Alessandra Ambrosio Rodrigo Santoro

Alessandra Ambrosio and Rodrigo Santoro

  • I am lusting over the pairing of Alessandra Ambrosio and Rodrigo Santoro on the December covers of Vogue Brasil, as shot by Eric Guillemain.
    Alessandra Ambrosio Rodrigo Santoro

  • Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2012 drama seems to be making some headway! After the “Fashion Gods” in Milan threatened to show at the same time as both New York and London, New York have now offered to pull their September 2012 dates back a week to accommodate the new Italian schedule.

    From there, Italy was said to have agreed to change their schedule to suit New York Fashion Week beginning on the second Thursday in September, going forward.

    For the apparent ‘final’ decision, the statement below has been released:

    Confirm the previous schedule for September 2012 with New York fashion week starting on Thursday 6 of September, followed by London, Milan and Paris Agree for the next two years ( September 2013 and September 2014) with the proposal of Diane Von Furstenberg, President of Council of Fashion Designers of America, to start New York Fashion Week on the second Thursday of September, that is to say on September 12th in 2013 and on September 11th in 2014.

    2.a New York’s last day should be on September 18th in 2013 and on September 17th in 2014 in order to allow London an additional day for the presentation of the menswear collections.

    2.b. Paris will accept this structure and follow Milan as always, starting on Wednesday 2nd of October in 2013 and on Wednesday 1st in 2014

    In case those conditions didn’t happen, the above mentioned solution could not be applied.

    Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is looking forward to receiving a feedback(sic) from New York, London and Paris.

    Drama, drama, drama

  • Today, AdWeek have released some very interesting statistics on shoplifting, ie. 1 in every 11 shoppers shoplift. (Really?!)

    Not only that, but 75% of shoplifters are said to be employed adults, and cost the U.S. $119 million dollars per year. Items that are often confused for a five-finger discount include alcohol, sneakers/trainers, women’s perfume, and – at the top of the list – filet mignon.

    This has to be a joke.

  • 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!”)

  • Jason Wu Target

  • Now that Jason Wu has been confirmed as the next Target collaborator, we are already being teased by what’s to come! Above, we have a sketch of a Jason Wu for Target design next to one of his Spring/Summer 2012 runway looks, for reference. The collection will launch February 5, 2012, and the teaser video below already has me overloaded with excitement.

  • At the end of March 2012, London’s Design Museum will be opening a retrospective of Christian Louboutin‘s 10-year-long rise to the top of the shoe game!

  • Kanye West‘s debut collection was apparently more high risk than many thought, as he “took out motherf—ing loans to get the best models“. One of those models, the exquisite Chanel Iman, has also sparked rumours that she might be Kanye’s new girlfriend.

  • The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have scheduled the Spring/Summer 2013 shows at Lincoln Center to start on September 13, 2012. A week later than usual. Why? They don’t want to force anyone to work over Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, this means that the succeeding shows in London, Milan, and Paris will have to be put on hold to avoid an overlap.

    Milan isn’t on board. The Italian Chamber of Fashion has complained that moving shows like Max Mara and Gucci back any further would mean they would not be able to send their orders into production quickly enough to satisfy their buyers.

    This means London Fashion Week and Milan Fashion Week could show at the same exact time. Conde Nast (the publisher of Vogue, W, Glamour, etc) representative Jonathan Newhouse, the international charmain, said his editors will choose London over Milan.

    Can a fashion week work without the likes of Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani? I think a change will have to be made on someone’s behalf to keep all ‘fashion cities‘ happy!

  • If you weren’t one of over 600,000 people who went to view Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress while it was on display at Buckingham Palace, it’s unlikely you ever will. After the exhibition closed yesterday, a source at the palace said that Kate is “keen to ensure that the [packed up] dress survives undamaged for as long as possible, and so this inevitably means limiting the number of times that it is transported or displayed.”
  • Gossip Girl

  • Ever heard of Romeo & Juliet Couture? No? Me either. Surprisingly, they just won themselves a collaboration that will keep their name on everyone’s lips. They are partnering with The CW on a Gossip Girl clothing line! (Finally). The collection is set to include embellished tops, bottoms, novelty sweaters, outerwear and draped chiffon dresses with touches of leather, pleats and prints. Every item in the collection will be inspired by one of the characters on Gossip Girl (I want Chuck’s clothing!). I’m guessing this will mean lots of body-conscious, partially mis-matched items (Serena), lots of prim/classic/bow-embellishments (Blair) and then, the funky’ selection (Vanessa). The line will retail for $80-$200 and will be sold in stores such as Kitson, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue come Fall.

  • Six-year-old Toddlers and Tiaras “celebrity” Eden Wood had a tantrum at the Allure Fashion Week Lounge. Not your typical toddler tantrum, either. She was simply distraught after being told that she was too young to use their GLO Brilliant teeth-whitening device.

  • For fashions Fall/Winter 2012 collections, New York Fashion Week has been scheduled to begin one week later than usual, which has ruffled some feathers in Milan. Mario Boselli, the Italian Chamber of Fashion head, called the schedule change “arrogant”, in fear that Milan Fashion Week will be “squeezed” between London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.

  • Behnaz Sarafpour, one of the fashion designers who decided against showing a collection this season, does not believe she ever will again. She expressed feelings that it will continue to be “a lot” for her small company to produce three collections a year and will focus on showing two stronger collections, instead (either Spring and Fall or Fall and Resort).

  • Now that New York Fashion Week‘s Spring/Summer 2012 slot is over, a shot-for-shot video remake of Lanvin‘s fall campaign video has been released featuring some models, stylists, bloggers, and fashionistas around the Lincoln Center! Created by videographer David Sherman, the remake is just as charming as the original. See below!

  • Scarlett Johansson Sexy
    For this month’s issue of Harpers Bazaar UK, the most delightful duo in fashion – designers Dolce and Gabbana – have shared their expertly cultivated tips of seduction. With one look at the Dolce & Gabbana make up ad above with the sex-sational Scarlett Johansson, you know couldn’t really find two men to give better advice.

    If you didn’t get a chance to grab a copy of Harper’s, settle down for…

    D&G’s top eight tips to seduction:

    • Perfect your underpinnings
    Sexiness is a matter of wearing the right underwear. Dolce says, ‘When we dress the model for a show, first we give them the bra, the satin, the lace. It’s all about respect for the body. You never see a woman from the south of Italy without a bra. Never!
    • Always add a heel
    A Dolce woman always has a heel. Dolce says, ‘For me, it is impossible to see a woman in flat shoes’.
    • Play with androgyny, but remember you’re a woman
    This is about maintaining sensuality and romance, with something beautiful underneath – to reach that perfect balance of feminine and masculine. Gabanna says, ‘you don’t need to lose femininity by wearing a suit, the first thing I think is, “Is she wearing lace underwear?”.
    • Embrace underwear as outerwear
    Since Madonna launched Dolce & Gabanna’s incredible corsetry two decades ago at the US premier of her movie ‘In Bed with Madonna, the designers’ greatest muse has shown the world the possibilities of the right bodice. Gabbana says, ‘If you wear a corset, you lose one size. It puts everything up and it’s perfect. It corrects the shape’.
    • Walk tall
    It is all in the way a woman carries herself a la Linda, Naomi, Gisele, Claudia and Eva – the supers who queued up to appear in Dolce & Gabbana shows over the years. Dolce says, ‘When you dress, it isn’t just the body that’s important. It’s the balance of mind and body. Tutto en equilibre!’
    • Be revealing, but always with confidence
    The pair are synonymous with provocative cocktail dresses, but their idea of baring flesh is not as simple as you may think. Dolce says, ‘It’s not about the skin, it’s the mind. It’s about confidence, but also subtlety. Again, the relationship between mind and body is what’s most important’.
    • A defining feature can be truly sexy
    You don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Gabbana says, ‘Personally, I like women who are not perfect. For example, I love a woman with a real nose. A nose is character. Many women want to change their noses, but for me, I’m fascinated’.
    • Find what works for you and stick to it
    It is about finding what suits you than what is on trend. Dolce says, ‘When a woman has her style, she knows how to choose what she likes, not what is trendy. When you love what you are wearing, the clothes are alive’.

    Inspired? Grab a copy of my guide to fashion, beauty and self-love – “She Said Style” – now!