 different body types, ranging from an extremely fit 19-year-old body to a fit 78-year-old body, and every body type in between. They had to be able to go in and out of the water, swim in it, run in the shoes, and crawl up walls. They had modular pieces that I had to incorporate and as a design aesthetic, I incorporated pads like several pairs of kneepads into the clothing to fulfill those particular areas, which were definitely the most challenging!
Sounds like it. How much input does Jennifer Lawrence have with her costumes?
Well, I have to say, the entire cast responded really well! I like when actors give input into their characters and we can actually have a dialogue and conversation about their wardrobe. I really went over each sketch and talked about certain things like colors with each actor. They would give their input or share their favorite costumes.
Tell us about working with Jennifer.
She was great! You couldn’t ask for a better cast to work with. They all have really great chemistry together like Jennifer and Josh. Because of their history, working together on the first film, they're like best friends. So the atmosphere on set was quite nice.
How many times did you watch the first film?
I only saw the film once. after I got called to design for the film. I read the Catching Fire book and the Hunger Games book.
Did you get inspired from any costumes from the first film?
I think we went a bit of a different route. It was a different director this time and the story line is much different, taking it darker and heightening the fashion element.
What was your favorite costume in the film?
That's tough! I have a lot of favorites. I keep getting asked that question and at one point I thought about just saying a different costume every time. I mean, there are just so many that I like...I do love the wedding dress and Effie has this one dress that I call the confetti dress, it is a leather dress that has multicolored dots on it like confetti and then we used these three dimensional black and gold butterflies that are painted on and it has a big crinoline underneath and a big ruffle at her neck. I really like that one.
What advice would you give to an aspiring costume designer?
The biggest thing is do research, know various periods and generations. You really have to just learn as much as you can about fabrics, construction and definitely time periods with the different fashions that are found throughout history. You need to know construction.
You've worked on everything from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to videos with Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera to Glory Days. Do you have an all-time fave?
One my all time favorite things would have to be my overall creation for Lisbeth Salander for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. That is a project that will always be really close to my heart. It was such a dramatic transformation for her character.
What's the deal with your Net-a-Porter collab?
We're doing a capsule collection with 19 pieces inspired by Catching Fire. Some pieces are inspired by Katniss, and some jewelry has an archery theme to it with bows and arrows. There are a couple of pieces inspired by Finnick, too. Some of the pieces are in the film, and others are inspired by the film, transitioned into a ready-to-wear collection. The capsule collection will be released with the release of the film; it will be worldwide and overseas. We're really excited about it!
Do you have any other big projects coming up?
Since July, I've been working on Gone Girl, based on the Gillian Flynn novel. So I'm currently on that now and will be until February. David Fincher is directing.
Will you be doing the next Hunger Games movie?
No. I'm not participating because I was already on Gone Girl. They are currently shooting it now; the cast is actually doing two films back-to-back.
2013 November 19
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Jérôme Dreyfuss' business is booming! Today it was announced that the Parisian accessories designer received $2.7 million in funding from French investment firm Audacia. The firm originally invested in the brand in 2011 and the new influx of cash will allow the designer to expand his international reach by opening up two new stores. So which cities got lucky? Seoul can expect Dreyfuss' designer goods in 2013, while London will have to wait till 2014. Looks like Dreyfuss and his designer wife Isabel Marant are having quite a year, non?
2013 November 19
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Tomorrow is the official opening of the "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" exhibition at London's Somerset House, arts and cultural center. The exhibition celebrates the life and wardrobe of the late fashion icon, who's credited as discovering Alexander McQueen and died in 2007 after taking her own life. “This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event," Daphne Guinness explains on the Somerset House website. "Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people." The exhibition will be accompanied with a catalog of the exhibtion shot by Nick Knight and published by Rizzoli. You can catch the exhibition through March 2, 2014. Now let's hope this one finds its way to New York next year...
2013 November 19
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When a slew of top-notch editors show up for a store opening, it's clearly not just an average eve of boutique-ing! For the glossy debut of J. Mendel on Madison Avenue, the likes of Stefano Tonchi, Deborah Needleman, Glenda Bailey, and Karla Martinez stopped by to peruse the goods. What can you expect from the store itself? A few rooms bedecked with furs, languid evening gowns, and a dramatic spiral staircase. The evening also fêted a book collab between Gilles Mendel and artist Enoc Perez, titled Gilles Mendel by Enoc Perez. The tome contains a series of collages infusing images from the design process with runway shots and fabric samples. With DJ Alexandra Richards mixing tunes, the crowd included Chanel Iman, Alek Wek, Constance Jablonski, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Ivanka Trump.
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