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.
  • Richard Chai Spring Summer 2012

    Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012

    Though it kicked off today, not all of us can be at New York Fashion Week (after workaholicly adding yet another job title to the business card, AHEM) right now. Good news for those outside of the industry (or country)? More labels are live-streaming their shows than ever before! I have compiled a list of over fifty Spring/Summer 2012 presentations that you will be able to view in real-time as they parade collections parade down the runway! This is a post worth bookmarking, fashionistas.

    • Nicholas K: 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • BCBG Max Azria: 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at bcbgmaxazriagroup.com

    • Richard Chai: 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 8 at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Cushnie et Ochs: 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/cushnieetochs

    • Supima: 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Tadashi Shoji: 2 p.m. on on Thursday, September, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Kevork Kiledjian: 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/kevorkkiledjian

    • Peter Som: 10 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/petersom

    • Luca Luca: 11 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Jason Wu: 1 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at style.com/live

    • Rebecca Taylor: 2 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at rebeccataylor.com/stream

    • Costello Tagliapietra: 3 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/costellotagliapietra

    • Tommy Hilfiger (men’s): 5:15 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger

    • Nicole Miller: 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway

    • Cynthia Rowley: 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway

    • ELLE Fashion NEXT: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at elle.com/fashionnextlive

    • Lacoste: 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

    • Jill Stuart: 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at style.com/live

    • Vivienne Tam: 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

    • Alexander Wang: 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at livestream.com/alexanderwang

    • Charlotte Ronson: 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway

    • Suno: 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at livestream.com/suno_fashionweek

    • Jeremy Laing: 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/jeremylaing

    • Derek Lam: 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • DKNY: 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/DKNY

    • Tracy Reese: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

    • Edun: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at milkmade.com

    • Diane von Furstenberg: 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

    • Simon Spurr: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/simonspurr

    • Thakoon: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at style.com/live

    • Custo Barcelona: 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com

    • Tommy Hilfiger (women’s): 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger

    • Carolina Herrera: 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Carlos Miele: 11 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Rebecca Minkoff: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at style.com/live

    • Ohne Titel: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/ohnetitel

    • Donna Karan: 2 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at facebook.com/DonnaKaranNewYork

    • Zero + Maria Cornejo: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/mariacornejo

    • Betsey Johnson: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at betseyjohnson.com and facebook.com/xobetseyjohnson

    • Perry Ellis: 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at perryellis.com

    • Marc by Marc Jacobs: 8 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at live.marcjacobs.com

    • Badgley Mischka: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Frank Tell: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/franktell

    • Vera Wang: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Herve Leger by Max Azria: 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Sophie Theallet: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/sophietheallet

    • Oscar de la Renta: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at style.com/live

    • Tibi: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Narciso Rodriguez: 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • J.Mendel: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Jeremy Scott: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/jeremyscott

    • Milly: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at millyny.com

    • Anna Sui: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Wayne: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/waynefashionweek

    • Elie Tahari: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway

    • Proenza Schouler: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at style.com/live

    • Calvin Klein Collection (women’s): 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at style.com/live

    • Marc Jacobs: 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at live.marcjacobs.com

    Enjoy the streams, and enjoy Fashion’s Night Out!

    Besos,
    Lela
    xo

    Cynthia Rowley Glambulance

  • It’s Glambulance to the rescue! I’m talking the kind of rescue that even those without problems will covet. Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley has set it upon herself to give away MAJOR prizes to those of you with the best/most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. Got something that qualifies? Head to the Band Aid Facebook page and go to the “Fess Up” Contest to submit your fashion cringe moment and get the chance to win styling session as well as a $2,500 shopping spree at Cynthia Rowley! The Glambulance will also be out and about on Fashion’s Night Out on 5th Ave between Cartier and Ferragamo. Wink wink. ;)

  • Lady Gaga has announced her new persona is a “Nymph”. See: pale hair and make-up from the You and I video.

  • Taylor Lautner, of Twilight fame, has reportedly taken Elle’s Joe Zee (love him! love him!) as a style consultant. Looking forward to some refine Werewold styling on his upcoming Abduction press tour.

  • Azzaro has named a new creative director: Mathilde Castello Branco – previously at Lanvin, currently set to rock the industry.

  • Michael Kors will be launching a new “digital venture” next week. Called Destination Kors, the project will offer a mix of e-commerce and editorial content. Expectedly, to further brand his fashion empire.

  • The uber-talented former creative director at Sonia Rykiel, Gabrielle Griess, will launch her own fashion line at this season’s (Spring/Summer 2012) Paris Fashion Week.
  • Backstage Fashion Week
    In only one week from today we will be kicking off the Spring/Summer 2012 collection previews from the four major international fashion cities – New York, London, Milan and Paris – with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Not even Hurricane Irene could keep the crowds away. For your fashion perusal, here is a compilation of all the New York shows from the 8th to the 15th of September. After that? LONDON’S TURN! (Blog chaos, essentially.)

    September 8
    09AM Nicholas K, Studio |LIVE Stream|
    09:30-10:30AM Porter Grey, BOX
    10AM BCBGMAXAZRIA, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    11AM Richard Chai, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    01PM Supima, Studio |LIVE Stream|
    02PM Tadashi Shoji, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    02:30-3:30PM Candela, Box

    September 9
    09:00AM Emerson, Studio
    09:30-10:30AM Electric Feathers, Box
    09:30AM Project Runway, Theater
    11:00AM Luca Luca, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    01:00PM General Idea, Studio
    02:00PM Rebecca Taylor, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    02:30-03:30PM Mara Hoffman, Box
    05-07PM Helen Yarmak, 730 5TH Ave, 23RD Floor
    05:30PM Tommy Hilfiger Men’s, High Line’s Chelsea Market Passage, 14th St At 10th Ave
    06:00PM Nicole Miller |LIVE Stream|
    06:30-07:30PM Joy Cioci, Box
    06:30-08:30PM Concept Korea, Avery Fisher Hall
    07:00PM Cynthia Rowley, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    08:00PM Academy of Art University, Theater
    09:00PM Falguni & Shane Peacock, Studio

    September 10
    09:00AM Ruffian, Studio
    10:00AM Lacoste, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    10:30-11:30AM Pink Tartan, Box
    11:00AM Jill Stuart, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    12:00PM Son Jung Wan, Studio
    02:00PM Adam, Stage
    03:00PM Vivienne Tam, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    03:30-04:30PM Farah Angsana, Box
    04:00PM Honor, Studio
    06:00PM Charlotte Ronson, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    07:00-08:00PM Rafael Cennamo, Box
    07:00PM Monique Lhullier, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    08:00PM Eva Minge, Good Units, 356 W 58Th St
    09:00PM Venexiana, Studio

    September 11
    10:30-11:30AM Katya Leonovich, Box
    11:00AM Lela Rose, Studio
    12:00PM Derek Lam, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    01:00PM DKNY, 547 W 26Th St
    02:00PM Tracy Reese, Studio |LIVE Stream|
    02:30-03:30PM L.A.M.B., Box
    04:00PM Diane Von Furstenberg, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    05:00PM Jen Kao, Studio
    05:00PM Y-3, 82 Mercer St
    06:30-07:30PM Guishem, Box
    07:00PM Custo Barcelona, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    08:00PM Tommy Hilfiger, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    09:00PM Timo Weiland, Studio

    September 12
    09:00AM Jenny Packham, Studio
    09:30-10:30AM Callula Lillibelle, Box
    10:00AM Carolina Herrera, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    11:00AM Carlos Miele, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    01:00PM Rebecca Minkoff, Studio
    01:30-02:30PM Pamella Roland, Box
    02:00PM Donna Karan, New York, 547 W 26Th St
    03:00PM Vlov-Qingqing Wu, Stage
    04:00PM Yeohlee, TBA
    05:00PM Norman Ambrose, Studio
    06:00PM Betsey Johnson, Theater
    06:30-07:30PM Jad Ghandour, Box
    07:00PM Perry Ellis, Stage |LIVE Stream|

    September 13
    08:30-10:00AM Michael Angel, Box
    09:00AM Tory Burch, Alice Tully Hall
    09:30-10:30AM J.Crew, Studio
    10:00AM Badgley Mischka, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    11:00AM Vera Wang, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    01:00PM Diesel, Black Gold, 711 12Th Ave
    01:00PM Zang Toi, Studio
    01:30-03:30PM Bibhu Mohaptra, Box
    02:00PM Herve Leger by Max Azria, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    03:00PM Argentine Designers, Stage
    06:30-07:30PM Improvd, Box
    07:00PM Tibi, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    08:00PM Narciso Rodriguez, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    09:00PM Malan Breton, Studio

    September 14
    09:00-11:00AM Norma Kamali, David Rubenstein Atrium
    09:30-10:30AM Rochambeau, Box
    10:00AM Michael Kors, Theater
    11:00AM Nanette Lepore, Stage
    12:00PM Ports 1961, New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum
    01:00PM J. Mendel, Studio |LIVE Stream|
    01:30-02:30PM Nomia, Box
    02:00PM Chado Ralph Rucci, Theater
    03:00PM Milly by Michelle Smith, Stage
    05:00PM Shamask, Studio
    06:00PM Anna Sui, Theater |LIVE Stream|
    06:30-07:30PM Juan Carlos Obando, Box
    07:00PM Elie Tahari, Stage |LIVE Stream|
    08:00PM B Michael America, Museum of Natural History, W79th St

    September 15
    10:00AM Ralph Lauren, 275 Hudson St
    12:00PM Guli, Studio
    12:30-01:30PM Sergio Davila, Box
    02:00PM Calvin Klein Collection, 205 W 39TH ST
    04:00PM Naeem Khan, Stage
    05:00PM Made In Africa: By Arise Magazine, Avery Fisher Hall
    06:00PM Elene Cassis, Studio
    08:30PM Marc Jacobs (not officially listed on NYFW Mercedes Benz Site)

    Rachel Zoe Gossip Girl
    This season of Gossip Girl is going to be especially chic. There were already reports circulating saying that fashion industry giants Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue editors Hamish Bowles and Lauren Santo Domingo would appear on the show, and now it looks like everyone’s favourite celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is going to be on the show, too!

    Somewhere in between all of the shows and parties she’s been invited to over New York Fashion Week, she found time to schlep to Queens to tape a few lines. The workaholic is starring as herself in an episode whose story line centers around plans for Blair Waldorf’s 20th birthday party, a source has said. Strangely, even though she is perfectly capable, she has also agreed to let the show’s wardrobe department dress her.

    “Rachel plays herself in the scene and has a handful of lines to remember,” the insider said, adding that designer Cynthia Rowley and Elle magazine’s creative director, Joe Zee, will also make guests appearances in the same episode. Set your DVRS…twice.