Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Matrix

Andy and Larry Wachowski’s « The Matrix » influenced the knitted pieces of the Rory Longdon Graduate Fashion Show, presented on June 8, 2011.

Other « The Matrix »-style collections or items : Alexander Wang Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the leather coats evoked « The Matrix »), Belstaff Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« The Matrix »-y leather jacket), Costume National Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« The Matrix »-esque coats), Costume National Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the atmosphere of this collection, named « New Wave – No Wave – Dark Wave », was sometimes reminiscent of « The Matrix »), Dsquared² Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (« The Matrix »-esque black dresses), Elie Tahari Resort 2011 (« The Matrix »-y handquilted jackets), Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Menswear (the Alain Mikli-designed glasses looked like something out of « The Matrix »), Jean-Pierre Braganza Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (« The Matrix »-style knits), Jil Sander by Raf Simons Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Menswear (« The Matrix »-style belted coats), L’Wren Scott (some L’Wren Scott-designed pieces are inspired by « The Matrix »), Véronique Leroy Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (« The Matrix»-style shearling), Versace Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 Menswear (the glasses and the leather pieces echoed « The Matrix »), Vivienne Tam Autumn/Winter 2001-2002 (« The Matrix » was evoked in this collection named « East West Techno Fantasy »).

Furthermore, in 2003, Ozwald Boateng was commissioned to dress all « The Matrix Reloaded »’s male actors for all the premieres of the Andy and Larry Wachowski-directed movie.

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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Cinema


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Campbell’s Soup

The Campbell’s Soup cans inspired one silk organza dress (painted by Eliakim) in the « Homage to Andy Warhol » finale of the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 1984 Show.

Other Campbell’s Soup-inspired items : Andy Warhol (Andy Warhol printed a « Campbell’s Soup Can » motif on a cotton T-shirt, for an exhibition at Colorado State University, in 1980, and produced T-shirts with silkscreened « Campbell’s Soup Can » motifs, which are archived at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and which are photographed on page 13 of « The Warhol Look : Glamour, Style, Fashion » catalogue, published by The Andy Warhol Museum and Bulfinch Press, Little Brown and Company, in 1998, to coincide with the eponymous exhibition, presented at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, from November 8, 1997 until January 18, 1998, and Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, from August 4 until October 3, 1999 ; furthermore, an anonymous paper and cellulose dress with a « Campbell’s Soup can » motif, named « The Souper Dress », made circa 1968, is also archived at Andy Warhol Museum, and photographed on page 6 of the same catalogue).

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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Food


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Stephen Sprouse

Stephen Sprouse’s artworks inspired the « Graffiti » motif that he revisited for the Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2001 Show (the Stephen Sprouse-designed « Rose » motif, which also appeared in this collection, on a silk skirt, was the 1st ever collaboration between Marc Jacobs and an artist, and was reinterpreted, in 2009, on Louis Vuitton’s « Monogram Rose » bags).

Other Stephen Sprouse-influenced collections and items or Stephen Sprouse’s collaborations : Diesel (in 2003, Stephen Sprouse redecorated Diesel’s store, on Union Square, for New York Fashion Week, and designed an exclusive range for Diesel, featuring hats, jeans and T-shirts), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (Marc Jacobs paid tribute to Stephen Sprouse with pieces that revisited the Stephen Sprouse-designed red and black leopard print), Louis Vuitton X Stephen Sprouse (this line, launched on January 9, 2009, reinterpreted the « Graffiti » motif that Stephen Sprouse had revisited for Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2001 collection, and featured, among other items, graffiti-tagged bags, Bikinis, and jeans with DayGlo details ; for its launch, Louis Vuitton made a donation to the National Academy of Design-Stephen Sprouse Scholarship Fund, and, on December 15, 2008, unveiled the WeLoveSprouse site, dedicated to the artist / designer), Louis Vuitton by Julie de Libran Resort 2010 (this collection featured a scarf, made with different Louis Vuitton’s prints, including a Stephen Sprouse-designed pattern), Miss Sixty Spring/Summer 2008 (Stephen Sprouse-like prints on leggings), Wink Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 (this collection was an homage to Stephen Sprouse).

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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Art


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Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry was one of the cool New York City girls who inspired the Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2011 Show.

Other Debbie Harry or Blondie-inspired collections or items : Asos Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (« Blondie » necklace), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Spring/Summer 2004 (the soundtrack of this show featured several Blondie’s tracks), Chaser LA Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (T-shirt with a « Debbie Harry » motif), Christophe Lemaire (Christophe Lemaire’s multiple musical inspirations include Debbie Harry), Converse Spring/Summer 2010 (« All*Star » sneakers, dedicated to Blondie, in collaboration with Debbie Harry), Costume National Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (to create the makeup of this collection, Sally Branka did a black and white version of Debbie Harry’s), Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2011 (for the makeup and the hairstyle of this collection, Val Garland for M.A.C and Orlando Pita for L’Oréal Pro took inspiration from old pictures of Debbie Harry), Hilfiger Denim Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« Blondie » T-shirt), House of Gods Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (minidress with a « Blondie » motif), Jimmy Choo Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (Debbie Harry-inspired collection), Junk Food Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (dress with a « Blondie » print), Louise Gray Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (this collection, named « I’ll Take It », was partly inspired by Debbie Harry), Louis Vuitton by Camille Miceli Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« Heart of Glass » necklace, after Blondie’s eponymous song), Luella Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 (collection inspired in part by Blondie), M.A.C (on October 13, 2006, Debbie Harry joined M.A.C’s « Viva Glam » campaign, to support the M.A.C AIDS fund), Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2007(T-shirt with a « Debbie Harry » print), NARS X Andy Warhol (this makeup collection, launched on October 1, 2012, features a « Debbie Harry » eye-and-cheek palette), Ruffian Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (slightly based on Debbie Harry), Tatiana Katinova (this collection, presented in June 2005, at Ravensbourne’s Graduate Fashion Week, was partly inspired by Blondie), 3.1 Phillip Lim Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (the hair, by Odile Gilbert, and the makeup, by Lisa Butler, of this collection referenced Debbie Harry), Tommy Hilfiger (gray hooded sweatshirt, inspired by Debbie Harry, in the « Icon » capsule collection, which featured 25 items influenced by American icons, launched for Autumn/Winter 2010-2011, to celebrate Tommy Hilfiger’s 25th anniversary), Wheels & Dollbaby (Debbie Harry starred in Wheels & Dollbaby’s Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 campaign), Whitley Kros Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (this collection evoked Debbie Harry’s style), William Rast Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (to codesign this collection, Justin Timberlake thought about sexy tomboys such as Debbie Harry), Zac Posen for Target Go International (this line, launched on April 25, 2006, was partly inspired by Debbie Harry).

Moreover, Debbie Harry was the muse of Stephen Sprouse, who created her dress for Blondie’s « Heart of Glass » video, in 1978, and designed the cover of her « Rockbird » album, in 1986 ; Debbie Harry’s style was spotlighted in the August 2009 issue of « InStyle » (in Natasha Wolff’s « Having a Moment Debbie Harry » shopping selection, on page 53), in the August 2009 issue of « Vogue Paris » (in the « Call me ! » shopping selection, photographed by Victor Demarchelier and styled by Mélanie Huynh, from page 53 to page 60), and in the September 2009 issue of « Vogue Paris » (in the « Blondie » portfolio, shot by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Jane How, from page 346 to page 357).

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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Music


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Hawaii inspired some prints in the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear Show.

Other Hawaii-inspired collections : Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2012 (capsule collection of swimwear items with monochrome Hawaiian motifs), D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2005 (collection inspired by Elvis Presley in Norman Taurog’s « Blue Hawaii »), D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear (Hawaiian-printed shirts), Derek Lam Spring/Summer 2006 (influenced by John Severson’s Hawaii surf pictures), Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2005 Menswear (hibiscus-and-palm embroideries on jeans), Gant by Michael Bastian Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear (in part), Hermès by Christophe Lemaire Spring/Summer 2013 (Hawaiian prints for some items), Isabel Marant Spring/Summer 2013 (partly inspired by Elvis Presley’s pictures in Hawaii), Kenzo by Antonio Marras Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear (Hawaiian-printed shirts), Les Petites Spring/Summer 2012 (Hawaiian silk dress, with hibiscus motifs), Louis Vuitton by Paul Helbers Spring/Summer 2007 Menswear (the theme of this collection was « Hawaii meets Victorian England »), Maarten Van Der Horst for Topshop Spring/Summer 2012 (pieces covered with Maarten Van Der Horst’s signature Hawaiian motifs), Markus Lupfer Spring/Summer 2012, Moschino Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear (hibiscus motifs inspired by Elvis Presley’s « Blue Hawaii » era), Paul & Joe® Spring/Summer 2013 (Sophie Albou said that the theme of this collection was the mix of city outfits with Hawaiian pieces), Pollini Spring/Summer 2007 (« Hawaii » gold and silver brocade), Sergio Rossi by Francesco Russo Spring/Summer 2012 (partly), Stella McCartney Resort 2012 (Hawaiian motifs), Timo Weiland Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear (the theme of this collection was « Jean-Michel Basquiat goes surfing in Hawaii »).

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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in Places


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Chocolate inspired dresses for the 2011 Chocolate Fashion Show of Paris’ Salon du Chocolat.

Some chocolaty collaborations or inspirations : Alexis Mabille (for Christmas 2009, Alexis Mabille created for Angelina a Yule log surrounded by milk chocolate, and decorated with a silver chocolate bow tie), Anne Valérie Hash (for Christmas 2009, Anne Valérie Hash created a dark chocolate cake, sprayed with gold powder, for Monoprix), Anya Hindmarch (from April 9 to 11, 2009, the Anya Hindmarch stores organized the « Anya’s Easter Egg-stravaganza », which gave customers the opportunity to crack open chocolate eggs to win gifts), Boucheron (for Spring/Summer 2008, to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Boucheron designed a « snake » chocolate necklace, ornated with a 20-carat heart-shaped diamond, in collaboration with the Maison du Chocolat), BVLGARI (in November 2007, BVLGARI opened the Il Cioccolato store, which unveiled chocolate made by Miura Naoki, presented in ring cases, on Tokyo’s Omotesando), Dior (in 2007, a chocolate cake, after a recipe by Christian Dior, was part of the dinner that took place in the Bô Zin restaurant, for Marrakech International Film Festival), Estée Lauder (for Autumn 2008, Estée Lauder launched the « Chocolate Decadence » makeup line, inspired by the pastries of the Sabarsky coffee shop, in New York’s Neue Galerie), Giorgio Armani (in 2008, Giorgio Armani unveiled a line of Easter chocolate eggs, and in July 2010, the Armani Group signed a license with Venchi to launch the Armani / Dolci range, which included chocolates), Givenchy (for Autumn 2006, Givenchy launched the « Chocolate Delight / Délice de Chocolat » makeup line, imagined by Nicolas Degennes, after Pierre Hermé’s desserts, and, for Christmas 2008, Hubert de Givenchy designed a chocolate Yule log, covered with golden powder, for Lenôtre), Gucci (for Autumn 2004, double « G »-emblazoned chocolates, made by chef Ernst Knam, were available at the then-new Gucci café, in the Gucci store, in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II), Henry Holland (in March 2008, Henry Holland designed an unique chocolate Easter egg for Thorntons, which was auctioned off on eBay to profit children’s charity Barnardo’s), Issey Miyake (the 1st exhibition organized in Issey Miyake’s 21_21 Design Sight Center, inaugurated in 2007, in Minato, Tokyo, was dedicated to chocolate), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (for Christmas 2005, as part of his « Royal Christmas » for the Galeries Lafayette, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac designed chocolate-flavored marshmallow bears for Lafayette Gourmet), Jean Paul Gaultier (in the ’90s, Jean Paul Gaultier starred in a TV campaign for M&M’s®), Karl Lagerfeld (for Christmas 2007, Karl Lagerfeld designed a Yule log, presented in a chocolate-and-mirror box, for Lenôtre), Lanvin (in November 2011, to celebrate the launch of the childrenswear Lanvin Petite collection, Lanvin organized a competition asking little girls to invent the best recipe of chocolate cake ; the winning recipe was selected and made by the Ritz Escoffier School’s chef), Le Vian Chocolatier® Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this jewelry collection included the « Chocolate Diamonds® » line), Lolita Lempicka (for Christmas 2008, Lolita Lempicka designed the organic range « Lolita Lempicka’s Delights / Les Gourmandises de Lolita Lempicka », which featured chocolate bars and chocolate spread, for Bonneterre), Maison Martin Margiela Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (the invitation card for this show was a chocolate bar), Manolo Blahnik (on September 8, 2010, for « British Vogue »’s Fashion’s Night Out, Liberty of London hosted the « World of Manolo » pop-up store, where delights, including chocolates, were named after the shoe designer’s creations), Marni by Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni by Consuelo Castiglioni created chocolate macaroons for Ladurée, that were launched on December 1, 2009), Paco Rabanne (for Christmas 2006, Paco Rabanne conceived, with chef Laurent Delarbre, a geometric chocolate and coconut cake for Paris’ Café de la Paix), Sonia Rykiel (for Autumn/Winter 2005-2006, Sonia Rykiel decorated the packaging of 3 organic chocolate bars for Ladurée ; for the finale of the Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2006 Show, a T-shirt with a « Chocolate  / Le chocolat / » slogan followed a T-shirt with a « She loves / Elle aime » message ; furthermore, Sonia Rykiel is a member of the Chocolate Appreciation Society / Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat), Thierry Mugler (Rosemary Rodriguez for Thierry Mugler conceived the « Pop Fizz » mille-feuille, based on, among other delights, white chocolate, and available at Paris’ Café de la Paix, from May 16 until September 15, 2010).

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Food


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The Hunger Games

Gary Ross’ « The Hunger Games » was one of the inspirations of the Boy and Girl by Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Furthermore, to celebrate the release of Gary Ross’ « The Hunger Games », in March 2012, « InStyle » asked some designers to sketch their idea of Katniss’ « Firedress ».

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Cinema


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