After announcing that she would, in fact, be starring in her second Balenciaga Florabotanica ad back in May, Kristen Stewart is back at it. The first image of the actress's second campaign has been released, and it's nothing short of beautiful. A bare-backed Kristen sits dotted in neon flowers, with her hair done in a wispy updo and her makeup focusing on a sexy smoky eye and glossy lips. The official campaign will drop in October, but until then, what do you think of Kristen's ad? Let us know in the comments below!
According to court documents obtained by WWD, Balenciaga brought the suit against Ghesquière for breaching an agreement not to talk about the house negatively. The house is asking for $9.2 million in damages, and court papers say he was paid some $8.7 million when he left the house and an additional $42.3 million for the 10 percent stake he owned in it.
"Balenciaga didn't want its designer to justify his departure by criticizing the house that employed him," the suit says. "In general, the parties, knowing the hypersensitivity of the fashion industry to changes in creative direction, were forbidden from commenting on the break in order to avoid any detrimental effect on their economic interests or their image."
But in an interview with the London-based fashion magazine System published earlier this year, Ghesquière made comments that Balenciaga's lawyers feel breach that contract. (Ghesquière's friend and Balenciaga's former in-house stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé, who helped create the first issue of System, is also named in the suit.)
"It all became so dehumanized," the designer said of his work at the house. "Everything became an asset for the brand, trying to make it ever more corporate — it was all about branding. . . . I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenize things. It just wasn't fulfilling anymore."
While Balenciaga's legal team is at work on this case, its creative team has its hands full too. The house's new creative director, Alexander Wang, is scheduled to present his Spring 2014 collection in Paris on Sept. 26.
There are crop tops and then there are crop tops — we think it's safe to assume that Emma Watson wore the latter at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London. For the occasion, the actress bared her belly in an ivory silk bolero crop top and high-waisted trousers then finished with black sequined peep-toe heels, all by Balenciaga. By now we're used to seeing celebrities rocking crop tops, so this look isn't entirely shocking, but Emma definitely takes the cake for baring the most skin. So now that you've seen the Brit star's more daring side, tell us — did it work?
Kristen Stewart bares her back and wears nothing but flowers in the new ad campaign for Balenciaga's womens fragrance, Florabotanica. This is Kristen's second campaign for the French fashion house since being named as the face of the scent in 2012, and she reportedly shot the photos earlier this year. Kristen has remained close with Balenciaga's former creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, but has not been dressed by the brand since Alexander Wang took over design duties in December. Once the switch was made, it was speculated that she would no longer be attached to the project, but the release of her new ad today obviously proves otherwise. Ironically, her ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson's teaser campaign for Dior Homme was also launched this week.
Are you glad to see Kristen back for Florabotanica? And what do you think of this new campaign? Weigh in below!
If the zoomed-in view of Alexander Wang's premiere bag for Balenciaga left you wanting more, allow us to satisfy your fashion cravings with the full Fall campaign. Le Dix makes a strong showing once again, this time paired with wilted roses, black marble surfaces, the off-kilter modeling poses of Kristen McMenamy, and of course, the clothes! Shot by Steven Klein, these eight shots were so dynamic, we had to share them all.
When Balenciaga officially revealed Le Dix, its first collection of handbags for Fall 2013 designed by Alexander Wang, we knew they were as close to a game-changer for the brand as bags could be. Now their dramatic simplicity has been brought to life, courtesy of a video shot by Toby McFarlan Pond under the artistic direction of Wang, whose sharp light, quick cutaways, and playful music
Alexander Wang has only presented two archive-referential collections for Balenciaga, and with his third scheduled to come down the runway in just over a month, there's no sign of him slowing down on his devotion to the house's codes.
"Forever and always I'll remember that the name on the door is Balenciaga," the designer said in an interview in Dazed & Confused's September issue. "I think it's great to do something that is completely another side of what I do."
Wang's appreciation for the founder is so great that he took the workers in his atelier to Balenciaga's hometown in Getaria, Spain, on a company field trip of sorts.
"They'd never actually been there," Wang said. "So we went to see his house and where he grew up and all that. It was a great experience.”
Wang also talked about his Fall 2013 ad campaign for Balenciaga, which famously stars the back of supermodel Kristen McMenamy's head.
"The first eight images that will come out aren't even showing her face," he smiles. "She's either turning around or her head’s cut off or whatever it may be. We liked taking this super-supermodel and giving her that perception. She's such an incredible model, and it was so easy to photograph her; we got so much out of it that we weren't even expecting."
When Nicolas Ghesquière stepped down as creative director at Balenciaga last July, Alexander Wang took the helm. His first collection for the French fashion house was Fall 2013, and although he had big shoes to fill, he did an impeccable job with a chic black and white palette. And Hollywood's roster of cool-girl stars, like Carey Mulligan and Elizabeth Olsen, have already flocked to his designs for various press appearances all over the world. As if that weren't enough, it seems the collection may have something of a superstar fan in Lady Gaga. Head inside to witness them all.
Whether they were indulging in glamorous vacations or packing into the backseat of a town car (we see you, Eva Chen!), fashion's stylish snappers were on the go this week.
Stars like Peter Som, Poppy Delevingne, and Chelsea Leyland waved goodbye to July from waterfront locations, while Hannah Bronfman let her nails do most of the talking. Click through to see this week's best shots, and don't forget to keep up with our editors by following us at popsugarfashion!