>> This week seems to be all about fashion in film — Wednesday brings us both the debut of Karl Lagerfeld's short film and the televised version of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and on Friday, Gemma Ward's film, The Black Balloon, finally makes its US debut, just in time to throw itself into the ring for awards season contention. The film already swept the nominations for Australia's most prestigious film awards — results come out this Saturday — and a similarly positive reception stateside could do wonders for Gemma's film career.
Posts for December 1st 2008
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Claudia Schiffer is replacing Naomi Campbell as Yves Saint Laurent's supermodel face for Spring 2009, and the stunning first image of the set is out. Once again, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin helmed the campaign's Hollywood Hills photoshoot, positioning a tuxedo jacket-clad Claudia in front of a big "Y" — to depict the theme "Y's up." The ads break in February, and this shot will be used on the newest YSL Manifesto, to be handed out Feb. 14 during New York Fashion Week. [WWD]
>> Tom Ford is currently filming his directorial debut, and Wednesday, Karl Lagerfeld will show his own directorial debut, based on Coco Chanel's early years. Unlike Tom's feature film, Karl's film is only ten minutes — a length more fitting to kick off the showing of Chanel's Paris-Moscow collection in Paris. The presentation was originally supposed to take place in Moscow, but Karl changed his mind after Russian customs "wanted to have the clothes three weeks in advance, which means we wouldn't have been ready and the situation seemed risky, so we cancelled."
Shot in a Paris studio in two days, Karl's film is inspired by Mack Sennett's flickering black-and-white silent slapstick movies with "spliced in newsreel footage of WWI because I think it's interesting to juxtapose fashion with the horrible images of the trenches." Rather than cast extras — "they don't know how to touch the clothes" — Karl looked within his own posse to fill positions — muse Amanda Harlech and daughter Tallulah Ormsby-Gore as customer and model, Brad Kroenig as Chanel lover Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, and bodyguard Sebastien Jondeau as a Russian general. For the role of Chanel, Karl went with Lithuanian model Edita Vilkeviciute — in character in the film stills below.
>> BLOWING THE COVER — Rumors have already placed Blake Lively on the February 2009 cover of Vogue and Michelle Obama on the March 2009 cover, but the newest talk is looking even further down the line. Since Kate Moss is co-chairing next May's "Model as Muse" Costume Institute Gala, it's looking like she will be getting a Vogue cover around that time. With the gala's theme in mind, "certain legendary supermodels felt they should have gotten the call to co-host themselves," so imagine if Kate ends up not sharing the Vogue cover either . . . [TI]
On the first day of the month, at the end of the year, with sample sales and holidays swirling in the air, you can bet that our Network Partners have been typing like crazy...
Needing to buy our nephews and siblings gifts this week, we were delighted to see Platinum Blonde Life's gift guides complete with nicely merchandized collages. Click for kids, for him, and for stocking stuffers.
With the influx of "secret" sample sale sites, like Gilt Groupe and ideeli, we're finding it hard to keep track. Eye 4 Style, thankfully, is doing the grunt work for us. On her radar? A new site called SecretStyle.
We understated the frivolity of designer coin purses but there's something just Smythson-enough about these by Anya Hindmarch to convince us that they're good for gift giving. We picture keeping these leather pouches for years, which only makes us want to give them to friends and family that much more.
We just had to put the Alexandre Herchcovitch Spring 2009 show on our front page today, despite all of the requisite holiday excitement and shopping madness. The Herchcovitch collection was one of our favorites from the Spring 2009 season and presents us with an opportunity to shoutout the blossoming of a trend. Patchwork. It's not our favorite look in the print registry but it is indicative of a greater trend that we're wholeheartedly embracing come spring. Refinery 29 coined it, 'The Summer of 89' and you can find more examples of it in the Opening Ceremony Spring 09 look book.
In preparation for our travels home for Thanksgiving we did something we only do when we're about to board and airplane or hop on a bus: we bought a hard copy of the NY Times. Funnily enough, the article that caught our eye dealt with an internet phenomenon taking over a business that formerly pivoted on hard copies. Namely, coupon clipping. In this article not only was our Network Partner, The Budget Fashionista, interviewed, but our eyes were opened to an e-commerce phenomenon sweeping an entirely new group of users.
This weekend, while perched in our family kitchen, a novelty mug in hand, we searched Retail Me Not for a Victoria's Secret discount code. Four minutes later we purchased a pair of garnet-colored platforms for twenty percent off.
In this economic climate, what could more appropriate than coupon clipping? And what could make the whole process less painful? The absence of scissors and a little bit of anonymity thankyouverymuch.