>> There's nothing we like more than topping off a Spring look with the perfect pair of sunglasses. To help you choose, we rounded up our favorites for inspiration: think floral, fabric-covered sunnies by Rodarte for Opening Ceremony; rad, zippered creations from Alexander Wang; and electric-blue hues from American Apparel. That, plus more to add to your must-haves list in the slideshow.
>> Carine Roitfeld isn't totally letting go of her French roots, despite teaming up with Barneys stateside for a multifaceted Fall 2010 initiative; she also styled Chanel's Fall 2011 campaign, which Karl Lagerfeld just shot in Paris. Featured is perennial Chanel face Freja Beha Erichsen — Fall 2011 marks her fifth consecutive campaign for the house but her first solo. “The mix with Freja was genius,” Lagerfeld promises.
Lagerfeld is also repeating a face at Fendi— he's shooting Anja Rubik for her fourth straight campaign next week (“I like to work with the same girls and boys all the time,” he quips.). As is Michael Kors, who tapped Karmen Pedaru for the second time in a row, posting a picture from the Fall 2011 campaign shoot yesterday on his official Facebook. Over at Yves Saint Laurent, meanwhile, the supporting team is the same — Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin behind the lens and Joe McKenna styling — but Raquel Zimmerman is reportedly the Fall 2011 subject, replacing Spring 2011's Arizona Muse.
But back to Lagerfeld: in preparation of the upcoming Chanel Cruise 2012 fashion show in Antibes on May 9, he's gathering Erichsen, Lady Amanda Harlech, Anna Mouglalis, and Kristen McMenamy to star in his annual Chanel Cruise short film. This one, he's shooting in Monaco and the South of France.
>> With its new editorial team, the biannual Arena Homme Plus has become something of a brother publication to POP — they now share the same editorial director, Ashley Heath, and the magazine's new editor in chief, Max Pearmain, used to be acting menswear editor at POP.
Heath and Pearmain's first edition of Arena Homme Plus hits newsstands next Monday, April 11 in the UK (and Monday, April 18 for the rest of the world), boasting four different covers, one each playfully dubbed "Stephen," "Stevie," "Steve," or "Steven."
"The men's fashion magazine market has become so staid and predictable," Pearmain notes of his vision for the magazine. "It was actually more inspiring in many ways 15 years ago when there was just L'Uomo, Vogue Hommes, and Arena Homme Plus . . . We wanted to inject some surprise and some passion and some playfulness back into this world."
Pearmain himself styled New Order's Stephen Morris for the "Stephen" cover, artist Clunie Reid created scrawling artwork for the "Stevie" cover (left), David Sims photographed the "Steve" cover, and Steven Klein, of course, captured the "Steven" cover. The Klein version of the issue — or Homme+ PLUS as it has been christened — comes with 45 extra pages of more "hardcore" content. Some of it has already been posted online (NSFW) and will only be sold in selected independent retailers and online.
The move back to Arena Homme Plus is something of a coming home for Heath, who used to edit the magazine himself: "It's been fun to return. I really built that magazine on blood, sweat, and tears back in the day, so it was great that David Sims, Steven Klein, and others from the glory days returned and contributed such strong, strange work. There's this sense of travel, of art and design, of the way the world is changing . . . We changed the paper stocks a bit and did that 'special sections' thing I'm into recently. The magazine is still niche, but it will appeal to a broader cross-section of stylish men."
Alongside contributions from Sims and Klein, the new issue also features work by Wolfgang Tillmans, Collier Schorr, and Ari Marcopoulos.
>> Kate Moss reportedly told guests at a Topshop dinner (prescandal) that she was wearing a John Galliano-designed dress to her July 2 festivities, but her fiance Jamie Hince says it's not so, describing the reports as "unfounded entirely." He adds of the Galliano ordeal: "I haven't seen the video, and I don't even know John that well, but I feel like people have got to see reason here. John has a problem with alcohol, and the reality is that when we're in trouble, and that's all of us, we say the most violent, cursed things. You can judge them on the stupid words they said — which I think were stupid, I hope that goes without saying — or you can dig a bit deeper and you can try and find out what the problem is. And I think it's obvious that it's alcohol. People are trying to say those are his politics. 'I love Hitler' — that's not political, that's somebody in trouble." [Vogue UK]
>> Imitation's Tara Subkoff has flirted with film over the years, racking up bit parts in movies like American Pie and As Good As It Gets, but now she's taking the relationship to the next level — literally. Subkoff attended the 2011 Oscars — and the Vanity Fair Oscars party — at the end of February with King's Speech director Tom Hooper (who won best director), and they've reportedly been together ever since. [AVENUEinsider]
>> Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of Estee Lauder and the SVP, creative director, and third largest shareholder in the cosmetics brand, is reportedly prepping the launch of a fashion and lifestyle brand. "Aerin wants to be the next Tory Burch," a source told Page Six.
The forthcoming collection launch, on which Anna Wintour is reportedly advising and former president and CEO of NBC Universal Jeff Zucker is consulting, is said to include accessories, housewares, china, and jewelry. Some of the latter will reportedly be based on pieces from Lauder's grandmother's private collection.
Word is Lauder has already acquired office space in the same building as Tom Ford and hired White House deputy social secretary Ebs Burnough, who left his post on Friday, telling friends his next position was in New York.
A Estee Lauder spokeswoman seems to confirm that Lauder is working on something: "Aerin Lauder is a vital part of the Estee Lauder Companies and the Estee Lauder brand. She will continue to have a senior creative role with the brand and will continue as a member of the board of directors of the company. An announcement is forthcoming about her future business plans."
>> Hilary Alexander confirmed over the weekend that she is retiring as fashion director at The Daily Telegraph come the end of June. She will be replaced by two fashion writers from The Times UK, Lisa Armstrong and Luke Leitch. But she's not retiring full stop, she tweets: "It's retirement not disappearance!" At the end of June, she will continue doing freelance for a year, with one page in the Telegraph UK a month. And: "I will keep on tweeting; I . . . am hoping [sic] to go to Uni next year and study archaeology! Think of the clothes!"
>> Now that we've checked Spring dresses off of our list, it's time to get shorty. The latest arrivals include a bevy of cool prints, directional cuts, and cute details. We're rounded up our top 25, highlighting a lace-up confection from Rodarte x Opening Ceremony, a gauzy flowy number from Vena Cava, and exotic patterns from Madewell, for you to add to your shopping list. Believe us, your stems will thank you.
>> We're removing ourselves from the rainy drear and stepping into a more exotic state of mind. This week, we're all about ikat prints, rustic colors, and cool textures. Step into our world and peruse our infatuations from Rag & Bone, Michael Kors, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dannijo.
Left to right: Rag & Bone Mercer Dress ($395), Urban Outfitters Ecote Embroidered Bag ($69), Yves Saint Laurent Opium Collector Edition Perfume ($75), Anthropologie Ikat Wonderlust Journal ($28), Dannijo Cota Necklace ($795), Michael Kors Mock-Croc Platform Sandals ($750)
>> If our sporty-chic Friday left you wanting more, peep our roundup of the best casual kicks for the warmer weather ahead of us. There's something for everyone — Maison Martin Margiela high tops for the ultimate sneaker head, Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges for those who prefer the extra height, pale pink Converse Jack Purcell canvas kicks . . . More Spring-perfect sporty footwear in the slideshow.