>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Vlada Rosylakova holds the title of Fall 2008 and now Resort 2009 face of DKNY, but is that the end of her run? Rumors are circling that the job, which before Vlada went to Kate Moss, has been placed in the hands of Elite+-signed, New York it-girl Harley Viera-Newton for Spring 2009. [Paper, Nylon]
Posts for October 22nd 2008
>> Gemma Ward hasn't been a presence on the runways since the Spring 2008 season a year ago, but she's followed through with her no-retirement promise. It's no Vogue Italia of yesteryear, but she appears on the cover and inside the October 2008 issue of Spanish Marie Claire wearing Burberry Fall 2008. As for that burgeoning movie career of hers, she recently picked up an Inside Film nomination for Best Actress in The Black Balloon — which, if she wins, could place her in the running for an Australian Film Institute Award, the Australian equivalent of an Oscar — and there's a Strangers sequel in the works, with the expectation that villain Gemma might return. As for what's on her plate right now — your guess is as good as mine — IMDB lists nothing.
>> Elle's first major foray into TV — aside from a long-running but now defunct Project Runway sponsorship — premieres tonight, and the reviews are in. Fashion news director Anne Slowey has restyled herself from a reasonable person to someone more cold-hearted, working in an obviously staged Elle office. For the so-called reality show Stylista is supposed to be, there are an awful lot of facades going on, but one thing is real — the critics have spoken, and while there are no caustic words, the general feeling seems to be apathy: "Oh, another reality show? Ho-hum."
Stylista is — what is the phrase? — like a little tick that you want to flick off, but it's no worse than other reality games that have come before and will come after. It celebrates and elevates life's most trivial drivel, but if that were a crime, reality television would quickly go the way of the crooked quiz shows of the '50s.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Fall 2008 campaigns brought a wave of supermodels and for Spring 2009, at least one brand isn't over the nineties girls yet: Ana Claudia Michels, who opened the Givenchy show earlier this month, is jetting into New York to shoot the brand's campaign with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin tomorrow. No word as to whether it's an only girl campaign, but if so, I'm sorry to see Riccardo Tisci's favorite Mariacarla Boscono go. [RG Vogue]
UPDATE: Mariacarla Boscono, Lara Stone, and Lakshmi Menon are said to be joining Ana Claudia at the shoot. [TFS]
There are enough fashion tip-offs in today's Must Reads to land you flat on your back with information overload--or maybe that's just us.
The Coveted clued us in to designer Carin Wester and her feminine, trendy Fall and Spring offerings. Her designs remind us of the aesthetic of sweet designers like Karen Walker and Lover. Not a bad likeness at all.
Funny how this happens. Just yesterday we reported on our visit to the Marie Saeki showroom and our discovery of the line Burfitt, and today, Shiny Squirrel posted the Fall 08 look book from the line. It's gothic perfection, check it out.
Another Spring 09 show from Seoul Fashion Week was Moon Kyung Rae and from the second the saw it, we thought it looked inspired by a certain Miu Miu collection. We're not claiming copyright or complaining about the similarities. If a designer wants to put the press in a position to make such a comparison, well, we almost need to give them credit for their bravery. The Miu Miu Fall 08 collection is not exactly an easy thing to live up to...see for yourself.
>> Despite a scathing review in The New York Times yesterday, the" black hole of bad art and superficial temptations," otherwise known as the Chanel Mobile Art exhibition, brought out the well-heeled last night. Editors were in full force — Carine Roitfeld and Franca Sozzani swarmed Karl Lagerfeld upon his arrival, Glenda Bailey and Amy Astley made early cameos — but there was no Anna Wintour in sight . . . nor Bee Shaffer for that matter. Strange, considering how close they are with Karl — Bee was at the Versace-hosted Whitney gala the night before, but no Anna there either. But speaking of missing persons — Catherine McNeil and Freja Beha Erichsen fans will be happy to know that after their well-documented disappearances during Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, they've popped up again — together, no less.
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