>> THE MODELIZER —Today's summary episode of Model.Live was the season finale, and it looks like there's another season in the pipeline, presumably for the February-March 2009 string of Fashion Weeks. The episode ends with the tagline "Stay tuned for Season 2, coming in 2009" but next season's model subjects seem yet to be determined. In Madeline Kragh's goodbye video, she says that she hopes "there will be more Model.Live to come, maybe with [Cato van Ee, Austria Alcantara, and me] or maybe different models." [Bebo]
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>> Stephanie Seymour is contributing fashion editor at Interview, Cindy Crawford blogged about the environment for Vanity Fair, Naomi Campbell is a contributing editor at British GQ, and now Marie Claire has tapped Christy Turlington as contributing editor — it's funny how supermodels have moved from solely being in editorials to also doing editorial.
Christy, who is currently enrolled at Columbia University for a master's course on public health, will collaborate with the magazine's writers on a column — to appear in the magazine every two to three months — covering such subjects as politics, mothers around the world, and her travels for humanitarian causes. Her first piece, "Fighting for Mothers," describes her trek to Washington, DC to push for a Senate resolution on maternal health and appears in the December 2008 issue of Marie Claire.
The new gig likely came from all her public support — after Marie Claire ran a piece by Christy in March about mother's health, editor-in-chief Joanna Coles says she got a "ton" of fan letters from readers.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Comme des Garcons for H&M goes on sale tomorrow in Tokyo — the rest of us have to wait until next Thursday — and a group of six people have been taking turns in line since Tuesday. I hope they weren't planning on grabbing up all the stock — H&M just came out with a new policy stipulating that each customer can only purchase two of each CDG for H&M style, in hopes of curbing all the mad post-purchase eBaying. [JC Report, Fashionista]
>> Marion Cotillard's new Lady Dior handbag ad has been reminding some of Erwin Blumenfeld's iconic series of photographs that appeared in May 1939 Vogue, featuring Lisa Fonssagrives swinging from the girders of the Eiffel Tower in a Lucien Lelong dress. The only problem is, Lisa was actually being photographed on the Eiffel, whereas Marion looks like she's been photoshopped in . . . with nothing to stand on. Since this ad is only the first in a series of four done by Peter Lindbergh, maybe the photographs — or the photoshopping — will get better as they progress. Further details about the next city Marion will appear in with her bag will be revealed on LadyDior.com, which goes live later this month.
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We know it's been a long, content-rich week, what with our new President and all, so here's a wind-down before you go off and enjoy a weekend plentiful with brunches, naps, and movie watching...
After what will be a season of pvc leggings, zip-front leather skirts, and staple bomber jackets we should only expect to see leather shorts come Spring 2009. Here, in the Chloe Spring 2009 show, red leather shorts are teamed with a delicate nude blouse. The combination of pastels/nudes and red are also a hot grouping for the season meaning that this outfit is pretty high on the mark overall. We don't really want to picture the discomfort of wearing these shorts on a mid-summer day but in the evening we're sure they'd be a hit.
We've said it before and we'll say it again, stock up on your orange because it's going to be that kind of Spring/Summer. Today we present you with a little round up of orange as it appeared in the Spring 2009 shows--we think trend galleries are best presented on a Friday when all we can do is monotonously page through photos. Or is that just us? From Ann Demeulemeester to Dries Van Noten to Luella to United Bamboo--orange was a pop color on catwalks all over the world. Some attribute the abundance of orange to the infamous Prada Fall 08 collection or to the spirit of a season with a new president and a bandaged economy. Whatever the case may be we find the appearance of the color particularly uplifting and the psychologists will back us up on that--orange signals both energy and warmth.
All this sample sale talk frankly has us overwhelmed and so we've decided to take a moment to appreciate a man who makes it all look like black and white. Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2009 might be a bit more lively in the color department but for Fall, only a shot of orange and a glimpse of blue, made its way into the collection. What was left were a slew of chic basics for women who like to keep it simple. It's medicinal really, for times when there are just too many long lines and discounted options. To see the entire Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2008 collection, click here.
We all knew this was coming and now it's time to open up about it--this season's sample sales are going to be, to put it mildly, a vortex of indulgence. Hurt by consumer's lack of spending this season, retailers will be pulling out all the stops in order to move merchandise. Many designers who don't typically partake in such spectacles are being forced to corral the masses and mark their Fall 08 goods down significantly. You could say that the inauguration of these events will take place this weekend, with Lucky Magazine's 5th annual Lucky Shops event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Brands like Eskell (whom we love), Vena Cava, Geren Ford, and See By Chloe are participating with markdowns up to 70 percent. Tomorrow also marks New York darling, Catherine Holstein's first ever sample sale, which will run through the weekend. Our suggestion? Set aside a fixed amount of money and shop wisely. If you're not in New York, never fear...there's always e-commerce.