Weekend Reading: September 28, 2018
Weekend Reading: September 28, 2018
- Words Grailed Team
- Date September 28, 2018
Weekend Reading is a weekly rundown of our favorite stories from around the web.
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Hedi Slimane’s First Celine Interview
A visionary, Slimane draws his creative strength from his passion for photography, fashion and the rock scene. It is a way for the former student of hypokhâgne (a two-year programme after secondary school graduation specialising in literature and humanities), who dreamt of being a journalist, to “document” the era, as he says, with skin-deep images and silhouettes. Now, for the first time, the secretive couturier opens up about his family, his affinities and social media, revealing an outstanding person who fascinates and triggers.
via: Business of Fashion
Rick Owens Is Still Out There
The palace doors flew open. It was him. It was Rick Owens, the American-born designer known to his fans as the Lord of Darkness. And he was dressed: like Rick Owens. Long black coat. Tall black boots. Long black hair. The slanting early-evening sun lit his face. I should mention it was uncommonly gorgeous in Paris that day. It was wintertime, but the day was a little telegram from spring. Light glinted off golden domes. Giant clouds were letting big shafts of light through. Owens put on his sunglasses and looked out at everything, as if Paris were a farm he was glad he'd been wise enough to purchase.
The Next Frontier for Hypebeast Culture Is...Natural Wine?
On a sleepy 5.5-acre vineyard in Quebec province, in two steel tanks named 'Fuck' and 'Trump,' a wine revolution is quietly fermenting. This is the domain of Pinard et Filles. It’s far from the rolling hills of Tuscany and the famed grapes of Burgundy, but the compact rows of vines tended to by Frédéric Simon are having an outsize impact on viticulture. In some ways, the wine is as political as the vineyard’s brewing equipment suggests. Unlike the vast majority of wine produced around the world, Pinard et Filles’s stuff is natural, almost completely unmolested on its way into the bottle. It is grown without pesticides. If the wine tastes off, it’s not rescued with additives and chemicals, like at conventional vineyard; Simon would rather sit on a few hundred bottles of sub-par juice than sell it. For the first two years, he didn’t even use a mechanized tractor on his vineyard. (Hand-tilling is not, however, a requirement of natural wine.)
via: GQ Style
The Continental Shock of the Kors-Versace Deal
It’s official: America has its first global luxury group. Michael Kors’s purchase of the Italian brand Versace for $2.1 billion vaults the company — to be renamed Capri Holdings, after the Italian island — into the ranks of fashion conglomerates, a rarefied world defined by Kering and LVMH Möet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Everyone is chattering about what the deal might or might not do for growth, for taking advantage of the Asian market, for back-room synergies and so forth. In his announcement on Tuesday, John D. Idol, chief executive of Kors, called it a 'milestone.'
via: The New York Times
Acid days: How Tie-Dye Fashion Went Mainstream
Justin Bieber wears it to church, Lady Amelia Windsor recently wore a Michael Kors version, and at last week’s New York fashion week it was given the high-fashion nod by Calvin Klein. Proof, if proof were needed, of the broad appeal of tie-dye, which is having a moment of mainstream acceptability.
via: The Guardian
The Secret to Gucci's Unsexy Appeal: Underwear
Folks, it’s been two days, and I’ve seen countless fashion shows and even more presentations, and I can’t stop thinking about one thing. Gucci underwear. At Monday night’s Gucci show, the grand maestro of kooky mishmash (and noted tiny pig enthusiast) Alessandro Michele showed a number of models wearing underwear instead of pants and suit trousers with embellished leather jockstraps layered over them.
Kim Jones Thinks It’s Time to Retire the Term “Streetwear”
Kim Jones is heralded as one of the world’s most prescient designers, having melded the worlds of eminently casual sportswear with high-end fashion in his time at Louis Vuitton. Now artistic director at Dior Men’s, his recent appointment demonstrates why it may finally be time to retire the term 'streetwear.' Every great label lives in the shadow of its founder. At Dior’s most recent menswear show, presented in the barracks of Paris’ horseback cavalry, la Garde républicaine, that fact is writ large. Kim Jones, the newly minted menswear artistic director of the fashion house, commissioned artist Brian Donnelly — better known as KAWS — to lend his street art stylings to Dior for the season. One of KAWS’ contributions is a 10-meter tall floral statue of the house’s founder, Christian Dior.
Kozaburo Akasaka, Fashion's Last Cowboy
Kozaburo Akasaka has stoically stuck to his guns, catering not to the whims of fashion trends, but to Kozaburo’s own desire to manifest his distinctive vision, a template refined since graduating from Parsons in 2016. His Fall/Winter 2018 collection, “Ghost Ranch,” blends Western tropes, like rodeo-ready denim, heavy boots, paisley patterns and trucker jackets, with unique influences sourced from Native American and Japanese culture. 'I miss the bravery of men’s outfits in the ’70s,' Kozaburo opines. 'Really strong men used to wear high-heeled boots in ’70s. I like men in boots.' Kozaburo is the epitome of the man whom he designs for; a lanky ex-rock ‘n roller with a chiseled jaw, he’s the perfect model for the brand’s Italian-made heeled boots & signature 3D boot-cut jeans. The jeans were inspired by 'Jim Morrison in action,' explains Kozaburo. A natural complement to the tall boots, the jeans also offer plenty of room for tucking in this season’s tunic-like shirt.
A Rare Interview with Comme des Garçons Designer Rei Kawakubo
I am not here to ask Rei Kawakubo about clothes, because she no longer makes them, though this hasn’t stopped her continuing to be probably the most important fashion designer in the world. Five years ago, her Not Making Clothes catwalk show for Comme des Garçons included a model dressed in a cage of black strips of fabric and a lurid pink teddy which half-hid the wearer behind a riot of frills. Nine seasons later, she is still staging a show at every Paris fashion week, helms a business with a turnover estimated at $280m a year, but she still insists she is not making clothes. In other words: Rei Kawakubo is as high concept as it gets.
via: The Guardian
Bill Nye's Guide to Saving the World
"A few months back, Stephanie LaCava sat down with Bill Nye at Fairway cafe on the Upper West Side. The beloved American television presenter is perhaps best known for the '90s series *Bill Nye the Science Guy and has since found new audiences with programming on Netflix and a documentary about his work. Next month, his book Everything All at Once will be released in paperback. Nye arrived by bicycle, and after sitting down, promptly ordered a bagel with cream cheese. He spoke about about family (Nye’s mother was recruited to help break codes during WWII); his work as CEO of The Planetary Society and, of course, climate change."*