Well this is what Jacquie Myburgh had to say:
“I’ve always thought Capetonians are really stylish but they disappointed at, of all places, Cape Town Fashion Week. The only people really worth catching on film were the ever-stylish fashion editors. Oh, and if anyone feels like writing a book about a shoe collectiong, I think Sharon Becker from ELLE must have the greatest collection ever. These grey boots are Galliano from Nina Roche (she said they were killing her!) and the gold platforms are Marc Jacobs.”
Thanks J it seems the men had it all this weekend what with their impecable tailoring … see the pics after the break
80′s wunderkind Stephen Sprouse died in 2004 but this is his year. Louis Vuitton has made the New York glamour punk designer the poster boy for 2009. Last week LV threw three parties in his honour in New York, they reissued the Sprouse LV bag from 2001, rustled up Debbie Harry for a little song and mosh at the Bowery Ballroom and set up a fansite – We Love Stephen Sprouse
Here is a little interview with Marc Jacobs re the Sprouse effect.
And after the break some great original Sprouse runway footage Fall/Winter 1988
I recall the board of Burberry, still struggling to recover its upmarket reputation, voicing displeasure with their chairman for lunching with Victoria Beckham. Things have changed.
Clothes become fashion when they are about something else. In Britain the else is class (duh) which is demonstrated by the Guardian’s evolution-of-Victoria gallery. Its point being not only that V’s clothes have become prettier, but less street (in the pejorative sense). As Hadley Freeman points out “Wag style, as coined by Posh, was all about her slimness … It was also a look based on pride in wealth.” Even an American like Freeman knows it’s not money but enthusiasm that is déclassé. It’s no real irony that Victoria gained respectability only when she stopped calling herself Posh.
It takes skill to adapt to the reigning orthodoxy, but shifting convention is more impressive still. So well done DJ Sbu. The Niknaks Man managed to win the title of GQ’s Best Dressed Man 2008 while still looking like a Bakos Brothers couch (sorry, sofa). Good for him: as Marx taught us, celebrities have changed clothes in various ways, but changing journalists’ interpretation of those clothes is really on point.
Still, some circumspection about who is calling the shots. How did Victoria Adams from Essex become the face of the Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2008 campaign? As Freeman points out: “This combination might have seemed implausible to most – the ultimate Wag and the designer who coined grunge – but Jacobs has become increasingly interested in celebrities with kitsch pop culture value.” After all, how much autonomy can you expect from a face? On the other hand, how did a previously-scrawny Jewish kid from the New World become creative director of a 150-year old European luxury powerhouse. Maybe there is something to that American Dream.
Further reading: Some Hope, by Edward St Aubyn
We will all have to be just like scouts this Christmas as ye old credit crunch takes a short sharp bite out of our christmas cheer. We will all be forced be thrifty, frugal and prepared.
In that light I thought this was a very amusing and useful list of Christmas gifts from the New York Post which puts a rather positive spin on the newly fashionable state of scoutdom. Due to expensive packaging these little gifts will send all the right signals under the Xmas tree without destroying the budget ( well maybe just a wee bit.)
(This Marc Jacobs ring comes in at a whopping 17 dollars – so you might still have some spare change for the flight to New York- there are quite a number though that you can get here at home without the need for transcontinental travel)
If you can excuse all the daft puns in my heading – have a look at the lovely Natasha Khan aka Bat for Lashes and her way with a headband. It is most definitely the accessory of choice… seen on all decent catwalks – Chanel ( latest cruise collection) and Marc Jacobs has pastel puffy versions.
See another headband moment on CSS’s Lovefoxx
Meanwhile Simon Shear sent me this hectic scandal about Marc Jacobs and suspect business practices. I am feeling a little devastated – why Marc, why? Read on….
( New York Times) The Marc Jacobs fashion company has paid $1 million to settle allegations that it bribed the superintendent of the 26th Street Armory to use the location for its signature fashion shows.
From 2000 through 2007, state officials said, Marc Jacobs International paid the superintendent, James Jackson, more than $35,000 in cash and goods for access to the armory, a highly desirable location because it is one of the few spaces in the city that can hold thousands of people with unobstructed views. Jacobs had an exclusive arrangement with the armory during Fashion Week.
Jackson, 57, pleaded guilty to second-degree #officials, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and Inspector General Joseph Fisch, said in a statement. Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced in State Supreme Court in Manhattan next month and could face five to 15 years in prison. Read More…