Posts for October 10th 2008
>> Lara Stone is known for baring her breasts in most of her editorial spreads, inciting fanaticism in some and eliciting scoffs from others, but as she tells i-D in the November 2008 issue, she's tired of all the commotion: "Will you stop asking me questions about my tits? Oops sorry, but the world seems rather obsessed with them . . ." She graces the cover of the magazine, all chiseled cheeks, gap teeth and bleached eyebrows — no breasts in sight — but when the accompanying tagline reads, "Yes, I think I'm sexy," what does she expect?
The world's obsession started when Lara was young.
My mother tells me of when I was 10 or 11 and I would wear really tight, short skirts and crop tops. All the local men would wolf whistle and stop and stare, but I didn't realize why at the time.
But her mother did . . . and she wasn't sure what to do about it.
The first time she saw me naked she sent this whole long big email, that was sooo sweet. She had seen the pictures from Purple by Inez and Vinoodh of me, butt naked, in the studio. She was like 'Lara, if you don't want to do this, you can just say no, you can always move back home with us'. She's so sweet.
>> INSIDER WIRE —After juggling four weeks of fashion shows in her new position as Marie Claire fashion director, Nina Garcia was spotted juggling her one year-old son, Lucas Conrod, in LA this week. Besides trading in fashion for family, she's also switched from staggering heels and tailored dresses to ripped jeans and flats for the occasion. [Perez Hilton]
>> While her former colleagues get ready to tape the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Miami next month, Gisele Bundchen taped a music video yesterday in LA. The video — for Blackcowboy's new single "Come On" — is directed by Kevin Connolly, and Tobey Maguire and Lukas Haas were both on set, so it sounds like Gisele is still up to doing favors for friends of her former flame Leonardo DiCaprio. She apparently knows the band through Lukas — and they're lucky to have her, judging by how much buzz this shoot has already created for them.
A little birdie at Henri Bendel sent us a note today reminding us about the correlation the connection between good economic times and higher hemlines.
From what we can tell the theory goes something like this:
Financial analysts have loosely used it to determine where the economy is headed. So far it’s been pretty accurate. In the '20s and '60s, hemlines were at a high and so was the stock market. And in the '30s and '40s, the stock market was so low that women were almost tripping on their skirts. The hemline theory was also on the ball in 1987. Miniskirts were all the rage, and the stock market was at a matching high. But then the market quickly crashed in October, right when designers such as Bill Blass decided that miniskirts looked ridiculous. Hemlines dropped and so did the market.
In which case all of those sexy minidresses we are seeing on the runways of Balmain, Herve Leger and Versace might just be our ticket to better times. In which case if this a potential buy strategy for Henri Bendel could they just be saving us from the recession?
We will be honest and say that out of all the brands at the Denise Williamson showroom, Operations was not the brand we were expecting would be one of our favorites. Second only to Catherine Holstein in our affections in fact. As much as their formula hasn't changed, and as much as we respect them for collaborating with Levi's, the range just felt more polished and trend-cognizant then ever before. The neon piping in each garment, the thin light denim pieces, and the trench coats with contrast collars, were right on the money--even if you couldn't say these were out-there trends to reference. Operations, which takes inspiration from American uniform, is shaping up to be a clever little jackets-and-shirts kind of line and we're happy to see it happen.
This may sound a little disgusting but we have been wearing the same tee-shirt, baring trips to the gym and bedtime, for three days in a row. What tee-shirt has us this obsessed? Adam Adam Lippes Long Sleeve Vee T-Shirt.
This 100% pima cotton tee is the platonic ideal of tee-shirt. Its so flattering, so comfortable, and so cozy that literally nothing else feels as "right" in our wardrobe. Longtime Coutorture readers will know of our affection for Adam so its little surprise that with our first Adam tee we have become so enamoured we literally won't take it off. Maybe this is a sign we should get a few more?
Last season when we attended the Gilded Age presentation we hoped we'd eventually get to see a women's line come from the brand. Though the infiltration of Ralph Lauren-alikes can sometimes be overwhelming, in the end it gives a strong identity to wholesome American fashion and that can't hurt. Gilded Age's first women's collection looks a little more grunge than say, Trovata. The worn-thin flannel shirts, levis-inspired oversized denim, and square, low-slung shorts reminded us of our days as an adolescent in the nineties. For the less boyish Gilded Age customers, they put out some cotton frocks and thin floral-printed separates that are more prep-school friendly.