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>> Hubert de Givenchy had Audrey Hepburn, Giorgio Armani has Cate Blanchett, Carolina Herrera has Renee Zellweger, and Olivier Theyskens continues to align himself with Reese Witherspoon at Nina Ricci — because, as it's put in the November 2008 issue of Vogue, "every newly named artistic director of a fashion house in Paris knows he needs a huge Hollywood actress."
According to Theyskens, the match just fell into place: ""When I met her at Rochas, it was not the right fit. But when I started at Ricci, I had a strong feeling about her being a real Ricci girl, and I showed her some drawings and she was really willing." Plus — "We are the same age, so we have some roots. I am quite fascinated by roots of generations."
Recalling the first time they publicly debuted a collaboration — Reese's canary cocktail Nina Ricci number for the 2007 Golden Globes — the actress invited Olivier to visit her in LA: "So he came to my house and sat on the floor and started sketching. Of course I put out tons of food and he didn't eat anything. He brought out two kinds of fabric — he brought out one gray and one yellow. And he said, 'I think you are like this! I think you are like a party! I think you are wearing a yellow dress!'"
Olivier was nervous about the whole ordeal: "The yellow dress with the bustier — for me it was the first thing that the world would see from me at Ricci. But still, I wanted it to fit with Reese. I was afraid. And it was Reese who picked that fabric. This was one of my favorite fabrics! She just fell right into it. She is very intuitive."
After that first frenzied collaboration, everything feel into place, according to Olivier: "If I do her an elegant dress, she can dress so elegant. If I find a dress, she will find a way to be at her ease. I feel OK — I'm Olivier doing dresses! I'm superhappy about working, and everything is getting more fluid." And that is how he came to be photographed with her in Vogue, Reese wearing two dresses he made especially for the occasion.
>> Marc Jacobs may have been back in his favorite skirt last night, but new rumors imply that he wears the pants in his relationship with Lorenzo Martone — and that he misses ex-flame Jason Preston. When Marc and Lorenzo went to a movie recently, a source says Lorenzo carried Marc's bag and sat where the designer told him to: "Marc was in charge of him." And when the couple showed up to a party thrown by Jason recently, "Marc was glaring" at Jason and his new boyfriend — "Marc is jealous of their relationship" and "still meddling in his ex's life." Funny, because last night at Dolce & Gabbana's movie screening for Madonna, Lorenzo and Marc looked pretty happy.
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Alexander Wang is building his brand's image, and it doesn't look like Lindsay Lohan fits into it: "I wanted to go to his show so bad, but his publicist said they weren’t allowing any celebrities to attend. So I said, ‘Consider me a normal person then!’ But they wouldn’t.” Sounds like she experienced Kanye West-Balenciaga syndrome. [WWD]
>> Despite all those shoe-induced falls on the Prada runway, the fashion industry's obsession with super-high heels is causing designers to go higher.
Manolo Blahnik, who for over 20 years has gone no higher than five-inch heels — and doesn't do platforms — is increasing his maximum height to six inches this year. He says it's paying off — the six-inch heels already account for 30 percent of his business. And Christian Louboutin, who has popularized extreme heels, is seeing his new six- and seven-inch heels sell so well that he has plans to introduce eight-inch platform shoes next Fall: "I hear they can be painful, but women keep asking for them."
Poor economic times mean longer hemlines, but higher heels? We'll see — a model told reporters after the Prada show: "I was having a panic attack, my hands were shaking. The heels were so high. Some of the girls were crying backstage they were so scared." I love my vertiginous heels, but who wants to buy into that . . .
>> By now, we've seen the lookbook pictures of Rei Kawakubo's Comme des Garcons for H&M collection — but how do they look on? Erin Wasson obliges in the November 2008 issue of Vogue Nippon, styling herself in those polka dot tops, dropped-crotch trousers, and deconstructed jackets for our viewing pleasure.
>> INSIDER WIRE —The Rachel Zoe Project has turned a lot of former skeptics (and worse) into Rachel Zoe fans — okay, not everyone, but still. As the show's first season nears a close, where to go? A second season? "Nothing’s official, but if Bravo asks, I’d love to. I can take it," Zoe says. Odd that Bravo hasn't confirmed that second season, considering that the ratings of Zoe's first episode were better than those of Project Runway's first episode, no? [LA Times, The Cut]
We're happy to see the color orange and inclusion of zip dresses from Sophomore though as trend aware as the Fall 08 collection may seem, it's still a very simple formula--we're loving the new look book shot by Cass Bird, who also shot the Spring 08 collection. Little New York brands like this make fashion so easy to break down. There are more important things, they remind us, than fashion. Sophomore is excellent at communicating the importance of simple, sexy style over thousand dollar handbags and it-frocks. In fact, these are the depictions of women that your boyfriend probably prefers nine times out of ten to the glossy magazine spreads. And, no matter how accessible cotton-basics might be, we think that's saying something.