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

Franca Sozzani Industrie

Franca Sozzani - Industrie

  • Terry Richardson has shot a Katie Grand-styled editor of Vogue Italia – Ms Franca Sozzani – for the 4th edition of Industrie magazine.

  • Lily Allen has given birth to a baby girl! The songstress/fashion boutique owner had her happy news announced by boyfriend Seb Chew, who tweeted, “sending out love to lily, sam and mini cooper… YES.”

  • Remember that that billion-dollar tax evasion lawsuit that fell on Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana earlier this year? Well, it is back with a vengeance. The Italian government have decided to overturn the case’s ruling.

    The case alleges that Dolce, Gabbana and several other company executives didn’t pay the correct taxes when they sold their Italian brands to – their own – Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl. This leaves each designer with roughly €416 million in taxes to pay; a debt which sparked Gabbana to break a 3-year silence over the case via Twitter, tweeting:

    “Ladri!!!” [thieves in Italian]
    “They don’t know what to do to get money out of us.”
    “It’s really true that in Italy they do what they want…as they please…Perhaps it would be best to leave…”

    …and more.

  • You good ole Americans – despite the current financial situation – turned out in record-breaking numbers for Black Friday. Over the weekend, you spent $52.4 billion, with $11.4 billion coming from Black Friday alone. The average shopper actually spent $398.62 over the single weekend, breaking all of 2010’s records.

  • LADRI! I mean….THIEVES! Following the european train theft of Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2012 collection, it has just been revealed that over $400,000 in Louis Vuitton goods have been stolen from the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris.

    The perpetrators? Apparently, “Ocean’s 69“, five masked robbers which were said to have “neutralized” a security guard and four employees on Friday, taking 10 pallets of Louis Vuitton loot.

    Bad things happen in three, right? Dior need to keep their eyes open for this Marc Jacobs-crazed gang.

  • Pictures have finally been released of the “Twilight Wedding Dress“. As much as I’d like to turn my nose up…just look at it. Carolina Herrera. Gorgeous.
    Twilight Wedding Dress

  • As I mentioned on Twitter, twenty-eight-year-old actress Felicity Jones (you may remember her from her role in this year’s “Like Crazy“) has been announced as the new spokesmodel for Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics. Her first ad will be for the brand’s forthcoming Kohl spring makeup collection, and will launch in January 2012.
    Felicity Jones

    Felicity Jones

  • A Train Vogue Italia
    I’m kind of geeking out over this. I have been riding the Underground for roughly 14 years and have always dreamed of styling a shoot on one. Well, Vogue Italia is apparently one step ahead as their latest cover – and accompanying photo shoot – was shot on an old school New York subway train (likely to be the “R11“, a prototype for the Second Avenue line that has been over sixty years in the making).

    And it’s gorgeous. (Hello, Raquel Zimmermann!) The subterranean story was shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, with make-up by Pat McGrath and set design by Mary Howard.

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    Stella Tennant Italian Vogue Planking

    • You’ve seen the Vogue Italia cover, now you can see Stella Tennant planking in the accompanying editorial.
    • Apparently, though the CFDA has a recommended age limit of 16 for models walking in shows, it has been reported that 14-year-old Kylie Jenner (of the “Kardashian Klan“) will walk in Avril Lavigne’s Abbey Dawn show during Fashion Week. I guess when Avril’s boyfriend is Kylie’s half-brother (Brody Jenner), the rules need not apply. Both Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are expected to sit front row at the show.
    • Fashion designer Nicole Miller will feature as one of the designers getting advice from Joe Zee in the second series of his Sundance show “All On The Line“.
    • “Have you noticed how much make-up girls are wearing these days? It’s because it’s cheaper than buying clothes. I love beauty products. At Gucci I’d spend days working with a make-up artist getting the show to look right. I was never drawn to walking in women’s shoes that’s maybe why some of them hurt. I never had a desire to wear the clothes. I’m probably the only man in England who doesn’t want to dress in drag. But make-up? That I’m serious about.” – Tom Ford to the Telegraph
    • Blonde model trend! First there was Heidi Klum with Project Runway, then there was Angela Lindvall who was recently picked to host a special all-star edition of Project Runway. Now? Fellow sunshine blonde Molly Sims is commandeering the latest Runway spinoff, Project Accessory.
    • When asked what he would save if his house were burning down Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld responded, “Which house? I have several.” Not newsworthy, but note-worthy.

    Vogue Italia Stella Tennant Corset
    You only need a quick glance at the title of Vogue Italia‘s September issue to get the jist. Avant Garde, it certainly is. Combining the magic of photographer Steven Meisel and Photoshop (…I mean, it has to be), we are presented with both a gorgeously haunting image of Stella Tennant and the tiniest waist in the Universe. With runway-worthy sculpted hair and an incredible play on proportions, the pair of scissors in her right hand and enormous nose ring were actually the last thing I noticed. Meaningfully menacing? Whatever the inspiration, I am beyond titillated.