»Nina Garcia is rumored to have charged $60,000-$70,000 per public appearance in her final months as fashion director at Elle [Gawker]
»Before Teen Vogue, there was Junior Bazaar [bunny BISOUS]
»If he has a child, Tom Ford will not allow it to be seen or photographed [Chic Report]
»Daisy Lowe parted ways with IMG [Fashionista]
»Making of Longchamp Fall 2008 video with Kate Moss and Gaspard Ulliel [YouTube]
»Sophia Kokosalaki is going from two to four collections a year [Vogue UK]
»Coming to you during NY Fashion Week: designer Dorothy slippers [FabSugar]
»Christy Turlington, Gisele Bundchen in August 2008 W [W, W]
»First peek at Rag & Bone shoes, Proenza Schouler sunglasses [Style File, The Cut]
>> Juergen Teller and his favorite Mariacarla Boscono have collaborated again, this time for the Fall 2008 Pucci campaign. The ads are similar to work Juergen and Mariacarla have done together in the past, especially the shot of her randomly standing on a chair, and the intermittently placed letters make the set seem a little like Sesame Street for high fashion. But the full-on headlights shot is a bit of a shocker (you'll see what I mean), and generally speaking, it's an interesting experience to see the bright Pucci colors toned down with Juergen's harsh lighting. *image: source
Taking 10 minutes out of your day to stare at shiny, pretty things will make you forget about the heat. Even if you're not in the heat, you'll enjoy today's Must Read posts from:
Male Style Review discovers aviators with "ultra flair".
Using her tragedy to teach us an important lesson, The Fashion Bomb tells a tale of lost shoes.
Toronto Style falls for the romanticism of ruffles.
Rags & Rouge gives us a closer look at Botkier for Target.
Trust Your Style encourages us to shallowly obsess, and we have no problem doing so.
Okay folks, we are officially drenched in sweat and feeling rather inhibited by the large quantities of sparkling things we consumed at dinner last night. But from something sweaty and gross comes something beautiful, right? Right. Just like butterflies...
Last night we attended what was marketed by our marketing friend as a 'business meeting' which, to our surprise, meant twenty-five of our friends, a lot of warm rolls, and about a million bottles of Lambrusco (it still gives you red teeth, but it tastes like champagne!). That said between the reps, buyers, designers, writers, and pr folks, everyone just about chugged their wine and laughed nervously about how, um, tired they were. The moral of the story is that everyone is really overworked and kind of cracking up under the heat and pressure and recession. But there was still a good spirit in the air. It might just be the nature of New York and fashion at large, in the end.
Today we watched this because we were reading our network partner, The Coveted, who posted on Grace Jones and it inspired a You Tube adventure in the lady's honor. It will blow your mind so you might want to watch after you read the whole post (anyway, it's at the bottom). By the way, reading The Coveted is what we do when we're tired from the sparkling things--there's something really comforting about her whole 'brand', you should try it out.
On Monday we're headed to Capsule so please stay tuned for that. Capsule is a trade show that happens in New York and Paris and it's known to bring up some of the best contemporary menswear around. Menswear has had a revival in New York and we're really excited to see what everyone has cooked up for the season. We covered the Fall 08 show, you can read about that here (Sorry the pictures are gone. That is one long story). After the second day of Capsule there's an OAK/Julian Red/Orthodox/DFA party and if you're in town you should come. The party really goes until 4am (but a flyer never says that) and there's some floating commas but we're pretty sure that's because the person who made the flyer was at the dinner last night.
>> BLOWING THE COVER —Daria Werbowy may be on vacation all Summer, but her image is not. She brings Vogue Paris back after a month hiatus (they publish a June/July 2008 issue), kinky-style for August 2008, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. [Of the Minute]
Considering that you've got notoriously strong-personalitied Harvey Weinstein as partial owner of the brand, notoriously strong-personalitied Tamara Mellon on the board, and notoriously strong-personalitied Rachel Zoe, who was until recently a creative and red carpet consultant for the brand, all stirring the Halston pot, I'd say the explosion factor was pretty likely.
One of the telling things about the Halston situation, even before Marco Zanini’s departure, is that there has been very little publicity or marketed buzz around the label. If the company were completely organized and focused, we would see that—we would see lots of actresses wearing the clothes, we would hear people talking about a Halston bag. Whatever. There’s been a lot of silence since Zanini showed his first collection, back in February. That may have been a calculated decision, but somehow I doubt it, and, anyway, what would be the point in this kind of economic climate?
This lack of red carpet visibility is part of the reason, according to Fashion Week Daily, why Rachel Zoe was let go — because she couldn't connect the dresses with her clients (or anyone else's, for that matter).
Halston has been through countless revivals since Halston's death in 1990, under the creative direction of designers Randolph Duke, Kevan Hall, Craig Natiello, Piyawat Pattanapuckdee, Bradley Bayou, and most recently Marco Zanini. Let's hope the next batter up can bring us a home run. *image: source
Sometimes you just haven't the time for a full weekend away. On those weekends, sitting in the park, or on the deck, roof, or stoop can feel like a mini-vacation. This outfit is inspired by those mini-breaks that make a busy weekend bearable. The real key piece here is the Secrets Of Charm linen dress. A khaki colored dress without much shape can be styled in so many different ways, we think it's a wise thing to invest in. Starting with that, a pair of day heels will make you feel put together without killing your feet. These Rachel Comey Gatsby sandals bring some life to the outfit, keep your feet cool, and are easy to walk in. From there it's all about the extras. Where a no-frills bikini under your dress (you never know when you'll run into a slip and slide) that will look super chic with those shoes should you have to jump up at a moments notice. Finally, some colorful, breezy earrings, a sun hat, and a large structured bag will seal the deal. Inside the bag you'll be able to fit your book and that stack of Thank You cards you've been meaning to send out. A well-planned outfit that looks like a vacation, is the only thing a girl can do when she can't get away. Gals, at least we have that.
>> INSIDER WIRE —After much speculation, PPR CEO (and owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga) Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek have confirmed the cancellation of their engagement. The two met in Venice in May 2006, and have a daughter, Valentina Paloma, together.
>> INSIDER WIRE —After much speculation, PPR CEO (and owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga) Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek have confirmed the cancellation of their engagement. The two met in Venice in May 2006, and have a daughter, Valentina Paloma, together. [USA Today]
This past Spring we thought we'd never survive the floral madness. When Spring 08 was editorialized with every kind of floral pun and relative aesthetic concept ('English Garden', 'In Full Bloom') the editors could conjure, we thought by the time the clothing delivered, we'd be too worn out to participate.
What happened though, was that Fall 08 shows started percolating in our subconscious early leaving the bright, summer florals relatively little much mind-space. Yes, we wore floral this summer but it didn't feel over saturated, at least not given its build up. That said, the Fall 08 floral trends didn't irk us as much as we would have thought. In fact, the brooding, romantic, more dense florals that we see this season are even more interesting and dynamic than those which we saw for spring. It feels, despite all of the floral chit chat in 2008, decidedly fresh.