In an issue dedicated to celebrating the relationship between music and fashion, V magazine’s “The Queen Of Hip Hop” editorial appropriately features a top, skirt and shoes from Kanye West‘s debut collection.
The former managing director of Hermes France, Bruno Guillon, has recently joined British fashion label Mulberry as their new chief executive. He plans to help heavily transition the brand into Asian markets.
Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Pitt is the official face of Prada’s Spring/Summer 2012 menswear campaign – a David Sims-lensed look at the golden age Hollywood icon. According to the brand, Pitt “explores the language of male role models from the rock star to the playboy, from the self-reflective introvert to the engaging and humorous farceur. […] Contemporary men work when they play and play when they work. The boundaries are no longer clear – as the campaign’s simple props and gestures emphasize.”
Unfortunately, I can only see him as a psychopath. Thanks, Funny Games.
Michael Pitt for Prada
DKNY is supplying the New York Rangers with their practice jerseys for the rest of the season! Never before have I wanted to be a hockey player!
GQ has awarded Jared Leto with the title of 2011’s worst dressed man, for looking “extravagantly terrible all year long.”
Though cotton topped out at $2.12 this year, prices have just dropped to 86.4 cents a pound. A step in the right direction!
Who’s face/body/photoshopping earned magazines the most moolah, this year? Jennifer Aniston, Heidi Klum, and Sarah Jessica Parker!
Sarah Jessica Parker‘s Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire covers were the second or third best-sellers for each publication; Heidi Klum‘s Lucky and Glamour covers were both magazines’ second best performers, and Jennifer Aniston gave Marie Claire its best-selling issue in July and pulled in major sales for her November Elle cover.
Who didn’t do so well? Reese Witherspoon, whose covers marked below-average sales for Vogue, Marie Claire, and Glamour. Interestingly, magazines with Kim Kardashian on the cover were doing well in the beginning of 2011, yet as her so-called ‘sham’ marriage unfolded the numbers have started to look very poor.
Singer John Legend proposed to model Chrissy Teigen this past weekend while they were on vacation in the Maldives! WEDDING PHOTO EXCITEMENT.
Alessandra Ambrosio just announced that she is pregnant with her second child! The model and her fiance, Jamie Mazur, already have a 3-year-old, and are looking forward to adding another member to the family in five months time.
Yes, that does mean she was pregnant with strutting her flawless body down the Victorias Secret Fashion Show runway. Weep with me.
Well, there you have it. Lindsay Lohan posed for the cover of Playboy, and the image has leaked. Her ‘wobbly bits’ (as Bridget Jones would call them) are hidden behind a Playboy bunny-shaped chair, but her vampy red lips and platinum waves are both on full show. The whole spread is said to be unveiled on Ellen (?!) on December 15th, which has me thinking there probably won’t be any more ‘naughty‘ points next to Lindsay’s name this Christmas.
French label Emanuel Ungaro seems to be cursed after last year’s major financial losses. With designer Giles Deacon quitting the house in September, CEO Jeffry Aronsson is also waving his white flag after only six months, leaving to focus on his work at Aronsson Group – his investment and consulting firm.
Modelling agency “Wilhelmina” has signed Gloria Estefan to their celebrity division.
Oh God, my Trapper Keeper from 1995 is going to lose it over this news. Remember super-sparkly Lisa Frank and her line of incredible dolphin/unicorn/rainbow stationary? Well, now she is selling adults apparel. It’s hipster-tastic, and I kind of want everything.
Pantone – the colour forecasting firm – is collaborating with cosmetics giant Sephora to develop a make up line! In will be released in March of 2012, and my inner design nerd is ecstatic.
“The First Supermodel”, Janice Dickinson, spoke out recently about feeling “conned” over her time as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.
“CoverGirl are the people that choose the [winner],” she explained. “Not any of the judges, not what Tyra says. It’s who CoverGirl thinks should win.”
– Janice Dickinson
Though I was far too busy to attend any shows, I absolutely died over the review of Chanel’s pre-fall 2012 collection – “Paris-Bombay” – yesterday. There were sumptuous, golden highlights everywhere, Kohl-smudged eyes, and the most luscious Indian-inspired construction seen from the garments to the catering. Their new golden nail polish, “Diwali“, also debuted; it is destined for absolute nail mania.
The best seat in the house is available for your viewing pleasure, below.
I am lusting over the pairing of Alessandra Ambrosio and Rodrigo Santoro on the December covers of Vogue Brasil, as shot by Eric Guillemain.
Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2012 drama seems to be making some headway! After the “Fashion Gods” in Milan threatened to show at the same time as both New York and London, New York have now offered to pull their September 2012 dates back a week to accommodate the new Italian schedule.
From there, Italy was said to have agreed to change their schedule to suit New York Fashion Week beginning on the second Thursday in September, going forward.
For the apparent ‘final’ decision, the statement below has been released:
Confirm the previous schedule for September 2012 with New York fashion week starting on Thursday 6 of September, followed by London, Milan and Paris Agree for the next two years ( September 2013 and September 2014) with the proposal of Diane Von Furstenberg, President of Council of Fashion Designers of America, to start New York Fashion Week on the second Thursday of September, that is to say on September 12th in 2013 and on September 11th in 2014.
2.a New York’s last day should be on September 18th in 2013 and on September 17th in 2014 in order to allow London an additional day for the presentation of the menswear collections.
2.b. Paris will accept this structure and follow Milan as always, starting on Wednesday 2nd of October in 2013 and on Wednesday 1st in 2014
In case those conditions didn’t happen, the above mentioned solution could not be applied.
Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is looking forward to receiving a feedback(sic) from New York, London and Paris.
Drama, drama, drama…
Today, AdWeek have released some very interesting statistics on shoplifting, ie. 1 in every 11 shoppers shoplift. (Really?!)
Not only that, but 75% of shoplifters are said to be employed adults, and cost the U.S. $119 million dollars per year. Items that are often confused for a five-finger discount include alcohol, sneakers/trainers, women’s perfume, and – at the top of the list – filet mignon.
For the January 2012 issue of Vogue Paris…we have David Bowie! Or, Kate Moss‘ interpretation of Ziggy Stardust under the lens of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. What a way to bring in the new year.
(Disclaimer: the gorgeous photo, below, came to mind as soon as I laid eyes on the Vogue cover! A mashup.)
David Bowie and Kate Moss
The British Fashion Council held its British Fashion Awards earlier this week, and managed to select winners that almost everyone agreed with – HOORAY! Do you wish to take a look? Of course you do:
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
Designer Brand Award: Victoria Beckham
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones
Accessory Designer of the Year: Charlotte Dellal for Charlotte Olympia
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
Model Award: Stella Tennant
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion: Paul Smith
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury
Emerging Talent Award, Womenswear: Mary Katrantzou
Emerging Talent Award, Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
Emerging Talent Award, Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
Do WERK, everyone.
The new H&M collaboration has been announced (yes, they knock them out like scrambled eggs), and the next designer is…Marni! Sweden’s most successful retailer announced their Spring/Summer 2012 partnership with Italian label’s founder Consuelo Castiglioni, set to be released on March 8th in over 260 stores worldwide.
And yes, there is already a video sneak peak for you, below. HELLO, CLASHING PRINT MENSWEAR, I LOVE YOU.
“I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favourite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic and adding sporty utilitarian elements.”
– Consuelo Castiglioni
Today, the white dress which Amy Winehouse wore on the European cover of her second album, Back to Black, raised over $67,000 (£43,200) when it was sold at auction. The dress was ‘won’ by a private fashion museum in Chile, who’s money will go to Amy’s charitable foundation which supports programs to help vulnerable young people.
Ever wondered which designers are searched the more than others online? Well, according to Bing’s annual search trends for 2011, Gucci tops the list. (Perhaps Kreayshawn is to blame?)
Other top ten brands included John Galliano (legal troubles), J.Crew (lesbian/divorce), Guess(?), and Chanel twice over — once for the brand name itself (because it’s fabulous) and once for founder Coco Chanel (because she’s fabulous).
Big news for fashionistas in the Netherlands (and beyond)! Condé Nast has confirmed that Vogue will begin publishing a Netherlands edition in 2012, and it to be edited by the recently resigned editor of Dutch Glamour, Karin Swerink.
“Holland is a thriving market in the heart of Western Europe with a growing hunger for luxury. It is natural for Vogue.”
– Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International’s chairman
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…”
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.
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.