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.
  • Oh, goodness…it’s November?!
    Muzungu Sisters

    • Today, Tatiana Santo Domingo and soul sister Dana Alikhani launched Muzungu Sisters. The store (named after “Muzungu” which means “wanderer” in Swahili), is a a new online shop that offers clothing which is both handcrafted and ethically sourced. In celebration, the designer-free duo have opened a pop-up shop at Momo (in London):

      “We wanted to create an interactive portal that would bring together fair trade suppliers from all over the world.”
      – Dana Alikhani

       

    • The winner of Project Runway Season Nine, Anya Ayoung-Chee, was recently interviewed by Racked, and had some adorable things to say about her competition:

      Racked: Taking into account all of the collections, not just the final collections but the decoy ones as well, who do you think should have won, if it wasn’t you?

      Anya: Oh I definitely think Laura. I think her collection was extremely strong and the best work that I’ve seen her do. I think she was very smart to put out a very strong collection even though she wasn’t in the top four. I’m very proud of her. I loved it.

       

    • Did you know Macy’s Herald Square flagship is the largest store in the world? (No? Now, you do!) Even so, they sure aren’t going to let that title be threatened thanks to a four-year renovation worth over $400 million.How much bigger can it get? 100,000 square feet bigger! After the renovations, Macy’s will boast a total of 1.2 million square feet, as well as digital product information, interactive directories, a mobile shopping app, streaming live videos of Macy’s events AND the largest shoe department in the world.
    • Azzedine Alaïa recently spoke with Dirk Standen about his views on fast fashion. Considering many designers consider mass retailers to destroy the integrity on their hard work (aka copy it cheaply and unethically), his thoughts were quite a shock.After admitting that he shops at both H&M and Zara for his cousins and nieces, she simply justified his choice by saying “..listen, everyone copies”. Quelle honesty!
    • CALORIE FREE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES! Kind of. Thin Mint and Trefoil addicts, form a queue; Lip Smacker has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of the USA to launch Girl Scout Cookie Lip Smackers!No more waiting for the Girl Scouts (though hey, give them your pesos!) to come around, as you will be able to enjoy Thin Mints, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Trefoils, Peanut Butter, and Coconut Caramel Stripes flavours year-round after their official 2012 launch.
    • It’s official! Now that the super-tall superbeauty is 18, Karlie Kloss will be walking in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! Casting director John Pfeiffer said he had high hopes for Karlie to walk this year, but it wasn’t announced until….well, about a minute ago! Congratulatious, Karlie! One week to go!

    Christian Siriano SS12
    Though Christian Siriano is sometimes faulted for having “a lot of look” (thank you, Tim Gunn), the Project Runway alumni never hits a bad note in my book. This season, the talented designer was inspired by sea creatures – he employed clusters of chiffon ruffles to mimic barnacles and strung oceanic chartreuse hues throughout heavier pieces. It’s easy to see that when Siriano wants to do chartreuse, he does chartreuse.

    What was especially interesting about his Spring/Summer 2012 collection was that with the drama (overwhelming organza, unrestrained tulle, drastic eveningwear) came dialed down power pieces (pleated maxiskirts, striped tees, palazzo pants). The perspective wasn’t as streamlined as many editor’s would prefer, but damn, this man can create extraordinary beauty like few others. View Post

    Project Runway Olivier Green

    Olivier Green


    One the most interesting shows of the season is Project Runway‘s Lincoln Center extravaganza. Since the show ends with the final three contestants battling it out at New York Fashion Week, yet the show is released roughly two months after filming, all nine remaining designers showed their final Spring/Summer 2012 collections yesterday morning.

    Since we don’t know who will win until the final episodes roll around this November, I’m going to hazard a guess based purely on talent. I think Olivier Green will take the cake – his craftmanship is unreal. Apart from that, I really enjoyed the collections of Anthony Ryan Auld and Viktor Luna, but picked my favourite design from every collection for the gallery below. Enjoy! View Post

    Project Runway Apply
    Since I don’t have the resources to give you $100,000 and a show at New York Fashion Week, I am going to have to urge you to apply for Project Runway. Yes, you, Future Fashion Designer! Follow in the footsteps of Christian Siriano by appyling for Season 9 of the hit show, and be sure to say hello to Tim Gunn for me.