BOOKING A PHOTOGRAPHER: It takes more than moxie to don only white chalk, hibiscus petals and a lily headdress, but fashion photographer Dietmar Busse did that and more for a new book, “Flower Album,” which is being published by...
BOOKING A PHOTOGRAPHER: It takes more than moxie to don only white chalk, hibiscus petals and a lily headdress, but fashion photographer Dietmar Busse did that and more for a new book, “Flower Album,” which is being published by Powerhouse Books next month.
Whether wearing an anthurium as a makeshift mask or decorating his face and torso with tulip petals, the inventive lensman uses flowers as an armor of sorts in 20 different self-portraits. The 80-page book also incorporates portraits and paintings that blend fashion, flowers and art, with a preface by Anna Sui.
“Reassembling the parts of the flower to create a visual pattern and the use of the human body as the background for the visual imagery creates a seldom-seen energy, a virtual ‘floral’ fashion show,” she writes in her preface. She’s not the only one impressed: Both the New York Botanical Garden and Saks Fifth Avenue plan to help promote the launch.
PUCCI’S FLASHBACK: Models of yesteryear will reappear next month at Ralph Pucci International’s headquarters in Manhattan — in their immortalized forms.
The mannequin company plans to inaugurate a new exhibition space called Gallery 9 at its West 18th Street offices with a show for Josef Astor’s photographs of the past two decades that, naturally, feature Pucci mannequins. In “Displayed,” stills of mannequins designed at the company by Karl Lagerfeld, Ruben Toledo and Andrée Putman will be showcased in the penthouse gallery, along with Pucci models designed in the likeness of Veruschka, Aly Dunne and Christy Turlington. Astor, who has had his own studio since 1985, started his career by assisting Irving Penn and Angus McBean.
“Josef’s work is surrealistic and unusual, but it stands the test of time,” said Ralph Pucci, owner of the firm. “The show will feature Pucci mannequins from the last 20 years.”
Pucci and Elle Decor will open the space with a party on Sept. 15, as well as be host to James Thomas’ fashion show that day.
LIGHTING UP LONDON: And they say Americans’ take on outdoor holiday displays can be an eyesore.Leading architects and interior, fashion and 3-D designers are planning an affront to conventional Christmas lighting in London this December with an exhibition called “Let There Be Light.” Held at the B&B Italia furniture store on Brompton Road, the exhibition will include unique lighting designs by Tord Boontje, John Rocha, William Russell, Sam Buxton and Barber Osgerby.
B&B Italia gave the designers an open brief for their concept, resulting in a hodgepodge of submissions. The design company De Matos Storey Ryan submitted a piece called “Let There Bee Light,” a neon bee that buzzes and illuminates when anyone comes into close proximity. Osgerby’s “The Wonderlight Bag” is a Christmas shopping bag with a giant snowflake design made from luminescent ink. The ink absorbs light, stores the energy and then remits it over the next few hours, creating a festive glow. The Anglo-Swiss design partnership Black + Blum contributed “Libellule,” a dragonfly-like design that will give the impression of the creatures emerging from their chrysalis.
The designs will ultimately be auctioned in a silent bid, with proceeds going to Shelter, a British charity for the homeless.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)