One of the things I most appreciate about fashion is its ability to anchor you to a time and a place. Its ability to bring a moment to life.

I recently stumbled on this Christian Dior photo shoot that succinctly alludes to said appreciation. The shoot was photographed by Howard Sochurek in 1959, shortly after Soviet society had survived one of the most harrowing wars to date. With French models walking through GUM (a Soviet shopping centre) in Dior’s latest designs, the juxtaposition, the shock, the alien aspiration of the scene…it simply brings everything to life. Notably, the Christian Dior Spring/Summer fashion show was held in Moscow in October 1959 and marked the first time a Parisian couturier had shown a collection behind the iron curtain.
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Zuzanna Bijoch
Zuzanna Bijoch

A/W 2012 was one of my favourite ‘model seasons’ to date. Mixed in with the supers were a plethora of up-and-coming beauties: from Zuzanna Bijoch (above) to the i-D cover model Lina Zhang, there was a lot of fabulous werk happening in New York, London, Paris and Milan. One model even walked 73 shows! (See below)

Katlin Aas
Katlin Aas

Katlin Aas

Kati Nescher
Kati Nescher

Kati Nescher (Paris Fashion Week’s Top Model)

Nadja Bender
Nadja Bender

Nadja Bender (Casting director Anita Bitton scored her the opener at Alexander Wang. Versace, Lanvin, Christian Dior, and Jean Paul Gaultier followed suit.) View Post

Vogue Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep for Vogue

  • Well I certainly didn’t imagine Meryl Streep would be Vogue’s cover model for their first issue of 2012! The 62-year-old Academy Award-winning actress was snapped up by Annie Leibovitz for the January issue – wearing a dove grey Carolina Herrera dress coat – in efforts to promote her upcoming film “The Iron Lady“, where Meryl plays Margaret Thatcher.

  • Rumours are spinning that British model Alice Dellal is – unofficially – the new face of Chanel‘s handbag campaign.

  • Jessica Chastain showed up to the closing ceremony of the 2011 Marrakech Film Festival – of which was was a jury member – wearing the most gorgeous Viktor & Rolf Spring/Summer 2012 dress. This marks our first look at this collection on the red carpet, with the simple addition of the Sergio Rossi ‘Boidea’ nude, satin open toe pumps with Swarovski crystal embellishments.
    A tight ponytail and dark pink lips completed her look.
    Jessica Chastain

    Jessica Chastain

  • Michael Burke, the current CEO of Fendi, is moving to Bulgari.

  • Though no official statement has been made, friends have confirmed that that 26-year-old model Sasha Pivovarova is three-months pregnant with her and Igor Vishnyakov’s first child! She is planning to take a yearlong break from the industry to ‘be a mom’.

  • And the Christian Dior rumours keep on keeping on! The inside industry is now convinced that Jil Sander’s lovechild, Raf Simons, is going to be taking over the fashion house. Of course, “several key details” have yet to be worked out first.

    I was pretty sure Raf’s place at Jil Sander was just extended after six years?

  • Sephora have hired Prabal Gurung to design new uniforms for their employees. Now, I wan’t a job at Sephora.

  • After a few anonymous intern “horror stories” circled the web last week, someone seems to have been a little too open in their anonymity:

    “My first fashion internship was in the PR department for a beloved British designer. One of her best friends, a well known supermodel, was fronting her spring campaign. I thought getting the designer, the model and the famous photog to St. Barth’s on the same plane on the same day for the same 12 hours was a nightmare, but then the clothes came back post-shoot. Turns out the model, who was in the midst of a drug scandal, couldn’t quite hold it together and the white sample suit was soaked in pee.”

    Sadly, a Google and a little fashion intuition later (British designer, supermodel, shoot in St. Barth’s), the internets would easily suggest the incident happened at a shoot for a Stella McCartney campaign starring Kate Moss. See below.
    kate moss stella mccartney

  • Lottie Moss

    Lottie Moss

  • So, remember when Kate Moss‘ little sister was causing some “Hey, look! She’s beautiful, too!” commotion when Kate’s wedding photos were released? Well, now she’s a model. See: 13-year-old Lottie Moss, above. (Photos by Andrea Carter Bowman).

  • Well this is interesante! Moda Operandi is becoming a serious force to be reckoned with, as they have just announced the hiring/pillaging of Taylor Tomasi Hill filling the role of MO’s artistic director.

  • Apparently, Marc Jacobs is no longer the name-of-the-moment in regards to taking over John Galliano at Dior. As Jacobs insisted on taking his Louis Vuitton team with him to Dior – which would leave Vuitton pretty helpless – if he were to make the move, he has been removed from talks. The position still remains open, and I still believe if Riccardo Tisci was to shake his brand loyalty, it would be his in a hot second.

  • Look how super-dupily-smoking-hot Demi Lovato looked on the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards red carpet! In a very un-Disney move, she wore a berry-coloured Roland Mouret Compeyson zip-front gown, made of stretch-crepe and actually worn back-to-front.

    By turning the plunging back into a plunging neckline, employing some major curls, and bronzing to the high heavens, she has made the look – impressively – her own. Style headed in the right direction, Miss Lovato.

    Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato

  • When pressed for their comments regarding Madonna’s foray into further sectors of the fashion industry:

    “Maybe next season, we should sing a song.”
    Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

  • This week in Milan? Giorgio Armani wished he could “have a fresh start as an architect”; not too off-topic, considering he just opened his latest luxury hotel in the fashion capital, and announced plans to open others in London, Paris and New York.

  • Lily Cole, everyone’s favourite red-haired model-turned-actress ( she’s the only one), has a cameo role in the forthcoming movie “Snow White & the Huntsman“. If you want to spot her in the trailer, look for the girl being obliterated by Charlize Theron. Poor lil beauty.

  • BIG NEWS! Five months after the brand was acquired by private equity firm Labelux, Jimmy Choo is losing co-founder and chief creative officer Tamara Mellon! Not only Tamara, but also the company’s current CEO, Joshua Shulman. Considering Labelux paid $800 million for brand ownership, I doubt they are planning to live on the streets, but it does raise questions regarding motive for both of the talented fashion figures to leave.
  • Louis Vuitton SS12
    Louis Vuitton is the show that people will be talking about for years to come. Following an onslaught of rumours that Marc Jacobs would be jumping ship and heading to Christian Dior, the show seemed to act as a rebuttal in itself.

    Pre-show, the runway area hid a circular structure by covering it in white curtain. When the show began, early (!!), the fashion crowd gasped in unison as the curtain dropped and revealed a full-size white carousel, where every model perched atop a horse.

    One by one, each model hopped off the slow-turning carousel and walked the round runway in the sweetest of sixties-inspired styles; capped sleeves, full skirts, silk chambray, and an Easter Egg pastel palette. The embellishments were beautifully understated, with wishbones, feathers, daisies, and minute jingle bells with pearls inside.

    In what is now a Marc Jacobs Trend, Kate Moss closed the show – sans cigarette and dominatrix garb of last season – wearing a white, sequined, feathered broderie anglaise dress.

    When you put this much effort into a label, it is unlikely that you plan to leave it. Either that, or Jacobs is making one hell of a statement to prove his worth to new business partners. View Post