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Paris Fashion Week A/W 22 – GAUCHERE

GAUCHERE is a French prêt-à-porter house founded in 2013 by the designer Marie-Christine Statz. Her vision is to
create garments that point out the individual. At the heart of GAUCHERE is the art of tailoring, the appreciation of
materials as they are and the translation in pure geometric structures and sculptural volumes. Marie-Christine’s intuitive
designs are expressing the mood of today while aiming for permanence and timelessness.

The 35 looks of the collection clearly express Marie-Christine Statz’s minimalistic mood. The color palette for Fall Winter
2022 is pared back to black, anthracite, navy, a dark burgundy, heather grey, sand and taupe. These toned-down hues are
styled in monochrome looks with a pure intensity. The signature suiting continues to emphasize a wide shoulder but is
shown with long narrow silhouettes. Coats, jackets, wide trousers and below the knee skirts are cut from three dimensional fabrics such as coated or padded cotton, patent leather, double faced cashmere wool, pinstriped menswear wool and fuzzy tech yarns.

The dresses range from long versions made of granular viscose with open v-neck back and a high slit, off-the-shoulder mini dresses made of mouliné jersey to sharp-shoulder all-over sequin styles. Deconstructed denim is paired with versatile piped one shoulder tops. A blown-up blurry photo print on fluid silk adds a vibrant retro softness.

The Fall Winter 2022 Défilé is held under the arcades of Rue de Rivoli – in the neighborhood of the GAUCHERE studio.
“For me it was very important to show this particular collection on the street. A joined experience, nothing secluded,” says
Marie-Christine Statz. While creating this season, Statz reflected how people instinctively choose their garments according
to their mood, about the energy of the moment and the urge to voice it.

“Our intuition is always in response to something. Be it the instinctive knowing of a certain state of a society. In this non-discursive process, a new point of view is created.” says Statz.

The GAUCHERE community is progressive. It is an active participant in today’s society. “Live and let live” is not just a
phrase for them but an attitude towards life.

Anique Monae

Photo Credit: Kira Bunse

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Lollapalooza Recap 2019

Chicago is home to many of the nation’s biggest summer festivals. This week, Lollapalooza was a plethora of incredible musical acts to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Lollapalooza 2019 Recap

Lollapalooza has been many things over its near thirty years, from touring festival to stationary, cancelled & revived, underground to mainstream. Indeed, its changing nature has been key to its longevity, as other festivals stick to their guns and get stuck in the mud, or never happen at all (this year, the fiftieth anniversary of the most famous music festival of all time couldn’t get off the ground). But that very change also brings about criticism, of “not being what it used to be,” “following trends, not starting them,” and generally not being as good as it was when you were younger, even while younger fans are experiencing it for the first time.

The 2019 edition was, in many ways, the most mainstream Lollapalooza ever, the most leaning into today and least into yesterday or tomorrow, from all the Instagram moments to Spotify-ready line-ups. But it was also, in other ways, its most diverse, the lack of a focus becoming the focus itself, a chance to see everyone from celebrity DJs to aging rock stars to internet pop celebrities to crossover cultural phenomena, Thursday-Sunday, August 1st-4th.

THURSDAY

The first day of Lollapalooza is usually the lightest, having only been added in 2016, not even being weekend adjacent. But the festival has been doing a better job of spreading the wealth, and there was much on Thursday that was Lollapalooza ’19 must-see.

One of the things that hasn’t changed about Lollapalooza is the heat, and usually having to see all but the non-headliners under the beating sun. Only the smaller stages have any real shade, the semi-shaded side American Eagle Stage, the small up-and-comers BMI Stage, and the bonus Bud Light Dive Bar. A running promotion that Anheuser-Busch has bringing to festivals starting last year, it’s a tiny faux-dive bar located behind Tito’s Stage that has side-sets by a handful of Lollapalooza performers. It’s also almost completely in the shade, with picnic tables all around (and yes, sells Bud Light). On Thursday, it had an early intimate performance by Win and Woo, who would later headlining the Tito’s Stage next door. “We started in dive bars, so this is appropriate,” one of the DJ duo introduced themselves with, and they drew a healthy (if bro-heavy) crowd that literally shook the stage – a crewmember had to hold down the speakers.

By the middle of Lollapalooza, the heat has gotten to everyone, one’s initial energy has worn off, and it’s easy to question whether you’ll make it to the headliner. That’s why the festival needs energetic middle-to-late-in-the-line-up acts such as NormaniFitz & The TantrumsH.E.R., and Hayley Kiyoko. Whether at Lake Shore, Bud Light, T-Mobile, or Lake Shore Stages (respectively), they had the kind of big & bold sounds that worked well in the hot & sweaty part of the festival day. And that was true whether for veterans like The Tantrums or newer ladies such as Normani, H.E.R. or Kiyoko – indeed, special mention has to be made of Normani & Kiyoko’s killer dancers.

The Chainsmokers vs. The Strokes. Those were the rival headliners on Day One, and the conflict kind of summed up music today – or at least white people’s music. Do you want to see the highest-paid DJs in the world play the Bud Light Stage (and not Lollapalooza’s usually EDM stage/ghetto, Perry’s Tent), or the band that brought back rock n’ roll at the start of this century/millennium? Do you embrace whatever it is that the kids are listening to today (if not yesterday, and maybe not tomorrow), or do you go for not-that-long ago nostalgia (back when you were a kid)?

FRIDAY

As people revved up towards the weekend, on Lollapalooza Friday there was the viral video of a 100+ kids jumping/knocking down the fence to get into the festival, where the only person stopped was a guy with a prosthetic leg. Yet both the festival and the Chicago P.D. were quick to follow-up by announcing that all of those fence-jumpers/breakers were quickly caught inside the festival. And that one guy who was stopped before? He actually ended up getting in, because ’19 artist Rich the Kid got in touch with him online and gave him an artist pass (Rich the Kid himself actually didn’t perform on Friday, his time slot given to Polo G, but was squeezed into the Saturday line-up).

The hot early part of the day at Lollapalooza is when to see the up-and-coming acts, and to see if they’re actually going anywhere. Omar Apollo had a strong crowd for 1:00 PM, when he opened up the second day at the massive Bud Light Stage, as did Boy Pablo right after at Tito’s Stage. The Nude Party have been playing seemingly every festival this summer, and their Cali surf-garage did fit well under the sun at the Lake Shore Stage (bonus points for thanking the techs, “Out all day in the heat, tuning too many guitars.”).

SATURDAY

The actual weekend brought the hottest day so far, with less of a breeze off Lake Michigan. Considering the heat wave that had struck much of the United States two weekends before, including cancelling New York’s Ozy Fest, one hopes that global warming won’t do in the outdoor music festival. Not the biggest worry about climate change, not by far, but a definite First World Problem that brings it all a little closer to home (like the avocado shortages…).

Under that sun were the smooth, sweet sounds of Men I Trust at the Lake Shore Stage. They are a fast-rising female fronted act at a festival that had a lot of them. It’s long been the case that music festivals tilt XY (just look at the line-ups of the supposedly forward-thinking nineties Lollapalooza…), but perhaps the music industry is finally giving up the idea that, while women will listen to male act, men won’t listen to female ones. It’s a fallacy across the entertainment industry (has been holding back female movie stars for generations), but it’s never been less true than it is today, a credit to the open-minded & much-derided millennials. Just look at the gender diverse crowd for Bea Miller (the American Eagle Stage’s shade did help, something else with universal appeal), who brought her great girl power, including talking about “rubbing one out” and being called a slut, to great cheers.

SUNDAY

The final day of Lollapalooza was overshadowed by the tragic mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. Even for all of the talk of America becoming numb to mass shootings, two together hit hard. At Lollapalooza, the idea of a mass shooting at the mass festival comes right to the fore of one’s mind, particularly after both the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting a week ago, and particularly the shooting two years ago at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas – and word that that shooter had initially planned on targeting Lollapalooza, but couldn’t get a hotel room that looked out over Grant Park. 

A more sedate final day of Lollapalooza saw young Ryan Beatty at Bud Light Stage and (Sandy) Alex G sing through his clenched teeth at the Lake Shore Stage; the parenthesized Frank Ocean guitarist has new album House of Sugar coming out next month. Meanwhile, there were the smooth sound of NoMBe at a shady & packed Bud Light Dive Bar, with the performer going through the crowd to stand on the back bar, then back into the crowd, as his set’s end.

Ariana Grande closed out Lollapalooza ’19 at the T-Mobile Stage, because this is the world we live in today (earlier this year, Miley Cyrus played Barcelona’s supremely artistic Primavera Sound ). Were there people scoffing (and not just the photographers, who were all pissed because none of them were allowed to even look at the mega pop star)? Sure, but she had a giant crowd filling all the way up to the side stairs of the main stage. And Grande brought her full show, including expert dancers.

Lollapalooza was never going to be like it was, but nothing is in this new millennium. But it has become what it is now, a giant festival drawing from all four corners of the musical world. It’s also super-professional, something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Coverage: Anique Monae, Miz Venus, Jariel Frazier

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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London Collections Men SS 16 Roundup

The British Fashion Council and London Collections Men SS16 took the city by storm. The vast array of designers totaling 140 brought different styles and flavors through Classic, Contemporary and Creative menswear. Now in its seventh season, LCM is now one of the most talked about men’s fashion events in the world. Taking place bi-annually, it attracts the most acclaimed designers as well as big-name stars (Lewis Hamilton is now an ambassador), not to mention numerous press from around the globe. Dictating the trends for seasons ahead, it’s a must for those with even a passing interest in style, and this time around it promised, once again, to be the biggest and baddest affair yet. It delivered.

Watch highlights from the four days of London Collections Men including interviews with Tommy Hilfiger, Lewis Hamilton, David Gandy, Dylan Jones & Dermot O’Leary.

Round-Up Highlights from London Collections Men SS16

Watch highlights from the four days of London Collections Men including interviews with Tommy Hilfiger, Lewis Hamilton, David Gandy, Dylan Jones & Dermot O'Leary. See full highlights here: http://bit.ly/1i4H3s1

Posted by British Fashion Council on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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10 Finalists of the Style.com/Arabia and the Dubai Design & Fashion Council Fashion Prize Announced

Back in April, Style.com/Arabia and the Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) launched a search for the Middle East’s next great womenswear design star in partnership with Farfetch. After sorting through 200 applications by designers from 15 countries across the Arab world, the selection committee (made up of industry experts like Style.com/Arabia CEO and publisher Shashi Menon, Style.com’s Tim Blanks, designer Zuhair Murad, and more) narrowed it down to 10 finalists, announced today

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WILLOW SMITH: The New Face of Marc Jacobs

MARC JACOBS SLOWLY UNVEILS HIS FALL/WINTER CAMPAIGN

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This morning Marc Jacobs unveiled a picture from his latest campaign starring Willow Smith. Over the past year, Willow and her brother Jaden have been two of the most interesting celebrity kids to watch, fashion-wise. Last week the Internet was buzzing about Jaden’s prom pictures, but it’s safe to say his sister wins this round—her campaign image is pretty stellar. While it may seem insane that a 14-year-old has landed a major fashion campaign, keep in mind this is the same kid that had a hit single at age 9.

Willow joins Cher in the campaign, photographed by David Sims. There is no word yet on who else might show up in the series, but on his Instagram, Jacobs states that there is still more to come. Is it weird to be genuinely excited about advertising?

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London Collections Men SS 16

London Collections Men, the biannual menswear showcase, starts in 1 week! Over 140 designers & 42 events are taking place over the 4 days.

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2015 CFDA AWARDS

The Council of Fashion Designers of America held its annual CFDA Awards on Monday evening at New York’s AliceTully Hall in Lincoln Center. Despite the rain, the stars still shined as fashion’s royalty came out to celebrate and acknowledge the best of the industry.

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BALMAIN X H&M COLLABORATION

Get ready for ‪#‎HMBalmaination‬! H&M’s next designer collaboration will be with the Parisian house of Balmain.  It all started with a bang. Yesterday night, the creative director of Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, took the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards together with his friends Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn. They were all dressed in Balmain x H&M – revealing the first pieces of the collection. Through social media, H&M and Balmain invited their fans to join a movement of togetherness with: #HMBalmaination.

“I want to talk to my generation: this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it,” says Olivier Rousteing.

Olivier Rousteing, Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner showed us the first pieces of the collection at the Billboard Music Awards.
Olivier Rousteing, Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner showed us the first pieces of the collection at the Billboard Music Awards.

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IMG Announces Venues for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

IMG Announces New Venues for New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK (April 13, 2015) – Today, IMG confirmed that New York Fashion Week will move downtown into two unique spaces, Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight Clarkson Sq, beginning in September 2015 for the Spring/Summer 2016 Collections. The relocation is one step in the evolution of NYFW, which will be reintroduced as a new platform that focuses on content, caters to the needs of the industry, and creates a full cultural experience for guests. 

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New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2015

 New York City International Film Festival

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Announces Schedules and Films

 April 30 to May 7, 2015

NYC, NY – 4/8/15 – The 6th Annual New York City International Film Festival will kick off with an Opening Gala, Red Carpet Black Tie event at the DGA Theatre,110 West 57th Street, New York, NY. It will be followed by the North American Premiere of Phantom Halo, a film from USA, directed by Antonia Bodganovich. Also in  attendance will be  Peter Bodganovich, and the following cast members; Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Rebecca Romijn. 

For 2015, NYCIFF is proud to introduce its major sponsor AirBNB. A special award for The Best International Feature Film will be sponsored and presented by AirBNB at the close of the Film Festival.

This year, the NYCIFF has an excellent line-up of films, with over 100 selections, including shorts, full-length features and documentaries from the USA and 27 countries around the world. Once again providing filmmakers with an opportunity to have their World or North American Premiere presented in New York City.

Every evening throughout the festival there will be a red carpet event, to promote a selected film in order to introduce it to the press and media. Each event will include photo opportunities on the step & repeat with members of the cast and crew of the film to delight  the audience.

On Friday May 1st, NYCIFF will present an exclusive VIP red carpet event at the DGA theatre to introduce, William Shatner who will be presenting his film, Chaos on the Bridge, followed by a special Star Trek Q&A.

The 4rd Annual LATINO FILM DAY will be held In TIMES SQUARE (Father Dufy Sq.) on Tuesday, May 5 (CINCO DE MAYO). NYCIFF will screen the best films from Latin America. At 6:00 pm there will be a red carpet event for the press and media, including a reception until 7:30 PM, followed by the screening at8PM.

The Closing Gala Awards night will take place on May 7th at The Regal Cinema Union Square, New York City, and will include a presentation of Awards in all categories of Shorts and Feature films. For tickets and schedule information, visit the website at www.nyciff.com

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