It’s no surprise that Stephen Jones wears his beret at a jaunty angle. A true millinery maestro, his creations are worn by the world’s most stylish women and seen on the catwalks of designers such as Dior, John Galliano and Marc Jacobs, among others. In 2008, he dipped his nose into the fragrance world, when he teamed with Comme des Garçons to create a scent, and in February, Jones unveiled Hats: An Anthology, an exhibition he curated in collaboration with London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Here, his musings on creativity, the common weal and whose heads he’d love to hat.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY? It’s one of the most elusive things on the planet. Like luxury, as soon as you try to define it, it evaporates. Beauty can be a beautiful woman, a beautiful man, a beautiful child or beautiful clouds in the sky. It’s also fragile. As soon as we try to examine it, we can destroy it. Beauty can be very transient. Beauty may not only be about grace and purity, but it can be the reverse. Who is to say a bride is more beautiful than a Goth girl going out on a Friday night?
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Everything. Life. I never stop being inspired. It’s important to be aware that you can be inspired by anything. If anything is ugly, it’s the closing off of someone’s mind to accepting different things and being infl uenced by them. The blank wall or a white piece of paper allows my mind to accept inspiration.
HOW DO YOU NURTURE YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL ON A DAILY BASIS? I try to forget about myself. If you concentrate less on yourself, you can be inspired. President Obama is changing the idea of personal responsibility as opposed to the idea of ‘I’ or ego. The idea of a group effort or the common good has been unfashionable for a long time.
HOW DOES WHAT YOU DO RELATE TO BEAUTY? Hats beautify people. People often wear hats to have a good time, if they’re relaxed and when they’re happy. It pulls them out of themselves. Hats can make somebody feel beautiful.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE CREATIVITY? HOW DO YOU CHANNEL YOUR CREATIVITY? Creativity is quite simple. It’s just a form of expression. Creativity is being able to express something often through a physical thing. If creativity is too studied, it loses its freshness or innocence and soul.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE? It needs to excite the person wearing it. It needs to be fun and hopefully have an elegant humor.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)