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Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 Fashion Film Features 10 Shameless Product Placements

Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 collection was captured on film in video lookbook of sorts by Kalvin Lazarte of Play Nice. Three models having fun, countless Marc Jacobs bags, shoes and clothes, a beautiful hotel and Seventies vibe, what more could you need, right? Well, apparently a lot of product placements.

Of course since the filming takes place at the James Hotel in New York, a clear shot of the hotel logo is acceptable and even somewhat expected. However, nine additional and quite obvious product placements bring us to a total of ten product placements in a three minutes time span. This Marc Jacobs lookbook pretty much paid for itself in the first few seconds with a nice, clear shot of an American Express card. Then came Apple, Dior, Taittinger, Fujifilm, Polaroid, Condé Nast, LG and various books.

The music in the video, by the way, is Ring Ring by Sleigh Bells who hopefully were paid very well.

Can you spot any more non Marc Jacobs products in this video?

Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 Fashion Film Features 10 Shameless Product Placements

Q&A With Michelle Ng – Creative Director Of Young&ng Jewelry

Michelle Ng Creative Director Of Young&ng Jewelry - Portrait 2011
Michelle Ng

Young&ng jewelry is the brainchild of designer Michelle Ng. Her second collection to date -Fall 2011- was inspired by the intricacy of the human body (blood cells, bones and muscles) and debuted to public, very appropriately I must say, at the BODIES Exhibition here in New York. Be it the little red Swarovski crystals resembling blood cells or metalwork mimicking the bone matrix, Young&ng headpieces and cuffs are definitely making a statement with each piece being a wearable art.

Having received a formal art training at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Michelle Ng walks the fine line between art and fashion, creating unique but accessible jewelry. With two beautiful Young&ng collections under her belt, to say we expect great things from her would be an understatement.

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Your new collection was inspired by the intricate inner workings of the human body, how did that inspiration come to you?

I am always finding inspiration in subjects that are still being discovered, or have been around for ever or are eternal. For Fall/Winter 2011, I was drawn to the “Gray’s Anatomy” Medical book. Beautiful book that holds all the wonder about the human body put together by humans. It was the drawings and intricate details of the insides of bodies from veins to blood cells to tiny tiny bones that are us.

Bones, blood, skeletal structures – these are quite edgy! Are you designing for a haute couture neo-goth girl or do you have someone entirely different in mind?

Hahah! I design for everybody. They say, if you are a true artist, you can design anything and anyone…so I guess that is my aim! My ideal girl is strong and ethereal and you can sense her philosophical intelligence. She doesn’t worry about age, she is timeless. She is a working girl, who works with passion and looks for art in everything … business, clothes, literature, food, life. She walks with purpose. I guess she can be either haute couture neo-goth girl or not haute couture neo-goth girl!

Who are your favorite womenswear designers? If you had to match a piece of Young&ng jewelry to a designer who would it be?

Hm. This is hard! Tom Ford. He has an amazing architectural background which he adapts oh-so-cleverly to clothes. His understanding of true form and art would coincide beautifully with my pieces. Alber Elbaz. He has the most amazing ability to adapt his clothing from female to male. He has achieved his work at that level of making human into desirable creatures. Nicholas Kirkwood. Pure sculpture. Pure beauty.

You said in the past you’d like to redefine the fine line between art and fashion and while edgy and unique, your jewelry remains very accessible and wearable. You don’t fall into the over-conceptualizing trap so many other designers trained in fine arts sometimes fall into. What advice would you give to a designer wanting to combine art with fashion?

Thank you. It is great you see that in my collection and brand. Thank you. Advice: Be open minded. It’s amazing what people comment and suggest whether its about art, the business, the image, the market. Take it all in and turn it into something they NEED and can touch and hold on to.

Any artists in particular you’re inspired by? Any favorites?

Louise Bourgeois. Her ability to remember and project her childhood and emotions into art is beyond words. So intelligent was this woman. She was a stable, emotional wreck. Duane Michals. Every time I view his photographs, I feel like he is behind me taking a photo of me looking at his work. I like escaping into this world. Joyce Campbell. She was my professor and tutor at University [of Auckland]. She pushed me to be more open minded by showing me she was. Her medium is different from mine but she never doubt I could achieve art and fashion. Plus her work is gorgeously stunning and every time I walk away breathless, asking the same question “How did she do that?”

This is your second collection and so far you’ve given us the most amazing cuffs, what are your plans for the future? Any special projects?

Again, thank you. Currently, yes, I am focusing on expanding onto more cuffs, rings, and of course, headpieces. I have a lot more to learn about being creative and the business. I would love to collaborate with amazing designers like Chanel, Lanvin or Rodarte for runway shows. However, I have always been lured by smells and love to dabble in the haunting science of chemistry, so perfumes are defiantly in the mixture of works. Perhaps this will come earlier than later?

Shop Young&ng jewelry, $330-$1,675, at Youngandng.com/store.

Q&A With Michelle Ng – Creative Director Of Young&ng Jewelry

Shao Yen Fall 2011 Collection Debuts Fur And Crystals

Shao Yen Fall 2011 Collection Lookbook

Sha Yen presented his Fall 2011 collection during London Fashion Week, showing his incredible development as a designer over the year. Last year’s Fall 2010 collection was highly conceptual – all white nylon fibers creating the illusion of fur got him noticed and featured in Dazed & Confused. Fall 2011 is much more versatile.

For his Fall 2011 collection, Shao Yen used wool, fur and crystal jewelry elements and left out the nylon yarns he’s been doing for the past two seasons, thus creating much more wearable and functional looks. Be it the saffron knit dress, the navy cropped sweater or the crystal jewelry vest, they are all pieces a girl would love to have in her wardrobe.

Shao-Yen Chen is a London based knits designer born in Taiwan. Although a fresh graduate of the Masters Program of Fashion at the prestigious school of Central Saint Martins, he already has internships at Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Claire Tough under his belt.

[Images courtesy of Shao Yen]

Shao Yen Fall 2011 Collection Debuts Fur And Crystals

Lacoste + Malandrino Spring 2011 Collection Means Serious Sporty Leisure Business

Lacoste + Malandrino Logo

Lacoste + Malandrino collaboration was announced last fall, just before Fashion’s Night Out and now the first collection is finally here. Due to reach Lacoste, Malandrino and saks.com stores in April, the collection gives Lacoste’s signature relax styles a touch of femininity. Here we will find sheer modified polo shirts, maxi skirts, harem pants and pleat minis.

Lacoste’s logo, the crocodile, got a makeover too. The all familiar crocodile got himself a yellow partner in crime. On each Lacoste + Malandrino piece, the logo is green and yellow crocodiles kissing. If only for that, it’s worth getting at least a polo shirt. But you’ll have your chance – the collaboration will run for three more seasons.

This was the first designer collaboration for Lacoste and while Steve Birkhold, Lacoste CEO, says they expect to concentrate solely on that for the time being, a new designer collaboration will be announced soon enough.

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[Images via WWD]

Lacoste + Malandrino Spring 2011 Collection Means Serious Sporty Leisure Business

Daria Stokous In Bergdorf Goodman Spring 2011 Lookbook

Bergdorf Goodman Spring 2011 Lookbook Nancy Gonzalez

Bergdorf Goodman’s new Spring 2011 lookbook was awash with white, featuring relaxed-cut looks by the likes of Ann Demeulemeester, Chloe, Alexander Wang, Rick Owens, The Row, Piazza Sempione, Stella McCartney and many more.

Kacper Kasprzyk photographed the model Daria Stokous with FRANKREPS’s Chiho Omae on the makeup.

[Images courtesy of FRANKREPS]

Daria Stokous In Bergdorf Goodman Spring 2011 Lookbook

Miu Miu Fall 2011: ‘It’ Cat-Eye Sunglasses, Oversize Clutches and Glitter

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Brown Tortois Cateye Sunglasses

While normally Miu Miu collections serve us with an over-the-top dose of young playfulness, this time Miu Miu Fall 2011 was all about vintage coquettish chic. One could consider vintage dressing as adult, remembering a mother’s style in the Fifties, but there was something very young and fresh about the collection. No dowdiness in sight.

Miu Miu Fall 2011 served us with familiar vintage hourglass-shaped dresses and coats, updated into the now with oversize elements like huge shoulders, outsize collars and fur stoles used as belts.

The best part of the collection were the accessories. The bags were all oversize gold frame clutches, made out of leather, suede or fur and those cat-eye sunglasses, cropped at the tip, will surely become an ‘It’ item in few months time.

Miuccia made sure we won’t get bored with the mute vintage color palette by adding glitter to the shoes and sunglasses of the last few looks.

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Brown Tortois Tall Cateye Sunglasses

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Blue Tortois Tall Cateye Sunglasses

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Brown Glitter Cateye Sunglasses

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Silver Glitter Cateye Sunglasses

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Green Suede Oversize Frame Clutch

Miu Miu Fall 2011 White Oversize Frame Clutch

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Black Oversize Frame Clutch

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Gold Glitter Shoes

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Tan Fur Oversize Frame Clutch

Miu Miu Fall 2011 Brown Fur Oversize Frame Clutch

Miu Miu Fall 2011: ‘It’ Cat-Eye Sunglasses, Oversize Clutches and Glitter

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Gives Us The Perfect Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 White Wedding Dress

Perhaps what started the rumor that Sarah Burton will be designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is the insiders’ prior knowledge that Burton will be sending wedding dresses as the final looks for Alexander McQueen Fall 2011.

In true McQueen spirit that Burton so skillfully continues, none of them were banal or traditional. Not quite white and highly textural, one dress was even harnessed with a black belt/necklace type contraption. Perhaps it was wishful thinking that caused those Kate Middleton rumors, as who wouldn’t want to see a future princess (pardon the monarchical term) walk down the isle in an edgy gown.

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Pale Grey Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Cream Wedding Dress

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Black Harness Wedding Dress

[Images via Vogue UK]

Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 Gives Us The Perfect Wedding Dress

United Nude Spring 2011 Shoes Bring Architecture To Your Feet

United Nude Spring 2011 Brown Abstract

I like United Nude shoes because their price point is very (really, very) reasonable for a high-quality, well-designed pair of shoes. Created by architect Rem D Koolhaas and shoemaker Galahad Clark, their designs can get too conceptual at times, but in their collections you can always find wearable shoes that will stand out in the crowd, day or night.

For Spring 2011, United Nude brings us a fresh batch of hits. Whether it’s the wood paneled Abstract wedge ($365) – an answer to Finsk I suppose, the more tame Block heel ($315) or the flat ($185) – featuring that same block detail, you can find a pair of shoes for any occasion, but with a twist.

United Nude Spring 2011 shoes, $185 to $365 at United Nude stores and select retailers. In New York, there’s a United Nude flagship store on Bond Street. Oak also always have a stock.

United Nude Spring 2011 Shoes Bring Architecture To Your Feet

Loeffler Randall Bridal Collection Shoes Nude Rowena

Jessie Randall, Loeffler Randall’s creative director and designer has been creating one-off wedding shoes for friends and customers as favors for years. This season she finally decided to make it official and created a special bridal collection, reworking the downtown appeal of styles from seasons past into becoming more wedding appropriate.

Randall’s bridal collection has something for every type of bride. From traditionally white stiletto booties ($625) to the more edgy metallic snakeskin ($595) and whimsical nude flats ($295). To be quite honest, you don’t have to be a bride to fall in love with the nude flats that have a great vintage vibe and spring potential to them.

Loeffler Randall Bridal Collection, $295 to $625 at loefflerrandall.com.

Loeffler Randall Bridal Collection Shoes White Paige

Loeffler Randall Bridal Collection Shoes Pink Metal Paige

Loeffler Randall Bridal Collection Shoes White Georgia

Loeffler Randall Bridal Collection Shoes White Rowena

Loeffler Randall Bridal Collection Launches Today

Anna Sui For TheOutnet V-Neck Feather Print Dress

TheOutnet, Net-A-Porter’s discount designer online boutique, scored quite the collaboration. Anna Sui designed a lower-priced collection for TheOutnet which is set to debut on the website this Thursday.

Anna Sui For TheOutnet collection consists of 15 styles of dresses, from star print tunics for day to demi hand-drawn floral print shifts for night. The wide range of dresses priced at the $193 to $253 range is not based on Sui’s signature collection so at not to compete with it but does convey the designer’s quirky style.

Anna Sui For TheOutnet Star Print Dress

Anna Sui For TheOutnet Floral Print Shift Dress

Anna Sui For TheOutnet Deep V-Neck Cupcake Print Dress

Anna Sui For TheOutnet Strappy Shift Dress

Anna Sui For TheOutnet Micro Floral Print Drop Waist Tunic

Anna Sui For TheOutnet Deep V-Neck LBD

Anna Sui For TheOutnet Broderie Anglais Shift LBD

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Anna Sui For TheOutnet Dress Collection To Debut This Thursday