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April 16, 2014

Petit Bateau x Satu Maaranen  

The First of a Two-Part Look at the Historic French Brand’s Collaboration with the Finnish Designer

The treasured French atelier Petit Bateau embarks on a new collection with breakout fashion star Satu Maaranen. Winner of the Grand Prix of the jury Première Vision at the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères in 2013, Maaranen was given the chance to reinvent a collection of Petit Bateau classics, including the iconic, striped marinière. Inspired by vintage haute couture and the natural world, the Finnish designer’s experimental fabric designs compliment Petit Bateau’s sustainable development and heritage. The collection launches a three-year-partnership between the Hyères festival and Petit Bateau, during which time each winning designer will collaborate with the 121-year-old label. “I find the old couture world and the dream around it very fascinating,” says Maaranen, a graduate of the acclaimed Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. “I appreciate the handmade and luxurious, but done in a modern way.”
Return for part two next week April 23, with the exclusive pre-release of 50 marinières from Petit Bateau and Satu Maaranen.

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Suzy Menkes on Suzy Menkes

The Illustrious Fashion Journalist Reflects on Her Life in Pictures

To coincide with the final days of bidding at In My Fashion, the online sale at Christie’s which sees some of Suzy Menkes’ signature pieces go under the hammer, NOWNESS celebrates the life and work of one of the most remarkable fashion journalists. Looking at the entire span of her career, these photographs and recollections accompany Suzy on the journey from cub reporter to author, editor and fashion icon. Among them are intimate and hitherto unseen portraits, alongside front-row pictures, from Lord Snowdon, Richard Avedon, and Dafyyd Jones. On parting ways with her much-loved collection, Menkes says: “They need to live again, and this auction provides the opportunity for them to walk out in the sunshine, to dance the night away and to give someone else the joy that they gave to me.”

Bidding closes on July 22 2013 at 10AM EST. 

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Laura Pannack: Natural Selection

The Photographer's Young British Naturists Series is Given an Illustrated Dressing Up

Laura Pannack’s intimate portraits of the wistful day-to-day life at naturist retreats are transformed by illustrator Micah Lidberg. Taken from Pannack’s latest exhibition at White Cloth gallery in Leeds, England, the series saw the photographer immerse herself in the life of the Young British Naturists, a group for unclothed under 30s. Following the end of the exhibition last week, today’s protagonists—who until now have been displayed undressed on the Leeds gallery wall—are clothed in the latest from designers such as Marc Jacobs, Jake & Dinos Chapman’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Comme des Garçons. One group play boules in restrictive get-up from J.W. Anderson while another eat bags of chips in outfits and sunglasses by Prada, all drawn by Lidberg whose recent work includes collaborating on the music video for Coldplay’s “Atlas.” “It’s only natural to use clothing as an indication of what someone will be like,” says London-based Pannack, who has shown in the National Portrait Gallery and was the recipient of the The Royal Photographic Society’s Vic Odden Award. Exploring the group’s decision to bring forth a practice usually reserved for moments of privacy into a more public domain, she immersed herself in their collective liberation by meeting them unclothed herself. “It was a rare opportunity for me to be more vulnerable than my subjects and experience a unique situation of meeting people, with no signals or clues that may encourage me to judge or pigeonhole them.”

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