Last week director Sofia Coppola was honoured with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award at the Women In Film’s 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards. For the event Sofia wore a black dress with a white peter-pan collar detail paired with clear heels and a Louis Vuitton clutch bag. Continue reading to view additional images of her look.
In the early 20th century, the desire to see clothing in motion flourished on both sides of the Atlantic: models tangoed, slithered, swaggered, and undulated before customers in couture houses and department stores. The Mechanical Smile traces the history of the earliest fashion shows in France and the United States from their origins in the 1880s to 1929, situating them in the context of modernism and the rationalization of the body. Fashion shows came into being concurrently with film, and this book explores the connections between fashion and early cinema, which arguably functioned as what Walter Benjamin called “new velocities”—forces that altered the rhythms of modern life.
Using significant new archival evidence, The Mechanical Smile shows how so-called “mannequin parades” employed the visual language of modernism to translate business and management methods into visual seduction. Caroline Evans, a leading fashion historian, argues for an expanded definition of modernism as both gestural and performative, drawing on literary and performance theory rather than relying on art and design history. The fashion show, Evans posits, is a singular nodal point where the disparate histories of commerce, modernism, gender, and the body converge. Available for Pre-Order on Amazon.com Now.
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Tom Ford recently released the Fall 2013 advertising campaigns for their Womenswear label and Eyewear collection. For the Womenswear advert models Soo Joo Park, Gemma Refoufi, Herieth Paul, and Zuzanna Bijoch, show-off Ford’s “Comic” themed dresses while Oli Tyler, Conrad Bromfield, and Juan Betancourt huddle up to represent the latest additions to Ford’s popular range of glasses. Both campaigns were photographed by the designer. Continue reading to view additional images.
Singer Taylor Swift attended the 2013 Fifi Awards in New York City yesterday. For the event Taylor chose to wear a white silk plissé halterneck gown with a sheer insert from Italian brand Emilio Pucci paired with jewellery by Lorraine Schwartz. Continue reading to view additional images.
Kate Middleton attended the christening of a new a Princess Cruises yacht at the Ocean Cruise Terminal in Southampton, England, earlier this week. For the event Kate wore a black and white dalmation printed shift dress paired with black heels and a black fastenator. Continue reading to view additional images of her look.