Wednesday, May 23, 2007
GIORGIO ARMANI has announced his support for Martin Scorcese's newly-launched initiative, the World Cinema Foundation, in Cannes. Armani was thrilled to get involved with the project, which is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of important and neglected films from around the world. "Just as for Martin, cinema has inspired and influenced my life from when I was a young boy," he said. "I commend Martin Scorcese and his fellow directors for their vision and commitment to fulfil such an important mission." Scorcese announced that he and Armani will also work together on a film tribute to modern Italian cinema in the same vein as their earlier collaboration Il Mio Viaggio in Italia, adding: "I am particularly honoured that my good friend, Giorgio Armani, has agreed to help us." Elsewhere in Cannes, Eva Mendez was guest of honour at last night's sit-down dinner hosted by De Grisogono's Fawaz Gruosi; guests Mischa Barton, Lily Donaldson and Tamara Mellon ate lobster before Kid Rock stepped up as DJ. Today will see Goldie Hawn and Gemma Ward join Montblanc for lunch prior to the world premiere of Ocean's 13.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Born in 1969, Bowie Wong was intrigued by fashion from a very young age. As the son of a Chinese Opera singer, his fascination developed from the elaborate costumes by which he was surrounded. The visual feast of the operatic world fed his hunger for fashion. Bowie still treasures two of his mother's costumes, within his personal collections from which he gathers inspiration. Ironically however, it was the intensity of opera that led Bowie to leave home at the tender age of 11-years-old. “I was a difficult child, perhaps because I was so curious. My parents were always busy with the opera, so they decided that it would be best for all if I lived with my cousin. It was then that I became exposed to popular music and western culture.” Having developed his creative mind and experienced modern culture, Bowie decided to pursue his passions further a field and fled to Japan to study a degree in ‘Pure Art and Design’, aged 17. By 1989 Bowie returned to his roots, studying degrees in ‘Theatre and Drama’ and then ‘Stage & Costume Design’ in Canada. Passionate and now educated, the next few years saw Bowie’s life become pure theatrics. Bowie worked on ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in Canada, for Paul McCartney on his world tour, and for Madonna on her European ‘Girlie show’. “Watching her work from such close proximity was intriguing. The relentless desire for perfection and the need to reinvent herself time and again was a great lesson for me.” The hype continued with Bowie returning to his native Hong Kong, in a multitude of creative roles that were increasingly fashion influenced. Bowie worked as a TV producer on HKTVB, image designer for Joyce boutique and creative enhancer for HKTDC fashion show, for the likes of Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Trussardi and Calvin Klein. “At this point I felt destined to work in fashion. I was creating shows for these great designers and I was more and more drawn into the world of fashion.” The lure proved too much for the self-confessed fashion fiend. Keen to adapt his skills Bowie moved to Australia, where he enrolled to study fashion design at East Sydney TAFE. Whilst the project was intended to direct and broaden his talent, Bowie found the course stifling and restrictive. Bowie therefore immersed himself into the fashion industry, where his hands on experience combined with his extensive knowledge of design (gained whilst obtaining three degrees), proved to better training than any course or teaching could provide. The result is the increasingly innovative and original label of Bowie Wong. Bowie Wong the label, not the person was launched in 1999 and represented Australia in 2000 at Hong Kong Fashion Week. The Wong was dropped with Bowie Women and Bowie Men launched later on in 2004.
Friday, May 4, 2007
After a two-season break, Ksubi designers Dan Single and George Gorrow made a return to the catwalk last night with a dramatic and moody collection. The pair flew in Erin Wasson and the American supermodel opened the show, charging down the runway in a floor-length, black-studded coat. Structured, heavy-duty pieces provided a refreshing contrast to the metallic, micro-mini hemlines we've seen over the week, with a nod to Gareth Pugh's exquisite, macabre creations showcased last February. Josh Goot, who attracted Dita Von Teese and Wasson, both of whom applauded his neon pink leotard-tight dress, complete with Supergirl cape. "It was truely superb and his sense of colour is sublime," said Henri Bendell buyer Anne Watson. Alice McCall also impressed with her signature, endearing prints in cuts that displayed more of a sporty edge than usual. Her red and white striped sleeveless hoodie caused enough of a stir to suggest that "Where's Wally"-chic is sure to be one of next season's key looks.
COLLECTION OF KSUBI:
COLLECTION OF KSUBI: