As it turns out, the upcoming collaboration between fetish-worthy footwear designer Manolo Blahnik and purveyor-of-preppy brand J. Crew was merely wishful thinking. Sad but true, the on-again, off-again pair are off again—but leaving us hopeful for the future.
It all started with J. Crew’s fabulous Fall 2012 collection, the presentation made memorable by the addition of sweet Manolo stilettos in J. Crew exclusive colors and fabrics. (Cue infinite blogger buzz.) In February, post New York Fashion Week, J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons announced the collaboration of dreams, only to be met with a shocking response from Blahnik himself. “I was recently contacted by J Crew to do something with them, so I sent them over 45 pairs of shoes, and they announced we were doing a collaboration. I had no idea about it," the designer told British Vogue. In a quick recovery, Lyons, and undoubtedly the entire public relations crew, reconciled the misunderstanding stating to The Daily, “We are in a good place with [Manolo Blahnik] now. Everything's okay.” It was decided—41 styles priced from $595 to $645, slated to debut this fall. (Cue additional blogger buzz.)
Fashion and wine could quite possibly be our two favorite things here at Glam Damn It, so one could only imagine our delight upon the news of this latest, and quite surprising collaboration!
No, this would not be the first time the fashion and libation worlds have collided...Jean-Paul Gaultier has dabbled in champagne, Jeremy Scott has teamed up with Tanqueray, and Ed Hardy and Roberto Cavalli have each tried their hands in vodka.
Banana Republic has become the latest brand to reveal a collaboration, this time teaming up with California winery Clos du Bois, to produce limited-edition bottles of their North Coast Chardonnay and North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. The partnership could not be a more perfect match, as Banana Republic has long established itself as a go-to for chic, elegant attire and nothing compliments a soiree quite like a sophisticated bottle of wine.
"We jumped at this unique opportunity to give our classic Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon a stylish holiday makeover," remarks Gary Sitton, winemaker at Clos du Bois, as reported by 944 Magazine. "We are still offering the same quality and consistency of the wine itself, but with a festive twist that makes it even more enjoyable to drink."
Stylish makeover indeed! The bottles come adorned with labels designed by Simon Kneen, Creative Director at Banana Republic and make for quite the collector’s piece.
The tech-savvy bottles which retail for under $20, also feature bar codes which when scanned by smart phones, reveal holiday entertaining tips, ideas and more from industry experts, making these the perfect gift for a host or hostess.
Enough said...we’re ready to don our LBD’s, grab a bottle or two, and let the parties begin!!
Visit www.closduboiswinestore.com to purchase
When you think Skrillex, you probably think long, flowing hair, dizzying dubstep beats, and a sweaty, packed club filled with house-heads entranced by the sounds in the air. You likely don't associate the rising star with The Doors, a band your parents probably saw in that very same club before dubstep, and you, existed. For whatever it's worth, the artist also known as Sonny Moore collaborated with several members of the legendary classic rock unit, and the results? You'll just have to hear for yourself.
(Photo courtesy of The D.O.T.'s Facebook Page)
Following the announcement earlier this year that he would no longer make music under the moniker, “The Streets,” there was reason to wonder what Mike Skinner would do next. Creative forces like Skinner don’t just ride off into the sunset and disappear. The answer arrived this week in the form of The D.O.T., Skinner’s new project with Rob Harvey, formerly of The Music.
Although The D.O.T. started uploading videos to YouTube back in August, news of the group’s formation slipped beneath the radar until Skinner released a statement to The Guradian on Monday. Skinner described the project to The Guardian as follows: "It's like one of those buddy movies from the 80s where the dream is impossible until they both make each other see things in themselves that they previously didn't know." Skinner did not reveal what the acronym "D.O.T." stands for.
In her first ever hip-hop collaboration, Sade released a remix to her track "The Moon and The Sky" featuring Jay-Z. The original track from her latest album Soldier of Love traces a female's emotions pining over a love lost, and one in which she speaks philosophically to her ex-lover yearing to know the reasons their love didn't last: "You'll always know/ the reason why/ we couldn't have/ the moon and the sky."
Jay-Z steps in as the voice of the male counterpart, expressing his shortcomings and perspective on the relationship's demise: "I know we could of had it all/ I wasn't ready to go steady no not at all/ Smoking mirrors clouding my vision we hit a wall/ Couldn't see the moon and the sky behind the fog..." Jay-Z further speaks to the female, telling her speculation is useless: "You always thought 'what if'/ but that 'a just drive you crazy baby girl interrupted/ thinking about what wasn't/ thinking about what was it?"
How surprised can we be, though? This is Kanye West, the most radically media-conscious celebrity we’ve ever met! Let’s face it, the man knows how to drum up publicity- good or bad (but then again, there’s no such thing as bad publicity). So it should come as no surprise that after his still untitled album drops on November 16, he and Bieber the Boy Wonder will lay down some tracks with The Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon. Do you think West and Bieber decided this backstage at a concert? Shook hands at a press conference? Bumped into each other at a club? No, the partnership was formed on Twitter. They tweeted (twote?) each other expressing mutual admiration, and here we are.
The details as to what the three artists will come up with are still murky, but it is clear that it’s going to happen. Justin Bieber feat. Kanye West feat. Raekwon. What do you think?
Zac Posen's Pop-Up Shop: Clearly Target plans to take over the world - or at the least catch the consumers who love a zingy budget - with more NYC pop-up shops planned, the next being Go International's Zac Posen collaboration. After Liberty of London's urgent pop-up shop pack up before its ending date, Target will be deeming Posen's 24-hour preview as a "shopping party." Aren't there enough parties in fashion already? The pop-up shop will begin April 15th at 11pm, but we expect the line formations to begin at 8pm or earlier for tuxedo-seeking shoppers. Can't make it? Well, too bad. But, if you want the shopping party leftovers, the full collection will be available April 25th in stores.
In a psychedelic rainstorm in New York City, we made our way to Target's Liberty of London popup on the edge of Bryant Park, only to discover that this hyped-up venue had been closed a day early due to product outage. A tribute to the fashionable, '60s-meets-down-home patterns and textures, the popup expressed a trend in modern expression, selling out of everything from the popular, low-priced shirt dresses to paisley piggybanks we thought would fit nicely on our coffee tables.
¡Mayday! takes the stage at a fully packed room in Vagabond, and without warning, launches off into a complete jam session on stage. Each of the six band members begin to completely let loose, hyping up the entire crowd around them. The percussion section, composed of Nonymous and LT Hopkins lay the beats down, while the guitarist/keyboardist Plex Luthor and keyboardist/bassist Gianni Cash chime in, completely syncopated. Front men Wrekonize & Bernbiz bring the swagger and begin to hype the crowd up even more before launching into the first song.
Lady Gaga isn't the only thing to look forward to this fashion week - there's real fashion too! Although I'd pay money to spy Lady Gaga perform in a simple pair of Levi's sans blood, that's none too realistic and far from the company's intentions. Instead, Levi's is teaming up with Opening Ceremony for a debut of unisex pants and shorts. A dash of corduroy here and more denim there for jackets and shirts, and you have yourself an official launch. With pricing below $150, Opening Ceremony flagship locations, as well as Barneys and the Levi's San Francisco store, will debut in the middle of February. We hear the corduroy will be launched in eight colors, but I stopped counting after I heard fuchsia and teal. Marvelous! With recent Rodarte releases, and Chloe Sevigny shenanigans, I say we petition a raise for the marketing director of Opening Ceremony.