>> THE MODELIZER —Helena Christensen's new photography exhibit Far From, Close just opened last night at the Dactyl Foundation — and includes a whole series that Helena took on her phone. The set is moody, diverse, and decidedly different than her own fashion background. Up next for the model-turned-photographer? A trip to Macao, sans camera. [Style File, Of the Minute, Fashionista]
Posts for December 16th 2008
>> After over a month of hiding her newfound red hair with wigs and scarves, Coco Rocha finally unveiled her new look last Thursday in person. The January 2009 issue of Vogue has the first editorial look at Coco's new tresses, complete with article explaining the reason behind the change. Apparently she had strawberry blonde hair when she was very young, and was determined to get back to her roots: "I have a big group of friends from childhood who are all redheads, and my mother mother is a redhead, and one of my friends' moms is a redhead. So they've all said that they were, as a group, a kind of family, and I was the adopted brown-haired girl. Now I get to go home and be a part of the family."
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —The house may be in transition, but for their Spring 2009 campaign, Valentino stuck with someone established: Stephanie Seymour. Paired with Claudia Schiffer's reign at Yves Saint Laurent, and Kate Moss at Stella McCartney, it looks like the Fall 2008 season of the supermodel isn't done for Spring. [TFS]
>> It's still two months until New York Fashion Week, but as predicted, all the cost-cutting is making some major designers shuffle their usual plans.
Vera Wang, who typically shows at the tents in Bryant Park, is downsizing to a more intimate show — 14-15 models, 100-150 guests — in her new Mercer Street store, but promises it won't be a presentation: "The intimacy of a smaller show feels much more appropriate for these times." She says the decision is not only for financial reasons, but admits they do have an impact: "Once you go off-site, you don’t get any of the benefits that are in tents. But by the same token, showing in the tents calls for 25 girls, and hair and make-up. It’s an incredible production."
Betsey Johnson and Carmen Marc Valvo, too, are leaving the tents behind. Betsey has shown in Bryant Park for the past five years to a guest list of 1,000, and although she's undecided on her Fall 2009 format or location, she will be doing something different. Carmen Marc Valvo cites high costs — typically $150,000-$200,000 each season — as his reason to pull out, and is considering switching from 1,000-guest runway format to a 200-guest cocktail party format, because the change could save 50% of his usual presentation costs.
Donna Karan already announced that her DKNY runway was being replaced with a presentation; Fewer models, fewer guests, and tight-belted presentations seem to an early Fall 2009 trend — with more announcements in the same vein sure to come.
Fashion Nation feels the highs and lows of a busy December schedule. Check out two perfect fashion photographs to demonstrate those emotions.
We have to give a shout out to our friends at Refinery 29 as they've just pulled together a trend report that has our hearts racing with festive-accessory glee. A veil, as they rightly suggest, might just be the quick-fix for all of your New Years Eve and party-hopping needs. Check out their round up of images from fashion week and beyond, including, of course, veils available for purchase now. Our favorite? This handmade veil comb straight from London...looks like the Luella Spring 2009 collection is appropriating across the pond as fast as can be.