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.
  • Emma Watson Feathers Elle

  • So, it’s definitely more feathers than fashion, but I am loving Emma Watson on the cover of Elle UK‘S November issue. The sherbet-coloured cover is unconvential, abnormally cropped and was shot by Rankin. A cover after my own heart! What do you think?

  • Next collaboration with Target? It’s Jason Wu!

    Yesterday, @TargetStyle tweeted: “Who is the next #TargetDesigner? Get your sleuthing gear on, we’re about to share some clues.”

    Then, “#TargetDesigner Clue 1: the new @TargetStyle designer began sketching the future of fashion at 5 years old.” (Any Wu fan would know he designed and sewed doll clothes as a child!)
    Then, the second clue: “#TargetDesigner Clue 2: A beautiful visual… could it be from the next collection? tgt.bz/6016RVb8″

    No more clues needed! Placing all my bets on Jason Wu.

  • Remember when America’s Next Top Model castoff Fatima Siad walked the Dries van Noten runway? (Come on, it was only two days ago…) Well, the gorgeous Somalian just joined the likes of Arizona Muse and Kasia Struss as a model for Hermes‘ Spring/Summer 2012 collection, as well! WERK.

  • The French government is honouring Glenda Bailey, the fanastic editor from Harper’s Bazaar, with a prestigious award given to artists who strive to strengthen the arts in France, the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
  • Dries van Noten SS12
    Last year, Dries Van Noten came across a young English photographer named James Reeve while he was president of the jury at the fashion festival in Hyères. A year later, his Spring/Summer 2012 has been decorated with the photographer’s night-scape prints after they collaborated with each other in Antwerp. Because the photos weren’t meant for attire purposes, Dries combined the prints with haute couture silhouettes from the 1950s. In turn, every pixel came alive.

    While prints have found their way into almost all Spring/Summer 2012 shows, the result of this collaboration was incomparable. In one look, Dries even decorated one skirt with actual stones to mirror the lights in Reeve’s photo of a building in Marseille. It is so wonderful to see aesthetic passion lit up in van Noten’s academic flair. Ready-to-wear, with all the delicacies of couture.

    (Also: Look at Americas Next Top Model cast off, Fatima Siad, working the runway above! The 24-year-old is the first castoff to land veritable high-fashion runway work!) View Post

    Paris Fashion Week

    Tuesday March 01

    10 am IMPASSE DE LA DÉFENSE
    11 am FATIMA LOPES
    12 pm HARRYHALIM
    1 pm MOON YOUNG HEE
    2 pm AMAYA ARZUAGA
    3 pm AGANOVICH
    4 pm ANTHONY VACCARELLO
    5 pm HAKAAN
    6 pm MUGLER
    7 pm NICOLAS ANDREAS TARALIS
    8 pm JOSEPHUS THIMISTER
    9 pm HUSSEIN CHALAYAN

    Wednesday March 02

    10 am DEVASTÉE
    11 am DAMIR DOMA
    12 pm GUY LAROCHE
    1 pm ANNE VALÉRIE HASH
    2 pm LIMI FEU 155
    3 pm DRIES VAN NOTEN
    4 pm FELIPE OLIVEIRA BAPTISTA
    5 pm ROCHAS
    6 pm GARETH PUGH
    7 pm PEACHOO KREJBERG
    8 pm RUE DU MAIL (by Martine Sitbon)

    Thursday March 03

    10 am BALENCIAGA
    11 am ZAC POSEN
    12 pm MANISH ARORA
    1 pm ANN DEMEULEMEESTER
    2 pm SHARON WAUCHOB
    3 pm BALMAIN
    4 pm BARBARA BUI
    5 pm RICK OWENS
    6 pm LUTZ
    7 pm AF VANDEVORST
    8 pm NINA RICCI
    9 pm BLESS

    Friday March 04

    10 am ROLAND MOURET
    11 am ISSEY MIYAKE
    12 pm GASPARD YURKIEVICH
    1 pm BERNHARD WILLHELM
    2:30 pm CHRISTIAN DIOR
    3:30 pm ISABEL MARANT
    4:30 pm MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA
    5:30 pm LANVIN
    6:30 pm VIVIENNE WESTWOOD
    7:30 pm PEDRO LOURENCO
    8:30 pm YOHJI YAMAMOTO

    Saturday March 05

    9:30 am JUNYA WATANABE
    10:30 am HAIDER ACKERMANN
    11:30 am TSUMORI CHISATO
    12:30 pm MARTIN GRANT
    1:30 pm VIKTOR & ROLF
    2:30 pm CACHAREL
    3:30 pm VÉRONIQUE LEROY
    4:30 pm SONIA RYKIEL
    5:30 pm COMME DES GARCONS
    7 pm JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
    8 pm LOEWE

    Sunday March 06

    10 am AKRIS
    11 am ANDREW GN
    12 pm en attente
    1 pm CÉLINE
    2 pm COSTUME NATIONAL
    3 pm ALEXIS MABILLE
    4 pm HERMÈS
    5 pm JOHN GALLIANO
    6 pm KENZO
    7 pm ESTRELLA ARCHS
    8 pm GIVENCHY

    Monday March 07

    10 am STELLA MCCARTNEY
    11 am EMANUEL UNGARO
    12 pm LÉONARD
    1:30 pm GIAMBATTISTA VALLI
    3 pm en attente / to be confirmed
    4 pm CHLOÉ
    5 pm COMMUUN
    6 pm VANESSA BRUNO
    7:30 pm YVES SAINT LAURENT

    Tuesday March 08

    9:30 am MARIE BISHARA
    10:30 am CHANEL
    11:30 am COLLETTE DINNIGAN
    12:30 pm JEAN-CHARLES DE CASTELBAJAC
    1:30 pm INGRID VLASOV
    2:30 pm VALENTINO
    3:30 pm JUNKO SHIMADA
    4:30 pm MARITHÉ & FRANCOIS GIRBAUD
    5:30 pm SHIATZY CHEN
    6:30 pm en attente / to be confirmed
    7:30 pm ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

    Beauty World Gan Harpers Bazaar
    Fashion photographer Gan is doing retro with a twist for Harpers Bazaar Singapore‘s new spread in conjunction with some stellar styling by Kenneth Goh. The fresh take on your forties pinup – “Beauty World” – is thanks to Burberry Prorsum, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Moschino, Miu Miu, Prada and Fendi Spring/Summer 2011 among others. View Post