Courtney Love for Saint Laurent Paris.
Photo: Hedi Slimane/Dazed Digital
As far as fashion rock stars are concerned, Hedi Slimane is the top of the heap, so it's only natural that he would enlist the help of some actual rock stars for his latest Saint Laurent Paris portrait series. We already shared the first glorious image, of Marilyn Manson, with you last week, and now we have not one but THREE more images from the campaign for you to feast your eyes upon. Slimane recruited Courtney Love, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Pink to style themselves in looks from past and present collections, and the results are austere, brooding portraits that function almost as a branded extension of Slimane's ongoing Rock Diary project. Initially we thought this was Slimane's latest SLP campaign, but further info courtesy of Dazed has revealed that like with all of his endeavors the boundary pushing designer-slash-photographer isn't doing anything the traditional way.
Bleached performing "Think Of You" at the Chloë Sevigny For Opening Ceremony Autumn/Winter 2013 Presentation.
The last time I was at St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery, it was to see some of the most legendary poets of the last century read the work of the late New York School poet Ted Berrigan. From Alice Notley to Jim Carroll (you may remember Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Carroll in The Basketball Diaries), some of the greatest New York Poets of the last 50 years were there. What I'm trying to say is, St. Mark's Church has some serious history, which is why the fact that Chloë Sevigny chose to have her Opening Ceremony autumn/winter 2013 presentation there today is so significant. One of the city's most famous children, Chloë Sevigny is an East Village girl to the last, and choosing to have her presentation on the same hallowed ground where Patti Smith first performed is a statement that she understands and is contributing to her city's history. That she also cast her presentation with some of the most influential female musicians alive today also speaks to her desire to do something unlike the usual runway show + live band scenario that we're used to seeing at New York Fashion Week. Kim Gordon, playing with DNA's Ikue Mori, played alongside newcomers Bleached, an all-girl California valley girl surf rock band; Lizzi Bougatsos' I.U.D., a two-girl drum project; Lissy Trullie's band, Thinner; and Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess playing with Rafael Radna. When i first heard about this musicians-as-models-as-performers concept, I was really excited to see how Sevigny was planning to pull it off, and I was not expecting what she came up with. The bands were arranged around the church on five stages, and played in a round robin style in the shape of a pentagram, at least according to Bleached lead singer and guitarist Jennifer Clavin, who we chatted with after the presentation. The theme of rebellion permeated the collection in both nuanced and overt ways, the most obvious of marker of which were the signs that two models on each of the stages were holding up. Clavin explained that each band had been given the signs the day before and were asked to decorate them. The result was a mixture of band names, song titles, and obscene non sequiturs encircling the room, lending the whole undertaking a slightly bent vibe. The collection, on the other hand, is straight forward and wearable, with 60's and 70's silhouettes that looked right at home on the go-go dancing models in the middle of the room, but would also look completely right on a regular, albeit fashionable, girl walking down and East Village street.
Chloe Sevigny, Kim Gordon and Lissy Trullie.
MTV may have changed since its early days, but we're always looking out for the music. Here at MTV Style, we're continually looking for the places where music and fashion come together, and, lucky for us, it happens fairly often. One of the brands we can always count on to make the connection is Opening Ceremony, and this New York Fashion Week, designer Chloe Sevigny is upping the brand's usual music and fashion game even further than before by casting musicians in her Autumn Winter 2013 presentation. Taking place this Saturday, the clothes will be worn by the punk legends Kim Gordon and Ikue Mori, singer Lissy Trullie, Lizzi Bougatsos of I.U.D. and Gang Gang Dance, Bleached, and Light Asylum's Shannon Funchness. It's basically all of the coolest downtown ladies getting together and trying on clothes. But wait, that's not all. This isn't just a musicians-as-models scenario: the presentation will also feature performances from each of the artists, at least according to Women's Wear Daily.
Designer, musician, and muse Kim Gordon sitting front row at Rodarte.
We've all been there: you're over at your most fashionable friend's house, just hanging out, and all of a sudden she says, "hey, I have all these clothes I need to give away, do you want to look through them?" Out come the garbage bags, or the hangers, or the boxes, and onto the bed go all the clothes you've been coveting when you've seen her wearing, ripe for your greedy little hands to pick. We know we've gotten some of our favorite items this way, not to mention by scouring the racks at our favorite vintage and thrift shops, from the carefully curated to the downright dirty. Well now imagine if that fashionable friend was actually one of your all time greatest fashion idols. Imagine if that friend was Kim Gordon, music icon as a member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon as a front row fixture at Rodarte and Marc Jacobs' shows at New York Fashion Week, and perhaps most importantly, fashion designer. Kim was a founder of the legendary clothing line X-Girl, and went on to collaborate with Urban Outfitters, Surface To Air, and others on lines. She is also a fashion maven, and we've always longed to be able to take a peek into her closet. Thanks to Oakland, California vintage retailer Mercy Vintage we get to do way more than that--not only can we take a peek into Kim's closet, but we can take home what we love, too. (Don't worry, the collection will be available online.) The sale starts on September 1, but, thanks to our friends at Refinery29, we have some insider info for you right now!
Kim Gordon in September 2010.
Photo: Getty Images
You may know Kim Gordon as the badass bassist behind Sonic Youth, but a lot of younger gals prooabbbly don't know that she was the QUEEN of cool girl fashion in the '90s. She created the New York alternachick clothing line X-Girl (which now is based exclusively out of Japan), and in 2008 she launched Mirror/Dash, a Françoise Hardy-inspired collection designed exclusively for Urban Outfitters. This week she announced yet ANOTHER designer collab (!!!)—this time with French clothing company Surface to Air. Kim told The New York Times' T Style blog she created 12-piece capsule collection filled with mix-and-match basics. She wanted all her pieces to be able to fit into the overhead compartment of a bus during long tours. “You can’t pack that much for the road, and I’ve always liked the idea of not dressing up for a performance,” she told T Style blog. The line will feature everything from neon orange pants to snakeskin boots to graphic tees, but Kim said her favorite piece from the collection is a silk dress with a digital shattered-glass print with slits down the sides. “It’s a little narrow and sexy, but you can move your arms around, do what you need to do. Girls are going to like that."