Watch street-style blogger/photographer Garance Doré in another one of her adorable “Pardon My French” videos, demonstrating to two male friends (and all of us, really) how to — and how not to — walk properly in neon yellow Louboutin Pigalle pumps. Easier said than done, Doré instructs women to try and mentally walk as if they were in their Vans sneakers (the shoes she wears in the beginning of the exercise) and warns against going much higher than the Pigalle’s 4.5 inches. Any steeper, she says, and you’d need a platform. Sound advice from someone who clearly knows what she’s talking about.
Watch Google “Glass” make its NYFW debut with the help of designer Diane von Furstenberg — at whose runway show the accessory was prominently featured — in this short film, entitled “[through Glass].” Narrated by von Furstenberg herself, the video is as much a preview of her bright, embellished SS13 collection as it is a 4-minute female-empowerment sermon. Reminding that “every girl, every woman in the world can be the woman they want to be,” she takes us backstage for last-minute fittings and shares with us her pre-runway ritual of taping her father’s lucky gold coin into the sole of her shoe. The Google Glass is a subtle character in the piece, shown on models throughout and in the designer’s reflection as she passes by mirrors. But its presence is nonetheless felt–the message being: every season we evolve and do something newer and cooler than the one before.
Watch “Rolling with Deborah and Brad,” a behind-the-scenes video of Kate Spade’s fall ad campaign, featuring celebrity stylist Brad Goreski and Kate Spade President, Creative Director and Brand Stylist Deborah Lloyd. While they roller skate through Manhattan’s colorful Robert Miller art gallery, Goreski recalls his first pair of skates as a child in Canada (“I had red velvet ice skates, while all the other boys had black leather hockey skates”), and Lloyd doles out advice on how to remain ladylike when you fall down in a skirt.
Watch Jessica Chastain in YSL’s short film for the design house’s newest perfume, Manifesto. Directed by Drive’s Nicholas Winding Refn, the piece features Chastain, the face of the fragrance, as a very well-dressed artist who doesn’t seem to mind rolling her body (and beautiful white YSL gown) through purple paint for her craft. Set to Selah Sue’s sultry “Just Because I Do,” the film climaxes with Chastain in a stunning black keyhole-front halter dress making nice with the man who buys her masterpiece at auction–and ends with the perfume’s tagline: “Daring is an art.”
Watch J. Crew Chairman Mickey Drexler in an interview on this morning’s “Squawk on the Street,” in which he downplays the role of social media in building a successful apparel business. While admitting that his company has no choice but to have a presence on the various platforms, he says that he tells his employees every day that social media “is not the end all, be all” and challenges anyone to show him any evidence that participation in the medium actually drives sales numbers.
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