And does Kanye go by Kenny in the Kardashian household? These questions and more in Linkbait.
STRANGERS IN A STUDIO WITH A.P.C.’S JEAN TOUITOU
When a visitor to the A.P.C. studio announced himself as “Kenny,” Jean Touitou had no idea the tidal wave of mayhem he was about to jump into. As we all now know, “Kenny” turned out to be Kanye West, who just recently launched a capsule collection with A.P.C. Luckily for Touitou, he has a particular affinity for West: “I just love the guy, so whatever. He could want a piece to be baggy and skinny at the same time… [but] oh well, you just find a way.”
But all love aside, he has an ominous warning for such industry hoppers as Yeezus Christus: “Fashion killed rock and roll. Fashion killed contemporary art, and turned it vulgar. And if hip-hop artists are not careful it will also kill hip hop.” Noted. [Style.com]
THE ALEXANDER WANG FREE-FOR-ALL
Last weekend, industry folk and Wang fans received a mysterious invitation to an event in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District? Some queued for hours – and their reward? A studio full T by Alexander Wang clothes… for free. Some people walked out with injuries, but everyone left with bags of free clothes. Note to designers: this is how you do a PR stunt. [Fashionista]
INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION CROWNS WINNER
Never heard of it? This annual competition, based in Italy, is one of the most prestigious around — judged by such pros as Nicola Formichetti of Diesel. The biggest award, the Fashion Collection of the Year, went to the Royal College of Art’s Han Chul Lee. By winning, Lee gets 15,000 euros and a return to next years competition to present his new collection. [Fashionista]
ANDY MURRAY AND KIM SEARS FOR BURBERRY?
Heard on the grapevine: the Wimbledon champion and his girlfriend could succeed Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge as the new faces of Burberry. A source reports: “Andy may not seem like the obvious choice for a fashion campaign, but he has proven he can scrub up incredibly well” – which seems a bit like damning him with faint praise, no? Fingers and tennis elbows crossed. [Daily Mail]
CONTROVERSIAL COVER OF THE WEEK: CLAIRE DANES FOR VOGUE
Some praise the candidness of the interview with the American Vogue cover girl, and the accompanying photo shoot — a glamourous scene-to-scene rendition of Dane’s hit show Homeland (with co-star lover Damian Lewis), shot by Annie Leibovitz. Others see it as a dour representation of Danes and a bad perspective of ageing by Vogue. Since it is Vogue’s annual Ageing issue, we do wonder… [FashionSpot]
Brought to you by Yeezus: You can try, but you can’t touch this guy.