Miss Piggy
12 years ago, the Muppets released their last movie. 12 years ago, I was already at an age where it was ‘uncool’ to like The Muppets.

Recently, I was invited to attend a fashion-packed preview of their latest film (out February 10th in the UK), and thus made my way to the Soho Hotel with one perfectly manicured eyebrow raised. That is, until I realised Bret McKenzie – of Flight of the Conchords – was music supervisor on the film. There is no doubt in my mind that Bret would attach himself to anything less than hilarious.

Let down, I was not. I know what you’re thinking: the Muppets are irrelevant…the kids today won’t get it – and as a typically analytical film critic, I expected to conclude the same. But, it was entrancingly optimistic. The film was nostalgic yet self-aware in a way that would leave an audience aged 5 to 50 excited.

To set the scene (and set the songs): the world’s biggest Muppet fan and Smalltown USA resident, Walter, goes to LA with his brother Gary and Gary’s girlfriend Mary. After discovering the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for oil beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds, Walter plans to convince the – now irrelevant – Muppets to reuinite and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater.

With Miss Piggy now a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, we even get to see Emily Blunt reprise her role as The Devil Wears Prada‘s bitchy first assistant. The cameos, in fact, are part of the Muppet charm; look out for Dave Grohl as a “Moopet”, Sarah Silverman as a greeter, Feist  and Mickey Rooney as Smalltowners, and many more.

At the end of the day, what does a professional adult woman take away from The Muppets? As the film’s final musical number preaches, the simple fact that life’s a happy song.
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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.
  • Jasper Garvida SS12

    Jasper Garvida Spring/Summer 2012

    Jasper Garvida is a Philipino-born fashion designer who graduated from Central St Martins in 2004 with rave reviews over a beautiful first collection. The talented man then went on to win Project Catwalk in 2008, after which he created a label which has showcased in Vogue, Grazia, and has earned him a chic celebrity following including the likes of Liz Hurley and Cheryl Cole. Before debuting his latest collection at the Bloomsbury Hotel during London Fashion Week, we had a little backstage chat!

    So Jasper, talk to me about your newest collection you’re showing today! Your favourite piece, the feel of the show, your inspirations for Spring/Summer 2012. All that jazz!

    – My inspirations for this show are of a woman called Diana Vreeland [LL note: the noted fashion editor!], old photos from the 1940s to 1960s, and Frantisek Kupka’s painting, ‘Autour d’un Point’. The feel of the show is sort of the new black and white. It symbolises beginnings and ends because it’s a new chapter in my life.

    In my flat in Paris I actually painted the walls black and my furniture white so to live the idea and immerse myself into it completely. The concept symbolises purity and starting afresh. It’s a new feminine silhouette and I suppose ‘the new Jasper’. My favourite piece is the first one of the show, from the Bridal collection!

    OK, I’ll keep a look out for that one! How are you coping with London Fashion Week and being in the limelight?

    – I feel privileged. It’s stressful because I’m a perfectionist so I’m never truly happy…just 100% content. I do strive to push myself, not only for me but for my team, too.

    I do love London, I moved here at the age of 19, which was scary, but I knew I would regret it if I never tried. London embraced, accepted and recognised me. Being part of this industry has taught me to be strong. Doing interviews would have terrified me before, but talking to people is like free therapy! I used to find it hard to open up but talking is like exhaling now. If I hadn’t done this I would still be the shy retiring type like I was 6 years ago.

    Have you always wanted to go into fashion?

    – Secretly, yes! I couldn’t live without it. When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor. I’m from a large Filipino family, I have 6 siblings, 3 of each [sex], all of which now have professional jobs and I’m the youngest.

    My parents really emphasised education when we were growing up…they shaped me. They weren’t too sure about fashion at first because it’s not a steady career, but since I graduated they’ve seen my newspaper clippings and are beginning to understand my success.

    What are your plans after this show and this collection?

    – Well I’ve got an exhibition in Paris, next. Well, before that, it’s the Managing Director of the line’s wedding this Sunday and I need to finish her dress! There is a menswear line in the pipeline and a few collaborations are being discussed…but I don’t want to jinx it so that’s all I’m saying!

    And finally, seperate from your line, how would you describe your personal style?

    – As I get older it gets more minimal, less cluttered. I don’t have time for clothes. They’re a necessity for me so something comfortable. In the last 10 years my style probably hasn’t changed at all! Simplicity and function are the main points.

    Thank you, Jasper! Your collection was absolutely beautiful.

    Missoni For Target

  • Target’s little pitbull is the closest thing you’re going to get to the Missoni x Target collaboration, for now. Since the collection was set to go live online, the overwhelming traffic has crashed the site. You naughty fashionistas broke Target. Apparently, the retail stores have suffered a similar frenzy.

  • Gawker published a pretty brilliant article on the crimes of toe shoes. Vibram Five Fingers for Fashion Week, anyone?

  • Avril Lavigne‘s Abbey Dawn show for Spring/Summer 2012 (…keeping my opinions to myself) had a primarily reality-centered front row. Since Avril recruited Kylie Jenner (younger than CFDA regulations are OK with, half-sister of Lavigne’s boyfriend Brody Jenner) to model in her show, many members of the Jenner/Kardashian “Klan” turned up. Cheering at Kylie-focused moments were Kourtney and Kim Kardashian, half-sister Kendall Jenner, Brody Jenner, and Kim’s new husband Kris Humphries.

  • Swatch has terminated its partnership with Tiffany & Co (?!). They felt that Tiffany’s made “systematic efforts to block and delay the development of the business.” Swatch will also be requesting compensation for the loss of future business.

  • Ralph Lauren has named a new European president; former deputy chairman at the fabulous Giorgio Armani, John Hooks.

  • Kanye West will show a Spring/Summer 2012 womenswear collection in Paris at 9:30pm on October 1, directly after Jean Paul Gauliter and Loewe. This news piece is not yet officially announced, but the rumour comes from Harper’s Bazaar Australia’s fashion editor Christine Centenera, who has been traveling to Paris twice monthly and consulting with Kanye on his clothing line since March.
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