tom ford apple store
As I mentioned on Twitter, today was the kind of day that called for a blog. Why? I spent my afternoon with Tom Ford.

Well, Tom Ford and 100-something other fashionistos and istas. The occassion? The Apple Store on Regent Street held “Tom Ford In Conversation With Paula Reed” (Grazia’s Style Director) today.

Unsurprisingly, Tom sent everyone’s hearts a-flutter. As well as being the legendary designer who made Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent into what they are today, he is incredibly charming, witty, and well-spoken. Though the full interview will soon be up on iTunes for your enjoyment, I thought I would share a few of my interview highlights below.

On shoes:

The shoe is a piece of architecture. It stands on its own. There’s a vocabulary that has to relate.

On confidence:

Of course I doubt myself. In fashion, you have to doubt yourself until the very last minute.

On having fashion in the blood:

I have a niece and her first word was shoe.

On moving from Santa Fe to New York at the start of his career:

I knew I had to get out. I knew it was the place for me and I knew that I had to go.

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Erjona Ala

If there was one model that made a big impression on me during fashion week, it had to be Erjona Ala. The 16 year old Norwegian Ford model managed to walk a whopping 64 shows for Spring/Summer 2012 – more than any other newcomer, by far (the full show breakdown is below).

On top of that, she is a truly lovely girl, with an interesting dichotomy between her presence and her age. An androgynous type of Veronica Lake beauty, who became a model simply because she “wanted to try”. Her youth is endearingly apparent in interviews, as she quotes her ‘all time style icon‘ as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, her musical tastes as Beyonce (meeting B is Erjona’s biggest dream) and Taylor Swift, and favourite movie as Twilight.

I can’t wait to see where her career takes her as she matures.
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Molly Sims Wedding

  • Molly Sims tied the knot (wearing a mermaid gown by Marchesa) with Hollywood film producer Scott Stuber (wearing Tom Ford) this past weekend in Napa Valley, California. Congratulations, beauties!

  • Speaking of Tom Ford, his Spring/Summer 2012 collection has been suffering a beating. Maybe such a small, private affair works against a designer, nowadays?

    From the first model on the runway, we are struck by what resembles an out-of-style Gucci collection from ten years ago. The fussy complications of the cuts (drawstrings, shirring, high-waisted skirts, leg-of-lamb sleeves), the disheveled hairstyle of a girl barely back from happy hour, and the overdone makeup… Overload is the key word of the show… The laced shoe? An ersatz model of an Alaïa. The jogging shorts in black leather? Already seen last year in Céline‘s cruise collection, as were the sandals with bracelet straps (here, encrusted with rhinestones). The coat bristling with raffia? A pale version of those in Yves Saint Laurent‘s spring 1967 collection.
    […]
    At the end of this inventory suited to Kim Kardashian, Tom Ford appears. He advances. And he remains there, in the central area, asking people to stand up. Perhaps [people would do so] out of distress, or sympathy, or because all of this is supposed to be festive after all. But everybody just looks at their feet. The music does not stop. Ford tries to speak above the noise, louder. We can’t hear a thing. We just see this baby-faced man trying desperately to clear the air. He throw[s] himself upon his companion, Richard Buckley, and hugs him (Ralph Lauren often hugs his companion Ricky at the end of his shows, but then he returns backstage). But here everyone stays put. So Tom Ford retreats toward Anna Wintour and now it’s she whom he decides to embrace. Troubling.
    Virginie Mouzat of Le Figaro

  • It’s official! Andre Leon Talley is leaving America’s Next Top Model as a judge (sad face), and is being replaced by People’s Revolution’s Kelly Cutrone (WOOHOO face). ANTM will be losing an intelligent and endearing fashion plate, but will be gaining a rock-hard PR maven and seasoned reality show pioneer. Win some, you lose some.

  • Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff gave birth to her first child over the weekend, a baby boy. More congratulations!

  • Steven Tyler’s other beautiful daughter, Chelsea Tyler, has been signed as a model by IMG.

  • Starting with a GQ bar in Instanbul and a Vogue cafe in Kiev, Condé Nast plans to open many more restaurants next year!
  • Rachel Zoe Luggage

    Rachel Zoe's Luggage

  • Yesterday, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe took to Twitter to show us just how overwhelming the travel process is for her. Holy hell. A gorgeous new baby boy, husband, and handfuls of clients to dress sure cause some baggage fees.

  • Supermodel entrepreneur Kate Moss has collaborated with French company ‘Fred’ to design a jewellery collection! The collection, for the LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy)-owned designer label, will include 22 exclusive pieces that have been inspired by her tattoos (there will be anchor, heart, star and crescent moon tattoo motifs).

    The collection will go on sale in Fred stores and online at Www.Fred.com starting October 1st. Prices will range from 350 euros to 35,000 euros (appropriate enough for a diamond and ruby encrusted scarf necklace!)

  • Rumours have been flying around that Raf Simons is taking over Yves Saint Laurent. It was started by the style editor of the International Herald Tribune online, Jessica Michault, who tweeted claiming that Suzy Menkes had confirmed it in a blog for the New York Times.

    It spread like wildfire, though no-one seemed to fact check the article which actually read:

    If Raf Simons ultimately takes over the helm at Yves Saint Laurent — as those familiar with the situation in Paris suggest — the designer will have found a sweet spot for his meticulous modernism.

    Although the designer was traveling back to his native Belgium and could not be reached for comment on the subject of YSL, he certainly has earned an audition for that position.

    It’s simply not happening. Stefano Pilati’s contract with YSL has already been renewed.

  • “I’m very much a cookie-cutter hipster. So, I feel a little bit bad about the fact that, essentially, I’m a hipster but I’m the only one that the rest of the world said, ‘Hey you’ve got really great style!’ But literally everyone in Williamsburg and East London has this. But you want to plunder this? Then that’s fine!” – Alexa Chung

  • Though it is four years in the making, Lauryn Hill is being sued for allegedly failing to return “an entire wardrobe of high fashion items” which were lent to her for a tour in 2007.

  • According to Page Six, Anna Wintour (editor of Vogue) has enlisted Mario Testino (super photographer) to entice Duchess Catherine (Mrs Kate Middleton) into shooting the cover of Vogue. Since Testino shot the infamously beautiful official engagement photos of Will and Kate, and attended the royal wedding as a friend of the family, this is a pretty good move from the Devil Wearing Prada. A source said:

    “Every magazine has been trying to get Kate, and many assume it will eventually be Vogue. But even with the Mario Testino relationship, it is not clear when this will happen. The Palace must approve it, and they are very protective of Kate.”

  • Model Lindsey Wixson fell at Versace, and The Daily Mail were kind enough to rehash old ‘runway falls in celebration.
  • Fashion Texture
    I have found something pretty cool to share with you guys! There’s no hiding my love for online shopping (see sidebar of e-tailer obsessions!), and I have found something new and unique in the cluttered world of online retail: Farfetch. Farfetch is a shopping platform-cum-community that unites influential and forward-thinking independent boutiques on one URL.

    With an enormous hub of over 1000 designer labels (for womens and mens fashion), the fashion available is absolutely incredible. I am lusting after the designer dresses especially. The best perk? No matter where each boutique is, it will be delivered wherever you are in the world through one checkout system and offer free returns on every item.

    Inspired by the range of choices and everyone’s hectic Fashion Week outfit planning, I put together this “Texture With a Tan” look that can transition by climate and also work for any show:

    • Lela Rose‘s metallic tweed dress(from Coplon‘s in North Carolina) – Metallic tweed dress in silver. This sleeveless dress features a round neck with ribbon and jewel embellishment, a pleated skirt, and a concealed back zip fastening. Is fully lined.
    • Yves Saint Laurent’s snakeskin print tights (from Liska in Vienna) – Brown snakeskin print tights featuring snakeskin print from mid-thigh to toe.
    • D&G‘s Lily Bag (from Francis Ferent in Brussels) – Camel leather ‘Lily’ bag from D&G featuring top handles, shoulder strap, four silver tone top zips, lock detail and luggage label.
    • Manzoni 42‘s fur poncho (from Dolci Trame in Siena) – Beige poncho featuring horizontal panels of lamb skin and fur, a rolled neck, a concealed fastening to one side and a lined interior.
    • Cesare Paciotti ankle boots (from Biondini in Paris) – Grey suede and python skin ankle boots featuring a round toe in suede, python skin on the front and round the ankle with contrasting suede buckle, a grey platform and stiletto heel, with a red snakeskin printed sole.