Celebrity designer John Varvatos has launched a record label. The menswear guru has teamed up with executives at Republic Records for his new venture, John Varvatos Records.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I think the record industry has gotten to be more about labels wondering what the new single is rather than labels nurturing artists. It's gotten away from making a full album of music that someone would want to listen to all the way through...
"I want the artists to feel like I'm a real partner with them, not that I'm just a label head that's connected with another big label, Republic Records. I want them to feel that there's a partner there."
Varvatos has yet to sign anyone to the label, but he explains he is searching for the next big act.
He continues, "We want to find the next Guns N' Roses, (but) I'm not looking for old-school rock & roll, and I'm not looking to sign old-school rockers that are looking for a label. That's not the thing. I'm looking for young artists who are looking for a haven to create and evolve their music...
"If somebody's got a different style, I want to embrace that style... It's really to embrace and nurture their style in every regard, the musical style and their own personal style."
Varvatos has long been linked to stylish musicians - recent fashion campaigns have featured Iggy Pop, Paul Weller and KISS.
The rock fan is also a big part of music history - his main New York store is located on the site of punk mecca CBGB.
Rockers Kiss played a surprise gig for unsuspecting fans at the former home of iconic New York music venue Cbgb to kick off designer John Varvatos' Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. The veteran musicians recently took over the punk mecca, which has been turned into a boutique for the acclaimed designer, and performed Rock & Roll All Nite and C'mon and Love Me in full make-up for style fans who were simply told to turn up for a secret "intimate performance".
In a video short posted online, bassist Gene Simmons and singer/guitarist Paul Stanley prepare for the intimate show in front of just 200 fans.
Stanley says, "Any time somebody suits up... whether it's for battle, you're getting ready to go to a war of sorts.
"You want to win. This is my battle gear; this is my war paint. I go up there to have a great time, but I'm dead serious, with all guns loaded and a six-string guitar that can kill."
Simmons adds, "I probably have a loose screw someplace in my head. Otherwise I wouldn't be wearing more make-up and high heels than your mommy. Boy, do I look good!"
Last Saturday (11Jan14), KISS turned heads at Varvatos' show during Milan Fashion Week in Italy by walking the runway in sharp designer suits.
In April (14), KISS will be back in the Big Apple for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The rockers will be part of the museum's Class of 2014.
Veteran rockers Kiss donned their iconic band make-up and sharp suits to walk the runway for designer John Varvatos at a fashion show in Italy. The group, led by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, made an unannounced appearance during Varvatos' menswear show at Milan Fashion Week on Saturday night (11Jan14).
KISS have shot a new advertising campaign for Varvatos, and frontman Stanley admits they are all big fans of the designer's work, saying, "John Varvatos is a good friend who does rock 'n' roll clothes. His new campaign is based around KISS. Beautiful style does not depend on fashion - fashion is temporary and is about creating a market to sell clothes. Style is timeless.
"If you look at the rock stars of the Sixties and Seventies, they weren't dressed by designers. They went to thrift shops, they went to the Salvation Army."
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When will people learn you can’t take a model, a designer and a prize package and replicate the magic of Project Runway? Many have tried and few have succeed. The new series Styled to Rock, produced by Rihanna, gives the show a punky makeover. Project Runway: All Stars has some major upgrades from last season. But is there room for more than one Project Runway?
Styled to Rock is the umpteenth attempt at using the same format of Runway. Rather than focusing on the design, this series focuses on styling and costuming for musicians. Unfortunately, supermodel host Erin Wasson has the charm of a frozen waffle.
People take for granted that Heidi Klum was an actress and a television host before she produced Project Runway. Tim Gunn has become a celebrity due to his loving nature, distinct voice and stellar vocabulary. Their Emmy is proof that they are a major part of the show’s success. You can't just pull people off the shelf and expect the same magic to happen.
Project Runway: All Stars may have the exact same premise as the original but at least it innovates. It gives designers we have come to love a chance at redemption. Judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman also speak more authoritatively and diplomatically about fashion. Casting has improved this season with charmless model Angela Lindvall and severe mentor Joanna Coles replaced by opinionated Alyssa Milano and effervescent Zanna Roberts Rossi.
These are not the only attempts to clone Runway. Here are some others:
The Fashion Show
When Bravo lost Runway to Lifetime they tried to keep viewers with The Fashion Show. Mizrahi served as designer judge and Kelly Rowland served as host. The show received a slight upgrade in season two when supermodel Iman took over as host.
Launch My Line
Bravo tried again with this series. Dean and Dan Caten, of DSquared, hosted this series that featured “professionals” paired with designers. Seemingly random people in fields ranging from event planning to architecture had to create their own fashion line.
Not to be outdone by the shamelessness of Bravo, Lifetime tried to create a spin-off of Runway hosted by Molly Sims. Designer Kenneth Cole served as judge in this inversion of Runway. Designers create accessories ranging from jewelry to headpieces and style them with provided clothing.
This show tried to bring Runway to network television. Jessica Simpson, Nicole Ritchie and designer John Varvatos judged designers and offered them a chance to sell their line at Express and H&M. The show had too much product placement and was a little late to the game in Runway rehashing.
Workwear is fashion-speak for clothes that look like workers would wear them. Yeah, it's that simple.
We already know scruffy miners, stonemasons, lumberjacks and farmers rock denim, leather, corduroy and canvas. And they wear jeans and work shirts, for sure. But as far as fashionistas are concerned, they also wear aprons, dusty hats, and like to carry wooden buckets. Not so great for the office, unless you're a blacksmith. But take away the aprons and that's pretty much how America dresses.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the oldest apparel companies in America, and Ralph Lauren has made a fortune from workwear. And then there's Dickies, Tommy Hilfiger, John Varvatos, The Gap and Old Navy. Workwear is American, through and through.
So you already have the closet. Now here are some styling tips.
Layer jacket, over vest, over shirt, over t shirt. Never enough layers.
Throw out your iron. In fact, mist your clothes with water and crumble them before you put them on.
Wear your bag across your chest, not over your shoulder.
Sandpaper the toes and the heels of your lace-up boots.
Loosely tie a bandana around your neck. Then turn it around.
Now pick up a shovel.
Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie's U.S. reality show Fashion Star has been cancelled after two seasons due to low ratings. The style competition featured the pair as mentors, alongside menswear guru John Varvatos, giving 12 aspiring designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar contract and launch their line in America's largest retail stores, including Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The TV programme premiered to strong viewing figures last year (12), but its recent second season failed to capture audiences and now bosses at NBC, the network which aired the show, have confirmed it's been axed.
Supermodel Elle Macpherson served as host and an executive producer during its 2012 debut, but was replaced as presenter by Louise Roe, who took over the job earlier this year (13).
Country star Willie Nelson has teamed up with his two sons to film a new advertising campaign for fashion designer John Varvatos. The On the Road Again hitmaker was recently tapped as the face of the brand's new menswear line and now he has turned the project into a family affair after including his grown children Lukas and Michah in the shoot, which took place at the historic Salisbury House in Des Moines, Iowa.
Photographer Danny Clinch, who captured the Nelsons at play for the shoot, says, "Willie Nelson stands for living your life on your own terms and being respected for it. The shoot showed the strength of the Nelson bond and the film showed the camaraderie and special heartfelt connection between father and sons."
A handful of other musicians have previously fronted advertising campaigns for Varvatos, including Iggy Pop, Paul Weller, Green Day and The Roots.
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is a married man after exchanging vows with his longtime girlfriend on Saturday (22Jun13). The rocker wed photographer Jamie Wachtel at the couple's home in Los Angeles in front of a small group of friends and family.
Wachtel, 35, tells People.com, "We had the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony. We all cried and laughed. Scott and I are over the moon!"
The bride wore a vintage dress and Weiland, 45, walked down the aisle in a designer suit by John Varvatos. The newlyweds first met on a music video shoot in 2011.
This is the rocker's third marriage and he has two children, Noah, 13, and Lucy, 11, with his second wife, model Mary Forsberg.
The wedding news will be a big boost for Weiland, who has suffered a turbulent few months professionally following his exit from Stone Temple Pilots in February (13). He is currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle with his former bandmates and has voiced his anger after they replaced him with Linkin Park star Chester Bennington.
Celebrity designer John Varvatos is considering launching his own record label after years of hosting free mini-gigs in the New York space formerly occupied by fabled punk venue CBGBs. The rock 'n' roll fashion mogul took over the old club, which once served as the home of acts like The Ramones and Blondie, in 2008 and revamped it as a clothing store in a bid to preserve the legacy of the building in Manhattan's Bowery neighbourhood, and he has welcomed the likes of Guns N' Roses and Cheap Trick to perform at the place.
Varvatos, who has also worked with Paul Weller, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop and Green Day on ad campaigns for his menswear brand, is now keen to expand further into the music industry by establishing his own label.
He tells the New York Daily News, "I'm actually considering doing a very boutique, very special nurturing kind of label, working with just a few artists.
"We have the store in the Bowery... and we promote music in that store constantly. So I find the label thing is an interesting, intriguing thing from this point in time."
The Australian beauty, once dubbed The Body, will not return to host the show in its upcoming second series, although the judges - singer Jessica Simpson, designer John Varvatos and socialite Nicole Richie - will remain on the panel.
Macpherson will stay on board as the contest's executive producer.
She tells the New York Post, "I have been involved with Fashion Star from the beginning, and am very proud to see it come to life, not only in America but globally. The show is in great hands, and although I will not be hosting this season, I will still be very involved (and) will be reviewing the format for the upcoming season."
The programme offers unknown fashion designers the chance to launch their lines in the largest retail stores in the U.S.