By their nature, fashion documentaries give us plenty of striking people and outfits to admire (or recoil at). This list covers a gamut of the fashion world: good, bad and beautiful–and often very funny.
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SundanceTV examines the world of sartorial knock offs in its fourth all new special hosted by ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, REVEALING: TRUE OR FAUX airing Wednesday, April 16th at 9 pm ET/PT. Through a compelling social experiment and in-depth interviews with industry insiders, Zee reveals the truth behind New York’s thriving fashion black market.
Sundance Channel continues its ongoing probe into the fashion industry and society’s obsession with celebrity in the third of four all-new specials hosted by ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, REVEALING: CELEBUTANTE airing Wednesday, February 5th at 9 pm ET/PT. Through compelling social experiments and in-depth interviews with industry insiders, Zee reveals the power of fame.
New York, NY – August 27, 2013 –Sundance Channel takes a fresh look at the fashion industry in four all-new specials featuring ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, beginning with REVEALING: EXTRAVAGANCE, airing Friday, September 20th at 10 pm ET/PT. In the first installment, Zee examines how an obsession with luxury has become an addiction for modern society. Through a compelling and in-depth investigation of a real life Bling Ring, a gang of high-end thieves (‘The Rainbow Girls’), insider interviews and consumer experiments, Zee uncovers what our fixation with luxury brands means.
Accessorized with commentary from a high-end list of fashion contributors including: model, actress and entrepreneur Iman; fashion designers Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez and Carolina Herrera; Editorial Director of nymag.com’s The Cut Stella Bugbee; models Kiara Kabukuru, China Machado and Andrej Pejic; historians David Eisenbach and Valerie Steele; psychologist April Benson; and luxury market expert Pamela Danziger, the first hour-long special stages three amusing yet revealing social experiments that place subjects at the mercy of luxury items and exposes their impact both physically and emotionally.
Recreating the world at the time of WWII in RESTLESS couldn’t have been done without the right character styling. Led by costume designer Charlotte Holdich, who knows a thing or two about pre-war fashion, the team tasked with dressing the cast brought the past to life.
When AVN’s Novelty Expo (ANE) comes to the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas on September 10 through 12, manufacturers and retailers of sex accessories will come together (probably in more ways than one — after all, this is Vegas and these are sex toys we’re talking about) to pick up new products. Hopefully ANE’s promotional copy is not a reflection of the quality and organization of the actual event weekend: “ANE brings together the latest & greatest items from a ride [sic] range of cutting end [sic] companies.” Joining the festivities at the Rio this particular weekend is the International Lingerie Show, so you get more bang for your buck (oh, the puns are irresistible!).
London-based photographer Sam Ashley’s The Skartorialist, a skateboard-centric street fashion blog, might remind you of something. Borrowing from (or satirizing?) Scott Schuman, a.k.a. The Sartorialist’s modus operandi of photographing his trendy and fashionably dressed subjects in their natural habitat on the streets straight on with his camera (here’s a recent example from London), Ashley instead focuses his lens on skateboarders. In the process — and perhaps this the biggest impact of Schuman’s and other street-style photographers’ work — he seems to elevate skateboarding clothing and style.
Bikinis have finally met their match: Matchbook.nu has cleverly juxtaposed swimsuits in online stores with book covers that match. Not intentionally. I especially like that each comparison includes the first line of the book. My favorite is the example above, featuring David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, which has been the Bane to this Batman. The first sentence of Infinite Jest?
I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies.
Now that is an opening line.
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One of Fashion’s Most Credible Voices Joins Forces With “Good Morning America”, “Extra”, “Revenge” And Celebrity Guests Mary J. Blige, Octavia Spencer, Mario Lopez and Zoe Kazan To Save Fashion Designers Whose Businesses Are Hanging By a Thread
Sundance Channel is taking fashion rescue coast-to-coast with the third season of the network’s ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE. Set to debut Monday, September 10 at 9:00pm et/pt, the critically-acclaimed docu-series starring the fashion powerhouse and ELLE Creative Director will, for the first time, expand its purview to include the LA fashion scene and LA-based designers who could truly benefit from Joe Zee’s fashion design master class.
Armored with a top-notch team of esteemed members of the media and celebrity guests including Grammy®-Award winning singer Mary J. Blige, Oscar®-winner Octavia Spencer, Designer Whitney Port and actress Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Zee will come to the rescue of fashion labels that are at the brink of success and on the edge of failure. The third season of the hit series will also feature new design challenges that will test the designers’ ability and temperament, as they are faced with the daunting task of turning out perfect results for ABC’s Good Morning America’s Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, Extra’s Mario Lopez and “Revenge” star Ashley Madekwe. If the final product meets with the approval of their A-list clientele, the winning designs will be worn by each celebrity on their respective show, which will bring even more national attention to the designer.
Model Anja Rubik’s new editorial endeavor just launched: 25 Magazine is a high-end fashion magazine, out biannually, that’s dedicated to the erotic perspective of women. In an interview with New York magazine, Rubik explained the sex concept:
For all you TRANSGENERATION fans out there: here’s a cool t-shirt design on Qwertee called USBgendered “for those of us who think beyond binary.” Like Qwertee the site (and “Qwertee” the name), this design perfectly combines t-shirts with geek love (i.e. the love of all things techie). Like any of their shirts, you can vote to get it printed in a limited edition for only $12 bucks a pop.
Not a techie, but still want to find out the latest on the green products front? No problem: we’ve expanded our weekly green tech finds into a broader array of products with a light footprint. This week: turn off the lights from work, and buy a bamboo toothbrush for yourself and someone else.
Tonight on PUSH GIRLS we learned more about Mia’s relationship with her mother while we celebrated Angela’s 10th anniversary of survival, and there was plenty of fun too, like Chelsie’s first pair of post-wheels heels. As Auti and Tiphany pointed out when they took her on a shopping trip, your first pair of heels after a major spinal cord injury is, as our Vice President would say, a BFD, because using a chair for mobility doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy.
this Simpsons-inspired shopping guide, The Bartorialist:
How does one get to Cannes, Marseilles, or Moncaco? By yacht, of course. For the vast majority of people, this is a lofty prospect. But for the select few with the means (private jet, Maserati, large boat), the appropriate fashion is paramount. Fortunately there are visionaries in the world that still cater to the one percent of beautiful people in need of haute couture resort wear. Visionaries like Karl Lagerfeld, who seems to be getting more and more boisterous as he enters the new decade (shredding his more austere front), and Thomas Maier—who is still a fan of the quiet approach. While all eyes are on the Cannes, let’s take a peek at some of the fashions that will be all the planet’s most glamorous beaches over the next few months.
The Cannes Film Festival is the doyenne of all film festivals. It has kept the attention of film industry and it’s supporters for sixty-five years and has no signs of slowing down. And with an abundance of red carpets opportunities, after parties, and the usual fare of celebrities reveling in the beauty of the Riviera, it’s a perfect photo opportunity for paparazzi and stars a like. Fortunately, there are plenty of smart tuxedos and evening dresses to go around. The feel in the air so far has been a return to Hollywood drama. Full-length gowns with delicate beading, and the occasional train, have graced premieres at Cannes since the late 1950′s. For men, beards and mustaches were de rigeur, as was combing back of the hair. A sort of wet look to accent the sharp lines of their suits, and the soft curves accented in their counterparts’ dresses. Of course there was plenty of cheeky behavior to be captured. But this is a family website …
THE AVENGERS became a bonafide hit after making over $200 million over the past weekend and in the process setting a record for the biggest opening before adjusting for inflation. That’s some serious “geek” spending power right there. I’m happy for director Joss Whedon and after the success of this film the (Skrull filled) sky is the limit for him. The pop culture impact this film is having can be seen across multiple sandboxes in the web as a point of reference ranging from The Economist to Botticelli. Or rather with apologies to Botticelli, Julian Totino Tedesco created the above Avengers-themed illustration inspired by the master painter’s “The Birth of Venus.” Tedesco’s painting was one of many by various artists commissioned by Marvel to create Avengers covers in the style of famous paintings and genres. If Seurat were alive today and an Avengers fanboy he might’ve painted something like this.
Camp darling Mae West was brilliant at declaring the obvious, peppered with a healthy amount of innuendo. But when she first declared “is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?” there wasn’t much room for interpretation. Recently, however, some rather patriotic clothing companies are catering to a burgeoning market of people that want to look less militant, and more everyday casual, as they carry a concealed weapon on the streets. Every culture has its subculture…cue covert fashion.
Well, another Coachella has come and gone. This year, we got two weekends of insanity and two weekends of unique fashion choices. The belles in the crowd and women performing in the festival embraced the carefree attitude of the hippie movement, mixed with 70’s nostalgia and a dash of desert rogue a la MAD MAX. Think high-waisted shorts paired with a cropped top—or a bandeau for the brave—and lace up boots that have seen a tour of duty in one desert or another. Of course sundresses still have their place in a woman’s weekend bag, all topped off with crafty headbands, oversized sunglasses, and a flower or two in the hair for good measure. Nothing says party like a West Coast party!
If the English know how to do one thing, it’s hop on a trend, and that is far from bad. With their rich history and culture to draw from, that they’ve become adept at juxtaposing the old with the ingénue to make something utterly new and exciting. There isn’t a better example of this than Mulberry. Under the inspired watch of Emma Hill, the company has elevated itself to become one of the most sought after accessory lines in fashion, using some of today’s emerging talents as inspiration. This season’s muse is none other than Video Games chanteuse, Lana Del Rey.
Trayvon Martin is all over the headlines these days. Brian Stelter wrote an interesting piece on perils of slacktivism (and founder’s syndrome). For me, however, one of the most poignant pieces of the Trayvon tragedy (and it is a tragedy) is the role of the hoodie.
photo “Mish & Colin” from the series Switcheroo by Sincerely Hana
“Sincerely Hana” is a self-taught photographer raised in Whistler and currently living in Vancouver, Canada. On her website, she’s got an ongoing project called Switcheroo: dual portraits of two people each — almost always one man and one woman — standing side by side.
The movie industry’s biggest night went off with a bang on Sunday. With the Academy Awards ceremony to start and rollicking after-parties going late into the night, Hollywood was at their best and worst. Check out the photos.
Oscars: Best/Worst Dressed photos
Joe Zee – Creative Director for ELLE – is not only one step ahead of the trends…he defines them. Now, Joe is using his style smarts and eye for detail to guide struggling fashion designers back on the road to success. With insider savvy, a positive spirit, and a double dose of tough love, Joe inspires these struggling designers to rekindle their creative fire before their line goes down in flames.