>> INSIDER WIRE — Katie Grand's picked herself up a new magazine deal, but all we really know about the new mag is that it will be biannual and high-end fashion. Since the launch isn't until March, it will be a while before we get more specifics, but according to Katie, "it will be different, though not completely different . . . My aim is to do something as cool as POP but with a much wider circulation, which I think we will be able to achieve with the incredible marketing budget [Conde Nast has] given us." [Style File]
Posts for October 3rd 2008
>> The model who fainted at Alexander McQueen today has been identified as Abbey Lee Kershaw.
According to an eyewitness, "When she was coming to the end [of the runway], back near the [entrance] ramp, I could tell she was having difficulties, because her steps were getting shorter and shorter, they were more like baby steps. I was reading her face and I could see 'struggle' all over it and I was thinking, 'She's not going to make it'."
Abbey Lee fainted just as she was about to exit the runway, was helped backstage by two members of the production crew, and did not walk the finale. The cause of her fainting spell was thought to be the combination of the tight corset and high heels she was wearing; A person involved with the show blamed it on fatigue — Abbey Lee had been awake since 5 am. After the show, fellow model Ali Stephens confirmed that Abbey Lee was "OK," and apparently she left "on her own legs."
Paris Fashion Week Valentino Spring 2009 Ready to Wear Photos by Francois Guillot and Antonio de Moraes Barros. Designed by Alessandra Facchinetti. Espace Ephémère Tuileries, Jardin des Tuileries, 1st
Call us crazy but we think the Alexander McQueen Spring 2009 show is tapping into some kind of perverse cultural fear of snuggly critters with his very disturbing catwalk closing red eyed rabbit. We don't like to get too pop cultural around here but we simply can't help it. David Lynch's Inland Empire Rabbits, Donny Darko's monster bunny, Monty Python's killer rabbit and South Park's Woodland creatures are all part of a strange cultural lexicon of rabbits and upsetting circumstances. So much for a cuddly bunny huh? All we can say is RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
>> A LITTLE TURN ON THE CATWALK —Bruno hasn't stolen away all the humor at Paris Fashion Week — Alexander McQueen ended his show Donnie Darko-style, appearing for his runway wave in a bunny suit. And that wasn't the only surprise, though this one wasn't humorous at all. Apparently one of the models fainted as she walked off the runway and had to be carried away. [ShowStudio, TFS]
>> The suits at Valentino may want Alessandra Facchinetti out — due to lagging sales — but after her Spring 2009 collection today, which is only her second ready-to-wear outing for the brand, the fashion press didn't seem so ready to see her go.
Facchinetti was brought on to transition the house into younger silhouettes, and WWD thought she "showed real promise" and "knew what she was doing." Suzy Menkes praised Facchinetti for the respect she brought the brand: "Considering that trouble has apparently been simmering at Valentino throughout the summer, Facchinetti did a heroic job." Hilary Alexander, too, seemed disappointed with the quick change-up: "She has barely had time to fully develop her “look” at Valentino and this collection was surely an indication that she can and will, if given time." The official decision about dropping Facchinetti still has to come through, but press opinion aside, it doesn't look good.
>> INSIDER WIRE —If you've never imagined a Chanel ad campaign with a Vermont backdrop, start imagining now. Karl Lagerfeld just bought himself a six-bedroom, 1840 landmark building on an island in Lake Champlain, Vermont, sight unseen — "I love it. It’s very much Emily Dickinson" — and already has plans for ad photoshoots there. [WWD]
>> Sacha Baron Cohen's successful stint as Bruno at Stella McCartney yesterday must have emboldened him, because now he's all over the map. Last night, he was filming at the Givenchy party, and today, he tried to get into Vanessa Bruno wearing a sailor suit and throwing an anchor, but was refused entry.
He was able to get into Jean Charles de Castelbajac, though, and antics ensued: "He whipped out a fold out chair, placed it in front of the front rowers and started writing love letters to girls in the audience. Then he jumped on stage shouting into his mobile phone and walked down the catwalk with the last model."