>> As a Dolce-and-Gabbana-sporting Lauren Santo Domingo sat down to the three course lunch at yesterday's Veuve Clicquot-sponsored Governor’s Island Polo Classic in New York — which began with caviar — she noted, WWD reports (seven weeks after giving birth to her first son): “'The only thing I really, really craved during my pregnancy was caviar,' Santo Domingo said, daintily separating it with her fork from the fennel infused creme-fraiche custard below. 'I was Googling it constantly to see if it was something that, you know, you shouldn’t eat. Somehow, there were more people Googling ‘crack while pregnant’ than ‘caviar’ on most Web sites… But I asked Dasha [Zhukova], seeing as she’s Russian and a great mother, and she said it was OK.'" [WWD]
>> Donna Karan is having a body-con moment. For Resort 2012, dresses were cut close to the body, bootleg pants hugged curves, and racer jackets zipped snugly. But don't go thinking these clothes are only for the tiny. "Stretchy! This is the beautiful thing about these; they fit her, they fit me," said Donna Karan, snapping the fabric of a model's pant. In a mix-and-match palette of red, black, and silver — and with silhouettes ranging from sporty to formal — these are styles that Karan designed to go the extra mile. An embroidered pencil skirt with a paneled white jacket could easily go from office to office party, while a stunning white tulle and ribbon concoction (left) — inspired by a Christmas tree — could be the perfect New Year's Eve ensemble. "They're in the stores for the longest amount of time," Karan explained of the fifty look collection's versatility. "They're meant to be worn every single night during the holiday season."
>> After many years of reluctance, Allegra Versace Beck — the majority shareholder with a 50 percent stake in Versace — has started collaborating on the brand's collections, taking her first steps into the design studio, she tells La Repubblica (translated from Italian): "I have asked my mother — I was reluctant at first, because I know little of finance — but then I realized that it was necessary for me to understand, participate, learn of this world."
She continued: "The idea made me very uncomfortable, then I calmed down. I have already started working in the office — they are all boys of my age, and I managed to convince them that I am not a mistress, but like them in that I have the ability to do this creative work ... I am the only unpaid one, that's the one difference. We became friends, often we go out together. "
Further highlights, below.
On going to the United States to study and recover from anorexia: "I call this my period of absence, I was lost in other thoughts and couldn't confront reality, with my eyes shielded from everything. Above all, I wanted one thing — to be no one, to not be recognized, not be hunted down. I studied theater, and it pleased me greatly to play parts in little independent films that perhaps no one went to see. For example, I really loved Little Miss Sunshine. Still, anywhere I went, I was a Versace. I couldn't escape, and it did me harm. I hated Los Angeles. However I did have beautiful moments. For example, when I was in New York, Rupert Everett played in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, and I, behind the scenes, acted invisibly as a dresser."
On whether she's reconciled with being a Versace: "Definitely, I still prefer the anonymity. I've spent some time working with a non-Italian designer, I've been helping him organize fashion shows, the advertising, also helping with the creative part. But the great part about this work is that I am no one! They pay me, also, of course — for now not enough to live without worries — but I think you can get used to everything, if you feel free, if you are yourself and not what others want you to be, if you don't see a photographer around every corner, if you do not bury yourself in cruel gossip that does so much harm."
On the differences between herself and her mother, Donatella Versace: "We are so close even if she is different from me — she is impetuous and determined, I am reflective and quiet. She uses celebrity in the service of work; I hate that celebrity."
>> Tonight, Sofia Coppola will present longtime friend Marc Jacobs with the CFDA's honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, wearing a "little white dress" from Jacobs's Resort collection. But will the designer be working on another white dress for Coppola, who is getting married next month? “No,” he told The Cut, "perhaps a little skittishly," according to the reporter. Jacobs continued: "I had heard that she was getting married and, I mean, I don’t know. Yeah, I don’t know.” [The Cut]
>> Jason Wu served up a healthy helping of his usual tailoring and lace for Resort 2012; but this time, he says, he "was really inspired by all these colorful houses in Puerto Rico. I went there for New Year’s and a couple times last year. It’s so fun, one of my favorite vacation spots, and on the drive you always see houses in these crazy colors: pink, blue, coral, peach, all with white molding. They almost look like they came out of a set. But they’re actually the most traditional houses, in Old San Juan you can see a lot of it." Hence the “happy colors” that grace the collection, often in the form of wetsuit-like piping. Also featured? Wu's first foray into swimwear.
>> Colorful abstract tribal prints, raffia, wooden beads, and crochet detailing populate Burberry's Resort 2012 collection — alongside the requisite handful of trenchcoats, of course. “With our iconic heritage as the foundation, we really wanted to emphasize this feeling of artisanal and decorative pieces that had been touched by hand, celebrating craftsmanship but always with a playful element,” Christopher Bailey explained of the collection's inspiration.
>> Starting today, fans of Jason Wu can now shop a selection of the designer's Spring and Pre-Fall handbags — including a few exclusive styles — on the newly re-launched JasonWuStudio.com. Visitors can also click a little deeper into the Wu world: A "Craftsmanship" section explores his workmanship and garment construction, while the "Collections" section offers video, lookbooks, behind-the-scenes images, and exclusive image collaborations done just for the site. The most recent of these special shoots? Tommy Ton snapped Tati Cotliar in Wu's Fall 2011 collection on the streets of New York. “It’s actually my favorite collection of his, so I’m very honored to be shooting this particular collection in the way that I do, on a girl like Tati who wears clothes so well,” Ton says of the shoot.
Photo courtesy of Jason Wu
>> Six super-chic eyeshadow trends, scooped straight from the Spring 2011 runways. Summer beauty is all about a carefree, playful mood, so why not experiment a bit? From golden shimmers to super-saturated blues, here are our favorite shadow looks to try.
>> Every two years, the fashion flock meets the art world in Venice for a series of parties and power buys. This year, Hogan, Prada, and Missoni have been among the Venice Biennale event hosts, bringing out guests like Anna Wintour (who was spotted yesterday riding around the city's Grand Canal), Dasha Zhukova, and Naomi Campbell. While some have already come and gone — Anna Wintour, Francois-Henri Pinault, and Salma Hayek Pinault were already spotted attending the French Open in Paris today — we've the fleeting moments of the last couple of days' festivities captured in our slideshow at left.