>> Vogue's September 2011 issue will boast 584 ad pages, with an increase of 50 pages — or 9.3 percent — over its September 2010 issue (By comparison, Vogue had its all-time high — pre-recession — in 2007, with 727 ad pages.). Elle's September 2011 issue was down 6.8 percent to 350 ad pages; Harper's Bazaar came in at 308, a 2.2 percent gain; and W increased 3 percent to 255 pages. When announcing the magazine's numbers yesterday, Vogue publisher Susan Plagemann added that Vogue plans to roll out another website aside from Vogue.com in December, but she wouldn't give further details. [Ad Week]
>> Tom Ford and his boyfriend Richard Buckley have been together for 23 years, and at this point, Ford says: "No one comes on to me, ever. It is like I don’t exist sexually. No one, no one." When it's suggested that it might be because he's intimidating, Ford replies: "Maybe that is the reason, but no one, no one flirts, no one comes on to me. Usually when people are personal with me, then they want to give me their business card at the end of the conversation." He does wish that he got hit on more often, he though: "Of course! Why not? I am not saying I would act on it, but it would be nice." [The Talks]
>> Almost seven years after his H&M collaboration, Karl Lagerfeld is back with another one-off mass collection, this time for Macy's. The 45-piece collection, which hits 235 of the 800-plus Macy's stores and Macys.com on Aug. 31, promises to incorporate Lagerfeld's signature style — read: high-collared pieces, as well as edgier, rock'n'roll looks — and run $50 to $170.
The August 2011 issue of Vogue provides a first look at the collection: a $109 dress that Lagerfeld describes as "a coup d'oeil to the dresses I designed for Chloe and the girlish, more romantic mood of the seventies." As for why he decided to work with Macy's on the collection for the past year, Lagerfeld says: "These partnerships are a working holiday from my normal discipline, and I like to think differently."
Street Style Favorite Christene Centenera, Designer Louise Goldin Both Working on Kanye West's Upcoming Collection
>> The details of Kanye West's upcoming womenswear label are coming hard and fast these days. Louise Goldin, who has not shown on the catwalk for the past two seasons, has been working with West, Goldin's Central Saint Martins tutor Louise Wilson recently confirmed: "I can confirm that Kanye has been to visit me twice at Saint Martins and we have briefly discussed this collaboration . . . I think we can expect a well-considered collection, you wouldn't expect less from a pair of professionals and I warn against dismissing it in haste. There are those who might assume Louise will be doing all the work and Kanye is just the face, I don't believe this will be the case – he researches thoroughly and is hands on and committed to his work."
Goldin and West have reportedly set up a studio in Paris, but Goldin is said to be keen to relocate to the United States, prompting rumors that West will show the label at New York Fashion Week.
West has also reportedly been working with Harper's Bazaar Australia fashion editor and street style favorite Christine Centenera (above) on the line. Centenera met West in March at the Fall 2011 shows during Paris Fashion Week, and has since been flown to Paris twice monthly to work on the collection in a consulting capacity. When asked for comment, Centenera apparently replied that West is a very private person and that it’s not her place to comment.
>> Carine Roitfeld, who is making her return to styling magazine editorials with V's September 2011 issue, has dropped a hint on what the 72-page cover story, shot by Mario Testino, might entail. For the themed "Heroes Issue," they chose Elizabeth Taylor to focus on. “She had the kind of elegance that went far beyond clothes,” said Roitfeld, who is rumored to be working with the magazine on several issues. [WWD]
>> The dress Ralph Lauren designed for daughter Dylan to wed hedge fund founder Paul Arrouet appears in the August 2011 issue of Vogue. Lauren, who reportedly consulted with Vera Wang on the dress's design, decided on a handmade duchesse-satin, silk-tulle, and georgette embroidered dress with a tiered, nine-foot train. "I had to do something that was better than ever before," he told Oprah before the June 2011 wedding, which took place at his 300-acre Westchester County, New York estate. "When you do something for your family or your daughter, I mean it's the only daughter I have — beautiful girl. I want to just give her something that she'd really treasure and give her something that would be really amazing. I want her to feel fantastic."
Lauren also designed the bridesmaid's dresses in Dylan's Candy Bar-logo colors, with specially-made Spanx if the wearer so opted. "I also was inspired by a New York Times front page of one of my father's Spring/Summer collections where they showed the finale lineup of all those vivid colors of satin evening dresses," Dylan explained.
>> Claudia Schiffer's new knit collection — designed with German cashmere specialist Iris von Arnim — made its retail debut at Colette during Paris couture week, and it's hitting 50 doors worldwide shortly — including Net-a-Porter later this month. Camilla Akrans captured Schiffer herself modeling the tube dresses, chunky cardigans, and cableknit sweaters (which range from about $400 to $1,600) for the collection's lookbook, and the new designer says of her offering: "I wanted to make easy pieces that are practical yet chic . . . It’s been a huge learning curve, but it’s something I have wanted to do for a long time."
>> Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott seem to have really run away with the Fall 2011 campaign bookings this season — among their clients: Calvin Klein Collection, Givenchy, Gucci, Tom Ford, Versace, and now Giorgio Armani, too. The duo took over from Nick Knight — who did Armani's campaign last season — capturing Sasha Pivovorova with slicked-back, strikingly bleached hair. [Vogue ES]
>> It's a wild, wild world. Take a nod from the Spring 2011 runways of Missoni (left) and Suno and mix up your Summer wardrobe with a smattering of tribal-inspired prints and vividly exotic patterns. Go rustic with woven Aztec-style accessories or glean inspiration from Proenza Schouler's Fall 2011 collection and add drama by pairing indigenous prints with deep, bold black. African fabrics, native plaids, playful ikat; don't be afraid to pile them on.