>> Vogue Lays Off At Least Six —It was rumored yesterday that Vogue had let some staffers go on the business side, but now comes news that at least six staffers were let go today. No names or positions were released, but Conde Nast spokeswoman Maurie Perl issued the following statement: "We announced last week when we closed the four titles that there would be companywide expense cost reductions and some workforce reductions in association with the 2010 budget process. These Vogue layoffs are part of that and we have no further comment on the subject." [MediaMemo]
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Ruffian's Claude Morais and Brian Wolk will launch their lifestyle collection with Anthropologie under the label Mise en Scene tomorrow evening in New York. Although the line features party dresses, cashmere coats, perfumed candles, stemware, and home furnishing, we are most excited to learn the duo has designed a pair of hand-seamed dotted tights—inspired by Ruffian's fall 2009 point d'esprit body stockings—that will retail for $38 at Anthropologie stores nationwide. [Style File, Nitrolicious]
Filippa Hamilton Goes On Air To Speak About Her Overly-Retouched Ralph Lauren Ad, Being Fired By Brand for Being "Too Fat"
>> Filippa Hamilton, the 23-year-old French model who has appeared in scads of Ralph Lauren ads since 2001, is at the center of quite the scandal for the brand. Her contract was renewed by Ralph Lauren at least four times until her employment was terminated in April — when the brand wrote her a letter, according to Hamilton. "They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn't fit in their clothes anymore."
Ralph Lauren confirmed last night that despite Filippa being a "beautiful and healthy" woman, the relationship ended "as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us." The 5-foot-8, 120-pound model, who appeared on the Today Show this morning — video here — says that her weight hadn't fluctuated since she started working for the company.
But part of all the attention is coming because post-termination, a Ralph Lauren advertisement which ran only in Japan (below) turned up online — and portrays Hamilton with a much smaller body than head. Earlier this month, after attempting to sue sites which had posted the image, Ralph Lauren issued a statement:
"For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."
Hamilton relayed on the Today Show that she wasn't upset about the termination, but was when she saw the image. As she told the New York Daily News this morning, "I was shocked to see that super skinny girl with my face. It's very sad, I think, that Ralph Lauren could do something like that." She doesn't plan on suing the company, which said in last night's statement: "The image in question was mistakenly released and used in a department store in Japan and was not the approved image which ran in the U.S. We take full responsibility. This error has absolutely no connection to our relationship with Filippa Hamilton."
Gallery of Filippa's advertisement work for Ralph Lauren over the years below.
Lingerie detailing and underwear-as-outerwear were two dominant themes during the spring 2010 fashion shows with designer like Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana resurrecting famous nineties silhouettes and making what was once old, new again—think sculpted bra tops, bloomers, corsets, slips, ballerina tights, bustiers and see-through lace.
>> Balenciaga Spring 2010 Ad Cast Said to Be All Models, But No Miranda Kerr —The Spring 2010 shows are over; let the campaign guessing games begin. First up on the rumor mill: Balenciaga. Spring 2009 saw a bevy of models cast, Fall 2009 focused on Jennifer Connelly, and for Spring 2010, it sounds like we're back to all models — Kasia Struss and "three unknowns" are said to be involved. Guess that means Miranda Kerr, who Nicholas Ghesquiere personally requested for the show, won't be having an Adriana Lima-Givenchy moment. [Fashionista, The Imagist, Style File]
It's no secret that over the knee boots are a major trend this fall. In addition to basic black leather, we're loving the latest styles in colorful suede. The blue suede rubber-soled boot from Barneys and Chloé's flat white version are perfect for winter weekends, while sky-high heels from Brian Atwood and Christian Louboutin feel right for a dressed-up evening out.
Lily Cole graces the cover of November Dazed & Confused Imagination Issue.
Patrick Robinson takes Gap on the road to Tokyo.
Tomas Maier will present new work by Tom Binns inspired by Dadaism in his Miami boutique during Art Basel Miami in December.
Lace alligators and Lacoste's $7,000 polo.
Kasia Struss to appear in spring Balenciaga campaign.
Joe Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and co-founder of Agent Provacateur, exits the company.
Giorgio Armani announced today that Megan Fox will succeed Victoria Beckham as the new face of Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott photographed Fox over the weekend in Los Angeles for both campaigns.
As previously reported, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid soccer star, will be replacing David Beckham in the men's Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans campaigns. Unlike the Beckhams, Ronaldo and Fox will not appear in campaigns together. Both billboards and print ads will run worldwide in January. [WWD]