If any model has proven her mass appeal this Fall, it's Chanel Iman. After starring in the Fall 2012 campaigns for Saks Fifth Avenue, The Shops at Target, and Amazon.com, she's ending the year with Forever 21's Holiday campaign. In the images, shot by Dean Isidro, Iman makes the brand's sequined cocktail dresses and studded pieces shine — aided in some images by a blond wig. It's a trend we've seen throughout the industry this year: Miranda Kerr donned a flaxen bob for the October issue of Vogue Italia, Kate Moss sports a platinum crop on the December cover of Vanity Fair, and all the models who walked in Alexander McQueen's Fall 2012 show wore platinum wigs as well.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Model Devon Aoki is pregnant for the second time. She and husband James Bailey are expecting a girl this January; the couple's son, Hunter, was born last June. [Us Weekly]
- Peter Brant II's reaction to last night's election results have stirred up anger and controversy. [Jezebel]
- Kenneth Cole's reaction to the election, however, wasn't nearly as threatening. On Wednesday, he unveiled a billboard in New York that reads, "That's two jobs saved. Congratulations President Obama (and long live Big Bird)." Had the election gone the other way, Cole was prepared with a billboard that said, "Mitt happens." [The Cut]
- Now that Narciso Rodriguez has successfully launched his Kohl's collaboration, he's moving onto another retail frontier: ecommerce. [Style.com]
- Derek Lam and his business partner Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann have purchased back the majority stack of their brand from Labelux, the luxury group that also owns Bally, Jimmy Choo, and Belstaff. "We look forward to our continued growth and to the many exciting possibilities ahead of us," Lam said. [WWD]
- Richard Chai has signed on to create new uniforms for the hosts, servers, and bartenders at the Andaz Hotel in New York City. [Fashionologie Inbox]
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In her new role as global fashion director at Harper's Bazaar, Carine Roitfeld says she won't be working for the American edition's editor in chief, Glenda Bailey.
"I'm always independent," Roitfeld said in an interview after a talk about her life and work at New York's French Institute this week. "No boss."
She added that while Bailey is "a very important part of Bazaar," she'll work primarily with Hearst Magazines International president and CEO Duncan Edwards. (Last month when the magazine announced it had hired Roitfeld, it said she would collaborate with the American edition's creative director, Stephen Gan.) Roitfeld will create four stories a year that will appear across Bazaar's international editions. On stage, Roitfeld said, "Suddenly, I've passed from like 50,000 readers [at Vogue Paris] to 11 million readers."
"When you're talking to a wider scale of readers, you think a bit differently," she told WWD. "You will recognize me in the pictures. My way, my castings, the way I put clothes together, it's very me."
During the talk, Roitfeld said her new position is a first in the world of fashion magazines.
"I think it's very interesting because of the globalization in fashion," she said. "Everyone in Shanghai and Berlin can buy the same dress. And now, because of this possibility with Bazaar, the woman in Shanghai and the woman in Berlin and New York, they can read and see exactly the same story. . . . Imagine how exciting it is to be able to talk to all these women, to give them the same knowledge, in a way."
Photo: Courtesy of French Institute Alliance Francaise.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be filmed in New York City on Wednesday, and more information about the annual extravaganza is being revealed as the clock ticks closer to showtime. Herein, everything we've learned about who's walking in the show, what they'll be wearing, and how they've prepared for what is arguably the world's most-watched runway.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- M.I.A. spilled the beans that she's working with Versace during a talk at New York's MoMA PS1, but she didn't specify exactly how she's working with the brand. [Fashionista]
- Narciso Rodriguez's hotly anticipated collection for Kohl's DesignNation concept is shoppable a whole day early. Customers were told to expect the line on Nov. 7. [SheFinds]
- Nicola Formichetti has announced that Vogue's international men's editions will all be rebranded as GQ Style — meaning the Fall 2012 issue of Vogue Hommes Japan is the last. [Nicola Formichetti]
- Say it ain't so: new restrictions the European Union has proposed on a list of 100 allergens commonly found in perfumes could alter some of the world's most iconic fragrances, including Chanel No. 5, Miss Dior, Guerlain's Shalimar, and Thierry Mugler's Angel. "It would be the end of beautiful perfumes if we could not use these ingredients," said Chanel chairwoman Francoise Montenay. [The Daily Telegraph]
- A number of people who walked past the line for the Alexander Wang sample sale in New York this morning asked shoppers if they were waiting to vote. A reporter in the line called the experience "kind of embarrassing." [Racked]
- Ralph Lauren has pledged $2 million to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. "We want to support the selfless work of so many agencies, professionals and volunteers and hope that these donations will make it easier for our cities to rebuild and recover," Lauren said. [Vogue UK]
If our Twitter feed proved anything today, it's that Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley aren't the only politicos in the fashion world. Terry Richardson, Kelly Mittendorf, Jeremy Scott, and Joe Zee were among those who not only hit the polls but also used their social media pull to get out the vote. While we'll leave it up to you to figure out who the majority of industry folk probably voted for, we will say this: patriotism is always in style.
It's, like, freezing and long lines and people are way pushy. That's the bad news about voting. The good news? America is the best country!
— Derek Blasberg (@DerekBlasberg) November 6, 2012
Less than a day after PPR announced that Nicolas Ghesquière would leave Balenciaga, there's already talk of where he's headed next.
Suzy Menkes cites "a person in the Paris fashion industry" as saying that LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault has offered Ghesquière his own fashion house. According to Menkes's source, one of Arnault's children (either his daughter, Delphine, or his son Antoine, CEO of the men's brand Berluti) would take over the business side of Ghesquière's brand. Another source called the situation at LVMH "delicate."
In fact, there's some speculation that a delicate situation with PPR management is what caused Ghesquière to leave in the first place. According to WWD, tensions had been rising between the designer and Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot over a "lack of support and funding" and a desire for a more commercial offering. The freedom and resources Hedi Slimane was given when he took over at Balenciaga's sister label Yves Saint Laurent — changing the brand's name and logo, for example — are also said to have contributed to Ghesquière's departure. The Financial Times' Vanessa Friedman points out that after 15 years of service, Ghesquière was only recently allowed to start advertising. Most of his shows have been staged at Balenciaga headquarters "to save money," but Slimane's first show for Saint Laurent was held in Paris's Grand Palais.
Whatever the reason for the split, Guichot says she already has a "short list" of potential candidates to replace Ghesquière — and she wants to hire a new creative director in short order. While she hasn't named names, sources claim Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Kostas Murkudis, and Bouchra Jarrar are among the possibilities. PPR is also said to have its eyes on Londoners Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson, and Thomas Tait.
"My biggest interest is to focus the organization, accompany the team, and develop the brand potential, so it's in my interest to do it as soon as possible," Guichot said.
If Ghesquière had been unhappy about his departure from the brand, he didn't hint at it in a recent profile featured in Style.com/Print. But in the process of talking about embracing Balenciaga's rich past and trying to move it forward, he does betray a sort of introspection about his work. "Because the house has such a history, I have had to look to the future and respect the past for my own moment," he says. Perhaps his moment is now.
Photo: Ghesquière taking a bow at his Fall 2012 show for Balenciaga.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Erin Heatherton and Leonardo DiCaprio have called it quits. "There's no bad blood," the source said. "They still care about each other a lot." In the 10 months they were together, the duo weren't photographed together much, but they did vacation in Australia late last year. [Us Weekly]
- French actor Gaspard Ulliel has been cast as Yves Saint Laurent in a biopic that will be directed by Bertrand Bonello. The yet-to-be-named film apparently does not have Pierre Bergé's approval, but another YSL film about Bergé's relationship with Saint Laurent, directed by Jalil Lespert, does. [Vogue UK]
- Karl Lagerfeld will release a line of watches, priced between $150 and $595, on Feb. 28. [Design Scene]
- Producers for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which is being held in a National Guard building in New York this Wednesday, helped the Guard respond to Hurricane Sandy by letting the guardsmen use their generators and rented space and even setting up an Internet connection. [Fashionista]
- British label Ossie Clark is set for a comeback. It's been renamed Ossie Clark London, and its first new collection — with pieces priced between $80 and $300 — will appear in 45 Debenhams stores across the UK starting in February 2013. [Vogue UK]
- Amazon is setting up a 40,000-square-foot fashion studio in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, where it will shoot clothing for its main website as well as for online retailers Shopbop and MyHabit, which it also owns. [Racked]
There's a rumor going around that Erdem Moralioglu might be the designer who will guide Schiaparelli back into the market next year.
On Monday, Grazia speculated that Moralioglu's talent and romantic vision would make him the perfect person to design for the house.
"Anything like that is a compliment, but you just have to concentrate on your job and what you're doing," he said.
Tod's Group chairman Diego Della Valle, who owns Schiaparelli, had planned to announce the brand's new creative director this Fall and relaunch the brand for Spring 2013. But last week, the brand's spokeswoman Farida Khelfa said the first new designs for Schiaparelli likely won't debut until "June or July" of next year. Whether Moralioglu will be the man who creates them remains to be seen.
In case you'd forgotten about the Maison Martin Margiela collaboration that's headed for H&M stores on Nov. 15, there's now a minute-long commercial to remind you just how cool it is.
The ad features four models dressed in the capsule collection, two of who stand in a calm repose on the streets of Paris. Another tries her best to balance on a chair in the Lucite heels from the collaboration, while a male model dances in an intersection.
Luckily, there aren't any traffic incidents — but the sound of a speeding motorcycle whizzing past one of the models brings a little depth to an otherwise surreal experience. A look at the commercial below.