Welcome to the Jungle: Christopher Kane S/S 2009: September 17
The "Luella Girl" Gives her Grandma's Wardrobe a Proper Whirl: September 15
To view the hauntingly evocative "Mommie Dearest" editorial [above] from Numéro 97 – lensed by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello and starring bunny amieSiri Tollerød with modern-cum-period styling compliments of Samuel François – in its entirety, click clickity click click!
Just before the mad rush of NY Fashion Week, I caught up with bunny amie Siri Tollerød at my BFF Simona McIntyre's 19th birthday fête at raw vegan haven Pure Food & Wine near the Gramercy Park Hotel.
Not only did the fairest Norwegian nymph walk an astounding sixty-three shows – especially remarkable considering that she shot a preeminent job in Paris in lieu of hitting any of the London catwalks – she also graced a record three editorials in this September's Vogue Italia.
I first learned of her most recent photographic collaboration with the Kaiser while waiting for the others to arrive (since Siri and I were the first to make it at the Irving Place townhouse). I finally had the opportunity to peruse the October issue of Vogue Germany on an unanticipated (and admittedly unglamorous) post-Parisian jaunt from NYC to Pennsylvania and have been completely bewitched ever since!
The stirring Lagerfeld-lensed spread – while likely shot across the pond – conjures analogous allegorical imagery to the Puritanical New England milieu hauntingly typified in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown. Siri and German phenom Toni Garrn brilliantly portray a Faith Brown-esque personae in this unearthly editorial:
Eerily emotive! Stunningly elegiac! Wistfully nostalgic! LOVE IT!
Unfortunately we were both super duper busy in Paris and only had quick chance meetings during Jeremy Scott's rehearsal [below] and at the Carousel de Louvre between the Ungaro and Costume National presentations.
I did however manage a few quick snaps of snaps of Siri fluttering along the rullebane while in Paris:
last season backstage with Fashion TV Model Talks
Congrats Siribean on another killer season! Mazel tov! Gratulerer!!
*first image left-right [top row] Nina Ricci, Chanel, Lanvin, Chloé, Valentino, Wunderkind, Yohji Yamamoto; [bottom row] Emanuel Ungaro, Kenzo, Antonio Berardi, Valentino, Balenciaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin >> other Paris pursuits not shown include Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Celine, Costume National, Giambattista Valli, Jeremy Scott, John Galliano, Miu Miu, Paul & Joe, Rue du Mail, Sonia Rykiel, and Wunderkind
Fancy her black-tipped Chanel ballerinas [at right]? Scope them out (among racks and racks of serious fashion schmashion fabuloulosity from Mr. Mickey, Charlotte Ronson, Peter Davis, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Star von Bunny, and me -- erm, Julia Frakes) tomorrow at the first annual Celebrity Charity Sidewalk Sale at Screaming Mimi's!
All proceeds go to charity : water, Scott Harrison's lifesaving non-profit foundation bringing clean and sanitary drinking water to people in developing nations.
Rochas, J. Mendel, Max Mara, Chanel, Mickey's flossy flossy sparklyhood... there's really no excuse not to make a cameo for the cause (credit card in-hand)!
See you there!
PS: It's common knowledge that Keira is not only strikingly alluring but also brilliantly perspicacious; nonetheless her appearance on Charlie Rose (in a 3.1 Phillip Lim blue asymmetrical fan dress and Wren contrast-lined blazer) truly set it in stone. Enjoy!
Last night Mr. Mickey and I event-hopped for Paper to cover the Vogue/IMG Model.Live event at Gemma in the Bowery Hotel, the Hermès/Josef Albers exhibit fêting their scarf collaboration at the Madison Avenue flagship, and the Cole Haan/Paper party downtown at The Box with an outrageous performance by The Citizens' Band toasting to Cole Haan's 80th Anniversary and reintroduction of their signature penny loafers featuring Bing Bang's Anna Sheffield iconic "penny" jewelry.
Just before the mayhem that is NYC fashion week, my dear friend (and fellow raw vegan) Simona McIntyre celebrated her 19th birthday with an intimate dinner of close friends at the crème de la crème (well, you know) of haute raw food dining, Pure Food & Wine.
Simona rocks the Marni / Siri Tollerød dons the Ferré
your bunny hops in her favorite F/W Alexander Wang "boyfriend" blazer and vegan Marc tote
Kate Boch, Edythe Hughes, Danielle Hamm,Simona, Georgia Frost, and the cool cats at Marilyn
Kate, Edythe, and Danielle
What a pleasure to sit next to the lovley Siri and ascertain her unique perspective on the industry!
two bunnies and a birdie
On the docket for today? Why my first day of school!
Then I'll be zipping uptown to the office to meet Mickey and then off to:
Barneys for the launch of Andre 3000's Benjamin Bixby, the Erin Wasson X RVCA event downtown, Sue Stemp's Spring 2009 presentation, the Christie's party with Chloë Sevigny & Agyness Deyn, the FIT Opening, Christie's dinner at Indochine, and finally Chiara Clemente's birthday party at the Beatrice.
... then back to my cat where I belong!
PS: The industry is absolutely smitten with Simona's mature "new look" accentuated by her blonder, shorter new 'do! Check out these radiant, ethereal, positively angelic new polaroids snapped by Kwok to be sent over to Europe:
I recently had the extraordinary pleasure of sitting down to an inspiring interview with the visionary Rad Hourani over at PAPERMAG! Unfortunately I had to cut down our compelling discourse to a mere 1,000 words... so I thought I'd share a bit more of his (previously unpublished) brilliance with you, my bunny amies!
Some background on Rad (verbatim from my PAPERMAGentry):
When style.com tapped Canadian former stylist Rad Hourani as one of their Top 10 New Faces for Spring 2008, they likened his angular, brooding Parisian debut to that of Ann Demeulemeester and Helmut Lang. Rad's eagerly anticipated second collection firmly defined his signature look as entirely his own: a dark, linear shape that oozes of urban androgyny. Within just two collections, his seasonless unisex wares have gained an executive cult following from the likes of Holt Renfrew and Barneys. However Rad's unwavering vision extends past merely designing clothes; the budding photographer's ethereal video productions in collaboration with the 20th anniversary of Mode Models garnered him both critical acclaim and a sea of admirers among the who's who of casting directors.
The bunny BISOUS exclusive remainder of our interview:
Julia Frakes: What was your childhood in Jordan like?
Rad Hourani: When I was a child, every week my mother would take me to her dressmaker so we could choose the fabrics and designs for her next outfit. From a young age, I started giving my opinions on them. She dressed me in the same mode that she dressed my brother, and I hated it. I didn't want to wear anything that was like what the other children were wearing... I was not an easy child at all, very picky!
JF: How did you teach yourself the technical aspects of clothing design, video art, and photography without formal training?
RH: I never went to design school – I never went to any school, for that matter – and I am lucky enough to be extremely curious about anything and everything. All that I know about fashion design, videomaking, and photography I learned on my own merely by observation.
JF: Your collections embody the definition of "seasonless dressing" -- how do you develop this hallmark? Is it a means to gain an edge in the global marketplace? Or rather a philosophy "against seasons"?
RH: Circumstances have provoked me to move around from an early point in my life, and I've felt compelled to continue on doing so. My peripatetic life experience has forced me to consider things from a wider perspective without restrictions. I want to convey this notion into my line and design clothes that can be worn anywhere, anytime. Moreover with global warming I really believe that there will be no longer be distinct seasons and everybody will need a closet that embodies the essence of timeless style, which is great since true style has no season. I feel like I'm from nowhere and everywhere.
JF: What are the key differences between showing your first collection in Paris versus your second in New York?
RH: I do want to get my message across as clearly as possible in order to touch the right audience. In that sense presenting in Paris and subsequently in New York was an adept way to acquire visibility and prepare for future developments. But on the other hand I feel it would be an error to saturate the market too quickly and rush to complete orders anywhere that I can. I want to secure a solid manufacturing structure to ensure quality and make certain that my line is only sold in the right places. I desire for my clothes to be both rare and perfect, I guess…
Rad Hourani Collection 1 (Spring/Summer '08)
JF: Does your inspiration change with each collection or is it merely an evolution of the same inspirational rationale? Can you describe your linear design process a bit?
RH: Given the nature of the fashion calendar, I have to present my collections on a bi-yearly basis; however I design them with the idea that they can be worn by anyone, at any time. Therefore I do not start a new season with a specific theme or concept, but rather I try to establish a continuity from one to the next. There is no specific process, I just carry a mental notebook wherein I jot down notes daily. I can become inspired by someone on the street, or by a book, or even by a discussion. Then I put it into a few straight lines...
JF: What do you least admire about the fashion industry?
RH: For me fashion is about clothes transcending simple functionality and gaining a symbolic, evocative power by engaging in a dialogue with their environment and their time. It's a tool for self-expression and self-invention. I'm allergic to trends and their followers... especially to the inevitable editors who will say 'OMG, it was amazing... so conceptual and intellectual!' when they see a high-end collection that they will not even wear even if they are sent it for free, yet they have no choice to make it the 'trend of the season' because the brand has the power of financial backing. I don't think that there is anything scarier than making fashion – or anything else, for that matter – that everybody agrees on.
upon seeing this image, Karl himself wanted to know everything about the mysterious Rad
JF: Where do you see yourself -- and your label -- this time next year? ... And in five years time?
RH: I essentially do everything myself to ensure that my aesthetic statement and message is clearly conveyed. I try to apply my whole vision in all areas of my work: from clothing to graphic design to video filming and editing. I appreciate the strength of a sharp black line and it can be found in everything that I do. I cannot divide "life" from "work", since my work is my life (and vice versa). This bond allows me to create a coherent image for my brand. My plan is clear: to continue showing collections, integrate a solid business platform, and extend my brand to other enterprises when the time is ripe. No rush, though...
JF: What is your most prized value in others?
JF: What is your most prized value in yourself?
RH: I'm all about gratitude: everything happens for a reason, and I am very thankful.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the lovely Kathrin Leist for Germany's "fashion bible" Otto blog Two for Fashion. The entire meeting was an utter delight and I look forward to keeping in touch!
I honestly haven't the foggiest idea what the article says... so if there are any bunny [häschen] readers fluent in German that have a moment to translate it would be very much appreciated. Many thanks!
a German advert for Otto... good golly miss Molly, I'm thoroughly confused!
Tomorrow (August 18) is bunny amie Siri Tollerød's twentieth birthday!
Fresh from her über-kawaii television advertising campaign for Gwen's Harajuku Lovers fragrance -- moonwalking with a cartoon panda to boot -- Fashion TV caught fashion's prettiest pixie (and Karl's muse du jour) backstage during the Fall/Winter 2008-2009 collections for a record ten minute "Model Talk" session:
Trump's Norwegian fairy backstage with Fashion TV | Fall/Winter 2008-2009
When klikk.no solicited the current Lulacoverstar about her beauty secrets, she eagerly replied "no smoking, lots of water, and smiling!" A tip-top, wholesome response indeed!
The frock that I am sporting is the third created out of the tenin the world!How crazy is that?
When I initially created this blog, my absolute last intention was to devise yet another of the all-too-common forums of photos that blatantly scream "look at me in this pretty outfit!" or otherwise plunge into the livejournalesque diary medium that I've come to find slightly intolerable.
However on Saturday afternoon reader Bianca sent your bunny quite a warmhearted little e-mail that concluded with the following:
"... that being said, I'm sure that I'm not alone when I ask you if you'd pretty please consider posting photos of your no doubt fabulous getups since from the looks of your blog and your various (rare) public appearances I simply adore your taste! Do you think you could also tell us like what your [sic] wearing? That'd be amazing!
Thanks for the daily inspiration, your loyal 'bunny reader' Bianca"
Thankyou for your kind words, Bianca! Yes, I generally am quite shy and truly am an exceptionally private person (I think I've posted photos of myself a grand total of about three times since bB's inception).
That being said, Bianca could not possibly have caught me at a more opportune moment, as I had just returned home to gather the rest of my belongings for my new apartment in New York! I thought I may as well partake in a little photobooth sesh of outfits that I did not pack for Gotham (and ipso facto will not be worn during September's upcoming fashweeks).
Fun fact: Nicolas Ghesquière's seventh runway look (otherwise known as the "Clémence Poésy in Purple ensemble") from his fierce + floral Spring/Summer collection is actually separates with a fully-fledged pair of cuffed shorts underneath the skirt. Who knew?
PS: To read my full interview with Lyoka T. (pictured in the hand-painted Dolce & Gabbana togs at top), click clickity click click!
PPS: The unvegan Lanvin wedges are not mine... I "borrowed" them from my mom while I was home for the weekend!
Teen Vogue online editor Naomi Nevitt(remember this?) just e-mailed me an exclusive tidbit for all you stylish bunny readers hopping about. The following is the official press release; get snapping!
Lights, camera, contest!
Go online for your chance to be in Teen Vogue.
We’re searching for a girl with great style to photograph for the magazine.
If you think you have what it takes, go to teenvogue.com/contests and
upload a head-to-toe picture of yourself in your most fashion-forward
outfit. We’ll pick our favorites and then let readers vote for the lucky
winner, whom we’ll fly to New York City, provide with a full
glam-squad—hair, makeup, the works!—and shoot for a future issue. And as if
appearing in Teen Vogue weren’t enough, you could also win one of 50 Jill
Stuart handbags just by entering the contest! Plus, those voted into our top
ten will receive a $500 gift certificate to ultrachic shopping site
shopbop.com. So what are you waiting for? Snap to it!"
Good golly Miss Molly! I just posted this like two hours ago and I've already received a flurry of sweet e-mails asking "who are you wearing?" ...wow: and I just thought I was going to get some tea and avocado salad! Holy guacamole -- I'm totally flattered!
Anywho, without further ado... here's a petite anatomy of what I was donning:
bra top: VPL by Victoria Bartlett "Beckham bra"
wood + gold necklace: scoped out at little boutique in Pennsylvania
vegan bag: Lanvin featuring illustrations by Alber Elbaz
knee-high nylon socks: Eley Kishimoto from Creatures of Comfort