London Fashion Week Men
London Fashion Week Men
First, Rizzoli handed us a literary Donatella Versace moment when they published Versace, the book Donatella cowrote with Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, with contributions from Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy. Next, Donatella has been on a promotional book tour consisting of stops in New York, Milan and London, where she recently attended the British Fashion Awards.
Finally, helping us to get our Versace fix is M2M, which is making the 2010 behind-the-scenes documentary available for streaming. See information on the Versace book and documentary, see below.
Written by Donatella Versace, Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, Contribution by Tim Blanks and Ingrid Sischy
About This Book
A long-awaited and highly intimate visual history of Versace, the glamorous and globally renowned Italian fashion house. Versace—a name that epitomizes Italian opulence, bold sexiness, and a flair for the extravagant—holds its place firmly in the fashion world as a legendary and iconic luxury brand. Taking over the creative artistic direction of the family-run fashion house in 1997, the enigmatic and alluring Donatella Versace has since catapulted the brand into popular culture, cementing Versace as a go-to label for A-list celebrities. This richly illustrated tome chronicles Donatella’s interpretation of Versace in the twenty-first century and her remarkable work as the curator and face of Versace. Versace includes exclusive contemporary and archival imagery from runway and backstage shots to intimate scenes at the Versace atelier, with accompanying original essays penned by fashion’s most authoritative voices. Featuring arresting photography by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Steven Meisel, among many others; images of Versace fashions modeled by the original “supers,” such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista; and red-carpet coverage of Hollywood’s elite wearing dazzling Versace couture, this glittering volume delivers the magnetic vibrancy, supreme luxury, and glamour quotient that define Versace.
About the Author
Donatella Versace is the artistic director and vice president of Gianni Versace SpA. Maria Luisa Frisa is a professor at IUAV University of Venice, respected critic, and fashion curator. Stefano Tonchi is the editor-in-chief of W magazine. Tim Blanks is the editor-at-large for the Business of Fashion. Ingrid Sischy was a revered writer, critic, and international editor for Vanity Fair and Vogue.
Bjork Digital is at Somerset House in London, where we spent a few Labor Day hours taking in a number of the singer’s virtual reality films, musical instruments, and the Biophilia music app. The exhibit features the film Black Lake, as well as Stonemilker, Mouthmantra and Notget, which are set out in a number of rooms in which we’re asked to sit on revolving stools, strap on the vr gear and immerse ourselves in Bjork’s music and collaborative visuals.
Bjork is an artist who often requires designated time to appreciate and digest. I appreciated such an opportunity provided by the digital exhibit. Her vision is rich, and incongruent with most of what is happening in pop culture. To have a few hours to engage with Bjork’s creativity was refreshing yet challenging.
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Sunday: Next up for us was Dolce & Gabbana’s “Italian Journey,” which featured their conversation with Alexandra Shulman. There’s no denying the depth of Stefano and Domenico’s vision, and their unwavering commitment to it. The question, though, remained: would their recent controversies overshadow the talk? The answer? No. By launching into a discussion on Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda, the conversation stayed on the work. Throughout the talk, Stefano and Domenico were witty, playful and opinionated.
Unsurprisingly, these two almost seemed like relics of another time. Stefano has pulled back somewhat from social media in recent years. Domenico revealed that he doesn’t have an email address (Did we hear that right?). They’re also resisting changes happening elsewhere in the industry. They won’t consider launching their collections simultaneously with their runway shows, as Burberry, Tom Ford and Vetements have recently chosen to do. Furthermore, Stefano and Domenico reject the idea of combining the men’s and women’s shows. “Men are men, and women are women,” pronounced Stefano, his finger waving in the air, even as Alexandra offered possible logistical solutions.