CINEMATIC MOMENT: In fashion, everything can change with a single encounter. Take Yigal Azrouël, for instance. The designer was introduced to budding director Chiara Clemente over the past weekend. They hit it off, and on the spot decided to do a film collaboration that will make its debut at the designer’s fall show at Eyebeam Atelier on Friday.
“Yigal was very much inspired by the energy of New York City while working on the collection,” said Clemente, who shot the video riding the New York subway all day on Monday. “I have been working with this energy of the city for the past three years while making my film, ‘Our City Dreams.'”
Azrouël added, “This season is really about texture and fabric and movement for me, and I think Chiara’s work brings out the sensorial quality of the collection. She understands my design and has brought her own unique interpretation.”
PACK IT UP, PACK IT IN: Fans of Jansport will be getting their groove on tonight when the backpack giant takes over New York’s Studio 450 to mark the launch of the Jansport Artist Series. Hitting stores in April, the limited edition collection features an older, more urban take on the classic backpack and messenger bag than those from junior high, complete with graffiti graphics and anime-style characters. London-based designer Julie West and Joex2, a graffiti and digital artist in Los Angeles, are the first partners in the series, which will include four more collaborators through October. “As a youth growing up in Philly and going to school, I was always rocking a Jansport, from kindergarten to fourth grade,” Joex2 said. “And I used to draw doodads and graffiti-esque type things on it and tag my name. And now it’s come full circle.” In helping get the party started, Ladybug Mecca from the Digable Planets will perform at the studio space, as well as J Boogie.
ON THE ‘NET: Those checking out their fashion week schedules will find that Marc Bouwer’s Monday show location gives the designers Web site, marcbouwer.com. That’s because Bouwer has chosen to forego the traditional runway show this season, and instead will post his newest creations online. From noon on Monday, the site will feature a video and images of each look.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: Putting in face time won’t be an option for guests at this year’s Young Fellows Ball, hosted annually by The Frick Collection. Per the fete’s invitation, the dress code for the March 13 event is “Costume Opulento, Black Tie e Maschera” (translation: “Over-the-Top Masquerade”). And soiree vice chairman Ivanka Trump plans to comply: The Donald’s daughter will don a custom-made diamond-encrusted mask codesigned by the evening’s sponsors — Elie Saab and her own Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, of course. The design house and the jewelry brand also will team up to outfit co-chairs such as Aerin Lauder, Marina Rust and Lauren duPont. As is tradition, the ball is pegged to a specific work of art on display at the Museum. Parmigianino’s “Antea,” which is temporarily on loan from the Capodimonte in Naples, inspired this year’s motif.
GALLERY GOING: Soon Karl Lagerfeld and Azzedine Alaïa won’t have to travel to the outskirts of Paris to scoop up cutting-edge furniture and lighting from hip Galerie Kreo.
“We’re moving to the center of Paris,” said Kreo’s founder, Didier Krzentowski, who represents Martin Szekely, Marc Newson and the Bourroulec brothers, among others.
Located in what was once Ruby’s Nightclub at 31 Rue Dauphine in the Saint- Germain district, the new Galerie Kreo will join the ranks of the Rive Gauche galleries that have settled into the neighborhood. Kamel Mennour opened his sprawling space on nearby Rue Saint André des Arts last fall, for example.
Stretching out over 4,300 square feet, the new Galerie Kreo is expect to open its doors in October. “We’re working on a fantastic opening,” Krzentowski said at the dinner organized by the French interior design trade show Maison & Objet to honor Zaha Hadid as designer of the year.
“It is a great honor to be here,” said Hadid, who flew in for the occasion and joined fashion designers, furniture makers and architects including Loulou de la Falaise and Jean Nouvel.
BLOW’S LEGACY: The late Isabella Blow was known as a champion of young designers — she was instrumental in boosting the careers of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Hussein Chalayan. Now a scholarship for a new generation of fashion figures has been launched in her name. The Isabella Blow Memorial Scholarship will annually provide a fashion student at Middlesex University in North London with financial support during his or her degree course.
The first recipient of the award — which is funded by Treacy and England’s Ascot Racecourse — is Liesamarie Schulte-Kitzing, a 22-year-old fashion student. Schulte-Kitzing was chosen for the award by the fashion illustrator Richard Gray and Lee Lapthorne, the founder of On|Off, which stages off-schedule shows during London Fashion Week. “[Schulte-Kitzing’s] work was very dynamic, but also very disciplined,” said Lapthorne. “We felt we were selecting what Isabella would have wanted. She was very much in our minds.”
ILLUSTRATED NEWS: It seems London has caught the art bug that’s worked its way through the collections of labels from Miu Miu to Louis Vuitton to Jimmy Choo this spring. On Friday, Topshop launched a capsule collection of T-shirts by the British illustrator Kate Moross (not to be confused with Topshop’s other high-profile collaborator, Kate Moss). The eight-piece line includes T-shirts and sweatshirts adorned with psychedelic prints of birds, diamonds and “Yellow Submarine”-style text. Prices range from 20 pounds, or about $39 at current exchange, for a tank top, through to 30 pounds, or $60, for a sweatshirt.
Moross, who has designed artwork for bands including Klaxons and Mystery Jets, as well as commercial illustrations for Sony, also has a collaboration with Nike in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, London ready-to-wear label PPQ has teamed up with London-based illustrator Hannah Bays, who has created PPQ T-shirts and tote bags printed with black-and-white illustrations of pin-up girls in stripy stockings. Bays has previously designed record sleeves for Pete Doherty’s band, Babyshambles, and London band Dirty Pretty Things. The T-shirts and bags will be sold exclusively in PPQ’s London store, on Conduit Street.