I can’t help but take my eyes off Bottega Veneta’s fall/winter 2011 ad campaign. It is the latest endeavor from world renowned architecture photographer Robert Polidori as part of “The Art of Collaboration” series that aligns Bottega Veneta with celebrated artists and photographers. The campaign was shot this past spring at the Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice,Italy. The photos are truly remarkable compositions that represent a brilliant fusion of art, design, and fashion. It is has been quite sometime since I have seen an advertising campaign of this caliber from a major fashion house. Take a look at the behind the scenes video. It is nothing short of inspirational.
The summer sale season is nearing an end, fall deliveries are slowly beginning to make their way to the retail floor, and August issues have hit newsstands. That means it is time to put fall in full focus. One of my favorite collections of the season is of that of Jonathan Saunders. His fall collection embraces color and pattern in experimental form with unexpected vivid arrangements that can’t help but catch your attention. The vibrant, expressive prints seem to resemble overexposed photographs, which is likely as Saunders sites Paul Outerbridge as a source of inspiration. Outerbridge an early pioneer with the use of color photography in the 1930’s was known for his ability to transform common objects into semiabstractions with the use of color and light. images via style.com
Sometimes I like to think that my shoe obsession stems from my deep appreciation for architecture. More often than not I find myself lusting over the most complex sculpted shoe like that of a wide-eyed tourist admiring the Eiffel Tower for the first time. My theory couldn’t be more spot-on with the latest designer to garner my attention. Brazilian footwear designer Andreia Chaves fuses art and design to produce futuristic yet wearable creations. Her latest collection, “The Invisible Shoe Series” combines traditional hand-craftmanship with advanced 3-d printing technology courtesy of Freedom of Creation to develop a reflective surface that evokes the illusion of the shoe being invisible. The collection is composed of 3 distinct styles, each handmade in Italy.
Berlin based Zoo Magazine partnered with the cutting-edge online fashion retailer thecorner.com to curate Zoo Finest, an exclusive mini-store featuring an avant-garde assortment from four promising emerging design talents. The unique collaboration originated from the need to support creativity, authenticity and originality on an international level. It will showcase the designs of Anne de Grijff, Hien Le, Issever Bahri and Kaviar Gauche, chosen for their creativity, craftsmanship and their fresh take on modern fashion. The shop is slated to launch towards the end of July. I am eagerly anticipating the what the designers have to offer. Learn more here.
Meet Fleet Ilya, the leather fashion and bondage accessory label from the London-based husband-and-wife team Ilya Fleet and Resha Sharma. Their fierce, unconventional creations are the perfect fusion of hardcore and chic. I am particularly attracted to this large cage bag. Buy at Reborn and see more Fleet Ilya at Opening Ceremony.
Urban Mobility, a partnership between Puma and Hussein Chalayan has continued yet another season with a new spring collection now in stores. The line fuses sportswear and fashion with Hussein Chalayan’s innovative and progressive approach to design. According to WWD, the collection for spring-summer 2010 is “fashion sportswear” and accessories for the “modern urban traveler.” “Urban Mobility is a considered balance between Puma’s technical excellence and my narrative approach to design,” Chalayan stated. Shop now at Puma and Revolve Clothing
There were Manolos, then there were Choos and Louboutins – and now there is a new guru in town.. Nicholas Kirkwood is quickly making a name for himself. With a formidable background including degrees at both St. Martins and Cordwainers College, in addition to 5 years working under the famous Philip Traecey at 18 – it was evident early on that Kirkwood had a bright future in the making. Since launching his line in 2005, he has quickly acquired a cult following by style aficionados and celebrities worldwide. His sharp architectural compositions are visually stunning. Dramatic and angular with a little bit of rock & roll, his shoes are made to attract attention. Shop online at Luisa Via Roma or Kirina Zabete