Nicki Minaj Fashion Week

  • Nicki Minaj is Harajuku Barbie – this we all know – but no-one expected Harajuku Barbie to show up at New York Fashion Week. Nonetheless, Miss Minaj turned up to the Prabal Gurung show in a couture-ish cocktail, shouting crazy from Shojono Tomo-printed leggings to an enormous pink bow atop her head. Oh, the times I wish I could read Anna Wintour‘s mind.

  • Victoria Beckham is awesome. She sat in the front row at her own show and was chatting with her guests/attendees.

  • Forever 21 is selling a T-shirt for girls that says “Allergic to Algebra” on it. Make of that what you will.

  • The prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, is going into production as a TV series on the CW! (It only took three years to confirm the rumour?) Former “Sex and The City” writer Amy Harris has been confirmed to be taking part by Deadline, and Candace Bushnell (the brains behind Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, The Carrie Diaries etc) will be executive producer. Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are also on board.

  • While no-one has yet had the cajones to confirm any of the goings on at Dior, John Galliano‘s replacement has recently been widely reported to be Marc Jacobs. Neither Marc Jacobs nor LVMH are talking, but because of the increased responsibility that comes with the creative director position at Dior (that would be two couture shows, plus regular and pre-season collections), Marc Jacobs and partner Robert Duffy are asking for a package that will put their salary in the “low eight digits” (over $10 million LARGE).

  • Steve Madden has tapped the world’s favourite style twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, to be the new creative directors for Superga North America! This isn’t just a ‘slap a celebrity name on it’ deal; this means the savvy sisters will oversee all creative and marketing initiatives, as well as have oversight for distribution.

    “We hope to introduce a fresh perspective to this iconic collection, while honoring Superga’s legacy of timeless design.”
    Ashley Olsen

  • Tyra Banks is crazy. The All-Stars cycle of America’s Next Top Model, starting Wednesday 9/8c on The CW, is going to own my life.

  • Daphne Guinness

    Daphne Guinness

  • Daphne Guinness (aka FASHION QUEEN) has earned herself a collaborative deal at M.A.C. Word around the industry is that her colour collection will consist of “rich, seasonal hues” and come out on Boxing Day (aka December 26).

  • Lindsay Lohan’s little sister, Ali Lohan, has recently sparked plastic surgery rumours in the fashion world. As these sort of rumours put a model’s career at stake, her agency – Next – has issued a statement denying the rumors, and explaining that the drastic change was due to natural aging. Do you buy it?

  • Next Tuesday (aka September 13th), Marc Jacobs will turn his Bleeker Street boutique into a pop-up shop and tribute for his longtime friend Debbie Harry (aka Blondie). For a very limited time, it will sell the new Blondie album and various fan items that include exclusive T-shirts (for $35).

  • American Apparel – a company often criticized for everything from it’s sexuality to design practices – recently launched a plus-size model search. The way they went about it has been received as slightly offensive and unknowingly encouraged blogger Nancy Upton to make a joke out of it by posting sexy photos of her gorging on food. The best part? She’s winning said model search.

  • Hussein Chalayan is launch a capsule “drip-down” collection of key pieces from the main Chalayan line and calling it “Chalayan Grey Line“. The collection will consist of more affordable (starting at $140) and wearable pieces, ie. simple shift dresses and loose cottons done in greys and whites. It will be shown to buyers at New York Fashion Week from The News showroom.

  • Vivienne Tam is collaborating with Chinese athletic brand owner and Olympic gold medalist Li Ning to launch a fashionable line of yoga wear for Spring/Summer 2012. The collection will consist of 20 pieces that boast features such as being antibacterial, having moisture-wicking properties, UV protection, as well as deodorization. It will be available wholesale, starting at $36.
  • Miranda Kerr

  • I’m not sure if this is awesome or frightening, but scientists have apparently discovered a way to tan skin from the inside out. Though it’s still in the ‘baby stages’, an implant – the size of a grain of rice – has been developed that will stimulate melanin production when placed under the skin, giving a cancer-free glow. Seems much riskier than a tan from a bottle, but safer for those obsessed with tanning beds, since the effects last three months.
  • For New York Fashion Week, Marc Jacobs has pushed back his eponymous show from his usual Monday evening time slot to Thursday, September 15 at 8:30 p.m. Why? The delay “will allow Jacobs and his staff to make up for time lost this past weekend when the entire design and sample room staffs were scheduled to work before Hurricane Irene intervened”. The Marc by Marc Jacobs show has also been bumped up to Monday. This just might complicate editors’ flights from NYFW to LFW, which kicks off the following morning.
  • Models in movies news! With Natalia Vodianova’s co-starring role in Belle Du Seigneur creeping up upon us, we have just found out that Gemma Ward (who previously got Mermaid-y in Pirates of the Carribean) has been cast in Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby”. The film adaptation – of one of my favourite books – will also star Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • In the strangest news of the day, Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld has decided to help film a rap video! Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) has reported the couturier recently rolled into into the legendary San Tropez cafe “Senequier” to film a segment of French recording artist Jean-Roch Pedri‘s latest music video. Though the song title is not yet known, we do know that Snoop Dogg is involved with its production and will also appear in the video. Looks like Kanye West‘s designer devotion and Diddy’s last fashion-filled album – Last Train To Paris – has started something of a trend.
  • Remember, back in March, when Kim Kardashian released her single “Jam (Turn It Up)“? (I know, I know, you tried to forget). Well, she shot a Hype Williams-directed music video to go along with it but didn’t get to the stage of public release. Until now. It’s tasteless and dirty-looking, in every sense of the word, with enough booty shots to set you up for life. As much as I try to celebrate the Kardashian empire for their coinciding business savvy, this is so, so inexplicably degrading.

  • Kim Kardashian Wedding Dress

  • Kim Kardashian’s wedding – which was solely black & white in hue – was awesome. I may also be starting a new career as a wedding make-up psychic.

  • The rumour mill is a-whirl with thoughts that Marc Jacobs is going to be taking over at Dior. Strange choice, really. In that change, he would be leaving the handlebars of Louis Vuitton to Phoebe Philo (which is pure genius), though she would still be designing for Celine, as well.
  • According to Forbes, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple in 2011. Bundchen earned $45 million between May 2010 and May 2011 and Brady signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension last September with the New England Patriots as well as bringing home $31 million. Oh hello, green-eyed Kanye West.
  • Since we’ve all been wondering what Filipa Fino will be working on after her departure as Vogue’s Senior Accessories Editor, her rep just revealed that she is going to “launch a new digital proposition that will have the world see fashion as a complement to accessories, as opposed to the conventional other way around.” O rly?
  • For the first time, Tory Burch is going to design tuxedos. They will be available exclusively at her Madison Avenue flagship, opening in September.

    “A great tuxedo is modern and timeless for evening. My mother often wore her Yves Saint Laurent le smoking, and my father was known for his dinner jackets lined with silk Hermès scarves. Always superchic.”

  • Feather Extensions

    Jennifer Love Hewitt


    – Everyone from Hilary Duff, to Jennifer Love Hewitt, to Steven Tyler, to Ke$ha, to Selena Gomez seem to be sporting feather hair extensions. Unfortunately, the trend seems to be stripping fisherman supply shops of their fly-fishing stock. The ‘hackles’ used to create the extensions have quickly hit shortage status. Don’t mess with the fishermen, fashionistas. Before you know it, your Omega-3 supply will disappear!

    – At the Dior Homme show on Saturday, LVMH chief Bernard Arnault told fashion journalist Cathy Horyn that John Galliano would definitely not be working for LVMH in the future. Regarding Galliano’s arrest, Arnault said “he didn’t have the simple politeness to contact me.” Designer Bill Gaytten will oversee the Christian Dior couture collection for now – a decision that is fueling takeover speculation.

    Beyoncé bought – well, her assistant bought25 pairs of designer shoes as a 25th birthday present for her sister Solange. Adopt me, Bey?

    Marc Jacobs Crossdressing
    – Want to see Marc Jacobs cross-dress in Katie Grand‘s collection of Marc Jacobs threads? Click here.

    Tommy Hilfiger is one of the “high net worth” individuals Morgan Stanley recruited to invest in Michael Kors‘ half-a-billion-dollar global expansion. The 25-percent stake in Kors’ company was an easy decision for Hilfiger, who said “anybody would be crazy not to invest in it. Michael Kors is the next major global player in my eyes.”

    London to New York Jet
    – This is going to revolutionize Fashion Week! British firm HyperMach recently revealed plans for their “SonicStar aircraft” – a ridiculously fast jet that would reduce the flying time from London to New York to two hours. Bonus points for implementing an engine that will reduce fuel consumption. Unfortunately, the project won’t be completed until 2025, so we’ll have to sit through another 22 seasons or so of flight-scheduling insanity.

    Kim Kardashian is having her wedding dress custom-made by Vera Wang. Due to the wordly importance of the occasion (ahem), she is making staff at Vera’s studio sign a strict confidentiality agreement.

    Gwenyth Paltrow was spotted having a meal with Sir Philip Green in London. The only way this makes sense? A collaboration with Topshop. I mean, she is a country singer, actress, blogger, mom, cook and more – why not a fashion designer, too? Fingers crossed!

    Lady Gaga Tumblr
    Lady Gaga got a Tumblr. It’s called Amen Fashion, and it’s addictive.