>> THE MODELIZER —Kate Moss has been plagued by pregnancy rumors before, but now they're reaching a fever pitch after the clingy Chanel dress she wore to Vogue China's Fashion Icon ceremonies on Saturday. When paired with the news that she's planning a big announcement for her nearest and dearest on Dec. 18 — pregnancy, engagement, or other? — anticipation is rising. [Sun UK, Sun UK]
Posts for December 8th 2008
>> There's still no word on who is doing the honors for Chanel's mainline Spring 2009 ad campaign that was shot at Karl Lagerfeld's house in Vermont, but some peripheral roles have been handed out. Jerry Hall will take over Chanel handbag duties from Christy Turlington in a new campaign inspired by Colette's Cheri, the novel exploring the affair between a woman and a much younger man, which is coincidentially also an upcoming film by The Queen's Stephen Frears.
And those who are hoping Sasha Pivovarova will nab the Chanel Spring 2009 campaign, there's still hope. She's definitely still a Karl favorite — he shot the Pre-Fall Paris-Moscow collection on her in Paris a couple of weeks ago — lookbook or campaign, it's undetermined — and then she wore Chanel couture to the Vogue China Icons ceremony in Beijing on Saturday (above).
>> THE MODELIZER —Daria Werbowy sailed the world all summer, Gemma Ward backpacked through Nepal, and now Coco Rocha is about to embark on her own lengthy vacation: "I'm going to Australia for two months where no one can find me. And I'm going to spend money on myself." Maybe that's what her soon-to-be-launched blog is for? [WWD]
>> As Marc Jacobs evolved from dorky Marc to Marc the personality, he's acquired a fake tan, muscles, a new diet, over thirty tattoos . . . and apparently a new nose. No word on when it was done, but his nose was "made broader by artificial means." Why? According to Marc, "I walked into a door once, and I thought it looked really hot."
As for Lorenzo Martone, Marc's current boyfriend — he doesn't have to worry about competition from Marc's ex-boyfriend Jason Preston:
"I’ve had boyfriends who were media whores, and, God bless them, they were great people. I shouldn’t have said that; that wasn’t nice to say. I was in a relationship for the past couple of years with someone who loved the attention of the media. I don’t want to make the same mess again."
>> INSIDER WIRE —Vogue Italia may have devoted its entire July 2008 issue to black models, but rumor is that Carine Roitfeld is taking it a step further for the February 2009 issue of Vogue Paris, dedicating the entire issue to one of her favorite models. Supposedly, Lara Stone is the lucky lady — so prepare yourself to see a lotta Lara come February. [Fashist]
>> With all the hoopla last week about whether Anna Wintour was being ousted from Vogue or not, added on to the magazine's declining empire and ad numbers, the Vogue brand has got to be feeling a little defensive. Defensive enough to run a colorful two-page ad spread in yesterday's New York Times Sunday Styles section reading "With so much uncertainty, one thing is certain: Vogue," followed by a list of statistics placing the magazine above their competitors in terms of total readers, influencing consumer spending, and ad sales? It's likely that the ad was actually referring to the current market as "uncertain," not its own brand, but in light of recent events, it's quite the double entendre.
Lately we've been seeing necklaces that are really blowing our minds--our Network Partner, Style Bubble, has been hot on this particular fashion topic for some time now--cluing us in to a few of the designers on our top ten list. Otherwise, Pixie Market has been keeping a full-stock of shocking necklaces (that sell out immediately) and small designers, like Deka Ray, are making bigger statements than ever before. Whatever the reason, large and in charge necklaces are taking the fashion world by storm. Check out our top ten favorite statement necklects right here.
We don't know what it is about New York label Sophomore that has us positively enchanted--but we're not going to analyze it too much. Let's just say that we have a weakness for DIY look books, thick eyebrows, cotton basics, and goofing around. We could try to talk about the color palette and the cuts but it's hard to go from trend reports of the Paris shows to an easy-to-wear contemporary line made primarily from cotton. There's a place for both in fashion and we're just saying that Sophomore tops our list when it comes to that kind of thing. We will say that there are silhouettes and zippers in this collection that are spot on in the trend-department and suggest maybe Sophomore is, well, graduating. Click the link below for the Spring 2009 look book.
We think that Missoni might be onto something both culturally and emotionally empowering with their very green Spring 2009 collection. The monochromatic, easy, beaded looks were just the perfect offering for what will be challenging season. After all, if there's anything Missoni understands--it's how not to mess with a good thing.
So we shouldn't ask you how The Hellers originated, or else we'll get stories about your genealogy. Let's stick with the clothing, when did you and your sister first start designing together? Dania: I came back to Los Angeles from living in Tel Aviv for 7 years ( I have since moved back). After looking for jobs and literally going door to door in New York, I came to the conclusion no one really knew what or where my school was (the prestigious Shenkar School of Design). So when I heard that our Mom got sick, I moved back to LA and took a job designing pockets at a jeans “factory” in Industry, CA aka the armpit of the Earth. Yoram: When I came back from Buenos Aires in February 2007, we realized a few things. First, that it was worth it to try and fail rather than make pockets in a factory. Second, there was no one making great “streetwear” (I hate that word) for women. And lastly we realized that we didn't need to design whole collections to be outsourced. So we decided that we would make everything as high quality as possible, while knowing the names of everyone we worked with and using materials that already exist rather than having to create more in this already saturated world. In your designs you use both deadstock and limited edition fabrics, what are the advantages to going about textiles in this way? Dania: So in between our starting the company and where we are now, I took a hiatus to work as a designer in Israel for a LARGE company. The way it worked there, you never went to shop for material. People would come to you with swatches. You'd choose pantone colors out of a book and then send it to China and hope it would turn out okay. It was very virtual. I always felt like we were creating more waste and had no idea where it was actually coming from. A lot of my inspiration comes from touching the fabric, seeing the fabric and being able to play and compare swatches of fabric with my naked eye. So thats one thing. Waking up to the whole environmental issue and seeing that a lot of the times the vintage fabric are so much more right on than what is made nowadays just makes us want to work with these materials even more. These fabrics are so much more inspiring. Also, Israel is a really small country (duh). All the designers go to the same stores and often use the same materials. It take some of the mystery out of it. People end up using the same simple cottons and the same kinda of color palette – blacks, grays, whites. These materials are all weird silks, taffetas, polyesters, drill, etc. - it doesn't look like what you normally see here. In terms of the artists prints, when I was working at that large company designing I would bring them patterns and pictures that I thought were inspiring. If they were even borderline weird, it would be immediately rejected. So when I left, I just decided that if I saw something that inspired me and that I couldn't find, I would just make it myself. So I guess the advantage of this is that there is literally no one else with these prints in the world. And the artists that I work with love it. They never expect their work to be incorporated into clothing. It's always great to collaborate with artists working in different mediums. Aside from the fabric, what is the aesthetic personality of the brand? Yoram: We never sacrifice quality. Everything we make is made by hand, by us. We cut and sew. This is our response to the globalized market. We have a relationship with the the clothes we make. And we want the people that purchase our clothing to feel close to and proud of the garment that we have made. We want to know who they are and for them to feel as if they have a relationship with us through the garment. Although I hate the word streetwear, it is kind of like a bespoke streetwear. At the moment, you sell your clothing on your blog, what are some of the other ways that you promote your brand and sell your clothing? Yoram: We have our clothes being sold at a store here in Tel Aviv called Art-C Ifrach. His store is in an old club that you enter by walking down a flight of stairs. He designs the most amazing window pieces ever. Over the next month we have plans on entering stores in London, New York and Los Angeles as well. Everyone that carries The Hellers are friends. Our brand is the opposite of anonymity. And, dare we ask, what does the future hold for The Hellers? Dania: Never sacrifice quality. Keep being inspired. Enjoy what we do. And more than anything, be grateful for the opportunity. And some dresses for the Summer. Yoram: No, you dare not.