Valentino Virtual Museum

    • Get ready to take a private tour of the Valentino archive on any device that connects to the internet! Serious talk. Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti have just announced the launch of the “Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum“. The desktop application will showcase over 300 dresses from the designer’s archive, organised as if it were an actual museum, and integrated with sketches, editorials, as well as various means of press coverage. The app will be available here from December 5th.
    • Looking for Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress? This Alexander McQueen number is the closest you’re probably ever going to get. Same designer – Miss (Fabulous) Sarah Burton – with a few missing lace inserts.
    • Paul Smith won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards, following in the footsteps of greats such as John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen.
    • For Fall/Winter 2012, Stella McCartney will show a special collection for the London Fashion Week show calendar. As creative director of the 2012 Olympics, the (little) details shared so far have explained that the “one-off” show will be part of concerted promotional efforts relating to The Games. Back on home turf! Yes!
    • 90-year-old fashion designer Iris Apfel is collaborating up with eyebobs to design a collection of midrange reading glasses, sun readers, and polarized sunglasses! The collection is set to be released in 2013, though a limited edition frame – the “Iris” – will be available in three different colours come Spring. A portion of proceeds will also be donated to vision loss charity Lighthouse International – SO GET BUYING!
    • Heiress to the Missoni empire, Miss Margherita Missoni, has revealed she is engaged to be married to her racing driver boyfriend Eugenio Amos!
    • Now that Versace x H&M is all sold out, those who slept those few extra minutes can rejoice! As soon as February, we will be able to get our hands on a brand new Spring/Summer 2012 collectionbetween the collaborative brands! Sneak peak below:

      Versace HM SS12

      Versace for H&M Spring/Summer 2012

    • Oh, here goes another £100…MAC have just released photos of their make-up collaboration with Daphne Guinness! The 21-piece collection will be available from December 26th through February 9th. The pigments will sell like hotcakes, I assure you.

      “I was in the Beverly Hills Hotel, and let me tell you there’s always some mad project going on in my bedroom when I’m there. Ha! I had parchment papers spread all over the floor and all sorts of different powders and watercolors that I was mixing together. I was painting for so long on that floor. When the pieces were done, I packed them all in my suitcase to show MAC.”
      Daphne Guinness

       

Daphne Guinness MAC

Daphne Guinness x MAC

Versace H&M

Jessica Alba, Chloe Moretz, Coco Rocha, and Blake Lively

  • True to the brand, Versace‘s launch party/fashion show for their collaboration with H&M was decked out in an equal measure of fluoro and black.

    Who did you think looked best on the red carpet out of those above? (Tell me on Facebook, then take a look at the campaign video below!)

    Do werk, Donatellla.

  • Attention, Little Monsters! Though celebrity perfumes are a dime a dozen, you are probably going to flip your lid over Lady Gaga’s (now that it doesn’t smell like “blood and semen”).

    In her own words,

    “I wanted to extract sort of the feeling and sense of blood and semen from molecular structures, so that’s where [the rumours] came from, and that is in the perfume but it doesn’t smell like that”.

    Coming soon to a cosmetics counter near you, the appropriately titled: MONSTER!

  • Recently, everyone’s favourite fashion designer, Alber Elbaz, announced that he has been working on a book. In a process which I hope will be similar to the Kenzo book, he has confirmed that he will be detailing the intricate practices that a Lanvin collection undergoes.

    The 700-page book (though some pages are left blank, as “that is how I start every day”) will be released early 2012.

  • Kelly Osbourne has been confirmed as a judge on Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model for their next season! (Non-UK disclaimer: Despite the lengthy name, it is actually only one show).

  • I am super excited (and slightly confused) about this next piece of news! Stefano Tonchi (Editor in Chief of W), Amy Astley (Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue), and Brandon Holley (Editor in Chief of Lucky), are reported to be starring – as themselves – in “Jane by Design“, a new ABC family show which premieres January 2012. Premise? A teenager (presumably “Jane”) is mistaken for an adult and therefore lands a job at a fashion house.

  • Nicole Richie has been named “Influencer of the Year” by The Accessories Council, thanks to her against-all-odds accessories line, House of Harlow 1960. She is also working on a “very hands on” clothing line for QVC!

  • Isaac Mizrahi and Jean Paul Gaultier are both launching eyewear collections.
  • Jenna Lyons Courtney Crangi

    Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi

    • Earlier in the week, The Post reported a rumor earlier this week that J.Crew president Jenna Lyons wold be divorcing artist Vincent Mazeau as she “has fallen in love with another woman who also works in the fashion business“. Insiders have since revealed said woman to be Courtney Crangi, the sister-slash-business partner of jewelry designer Philip Crangi.

      “After the breakup, Jenna fell in love with Courtney, whom she had been friends with for some time. They’ve known each other for years through the fashion business. Courtney is an attractive blonde who balances working hard with her family.”
      – An un-named source

    • Karl Lagerfeld has tapped Carine Roitfeld to style Chanel‘s upcoming campaign for Spring/Summer 2012! According to Uncle Karl, the shoot is “all about athletics and the sea…it’s very modern sportif and in black-and-white”.
    • Former reality TV star/author/fashion designer/(I’ve missed something, I’m sure) Lauren Conrad has decided to follow her latest venture, beauty blog thebeautydepartment.com, with a beauty book. The appropriately named tome – “Lauren Conrad Beauty” – is sure to be a huge hit.
    • TV chef Paula Deen is said to be cooking up a clothing line (pun intended). You know what they say, after butter-flavored lip balm comes couture.
    • At its biannual board meeting this week, the CFDA elected award-winners Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler‘s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez to join their board! Congratulations, boys! At the same time, Nicole Miller, John Bartlett, and Richard Lambertson all left the board.
    • Rumours are a-spinning that Gisele may have shot Givenchy‘s latest campaign, which would mark the first time since Fall/Winter 2007 that Mariacarla Boscono wouldn’t front a Givenchy campaign. After closing their Spring/Summer 2012 show and male model Noah Mills tweeting that he would be “going to jamaica tomorrow to shoot with Gisele”, it seems to almost be a certainty.
    • Next year, your dreams will come true. If you’re a crazed fan of America’s Next Top Model, at least, as the Tyra Banks-fronted reality show is finally (sarcasm) getting a branded fragrance, “Dream Come True“. The fragrance launch will be exclusive to Target next year and will feature the winner of the show’s All-Star Cycle (currently showing) as the face of the campaign.

    Christian Dior SS12
    With a controversial couture collection under his belt, Dior’s temporary stand-in for John Galliano – fashion designer Bill Gaytten – showed an excellent compendium of uncompromised quality for the label’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection.

    Gaytten showed ‘wow’ pieces without a Galliano-type ‘wow’, and I think that is what truly made this special. By choosing a ‘safer’, more classic aesthetic, the tailoring and construction shone through and left us with countless options for future investment pieces. Expert draping, the creamiest gazar, classic bar jackets and much more. Check out Karlie Kloss in the finale look of sheer organza, if your wallet dares.

    Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2012? A statement of romantic intellect and adaptation. View Post

    Versace SS12
    If The Little Mermaid (aka my homegirl Ariel) were a fashion designer with extreme talent, I have a feeling her pieces would look very similar to the Spring/Summer 2012 collection from Versace.

    The Italian label chose to go on a seafaring adventure much unlike the iconic designs that are rumoured to have been compiled for the brand’s upcoming collaboration with H&M. Not that a fresh take on things is a negative. The plissé, seahorses, lucite, starfish, and studs sold a story of sexy, luminescent, underwater rock and roll. Also, the bountiful and supernaturally bouncy blow-outs – courtesy of Guido Palau – were the best of any show so far. It was trademark Donatella with a twist. View Post