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Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti for Max Mara
While most of us are soaking up the sun and planning backyard get-togethers, the fashion industry is gearing up for fall with the release of their F/W 14-15 campaigns. Most have featured popular models or bright new up-and-comers—like Gisele Bündchen for Isabel Marant or Lottie Moss for Calvin Klein—but Max Mara decided to shake up the game. Turning to A-lister Amy Adams to front their fall and upcoming spring campaigns, the Italian luxury brand is hoping a dose of Hollywood will stand out amongst the others.
Replacing Jennifer Garner who was the face of the brand last year, Adams was shot by Mario Sorrenti wearing the brand’s signature sunglasses, handbags and accessories. Featuring Max Mara’s Signature Bag, the Margaux and a new line of eyewear, the actress’ campaign images will be featured in approximately 50 store windows around the globe. There will be a total of five photographs for Adams, with handbag shots set to release in August and sunglasses coming in October. The campaign will be released worldwide including Moscow and Dubai.
We love watching runway shows during fashion week, we do, but sometimes a collection calls for something a little more extravagant, a little more unique, a little more—death-defying. Some of the most shocking fashion runway shows in the world have been held thousands of feet in the sky, underwater or set models on fire—seriously. While it seems designers are always trying to outdo one another, there a few “runways” (and we use the term loosely) that pretty much take the cake. Fair warning—if you’re afraid of heights these are totally not for you.
Entrepreneur/model Jessica Minh Anh has a tendency to organize fashion shows that are not for the faint of heart. Coordinating the first runway on Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay’s OCBC Skyway, her J Spring Fashion Show 2014 was held 82 feet above the ground on a 420 foot long runway. The show included designs by men and women’s brands including Chinese fashion house Tina Couture, British Menswear brand Mark Marengo and Singapore’s very own fashion brand Fuchsia Lane.
Since Anh is clearly a lover of heights and vertigo-inducing runways, is it any surprise she’s the mind behind the show on the PETRONAS Twin Towers’ SkyBridge? Holding the J Spring Fashion show in March of 2012 at the SkyBridge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the event was the first of its kind—not only for height and location, but in variety of presenters. In conjunction with 10 designers from 10 different countries, the event showcased the work of Limkokwing University students. The pièce de résistance was a cake dress worn by Anh, designed by a student who won an international design competition.
Ridiculously high catwalk? Check. Never been done before? Check. Then it must be Anh. Taking heights to a new level, she coordinated the first runway show over the Grand Canyon on the crystal-clear Skywalk. The “floating” glass-bottom bridge is 4,000 feet over the canyon floor, adding to the dramatic backdrop of the collection. As the stage for the J Autumn haute couture and ready-to-wear collection, the models had to walk the bridge in heels and just pray they didn’t look down—or trip—it’s a long fall.
While heights are quite terrifying for some, it almost pales in comparison to lighting yourself on fire. For the 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards, stuntmen were honored for their contributions to filmmaking—and you know these guys weren’t going to give a little speech and be played off stage. Mid-event a runway show begins that had male and female models strutting their stuff down the stage—with their bodies completely lit on fire. It was clear these stuntmen (and women!) enjoy their work. Needless to say this was one hot runway.
If fire isn’t your thing you could always take the plunge with an underwater runway show. While the thought of spinning, twirling and doing a little turn on the catwalk, all while wearing pounds of traditional Korean clothing (sans air tank!) gives us the willies, the swirling clothes do look pretty cool. To celebrate the opening of a new Lotte department store in Seoul, Korea, models donned brightly colored traditional garments and took to the water. While it’s a little more wet fish than the Little Mermaid, we’d take it over setting ourselves ablaze.
For thrill-seeking models in the world it doesn’t get any better than a base-jumping fashion show. Titled High Fashion, models Roberta Mancino, Giovanni Silvestri, Andrey Karr, Luca Tondelli and Maurizio Di Palma all flew through the air on camera for the sake of Italian style. Commissioned in part by Roberto Cavalli in conjunction with Go Pro cameras, supermodel (and real-life daredevil extraordinaire and skydiving record holder) Mancino pairs up with those well-dressed men to show off their new Cavailli duds—all while free falling off Monte Brento in Italy. Oh, and she does this all in heels.
Stylish Kicks: The Snazziest Sneakers To Sport Through Spring
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Thursday New Yorkers incited a riot while waiting in line for the launch of the Supreme x Nike collaboration. Let me repeat that. A bunch of full grown men got into a fight—over shoes. Sure, women are big fans of heels, and you’ll see our closets filled to the brim with stilettos, flats, sandals and boots in every shape, style and color, but we aren’t starting street fights over them. Yes, every now and then someone has a bit of a tussle at a sample sale, but never a brawl. But that got us thinking—if men are willing to go full-out nutso over a pair of kicks, maybe they’re not as averse to fashion as we originally thought? Sifting through men’s sneakers from the limited editions to the coolest new Nike steppers, we did some digging and found some pretty awesome shoes you might want to drop cash on—of course these are only the ones that are actually available to buy. Scouring through eBay for maybe-they-are, maybe-they-aren’t vintage Jordans is entirely up to you.
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Riccardo Tisci x Nike Air Force 1
There is an entire song about this shoe—and while the musical number isn’t our favorite, these sneakers are actually pretty cool. The first Nike collaboration for Tisci, this shoe was designed in two colors: black and while, in low, mid, high and boot silhouettes. And since the namesake shoes have been ridiculously popular for years, chances are they aren’t going out of style anytime soon. Riccardo Tisci x Nike Air Force 1 are available starting April 11 only in select Nike locations and are priced from $240-$340.
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Pierre Hardy’s White High-Top Sneaker With Khaki Trims
While the name of the shoe is pretty self-explanatory (almost annoyingly so), it doesn’t make these sneakers any less awesome. With very clean detailing and a closure that includes both laces and velcro, these Pierre Hardy kicks would be right at the top of our list as far as style is concerned. The white leather and high tops make these look like a vintage classic, but with a modern twist. Available online at Pierre Hardy and priced at €635 (approximately $870).
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Nike Kobe 9 EM Turbo
Set to launch April 18, these shoes already seem to have a decent fanbase online. The “Easter” edition of the sneaker, this dip-dye, lime green/turquoise blue color scheme is actually pretty cool—we wouldn’t mind getting a pair ourselves. We may not “get” the whole “sneakerhead” thing or the reason why Kobe is so cool, but we know that a little color—even on your kicks—can spruce up any spring outfit. Available at Nike beginning April 18 and priced at $160.
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Jimmy Choo’s Belgravia Crocodile-Embossed Leather High Top
Okay, these sneakers are seriously chic. They don’t have the street cred that some swanky, ultra-rare, limited-edition Nike Jordans might have, but they look so much better. Combining current trends and street style, the mostly-black palette is minimalist, but the material really does the talking. A matte, crocodile-embossed leather gives these shoes a subtle touch of luxury. Available at Mr. Porter and priced at $765.
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Puma Black Label By Alexander McQueen
At first glance these sneakers don’t scream Alexander McQueen—where are the skulls? The dark colors? That deep sense of foreboding? Instead, these retro-looking shoes are a fun throwback to classic sneaker detailing and are perfect for blending style and function. No, we wouldn’t use these as our new jogging shoes, but imagine how cool we’d look if we did. Available at Farfetch and priced at $312.
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Giuseppe Zanotti Design Mixed Pattern
Yeah, these sneakers look like they are having a serious identity crisis, but that’s kind of why we like them. Fashion is all about having fun right? We know this look isn’t for everyone, but for the wild, bold and possibly artsy bunch, these are pretty awesome kicks. You might seem strange playing basketball in these, but you’ll be a standout at the next Fashion Week. Available at Lane Crawford and priced at $1,440.
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Nike Air Tech Challenge II Suede Pack
If you’re pining for a bit of nostalgia—those days of running around on the playground or hanging with your friends at the mall (because that was the thing to do)—you’ll love these throwback sneakers. A classic tennis shoe model, the two color schemes will be available in stone/lime green and colbalt/khaki shades. The suede uppers have that worn-in look that will make it seem like you’ve had these for years—and isn’t that kind of the point? Available late April from Nike. Prices have yet to be announced.
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Alejandro Ingelmo‘s Tron
New York based, Cuban-influenced Alejandro Ingelmo is fairly new to the scene, designing his first shoe collection in 2006, but he’s already garnering a ton of attention. He was one of the top ten candidates of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and a nominee for the 2009 and 2011 Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. His Tron shoe comes in several shades including a pretty awesome silver metallic and camo print, but we dig the trendy rose-gold hue—plus it has a really cool name. Tron is available online at Alejandro Ingelmo and priced at $550.
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Givenchy’s Tyson High-Top Leather Sneakers With Stars
If we were big sneaker wearers (and guys) we would totally be rocking these kicks. Maybe it’s the stars, or that awesome ankle strap, but we’re kind of smitten with these shoes. The black and white paneling keeps these looking simple, and we love the bright, clean shade for spring. These can be dressed up or down and with the metallic stars you could easily pull a little rock’n’roll style out of these. Available online at Mr. Porter and priced at $875.
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Adidas Jeremy Scott Foil Wings Shoes
Hold all judgments for after we explain why these shoes are so freaking cool. First of all, the entire Jeremy Scott for Adidas line is pretty intense, but while others come in colors like neon green or ridiculous Hawaiian prints, these are an iridescent metallic—and metals are so in for spring. Secondly, that wing can come off if you don’t always want to rock it (unlike other permanent fixtures in the collection) and third—just look at them! Can you say #dreamshoe? Available at Adidas and priced at $250.
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Supreme x Nike
If you can get your hands on a pair of these you better do it now because apparently they are necessary for the existence of life as we know it. The shoes that started the riot are completely sold out—but let’s be honest, that doesn’t really stop dedicated shoppers from getting what they want. Designed in both black and red, the Nike Air Foamposite 1 are styled with a golden print made exclusively for Supreme. This collaboration is available only through Supreme online (by order of the N.Y.P.D. they are no longer allowed to sell them in-store) and priced at $250.
Our 11 Favorite Weight-Loss Books to Help You Get Your Skinny On For Summer
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Soon spring will be here, and that means summer is just around the corner! Get a head start on your bikini-bod with these 11 helpful reads that will have you looking toned, fit, sexy and healthy!
The New Low-Carb Diet Cookbook by Laura Lamont
Low-carb diets work, but sometimes they can be unhealthy and hard to stick with—especially when that bread basket comes around. Laura Lamont, a nutritional therapist who introduced us to the revolutionary “Zero Noodles,” brings us a healthy new take on low-carb dieting. She explains how eating a nutritionally sound combination of controlled amounts of complex carbohydrates, protein and “good” fats (in foods such as avocados, salmon and flaxseed) at the right times of day can bring about healthy, long-lasting weight loss. Now there’s no need to deprive yourself of any food group—and you don’t even have to give up bread!
Laura works with clients at her weight-loss clinic, and discovered that including protein and healthy fats in every meal helps to boost metabolism, stabilize blood sugar levels and curb cravings, leading to effective weight loss that could see you shedding at least 2 pounds a week. The book includes information on the nutritional science behind the diet, as well as practical charts to help you identify which foods you should be eating, and meal plans. There are more than 75 mouth-watering recipes (with nutritional information) for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts.
The follow-up book to the New York Times bestseller The Virgin Diet brings the groundbreaking health and weight loss program right into your kitchen with 150 delicious recipes. The Virgin Diet Cookbook shows you how to incorporate anti-inflammatory, healing foods into your diet to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the seven foods that are most likely to cause food intolerance (gluten, dairy, peanuts, eggs, corn, soy, sugar and artificial sweeteners). With suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks, you’ll lose weight fast while enjoying what you eat. This book will also guide you to stock your kitchen, provide delicious substitutes for common ingredients, and offer easy swaps for eating out and on-the-go. Virgin is great with simplifying the science behind the food, as well as making it seem fun and easy.
Love Me Slender: How Smart Couples Team Up to Lose Weight, Exercise More, and Stay Healthy Together by Thomas N. Bradbury and Benjamin R. Karney
First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes…a larger pant size? Many couples seem to find themselves gaining weight as they settle into a relationship, but some couples buck this trend. Through exercise (together or separately), they support each other’s healthy eating habits, and their relationships are stronger as a result. For more than twenty years, Dr. Thomas Bradbury and Dr. Benjamin Karney, co-directors of the Relationship Institute at UCLA (yes, it’s a real thing), have been studying how couples communicate around these issues and witnessing firsthand how partners can help (and hinder) one another’s progress toward better health. In Love Me Slender, they identify the specific principles that successful couples use in their quest to improve their health.
The book covers why reassurance and praise can actually backfire when you’re trying to change your partner’s habits and how to nudge your partner toward a healthier lifestyle in subtle, effective ways—without them even noticing it. The book features useful self-assessments, case studies from real couples, and provides a different angle to look at health, fitness and relationships.
The Healthy Slow Cooker: 135 Gluten-Free Recipes for Health and Wellness by Judith Finlayson
Slow cookers have been around forever, but the definition of “healthy” seems to keep changing. Many experts report that some modern diseases are directly associated with the consumption of wheat and advocate for a reduction in carbohydrates for beneficial health results. Another significant development is the evidence against saturated fat, which is gradually diminishing.
Judith Finlayson takes all this conflicting information and balances it with a common-sense approach that can be customized according to individual needs and turned into delicious, nutrient-dense, balanced meals. From hearty soups to elegant desserts, preparing nutritious and delicious meals with such a wide range of recipes helps strike the perfect balance between achieving healthy eating habits and assuring great tastes. More recipes feature fresh herbs and spices as well as advocate the benefits of eating sustainably caught fish and pasture-raised meat. Nutritional analysis is provided with each recipe.
Year of No Sugar: A Memoir by Eve Schaub
Need inspiration to kick sugar once and for all? Check out this memoir, inspired by recent research about sugar’s effect on our health, as one American family set out to see what “kicking sugar addiction” really looks like—for one whole year.
In 2011, Scott and Eve Schaub and their kids—Greta (11) and Ilsa (6)—ate no added sugar. That means no table sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, high fructose corn syrup, crystalline fructose, maple syrup, honey, molasses, evaporated cane juice, fruit juice or artificial sweeteners. Along the way, Eve became a sugar sleuth, science geek and stand-in for the rest of us who aren’t quite ready to shun the sugar just yet. Year of No Sugar is her eye-opening, honest and often hilarious account of learning to live without sugar and, along the way, discovering what it’s doing to our bodies.
Dietician and nutritionist Molly Morgan shares 101 recipes that give your high-calorie faves—think pancakes, muffins and lasagna—a skinny makeover. The only things you’ll be missing are those extra pounds. Traditional breakfast burritos have 600 calories and 35 grams of fat while Skinny-Sized burritos have 300 calories and only 9 grams of fat. (The skinny version is a mix of sautéed vegetables, whole eggs, egg whites, corn tortilla and light toppings like nonfat Greek yogurt, salsa and shredded light jalapeño cheese). Blueberry muffins are packed with 380 calories and 19 grams of fat, but Skinny-Sized whole-wheat blueberry muffins have 130 calories and 2 grams of fat. (Also can try carrot cake and apple flavors!) Lasagna has a whopping 870 calories and 47 grams of fat, while Skinny-Sized lasagna has only 260 calories and 7 grams of fat. Morgan proves you can have your cake and eat it too…without packing on the pounds! A perfect book to “diet” and not feel deprived of your favorite foods!
Some of our favorite options include: Avocado Rueben’s, Flank Steak sandwiches, Mixed-Up Cobb Salad, French Onion Soup, Cheesy Chicken and Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa.
From popular blogger Lisa Cain, aka “Snack Girl,” Snack GIrl to the Rescue! is a common-sense guide to healthier eating and weight loss, including 100 Weight Watchers-friendly recipes. Since 2009, Lisa Cain has been blogging at Snack-Girl.com about how to make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle. Her mission is to share the secrets and recipes that have helped her stay fit and healthy, without sacrificing fun or flavor. The book contains Lisa’s best advice on avoiding common weight-loss pitfalls, shopping healthier on a budget, and getting in shape, along with 100 recipes for fun, quick and affordable meals and snacks. Written in Snack Girl’s signature voice—down to earth, encouraging and funny—this is the go-to resource for anyone looking to incorporate healthier food choices into their lives, whether they are looking to lose weight, have more energy, or just feel more confident about their family’s nutrition.
OMG. That’s Paleo? by Juli Bauer
Juli Bauer is the blogger behind PaleOMG.com. Her debut book features 100 recipes, each with a gorgeous photo. In true Bauer-style, the recipes are paired with funny side stories and pictures, as well as other cooking tips and advice on following a Paleo diet. Recipes are broken into sections, including poultry, beef, pork, fish/seafood, slow cooker, baked goods, sweet and savory breakfasts, snacks, and desserts.
Want to know the secret to growing gorgeous hair or how your favorite celebrities have such flawless skin? By introducing the power of food into your beauty routine in a whole new way, you’ll uncover the recipes that promote beauty from within, as well as topical DIY beauty recipes (for facial masks, body scrubs, and more that are good enough to eat—literally!). Dubbed the “Female Beauty MacGyver” by Access Hollywood, Alexis Wolfer shares with you 131 easy, all-natural, affordable, and effective recipes that feed your beauty.
Combining the best recipes from her personal archives with DIY beauty secrets and food recipes shared with her by chefs, beauty editors and celebrities (including Kristen Chenoweth, Brooklyn Decker, Vanessa Williams, Molly Sims, Byrdie Bell, Donna Karan and more), The Recipe For Radiance will take you into your kitchen to discover the food-based beauty secrets even the most well-pampered women rely on to look their best.
Each chapter in The Recipe for Radiance addresses a different beauty concern—acne, fine lines and wrinkles, brittle nails, lackluster hair, sun spots, cellulite, chapped lips, under-eye circles, and more—giving you the inside scoop on the causes and symptoms of the most common beauty concerns along with their food-based solutions. Some of our favorite recipes include a strawberry and champagne serum to fight wrinkles, an avocado and oatmeal revival mask to heal dry skin, sweet potato chips and cumin dip to even skin tone, creamy kale and walnut salad to reduce under-eye circles and a sweet watermelon serum to soothe sunburn. Be prepared to cook yourself beautiful, all while keeping your beauty routine chemical-free.
Eating a good, balanced diet is the single biggest contribution you can make to your own health and those around you. Food is a truly empowering force and yet, sadly, many people are both ignorant of its benefits and scared of its potential impact. This approachable and informative volume from Jane Clarke takes us through the stages of our lives—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle age, retirement and old age. Each section explains what is going on in the body, shares challenges and joys, informs us which foods are best, what to focus on in our diets and the beneficial effects we can expect. Bursting with vital information, sound advice and helpful tips, Good Food for Life is all you need to ensure you eat well, stay healthy and, most importantly—enjoy your food.
Jane Clarke is a trusted nutritionist and trained chef, whose belief is grounded in the simple statement, “food nourishes your life, not just your body.” She is a best-selling author and regular media contributor, providing inspirational recipes and nutritional information. Running a private practice in London for over 15 years, she has advised David Beckham during the 2006 World Cup, whilst also working with him and his team at his Football Training Academy.
Year-Round Slow Cooker by Dina Cheney
Slow cookers are becoming more popular again for good reason: they’re the ultimate kitchen problem solvers and great for people who aren’t so savvy in the kitchen (like me). Slow cookers also do the hard work, cooking for hours while you’re out of the house only to come home to a meal just about ready to eat. And since slow cookers keep food warm, they allow different family members to eat at different times: a practical option in a world of staggered schedules.
Yet, slow cookers have an image problem. Most home cooks use them for cold weather meals only, while others think slow cookers can only produce food that’s mushy, bland, and watery or rely solely on shortcut ingredients like spice packets, bouillon cubes and bottled sauces. But no longer does this must-have kitchen tool deserve to be stored away when spring months hit. In Year-Round Slow Cooker, home cooks will find 100 delicious, modern and practical slow cooker recipes featuring seasonal produce. Recipes speak to the home cook whose palate is more sophisticated and who wants to merge seasonal offerings into all of her meals. Organized by season, Year-Round Slow Cooker features notes about ingredients as well as invaluable tips throughout to help cooks maximize the power of the slow cooker.
Fashion and technology don’t have a particularly long history together, but in recent years tech has been slowly making its mark on the industry through wearable electronics, updated styling techniques (think laser-cut fabrics) and as a platform with which to bring collections to the masses. During Fashion Week, designers used science, social media and mechanics to bring their brands to the forefront of fashionfrom spinning runways to digital magazines to Skype exclusives, the past month has not only been an onslaught of trends, but also a newfound catalyst for technological advances in style.
The Fendi Drones
The fashion elite may have heard a little buzzing above them at the Fendi Fall 2014 runway show during Milan Fashion Weekand upon looking up would have seen Google drones flying just overhead. Making waves with the first fashion show ever seen through the eyes of the drones, the event was caught on both stationary cameras as well as the unmanned robotics and brought fashion to a new level of technological integration. The live video feed was made available worldwide and while the quality is not perfect, its a definite advancement, marking the beginning of robotics in the industry. Flying drones are normally used for rescue and emergency purposes, but were starting to see them enter into more commercial use with recent news of Amazons new delivery system and now the Fendi runway.
Rebecca Minkoff & Keek
Last season the ever-tech-savy Rebecca Minkoff partnered with Snapchat and broke pretty much every rule by sharing her looks before they even premiered on the runway. For her Fall 2014 collection, the designer shared the behind-the-scenes processof creating a new line with her subscribers. Rough, unedited clips were used to give the viewer a more realistic idea of what goes into creating a collection and planning for one of the biggest runways in the world. Minkoff tried a new app calledKeek, a social media platform that allows users to upload videos that are up to 36 seconds in lengththats two to five times as much time as Vine or Instagram. “We want to be a cross between a tech and fashion company,” Uri Minkoff told Mashable. “Very art centric and design centric but leverage technology at the cutting edge to make us a fashion company of the future.”
Elie Saabs Digital Magazine
Premiering a digital magazine in conjunction with Elie Saab’s Paris Fashion Week runway show, The Light of Now is a bridge from the runway to the fans. While the label does not currently offer online shopping, the magazine will join with Saabs Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and other social media sites to enhance the experience for lovers of the line. As fashion week slowly loses its exclusivity, brands are rushing to find new ways to connect to consumers and most are doing it through social media. As Saab is a little behind the game, without even an e-commerce site, the digital glossy is definitely a step in the right direction. Reportedly content will be updated nine times a month and will include interviews, profiles, articles and insider information.
Victoria Beckham: The Skype Collaboration Project
Since we’veneverheard of Victoria Beckhamwith her insane amount of press coverage and her image popping up on every best-dressed listSkype decided to educate us and partnered with the designer to create an almost one hour documentary on her life. With behind-the-scenes footage and a timeline of her fashion dreams (which apparently started as a child browsing through her moms copies ofVogue), the film was showcased as an inspirational video and an opportunity to get to know Victoriajust in case you didn’t already. The collaboration also gave fans the chance to submit Skype video messages asking the designer questions about her process, aestheticand journey.
Alexander Wangs Spinning Runway & Color Changing Leathers
Yes, we all oohd and ahhd the first time we saw laser-cut fabrics. Insane amounts of details on hard-to-work materials like leather and silk suddenly grabbed our attention and changed the way designers began to work in their shops. During New York Fashion Week this year at the Alexander Wang Fall 2014show, we saw a new first in fashion tech with outerwear that changed color when heat was applied. A large rotating stage set up with heaters spun models around slowly, their garments changing from sleek blacks into bright yellows, blues and purples upon contact with the hot air. While the collection was a success, it was this technological twist on fashion that really set the standards for the show.
Diane von Furstenburg & American Express
No stranger to social media, Diane von Furstenberg has made a bit of a name for herself as a pioneer of technology in fashion. Hosting the first shoppable Google+ hangout with Lucky Magazines Editor-In Chief Eva Chen, being the first designer to send Google glass down the runway (she sure does love Google) and an avid user of Twitter and Instagram, von Furstenberg has a pretty good connection with tech-savy youth. Partnering with American Express Unstaged, cardholders were treated to an exclusive 24-hour livestream of her New York Fashion Week show including backstage exclusives, interviews and intimate moments with Diane von Furstenberg along with the live band St. Vincent.
Cup festival racegoers in for a week of top events … plus fashion, food and dozens of entertainment options.
The stakes have risen for this year’s Auckland Cup festival, and racegoers have been told to expect higher-calibre racing, entertainment and hospitality when the eight-day carnival begins on Friday.
New Zealand’s premier racing festival promises three big days of thoroughbred racing hosted by Ellerslie Racecourse, two nights of harness racing at Alexandra Park and an evening of greyhound racing at Manukau.
Off-track, punters can enjoy four high-stakes fashion competitions and choose from dozens of hospitality and entertainment packages.
Ellerslie Racecourse will host 30 races over three days, with total stakes of more than $1.95 million,
Alexandra Park will host eight races over two evenings with stakes of more than $1.1 million, and the greyhounds in Manukau will compete for two main prizes with combined stakes of $100,000.
Those at the gallops at Ellerslie will have TV3 Derby Day on Saturday, the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day on the Wednesday and Diamond Day the following Saturday.
Ellerslie chief executive Cameron George said: “Without a doubt we are showcasing the best New Zealand racing has to offer, both in competition and off the tracks.”
Punters can also watch the harness racing at Alexandra Park as horses compete over two nights – the opening of the carnival this Friday and the Harness Cup and Derby night the following Friday.
An Alexandra Park spokeswoman said the events held a special place in the international racing calendar.
“The horses are the best harness racing standardbred horses you will see and the trainers, owners and athletes all look forward to this one event in Auckland each year where they can show off their prowess and win some great stakes.”
The greyhounds in Manukau are also expected to draw the code’s biggest crowd of the year at the MTA Auckland Cup on Thursday next week.
Auckland Greyhound Racing Club general manager Robert Death said those looking for a new fast-paced racing experience would enjoy the more laid-back environment in Manukau.
“There’s nothing like watching a race live and people will find it a very relaxing environment. It’s always one of the highest- attended nights of the year and it’s not until people get out here that they see what greyhound racing is all about.”
Off the tracks, eyes will be on the four fashion competitions with prizes worth more than $50,000 for the best dressed racegoers.
Ellerslie’s Prix de Fashion on Saturday is New Zealand’s fashions-in-the-field final with a winner-takes-all prize exceeding $30,000 and chance to defend the title at the Melbourne Cup. This year’s event will be judged by Australia’s best-dressed racegoer Chloe Moo, who is flying across the Tasman to offer her expertise.
Other fashion events include the Cup Couture on Wednesday next week, which judges fashionistas in pairs, and the Diamond Darling competition, where judges scour the crowds for the best dressed.
Alexandra Park’s Scenic Hotel Group Fashion Competition on Friday next week includes prizes for best dressed man and lady, best hat and a new category for body art.
Alexandra Park had also upped the ante at its events this year – with Annah Stretton fashion shows and the Sons of Zion performing at the opening event, and a new body art section added to the Hot to Trot fashion competition next week.
Hospitality options range from free admission and parking at Alexandra Park and Manukau and $10 or $20 general admission at Ellerslie to $275 premium seating in the Chairman’s Club on Auckland Cup Day.
Mr George said Ellerslie had new options for racegoers, including the Federal Food in the Field tents by The Grill’s Sean Connolly and Bellota’s Peter Gordon, and free entry to everyone with tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s concert.
“We have so many options … indoor and outdoor,” he said, “so no matter what the weather throws at us everybody will have a very good time.”
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or www.agrc.co.nz for full racing, competition and hospitality information throughout the week.
Chloe: Attitudes by Sarah Mower (Rizzoli $149)
Chloe is one of those quintessentially French brands that has managed to maintain its signature look over the years through the vision of several creative directors, from Karl Lagerfeld to Phoebe Philo. This handsome tome successfully chronicles the rise of the first high-end Paris fashion house to sell ready-to-wear clothing since its inception in 1952 by Egypt-born Gaby Aghion. Part of the company’s enduring success was fostering new talent such as Lagerfeld, who started work there in 1966, aged 28. Other notable creative directors have included Stella McCartney, whose tenure lasted from 1997 to 2001, and its current creative director, Clare Waight Keller, who has managed to toe the line between moving the brand forward and maintaining the soft femininity with which it has become synonymous.
Lori Goldstein: Style is Instinct by Lori Goldstein (HarperCollins NZ $140)
Lori Goldstein is one of the world’s most prolific stylists, having worked with the likes of photographers Annie Leibovitz at Vanity Fair and Steven Meisel at Italian Vogue, and has styled campaigns for Versace, Tiffany’s, Gap and Vera Wang. Writing the book’s forward, Meisel credits Goldstein with being the first stylist to combine vintage with current season. “What really sets Lori apart is her unrivalled ability to mix,” he says. “She loves mixing everything: periods, collections, fabrics, colours, prints, new, old, everything … yet she puts it all together and it works.”
Fashionable Selbyby Todd Selby (Abrams $60)
The popular Selby blog has garnered a loyal following over the years for creator Todd Selby’s discerning eye. Fashionable Selby explores the kaleidoscopic world of fashion, featuring profiles of today’s most interesting designers, stylists, haberdashers, models, shoemakers and more. Selby’s work has been featured in publications such as British Vogue, Nylon, New York Magazine and London’s The Sunday Times, and his “Edible Selby” column is a regular feature in T Magazine. This is a must-have for Selby fans and for those who like to take a look into the lives of some of the world’s most influential creatives.
by Joan Juliet Buck and Abigail Solomon-Godeau (Rizzoli $185)
To accompany the exhibition held at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills late last year, this book captures the enduring fashion photography of Richard Avedon in a career spanning more than 60 years. Women were a key focus and subject in Avedon’s work, with the photographer documenting some of the most important fashion images ever.
His work in American Vogue during the 1960s was prolific under the editorship of Diana Vreeland, as well as his campaign imagery for Calvin Klein Jeans and Versace. It is written by former editor-in-chief of French Vogue, Joan Juliet Buck, who continues to write for some the world’s most influential fashion magazines such as W, Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Times‘ T Magazine, and consults on Dasha Zhukova’s art and fashion magazine, Garage.
This Is A Kenneth Cole Productionby Kenneth Cole and Lisa Birnbach (Rizzoli $139)
Kenneth Cole is a name that is synonymous with urban New York style, and this is a story that highlights Cole’s unique approach to fashion and social activism in a career that spans more than 30 years. The brand’s unorthodox beginnings started when Cole created a film set and pretended to shoot a movie in order to gain access to New York Market Week. In two-and-a-half days, Kenneth Cole Productions sold 40,000 pairs of shoes. Contributors to this book also include designer Diane von Furstenberg, actor Robert Redford and former US President Bill Clinton.
Swans: Legends Of The Jet Society by Nicholas Foulkes (Assouline about $250)
The term “swans” emerged in the late 20th century to describe a certain elite who spent time travelling the world via jets and yachts, and who threw decadent parties. This book captures the spirit of the jet-set world, from bygone aristocracy to modern mega-wealthy moguls. Figures such as Aristotle Onassis, Babe Paley and Gloria Guinness were some of the last vestiges of a leisured and cultivated age, a world of taste and culture, elegance and beauty. It’s written by Nicholas Foulkes, luxury editor at British GQ, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Finch’s Quarterly Review, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
Art & Sole by Jane Gershon Weitzman (HarperCollins NZ $55)
This book highlights more than 150 fantasy art shoes from the Stuart Weitzman collection, as curated by his shoe-loving wife, Jane. “The shoes that I have collected to include in Art & Sole represent the best of more than 1000 that have appeared in Stuart Weitzman stores over the years,” she writes in the book’s introduction. “I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed working with the very special artists who created them.” When Stuart Weitzman opened its first boutique on Madison Ave, its displays of specially commissioned fantasy shoes quickly became a destination, drawing crowds from all over the world to its magical windows. This is where fashion and fantasy meet, thrilling shoe- and art-lovers alike.
Valentino: Objects Of Couture by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (Rizzoli $139)
Accessories play an important part to the fashion industry, and creative directors for Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, illustrate the success of the Valentino accessories line in this new book. Chiuri and Piccioli took over as the creative directors for Valentino in 2008, after previously working as the accessories designers for the brand. Known for their daring approach to redefining femininity, Chiuri and Piccioli’s continuance of accessories design has only magnified the line’s popularity.
Fashion Miscellany by Amber Jane Butchart (Thames & Hudson $24)
Launched to coincide with London Fashion Week this week, Fashion Miscellany is fashion historian Amber Jane Butchart’s take on fashion’s oddities and the little-known facts. The slender book provides a more academic approach to fashion, revealing the history of various items, the origins of technical terms and entertaining quotes from the field.
Photo Courtesy of Burberry
As much as we love all those glittery frocks, sky-high heels and layers of cold-weather accessories that come down the Fall 2014 runway in droves during London Fashion Week, we probably freak out even more for all those gorgeous beauty looks. From messy buns (how time saving is that trend?), to nude lips, to multicolored, graphic nails, nothing gets our hearts beating as fast or as hard or as a new shade of polish or lipstick. And the fact that most of these new products are available right after each show makes us practically throw our wallets at Sephora; we can make it rain with credit cards right? We poked around to find some of our favorite backstage looks—shots that made us realize gold leaf is surprising versatile and everything looks better with bedhead.