Virgil Abloh questions whether fashion is still ‘relevant’

Virgil Abloh has questioned if fashion is “still relevant” in a new video released on social media.The creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line and founder of streetwear label Off-White uploaded a four-minute clip to Instagram on Monday in wh…

Virgil Abloh has questioned if fashion is “still relevant” in a new video released on social media.

The creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line and founder of streetwear label Off-White uploaded a four-minute clip to Instagram on Monday in which he discussed the future of the industry after stores and factories have been forced to close down temporarily amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Abloh, who also narrates the video with a series of musings about his latest Louis Vuitton collection and the future of fashion, simply captioned the clip: “I think in run-on sentences.”

The video includes behind-the-scenes footage of his previous ranges, and he touched upon his design process, which he said was fuelled by an investigation into “the root of clothing and a human desire”.

“It’s sort of this matrix of using the DNA of a vocabulary I started in, but sending it into the time of the season,” the 39-year-old explained, noting how he’s inspired by the thought process behind creations rather than the relationship to the work.

Abloh then stated that the purpose of sharing his video was to showcase his musings on the “sort of chip on (his) shoulder” of analysing if “fashion with a capital ‘F’ is still relevant”.

He also listed some of his muses, claiming he appreciates Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay for his “strong fashion sensibility”, and the attire often worn by the late Kurt Cobain.

Abloh insisted the Nirvana rocker’s infamous flannel shirts in the ’90s were a big inspiration and revealed that he used to go to his local mall “and buy that and I would make it my own”.

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Aaron Paul keen to play Kurt Cobain in biopic

Aaron Paul would love the opportunity to portray Kurt Cobain in a biopic.In a recent interview with NME, the Breaking Bad actor expressed a yearning to play the Nirvana frontman, even though no studio is currently developing such a project. “When I fir…

Aaron Paul would love the opportunity to portray Kurt Cobain in a biopic.

In a recent interview with NME, the Breaking Bad actor expressed a yearning to play the Nirvana frontman, even though no studio is currently developing such a project.

“When I first moved to L.A., I thought quite a bit about Kurt Cobain and what happened and I just love Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit was one of the first records I bought with my own money, so I’ve thought that could be interesting,” he told the publication, referring to the rough start he had in California when he first moved there in 1997.

While a film about Nirvana may not yet be in the pipeline, a recent uptick in Hollywood films about musical artists means it could be on the cards.

The success of movies like Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, and Straight Outta Compton demonstrates high audience demand for stories about musicians, with the three films grossing millions of dollars at the global box office.

But unfortunately for 40-year-old Paul, the role of Cobain would likely end up going to a younger actor, as the troubled singer died at the age of 27 in 1994.

And while the star enjoys music orientated projects, having previously played comedy songwriter Weird Al Yankovic in a short parody film, he admitted that he’s a better actor than a musician.

”I’ve never wanted to do an album,” he added. “Have I dreamed of doing one? Of course. Everyone has that rock star dream. But trust me, no one wants to listen to that!”

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Iconic Kurt Cobain cardigan sells for $334,000 at auction

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for his 1993 MTV Unplugged performance has sold for a staggering $334,000 (£260,380) at auction.The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the couple’…

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for his 1993 MTV Unplugged performance has sold for a staggering $334,000 (£260,380) at auction.

The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the couple’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, after the rocker’s 1994 death – and she later sold it.

Now, the anonymous businessman who purchased it at an auction four years ago for $137,500 (£112,000) has made a huge profit on the item. It was sold via California-based Julien’s Auctions on Saturday alongside a letter of authenticity from Farry.

The cardigan was expected to bring in big money, after a fan offered the pre-auction minimum bid of $200,000 (£163,000) weeks before the auction went live. Experts had predicted the sale price could rise as high as $300,000 ($245,000).

The cardigan was previously described as “a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discolouration near left pocket and discolouration on right pocket”.

A spokesman for Julien’s emphasised that the item had not been cleaned since it was worn by the Smells Like Teen Spirit hitmaker.

“It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien recently told Rolling Stone. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarette burns that you can see on the sweater.”

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Iconic Kurt Cobain cardigan returning to auction block

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for an MTV Unplugged performance is up for auction again after selling for $137,500 (£112,000) in 2015.The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the …

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for an MTV Unplugged performance is up for auction again after selling for $137,500 (£112,000) in 2015.

The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the couple’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, after the rocker’s 1994 death – and she later sold it.

Now, the anonymous businessman who purchased it at auction four years ago has relisted the valuable souvenir, and he is guaranteed to turn a big profit, because another fan has already offered the pre-auction minimum bid of $200,000 (£163,000).

The cardigan was previously described as “a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discolouration on right pocket”.

A spokesman for the auction house, Julien’s, emphasised that the item has not been cleaned since it was worn by the Smells Like Teen Spirit hitmaker.

“It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien told Rolling Stone. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarette burns that you can see on the sweater.”

The cardigan, which comes with a letter of authenticity from Farry, could fetch up to $300,000 ($245,000) when it goes under the hammer.

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Kaia Gerber ‘liberated’ by her new Kurt Cobain-inspired haircut

Kaia Gerber felt “liberated” after getting her long hair chopped into a shaggy bob inspired by Kurt Cobain’s signature hairstyle.The 18-year-old model decided to get rid of her long, flowing brunette locks after completing a job, as she felt pressure t…

Kaia Gerber felt “liberated” after getting her long hair chopped into a shaggy bob inspired by Kurt Cobain’s signature hairstyle.

The 18-year-old model decided to get rid of her long, flowing brunette locks after completing a job, as she felt pressure to keep her hair in a certain style to help her career.

“For so long, I felt this pressure to have the long, pretty hair that everyone expects you to have,” Gerber told Vogue Australia. “Then I asked myself who I was doing that for – I could cut my hair if I wanted to cut my hair. And I did.”

She added that her muse for the new look was late rocker Cobain, the lead singer of ’90s rock band Nirvana.

“I definitely feel more ‘me’. It gave me more individuality. It’s also just easier. I think every woman at least once in her life should feel the liberation of cutting her hair off. It felt very cleansing; it was actually a weight off my shoulders,” the daughter of famed supermodel Cindy Crawford explained.

Gerber debuted her new look on the runway during Milan Fashion Week, as she walked for designers including Alberta Ferretti, Max Mara, and Prada.

The star insisted hairstylist Guido Palau work his magic on her locks and told him that if he didn’t cut her hair, she would just go to a regular hair salon.

“I asked her if she wanted to save it for a show or an editorial, and she said, ‘No, if you don’t do it, I’m just going to get it done around the corner.’ She had a very strong opinion about (what she wanted to do),” Palau told the magazine.

And Gerber teased the possibility of more transformative looks in the future.

“Every time I see Guido, I ask him to cut it more, just a little bit. It’s so freeing and I love having it off my shoulders,” she gushed.

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Frances Bean Cobain launches clothing line in honour of late father

Frances Bean Cobain has honoured her late father Kurt Cobain with a new clothing collection.The 27-year-old daughter of Courtney Love and the Nirvana rocker launched the line Kurt Was Here on Monday, with the 50-piece range created in partnership with …

Frances Bean Cobain has honoured her late father Kurt Cobain with a new clothing collection.

The 27-year-old daughter of Courtney Love and the Nirvana rocker launched the line Kurt Was Here on Monday, with the 50-piece range created in partnership with Kurt’s estate and Live Nation Merchandise.

Frances curated the line, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts featuring images of the musician’s paintings, sketches, and hand-written notes.

A portion of online sales will be donated to The Jed Foundation (JED), a non-profit organisation that seeks to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teenagers and young adults.

Frances largely remains out of the spotlight and has not yet commented on the collection, however, a representative for Live Nation told Rolling Stone that it was the right time to unveil the project.

“We believe that the importance of art is exceedingly potent in today’s social and political climate,” they stated to the music publication. “And that it is the right time to share this collection of Kurt’s work with artists, collectors, and fans, allowing them to experience Kurt’s legacy in a new way, and collectively celebrate his lasting impact on the world.”

The range comes a few months after the 25th anniversary of Kurt’s death. During the final years of his life, the Smells Like Teen Spirit star struggled with addiction and chronic health problems, and was found dead at his home in Seattle at the age of 27.

Most items are priced from $39 to $69 (£31 – £55) and are available to buy in department stores Selfridges and Barneys, as well as online at KurtCobainShop.com.

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Courtney Love fumes over Vetements’ Kurt Cobain replica T-shirt

Courtney Love has blasted Vetements for allegedly ripping off a T-shirt once worn by her late husband Kurt Cobain.Showing off one of the looks from the fall/winter 19 “surprise drop” on Instagram, featuring a green-haired model dressed in a white T-shi…

Courtney Love has blasted Vetements for allegedly ripping off a T-shirt once worn by her late husband Kurt Cobain.

Showing off one of the looks from the fall/winter 19 “surprise drop” on Instagram, featuring a green-haired model dressed in a white T-shirt with the slogan “Corporate magazine still suck Alot!”, a baggy cardigan, ripped jeans and chunky black biker boots, fans were quick to point out designer Demna Gvasalia’s creation was a near exact replica of a top Cobain wore for a magazine cover shoot.

Getting wind of the style scandal, Love added her own message underneath the post.

“You guys WHAT the F**K? I hate being put in this position. You should know better!” she fumed.

Grunge originator Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27, wore a white T-shirt with the words “Corporate magazine still suck” scrawled across the front for a Rolling Stone shoot with Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic in 1992. He teamed the garment with a cardigan and jeans.

This is the second fashion fight to involve Nirvana in recent months. In December, the band’s legal team began proceedings to sue Marc Jacobs over the alleged theft of their yellow smiley face logo – a trademark they have owned since 1992. Jacobs debuted the design, which features letters M and J in place of the eyes, as part of his re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

In March, the designer’s lawyers sought to have the legal case dismissed. In their filing, it was cited that Love was a big fan of the Marc Jacobs brands, and attorneys highlighted how, after first meeting the singer and her then two-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain in 1994, the three forged a long-standing working relationship.

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Frances Bean Cobain and Sean Lennon bond over parents’ style

Frances Bean Cobain and Sean Lennon have bonded over their struggle to set themselves apart from their famous parents’ style choices. Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son often find their fashion sense is linked…

Frances Bean Cobain and Sean Lennon have bonded over their struggle to set themselves apart from their famous parents’ style choices.

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son often find their fashion sense is linked to that of their folks and on Sunday (31Mar19), Lennon took to Instagram and posted an image of himself wearing a suit by designer Kyosuke Kunimoto, noting he is often accused of trying to copy his parents, especially when wearing glasses resembling those his father wore.

“I have struggled all my life w (with) people telling me I’m ‘trying’ to look like dad, or mum,” he captioned the shot. “That’s why I rarely wear these type of glasses, but they’re actually just better on my face.”

But the musician insists, he isn’t purposefully emulating the late Imagine singer or his mum, Ono.

He added, “It’s funny, but I promise I don’t ‘try’ to look like my parents, it just happens. Especially when I dress cool because they had epic style, so it is often unintentionally evocative. Which glasses do y’all prefer on me?” he wrote.

The post prompted Frances to share her similar struggle with wardrobe choices.

“You look wonderful! I do the same thing re sunglasses, I try not to wear those friggin oval frames often, but i when i do, i know they look good on mah face, so, what can we do,” she commented on Lennon’s post, before offering words of encouragement to her fellow musician.

“Embrace the similarities and celebrate the differences, i suppose!” she wrote.

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Marc Jacobs seeks to dismiss Nirvana lawsuit

Marc Jacobs’ legal team have asked for a lawsuit brought about by Nirvana to be dismissed.Nirvana’s surviving members Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl began the process of suing Jacobs in December (18) over a T-shirt motif in the fashion star’s r…

Marc Jacobs’ legal team have asked for a lawsuit brought about by Nirvana to be dismissed.

Nirvana’s surviving members Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl began the process of suing Jacobs in December (18) over a T-shirt motif in the fashion star’s re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

They claim the design, a yellow smiley face with the letters M and J in place of the eyes, is a copy of Nirvana’s yellow smiley face T-shirt – a trademark the group has owned since 1992.

But Jacobs’ lawyers disagree, and have asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out in documents filed in a California federal court.

They state that Jacobs was one of the originators of grunge, with his 1993 Grunge Collection a “groundbreaking” moment in the fashion world.

“It brought together high fashion and streetwear on the runway in a way that had never been done before. The debut of the SS93 Grunge Collection is now considered to be one of the most influential runway fashion shows of the 1990s,” they write.

His legal team also go on to cite Courtney Love, widow of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who came up with the smiley face logo synonymous with the band, as a big fan of the Marc Jacobs brands.

They state after first meeting both Love and her then two-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain in 1994, the three forged a long-standing working relationship.

“As friends of the brand, Ms. Love and Ms. Cobain helped celebrate the release of the (Bootleg Redux Grunge) collection,” lawyers write. “Each woman was gifted designs from the collection. Ms. Love was invited to perform at the launch event for the collection in Los Angeles. Both Ms. Love and Ms. Cobain ‘liked’ and commented on the images of the collection that Mr. Jacobs posted on his Instagram feed, including, notably, images of Mr. Jacobs in the T-shirt that is one of the Accused Products. Ms. Love commented on one of the images of Mr. Jacobs in that shirt, saying, ‘Nice photo! Looks some what familiar (sic)! Amazing’.”

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Defiant Marc Jacobs wears T-shirt Nirvana is suing him over

Marc Jacobs has posted a defiant photo of him wearing a Nirvana-style T-shirt after the band launched legal action against the design.Jacobs is seen posing on a private jet with his dog Neville by his feet on the way back from a festive trip to St. Bar…

Marc Jacobs has posted a defiant photo of him wearing a Nirvana-style T-shirt after the band launched legal action against the design.

Jacobs is seen posing on a private jet with his dog Neville by his feet on the way back from a festive trip to St. Barths, sporting a black top featuring a yellow smiley face with the letters M and J in place of the eyes and the word HEAVEN above it, from his re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

The top bears a striking resemblance to grunge band Nirvana’s yellow smiley face T-shirt – a trademark the group has owned since 1992.

Last month (Dec18), the band’s legal team began proceedings to sue Jacobs over the alleged theft of their logo.

Lawyers for Nirvana – originally made up of late frontman Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl – called the design a “blatant ripoff” and further alleged the Smells Like Teen Spirit hitmakers were one of the founders of the grunge music scene, so even the name of Jacobs’ collection is linked to them.

It seems some fans agree, with one posting under the new Instagram photo: “No talent, stealing designs and just for your ego.”

Another asked: “@themarcjacobs isn’t that the shirt you’re being sued over?”

“I get it probably wasn’t done out of disrespect, but I feel he would react the same way if someone jacked one of his creations. Seems rude as a fellow artist,” a third commented.

Jacobs, 55, is yet to comment on the lawsuit.

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