I’ve always imagined Vogue editor Anna Della Russo — she of the bizarre hats and wild fashion — as a sort of weird banshee lady, sleepily flitting through life going to high fashion events and occasionally enjoying nights out with her band of wacky friends. You know, sort of like fashion’s version of Britney Spears. Anyway, her amazing style sense is now being squeezed and bottled by H&M for a new accessories line. The collection will include jewelry, along with shoes, bags, sunglasses and a travel suitcase. Sign us up, wild woman.
Today in Karl Lagerfeld Is Really Weird: the silver-gloved fashion kaiser was recently appointed the new landscape planner of Monte-Carlo’s sumptuously swanky Hôtel Métropole, which means he’ll be redesigning the entirety of the hotel’s exterior, including the pool, terrace, gardens, and a brand new restaurant by the Chef of the Century himself, Joël Robuchon. What will Karl be doing with this carte blanche? Oh, just what any sane person would do given the opportunity: decorate the whole thing with photographic frescoes of Baptiste Giabiconi, his male model muse, reimagined as some kind of Greek god. Um, yeah. The results are every bit as bizarre and amazing as you would think, and if you’re familiar with Karl’s previous forays, then you’ll recall last year’s carved chocolate sculpture of the one-time Katy Perry arm candy in his tighty-whities. From the mouth of the Kaiser himself, the world’s highest paid male model is “good with clothes and great with no clothes.” Okay! [Telegraph]
We have officially entered the realm of designer everything: Marni, the high-end Italian brand known for its offbeat prints and artsy-homely styling, has made their way into the furniture industry with a 100-piece collection of metal chairs covered by multicolored woven plastic, and they managed to do some good in the process. The fashion house designed the chairs for Salone del Mobile, a Milanese furniture fair, and worked alongside local charities to hire former Colombian prisoners to create the chairs, with the goal of helping the ex-inmates readjust to working life. The chairs were designed in order to function as props for the show, during which filmmaker Francesco Jodice will photograph employees of the brand for an exhibit. The chairs will also furnish the brand’s offices and stores around the world. They don’t exactly look like the most comfortable chairs, per se (and you can forget about taking a nap on that “sofa”), but if you must have one in your home, they’ll be available for purchase at the Marni boutique in Milan, with proceeds donated to The Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter. [Fashionologie]
Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design is home to one of the world’s oldest and most well-respected fashion design programs. The school has helped launched the careers of Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham and Givenchy’s Ricardo Tischi, among others. Each year, the school hosts a show from the fashion program’s master’s students, showcasing their offbeat and avant garde collections. Click through to see some of the school’s most wild offerings — and possible future McQueens — in action.
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]
Questions for Guy Fieri, regarding his new line of men’s jewelry. Does this line include barbecue sauce, or barbecue sauce-flavored gems? If not, why? What about a container for hot sauce or a secret compartment for other choice condiments? Was your intention in creating the line to enable ladies to quickly and swiftly identify the d-bags in the room, or was that simply an unintended (but helpful) byproduct of your design? Get back to me, Guy. Thanks!