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Jeremy Scott Picks Steven Meisel’s Muse to Front Moschino Fall ‘14 Campaign

by Jennifer McCullum

June 11th, 2014

Moschino Fall 2014 ad

Jeremy Scott’s first ad campaign for Moschino is a chic study in contrasts. The newly appointed creative director‘s pop culture inspired fall collection caught the attention of fashion editors and influencers almost immediately, following its runway debut. The fast food and junk culture collection was Scott’s tribute to the late Franco Moschino’s sartorial, tongue-and-cheek irreverence. His first advertorial campaign for the collection channels a similar nostalgia.

With Moschino’s glory days harkening back to the ‘80s and ‘90s, Scott selected the celebrated supermodel of that era, Linda Evangelista, to front the campaign. Shot by Steven Meisel, the campaign mutes the McDonald’s-esque cartoon colors of Scott’s fall looks and presents them in stylized black and white portraits. Instantly taking these items from camp to couture, Scott’s artistic direction continues the creative revival of the Italian fashion house.

Jennifer McCullum is a fashion writer, whose work has appeared in many publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, C Social Front, and San Francisco Magazine. She is also an instructor at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion in San Francisco.

Lincoln Center: Still NYC’s Most Fashionable Address?

by Jennifer McCullum
Jennifer McCullum is a contributing writer whose work has appeared in many publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, C Social Front, and San Francisco Magazine. She is also an instructor at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion in San Francisco.

February 12th, 2014
The runway at MBFW at Lincoln Center.  Photo courtesy of Getty Images

The runway at MBFW at Lincoln Center. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Zac Posen, Tracy Reese, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Michael Kors are just a few of the New York Fashion Week designers who will not be showing at Lincoln Center for the Fall 2014 fashion season, which kicked off last Thursday. Industry icons such as Calvin Klein, as well as relative newcomers such as Alexander Wang, have also moved their shows offsite this February.

Changes had been anticipated for the upcoming shows with IMG Fashion’s announcement that significant efforts have been made this season to re-instate a degree of exclusivity in the shows’ attendance. The scene, both inside and out, of Fashion Week has been subject to growing discontent among industry authorities, the chief complaint being that greater priority has been assigned to seating bloggers at shows over key fashion buyers. Catherine Bennett of IMG Fashion was quoted saying, “It was becoming a zoo. What used to be a platform for established designers to debut their collections to select media and buyers has developed into a cluttered, often cost-prohibitive and exhausting period for our industry to effectively do business.”

Restructuring of the guest lists and designer showcases aside, IMG is actually adding more venues, reducing the costs of existing ones, and installing larger areas backstage to conduct interviews, do business, and treat VIP guests. As always, NYFW will also provide channels for online media distribution for most of the shows, to ensure that those without formal invitations can still get fast access to images, post show.

Kate Moss Takes Top Honor at British Fashion Awards

by Jennifer McCullum
Jennifer McCullum has covered fashion and beauty for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, C Social Front, and San Francisco Magazine. She is currently the public relations and social media coordinator at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion in San Francisco.

December 18th, 2013
 Photo caption and credit:  Kate Moss at the 2013 British Fashion Awards in London. Photo courtesy Getty Images.


Photo caption and credit: Kate Moss at the 2013 British Fashion Awards in London. Photo courtesy Getty Images.

Earlier this month all eyes turned to London for the UK’s biggest style event outside of Fashion Week. For more than 30 years, the British Fashion Awards have celebrated those who have made significant contributions to the world of British design. Past award recipients have included designers Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano.

This year, Christopher Kane took home the coveted honor of “Designer of the Year,” but one of the evening’s highest accolades was given to supermodel, Kate Moss. The “Special Recognition Award” is a celebration of Moss’s 25-year career in the industry and her continued influence in fashion. The year 2013 was quite the year for the ‘90’s “It” girl, who singlehandedly launched that decade’s “heroin chic” aesthetic. In addition to joining British Vogue’s masthead as a contributing fashion editor, Moss, at 40 years old, landed the cover of Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue!

Working the BFA red carpet, Moss looked every bit the supermodel in a McQueen leather dress. The evening was capped off with presenter Marc Jacobs’s declaration: “While England might have two Kates; in my heart there is only one–the one, the only–Kate Moss.”

Mulberry Wonderland Launch in San Francisco

by Jennifer McCullum
Jennifer McCullum has covered fashion and beauty for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Boston Common, and San Francisco Magazine. She is currently the public relations and social media coordinator at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion in San Francisco.

November 21st, 2013

Last week, Grant Avenue was transformed into a secret garden for the launch of the Mulberry Wonderland gallery space, co-hosted by Harper’s Bazaar and Vanessa Getty, at the British brand’s Union Square store location.

Designed by Guild Studio, the third floor gallery space of the Mulberry store was curated to celebrate the British heritage of the Mulberry brand, complete with a vignette of high tea and an installation paying homage to the brand’s presence at London Fashion Week. Guests wandered through the topiary maze, instantly conveyed from downtown San Francisco to the pastoral beauty of the English countryside.

Fellow guests included Carl Barbato, president, Mulberry North America; Alexis Traina, Vandy Boudreau, Lindsay Bolton, Natasha Bradley, Jane Gruber, Jessica Moment, Sloan Barnett, and Stanlee Gatti, among others.

The Mulberry Wonderland will be open to the public, now until November 24.

Pictured: (Top) Sam Broekema, Executive Accessories Editor, Harper’s Bazaar (left); Vanessa Getty(in Mulberry); Carl Barbato; President, Mulberry North America. (Bottom) A scene from the Mulberry Wonderland gallery space, currently on display in the Grant Ave store.
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

Burberry News

by Jennifer McCullum
Jennifer McCullum has covered fashion and beauty for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Boston Common, and San Francisco Magazine. She is currently the public relations and social media coordinator at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion in San Francisco.

October 23rd, 2013

Burberry made major headlines last week with the dual announcement of the departure of the brand’s chief executive officer, Angela Ahrendts, and the appointment of long-time creative director Christopher Bailey, to follow in her role. Largely credited with reviving the iconic British brand into a symbol of modern luxury, Ahrendts’s new job will be heading up retail and e-commerce at Apple, with the hope of spearheading a similar reincarnation for the tech giant.

The promotion of Bailey to CEO has left the fashion world cautiously optimistic. At 42 years old, Bailey will be the first designer to take on the role of chief executive (not including Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani, who founded their companies.) Backed by 12 years in his role as chief creative officer for the brand, Bailey has been historically applauded for both his business sense and ability to give Burberry’s British Heritage a contemporary edge. From moving the brand’s runways from Milan Fashion Week back to the brand’s roots in London, to having a knack for finding and featuring the world’s next “it” girls for his campaigns, Bailey has continually demonstrated poise and perspective, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll do in his new assignment.

The Art Of Bulgari

by Jennifer McCullum

October 9th, 2013

Fashion

From the A-list attendees to the shimmering jewelry on display, the opening night of The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond was both gem- and star-studded. The de Young Museum was transformed into a glittering jewel box on September 18th for the opening of the first U.S. retrospective for the renowned house of haute joaillerie. The show focuses on the house’s jewelry designed during the decades of the 1950s through the 1980s, presenting approximately 150 show-stopping pieces, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives, including several pieces from the Elizabeth Taylor collection.

Movie stars past and present were represented at the elegant affair, co-hosted by Fine Arts Museum Board President Dede Wilsey, and FAM Director Colin Bailey. Guests included Hilary Swank and Kate Bosworth, who was adorned in the Italian jewelry house’s diamond-studded Serpenti watch, bracelet, and earrings, while Vanessa Getty had draped a striking, diamond-encrusted gold snake necklace around her neck–inspired by Bulgari’s Serpenti watch. Additional standout style-ites of the evening included model Maggie Rizer Mehran, Alexis Traina, Yurie Pascarella, Juliet de Baubigny, Deborah Minor, Mary Beth Shimmon, and Barbara Brookins Schneider–all of them bedecked to be-dazzle in Bulgari jewels.

Wilsey, as the evening’s hostess, quipped that the gorgeous pieces “sparkled like beautiful candy.” One might say that La Dolce Vita left us all with a serious sweet tooth!

Fashion writer Jennifer McCullum, formerly Jennifer Moor, recently married. She is the public relations and social media coordinator at Academy of Art University, School of Fashion.

Christian Lacroix Returns Schiaparelli to the Runway

by Jennifer Moor

July 17th, 2013

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Paris Haute Couture kicked off with the highly anticipated debut of Christian Lacroix’s capsule collection for the revived label of the late Elsa Schiaparelli (she died in 1973). The surrealist fashion designer had closed her label in 1954, and Lacroix’s tribute collection was meant to pay homage to the iconic Elsa, as well as herald the reopening of the House of Schiaparelli.

Channeling the designer’s signature aesthetic, models were sent down the runway wearing architectural garments in eye-popping color combinations, accessorized with dramatic hats. Lacroix showed his last haute couture collection in 2009, and his extravagant creations made him the perfect fit to celebrate the spirit of Schiaparelli.

The 15 looks remained on display at the Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris as part of the Fall/Winter 2013-14 Couture Week. While this collection is not intended for sale, the Schiaparelli label is planning to offer both ready-to-wear and haute couture collections, pending the selection of a new creative director. See some of our favorite looks below.

Photo courtesy of Francois Guillot / AFP/Getty Images

Fashion Notes: Warm Weather Must Haves

by Jennifer Moor
Jennifer has covered fashion and beauty for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Boston Common, and San Francisco Magazine. She is currently the public relations and social media coordinator at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion in San Francisco.

June 25th, 2013
Fendi Sunglasses

Fendi Sunglasses

Last week marked the official start of summer with the seasonal solstice gracing us with almost 15 hours of sunshine. Make sure you’re ready for the extra sunlight with these essential summer wardrobe accessories:

Brian Atwood Leopard Print Flats – Animal prints were seen still prowling the Spring 2013 runways and these Brian Atwood leopard-print, calf-hair flats offer a classically chic way for you walk on the wild side. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, $695 tinyurl.com/qxfn6j7

Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex Clutch – Lucite was the clear front-runner in on-point accessories this season. The “Pandora” clutch from Charlotte Olympia is the perfect size for your summer cocktail party essentials. Available at www.netaporter.com, $975 tinyurl.com/ojfd34z

Fendi Rounded Oversized Sunglasses – Channel your inner Brigitte Bardot with these sunglasses. Eyewear’s white hot trend gives any look a retro glam feel, and these gray gradient lens protect your baby blues, browns, or greens all summer long. Available at Bloomingdales, $295

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Fresh Sugar Petal Lip Treatment – This beauty balm blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar for a megadose of moisture in a shade of barely-there blush. Complete with SPF 15, this lip treatment promises you’ll be pouting pretty while protecting lips from damaging UV rays. Available at Sephora, $22.50 http://www.sephora.com/sugar-lip-treatment-spf-15-P57002?skuId=1448372

Fashion Takes Over the 2013 Inauguration Festivities

by Alexandra Thurmond
Alexandra Thurmond studied marketing and consumer culture at UC Berkeley. She is now the public relations and social media coordinator at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion, and also works as a freelance fashion writer and stylist.

January 28th, 2013

President Obama’s Second Inauguration took place earlier this week, and we found ourselves a bit distracted by the sartorial choices of the First Family and their high-profile
guests. We’ve selected a few of our favorite looks from the festivities.

Michelle Obama in Thomas Browne. Getty Images.

Michelle Obama in Thomas Browne. Getty Images.

At the Inauguration Ceremony, Michelle Obama arrived wearing a custom-made Thom Browne coat, that was actually inspired by a man’s tie from his Fall 2012 collection and was constructed using the same navy silk jacquard fabric. The expertly tailored coat was
accentuated with an embellished sash from J. Crew. The look was sophisticated and elegant without feeling stuffy, and perfectly complemented the President’s navy blue suit.

Beyoncé in Emilio Pucci, Christian Dior, and Lorraine Schwartz. Photo by Getty Images.

Beyoncé in Emilio Pucci, Christian Dior, and Lorraine Schwartz. Photo by Getty Images.

Another standout look seen at Monday morning’s Ceremony was worn by Beyoncé. The R&B singer, who was on hand to perform the National Anthem, wore a black, beaded full-length gown with velvet detailing by Emilio Pucci, accessorizing with a sparkly set of emerald earrings and matching cocktail ring from Lorraine Schwartz which added the perfect pop of color to the ensemble. She topped it all off with a black fur coat by Christian Dior.

Alicia Keys in Michael Kors. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters.

Alicia Keys in Michael Kors. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters.

Jennifer Hudson in a black gown. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters.

Jennifer Hudson in a black gown. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters.

At the Inaugural Ball, guests were treated to musical performances by both Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson. Keys donned a show stopping Michael Kors number–a form fitting red jersey gown embellished with rhinestones and featuring a large cut-out in the back. Hudson opted for a more understated look, wearing a curve hugging, sleeveless black gown and sky-high sparkly pumps.

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu. Photo by Getty Images.

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu. Photo by Getty Images.

And the First Lady stepped out in a ruby red halter number with red velvet embellishments from designer Jason Wu. Twice makes it a tradition, as she wore a custom Wu gown to President Obama’s first inaugural ball in 2009. The floor-length gown subtly accentuated
her fit physique, and the deep, rich red was the perfect color choice.

Ralph Rucci: Ascension

by Alexandra Thurmond
Alexandra Thurmond studied marketing and consumer culture at UC Berkeley. She is now the public relations and social media coordinator at the Academy of Art University School of Fashion, and also works as a freelance fashion writer and stylist.

January 21st, 2013
Witnessing The Ascension

Witnessing The Ascension

When you meet someone who is a truly creative, his or her talents are not limited to one medium. Look at fashion’s current darling, Hedi Slimane, for example. He began as one of the leading menswear designers and is now considered a women’s wear visionary, talented photographer, and art director extraordinaire.
Another such talented individual is the designer, Ralph Rucci, whose skills far exceed his handiwork with a needle and thread.

Rucci moved to New York at the age of 21 to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He later went on to train under such masters such as Halston and the renowned Balenciaga patternmakers. He debuted his line of luxury women’s wear, Chado Ralph Rucci, in 1994, and in 2002 he became the first American designer in more than 60 years to be invited to show in Paris by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. He is touted as a true perfectionist, as fashion critic Robin Givhan describes, “Rucci’s clothes… ooze luxury from 100 paces, yet they are not ostentatious. They look expensive because every
seam is perfect, every button exactly placed, every skirt has just the right lift.” His constructions are truly wearable art.

What many may not know is that Rucci is also a skilled fine artist – a painter. He often based the textiles for his collections on his own paintings and prints, drawing inspiration from classic artists, as well as contemporary masters. His work exhibits both expressionist and minimalist tendencies from the post-modern era, and often includes references to Asian culture.

His latest series of works, titled Ralph Rucci: Ascension, are currently on exhibit at the Serge Sorokko Gallery until January 18th, 2013. The 30-piece collection features mixed-media paintings completed in 2011 and 2012, and offer a rare glimpse into the mind of the celebrated artist. The exhibit is definitely a must-see for any fan of fashion.

Serge Sorokko Gallery – 55 Geary Street, San Francisco – (415) 421-7770



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