Alber Elbaz

“You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your thriving that you have anything to offer anyone. If you’re wanting to be of an advantage to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be.”
Esther Abraham-Hicks

lanvin real people
Alber Elbaz – the extraordinarily talented designer of Lanvin – received a lot of love when he decided to feature ‘real people’ in his Autumn/Winter 2012 campaign. Now that there is a video to go along with it, that love is sure to multiply like bunnies.

In the campaign video (below) a group of diverse and beautiful men and woman segue between stop-motion photo shoots and soundbites while wearing the best of Lavin’s upcoming collection; peplum-ed and fur-ed to the nines. We have an elegant 81-year-old woman from Harlem, eyes like diamonds, “new diseases (and like)”, strange obsessions and collections, connecting with the earth, douchey music, and much much more. Charming as ever, Monsieur Elbaz.
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Karlie Kloss Numero

  • Karlie Kloss is having one hell of a good year. To top off many-a-model accomplishment, the Next model is werrrrking it on the cover of Numero‘s December/January issue – lensed by Greg Kadel and styled by Elizabeth Sulcer.

  • After her newest resort collection dropped this week, style icon Chloë Sevigny has kindly invited the interwebs into her East Village garden flat. The inadvertently promotional film weaves through her – very impressive – closet, and displays the original bunny ears from Gummo, sketches for Oscar dresses by Alber Elbaz, S&M dog collars, and lots of Chloë for Opening Ceremony (obviously).

  • With no reason given, Cynthia Steffe‘s creative director and executive vice-president – Shaun Kearney – has “amicably” stepped down from his position. No successor has been announced as of yet, though the label says it will definitely not stop here.

  • Bruce Weber has turned out a beautiful cover for the December issue of Vogue Spain. Though there is no rhyme or reason for it, model Dree Hemingway is codling a baby while wearing couture and a ripped t-shirt (Balmain or Target? Who knows).
    Vogue Spain Dree Hemingway Baby

  • H&M have been ‘found out’ in regards to using completely digitally-created bodies on their ads and website. H&M press officer Håcan Andersson confirmed that their new lingerie-clad bodies are “completely virtual“, and that they use “facial models” to superimpose normalcy onto the click-and-go body forms.

    “It’s not about ideals or to show off a perfect body… we are doing this to show off the garments.”
    – Hacan Andersson

    Am I wrong to think this is better than photoshopping every image individually? This way, I feel the shopper would have a more ‘generic’ view of a garment, and appreciate that they are buying an item, as opposed to buying what a model looks like in an item.

  • Internet gossip alert. Nicole Richie is rumoured to take over Sarah Jessica Parker’s ex-place as the the face of Halston.

  • Prabal Gurung is one of my favourite fashion designers. We all know this. We all know, also, that I am nowhere near loaded enough to have my dream, Gurung-filled closet.

    But I may just come close! And so can you! Prabal has just been named chief deisgner for ICB, the Japanese bridge label that launched in 1995 and stopped being distributed in the US in 2002. Previous designers have included Michael Kors and Viktor & Rolf. With the brand relaunching in the States – with Europe to follow – late next year, Prabal could not be a better choice. Expect lower price points with all of the same appeal.

  • Beyonce Wedding Dress

    Beyonce in her wedding dress

  • Excuse me while I wipe away some salty, embarrassing tears. Beyoncé‘s latest music video is one of my forever favourites. “I Was Here (Live at Roseland)” is essentially a montage of important and meaningful experiences in her life, and we even get to catch a look at Beyonce in her wedding dress (made by her mom, Tina Knowles) for the first time in almost four years. Watch…or I’ll cry again.

  • Thanks to Missoni, I’m sure, Target‘s third-quarter sales are up 3.4 percent.

  • For London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012, the official sponsor is changing from Canon to Vodafone UK.

  • Though it comes as no surprise, it is still a little sad to hear that Claridge’s (the London hotel) has let go of John Galliano in regards to his long-time affair designing their annual Christmas decorations. Thankfully, we can still look forward to something spectacular, as the job has been handed over to Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. Anyone else hoping he shows up in a Santa suit for the press reveal?

  • Moda Operandi have wooed their way into another big-hitter’s staff resources! This week, Ashley Bryan (head of marketing and sales for Net-a-Porter in the US) has announced an immediate move to take on the role of Moda Operandi’s chief marketing officer. Fun fact: she is also the daughter of Anna Wintour’s longtime boyfriend, communications executive Shelby Bryan.

  • Costello Tagliapietra is going to release a diffusion line! For Spring/Summer 2012, new line “C&T” will offer 13 dresses that retail for $298 a piece.

  • This has made my weekend! After months of waiting to see something from the film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby“, we have a photo of Australian model Gemma Ward on the set! Gemma plays Catherine – the sister of Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher) – and looks picture perfect in pin curls and full ‘20s attire. The costumes are going to be out of this world; I can’t wait to see the ensembles of Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire, as well.
    Gemma Ward Great Gatsby

    Gemma Ward in The Great Gatsby


  • Lauren Bush and David Lauren‘s wedding photos: revealed! Major, vintage-esque swoons over at Vogue.
  • Lottie Moss

    Lottie Moss

  • So, remember when Kate Moss‘ little sister was causing some “Hey, look! She’s beautiful, too!” commotion when Kate’s wedding photos were released? Well, now she’s a model. See: 13-year-old Lottie Moss, above. (Photos by Andrea Carter Bowman).

  • Well this is interesante! Moda Operandi is becoming a serious force to be reckoned with, as they have just announced the hiring/pillaging of Taylor Tomasi Hill filling the role of MO’s artistic director.

  • Apparently, Marc Jacobs is no longer the name-of-the-moment in regards to taking over John Galliano at Dior. As Jacobs insisted on taking his Louis Vuitton team with him to Dior – which would leave Vuitton pretty helpless – if he were to make the move, he has been removed from talks. The position still remains open, and I still believe if Riccardo Tisci was to shake his brand loyalty, it would be his in a hot second.

  • Look how super-dupily-smoking-hot Demi Lovato looked on the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards red carpet! In a very un-Disney move, she wore a berry-coloured Roland Mouret Compeyson zip-front gown, made of stretch-crepe and actually worn back-to-front.

    By turning the plunging back into a plunging neckline, employing some major curls, and bronzing to the high heavens, she has made the look – impressively – her own. Style headed in the right direction, Miss Lovato.

    Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato


  • When pressed for their comments regarding Madonna’s foray into further sectors of the fashion industry:

    “Maybe next season, we should sing a song.”
    Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

  • This week in Milan? Giorgio Armani wished he could “have a fresh start as an architect”; not too off-topic, considering he just opened his latest luxury hotel in the fashion capital, and announced plans to open others in London, Paris and New York.

  • Lily Cole, everyone’s favourite red-haired model-turned-actress (ok..so she’s the only one), has a cameo role in the forthcoming movie “Snow White & the Huntsman“. If you want to spot her in the trailer, look for the girl being obliterated by Charlize Theron. Poor lil beauty.

  • BIG NEWS! Five months after the brand was acquired by private equity firm Labelux, Jimmy Choo is losing co-founder and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon! Not only Tamara, but also the company’s current CEO, Joshua Shulman. Considering Labelux paid $800 million for brand ownership, I doubt they are planning to live on the streets, but it does raise questions regarding motive for both of the talented fashion figures to leave.