- Sending fashion week invites? Employ Betsy Dunlap to do your addressing...
- NPR broadcasts on Paul Poiret's legacy, tells a great anecdote about Coco Chanel and Poiret
- Chloe Sevigny: budding fashion icon even in 1992? Fashionista takes us back to her Sassy intern days
- Dior couture at Versailles, as chronicled by Lily Cole
- Valentino likes donuts? On his swim trunks? Jezebel has the incriminating photo
Posts for July 2007
>> That's how Phillip Lim and his business partner Wen Zhou describe each other. Amy LaRocca has really been churning out some great articles for New York Mag in the past couple of weeks - this time it's a profile of Mr. Lim, Ms. Zhou, and the brand between them.
I can't believe it's been around for only two years... I foresee 3.1 Phillip Lim being the next great American brand... along the lines of Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein great American brand, if they keep up the pace.
>> I wasn't able to catch the Nan Kempner exhibit in New York, so I had to settle for the abbreviated version at the de Young Museum in San Francisco this weekend. Still worth seeing if you're in the area - even if it is the abbreviated version. The best pieces are YSL - this cape that makes me swoon every time I see it is definitely the standout piece. But there are some beautiful Madame Gres Grecian gowns as well.
>> Sometimes I find Rodarte a bit hard to swallow - their pieces are a such a reflection of rawness, raw talent.
But one thing makes me keep going back - I am fascinated by the Mulleavy sisters themselves. They make the most obscure literary and cultural references, are obsessed with the interiors of a garment rather than the outside, and live in suburban California. I love that they stay so removed from the industry and yet are so included. They seem to me the ultimate fashion geeks - I think that's why I'm so intrigued.
>> Totally switching gears here, but since Robin Givhan wrote the article I think it applies enough. Does anyone else find the fact that she wrote an article about "Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory" ridiculous? The lede especially cracks me up:
There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Let's not be over-dramatic or anything. I'm a little unclear as to why a full-length article is being written on something like this, especially when Givhan writes:
To display cleavage in a setting that does not involve cocktails and hors d'oeuvres is a provocation.
Since when? A comment like that seems really behind the times, even in the buttoned-up and desexualized world of conservatively-dressed politicians.
>> I'm really loving this trend Vogue Paris has going of dressing up models as fashion industry bigwigs: first Sasha as John Galliano, and now Snejana as Anna Wintour for the August 2007 issue, shot by Mario Testino. Who knew Snej could look so remarkably similar to Ms. Wintour? Clearly Carine did...
Snej even got the poses right!
The rest of the editorial, "L'Icone", can be seen here.
>> The quality is a little grainy and the music you can do without, but it's still worth watching, definitely.
I remember an interesting bit of gossip I heard, when I was at W magazine: Donatella's husband at the time, Paul Beck - a gorgeous former male model - was actually Gianni's lover.
For years, Gianni wanted a child and heir. He and Paul couldn't make *that* happen. So, he brokered the marriage between his sister and lover, which produced Allegra and her brother - can't think of his name...and viola! Instant heirs.
Whenever they came into the office, it was always the happy threesome...Donatella coked out of her mind, in a leopard catsuit unzipped to her navel, gold stilettos, white'ish blonde hair and Vuitton bag tan - Paul in distressed button-fly jeans, and a plaid flanel shirt with the sleeves artfully ripped off - and Gianni, smiling, impeccably well put together and warm. Wow...that was a long time ago - but, good memories!
To be taken with a grain of salt, but it still kind of makes sense...
>> Quotes like that make Isabella Blow even more fascinating than she already was. Amy Larocca wrote a fantastically beautiful feature for New York Magazine on Issie - it's very much like a biographical vignette, with lots of great stories and quotes. For instance:
[Issie's] grandmother was most regularly described as a cannibal after once devouring a fantastic barbecue in Papua New Guinea only to be told it was human flesh, at which point, says Detmar [Issie's husband], she demanded more. How delicious!
I won't spoil any more of the brilliantly collected details for you, but I did very much like the view of fashion attributed to Ms. Blow:
“People think that fashion is all frivolity and done by people who can’t do proper jobs,” says the writer Adrian Gill, “but Issie understood that it is very, very serious business in terms of civilization and culture. It’s the one piece of culture that every single person in the world participates in. Not everybody reads poetry or listens to music, but every single person in the world gets up in the morning and puts on something, and whether you like it or not, that’s a statement about who you are.”
A little pretentious, perhaps, but I prefer to think in a similar way. I think it gives fashion the validation it generally deserves, even if there are little blips of frivolity here and there.