Lauren Santo Domingo Moda Operandi
Lauren Santo Domingo has partnered with Aslaug Magnusdottir (who hails from the old Gilt Group) on a new online venture to be launched this February during New York Fashion Week. Going by the name ‘Moda Operandi‘, their own M.O. is to delve into the untapped world of virtual trunk shows. For those who don’t know – in physical trunk shows, the ‘whos whos’ go to exclusive events to chat to designers and order pieces directly from them before all the ‘normal people’ see them in stores (I say that very lightly).

The difference by making it virtual is that Moda Operandi will have the clothes available for purchase within 48 hours of their runway shows which can then be secured for a 50% deposit and delivered in roughly four months. Of course, there will be a great return policy. Designers who have agreed to participate include Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez, Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, and Giambattista Valli.

As exciting as this is, it could also be the death of sample sales.

Coco Rocha Apartment Vogue
Does anyone remember when Lauren Santo Domingo tweeted about shooting Coco Rocha and James Conran for a Vogue feature back in July? As it turns out, the project was a brand new adventure called “APT with LSD” and Coco has been honored as the owner of Apartment One. Model and husband opened their home to the magazine for a sneak peek at their decorative apartment and its memorable features.

It is a great shoot that captures her Rimmel heavy makeup wardrobe, a limited look at her custom designed closet, a piggy bank that looks like a YSL bag, a DIY project that originated from a street find, and details about Steven Meisel‘s wedding present for Coco – a portrait of the model – by the artist. Take a look! View Post

Rachel Zoe Gossip Girl
This season of Gossip Girl is going to be especially chic. There were already reports circulating saying that fashion industry giants Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue editors Hamish Bowles and Lauren Santo Domingo would appear on the show, and now it looks like everyone’s favourite celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is going to be on the show, too!

Somewhere in between all of the shows and parties she’s been invited to over New York Fashion Week, she found time to schlep to Queens to tape a few lines. The workaholic is starring as herself in an episode whose story line centers around plans for Blair Waldorf’s 20th birthday party, a source has said. Strangely, even though she is perfectly capable, she has also agreed to let the show’s wardrobe department dress her.

“Rachel plays herself in the scene and has a handful of lines to remember,” the insider said, adding that designer Cynthia Rowley and Elle magazine’s creative director, Joe Zee, will also make guests appearances in the same episode. Set your DVRS…twice.