valentino master of couture
If the outdoor ice-rink and free Tim Walker and Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibitions weren’t enough to get you to Somerset House over the holiday season, Valentino has just sealed the deal. Opening tomorrow, London gets the first look at ‘Valentino: Master of Couture‘ – a comprehensive collection of couture, much of which has never been seen outside the Valentino atelier.

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the collection today, and my heart skipped a million beats. Set over two floors by the Embankment entrance, you are first taken through mementoes from the intimate life of Valentino; personal photographs, letters (including a Vogue-embossed number from Anna Wintour herself), couture invitations, et al.

Walking up the spiral staircase you enter a 60-metre Catwalk area packed with over one-hundred of Valentino’s most exquisite designs. It is a sight you simply have to see (and if photographs were allowed, I would have rinsed through my battery). Highlights include a dress and velvet jacket/trouser combination worn by Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O’s 1968 wedding dress, as well as two iconic Oscar dresses of Anne Hathaway and Julia Roberts. Iconic in a whole different way? Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece’s pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown. Designed with ten different kinds of lace, it sits at the bottom of the downward staircase and acts as a segue between the Catwalk and an enclosure of small textile examples that further pay homage to Valentino’s legacy and game-changing technique.

From Pagine (disks of organza silk piled to create a page effect – technique unique to the Valentino atelier) to Rose de volant (lengths of organza silk cut on the bias shaped to form open roses) to Sudellini (double charmeuse silk rolled an and sewn around a looped length of wool), this is the best-value couture class you will ever find.

Grace Kelly loved him, Sophia Loren loved him, and now – fashionista – now you will, too. I urge you to get your drappeggi-clad tush there before March 3rd.


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Admission £12.50, £9 concessions

nicole farhi ss13 anna wintour
Yesterday we went backstage at Nicole Farhi Spring/Summer 2013, so today obviously called for some front-of-house action. With the routine attendance of Anna Wintour (which I still get giddy about…on the inside, of course) and the announcement that it would be Nicole’s last show as Creative Director, the show was set to be the highlight of London Fashion Week’s third day of SS13.

Inspired by the marble mountains of Carrara, Italy (and by Edward Burtynsky’s photographs thereof), Farhi displayed a thoughtful and richly textured collection that sweetly – neutrally – mimicked the movement of shadows on the mountains. Pleats were the real technical accomplishment here, culminating in a trenchcoat that any new-age Audrey Hepburn would die for and a white shift with a solo sculptural pleat which rested sash-like across the body.

Though the only ‘colour’ in the show lay in the blue-tinted highlighter on the models’ cheekbones, the profundity was not amiss. Nicole Farhi does not need the rainbow, mon cher – this was an exceptional collection in its mostly-monochromatic glory. An elegant abdication of the throne.

nicole farhi ss13

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Glee Sarah Jessica Parker
If, like myself, you have watched every episode of Sex and The City and Glee, I advise you to hold onto your office chair: the two are (sort of) becoming one!

This week, the brains behind Glee – Ryan Murphy – announced that Sarah Jessica Parker will guest star in a few episodes of the musical wunderkind next season. Not only that, but she will be playing a “sort of frazzled, eccentric and hilarious” Vogue.com editor!

It screams for the re-introduction of Carrie Bradshaw. SATC fans will remember when Carrie strutted into the Vogue offices – where she was getting paid 50 cents a word (yes, I’m obsessed) – in an asymmettical pinstripe suit from Vivienne Westwood to meet a Vogue Editor/Wintour clone played by Candice Bergen. It is barely a storyline stretch!

Speaking of Anna Wintour, the ice queen herself has been employed to style the wardrobe of Sarah Jessica Parker’s fictional Glee character. I can only expect this is an incredible favour to Anna’s daughter, Bee Shaffer, who works for the company that produces the show. It couldn’t get any more fash-fabulous.

The most excited of my creative juices are flowing. You’re welcome to any of the plot ideas below, Glee writers. You’re ever so welcome.

1. Rachel is sent to the Vogue offices for a make-over.
Say goodbye to your knee-highs and pre-school silhouettes, Miss Berry. You’re now in New York City. Ditch the loafers for Louboutins at the hand of a tutu-wearing fashionista.

2. Santana starts a fashion blog.
To stay in touch with her lady love, Santana starts a blog that is catapulted to international fame. Vogue tries to poach her for their online site. Many musical numbers about life’s crazy twists and turns ensue.

3. Rachel falls in love with Aidan.
Without annoyingly righteous boyfriend Finn by her side, Rachel looks for a similarly small-town homeboy to lust over. The pair bond over a mahogany harp.

4. Mercedes starts a plus-sized riot.
Enraged by the body standards in her September issue, Mercedes flees to New York with the Vogue offices as her target. Who else, in particular, but the pint-sized dot-com Editor? Carrie shall wax lyrical about sample sizes and everyone shall sing songs about being beautiful.

5. Kurt Hummel is Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant.
He falls in friendship lust with her and Stanford, therefore introduces millions of conservative American homes to the fabulous lives of metropolitan homosexuals.

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.
  • Arizona Muse Vogue Russia

    Arizona Muse

  • My model crush is getting Vogue covers left and right! For the December 2011 issue of Vogue Russia, Hedi Slimane snapped up one of my favourite photos of Arizona Muse to date (she is also wearing Roberto Cavalli)!

  • Joseph Altuzarra – the fashion designer behind the eponymous line, Altuzarra – has been announced as the grand prize winner of this year’s Council of Fashion Designers/Vogue Fashion Fund! The award includes a friendly $300,000 cash prize, as well as development and mentoring assistance. This year’s selection committee were as follows; past Fashion Fund winners — Proenza Schouler‘s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, Anna Wintour (no introduction needed), CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and CEO Steven Kolb, J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons, Theory’s Andrew Rosen, and Coach’s Reed Krakoff.

  • After Pringle of Scotland‘s former creative director – Clare Waight Keller – left the company in March, the arrival of ex-Balenciaga designer Alistair Carr has won the label an £11 million bailout after the company experienced major losses between through 2010 and early 2011.

  • The New York Times launched an iPad app, The Collection!

  • Barely an outfit change after Jimmy Choo announced that Tamara Mellon was leaving, new reports are claiming that she is putting things together to launch her own brand, a la Tory Burch or Tom Ford and Tory Burch. Funding for the company is already believed to have been secured.

  • After Taylor Tomasi Hill decided she was leaving her role as accessories director for Marie Claire and jumping ship to Moda Operandi, a very fabulous position was left open. For all of two seconds. Six years ago, Nina Garcia took a chance on Elle’s (now) Senior Accessories Editor, Kyle Anderson, and he is now stepping into Taylor’s Marie Claire shoes.

    “I think after six years of working in the accessories department at ELLE, now is the right time to move on to a position where I can contribute more to the look of a magazine. And for me, working for Nina Garcia again and Marie Claire is the ideal fit.”

    I am so excited for him! Kyle is a genius. Congratulations!

  • Ever wanted to see the kind of work that goes into an Alexander McQueen runway show? Take a peak behind the scenes at Paris Fashion Week for S/S 2012!

  • Some thieves have very good taste in fashion, it seems. Yesterday, Marc Jacobs‘ sample collection for Spring/Summer 2012 (we’re talking one of a kind), was stolen from a train leaving Paris! As it was on it’s way to the London press day, those attending received the following e-mail:

    Dear all,The Marc Jacobs PR team is sorry to inform you that our press day tomorrow [a refresher of the clothes that were first shown on the catwalk. What, the models’ googly-eyed death stares were distracting, alright?] in the Marc Jacobs store is cancelled, due to the theft of the spring/summer 2012 collections during its transfer from Paris.

    What in the world would a thief do with a collection that hasn’t been released? Sell it? Caught. Wear it? Caught. (And I’m thinking…”thank god his collection for Louis Vuitton was spared!”)