Dancing in the Moonlight (Cover of Thin Lizzy) by Alt-J (∆)
When I passed you in the doorway
Well you took me with a glance
I should have took that last bus home
But I asked you for a dance
A Dozen Girls by Juergen Teller: Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton F/W 2014 at PFW
To celebrate Nicolas Ghesquière’s return to fashion, Juergen Teller photographed twelve looks from Ghesquiere’s first collection for Louis Vuitton at the brand’s Paris headquarters. The series, A Dozen Girls, features models like Maggie Rizer, Liya Kebede, Mica Arganaraz, and Julia Hafstrom.
Given Juergen Teller’s close relationship with Marc Jacobs, the choice of photographer is an interesting one. Hopefully, Ghesquière and Teller’s collaboration signals a partnership for years to come. As the note attached to the lookbook says, A Dozen Girls celebrates the timeless quality of Louis Vuitton. With this note, we look into the future for the countless innovative collections from Ghesquière.
This familiar wardrobe appeals to the collective unconscious, stirring our affective memory. We never tire of these perennial pieces: they are faithful friends. Eternally under their alluring spell, we delight in wearing them time and again. A peppering of original designs shakes up the cozy coterie: these distincly modern, strikingly stylish newcomers open up the much-loved wardrobe to new pairings and a landscape of possibilities.
LOUIS VUITTON is a land of contrasts. A time-honored and noble legacy is kept alive by a yearning for discovery and exploration. Coursing boldly and imaginatevely through the decades, LOUIS VUITTON refreshes the world of fashion with an untiring ebb and flow of retrospective and fresh perspective.
Glorious smooth, full-grain leather is contrasted with hybrid materials. Bold, bright colors are juxtaposed with muted halftones. Hand-crafted artisanal techniques are updated with a high-tech twist.
This initial collection tells a tale of expertise made possible by innovative techniques. It focuses on the highlights and remains open to interpretation. Living proof that today’s “timeless” was at one time seen as innovative. In this collection, the timeless is now.
Juergen’s Dozen includes: Maggie Rizer, Mica Arganaraz, Daphne Simons, Julia Hafstrom, Milou Van Groesen, Amalie Schmidt, Linn Arvidsson, Rianne von Rompaey, Julia Jamin, Marte Mei Van Haaster, Liya Kebede, Kirstin Kragh Liljegren
The front row has never looked so good.
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Léa Seydoux, Margot Robbie, Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Olsen, Bella Heathcote and Elle Fanning at Miu Miu F/W 2014 during PFW
Miu Miu F/W 2014 at PFW
For a woman spectator, there’s a difference—an ever-widening gulf, actually—between observing and appreciating fashion as part of the far-off arts-and-entertainment industry, and actively needing the damn stuff. Thus it’s no dis on Miuccia Prada to laud her for putting fashionable rain boots and extra-big raincoats into her Miu Miu collection. Both are what the foot-sore, weather-weary women of the editorial–slash–store buyer–slash–worker corps have wished they’d had to wear as they’ve tramped through the fall shows. Ditto all the kids who’ve been standing at bus stops and traveling on subways, enduring the never-ending winter of 2014.
Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton F/W 2014 at PFW
After a year and half from his departure from Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière’s return has been long anticipated. His debut collection for Louis Vuitton, which was presented this morning, was met with excitement, a feeling that Ghesquière himself shared. Guests were greeted with a typewritten note from the designer where he proclaimed his excitement in form of a personal message. Seen above, the note pays homage to Marc Jacob’s contribution to the brand and to the Louis Vuitton “philosophy.” Nicole Phelps noted, “few designers are as beloved, respected, or copied as Ghesquière.” So, it is interesting to see Ghesquiere’s interpretation of the label.
His first collection opened with model Freja Beha Erichsen clothed in a black leather coat and an LV trunk to match, paying homage to the brand’s history as a luggage label. The rest of the pieces were understated, but carried a sense of excitement as a new role took over after fifteen years at the hands of Marc Jacobs. Contrary to Jacob’s sets, which were often lavish, Ghesquière employed a traditional set letting the clothes speak for themselves - a wise move from a respected and extremely talented designer eager to share his personal vision of Louis Vuitton.
Above: Maggie Rizer at Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquière F/W 2014 during PFW
Chanel F/W 2014 at PFW, Chanel Shopping Center
Every season, Chanel transforms the Grand Palais into a magical setting. Never one to disappoint, the exhibition hall was transformed into a high end-supermarket for the Fall/Winter 2014 presentation. In the past, sets have featured giant icebergs and underwater kingdoms, locations that were no less than perfect for Chanel. Shopping baskets were adorned with Chanel’s famous chains and models pushed trollies around the supermaket as they perused the Chanel-branded food, such as Jambon Cambon, named after the location of the brand’s orginal store. Chic guests including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, and Rita Ora celebrated the new collection alongside Chanel-clad models, which included newcomer Kendall Jenner and experienced supermodels like Joan Smalls.
Lupita Nyong’o accepts the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave (2013) directed by Steve McQueen in a custom Prada gown
Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so, I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.
Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position, it’s been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they are grateful and so am I.
Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into Solomon, telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much. You were my rock. Alfre and Sarah, it was a thrill to work with you. Joe Walker, the invisible performer in the editing room, thank you. Sean Bobbitt, Kalaadevi, Adruitha, Patty Norris, thank you, thank you, thank you — I could not be here without your work.
I want to thank my family, for your training and the Yale School of Drama as well, for your training. My friends the Wilsons, this one’s for you. My brother Junior sitting by my side, thank you so much, you’re my best friend and then my other best friend, my chosen family.
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
Of her powder-blue, custom Prada gown, Lupita said, “It’s a blue that reminds of Nairobi so I want to have a little bit of home.”