New shapes, new hues, and a whole new mood: the new season is now. From oversized overcoats to tapestry prints to the most recent incarnation of military — and more pants than you can shake a leg at — here are the most definitive trends of Fall 2012.
Karl Lagerfeld has dubbed President Barack Obama "The Biggest Chef in the World" in a political cartoon he drew for last Thursday's edition of the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "The subject was inspiring," Lagerfeld said of Obama's reelection.
The cartoon, which Lagerfeld colored with Shu Uemura makeup, per his custom, depicts the president wearing chef's whites and holding a cake shaped like the White House. The caption reads, "The Biggest Chef in the World: 10 x 5 Stars."
Lagerfeld told WWD that he woke up early the morning after the election to see the results and draw the cartoon. "I couldn't do it before; I'm superstitious," he said.
The polymath designer has said that he "will never vote," but he hasn't been shy about commenting on politics in the past. In March, he drew a series of cartoons for Elle France in the month leading up to the French presidential elections.
Photo via Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
The Victoria's Secret Angels may have been scantilly clad on the runway, but when they turned up at the show's afterparty, they were all dressed to the nines. Izabel Goulart, Jessica Hart, and Erin Heatherton opted for body-con dresses in sequins, prints, or bright hues, while first-time VS catwalkers Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne stuck together in matching monochrome mini dresses. However, perhaps the most adventurous of the night was Behati Prinsloo, whose black Moschino t-shirt dress emblazoned with the phrase "You can dress me up! But you can't take me out!" was a sight to behold — if only for its puritanical hemline length and to-the-wrist sleeves.
But there were plenty of other good looks this week — and it wasn't just those with awe-inducing supermodel proportions who pulled them off. In London, several big events had industry folks moving, shaking, and looking fine: at the 1,000 Most Influential Londoners party, Caroline Issa left no doubt as to why she was selected as one of the 1,000 as she cut the rug in a frothy blue and white Prabal Gurung. Lulu Kennedy, Susie Lau, Josephine De La Baume, Sarah Burton, and Matthew Williamson were among the dapper crew who turned out to represent the city's fashion set at the Style.com dinner, while WGSN's Global Fashion Awards dinner saw the likes of Pixie Lott, Jade Parfitt, and Charlotte Dellal.
Those and the rest of the week's best looks — including Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, Laetitia Casta, and more — right here.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Laetitia Casta is the star of H&M's Holiday 2012 lingerie campaign. [NitroLicious]
- Joanna Coles has made her first big hire since becoming the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. Paul Solomons will join her as the magazine's new creative director after serving in the same role for British GQ. [WWD]
- A source says Alexa Chung and recording artist Pharrell Williams "looked quite cozy together" at the launch party for Williams's new book. Do we smell a new fashion/music power couple in the making? [Page Six]
- Natalie Joos is working with New York's Housing Works to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Joos says the most-needed items right now are "toilet paper, paper towels, detergent, cleaning products, batteries and flashlights." [Fashionista]
- Why hasn't Zara expanded in the United States the way H&M and Uniqlo have? "[Americans] don't fit in the clothes," said an expert on Zara's business. "So why do it? Having to make larger sizes makes production so much more complex." [The New York Times]
- Maryna Linchuk takes on the role of a modern Lady Godiva in a new video for Interview Russia. [YouTube]
When Michael Kors gives style advice, he might just throw in a little relationship advice, too.
Fashion writer Kate Betts asked the designer how he would counsel girls who are trying to keep up with perennially changing trends, and he said she should "take the same approach she takes to guys."
"There's great fling material, and then there's great husband material!" Kors said. "Apply that to your wardrobe and it means invest in the key pieces you'll want to spend time with season after season, the pieces that will help define your style. Don't invest major money in the trendy pieces that will feel old by this time next year. Like dating that guy just for fun — it's not to say you shouldn't do it, just don't sink a lot into it!"
Most people who watch the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show are not looking at the models' feet. But if they did, they would see some pretty fancy footwork — and we're not referring to dance moves.
Case in point: this year's show, which filmed Wednesday in New York, featured dozens of gorgeous shoes made specifically for the occasion by Nicholas Kirkwood. With details like gold embroidery (on the over-the-knee boots Adriana Lima wore to open the show) or suede leaves attached to vine-like ankle straps (on the heels Karlie Kloss wore for the final segment), each style was made to coordinate with one of the show's six themes — Circus, Dangerous Liaisons, Silver Screen, Calendar Girls, Toy Pink, and Angels in Bloom — and each provided a welcome dose of wearability to the show's otherwise outrageous costumes.
Sadly, most of these beauties will never be available in stores, but you can get an up-close peek at them right here.
Photos courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood
On Thursday, Tesoro — a founding partner of HL Group — filed a suit against Jalouse magazine editor Jennifer Eymere, Eymere's mother Marie-José Susskind-Jalou, president of Jalou Publishing, and Eymere's sister Vanessa Bellugeon of L'Officiel magazine. The suit charges all three with assault and slander, and Tesoro's lawyers are asking the court for unspecified damages. Tesoro had previously filed a lawsuit that asked for $1 million in damages and charged the three with "assault, battery, emotional distress, slander and/or libel."
The incident that brought the lawsuit started when the New York Fire Department took issue with the setup for Posen's Spring 2013 show and removed about 60 seats from the venue, a balcony at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Tesoro's lawsuit says that when she attempted to find different seats for Susskind-Jalou and her daughters, the trio "refused to listen to reason and continued to berate" her. Eventually, Eymere slapped Tesoro on the face.
Eymere told WWD back in September that she didn't like the way her mother was being treated and warned the publicist a smack was coming her way. "It was a small slap. It was not strong. I didn't hurt her, it was just to humiliate her," she said. "She humiliated my mom, and I humiliated her in front of her crew. Voilà. I just said at the end, 'Now you know you don't f**k with French people.'"
But Tesoro's lawyers say that doesn't justify the slap. "Such statements falsely indicated that Tesoro deserved to be slapped because she verbally 'humiliated' Susskind-Jalou, when the exact opposite is true," the court papers said.
Photo: Lynn Tesoro in 2010.
Speculation abounds about what Nicolas Ghesquière will do after he leaves Balenciaga, but Karl Lagerfeld already has an idea for the designer's next move.
"Perhaps Nicolas wants to have his own label, which is not a bad idea," Lagerfeld said at the Paris launch of the Little Black Jacket exhibit. "And it would not be a bad idea if somebody such as Bernard Arnault would invest in a new label because there are so many old labels (within the LVMH group)."
If Arnault backed Ghesquière's line, it would put him and Lagerfeld — who designs LVMH's label Fendi — on the same payroll. Some in the Paris fashion world believe that's exactly what's going to happen. Earlier this week, a source told Suzy Menkes that Arnault has already offered Ghesquière his own house, and another source called the situation "delicate." But while the business team at Balenciaga says it already has a short list of potential replacements, so far there's been no definitive word on what Ghesquière will do next.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- What does the industry want from President Obama's second term? "The first priority is getting the economy up and running and strong," says designer Nanette Lepore. A group of nearly 40 designers, retailers, and other fashion professionals — including Elie Tahari, Tommy Hilfiger, and Norma Kamali — generally agree. [WWD]
- Uniqlo and Theory collaborated on a line of down outerwear for men, women, and children called T Down. The vests (seen below) and jackets will range from $99 to $149 and will arrive in Uniqlo and Theory stores on Nov. 15. [Style.com]
- Alessandra Ambrosio's 4-year-old daughter, Anja, has already made her modeling debut. Both mother and daughter star in London Fog's Fall 2012 campaign. [Vogue UK]
- Isaac Mizrahi has landed a recurring role playing himself on Showtime's The Big C. [The Hollywood Reporter]
- Add Calvin Klein to the list of New Yorkers whose home is uninhabitable thanks to Hurricane Sandy. [Page Six]
- We weren't the only ones who found the Native American-inspired costume Karlie Kloss wore during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show controversial. [Jezebel]
Lanvin is seen making last-minute preparations before presenting a collection. The relative calm of her office, where she contemplates the intricate beadwork and floral embroidery on her dresses, is spliced with footage of seamstresses working feverishly in the Lanvin atelier at 22 Faubourg Saint Honoré.
No one's voice is heard in the one-minute clip, but toward the end it spotlights a quote from Lanvin, who said she tried "every season to enter the imponderable vogue in the air." A look at her doing just that in the video below.
Photo and video courtesy of Lanvin.