Amidst a young-guns-filled schedule yesterday afternoon, Laura Siegel proved she’s just as smoking as the rest. What makes Siegel’s work stand out are her partnerships with artisans around the world, including those who specialize in Ajrakh block printing, Indian embroidery, Keralan natural dying, and Bolivian knitting. Siegel’s approach is to develop textured pieces while enabling those in third world countries to display their uniquely creative skills on an international stage. The result is a collection that’s sleek and minimalist in structure with a tinge of “weathered global activist” aesthetic. Read more »
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After falling short of expectations with his debut collection at Toronto Fashion Week last season, Adrian Wu took to the stage once again to prove his critics wrong. Or maybe to fight for his right.
A balloon-strewn ceiling, grass-green runway, and V for Vendetta masks were the chosen stylings for the collection, which featured 13 looks—all dresses covered in white polka dots and made of the same flannel fabric, ruched to comparatively less-extreme proportions as last season. The liner notes referenced a want to modernize 18th century French womenswear, but we’re not sure the styling choices made sense. What we do know, however, is that they served a cleaner pallette to showcase his wears. While he may want to be recognized as more of a clothing designer and less of a spectacle, we’re not quite sure he did it this time. Honourable try, though.
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Does artistic genius run in the family? When your older sister is Lady Gaga, there has to be some crossover. Natali Germanotta, who is being labelled “Baby Gaga,” is setting out to prove that she too possesses creative talent. News has broken that the 19-year-old is creating costumes for Simon Says, the Off-Broadway show set to premiere this fall in New York.
Germanotta isn’t exactly a stranger to the world of fashion and music. Whether or not you noticed, she appeared in Lady Gaga’s video for “Telephone” and accompanied her to this year’s CFDA awards. Judging from what we’ve seen, the girl’s got style! Beyond that, she has interned for designer Allison Parris and currently studies fashion design at Parsons the New School for Design.
It’s likely that Germanotta will have a high-profile career in fashion, but the question is: Will she bear resemblance to her sister’s style or set her own trends? Will her work resemble Gaga’s designer favourites, like Mugler, McQueen, and Versace? Perhaps, when designing, Germanotta is inspired by the likes of Hermès and Céline… Actually, we highly doubt that.
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They said/We said: We weigh in on Abercrombie & Fitch paying The Situation to stop wearing their clothes. And then we laugh
Remember when Abercrombie & Fitch was selling graphic tees that read “The Fitchuation”? Well, apparently, neither do they. In fact, they have recently offered pay Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino to stop wearing their clothes. Seriously.
The official statement voiced the company’s concern that by wearing A&F clothing, Sitch was undeniably hurting their image. They even went as far as saying that this association with the label is contrary to the nature of their brand. We don’t understand how they forgot about every single shirtless-boy-in-jeans-with-an-eight-pack ad campaign they’ve ever released. The best part? The statement was titled “A Win-Win Situation.”
We understand the concern of being associated with Jersey Shore–esque behaviour, but there’s something fishy about A&F’s request. It came just in time for the company to report a 64.4 per cent rise in second-quarter net income during their quarterly earnings call this morning. It sure doesn’t seem like the Sitch is actually that bad for business!
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Following the success of the Topshop capsules in Toronto, the Bay has decided to bless fashion diehards out West with capsules at their Vancouver and Calgary stores starting in mid-September. Shoppers will get to shop a curated selection of the collection, as flagship stores—like the one set to open at Yorkdale in September—get ready for their grand openings.
The capsules will launch at the Bay Vancouver (674 Granville Street, 2nd floor, 604-681-6211) starting September 15 and the Bay Calgary (200-8th Avenue South West, 3rd floor, 403-262-0345) starting September 17. Ready, set, shop!
In what we’re sure will solidify their position as a fashion mecca, Topshop Canada also boasted that shoppers can soon begin shopping online at thebay.com/topshop and thebay.com/topman. Who will be able to resist?
New York Magazine’s biannual fashion issue has arrived, and with it came an encouraging industry-wide frenzy about cover model Andrej Pejic. This time around, Pejic is not only receiving attention for his looks but also for what he has to say. It’s kind of momentous, as if a star was born—one that, as Pejic puts it himself, doesn’t get out of bed for less that $50 a day. (A far and ironic cry from Linda Evangelista’s famed similar claim about her $10,000 minimum.)
The androgynous model has been on a rapid rise to fame since Sarah Doukas started marketing him as a woman, Carine Roitfeld styled him in Fendi, and he walked Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway. He embraces his gender-blending look, saying, “It’s not like, ‘Okay, today I want to look like a man, or today I want to look like a woman’; I want to look like me. It just so happens that some of the things I like are feminine.”
What seems to have struck readers positively is Pejic’s amusing personality. He relieves tension with punch lines like, “My whole life is controversy. What can I do? I’m like Britney Spears!” He’s surprisingly hilarious and confident—not to mention, successful—for a 19-year-old.
Pejic is no stranger to controversy. In May, FHM ran a story online that referred to Pejic as a “thing” and later took it down. In the same month, Pejic covered Dossier shirtless, and the magazine got censored at both Barnes & Noble and Borders. So, does the praise Pejic is receiving from New York Magazine mean the mainstream is ready to embrace him as an icon? We’ll have to wait and see. But if his career takes a turn for the worse, he’ll tell you, “I’ll come back with a sex tape…I’d bring in latex, make it really fashion, really artsy.”
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What sounds more exciting to the culturally inclined, fashion-savvy Torontonian than staying up all night to roam the streets of downtown in the midst of annual art fest Scotiabank Nuit Blanche? Maybe try participating in the event yourself and winning a few things, too!
The annual Art of Fashion design competition offers emerging designers a chance to compete all night long (just like Lionel Richie…) for a sponsorship package, including a look-book photo shoot with help from the Plutino Group, Elite Models, and photographer Richard Bernardin, as well as year-long public relations services and management from KeeshanPR and Fashion Group International.
Showcased at the Pantages Hotel during Nuit Blanche on October 1, competitors will be required to create six outfits based on this year’s theme, choreology—which is the translation of dance into fashion and the relationship between the two. The competition is all about marketing your brand and getting exposure to launch a career in fashion design.
So, designers, you’ve got nothing to lose! To apply, head to artoffashion.org; the deadline is August 22.
They said/We said: News of Gaga’s Christmas takeover at Barneys has got us counting the days till snow
Forget about Christmas in July, Barneys recreated the holiday in August this morning with news that they will collaborate with Lady Gaga on an unprecedented, multifaceted holiday campaign entitled “Gaga’s Workshop.” The campaign is set to launch in mid-November and is described as a shopping environment based on Mother Monster’s idea of Santa’s Workshop. Not only will she kill it in the Madison Avenue windows—Gaga’s Workshop is taking over the entire fifth floor as well.
Gaga will be aided by installation artists Eli Sudbrack, Christophe Hamaide-Pierson of Assume Vivid Astro Focus, and, of course, her partner-in-fashion, Nicola Formichetti. Barneys boasts that they worked with Gaga and Formichetti to design exclusive gift items (think: jewellery made from candy, lip-shaped chocolate, Gaga-hued lipsticks, and a limited-edition Rubik’s Cube), while Gaga will also curate a collection of books and albums. In true holiday spirit, a quarter of the profits will be donated to a charity of her choice. Now, all we need is a bit of snow.
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