Archive | March, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld 2011 Eyewear Campaign

29 Mar

Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 eyewear collection captures a sophisticated modernity and urban chicness. Karl brilliantly photographs his two muses Freja Beha and Baptiste Giabiconi creating a provocative and intense mood in each image. The seductive dark images are brought to life with electrifying blue dripping from the pages.

The sun and optical collection illustrates the extraordinary craftsmanship of each piece with its incredible Karl Lagerfeld design aesthetic. Turning his attention to metal frames this season; Lagerfeld offers variations of the classic aviator, bold masculine styles, amplified mixtures and dramatic oversized frames for women. Each sunglass frame features Karl’s personal signature on the lens.

Look a little closer and you can catch a haunting glimpse of Karl in the reflection of the mirror while he is working his magic. The subtle juxtaposition creates a unique, sultry and ominous photograph.

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The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) April 1, 2 and 3 in Paris

28 Mar


“We enable storytellers to tell their stories, said Scott Hilier founder and president of The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU). He goes on to say it takes courage, hard work, passion and a dream to make a film and then project your soul on screen. The essence of our festival is the raw emotion we evoke and the reactions and discussions that ensue afterwards.”

What began as a “light-bulb” moment in the middle of the night 6 years ago, Scott Hilier and his team have since developed into an incredible platform that is committed to being at the center of discovery, promotion and projection of the very best independent filmmaking talent from around the world. On April 1, 2 and 3 ÉCU will showcase 77 films from 26 countries in Paris that demonstrate quality, innovation and independence in both form and content.

The transcontinental festival has twelve categories of films in this highly esteemed competitive event. While ÉCU’s goal is to bring worldwide attention to European independent filmmakers, there are also four foreign categories open to independent filmmakers from the Americas, Africa and Asia. Joel Mandina, public relations manager of the festival, says, “The European Independent Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the premiere entertainment and cultural events in Europe.” Click here to purchase tickets and view screening locations or you can purchase tickets at www.digitick.com.

ÉCU’s films encapsulate creativity, diversity, beauty, insight, imagery, passion, heart and soul. There is something for everyone. Below are some highlights from this year’s compelling films. Click here to browse through all of the films and trailers.

April Chill, student film directed by Tornike Bziava


At 4 o’clock in the morning, on April 9th 1989, the Soviet troops violently quelled a peaceful demonstration in Tblisi (Georgia). 22 innocent lives fell victim to this atrocious act. APRIL CHILL tells the story of the awakening of human instinct in a Soviet military service man, thanks to a young Georgian dancer.

Cairo Exit, feature film directed by Hesham Issawi


This slice-of-life tale takes place in the life of an 18 years-old Amal Iskander, an Egyptian Coptic girl. During one of her delivery jobs on a battered scooter between homes and businesses the scooter is stolen. Her boss fires her. She wonders of her future after revealing to her sullen, unemployed boyfriend, Tarek, that she’s two months pregnant. Tarek is disturbed by the news and informs her that he’s leaving the country by way of boat for Greece. He gives her the choice; either leaves the country with him or have an abortion.

Salam Rugby, documentary directed by Faramarz Beheshti


In 2004, the first women rugby class was organized in Tehran. A Few months later, Ahmadinejad was elected president of Iran. Over a 7000 Km journey, we meet some of the women who are trying to learn this new game, despite the Talibanization programs, introduced by the new president.

Jesus comes to Town, dramatic short directed by Kamal John Iskander


A group of underworld gamblers hang out at King Henry’s Social Club, on the wrong side of the tracks. Eyeball O’ Reilly, Darlin’ Lil, and The Man – the best card shark in town – are in the middle of a cash game when a local street hustler, BedHead Ned, arrives with some smokes, whiskey, and the word on the street. He alerts them that the Messiah’s in town and he’s one hell of a card shark.

Beatles Stories, documentary directed by Seth Swirsky


A huge fan of The Beatles growing up in the 60s, Seth Swirsky filmed people, famous and not, who had a personal story about themselves and the “Fab Four”. The project resulted in some never-before-heard, “Beatles Stories.”

The festival is an incredible platform for these dedicated filmmakers and storytellers. Join them this weekend and view the incredible heart and soul of these filmmakers while being moved and inspired by their riveting stories.

Louis Vuitton A/W 2011: Take Your Front Row Seat

24 Mar

Take your front row seat at the Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2011 show. Louis Vuitton offers you a VIP seat and insider access to all the glitz and glamour with their new digital experience. This immersive, interactive and entertaining experience offers you an exclusive backstage pass. Watch the show as if you were actually sitting front row, listen to Artistic Director Marc Jacobs and Stylist / Love Magazine Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand comment on the show.

Click here to watch the show


Provocative French maids dusting the steps at the Cour du Louvre, ominous black balloons hovering overhead and a black lacquer catwalk set the stage for the show. It was a star-studded event at Hotel Vuitton as uniformed porters unveiled each look from beautiful vintage elevators.

Marc Jacobs blurred the boundaries between fashion and fetish revealing buttoned-up jackets in patent leather, corset-like waist-cinching belts, sheer skirts and gowns, leather bondage style shorts, cashmere onesies and handcuffs.

The model line-up was amazing as the industry’s best returned to the runway to strut their stuff. Naomi, Campbell, Amber Valetta, Carolyn Murphy and Maria Carla handcuffed to their handbags. Kate Moss closed the show igniting the runway while smoking a cigarette in a leather bodysuit with fur sleeves.

Check out the alluring collection below…

Elie Saab A/W 2011 – ‘The Red Carpet King’

23 Mar

Elie Saab, ‘the red carpet king’, created a show reminiscent of a set from a Luis Buñuel film. Inspired by a modern-day Belle de jour, the models paraded down the runway in slim silhouettes, polished daywear and glamorous gowns epitomizing Parisian chic.

The sophisticated tailoring that we know and love was highlighted as the attention was turned to daywear. Knit and wool crepe sheath dresses were cinched in with a slim belt evoking a 60’s silhouette. In contrast, eveningwear embodied long chiffon dresses, sexy thigh-high splits and sparkly numbers that would make any woman feel like a regal queen.

The autumn palette, filled with rich jewel tones such as cherry red, dark purple, scarlet and burgundy were a beautiful balance to the taupe, sand, nude and pale gray tones. My favorites were the smoldering siren red numbers that lit up the runway and the sequined frocks that dazzled like a starry night.

Elie Saab recently dressed Evan Rachel Wood in one of his elegant A/W 2011-12 ready-to-wear cocktail dresses for the New-York premiere of Mildred Pierce.

Check out the stunning collection below…

Barbara Bui A/W 2011 (A Powerful Fragility)

18 Mar

Barbara Bui brilliantly explored the relationship between power and fragility with her A/W 2011 collection. Chic and sophisticated, with a slightly tough edge, the collection spoke to the inner bad-girl in all of us women.

 

The outerwear stole the show. Bui showcased variations of the classic motorcycle and aviator jackets while experimenting with proportion and textures. Dramatic oversized collars and a clever mixture of patterns showcased a calculated and beautiful imbalance. I fell in love with the fitted shearling jackets defined with bouclé bands and a cool metallic finish.

Her warm creams and camels beautifully accented the luminous black that anchored the collection. The contrasted simplicity of high-tech metallic leggings and sumptuous sheepskin and fur created a harmonious look. Military and biker jackets with removable fur hems gave the illusion of a skirt and heated up the runway.

Check out the entire collection below…

Manish Arora – PFW: A/W 2011 (Abracadabra)

16 Mar

One of the most talked about shows of Paris Fashion Week was the enchanting Manish Arora show. Think magic show meets garage-band meets a world of origami…it was truly a fantastical extravaganza for all to see.

 

The ominous music of M.I.A., a hip garage, a bearded magician making models disappear and reappear and a bewitching and electrifying collection captivated the audience’s attention. Kanye West, Susie Menkins from the International Herald Tribune and Hillary Alexander from the Daily Telegraph sat front-row-center.

Kanye West

Susie Menkins from the International Herald Tribune and Hillary Alexander from the Daily Telegraph

As the signature hair-hatted models slinked down the runway followed by a nebulous cloud of smoke, we were transported into Manish’s world of beautiful colors and embroideries. The collection illuminated the incredible mix of kaleidoscopic colors, ornate embellishments and extraordinary craftsmanship.

Simple silhouettes, heavy embellishment, stained-glass patterns, funky patchwork, sophisticated embroidery, Swarovski crystals and color galore were the resounding themes of this collection. One of my favorite looks was a delicate floor-length gown reminiscent of a paper snowflake.

Recently appointed artistic director at Paco Rabanne, the fashion industry is anxious to see what Manish Arora has in store for this iconic brand. Manish was able to pull off his own trick with his masterful display of showmanship. We all witnessed a little bit of fashion magic today.

Check out the stunning pictures below…

Junko Shimada – PFW A/W 2011

16 Mar

Japanese designer Junko Shimada took to the stage on Tuesday, March 8, at Espace Pierre Cardin. The collection, powerful in its vision, showcased a chic new wardrobe that was feminine, sexy, bold, and demure.

A mix of flirty florals, Chantilly lace and luxurious fur influenced the A/W 2011 collection. The tones were smoldering in igneous pinks and yellows that cooled to nude shades. Inline with the sheer trend, Chantilly lace was used throughout accentuating a woman’s femininity. The fur and lace hoods added an element of mystique while the cheeky fluorescent pumps were that perfect pop of color and little surprise that made me smile.

Check out the incredible looks below…