Sundance Channel takes a deep look at the worldwide fascination with beauty in the second of four all-new specials hosted by ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, REVEALING: FACE VALUE, airing Wednesday, December 4th at 9 pm ET/PT. Continuing his hard hitting investigation into the world of glamour, Zee uncovers both the allure and danger of the obsession with looking good. Through compelling social experiments and in-depth interviews with beauty industry insiders, Zee dives into the beauty industry and how it has exploded in recent years.
Joe Zee works with LA based fashion designer Ina Soltani to bring her high-end fashion line back down to Earth. Soltani’s struggling line is aimed squarely at the fashion jet set, and she has dressed celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Eva Longoria. But is this a big enough crowd to support a fashion line? And are her celebrity connections enough to justify the high cost to average consumers?
Joe Zee does some California dreamin’ this week with feisty designer Brooke Rodd, who needs to transform her line from California beachy to bicoastal chic for a capsule collection at
Nothing says sharp like a man in a Giorgio Armani suit. And the ladies usually look pretty good in his duds, too. The Italian designer has lent those fine lines to more than a hundred feature films, including a few modern classics. And because Il Maestro has remained current for more than three decades, the wardrobes in these five films have come to define more than just the characters who wore them.
Project Runway fans may remember Season 5 sensation Korto Momolu, who finished second in that year’s competition. Now that she’s created her own budding fashion line, she needs to learn that it takes more than raw talent to build a real business. In this week’s episode of ALL ON THE LINE, Joe wants her to pare back her overdone designs and rebuild her team to create a dress for Mary J. Blige and show a collection to Neiman Marcus.
This week on ALL ON THE LINE, Joe Zee works with whimsical fashion label Electric Love Light to try turning their looney designs into a viable collection for Anthropologie. They’ll also design an outfit for indie star Zoe Kazan and pitch their story to the Associated Press. Joe gets more than he bargained for during his introduction to the label…
What’s the best way to watch tonight’s episode of ALL ON THE LINE? With the fashion experts behind the show, of course! As you’re watching on Sundance Channel tonight at 9P, log onto our live Twitter chat with ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee (@JMrJoeZee) and Us Weekly Fashion Director Sasha Charnin Morrison (@SashaCharnin). Or if you’re already in Twitterland, follow #WatchwithUs to ask questions, interact with the experts and get the behind-the-scenes scoop.
Struggling fashion designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste is going to be facing several challenges tonight, as Joe Zee strives to save this once successful line from ruin. Joe appreciates Prajje’s bold use of color, but trying to do both women’s and menswear has left the designer unfocused and out of touch. When he previews his latest collection, Joe doesn’t see a single outfit anybody would want to wear.
Fashion guru and ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee is back in action this week for a new season of fashion rehab in ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE, premiering tonight at 9P on Sundance Channel. This week, Joe has his hands full when he agrees to help struggling menswear line Unruly Heir. After initially hitting it big with their outlaw prep style, partners Joey and John partied away their profits instead of investing in quality and professionalism. Joe Zee throws them a lifeline when he has them design a tuxedo for Mario Lopez to wear during Extra’s coverage of the Emmys. But will their lack of preparation and finishing turn this opportunity from red carpet to black eye?
Yesterday was a whirlwind day for the star of Sundance Channel’s ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE! First he appeared on Good Morning America to help unveil the new look created for anchor Lara Spencer by designer Prajje Jean-Baptiste — and share a sneak peek of the upcoming episode in which Prajje is featured.
The documentary GIRL MODEL provides a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the fashion industry, viewed from two perspectives: a former model turned scout, and a young Siberian girl being recruited. Co-director Ashley Sabin tells SUNfiltered that she hopes GIRL MODEL encourages viewers to “look beyond the image” and become more media-literate about fashion editorials, advertisements and models. The film brings to light the people and labor behind such images, challenging viewers to think about where their media come from. Modeling can demand a high cost of people, one that many consumers aren’t aware of.
London-based photographer Sam Ashley’s The Skartorialist, a skateboard-centric street fashion blog, might remind you of something. Borrowing from (or satirizing?) Scott Schuman, a.k.a. The Sartorialist’s modus operandi of photographing his trendy and fashionably dressed subjects in their natural habitat on the streets straight on with his camera (here’s a recent example from London), Ashley instead focuses his lens on skateboarders. In the process — and perhaps this the biggest impact of Schuman’s and other street-style photographers’ work — he seems to elevate skateboarding clothing and style.
Gucci has chosen Blake Lively to be the new face of the company’s couture line, Gucci Premiere. And in an attempt to establish our current times as just as chic as any before, creative director Frida Giannini called upon the talents of Danish director — and Ryan Gosling’s go-to in Hollywood — Nicolas Winding Refn to direct a short film accompanying the launch of the campaign with the SAVAGES star in the lead.
There’s a time and place for nationalism in fashion, albeit usually an ironic one that makes for a relevant statement. A perfect example: the U.S. flag-dress by D Squared that Ke$ha wore in V magazine. A terrible example: the dress Katy Perry wore for her Independence Day performance. We’re not even going there. But with the spirit of the Summer Olympic Games every leap year, we embrace a fresh and finite sense of national pride, adorning ourselves, and our fellow countrymen, in patriotic attire that otherwise would border on jingoism. Fortunately, countries have talented resources within the fashion community to design outfits appropriate to the opening ceremony, as well as the games themselves.
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One of Fashion’s Most Credible Voices Joins Forces With “Good Morning America”, “Extra”, “Revenge” And Celebrity Guests Mary J. Blige, Octavia Spencer, Mario Lopez and Zoe Kazan To Save Fashion Designers Whose Businesses Are Hanging By a Thread
Sundance Channel is taking fashion rescue coast-to-coast with the third season of the network’s ALL ON THE LINE WITH JOE ZEE. Set to debut Monday, September 10 at 9:00pm et/pt, the critically-acclaimed docu-series starring the fashion powerhouse and ELLE Creative Director will, for the first time, expand its purview to include the LA fashion scene and LA-based designers who could truly benefit from Joe Zee’s fashion design master class.
Armored with a top-notch team of esteemed members of the media and celebrity guests including Grammy®-Award winning singer Mary J. Blige, Oscar®-winner Octavia Spencer, Designer Whitney Port and actress Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks), Zee will come to the rescue of fashion labels that are at the brink of success and on the edge of failure. The third season of the hit series will also feature new design challenges that will test the designers’ ability and temperament, as they are faced with the daunting task of turning out perfect results for ABC’s Good Morning America’s Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, Extra’s Mario Lopez and “Revenge” star Ashley Madekwe. If the final product meets with the approval of their A-list clientele, the winning designs will be worn by each celebrity on their respective show, which will bring even more national attention to the designer.
The Hotel Ritz in Paris is closing for renovations at the end of the month. In case you’re wondering which piece of property we’re referring to — the name is used liberally these days — we defer to history. It’s the hotel located in Place Vendôme. The one Coco Chanel called “ma maison” for nearly 40 years. Her atelier was on Rue Cambon, the street behind the famous square. And the Rococo-style manor — one of the major icons for such a period of design — so ingratiated itself to her residency that a rear lift was designed for a seamless commute between work and play.
Paris was once again the center of attention at the start of July for the presentation of the Fall 2012 couture shows. To even use the name in France, a designer must be vetted thoroughly by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris, which is how the elegant pocket industry has managed to stay relevant (albeit sometimes teetering on the brink of extinction in this commercially driven world.) And this season’s collections produced a steady offering of meticulous — and excessive by nature — pieces sure to be circulating throughout Europe, Asia and the tonier cities of South America.
Louis Vuitton is set to unveil its latest artist collaboration next week and sure enough Marc Jacobs has managed to marry good taste with high art. For this latest turn, Yayoi Kusama’s surreal use of polka dots will be featured as a capsule collection scheduled to launch in two phases between July 10 and October. The first launch will be an array of limited-edition clothing and accessories such as pajamas, a trench coat, separates and jewelry that will coincide with a retrospective of Kusama’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art opening July 12, as well as the exhibition already on view at London’s Tate Modern.
Article: 25, a new erotic-fashion magazine
Model Anja Rubik’s new editorial endeavor just launched: 25 Magazine is a high-end fashion magazine, out biannually, that’s dedicated to the erotic perspective of women. In an interview with New York magazine, Rubik explained the sex concept:
To say that Hedi Slimane has been in love with Paris—rather, his idea of Paris and all it represents—is somewhat elementary. Some of us remember Visionaire 34. To say that Hedi is a control freak is… rhetorical. So when word got around that the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, which turned 50 this year, would officially change the name of the famed house to SLP, or Saint Laurent Paris, gossip and controversy ensued. For Slimane, this too is nothing new.
For more than a decade now he has been fashion’s rogue waif, championing androgyny, tobacco and a black-and-white palette to the applause and adoration of editors and the international set. He has a specific idea of how he would like to see Saint Laurent Paris shaped but has so far not shared this with the public. The press is not invited to his debut resort or menswear collections. They’re to be shown to buyers only.
As fickle as our culture is, we seem to draw the line at physical well being. That being said, the socially acceptable paradigm has shifted again. Tan colored skin is out. It’s as current as Tara Reid at Cannes, which means it makes no sense, and has no place in the modern world.
In case you were wondering what one wears (let alone what three people wear) in the midst of a bizarre love triangle, the answer is plaid. At least that’s what self-taught director Lynn Shelton has in mind for her latest film offering, YOUR SISTER’S SITER, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and opens today.
Article: Would you wear leather from a lab?
Leather’s a challenge for a good greenie. It comes from dead animals, and involves really toxic processing. On the flip side, though, it just looks really cool; no existing alternative can match it on that front. A non-toxic, cruelty-free alternative that really looked like leather would probably fly off of the shelves.
Miuccia Prada can be as self-effacing as she’d like, eschewing the title of artist in the debate as to whether or not fashion designers should be consider as such, but she cannot deny her natural instinct for drawing attention. She was a mime in her youth. Her runway shows have always been blockbusters with plenty of star power in the front row, but it seems La Signora Prada is blurring the lines between art and fashion once again in her latest Men’s campaign for her Fall line, enlisting Gary Oldman, Garrett Hedlund, Jamie Bell and Willem Dafoe as mannequins for her designs. Like everything else she does, we can’t help but chat about it.
Karl Lagerfeld has decided that he is done entertaining the masses with his brand of elitism and Teutonic quips in printed news. It’s time he go for the jugular. And why not, what other lines are left for him to cross? So when France’s state channel asked him to return as a guest commentator covering Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee (celebrating sixty years on the throne) he gladly accepted. Please keep Sunday, June 3 open. You wont want to miss this.