>> INSIDER WIRE —Fashion irony at its best. The go-to man for editorial, advertisement, and anything else that needs a little retouch, Pascal Dangin, has just been named one of Fortune's "Image Makers," and he comes off looking like a new-age Albert Einstein. At least the appearance implies genius . . . [Fortune]
Posts for August 20th 2008
»Vanessa Traina and Harley Viera-Newton have Elite+ show cards going out for Spring 2009 [Of the Minute]
»Paul Starr, makeup artist to Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, mysteriously passed away Tuesday [BellaSugar]
»Coco Rocha acts out for Barneys Fall catalog [The Cut]
»Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann has a new cause [FWD]
»Lakshmi Menon has some upcoming work in Vogue Paris [Models.com]
>> BLOWING THE COVER —So who will it be: a shocked Audrey Marnay, or a soft Ali Michael? You can choose one or choose both; Each girl has a cover of the Fall edition of Leith Clark's girly cult magazine, Lula #7, out Sept. 8. [TFS]
>> She may famously avoid going on the record, but in the September 2008 Interview, Kate Moss speaks. Glenn O'Brien's piece, which comes as close to a conversation with Kate as you may ever get, runs the gamut from her controversial weight to daughter Lila Grace, with a little comedic word-association in between. Let the gems begin . . .
She wasn't a big fan of working with Mark Wahlberg on those famous Calvin Klein ads.
At the time he was such a d*ckhead. He wasn't very nice.
And she got more than she bargained for when she met Frank Sinatra at his 80th birthday party.
I was with Johnny [Depp] at the time. And Frank came over to me and got all of his security to close in so Johnny couldn't get to me. I was sitting down having a cigarette, and he just walked in the room, and he spotted me and made a beeline to me. So we were encircled by security in this backstage area, and he's like, "How are we doing, little Lady?" And I said, "Happy Birthday, Frank!" and I want to shake his hand, and he just lunged at me . . . He kissed me on the lips. And then he gave me a filterless cigarette. And then I met Bob Dylan. I came off all lightheaded and had to go sit on his dressing-room steps.
>> FASH INSTITUTE — We've flipped through plenty of tomes courtesy of Vogue, but come Fall 2009, its little sister is offering up The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in the Fashion Industry. Written by Amy Astley with Lauren Waterman, the book will include interviews with designers (including Marc Jacobs), photographers, stylists, and others about their careers in fashion, accompanied by photographs and tips from the Teen Vogue staff. [Fashionista, Publishers Weekly]
>> In the past few years, our attention has been on New York Fashion Week and where it will move after the Bryant Park lease runs out in 2010, but new revelations about the future of Los Angeles Fashion Week bring it temporarily to the forefront.
Sources told Los Angeles magazine that the five-year LA Fashion Week partnership between IMG, who also runs NY Fashion Week, and Smashbox Studios in Culver City, where LA Fashion Week is held, will end after the Spring 2009 presentations in October. When asked for comment, an IMG spokesperson merely said: "The focus of IMG and Smashbox continues to be the October shows and we won’t comment further on what is currently only rumor and speculation."
If IMG does pull out, ownership of LA Fashion Week would be up for grabs — Smashbox Studio owners Dean and Davis Factor could go it alone or look for a new partnership. Several options have been suggested, not in the least of which involves moving the shows to Hollywood. But as Racked LA puts it, "The truth is the application of the NY Fashion Week structure on LA has never quite worked. Let's hope this is an opportunity for improvement and finding a platform that works for the city's designers."
>> TIP JAR — A couple of blind items to start your day: "Which designer is so cheap that once, instead of hiring a fitting model, she used an intern with scoliosis? Does she wonder why that line looked a little off? . . . What designer's ex-boyfriend has a shady habit of trying to sneak the condom off in the middle of sex? Should he be arrested for attempted mass murder?" [Village Voice]
Our choice of Preen's Fall 08 as part of our Fall Top Five is based a different set of criteria. We're not going to pretend that Preen and Prada are really comparable brands but what makes a Top Five list fun to invent is that there need not be the same rules for including each collection. The Preen show was held off site on the Sunday of Fashion Week, which set it off on the right foot to begin with. This was the first time we weren't frenzied and stressed and we felt like the collection conjured that same kind of cool calm. Down the runway glided electric blue, powder puff, and blue plaid looks--it was glam and relaxed all at once. We hate to say this but it was the kind of collection we hoped we'd see from someone like Karen Walker and didn't. When a contemporary brand is capable of conjuring 'hipster' without sacrificing 'beauty' we've fallen in love. After Fashion Week was said and done, and the trends emerged in our minds, Preen deserved a mention for more than one. Transparency, shearling, plaid, sequins, luxe layers, and andogyny were all trends from Fall 08, touched upon in this collection. Preen is quickly becoming one of our favorite independent brands, and, judging by the sheer editorial coverage they've gotten from Fall 08, we're not alone.
Yesterday, when talking about "the shoe that got away", we noticed a twist in the story. Something we didn't mention when we were articulating our love for the Peter Pan shoe by Sigerson Morrison was that, the season prior, we had purchased a flat loafer from the brand in the same grey, suede. The loafer served us well and we would have bought them a second time, had the shoe not been discontinued. When, the next season, we saw a peter pan shoe in the same grey, suede, we put the loafer we loved so dearly, to rest. So, yesterday, when making a reference to Dolce Vita's rip-off of the vintage peter pan shoe (we know, it's a bit confusing), we noticed another rip off that makes the story all the more interesting (well, at least to us). There, on the Dolce Vita site, was the grey loafer, the exact grey loafer that prompted us to find our true love, the Sigerson Morrison peter pan shoe, masquerading at a Dolce Vita design. Dolce Vita gets ripped off left and right so maybe this is their retribution? Well, look ladies. The Sigerson loafer, the original version of this particular shoe, is no longer. If you like the Dolce Vita version, we don't blame you. We just thought you might like to know where that little guy came from--just West of Bowery, thankyouverymuch.