EXCLUSIVE: Russell James Signs with CAA

Russell James has signed with Creative Artists Agency for worldwide representation.
The Los Angeles-based talent and sports agency, which represents some of Hollywood’s biggest names, has been expanding its fashion division. The 57-year-old Australian fashion and entertainment photographer is also signed with Maloney Artist Management, founded by David Maloney.
“CAA represents leading creative talent across many areas, and now also at the forefront of fashion, beauty and fine art,” shared James in a statement to WWD. “Combined with the deep industry experience of my manager David Maloney, CAA’s vast reach, network and talent pool gives me the unique opportunity to develop my brand and business on a scale that was previously unimaginable.”
In the late Nineties, James shot the first African-American model to grace the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated solo: Tyra Banks. Since then, he has photographed a slew of well-known faces including stars Rihanna and Barbra Streisand; models Gisele Bündchen, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, Ashley Graham, Candice Swanepoel and Kendall Jenner, and actor Hugh Jackman. His work has been published in publications including Vogue, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Forbes and GQ, and he’s collaborated with brands such as Hermès, Victoria’s Secret, Fila, Reebok,

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The $120,000 Art Banana Gets the Meme Treatment

The biggest news to come out of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019 was undoubtedly the $120,000 “art banana.”
The work of art-gone-viral, titled “Comedian” by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is comprised of a real banana affixed to a wall with a piece of duct tape. Created in a limited edition of three, the work has been the talk of the art world and even landed on the cover of The New York Post on Dec. 6, with the headline “Bananas.” With crowds teeming to see the work at Galerie Perrotin’s booth, the pricy piece of fruit made headlines once again on Dec. 7, after performance artist David Datuna pulled the banana off the wall, peeled it and stunningly ate it in plain sight.
How to interpret the meaning of the banana? Perrotin, which represents the artist, pontificated that “this piece offers insight into how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value.”
The Internet, however, had some other ideas — most poignantly in meme form.
Celebrities and brands were quick to get in on the viral topic. Brooke Shields, for one posted a selfie with a banana duct taped to her forehead on her Instagram account. French fashion brand, Jacquemus, created

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Chanel Unveils Holiday Destination With AR Installation at The Standard Hotel

Chanel is popping up at The Standard’s High Line location in New York.
For just four days, the luxury brand is creating a small world within the West Side hotel called “Chanel No.5 in the Snow.”

This “holiday destination,” as Chanel describes it, will be open from Dec. 12 to 15 and is free to the public. The setting is inspired by Chanel’s latest campaign for the No.5 fragrance, starring Lily-Rose Depp; in it, the face of the label is seated atop a bottle of Chanel No.5 perfume, covered in soft piles of falling snow, looking into a snow globe holding — you guessed it — a bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume.
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Chanel No.5 in the Snow will feature an ice skating area, seasonal bites and drinks including hot chocolate and photo ops. Plus, an augmented reality experience allows guests to interact with a personalized snow globe via AR, which they can then access through Snapchat and online at chanel.com. This AR element will be revealed during a private event in the space on Dec. 10, then available to the public on Dec. 11.

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Armarium Teams With Hollywood Stylists for ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress’ Concept

“You’re wearing that again?” may be more of a compliment this holiday season than a dig, from Armarium’s viewpoint.
The luxury rental resource has launched “Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress” with the help of about 10 or 12 Hollywood stylists including Julia Von Boehm, Elizabeth Stewart, Mary Fellowes and Sophie Lopez. All of the stylists are creating their own holiday looks by self-styling the same Rodarte dress. After shooting selfies, they are posting them on Armarium’s Instagram as well as via their own handles. Armarium cofounder and chief executive officer Trisha Gregory said, “The dress has been traveling for the past month and we’ve given them full reign in terms of how they would wear it and style it. This also debunks the stigma of wearing the same dress. It’s cool to wear the same style and style it in your own way.”
She added, “We wanted to showcase how sustainability is on the rise in the fashion industry and how so many red-carpet stylists and others are getting behind sustainability as well. We also wanted to highlight how by putting their clients in borrowed dresses, they’re practicing sustainability as well.”
Rodarte is a new addition for Armarium. Instead of doing a content

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The Museum at FIT Unveils ‘Power Mode: The Force of Fashion’

Clothing can pack a punch, as evidenced in the Museum at FIT’s new exhibition “Power Mode: The Force of Fashion.”
While big-shouldered Eighties-friendly power suits might immediately come to mind, that is only one of the emboldening styles that is on view in the Fashion & Textile History gallery through May 9. Visitors are meant to mull over the roles fashion plays in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging power dynamics within society. Many of the 50 objects from the museum’s permanent collection are being shown to the public for the first time, including an oversized Marc Jacobs-designed suit that Lady Gaga wore last year and a Thom Browne shrunken suit that’s similar to the style worn by LeBron James during last year’s NBA playoffs.
Set up as a curatorial exploration more than a comprehensive overview, “Power Mode” is broken down into five categories – military uniforms, suits, status, sex and resistance. Emma McClendon, associate curator of costume at The Museum at FIT, who organized the show, said, “Power gets used so much in relation to fashion and there are so many ways people think about power and fashion. There is no way that we can show every possible example of a garment that

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