Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and whether you’ve got a boo or not, it’s clear you’re about to be inundated with tons of hearts and flowers. So why not beat the holiday at its own game and don a heart-covered sweater or bangle? V-Day, you’re about to get served.
Jonathan Saunders was chosen as this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner, and will receive £200,000 cash prize. He’ll also be able to take advantage of top tier mentoring opportunities — not that he’ll need it. Saunders’ designs are already worn by the likes of Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Obama.
Saunders beat out Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda llincic, Marios Schwab, Zoe Jordan and Meadham Kirchhoff, as well as footwear label Nicholas Kirkwood for the award. And since he’s the BFA’s big winner, we figure we’ll be hearing a whole lot more from him. So we thought we’d give you a few tiny tidbits about this up and coming designer. Check out your new fashion overlord.
This new promo video for Prada’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection is intended to show off the line’s newest glamorous designs. But the gas station setting makes me think of only one thing — the hilarious gas station gasoline fight in “Zoolander.” Probably not what Prada was going for … [YouTube]
Ugh, Die Antwoord. The South African band-cum-performance-art-project just bugs the crap out of me. It’s kind of “Gummo” for the 2010s, isn’t it? The way they mug around with stupid haircuts trying to be transgressive and weird. Well, tiny little Yolandi Visser and her partner in crime, Ninja, have just been tapped as the new faces of Alexander Wang. We should have seen this coming: their new video, “I Fink U Freeky” (don’t watch if you are at all rat or bug squeamish, trust), features the duo in Wang jumpsuits. [Pedestrian.Tv]
This is a video of 42 Saint Bernards — and one child — hanging out in the woods. The video comes from a breeder in British Columbia who captured her dogs out for a jaunt in the woods. It’s kind of like the “Being John Malkovich” of dog videos, except with way, way way more slobber. [Neatorama]
Japanese designer Anrealage is the spirit sister of American sportswear designer Thom Browne. Both play with proportion and shape, and in the process create new forms and bodies. And Anrealage’s designer Kunihiko Morinaga is guided more by architecture than by current fashion trends. She loves Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi most. “I love all of Antoni Gaudí’s work. The way he used patterns and recurring motifs was really cool and I love the design process behind the La Sagrada Familia. Gaudí made scale models and hung wires upside down to create the curves of the building. Also, his philosophy about architecture fitting within nature can be applied to fashion too.” But the body — and more expressly the obfuscation of the body — is at the core of Morinaga’s work. “We set ourselves the challenge of designing clothes in sizes and formats that had never been seen before. So yes, we were challenging the perception of the “normal body,” but just by trying to create a new way to design, rather than attacking anything.” Check out some of her incredible, effervescent designs. [Vice]