Valentino Virtual Museum

    • Get ready to take a private tour of the Valentino archive on any device that connects to the internet! Serious talk. Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti have just announced the launch of the “Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum“. The desktop application will showcase over 300 dresses from the designer’s archive, organised as if it were an actual museum, and integrated with sketches, editorials, as well as various means of press coverage. The app will be available here from December 5th.
    • Looking for Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress? This Alexander McQueen number is the closest you’re probably ever going to get. Same designer – Miss (Fabulous) Sarah Burton – with a few missing lace inserts.
    • Paul Smith won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards, following in the footsteps of greats such as John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.
    • For Fall/Winter 2012, Stella McCartney will show a special collection for the London Fashion Week show calendar. As creative director of the 2012 Olympics, the (little) details shared so far have explained that the “one-off” show will be part of concerted promotional efforts relating to The Games. Back on home turf! Yes!
    • 90-year-old fashion designer Iris Apfel is collaborating up with eyebobs to design a collection of midrange reading glasses, sun readers, and polarized sunglasses! The collection is set to be released in 2013, though a limited edition frame – the “Iris” – will be available in three different colours come Spring. A portion of proceeds will also be donated to vision loss charity Lighthouse International – SO GET BUYING!
    • Heiress to the Missoni empire, Miss Margherita Missoni, has revealed she is engaged to be married to her racing driver boyfriend Eugenio Amos!
    • Now that Versace x H&M is all sold out, those who slept those few extra minutes can rejoice! As soon as February, we will be able to get our hands on a brand new Spring/Summer 2012 collectionbetween the collaborative brands! Sneak peak below:

      Versace HM SS12

      Versace for H&M Spring/Summer 2012

    • Oh, here goes another £100…MAC have just released photos of their make-up collaboration with Daphne Guinness! The 21-piece collection will be available from December 26th through February 9th. The pigments will sell like hotcakes, I assure you.

      “I was in the Beverly Hills Hotel, and let me tell you there’s always some mad project going on in my bedroom when I’m there. Ha! I had parchment papers spread all over the floor and all sorts of different powders and watercolors that I was mixing together. I was painting for so long on that floor. When the pieces were done, I packed them all in my suitcase to show MAC.”
      Daphne Guinness

       

Daphne Guinness MAC

Daphne Guinness x MAC

Florence Welch Interview

  • Frida Giannini and Karl Lagerfeld‘s favourite songstress, Florence Welch, covers the October issue of Interview Magazine. I love the black and white photo against the blood-red text – using Florence’s hair colour ‘against’ her, if you will.

  • Daphne Guinness has lent some of her designer couture clothing collection and a number of skyscraper heels to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for an upcoming exhibition entitled “Daphne Guinness” (who’da thunk…).

  • Fashion 4 Development, a partner of the United Nations, has named Franca Sozzani – editrix of Italian Vogue – their first Goodwill Ambassador. The program endeavors “to implement creative strategies for sustainable economic growth and autonomy through diplomacy, business, media, and the creative industries” and will use fashion to spur economic growth in developing nations.

    “Franca Sozzani is a perfect choice to lead our mission as goodwill ambassador. Her professional career as well as her philanthropic efforts are truly an inspiration that will garner the support of fashion elite worldwide.”
    Evie Evangelou, co-founder of the World Fashion Development Programme and Fashion 4 Development

  • Fyodor Golan was this year’s winner of Fashion Fringe (design-based talent competition at London Fashion Week)! Previous winners include Jena Theo, Basso & Brooke, and Erdem.

  • Kanye West‘s Paris show is finally confirmed by the mutha****in’ Monster himself (via Hilary Alexander)…
    Hilary Alexander Twitter

  • Though Fashion’s Night Out has only just become a ‘thing’ outside of major International cities, the end may be near. Vogue insiders are saying it is now too much work for too little pay-off. While smaller boutiques benefit from the larger crowds, big retailers feel that the revenue generated is too small to warrant FNO‘s continuation. (The world IS ending in 2012!)

  • The former VP of women’s design at J. Crew, Marissa Webb, is leaving the company to “pursue other opportunities”. Her successor is Tom Mora, who has been with the company for over 10 years and is currently head of weddings and special occasions.

  • Marking the first Tweetwalk for any brand, Burberry ‘live tweeted’ their Spring/Summer 2011 collection from backstage yesterday, posting photographs of each look on Twitter just moments before the model stepped onto the catwalk. Anyone else remember the days where each collection was hidden from the public a la Tom Ford?
  • Daphne Guinness

    Daphne Guinness

  • Daphne Guinness (aka FASHION QUEEN) has earned herself a collaborative deal at M.A.C. Word around the industry is that her colour collection will consist of “rich, seasonal hues” and come out on Boxing Day (aka December 26).

  • Lindsay Lohan’s little sister, Ali Lohan, has recently sparked plastic surgery rumours in the fashion world. As these sort of rumours put a model’s career at stake, her agency – Next – has issued a statement denying the rumors, and explaining that the drastic change was due to natural aging. Do you buy it?

  • Next Tuesday (aka September 13th), Marc Jacobs will turn his Bleeker Street boutique into a pop-up shop and tribute for his longtime friend Debbie Harry (aka Blondie). For a very limited time, it will sell the new Blondie album and various fan items that include exclusive T-shirts (for $35).

  • American Apparel – a company often criticized for everything from it’s sexuality to design practices – recently launched a plus-size model search. The way they went about it has been received as slightly offensive and unknowingly encouraged blogger Nancy Upton to make a joke out of it by posting sexy photos of her gorging on food. The best part? She’s winning said model search.

  • Hussein Chalayan is launch a capsule “drip-down” collection of key pieces from the main Chalayan line and calling it “Chalayan Grey Line“. The collection will consist of more affordable (starting at $140) and wearable pieces, ie. simple shift dresses and loose cottons done in greys and whites. It will be shown to buyers at New York Fashion Week from The News showroom.

  • Vivienne Tam is collaborating with Chinese athletic brand owner and Olympic gold medalist Li Ning to launch a fashionable line of yoga wear for Spring/Summer 2012. The collection will consist of 20 pieces that boast features such as being antibacterial, having moisture-wicking properties, UV protection, as well as deodorization. It will be available wholesale, starting at $36.
  • Anna Wintour Webby
    Anna Wintour accepted the award for Best Fashion Site at the 15th Annual Webby Awards. Her acceptance speech? “Sometimes geeks can be chic.”

    Prada (you know, the epitome of Italian fashion brilliance) was looking to raise up to $2.6 billion through a Hong Kong IPO. Yet, when they launched the retail portion of the IPO on Sunday, they generated five times the expected demand. Duh. It’s Prada.

    – NBC’s newest reality show, “Fashion Star“, just hired Jessica Simpson as the contestants’ mentor. She joins host Elle MacPherson on the singing, dancing, live, runwayed extravaganza that will eventually reward an aspiring designer with the money to launch their own brand. Fans will also be able to purchase the winning designs online as each episode airs.

    – Last week, Kate Middleton stopped at Boots before a gala to buy some Nivea moisturiser. Expect to hunt like never before for your moisture now, Nivea users.

    Kate Moss‘ bachelorette party went down as follows: 30 of her closest friends (including Daphne Guinness and Jade Jagger), two oversized pink Hummers, 120 bottles of booze of rum alone, and a trip to listen to the Foo Fighters. My kind of girl.

    Bella Swan’s wedding dress confirmed! Kristen Stewart’s Twilight character will be getting married in a Carolina Herrera dress. No photos available as of yet.

    – Stylist Lori Goldstein has just joined W’s new style director, Edward Enninful, as the glossy’s style editor at large. Killer team.

    Lily Allen announced she was pregnant – congrats! – and got married – double congrats! – on Friday. She wore the beautiful ‘Raphael’ Calais lace wedding dress by Delphine Manivet, and looked positively lovely.
    Lily Allen Wedding Dress

    Met Gala 2011

    Models at The Met Gala 2011


    This week, everyone and anyone in the media eye seemed to have congregated to one location:, the annual Met Costume Institute Gala (or “Met Gala“). This year, the Vogue-created ball celebrated the life and work of the late, great Alexander McQueen and ended up raising $10.8 million for the Costume Institute.

    While thirteen McQueen gowns were worn, the best of the red carpet best are below: View Post