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Racing With the Lundgrens

I spent Sunday morning with Terry J. Lundgren.
Rebecca Minkoff's spinoff men's accessory line, Ben Minkoff, is introducing a new blog on Tumblr today.
I think I’m getting into men’s wear.
May 13, 2010 7:13 PM

Eye, Fashion, Men's

Kellan Lutz: Ab Fab

On Saturday, actor Kellan Lutz will be at Macy's Herald Square to promote his provocative Calvin Klein Underwear campaign. And where the "Twilight" heartthrob goes, lots of braced-faced, elbow-swinging tweens, clamoring for a peek at the hunk's now famous abs, will follow.

WWD spoke with the rookie sex symbol about superstardom and what it's like to be photographed in your skivvies.

WWD: So the next Twilight installment, "Eclipse," comes out next month, how do you prepare for all the craziness that comes with that?
Kellan Lutz: I really look at it as going to Six Flags or an amusement park. The first time, you don't realize what that long line of people waiting there is for, so when you get out of the car and everyone is screaming your name it's like, 'Oh my god.' It's surreal. But after the second time around, you realize you can't really prepare for it. You just know it's going to be one of the biggest moments and best memories of your life.
Michael Kors at the Golden Gate Bridge
Greetings from San Francisco -- one of my favorite cities in the world. Stopped by the Presidio for the Hitchcock views, had amazing dim sum for lunch at Tommy Toy's, went to a benefit fashion show for the San Francisco Ballet followed by drinks at the Tonga Room, which is like a tiki bar on steroids.

From the studs, piercings and Mohawks of the punk movement to the tie-dye and long hair of the hippies, young people have long used fashion as a mode of rebellion against the status quo and polite society. Teenagers create both self-identities and group identities through style, whether it's a varsity jacket, a Goth black ensemble or a polo shirt with a popped collar. And for as long as kids have been picking out their own clothes, adults have been disapproving of some of their choices.

That's the essence of the saggy pants debate that's come to New York, following State Senator Eric Adams' initiative to put up six billboards in Brooklyn that encourage young males to "Stop the Sag" and wear their pants in a conventional manner -- i.e., without most of their underwear flapping in the breeze.
If there was any doubt about Yohji Yamamoto's fan base in his home country of Japan, it was definitely eradicated Thursday night. More than 3,000 people packed into a former Olympic stadium in Tokyo to take in his celebrity-studded men's show.

The show proved to be a reciprocal act of admiration between an iconic designer and his legion of followers, which ran the gamut from businessmen in suits to avant-garde artist types.

Backstage, Yamamoto said he wanted to pay tribute to his home country because he hadn't staged a fashion show there in almost 20 years. In turn, his fans showed their support for the 66-year-old designer just months after his company filed for bankruptcy protection. (Japanese private equity fund Integral Corp. has since taken over the business to restructure it.)

"Well Yohji's back, very simply," Yoshihiro Hemmi, the chairman of the fashion house, told me.

He said the show actually accomplished two things: It demonstrated how many people of all ages still identify with the designer and it also helped boost employee morale -- not a bad thing for a company emerging from financial collapse.

On Monday night, Marc Jacobs sat down with Patricia Mears, the deputy director for The Museum at FIT, for a Q&A session at the French Institute Alliance Français. Here, excerpts from that session.

On his early interest in fashion:
I [always] had a love for fashion. I recognized it when my grandmother took me shopping for back-to-school clothes. I mean, I didn't know I wanted to be a fashion designer at that point, but I knew I was interested in clothing. I loved the idea of getting dressed and putting together clothes at a very early age. And then, I guess maybe when I was 12 or 13, I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. I just really loved fashion. I had no real dreams of anything else. I think once I wanted to be a veterinarian [because] my cat was sick. I was, like, eight and that was a passing moment.

Emma Willis
Emma Willis
Photo by Colin Thomas
Emma Willis is London's first lady of men's shirts. Make that the only lady of men's shirts.
Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott
Photo by Kristen Somody Whalen

Though he's been dating designer L'Wren Scott for just a few years, Mick Jagger is certainly no newbie to the fashion world. As a Rolling Stone, he worked with "loads of stylists, millions of them," he told me at the dinner he threw during New York Fashion Week for his girlfriend. But lately he's become particularly interested in the production side of things. Here's a snippet of our conversation about style -- men's, women's and his great-grandfather's.

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