Archive for November, 2009

Lady Gaga sets the trend for ARIA fashions

Heavy metal, not heavy rock ruled the 2009 ARIA awards red carpet as Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jessica Mauboy and Kate Ritchie competed for best dressed in heavily embellished outfits.

Following the excessive trend first born on the Paris catwalk and transplanted straight to Acer arena, best dressed ladies of the night like Mauboy and Bassingthwaighte wore heavily detailed outfits covered in gold studded details completed by highly reflective Fashion Accessories and towering heels.

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Heavy metal, not heavy rock ruled the 2009 ARIA awards red carpet fashion trends.


Their over the top glamour and attention-grabbing frocks would compete with the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna. The eccentric pop performer has created headlines this year for her outrageous outfits, but despite her critics, Lady Gaga has set the precedent for other artists to live up to. In the case of Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele and his wife they preferred to channel a new millennium bleached-blond David Bowie meets Barbarella. Like Lady Gaga, they pushed the boundaries of costume complete with white horse-hair covering their shoulders that would top the Worst Dressed list purely for being so politically incorrect.

The Arias were split between heavily styled celebrity frocks and artists making a statement. As was the case for Claire Bowditch who opted for a dress constructed with recycled plastics. “This dress is about sustainability and fashion and it’s carbon neutral,” Bowditch told AAP. She made the Worst Dressed list as much for the excessive Fashion Jewelry she wore with the environmentally friendly outfit conjured up by designers Kim Kneipp and Zoe Stuart.

Who rules the red carpet is often more competitive than industry awards themselves with both the Logie Awards and Academy Awards generating higher ratings for their red carpet coverage than the actual ceremonies. No one understands this better than Bassingthwaighte who wore head to toe Sass & Bide that was covered in high gilt and reflective metals. Although she declared “it’s my stylist who came up with this outfit … I’d rather be in track pants” her glamour quota was too high to ignore as Bassingthwaighte wants to be seen as a major red carpet star.

Mauboy and the awards host Ritchie turned to J’Aton, a Melbourne-based label that is fast becoming the dominant choice for young celebrities seeking a sexy but fashion focused look. But J’Aton was careful for Ritchie and Mauboy to have separate looks with the television star wearing a one shouldered black dress complete with embellished crystals. Mauboy was stage ready with her tight, white body conscious dress. Other artists refused to play the `best dressed celebrity game’ and instead followed the black gothic Twilight trend.

Black was the colour du jour on the red carpet and provoked comparisons to the vampire fashion that has bitten young Hollywood. The Australian music scene appeared to have a style transfusion with Sarah Blasko in a noir dress complete with excessive shoulders made of many ruffled layers. The sea of black brought an air of gothic chic to the Arias with Dash & Will and Israeli actress Noa Tishby, wife of Australian Idol host Andrew G succumbing to the Twighlight trend. Also following the black Twilight trend were Vanessa Amorosi, Paulini and Charli Delaney of Hi-5 fame.


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rihanna’s new look

love the fashion in rihanna’s new music videos. especially the hooded pieces and the sharp smokey eye with hard edges and angles.

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korean inspiration

more South Korean streetstyle from how do they do it, man?!

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Maîtres du Savoir-Faire: Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol, UK. He lives and works in London and Devon.He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Into Me / Out of Me, P.S.1Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006), In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Tate Britain, the50th Venice Biennale (2003) and Century City, Tate Modern (2001). Solo exhibitionsinclude Astrup Fearn- ley Museet fur Moderne Kunst, Oslo (2005), Museum of Fine Arts,Boston (2005) and Archaeological Museum, Naples (2004). He received the DAAD- fellowship in Berlin in 1994 and the Turner Prize in 1995.

Damien Hirst was inspired by the movie Dead Ringers by David Cronenburg in which a display of beauti- ful stainless steel surgical instruments caught his imagination. He wanted a piece that was visually stunning in black leather with dark blue velvet interior and toprint his beautiful butterflies on to the outside. Louis Vuitton was inspired by the iconic secre- tary trunk to create two twin trunks with opposite frontal openings and silver hardware finishings.

Each trunk contains 10 different sized drawers with compartments made to accomodate each individual surgical instrument. In line with Damien’s desires the twin trunks have been made in black Nomade leather with a deep blue microfibre lining. The leather has been specially printed with an array of butterflies individually placed by Damien himself. Two silver skulls are incrusted in each of the inside of the lids.

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Maîtres du Savoir-Faire: Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs
Daisy and Alfred “Home Away From Home”
Marc Jacobs’ loyal companion’s travelling home
Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton

Closed (cm): L 99* W 70* H 74
Opened (cm): L 152* W70* H 74

Canvas coated fabric (Monogram with painting personalisation on the exterior), Zinc, Vuittonite, Brass, Leather

Since graduating from New York’s renowned Parsons School of Design in 1981, Marc Jacobs has established himself as one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. As Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, he has initiated a series of creative collaborations with contemporary artists, including Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince, that have not only revisited Louis Vuitton’s historic signatures, notably Monogram canvas, but have profoundly redefined fashion itself.

Jetting frequently between his native New York and his home in Paris, Marc Jacobs travels accompanied by his two bull terriers, Daisy and Alfred. He asked Louis Vuitton to design a travel kennel in Monogram canvas to allow his pets to travel in style in the hold of an aircraft. Not dissimilar in conception to a traditional trunk, with natural leather handles, a brass S-lock and corners, the Niche de Voyage boasts an array of specific features geared to maximum canine comfort: a wire door, generous air vents, a zinc dish for water and food, and even a space for a photograph of the dogs’ owner and a sample of his clothing to reassure them during the flight.

“With the expertise and the superb craftsmanship of the Louis Vuitton Ateliers, I am happy to have created these “homes away from home” for my beloved dogs. It is a privilege and an honour to be involved with Louis Vuitton in helping to raise money for this most worthy cause.” – Marc Jacobs

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Maîtres du Savoir-Faire: Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz Nomadic Photographer’s Bag
Internationally renowned portrait photographer

Shoulder bag dimensions (cm): L 40* W 21* H 23
Back Pack dimensions (cm): L 33* W 19* H 44

Exterior: Monogram canvas with black leather trimmings
Interior: Burgundy microfibre

Probably the foremost portrait photographer of our time, Annie Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, becoming its chief photographer in 1973. She joined Vanity Fair ten years later, having established herself as the world’s leading rock music photographer and an astute documentarian of the social landscape. She has published several collections of her work, most recently A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005, and has created acclaimed advertising images, including her portraits for Louis Vuitton’s Core Values campaign.

Annie Leibovitz never carries a purse, preferring to keep her hands free to hold a camera, and therefore requested a backpack with room for both her photographic equipment and personal effects. Louis Vuitton created a spacious and stylish design in Monogram canvas trimmed, unusually, with black leather and palladium-finish hardware. The interior, lined with ruby red microfibre, features several different compartments with cushioned protection for her valuable cameras and accessories, as well as adjustable Velcro pockets. Two sturdy padded straps enable Annie Leibovitz to wear her backpack comfortably for hours.

“At Louis Vuitton, a special order can be hard-sided or soft-sided it simply has to respond to the traveller’s needs. Annie’s piece is a perfect example of our expertise in creating a soft travel bag to hold and protect in all circumstances such a precious item as a camera.” – Patrick-Louis Vuitton

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Maîtres du Savoir-Faire: Patrick-Louis Vuitton

Patrick-Louis Vuitton Watercolor Case

Dimensions closed trunk (cm): L 32* W 35* H 14
Dimensions open trunk (cm): L 43* W 39* H 43

Exterior: Brown alligator leather
Interior: Red goatskin leather

A member of the fifth generation of the Vuitton family, Patrick-Louis Vuitton started his career, according to tradition, in the joinery department of the historic Asnières workshop more than 35 years ago. He worked in every department in succession, becoming an accomplished craftsman before moving on to manage the workshop and, subsequently, to oversee Special Orders, the heart of Louis Vuitton’s excellence in savoir-faire.

For his own special order, Patrick-Louis Vuitton wished to bring together Louis Vuitton’s proud heritage with his own passion for watercolour painting. Within a compact hand-stitched hard-sided case, his Boîte Commandes Spéciales contains a removable custom made compartment for his special order equipment, including a tape measure and a camera (to record the scale of an object for which a customer wishes him to design a piece of luggage), and a second custom made compartment for his watercolours, brushes and sketch pad. Patrick-Louis Vuitton chose to have the case made in two of his favourite materials: rich brown alligator lined with red goatskin which will acquire a magnificent patina over time.

“For me, as a member of the Vuitton family, Asnières has a special resonance; I was born in Asnières and grew up in the house next door to the workshop. Asnières really represents a century and a half of exceptional savoir-faire and is the starting point for the whole wonderful journey of Louis Vuitton. It is an honour to have been asked to partake in this project personally with the many other artists that I respect and to create such exceptional pieces to help the Red Cross”. – Patrick-Louis Vuitton

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Maîtres du Savoir-Faire: Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla Roncoco Case
The Academy Award winning Musician’s case

Dimensions for close trunk (cm): L 82* W 29* H 16
Dimensions for open trunk (cm): L 82* W 35* H 45

Exterior: Black cowhide leather
Interior: Blue cow grained leather and blue velvet

Argentine-born Gustavo Santaolalla is the musician, composer and producer who – with no formal musical training – is credited with bringing the traditional sounds of South America to a worldwide audience with his solo albums, notably Ronroco (1996), and film scores. In 2006 and 2007, he won Academy Awards for his original soundtracks for the movies Brokeback Mountain and Babel respectively. Gustavo Santaolalla also composed the theme, featuring the haunting notes of the ronroco guitar, for Louis Vuitton’s first ever advertising film, released in 2008.

When Gustavo Santaolalla visited Louis Vuitton’s Asnières workshop with his beloved ronroco, he requested a case that would be discreet, light to carry, and dark in colour. Patrick-Louis Vuitton guided him towards black Nomade leather, which is naturally tanned to preserve its inherent beauty and patina. In a clear demonstration of Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire, the fully stitched, hard-sided case was designed to the exact dimensions of the instrument. Secured with a palladium-finish S-lock, it is lined with rich blue velvet and leather, creating an effect that – though understated – is supremely elegant.


Louis Vuitton’s celebration of the Excellence du Savoir-faire calls for the collaboration of artists who posses a unique “know-how”. What was your initial reaction to receiving such an invitation?

Gustavo Santaolalla: When I was approached by Louis Vuitton for the Excellence du Savoir-faire project, I felt honoured and flattered by the invitation. The fact that I was considered alongside artists I deeply admire and that I was chosen for having a unique “know how” made me feel special and it was in itself a beautiful reward for my work.

When creating a special order with Louis Vuitton, the item created is to be unique and personal. What makes this special order Gustavo Santaolalla’s?

Gustavo Santaolalla: This special order is unique and very personal for me, because the beautiful case that was created by the expert hands of Louis Vuitton’s craftsmen, under the direction of Patrick-Louis Vuitton contains one of my most precious instruments, the Ronroco. This lower pitched version of the more commonly known Charango is also an instrument that originates from South America. It’s been with me since I was a kid and through the years it has played a vital role in the music that I have composed for films.

A perfect occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversaries of the Red Cross and Louis Vuitton’s first workshop in Asnières, an auction will be organized where all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross; is there anything you’d like to say to the potential buyer of your special order?

Gustavo Santaolalla: The “Excellence du Savoir- Faire” is a wonderful project that Louis Vuitton has put together, celebrating the fact that the 150th anniversary of their first workshop opening in Asnières also coincides with the founding of the Red Cross. This humanitarian society has assisted people worldwide regardless of their political beliefs, race or religion since its inception. I think that my special order presents the potential buyer with a wonderful opportunity to own something that is truly one of a kind; combining the uniqueness of this case with the beauty of the instrument it contains: the Ronroco. This very instrument has been part of my emotional fabric, and has been used in the score of some of the most preeminent films of the past decade.

 And knowing that the proceeds will benefit the Red Cross, there will be with no price limit on bidding.

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Maîtres du Savoir-Faire: Ferran Adrià

Ferran Adrià Travel Case
The starred chef’s luggage

Suitcase dimensions (cm): L 40* W 18* H 55
Briefcase dimensions (cm): L 40* W 15* H 45

Exterior: Damier graphite black canvas
Interior: Black microfibre

Widely regarded as the world’s greatest chef, Ferran Adrià of elBulli has revolutionized contem- porary cuisine with his explosive combinations of texture, temperature and taste. Located on the Catalan coast north of Barcelona, elBulli has, in addition to its three Michelin stars, been rated the world’s best restaurant for the past four years by Restaurant Magazine, while Ferran Adrià himself was named in Time as one of the 100 most influential personalities on the planet. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Barcelona and Aberdeen.

elBulli is closed for six months a year, during which Ferran Adrià works with his team at his elBulli Taller “laboratory” on the creation of some 120 new dishes every season. He also travels tirelessly for inspiration, conferences and gastronomic events, prompting him to request a set of luggage that he could take with him onboard an aircraft. Louis Vuitton designed a light trolley case in Damier Graphite canvas containing a series of made-to- measure pouches to separate Ferran Adrià’s personal effects from his cooking equipment all of which are a perfect fit to the inside of the case.

This set of baggage is accompanied by a remov- able tray for his knives, which – even when they belong to a world-famous chef – must travel in the hold. Finally, a soft briefcase, designed to rest on the retractable handle of the cabin case, holds Ferran Adrià’s documents and travel tickets.


Louis Vuitton’s celebration of the Excellence du Savoir-faire calls for the collaboration of artists who posses a unique “know-how”. What was your initial reaction to receiving such an invitation?

Ferran Adrià: For me it’s an honour that a brand such as Louis Vuitton thought of me for such an important collaboration, it’s fantastic to be involved in this project aside such marvellous creative people that I admire so much.

When creating a special order with Louis Vuitton, the item created is to be unique and personal. What makes this special order Ferran Adrià’s?

Ferran Adrià: My special order is imagined by a person that travels a lot and who doesn’t want to check in his luggage in order to save time. At the same time, my schedule during each trip is so full that I cannot take the risk of loosing my luggage. It is a creation that is practical and which resolves all of these problems.

A perfect occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversaries of the Red Cross and Louis Vuitton’s first workshop in Asnières, an auction will be organized where all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross; is there anything you’d like to say to the potential buyer of your special order?

Ferran Adrià: Simply that this trunk was made with a lot of affection by Louis Vuitton and I, thus making it truly unique and the proceeds raised from the auction of this exceptional piece will be used in aid of people who are really in need.

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Louis Vuitton L’Excellence du Savoir-Faire: The Special Orders Tradition

Special orders are a glorious tradition at Louis Vuitton, which has always taken pride in fulfilling its customers’ most excep- tional requests. From the legendary foldout trunk-bed designed by Louis and Georges Vuitton for expeditions to far-flung corners of the globe to the solar powered DVD and Coffee secretary trunk, Louis Vuitton has devised countless elegant and ingenious ways to help its customers satisfy a specific need, express their individuality, or realize a dream. The historic Asnières workshop near Paris has traditionally made all special orders. The department is personally over- seen by Patrick-Louis Vuitton, representing the fifth generation of the founding family, who is himself a trained and talented craftsman. Louis Vuitton distinguishes between two types of special orders: made-to-order and custom-made. Made-to- order is an exclusive service allowing for selected items from the permanent collection to be interpreted in other materials. Custom-made pieces, meanwhile, are unique, one-off creations that elegantly reconcile the customer’s wishes with technical considerations and established design codes, at the same time affording Louis Vuitton’s craftsmen the opportunity to demonstrate their exceptional expertise.

The essential condition for any special order is that it must respect the spirit of travel, being designed both to protect and to transport a customer’s belongings. Patrick-Louis Vuitton is fond of quoting the words of Georges Vuitton, his great- grandfather, who used to say: “The main thing is to allow your personal effects to travel in the greatest possible comfort”.

For over a century and a half, Louis Vuitton’s Asnières workshop has been the living symbol of the company’s unique combination of tradition and innovation. To mark this important anniversary, Louis Vuitton will celebrate “l’Excellence du Savoir-Faire” through its heritage of special orders by partnering with some of today’s iconic figures who themselves possess a rare expertise.

Masters of Savoir-Faire
Louis Vuitton offered six masters of savoir-faire the opportunity to create a unique special order that embodies their exceptional expertise in their respective professions. The six personalities are: the chef Ferran Adrià, the artist Damien Hirst, the photographer Annie Leibovitz, the musician and composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the designer Marc Jacobs, and Patrick-Louis Vuitton, the head of Louis Vuitton’s Special Orders department, and a member of the fifth generation of the Vuitton family.

The Special Orders
Uniting tradition and modernity, these pieces bear testimony to Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire in the domain of Special Orders. Ranging from hard-frame to soft-sided, they are interpreted in a variety of materials, from Monogram and Damier Graphite canvas to Nomade leather and alligator. Each piece was designed by Patrick-Louis Vuitton in collaboration with the personality.

Patrick Louis Vuitton – Watercolor Case
Marc Jacobs – “Home Away From Home” Case
Annie Leibovitz – Nomadic Photographer’s Bag
Damien Hirst – 95 Secretaire Spécial Case
Gustavo Santaolalla – Roncoco Case
Ferran Adrià – Travel Case

The Red Cross Anniversary
In 2009, the Red Cross celebrates 150 years of internationally renowned savoir-faire in humanitarian aid. To commemorate the event, Louis Vuitton has crafted a limited-edition Red Cross medical trunk, which will be offered in a charity auction held at Sotheby’s, along with the unique special orders created by the masters of savoir-faire. The charity auction will take place at Sotheby’s New Bond Street premises during a gala dinner in November 2009, from which all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

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