This project was SOOOOOO much fun to style for the 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago. I frequent this mall to hit great stores like Space 519, Bloomingdales, J. Crew and Galt Baby. Therefore, I was very excited to be able to create a body of work that will be used for many years around the mall and for their website. For this project, I exclusively pulled all the wardrobe, shoes and accessories from Bloomingdales, which is one of my favorite stores to shop for commercial wardrobe assignments since they have a great selection of designers and killer return policy. Since I knew this series would be published in black & white and on display for up to 10 years, I wanted everything to be timeless, elegant, full of great fabrics and textures. I loved what LA photographer, Fab Fernandez was able to capture.
NY Times Magazine fashion blog does a really great job covering NYC Spring 2012 Fashion Week. There are tons and tons of great posts of behind the scenes action and interviews. Here are some of my favorite moments I found while reading through it all.
L’ Wren Scott
J. Crew’s first fashion week appearance.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Courtney Rust Wardrobe and Prop Stylist, Chicago IL.
I’m pretty excited about this new series on PBS. Alexa Chung, recently new pop icon and trendsetter, has her hands in Madewell’s designs (new store owned by J.Crew, currently in NYC) and picked as Vogue’s most fashionable woman will be hosting the new show that would be up there in my top 5 dream jobs.
Taken from the NY Times article:
Scheduled to be broadcast on PBS next summer, “Thrift America” might introduce Ms. Chung to a larger segment of the nation. On the show, she and Maya Singer, the series creator and the editor of special projects for Style.com, will comb the country’s consignment shops, garage sales and flea markets for old clothing, furniture, music equipment and other potential treasures to use in various creative endeavors. A few of the places they plan to visit include Orlando, Detroit, Nashville, Alabama and Brooklyn (and, on a less populist note, fashion capitals like Paris and London as well). In the first episode, Ms. Chung helps Pamela Love, a gothic jewelry designer, create a pop-up shop in London during Fashion Week.
Think of it as “Antiques Roadshow” meets the foodie romp “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” Ms. Singer said viewers hoping to replicate Ms. Chung’s high-low style will see firsthand, “What does Alexa Chung pull out of the crap bin at the yard sale?”
More about Alexa. I love this:
ON a recent afternoon at the Bowery Hotel, over a burrata caprese salad, green beans and a Coke, the British television host, model and pop-culture phenomenon Alexa Chung was explaining her hair color, which often calls to mind a grown-out dye job. “I said ‘I want to look like Kurt Cobain,’ ” said Ms. Chung, 26. “I said, ‘I’m going to America and they’re going to try and make my hair shiny and I don’t want it. I want to look like Kurt Cobain.’ ”
“All of my beauty icons are men,” she said in her throaty alto. “It’s all about effortlessness. It’s all about looking underdone.”
Ms. Chung’s sartorial flair (when a dress didn’t arrive in the mail recently, she wore black shorts and a white button-down shirt to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards) has earned her a coterie of high-powered admirers. She’s a hipster muse for Karl Lagerfeld; a regular on the pages of fashion and music magazines; and an inspiration for young bloggers, who track her every look as if she were a deer in the crosshairs.
“She’s become the Kate Moss for this new generation,” said Jane Keltner de Valle, the fashion news director for Teen Vogue. There was a time when all the pretty young things wanted was, as Ms. Keltner de Valle put it, “Kate, Kate, Kate. And now they say ‘Alexa!’ ”
Now that we’ve formally dropped the Music from MTV and have officially said good night to music videos on television, mega mall store J. Crew has hit up the opportunity to take the old art form and turn it into marketing. This video for the band, The Rassle is pretty straight forward, but made me excited to think there’s a whole world of ideas that could jump from this.