Deborah Sams and Mary-Lou Ryan founded the Australian brand Bassike in 2006. They combine easy-going style with a subtle element of luxury. Bassike’s aesthetic is influenced by the contrasts of loose Australian beach style and the simplicity and minimalism of Japanese design. The designers want to create timeless wardrobe staples with sustainable fabrics.
They have now released their resort 2014 lookbook, featuring a collection of deconstructed silhouettes in neutral tones with materials such as cashmere knits, soft wool and Italian cotton. I particularly like the slouchy leather pants, the coats and jackets with the industrial looking belts and the styling with thick socks and Birkenstock sandals.
David Ross was the first photographer who shot a very young Kate Moss in 1988 at the beginning of her career. His pictures are being exhibited at London’s Lawrence Alkin Gallery. The images are titled “Kate Moss: Roll 1″ and show the girl who would become one of the most prolific models of our time fresh-faced and fluffy-haired. The photographer remembers the moment he first met 14-year-old Kate in October 1988: “There was a unique sparkle to her which was bound to evolve into something special, although I had no idea how much at the time”.
Beauty and physical perfection is a strange, much discussed, elusive and fascinating thing. We can’t get enough of it, we strive for it, we want to surround ourselves with it and ogle it wherever we can. Vogue Paris seems to feel the same: In its November issue’s “Body Double” editorial, photographers Inez and Vinoodh shot not only one Gisele, but pictured the model multiple times in one shot, so as if they just couldn’t get enough of her.
The only thing I would change in this editorial is the choice of models: I wish they had cast much more unconventionally beautiful women than shown here with stronger, edgier faces. Other than that, I have nothing to complain about this shoot, inspired by Dutch Golden Age paintings and shot by Josh Olins for Vogue UK’s December 2013 issue.
Lou Reed died yesterday at the age of 71. He was the lead singer of the Velvet Underground – a band who was managed by Andy Warhol – and had a long career as a solo artist with a fan base that included David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Patti Smith (not to mention that he was married to performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson). He was also a true pioneer who wrote lyrics that dealt with homosexuality and drug addiction at a time when these subjects were very much taboo. He also had an iconic, signature style that captured his dark, rebellious side.
2013 cover of The Times featuring a portrait from 1975.
Hedi Slimane for V magazine, 2013.
1972 album Transformer, shot by Mick Rock.
With David Bowie and Iggy Pop. London, 1972.
©Transformer, by Lou Reed and Mick Rock.
Jil Sander is leaving her eponymous label for the third time after designing for three seasons. She first left in 2000 after Prada bought a controlling stake in her company, only to come back in 2003 and then exit again in 2004. After Raf Simons started his tenure as Dior’s creative director in 2012, it was announced that she would be returning once again. Her last collection showed at spring-summer 2014 Milan Fashion Week. According to WWD, she is leaving for personal reasons; her in-house design team will be responsible for the Fall 2014 collection. Even though I liked what Simons did for the brand better than what Sander did herself, it makes more sense to me if the person whose name is on the label also actually designs the clothes. So I don’t know what to think of it. I guess, let speculation about who will replace her begin.