Swarovski Collective Spring Summer 2012

  • Swarovski has just announced that they will be sponsoring British fashion labels J.W. Anderson, Marios Schwab, Giles Deacon, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, and Craig Lawrence‘s Spring/Summer 2012 collections, meaning they will have plenty of Swarovskied garments to present to us. Bibhu Mohapatra, Jason Wu, Juan Carlos Obando, Rebecca Minkoff, Richard Chai, Rodarte, Mugler and Viktor & Rolf also received sponsorship.
  • Dior just released the latest commercial for their successful fragrance “J’Adore“. In it, long-time frontwoman of the brand, Charlize Theron, sneaks incognito into the Versailles Hall of Mirrors for a fashion show that features iconic beauties Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe (CGIed, obviously). The ad was directed by “Seven Years in Tibet” director Jean-Jacques Annaud, and it is heavenly.
  • In a speech given at London’s Royal Opera House for the Deloitte Ignite Conference, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz explained:

    I don’t understand this marathon of fashion. Today, designers are expected to produce work that is bigger, better, faster and – these days – cheaper. A singer can quit once he or she has made ten great songs, a director can finish once he or she has made five amazing films, a writer just needs to write three great books. Now let’s look at designers – they produce six to eight shows a year, most designers have a 20-year-long career, so I need to create about 250 collections in that time. Not even Danielle Steel could write 250 books.

     

  • 15-year-old Tavi Gevinson (essentially the most famous fashion blogger in the world) has launched her much-anticipated new website, Rookie. What was initially a joint venture with Jane Pratt and Say Media is now under Tavi’s sole ownership.
  • Guess what, beautiful Americans? Starting tomorrow, Zara‘s U.S. e-commerce site is launching with free delivery and exchanges to all 50 states, and all deliveries will come wrapped in eco-friendly packaging. ALSO, if you ‘like’ Zara on Facebook then click through to the ‘Shop Online’ section, you’ll be invited to a special online shop at 6 p.m. tonight.
  • Emma Watson‘s commercial for Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose has finally been revealed! While I expected more from such a hefty budget and impressive actress, you can’t deny ‘little’ Hermione Granger’s beauty.

Sarah Jessica Parker

  • Emily Current and Merritt Elliott – of the denim brand Current/Elliott – are designing a capsule collection of handbags for Kate Spade.
  • “I copy the dress of an animal because I love to copy God. I think God is the most fantastic designer.” – Roberto Cavalli
  • Camilla Al Fayed, daughter of Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed, just bought a controlling stake in Issa. Especially interesting because Camilla’s brother, Dodi, was the boyfriend of Princess Diana and also died in the infamous car crash. In addition, Issa is one of Kate Middleton‘s favorite brands (her much-replicated blue engagement dress was an Issa design). In the first steps towards brand expansion, Camilla will venture into the world of e-commerce, as well as open a store in London.
  • Armani announced that Rihanna will be the new “global testimonial” (aka face) for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans for the brands’ fall campaigns. Good move.
  • Courteney Cox has been given the position of “Home Editor” on Jane Pratt’s new lady site, xoJane. According to the press release, Cox will be giving xoJane readers “decorating advice and beauty tips“.
  • Megan Fox published some photos on Facebook “proving” that she does not use Botox. Professional response? “Looks like Megan is just as talented with Photoshop as she is in entertainment,” says plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Vendemia. “Those lines on her forehead are totally fake. Muscles in the forehead and brow simply don’t create curved wrinkles like that. The wrinkles Megan is showing us don’t coincide with brow anatomy, nor do they match the facial expression she is making.” Dermatologist Dr. Vince Afsahi said: “The photo looks altered. The muscles in the forehead do not usually create an arc-like pattern seen in the photo. Anatomically [it] does not make sense.” And! Dermatologic surgeon Dr. David Sire quips, “I have never seen the frontalis [forehead] muscle do this unless the muscle was surgically cut. It appears as if she is frowning and elevating her brow at the same time. Quite a feat!”
  • Victoria Beckham delivered a baby girl who weighed seven pounds when she was born, arrived in the seventh hour in the seventh month on the seventh day of the week, and seven was David Beckham‘s jersey number for Manchester United and the English national team. Name of the future fashionista? Harper Seven.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker left Halston Heritage.
  • Though it was only released on June 23rd, Justin Bieber‘s fragrance, ‘Someday‘, has made more than $3 million dollars for Macy’s, making it the fastest selling fragrance…ever.