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Everyone’s go-to domestic goddess was quite the looker, wasn’t she? Martha Stewart – pictured here in a range of ads, including a Chanel ad (third picture) – first stepped into the limelight as a model in the 1960s to support herself while she attended college. In the PBS documentary Makers, Stewart revealed that she “[…] got enough modeling jobs at $50/hour — which was a lot of money at that time.”

Heads up, Karle Kloss: this model-turned-mogul is now worth over $638 million.

young martha stewart
young martha stewart
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OOF. I try not to harp on about it, but when it comes to fashion styling, I believe no-one beats Grace Coddington. Case in point number 736352829? “Eternal Optimist” from Vogue US’ March 2012 issue. The casting choice alone was phenomenal: we have Caroline Trentini, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Frida Gustavsson, and Aymeline Valade – all heavy hitters with a true transformational presence.

With Craig McDean on lens, Grace has pulled together a Fifties-inspired masterpiece without being contrived. Just look at that set design. Bow down. View Post

Vogue Italia QVC

The concept of “The Collections on IVC 2012” is simply brilliant. Anyone who does anything similar from this day forward will be sidelined by the precedent inspiration of Vogue Italia‘s January 2012 edition.

The spread kicks off with a nonchalant traipse of Alexander McQueen‘s S/S 2012 best and ends with Natasha Poly in Dolce & Gabbana (Poly and Gabbana are like PB&J, to me). QVC-styled by Karl Templer and photographed by Steven Meisel, the model cast is incredible in itself; Daria Strokous, Caroline Trentini, Joan Smalls, Sigrid Agren, Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly, and Gertrud Hegelund. Mix in some Burberry with Jen Kao, and some Louis Vuitton lemon candy couture? I’m sold. Find me my credit card. View Post

Karlie Kloss Numero

  • Karlie Kloss is having one hell of a good year. To top off many-a-model accomplishment, the Next model is werrrrking it on the cover of Numero‘s December/January issue – lensed by Greg Kadel and styled by Elizabeth Sulcer.

  • After her newest resort collection dropped this week, style icon Chloë Sevigny has kindly invited the interwebs into her East Village garden flat. The inadvertently promotional film weaves through her – very impressive – closet, and displays the original bunny ears from Gummo, sketches for Oscar dresses by Alber Elbaz, S&M dog collars, and lots of Chloë for Opening Ceremony (obviously).

  • With no reason given, Cynthia Steffe‘s creative director and executive vice-president – Shaun Kearney – has “amicably” stepped down from his position. No successor has been announced as of yet, though the label says it will definitely not stop here.

  • Bruce Weber has turned out a beautiful cover for the December issue of Vogue Spain. Though there is no rhyme or reason for it, model Dree Hemingway is codling a baby while wearing couture and a ripped t-shirt (Balmain or Target? Who knows).
    Vogue Spain Dree Hemingway Baby

  • H&M have been ‘found out’ in regards to using completely digitally-created bodies on their ads and website. H&M press officer Håcan Andersson confirmed that their new lingerie-clad bodies are “completely virtual“, and that they use “facial models” to superimpose normalcy onto the click-and-go body forms.

    “It’s not about ideals or to show off a perfect body… we are doing this to show off the garments.”
    – Hacan Andersson

    Am I wrong to think this is better than photoshopping every image individually? This way, I feel the shopper would have a more ‘generic’ view of a garment, and appreciate that they are buying an item, as opposed to buying what a model looks like in an item.

  • Internet gossip alert. Nicole Richie is rumoured to take over Sarah Jessica Parker’s ex-place as the the face of Halston.

  • Prabal Gurung is one of my favourite fashion designers. We all know this. We all know, also, that I am nowhere near loaded enough to have my dream, Gurung-filled closet.

    But I may just come close! And so can you! Prabal has just been named chief deisgner for ICB, the Japanese bridge label that launched in 1995 and stopped being distributed in the US in 2002. Previous designers have included Michael Kors and Viktor & Rolf. With the brand relaunching in the States – with Europe to follow – late next year, Prabal could not be a better choice. Expect lower price points with all of the same appeal.

  • Karlie Kloss Vogue

    Karlie Kloss

  • Wham! Bam! How gorgeous does Karlie Kloss look on the December 2011 cover of Vogue Germany? This, being released less than a week after she joined the Victoria’s Secret runway Angel Team, is capping off a wonderful year for the 18-year-old model.

  • As you may remember, Filipa Fino – longtime Vogue accessories editor – left the magazine in June, but left her reasons up to anyone’s opinion. Until now. On November 28th, she is releasing a 40-page holiday gift guide for Cyber Monday, and then following it up with a brand new free online accessories magazine called Fino File in February! Yay!

  • Karl Lagerfeld‘s master plan for economy recovery:

    “I think they should make a tax so that when you earn a certain amount of money, you have to spend a certain amount on shopping. To buy whatever…and that way, we create tons of jobs. I think it’s a good idea. What I hate is people with a lot of money who don’t spend it.”

    Agreed.

  • Unfortunately, some terribly sad news – philanthropist and cosmetic-industry leader Evelyn Lauder has lost her battle with ovarian cancer. My thoughts are with her friends and family.

  • Gianfranco Ferré have finally (officially) replaced designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi (who left the brand in April) with Stefano Citron and Federico Piaggi – the pair of “unknowns” who produced Ferre’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

  • On Friday, thirty-one-year-old Julia Restoin-Roitfeld announced that her and her boyfriend, Robert Konjic, are expecting! (Via Facebook, of all places). This means Carine Roitfeld, in a short six months, will become the hottest grandmother alive.

  • The Hunger Games trailer has been released! From a fashion point of view (because the story speaks for itself), I could not be more excited to see my beloved Lenny Kravitz as Katniss Everdeen’s stylist (sneak peak below).

    Katniss Hunger Games

    Katniss in The Hunger Games