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nicola formichetti, the mind behind mugler, who is known for transforming relative unknowns into stars (rico, and to some degree lady gaga) has found his latest muse: nomi ruiz, a transgender singer from brooklyn.
in the latest mugler men’s campaign video, she can be spotted vamping on the bed in the bondage scene.
i first knew of nomi from her contributions to hercules & love affair’s debut album, which i loved and the only album i like of theirs really. helping to form the hercules & love affair, led to the formation of her current band, jessica 6. jessica 6 not only did part of the music for the above video, they also did the soundtrack for the show. formichetti also styled nomi for a spread in the forthcoming issue of v magazine
the highlight of yesterday’s versace men’s show at milan men’s fashion week actually had nothing to do with the men–it was donatella versace herself, taking a bow, in a versace x h&m dress.
this may come as a surprise, since she has previously stated in a 2008 new york magazine interview, that although she respects other big designers for collaborating with mass market chains to create an affordable line, that she wouldn’t do one herself, “because i work very hard to put the versace line in the luxury section. i think to put the versace line in h&m would confuse the brand.” perhaps, to avoid the confusion, it’s being billed as “the iconic collection” rather than a diffusion line. this will go nicely with the deal versace struck with lady gaga, winner of the cfda’s 2011 fashion icon, to wear only versace in the next several months.
when asked about the collaboration, donatella said, “I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience. The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere.”
“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says margareta van den bosch, creative advisor at h&m.
donatella will raid the archives of the fashion house that was originally started by her brother gianni in 1978 and reinterpret the designs for today.
the collection will roll out first on november 17th (in 300 stores & online) with women’s (around 40 pieces), men’s (around 20), and home collections. followed by a pre-spring collection on january 19th exclusively in countries with h&m online sales (austria, denmark, finland, germany, holland, norway, sweden, and the uk).
per the h&m press release: “The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the [awards] season, featuring studded leather, silk and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspread.”
i’ve always felt a personal connection to japan and the japanese culture as i’ve long been interested in it, studied there when i was in college, and visited around this time last year.
with the powerful 8.9 earthquake (and many more aftershocks), ensuing tsunami, and nuclear meltdown worries i can’t imagine the hardship the japanese are facing right now.
the tragedy hits a little close to home as ibaraki prefecture, where i studied, was one of the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. i still have friends who live there–one of them in tochigi and went for over 12 hours without electricity, but is thankfully fine otherwise. one of the girls i studied abroad with flew into sendai airport the day of the earthquake and tsunami and became one of the missing americans. her story’s pretty amazing, and even more so for me since i know her. she has been teaching english in japan for the past several years and recently came home permanently but she flew back that fateful day to see her students graduate in march. you can imagine the anguish her family experienced after what happened, only knowing that their daughter was “staying with friends”. her sister tweeted to nbc’s “the today show’s” ann curry for help and boy, did she respond! ann curry flew out to japan and successfully located her. i can’t figure out how to embed the video in my post, but for those who are curious to hear the touching story play out, please see the clip on msnbc.
there has been an outpouring of care and aid and i’ve noticed that there has been an increasing trend of designers who want to utilize their talents to help the relief organizations. i think this is awesome and can be great for those who wouldn’t donate otherwise, or even for those who would like a physical token to remind them of the devastation that happened (and is still happening). not only does it help these good causes, but it also supports design talent.
i’ve included a lot of the ones i thought were well-designed, but there are many more. if you’re interested in purchasing or just learning more, click the image to be redirected:
so as you can see, there are a lot of options out there. for even more, check out design for japan.
and for those of you near l.a., takami sushi & robata is currently donation 100% of their profits to japan earthquake and tsunami victims. the restaurant hasn’t set a specific end date so you may want to inquire when you book reservations or while you’re there. there seems to be a yelp group organizing a dinner event there on march 31st. i recommend the chilean sea bass.
these are the ones that i’m personally considering: a paperback zine with contributors such as peter taville, alexa chung, and tavi; a 100% cotton oversized t-shirt; and a vintage lucite necklace.
as i’ve been scouring the web, i came across one designer who was flamed for the art print he created. he was accused of trying to gain recognition and profiting off of the disaster. while the consumer may not know if any of the money used to purchase these goods are actually going towards the causes the merchants claims they are, i think we should give them the benefit of the doubt. and i think it’s too much to expect that 100% of the sales price go toward the relief organizations (it’s usually just 100% of the profit/proceeds). most of these are small shops/artists who can’t afford to spend so much time to create these products at a cost to themselves.