24 Hour Catwalk

24 Hour Catwalk

  • On January 10th, Alexa Chung‘s latest TV venture – “24 Hour Catwalk” – will premiere on the Lifetime network in the US. The premise? A hyperactive version of “Project Runway” where four designers compete to produce the most fabulous collection of clothes and win a $10,000 cash prize each episode (which is filmed over just 24 hours). Judges will include Miss Chung, designer Cynthia Rowley, fashion editor Derek Blasberg, and publicist James LeForce. Check out a sneak peek here.

  • In two days, Elite Model Management will host their 28th Elite Model Look World Final competition in China. Currently, 70 aspiring models are in Shanghai undergoing a specialized ‘boot camp’ before the final round.

  • Lady Gaga‘s new music video for Marry The Night has been released, and marks her first video as a solo director. Describing the video as “autobiographical” and the “worst day of her life”, Gaga is institutionalized while wearing next season’s Calvin Klein and some incredible custom Giuseppe Zanotti shoes. I’ve had worse days.

    It segues into a Fame-like dance number (in stilettos, of course) and nostaglic Eighties pyromania. It’s bloody awesome.


  • Jessica Simpson may be pregnant, but she certainly has no plans to slow down on her path towards fashion domination. Though she just launched a joint girl’s fashion venture with (little sister) Ashlee Simpson, reports are in that Jessica will be launching a maternity line, a children’s footwear line, and an under-5s line. Because shoes, fragrances, luggage, jewellery, handbags, clothing, denim and outerwear isn’t enough. Rock on, Jessica.

  • This week, the Wall Street Journal profiled the incredibly talented fashion designer Dries van Noten, and taught us that sometimes even the big gun’s get it wrong. Very wrong.

    Two years later, close call No. 2 came: the Persian Gulf War. Most fashion companies lost a great deal sales-wise because American retailers slashed their spring/summer 1991 orders as the country went to war in January. Van Noten experienced that and more: “That season,” he says, “I made the collection inspired by Iraq and Iran”—having conceived and designed it before Iraq invaded Kuwait. As it happens, he says, “we have a system where jacket names begin with a B for blazer, and skirts are with an S for skirt, so that season the blazers were called Baghdad, the skirts were called Saddam, and so on. All the shipments to New York were blocked in customs because the papers were filled with names of cities of Iraq and Saddam.”

    “That,” he says quietly, “nearly caused us bankruptcy.”

  • Congratulations to Michael Kors Holdings who have finally plunged into the stock market and are currently plotting an IPO. They intend to trade under the name of KORS on the New York Stock, and hope to sell 48 million shares, including over-allotments, between $17 to $19 a piece. Which means, yes, you will soon be able to own part of Kors’ company (soon to be valued near $3.62 billion) for under $20.
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  • The first look at Jeremy Scott for Adidas Spring/Summer 2012 has arrived! As these are the only non-heels I get really excited about (which my shoe blog can confirm), I am in instant animal sneaker love. Thank you, Pablo Olea.

  • Alexa Chung has been talking to Teen Vogue about her “It-Girl Problems“, ie. she spent her entire wardrobe budget for “24-Hour Catwalk” (her upcoming TV show) on a single Balenciaga leather jacket. She joked that she will have “10 episodes to do and nothing to wear”. I wish my problems were this Balenciaga-related.

  • I don’t think Jean Paul Gaultier will be looking forward to any coverage in Vogue any time soon. In a recent interview, the designer decided to bare all in when the topic of fashion films and The Devil Wears Prada came up. Ever wondered what industry insider’s thought of the rumoured Editor in Chief ice queen? In his own words?

    Anna Wintour is a lot more monstrous than she is described!

  • The New York Times put up quite a brilliant article regarding Sex and The City, Christian Louboutin, and how Manolo Blahnik got stiletto status. Check it out here
  • Emma Watson
    Thanks to a Nylon magazine special-edition Zune was gifted to me about six years ago, I have had a daily reminder of the quasi fashion magazine. The magazine – like the mp3 player – is chic, quirky, and youthful. In fact, their Best Dressed List for 2010 runs along that same theme. The list is a good one, with the exception of Blake Lively who requires a stylist…stat. Let’s remember, Nylon, good individual items do not qualify an entity into the best dressed list.

    1. Emma Watson
    2. Alexa Chung
    3. Blake Lively
    4. Rachel Bilson
    5. Leighton Meester
    6. Carey Mulligan
    7. Alison Mosshart
    8. Mary Kate Olsen
    9. Zooey Deschanel
    10. Natalie Portman

    Phoebe Philo Celine
    Designer of the Year: Phoebe Philo
    Designer Brand: Mulberry
    Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Nicola Formichetti (ouch Re: Nick Knight)
    British Style: Alexa Chung
    Digital Innovation: Burberry
    Special Recognition: Naomi Campbell
    Emerging Talent: Meadham Kirchhoff
    Emerging Talent, Accessories: Husam El Odeh
    Menswear Designer: Patrick Grant
    Model: Lara Stone
    Accessory designer: Nicholas Kirkwood

    Alexa Chung Rachel Bilson Fashion Week Chanel

    “There are random moments —tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children’s rooms— when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my true religion: arbitrary moments of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead. Think of the way you sometimes see a tiny shaft of sunlight burst through a gap between rocks, the way it then expands to illuminate a much larger space —it’s like that. And it’s like quilting, a thread surfacing and then disappearing into the fabric of ordinary days. It’s not always visible, but it’s what holds everything together.”
    – “The Art of Mending” by Elizabeth Berg