What connects Prada to fabulous chips via Frank Ocean’s lab diamonds? | Culture

Spring/summer 2023

Raf Simons brings his own brand to London Fashion Week… Photography: Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Tis the season – fashion season. New York Fashion Week is underway, with London kicking off on Friday. Then come Milan, then Paris, which form the four big names in fashion. (Copenhagen Fashion Week in August paves the way for Europa League slots.) On Friday, Prada’s co-creative director Raf simons brings his own brand to the London catwalk for the first time.

Diamonds are for…

Eric Bogosian
…which was sung by Frank Ocean, whose Homer luxury line includes diamonds, as did Uncut Gems with Eric Bogosian… Photograph: Getty Images

In 2017, hip-hop collective ASAP Mob released Raf, their tribute to the Belgian designer – including a voice from Frank Ocean, who launched luxury brand, Homer: you may have read about his diamond-studded cock ring of $25,000. For environmental reasons, the diamonds used by Homer are “lab grown” – but less ethical diamonds have been the driving force behind the supercharged uncut gems of the Safdie brothers, starring Adam Sandler and Eric Bogosian go head to head.

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Bob Balaban
…who crossed paths with Bob Balaban in Deconstructing Harry… Photograph: Getty Images

Bogosian is one of the dying breed of ’80s New Wave polymaths: a theater maker, playwright, novelist, occasional historian and actor, from Succession to Oliver Stone’s 1988 Relentless Talk Radio, based on the play by Bogosyan. In 1997, he participated in Woody Allen’s caustic Deconstructing Harry, where he met, among others, Bob Balaban.

Bob Balaban!

Robert Altman
…which was also in Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman… Photograph: Getty Images

You’ve seen Bob Balaban (part of his charm is saying the name) in almost everything, but let’s jump to 2001 and Robert AltmanThe last great film from Gosford Park, where Balaban played a director in the English country house thriller. In 1994, Altman tried to do for fashion what he did for Hollywood in The Player (one of his many masterpieces)…

Photo finish

Scene from All Is Vanity
… whose Ready-to-Wear revisits the splendor of the early 90s, as does the new independent film All is Vanity.

from Altman The star-studded satire of Paris fashion week, Prêt-à-Porter, is frankly a waste, but worth a visit to revisit the glitz of the early ’90s supermodel era. Stephen Rea plays a photographer bawdy – he’s a guy also used in Blow-Up with a David Bailey-style photographer in the 60s. A new independent film revisits the trope: due next month, Everything is vanity fashion and film skewers as an eccentric photographer, his team and a model reunite in a London warehouse. What could go wrong?

Pairing Notes

Lily Rachel Tashjian’s invitation-only Opulent Tips newsletter is the gold standard for insider style knowledge. Less exclusive but worth the detour, Amy Odell’s Back Row dispatch and Laura Reilly’s Store newsletter.

To eat Last season Café Cecilia in east London was the fashion canteen. Now Toklas just off the Strand is where to be seen. The fries are “fabulous”.

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