Alexander McQueen

The Fashion Industry's 10 Most Eccentric Designers

They may be fabulous, but fashion designers are also weird as hell. Sometimes their quirks lend themselves to exceptional talent, unfaltering creativity, and a diligent work ethic. Other times, all they do is make us giggle and shake our heads in disbelief. In honor of tonight’s Season 11 premiere of Project Runway — a show packed with contestants who are always entertaining, if not necessarily talented — we decided to take a look at ten of fashion’s most eccentric designers, and their respective peculiarities; we’re betting that judging panel newbie Zac Posen will be thrilled to see that he didn’t make our list! … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we watched 135 space shuttles launch at the same moment. We wanted to eat this full-length evening gown homage to Alexander McQueen fashioned out of 50,000 gummy bears. We wished we could be best friends with Rachel Dratch, even after witnessing her try to French kiss… Read More

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Ranking Avant-Garde Fashion for Actual Wearability

Culture industry was a term coined by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkeimer, two brainy theorists with awesome surnames who waxed poetic about the failure of the Age of Enlightenment. Heady stuff, but their century-old theory about mass-produced culture and the media machine that makes it is relevant now more than ever.

Over the last decade individuality has — ironically — been standardized thanks to the likes of indie superstore, Urban Outfitters, H&M and (sorry Jenna Lyons) J. Crew. The fashion equivalent of the soap opera, retail giants are by definition formulaic, adhering to pre-existing templates that above all else, promote scalability and profitability.

With the modern mass culture factory growing at a mind-blowing rate, we thought we’d take a minute to look back at its antithesis: the avant-garde. Should consumerism ever go the way of the dodo, here’s a fun reminder of what our closets might look like if artistic originality not sales figures ruled the day. From the Godfather of vanguard fashion, Issey Miyake, to Björk’s partner in fashion crime, Hussein Chalayan, to the intentionally anonymous genius behind Maison Martin Margiela, click through to see how we think these eccentric and original designs measure up in terms of everyday wearability. Let us know in the comments which look you’d consider rocking any old day of the week. … Read More

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What Were the Most Popular Art Exhibitions of 2011?

What do Alexander McQueen, a 9th-century monk, and Laurie Anderson have in common? Each year The Art Newspaper publishes a survey of the top-attended museum exhibitions around the world, and this go around, they are all on it. As always, the survey contains a few surprises — like the fact the most popular show worldwide was an M.C. Escher retrospective held in a former bank in Rio de Janeiro. Click through to find out what other crowd-pleasers made the top 10, and head over to The Art Newspaper for a full breakdown of the numbers. … Read More

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Incredibly Bizarre Shoes We Actually Want to Wear

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, our eyes are on the blogs to see what glorious ensembles the fashion elite are wearing in and around Lincoln Center. The inordinate number of orange puffers aside, the statement shoes have us seriously contemplating upping our fashion ante.

In researching the best bold footwear options, we came across the work of Marloes ten Bhömer. More Margiela than Mulleavy, ten Bhömer’s creations are both idiosyncratic and sensual, as any good foot fashion should be. Lacking name recognition in mainstream fashion circles, her design genius comes as no surprise given that the great Alexander McQueen hired her to create technical drawings and prototypes for his bespoke shoe collections while she was still a student at the Royal College of Art in London. She went on to intern at the Italian design office of Tod’s before starting her own line, Hunt, inspired by the work of architect, Daniel Libeskind, and Vivienne Westwood. Interior Design comments on ten Bhömer’s artistic and architectural approach by stating, “in the space between design disciplines, strangely beautiful objects live.”

From couture creations to commissioned projects, click through to see her work over the years, and let us know your favorite foot fashion moment in the comments. Tommy Ton, eat your heart out. … Read More

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Staff Picks: What Flavorpill Editors Are Thankful for This Year

Over the past week, we’ve done features on mouth-watering feasts on film and parental-friendly playlists for your Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve looked at some of the most culturally-relevant birds that we could find and ranked TV’s best Thanksgiving-centered episodes — Zagat-style. Now it’s finally game day. But rather than forbidding you to eat things like Cherpumple Pie while simultaneously encouraging you to indulge in a booze-tastic four-course meal, we’ve decided that today we’re going to focus on what this holiday is really about: giving thanks. Click through for a list of the cultural gems that Flavorpill staffers have been the most grateful to experience this past year, and if you’re feeling in the holiday spirit, keep it going in the comments! … Read More

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High-Fashion Dresses Recreated in Food

Can you imagine a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress fashioned out of food — lettuce, in particular? Well, now you don’t have to, because Fulvio Bonavia has actually created one. The acclaimed photographer and graphic designer gave dress designs from high-end fashion houses a tasty twist, with the aid of former Vogue editor Giovanna Battaglia, for a Garage magazine spread. The four incredibly detailed images that resulted pay homage to Alexander McQueen, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Moncler through orange slices, anchovies, walnuts, and lettuce. Check out Bonavia’s amazing work below. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Footage from this year’s Halloween episode of The Simpsons debuted at the show’s Comic-Con panel last weekend, and it features Ned Flanders channeling everyone’s favorite serial killer, Dexter Morgan. Watch the clip here, and mark your calenders for October 30 when Treehouse of Horror XXII airs. [via Pop Culture Brain]… Read More

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The Met Was Wildly Popular This Year

And now for some news that would make Claudia Kincaid smile: The Metropolitan Museum of Art just had its best attendance numbers in over four decades, thanks to the 5.68 million people who visited during the fiscal year that ended on June 30. If you ask us, a lot of this… Read More

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Anton Corbijn's Black and White Photos of Cultural Icons

You might be familiar with Anton Corbijn’s recent film work (Control, The American) or his music videos for bands like Nirvana, U2, and Depeche Mode, but it was photography — particularly portraiture — that first launched his career. In Inwards and Onwards, currently on view at Amsterdam’s Foam Gallery, the Dutch photographer returns to his roots, training an intense lens on a few of his favorite artists in an examination of the creative process.

“The images are basically from the past eight years,” Corbijn explained to The New York Times back in November. “After 2002, when I did my self-portraits, there was a whole period that I started in the early ’70s that I felt I had finished. I wasn’t sure what direction to go to, so I was just taking pictures. But after a few years, it dawned on me that I was just going back to basics — taking simple black-and-white photographs of people I wanted to meet.” From a candid portrait of Alexander McQueen hiding behind a turtleneck in his studio, to a photo of a naked Iggy Pop sprawled out in Central Park, to an older shot of his one-time housemate Kate Moss, see some of our favorite black and white images from the exhibition after the jump. … Read More

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