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2013 December 10
Adidas is celebrating the return of the iconic Stan Smith sneaker with a global campaign coming your way this month. They've enlisted actors Will Arnett, Max Greenfield and Ana Girardot; athlete Andy Murray; singer-songwriters Sky Ferreira and Momo Wu, DJ’s Kim Ann Foxman and Terranova; artists Hisham Akira Bharoocha and Xander Gaines, and designers Lucio Castro and Louis-Marie Castelbajac to appear in the campaign. To refresh your memory, Stan Smith is an American tennis player, whose namesake shoe was there when he won titles in major tournaments, including the 1968 U.S. Open. In this vid, menswear designer and Daily fave, Castro, explains to director Anton Esteban why he keeps this shoe in his court.
2013 December 10
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Who are Ruffian's Brian Wolk and Claude Morais chatting with this week? None other than Jeanne Beker (please Google if you're unfamilar!) who inspired eons of boys and girls to get into the biz and reported on some of the most legendary shows of our time. What's her opinion on the state of things these days? Read on...
Jeanne Beker is a ground breaker, a woman of firsts, and a fashion legend. Her interest in fashion is devout, human, and unwavering. Beginning in 1985, and for nearly 20 years thereafter, she helmed Fashion Television as the program’s commander, chief, and hostess extraordinaire. She was the first journalist to take television crews backstage into the silk minefields, where neither man nor woman had ever been brave enough to venture before. She created the first-ever style website, @fashion, in 1995, served as editor in chief of FQ Magazine, penned 5 best selling books and currently curates “Edit by Jeanne”, a collection of clothing available at The Bay. We were honored to have a tête-à-tête with her imperial highness in our suite at The Shangri-La hotel on our recent trip to Toronto.
When did you first discover Fashion? Was its something that was valued in your family?
My parents are Eastern European Holocaust survivors, so it wasn’t like they had a lot of fashion in their stadtteil growing up. But my dad always brought us up with the idea that clothing was very important because it was the first impression that people had of you. I fell in love with fashion early on. My mom would buy me paper doll books, my favorite of which was Donna Reed. I also had a knock-off Barbie called “Mitzie” because we couldn’t afford the real Barbie. With that said, my mom was an amazing seamstress and made an incredible wardrobe for my Mitzi Doll that would've put Barbie to shame! My dad worked in the Schmata district in Toronto, and brought home scraps of beautiful fabrics and fur, so my mitzi doll had a real Persian lamb coat! My mother would knock off all of the stuff we loved from magazines that my sister and I picked out. Sometimes we would go to NY and Miami and we were able to shop, I remember I was the first kid on my block to have Go-Go boots!
What was your first high fashion designer purchase?
There was a Canadian designer named Marilyn Brooks who had a store in Yorkville called The Unicorn. It was such a cool store, and we would go there to shop, and than wear what I bought to go see Joni Mitchell at The River Boat. I got an aqua satin dotted mini shirt dress. I also had some jeans that were so tight, I'd have to lie on my bed to put them on.
We understand you studied mime!
Yes darling, I was the only mime artist in Newfoundland circa 1975! You know I was an actress. I started acting when I was 16.
Did that prepare you for the fashion industry?
What more theatrical arena could you have? And that’s why I love it! It's communication via costume and illusion and artifice. Its about characters, and that’s what drives the scene for me, and that’s what I loved about Fashion Television for all those years; it wasn’t about the clothes, although we did see some beautiful clothes. At the end of the day it’s about the characters, egos, and eccentrics and that’s what I love about it. It’s a business about people, the best, most sensitive, kindest people in the world and the bitchiest, cattiest, most horrible people. It a microcosm for the world at large, and that’s how I have always seen the trenches of fashion. The agony and the ecstasy of life.
How do you think the economic drama over the last five years has affected the face of fashion?
Should I start my thesis now? It’s great and horrible. You can only hope the cream rises to the top. It really forces designers to sharpen their points of view. That’s what a brand is about, after all. Its also enabled a lot of people to indulge in style for less money. There are also problems inherent with all the stuff out there, the sea of sameness. Yet at the end there is no sense lamenting. All I can say is that I'm so blessed that I got to ride that wave, the tsunami of the century, the best time in fashion, growing up with it in the Sixties, becoming a young woman in Seventies, a career woman in the Eighties, and being a fashion journalist in1985 when there was no TV journalists backstage. I wasn’t interested in asking a designer “why beige”; I wanted to know what kept him up all night before their show.
What do you think is the future of fashion week?
Could the world live without fashion week? Absolutely. Will this happen? Most likely not. Designers are show people, but the days of great shows are no more; Galliano, McQueen, it's not what it used to be. It's not like it should be, either. We've moved into a different era. The age of the spectacle almost seems passé sadly. Equally as sadly is that now it’s only about selling. Everyone will do their business the way they can do their business; what best suits them, the game has changed, people buy fashion differently. Some people just shop online, some people still need bricks and mortar, some people shop on HSN and some online shopping destinations are opening bricks and mortar. The business will change and it’s inevitable. Change is the only constant in fashion.
2013 December 9
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We hope Brendan Fallis is resting today because he was certainly out and about in South Beach during Art Basel. Lucky for us, the handsomest DJ around jotted down his adventures DJing and trotting around town for a mini diary of his four days there. Take it away, Mr. Fallis...
I took an early flight to Miami with my girlfriend, Hannah Bronfman. I wanted to get as much time in the warm weather as possible so we hopped on a 6 a.m. flight so we could sleep on the beach at Soho Beach House upon arrival! Feeling rested, I headed upstairs to the MdM X PK pop-up shop lunch; Hassan Pierre is a close friend and I always love to support everything he is working on. Hannah, Amanda Hearst, Nasiba Adilova, Angela Simmons, etc. joined for lunch as we celebrated Hassan’s initiative. Later that evening, I DJ'ed my first gig of the week, which was the W/Vionnet party at the Perez Art Museum in downtown Miami. It's an incredible space, which is still in its final stages of completion. The Party showcased a short film by Tim Walker and was set in an amazing outdoor space. From there I went to the Interview x OHWOW party on a beautiful rooftop in South Beach. My stay was cut short as I had to head to DJ the Del Toro after party at Miami staple Casa Tua. After I finished DJing, I strolled over to the Chez Andre pop-up which was pretty insane. Always a good time, thanks to Andre Saraiva.
The day started early with a brunch at The Webster hosted by Oliver Peoples. Luckily, I packed a pair for the trip. The Coveteur was on hand, which was great as it’s always nice to see my extended Canadian family. After a few green juices to stabilize my system from the night before, and a quick chat with my friends from Louboutin, I headed to the Delano for lunch with my manager, an old friend, and Theophilus London. After sending back two of the largest carpaccio plates of all time (literally the size of half the table), I headed to Soho Beach House, or as I like to call it ‘ground zero’. As long as my phone is charged upon arrival, it gets me through to about 4 to 4:30 p.m. and then dies, right on time for the first bottle of Rose to arrive. A quick nap and I was off to the Raphael Mazzucco party at the Delano, which I DJ'ed with Theophilus. Once my set was over and Theophilus got on, I caught up with Harif Guzman and Virgil Abloh for a bit. I then headed to the back pool with them to check out Wu-Tang and Noreaga. As any hip-hop act would, they started way later than expected and I had to run DJ another event and missed the whole performance. The Nomad Magazine launch party that I DJ'ed at the SLS Hotel was an amazing time, so I quickly forgot that I was missing [the Wu-Tang event]. Three hours later, after trying out some new music I’d been dying to play, I was on my way to 1Oak to watch Theophilus perform two brand new songs from his album. Tequila was in the air and Theophilus turned the party up as DJ Cassidy and Travis Scott bobbed their heads in approval. The night ended at Story watching A$AP Rocky DJ. I'd never been to Story, but when in Miami, it is always fun to hit a massive club and pop some bottles with the crew.
Late nights equal late mornings, and I needed a recovery solution. Avocado and eggs on toast and a mimosa with a side of ocean was my cure. That coupled with a nap in the afternoon got me prepped and ready to open for Tegan & Sara at the VH1 x Scope event. They had me perched in a nest above the amazing beach setting they had set up. The crowd was amazing and responsive; tough not to be with Illegal Mezcal as a sponsor. Tegan & Sara played an amazing set, followed by DJ Cassidy coming on to do what he does best. I left there and headed to see Hannah DJ at the Art Binder party, where she dropped some of the best hip-hop of the time. The venue was pretty amazing, as I’d never been to Mango’s Tropical Café on South Beach. If you haven’t either, I would suggest going there once in your life. From there I rushed over to 1Oak to DJ the late night "Pool Party" with the one and only Daniel Chetrit, a man with amazing skills on the tables. We took over the set from Roofeo, my good friend and drummer for TV On The Radio. After a quick hour of some experimental trap, rap, and Chicago heat we passed our set over to Illuminati AMS and they kept the party going just as some Dutch kids would. From there we stumbled back to Chez Andre to run into all of New York yet again, and ended the night there.
Another morning at the Soho House Beach and catching up with everyone from the night before. We left early to go DJ the Architectural Digest party hosted by BMF at the James Royal Palm Hotel. Hannah and I combined our sets and played for a few hours together. The Misshapes came to take over when we were done. We left and headed to The Raleigh Hotel for a drink. Hannah and I met at Art Basel two years ago and had a drink at The Raleigh on the second day. We hadn’t been back to Miami since, so it was our one break from everything to take a moment to ourselves and reminisce. After some oysters and a margarita, not the normal combo, but fitting for us, we headed to the Stussy x Frank 151 x Pigalle House on one of the Venetian Islands. The setting was incredible on the Intercostal Waterway at an amazing house. Raekwon jumped on the mic quickly, while the Parisian DJs tore the place down. Hennesey was on flow to keep the crowd in a dancing mood. From there, I rushed over to Oddfellows, a new club in Miami, where Theophilus put on one of the better performances I saw all week. He curated an art installation and performed an intimate set of brand new music while interacting with the crowd. I played the music for him and it was an incredible success. I went right to Soho House after that to catch ASTR performing on the beach in the tent. They put on an amazing show as well. So many good performances in the few days I was there, so I thought, why not end it off with a night at LIV watching Steve Angello?! As expected, he absolutely crushed his set and the place was all sorts of insanity, but duty calls and I had to make my 6 a.m. flight, which was only two hours away. I hopped back in the car and headed to the airport. See you next year, Miami...
2013 December 9
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As Art Basel continuted to chug along, Calvin Klein Collection celebrated their launch at The Webster with a party in Miami over the weekend. The brand made its debut at the The Webster's stores in Miami and the soon-to-be-open location at Bal Harbour Shops with an exclusive collection of silhouettes created by women's creative director Francisco Costa. The Resort 2014 collection has been redeveloped in lighter fabrications and brighter hues just for The Webster. Friday's party brought out an assortment of New Yorkers including Jeremy Kost, Todd Eberle, Kyle DeWoody, Stefano Tonchi, Julie Macklowe, Fabiola Beracasa, Derek Blasberg, Harley Viera-Newton, Andre Balazs, Amy Sacco, Harry Brant, Leigh Lezark, and Alessandra Ambrosio.
2013 December 9
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Looks like 2014 will be filled with more Katy Perry as she makes her mark on the cover of Marie Claire's January issue. In the issue, on stands December 17th, she talks about her relationship with her mom and dad. "People don't understand that I have a great relationship with my parents - like, how that can exist," she explains. "There isn't any judgment. They don't necessarily agree with everything I do, but I don't necessarily agree with everything they do. They're at peace with - they pray for me is what they do. They're fascinated with the idea that they created someone who has this much attention on her. My parents are Republicans, and I'm not. They didn't vote for Obama, but when I was asked to sing at the inauguration, they were like, 'We can come.' And I was like, 'No, you can't.' They understood, but I was like, 'How dare you?' in a way."
2013 December 9
Gents is collaborating with celeb stylist and major hottie Johnny Wujek on a collection launching today. The black caps with silver embroidery will be a play off of two slogans Wujek is known for, including "GENTleman" and "IndulGENT." With a client roster that includes Katy Perry, Amber Heard, and Shakira, he was named one of the 25 most powerful stylists in 2013 by The Hollywood Reporter. The caps go for $58, with apparel coming to stores and online in July 2014.
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