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Posts for November 21st 2011
>> Next month, Valentino will open his archives to the world. Using 3D technology, the Valentino Garavani Virtual Musuem — found at Valentino-Garavani-Archives.org — catalogs over 300 dresses from Garavani's five decade-long career, including Julia Roberts's Oscar dress and the couture dress Jackie Kennedy wore to wed Aristotle Onassis.
The site, which officially launches Dec. 5, will also feature over 5,000 images and 95 fashion show videos. Giancarlo Giammetti, Garavani's longtime business partner, explains of the site's content: “Animated galleries show a life’s work, and key dresses have been photographed in 360 degrees. Click on them and they revolve to show every line and stitch. Click again and discover the history of the dress, who wore it where and when, see it in the amazing campaigns that we created for the collections in the late 1960s, 1970s, '80s, '90s . . . move through to other spaces leading off the sunlit courtyards under the Roman sky to new galleries full of photographs of friends, models, drawings, animations, videos.”
Garavani adds of the project: “I see it as part of my legacy. I am happy that thousands of students, young designers and fashion people will be able to see and study my work in every aspect of it, and in a manner easy and accessible for the younger generations. But it is also important to remember things of the past, to review the fashion that has shaped our lives. I would call it ‘Future Memory.’”
A preview video of the site, below.
>> Kate Moss and Alexander McQueen famously collaborated on an ethereal hologram video of Moss that appeared at the finale of McQueen's Fall 2006 show. Moss, who wasn't in attendance at the show, recently revealed that she never saw the video in person: "I never saw it when it was done . . . I was going to come in [to the show] with a wig on and pretend I wasn’t me, but then I decided no, I had better not go. I phoned up during the show — I was in Thailand — and I could hear everyone screaming." [Mr. Blasberg]
>> Although there were rumors that Gisele Bundchen shot the Spring 2012 Givenchy campaign last month in Jamaica, it seems that was not the case. Bundchen was snapped with Riccardo Tisci earlier today, shooting the campaign on the beaches of Barcelona. We've got a few snaps from the set; this may not be the end of Bundchen's Spring 2012 campaign streak — the model, who is already headed home to Brazil, is also said to be in the upcoming Versace campaign.
>> Over the weekend, rumored girlfriends Freja Beha Erichsen and Arizona Muse were snapped doing a photo shoot outside the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, wearing head-to-toe Chloe. Muse was sporting her newly chopped shag — "The thing that kind of started me was that bob — and I felt like it was time for a change," she told Into the Gloss of the new haircut — in what appears to be the upcoming Spring 2012 campaign shoot.
UPDATE:Chloe has confirmed that Erichsen and Muse are indeed the faces of the Chloe Spring 2012 ads. [@Chloe_fashion]
>> Zac Posen riffed on the idea of wardrobe essentials — with a twist — for his Spring 2012 Z Spoke collection. "There's no need for more essentials that are basic," he explains. "These have a bit of fashion to them." To that end, Posen's essentials are dressed-up, playful, and full of the designer's signature feminine detailing: lean-cut trousers come in shiny two-tone faille or tie-dyed lace, shirt dresses in whisper-weight seersucker, and skirts in swinging full flares. There's plenty of wearable whimsy too — a swinging "disco tent dress" in shimmering sequins, a floaty ruched-chiffon neon shift — and lots of lively prints, like an "acid" cheetah in chartreuse and lemon, ditsy florals in abstracted batiks. "This is a wardrobe, and it's nice to be able to mix it up and show the diversity of it," Posen says.
The collection's diversity carries through to accessories as well, with luxe Nappa leather totes and embossed-croc satchels mingling easily with brightly-colored iPad cases and studded clutches — which run from $225 to $695. See all the looks from the Z Spoke Spring 2012 lookbook — modeled by Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Tennessee Thomas, Stephanie LaCava, Yaz Bukey, and Laura Love — and peek all the accessories, here in the slideshow.