>> THE ZEITGEIST —Prada has long been regarded as the model weather vane; that is, the models that Prada casts for its runway shows — especially exclusives — are destined for career greatness. Now, in New York, Calvin Klein has emerged as Prada's counterpart, the premiere runway to watch. [TI]
Posts for July 28th 2008
»Karolina Kurkova has an "unusual" belly button that "disappears" in photos, so art directors have to Photoshop a new belly button into her bikini pics [Page Six Magazine]
»The new jeans that are putting fashion editors into a tizzy [NY Times]
»Nina Garcia: Already stirring the pot at Marie Claire, before she's even officially there [The Cut]
»First look at the Colette x Gap collaboration [JC Report]
>> Late last week, Fashionista got a tip that Marc Jacobs was to be married this past weekend in Paris to his Brazilian beau of three months, Lorenzo Martone.
However, the designer was confirmed to be at the Louis Vuitton offices in Paris earlier today by a member of the brand's press office, and working doesn't seem very much like typical newlywed behavior. In fact, the LV rep told Fashion Week Daily: "They're just rumors. There's no truth to it at all." And Marc Jacobs' New York rep sang the same tune: "Marc did not get married — nor does he have any plans to."
Same-sex marriage is not currently legal in France, but civil unions known as PACS, which can bring some rights to same-sex couples, are allowed. Word is that Marc and Lorenzo did host a brunch yesterday in Paris to "celebrate their relationship," and are off to Ibiza together in August. No word, however, as to whether that celebration was a marriage and the Ibiza trip is a honeymoon, or if they're just a simple party and vacation.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Just like Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour's got a new billionaire sugar daddy on her hands: Evgeny Lebedev, who donated the largest sum ever — $500,000 — to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last week. Who knows where his generosity to fashion will take him next; He's already partnered with Jefferson Hack to produce a Russian edition of Dazed & Confused. [Telegraph UK]
>> The Peter Som-Bill Blass situation is rather turning into a Nina Garcia and Elle-like saga. The latest? Despite Peter submitting his resignation last week, he is now back in talks with Blass owners NexCen about the Spring 2009 collection, thanks to the orchestrative abilities of Anna Wintour.
She coaxed him back on board, "for the sake of the label," which is currently on the selling block, and is much more valuable with Peter Som at the company. A new retention deal was reportedly struck last Thursday; but Som can get out of his contract at any time.
The basis for all the unrest seems to be Nexcen's financial constraints: The company can't support what Som envisioned for Blass. However, the prospect of a Spring 2009 collection shown to retailers only is being tossed around, and if Blass is bought by a company that can lend better financial support, Som is said to be willing to stay.
>> Linda Evangelista may not have landed that rumored fold-out September 2008 Vanity Fair supermodel cover extravaganza (fellow model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy does the honors instead) but she still has her Fall 2008 Prada campaign. Out from the shadows she comes, to have a buttoned-up, laced-up go at this matronly Steven Meisel-photographed set that leaves me feeling . . . well, a little bit blue.