>> Keep the hard-edged black leather, trade in the religious iconography of Fall for cowboy couture, and you've got Riccardo Tisci's vision of Spring. The collection already has at least one early adopter in the form of Carine Roitfeld, and she's not the only top brass taking note: at least four LVMH executives sat front row, indicating that Givenchy may be moving on up in importance for the group. So will the bondage tops, denim and leather chaps, and peekaboo dresses catch on? With most of the fashion crowd, for sure — except maybe Cathy Horyn, who called the collection "gluttonous" and a "mess."
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Carine Roitfeld is often known to wear pieces right after they've been on the runway, but as the fashion cycle gets faster and faster, so does her turnaround rate. This past February during Paris Fashion Week, she got to wear the much-coveted Fall 2008 Yves Saint Laurent boots before they debuted on the runway, and this morning, she did it again, showing up to Karl Lagerfeld in a Spring 2009 Givenchy cape that debuted on the runway this evening. [Jak & Jil, Vogue.fr Twitter]
>> There are various Coco Chanel films and a Gucci movie in the works for 2010 — but fashion can never get enough of film, and it looks like the feeling is mutual.
That Vivienne Westwood biopic that has been bandied about for two years? The rumors have been reignited — the designer's managing director was supposedly overheard a couple of days ago telling guests at the Westwood Gold Label show that Kate Winslet is lined up to play Viv from the '70s to present day.
And here's a new one: a Kate Moss movie. Supposedly, a team of Hollywood types is interested in London's Primrose Hill and the crowd who hangs out there — Sienna Miller, Rhys Ifans, Sadie Frost . . . and Kate Moss.
Neither film is anywhere close to being confirmed, but interesting, nonetheless.
The theme for today's Coutorture Community Must Reads is F-U-N, because we've spent the entire day being super stressy about all that's going on in Paris (information overload!)--must reads are "must reads" for a reason.
Denimology found out about a pair of tie dyed Siwy's the old fashioned way: via the designer's myspace page. We've been longtime Siwy fans, in case you missed our Spring 08 photo shoot entitled "A Siwy Summer". The reverse of light and dark indigo on this pair has our interest piqued.
M.I.S.S. Crew posted their October spread today-bringing, as usual, some much needed humor to our serious mood. The Paris shows might be amazing to watch but sometimes all you're looking for is a new desktop image and some street wear you can actually afford.
Buffalo check? Er, check! Fashion Weakley found herself rallying all the examples of this effect to get us all riled up for those Fall 08 cozies. We're going to insert a buffalo check button down into our perpetual wintertime daydream where we're singing karaoke in long johns and motorcycle boots, looking rosy-cheeked and super low-key. Did we just say that out loud?
>> THE MODELIZER —Yesterday, Coco Rocha did a little dance at Jean Paul Gaultier — but it wasn't of the Irish dancing persuasion like last time. Think more contemporary — a trio of modern dancers opened the leotard-riddled show and Coco joined them "for a few Martha Graham flourishes" before opening the runway. No video or pictures yet, but I'm still on the lookout. [Style.com]
Right now, in our fashion laboratory, we are working on a trend forecast to encapsulate the entire Spring 2009 season and, because the Paris shows run until Sunday, we just can't say much yet--let the Maison Martin Margiela example, at left, be your guide. We will say, also, that it pivots on the notion of the "glamazon" woman and all kinds of bombshell-personified characteristics. We're looking into the rise of the eight-inch platform, the passing of couturier Yves Saint Laurent, the commodification of Anna Wintour, and Rodarte, as potential causes of this new fashion identity. The Glamazon gal shows a lot of leg (sometimes just one at a time), comes in all shapes and sizes, wears nothing below a 6-inch heel, and knows how to stir up trouble. She is a hyper-feminine woman who is really, honestly, kind of terrifying (in an awesome way).
>> After a couple of seasons of prints aplenty — including last Spring's floral explosion — Dries Van Noten's newest outing seems calm in comparison. Not that he completely did away with prints — when you're Dries van Noten, that just won't do — checks and squares worked out on a computer and dip-dyed in a gradient rainbow replaced the feminine florals with graphic flair. Between the new direction and the show's setting — a tent around the Pol Bury silver ball fountains — the critics were pleased. Cathy Horyn called the collection "wonderful," Suzy Menkes found it "lovely" and Christina Passariello of The Wall Street Journal thought it "perfect for Parisian dressing."
>> THE MODELIZER — The abrupt closure of Jovovich-Hawk was a surprise, but according to Milla Jovovich, all is good in the hood. She's hardly done with designing: "Now I’m here in Paris meeting with bigger houses about doing designing for them. Unfortunately, Carmen [Hawk]’s not working with me anymore — she’s taking pictures — but I am definitely going to keep designing." Now if we could just get Jane Mayle squared away . . . [Chic Report]
>> Although Marc Jacobs hinted that he might be putting a hold on all the Louis Vuitton collaborations a couple of months ago, it looks like he's not ready to follow through with that just yet. The brand is moving from its last collaboration — the avant-garde designs of Rei Kawakubo — to work with someone on a whole different plane: Marc's close friend Sofia Coppola.
Sofia will be working on a range of shoes and handbags — to be sold worldwide — for the brand, putting that design experience she earned interning at Chanel and starting up Japanese line Milk Fed to good use.