SMEETS SPOT: The fashion world is quickly becoming familiar with the work of industrial designer Job Smeets, thanks to the Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf. Smeets, who founded Studio Job in Amsterdam in 1998, is responsible not only for the whimsical...
SMEETS SPOT: The fashion world is quickly becoming familiar with the work of industrial designer Job Smeets, thanks to the Dutch fashion duo Viktor & Rolf. Smeets, who founded Studio Job in Amsterdam in 1998, is responsible not only for the whimsical charm jewelry used in the designers’ spring 2002 collection, but also the uncomfortable, though charming, bright blue sofa in their showroom that looks like it was beamed out of a cartoon world.
Other designers are collecting Smeets’ massive wooden shelving units, which fit together like a child’s construction puzzle, and his housewares inspired by the gilded grails and mugs of the Middle Ages. Swarovski has tapped Smeets to participate in its chandelier design project, which he will show at the Maison & Object design fair in Paris in January, as well as some jewelry for spring 2003. But another project could substantially expand Smeets’ presence: He’s collaborating on the design of Viktor & Rolf’s first fragrance, being launched next year by L’Oréal.
LONDON TOWER, PART II: Known in London as the Erotic Gherkin, the Swiss Re Tower is the latest addition to the city’s skyline. Designed by Norman Foster and resembling a flame-shaped lightbulb, the building stands 590 feet tall and boasts a 360-degree view. It’s also considered to be London’s first environmentally progressive tall building. Located in The City, London’s financial district, the 500,000-square-foot structure gets wider as it rises from the ground, and then tapers at the top.
Experts say the tower’s comparatively narrow base helps reduce reflections, improves transparency and allows for greater natural light penetration, reducing the need for artificial lighting. Swiss Re, an insurance company, initially thought it would occupy the entire tower, but has since decided to rent only floors two to 18. The building will not be finished until the end of 2003.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)