Archive: September 2011

Franca Sozzani’s interview with New York Times

The following is an article and interview on Franca Sozzani taken from The New York Times (link here), by Eric Wilson. Although Wilson has taken a sarcastic approach and appears less than impressed by her, I cannot express how brilliant I think this woman is. She cracks me up.

Franca Sozzani, the outspoken editor in chief of Italian Vogue for 23 years, has been in the news a lot lately after publishing issues with provocative themes, like one with only black models in 2008, or the so-called curvy issue this summer. She also pushes a lot of hot-topic buttons on her blog and Twitter accounts.

With her newsmaking quips, she’s practically become this season’s Carine Roitfeld or Karl Lagerfeld, telling Newsweek that Dior should “hire back John Galliano,” and Time that Silvio Berlusconi “gives the impression that Italy is one big casino.” (Ellen note: The Italian word for casino is “casino'”, with an accent on the ‘o’. Without the accent, the word means “brothel”. I suspect that Franca Sozzani said that Silvio Berlusconi gives the impression that “Italy is one big brothel”. Which sounds much more likely. Thanks MarianD)

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Giles Deacon leaves Ungaro

Yesterday Vogue.co.uk reported that Giles Deacon, after only two seasons, has left his position as creative director of Emanuel Ungaro.

The British designer received rave reviews after his debut collection with the grand French fashion house. For spring/summer 2011, the media applauded his ability to create evening gowns that had just the coquettish appeal the label was once famous for. Deacon reminded his audience that Ungaro is one of the last remaining couture houses and women still travel to its Avenue Montaigne headquarters to order precious, made-to-measure designs created by some of the most accomplished technicians in the world.

However, hoping to focus on his own brand and upcoming projects Giles Deacon has decided now is the time to move on.

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Topman apologise for offensive t-shirts following Twitter outcry

Public outcry on social networking website, Twitter, has created such a storm (even bordering a PR disaster) that it has forced high-street retailer, Topman, to remove two offensive t-shirts from both shops and online.

While slogan t-shirts are usually of bad taste, read cliché messages and/or are tacky, you have to wonder, surely these misogynistic messages must have raised a few eyebrows in the buying or public relations department? One of the t-shirts in question reads “Nice New Girlfriend: What Breed Is She?”, while the other lists a series of excuses for an apparent act of domestic violence, including “You provoked me”, “I was drunk” and, “I hate you”.

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Westfield: 100 years of style

I just wanted to draw your attention to how lovely this Westfield video is really.

To mark the launch of new East End shopping centre, Westfield Stratford, “100 Years of Style” is a viral video  celebrating the dance, music and fashion of East London, in just 100 seconds.

Directed by Jake Lunt, with The Viral Factory, the video travels through ten decades, with roughly six outfits for each decade. Apparently, the music was created by Tristin Norwell, who took a simple tune and interpreted it for each decade. Complimenting this, a couple dance, waltz, jive, mosh and rave their way into the 21st century.

More than the dancing and music, it’s the beautiful observation of changing style that I think is brilliant. The video begins at 1911, there’s a quick glimpse of 20s flapper before we travel through wartime tailoring and military uniform – with a brief absence of the male partner until he returns the following decade – 40s tea dresses, Dior’s 1947 New Look, 50s rockers melt into 60s hippies and then 70s flower children. Punks are quickly replaced by disco dancers, while the 80s observes power dressing and acid-high ravers. The 90s waves in Brit Pop and those horrible combat trousers and puffa gilet’s, that I unfortunately remember too well, before we evolve into Boho chic and finally the smart/casual tailoring of 2011.

Westfield Stratford City opens 13th September 2011.

Nancy Upton too XLent for American Apparel

It comes as no surprise that I’m not won over by American Apparel or Dov Charney’s antics. I can’t respect a man who is quite clearly, well, a bit of a prick. Focusing on the company, however, one of American Apparel’s more distasteful policies is their long-held refusal to make plus-size products or to market to over size 10s at all. At present, a ‘large’ fits a small size 12. Their reasoning? Plus-sized women “aren’t their demographic.”

In a backhanded attempt at an olive branch (or perhaps their repositioning amid new fears they’ll be bankrupt very soon), American Apparel launched an online competition to find a plus size model to be the face and body of their new XL line. The XL line that would be for sizes 14 to 16, the average size of a woman in the UK.

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