Vogue UK June 2014
Photographer: Josh Olins
Styling: Clare Richardson
Models: Andreea Diaconu & Ashleigh Good
Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel Resort 2015 in Dubai.
“Chanel’s first mega-presentation in the Middle East involved the building of a vast auditorium decorated with double-C Islamic-style fretwork on a manmade island, and a guest list of local princesses, potentates, and flown-in celebrities and press from the rest of the world.’
The Next Black’ is a documentary film that explores the future of clothing. Watch as we meet with some of the most innovative companies on the planet to get their opinion on clothing and its future, including: heroes of sustainability, Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, StudioXO; sportswear icon, Adidas; and BioCouture, a company that uses cellulose-producing microbes to literally grow clothing.
Launches globally on May 21st.
Internationally acclaimed fashion designer and street-style icon Vika Gazinskaya launched her namesake label in Moscow in 2006. The label quickly attracted attention and a ‘demi-couture’ designation for its voluminous structured designs, whimsical patterns, hand-stitched details and use of luxurious materials. An only child, Gazinskaya grew up “in a very simple family”.“In those days it was the Soviet Union, and we had nothing about fashion at all,” she recalls. “We didn’t have most magazines, we didn’t have any TV about fashion. Nothing.”
It wasn’t until she was ten, after the Soviet Union fell, that Gazinskaya had her first introduction into what she calls “the glossy life.” Mattel had opened a store nearby. “I went there every week, just see to what they did. I mean, these catalogs for Barbie… I saw this life and it blew my mind. The dresses, the shoes, the houses, the horses, the husband, everything.” In fact, Gazinskaya’s first designs were for the Barbie doll her mother bought her. “I started doing small dresses — for example, the gloves that my mom wasn’t wearing anymore, I cut the embroidered part of them and they became a sweater for Barbie. Or I cut a stretchy umbrella cover and it was a skirt for Barbie.”