Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are having a mud-paint-and-twigs-as-accessories moment in their spring 2010 look book for The Row. Despite the distracting dirty limbs, we are loving that they did indeed introduce denim into the collection and, as reported, the jeans do look like vintage Levis. The knits are superb as are a pair of black leather trousers, a red leather skirt, a satin night shirt, and perfectly wrinkled blazers in white and nude.
Posts for November 2009
Today Yoox.com is launching exclusive, one-of-a-kind items from Maison Martin Margiela as part of the online retailer's holiday gift guides. A series of Margiela jackets and tops (available for the first time online November 30) have been created using only recycled materials—think pink holiday tinsel, auburn-colored wigs, leather sandals, tiles from a disco ball and white elastic bands. It's a Project Runway-style challenge finally gone right.
>> Abbey Lee Kershaw wasn't feeling well backstage, neither was Eniko Mihalik, but they pulled it together to walk in the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which taped today in New York City — on a big, sparkly V-shaped runway — and will air on CBS Dec. 1. Many of the girls chatted about what they had for breakfast — coffee and fruit for many — but Anja Rubik, who was convinced to walk the show for the first time by good friends (and fellow walkers) Mayna Linchuk and Caroline Trentini, admitted: "I've decided this will be my starving day today."
This year's big surprise? Heidi Klum decided to walk for the twelfth show in a row, after all, six weeks after giving birth to her fourth child. Adriana Lima, on the other hand, who gave birth Sunday, sat this one out; Emanuela de Paula and Flavia Oliveira, rumored to walk, were also nowhere to be seen.
The show features five sections of twelve outfits each — this year's themes are Star Trooper, All Aboard, Pink Planet, Enchanted Forest, and Romantic Journey. As show stylist Charlotte Stockdale explains it: “We came up with the idea of this girl who lands from outer space in Paris. She gets on a train that comes to a halt in Pinkland, where pink girls get on and off. Then they go into this fairy-tale forest and little lady bugs and butterflies land on them and vines grow up on their clothes. Then, there’s Tick-Tock Time; the wings in this section are based on clocks — there’s one modeled after a pocket watch with metallic feathers. And she ends up in this regal realm of princess-ness, where the wings have Swarovski jewels and peacock feathers.”
Zac Posen, Alexander Wang, Carine Roitfeld (in Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2002), and Patrick Demarchelier were all in attendance, and Chanel Iman tossed her handbag into the audience as she walked.
Nothing says festive evening quite like a few sequins, velvet animal print, and draped detailing. To help you decide what to wear now that your events calendar is filling up, we've picked our eight favorite cocktail party looks in the gently draped category (which is pretty flattering on most). From vibrant jewel-tones (Yves Saint Lauren), to anything-but-basic black (Michael Kors) and full-on sequins (Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and La Petite S*****), here's to a well-dressed party season.
>> The likes of Chanel Iman and Dorothea Barth Jorgensen are already getting primped and prepped for the two tapings of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this afternoon — final cut airs Dec. 1 on CBS — but it seems like mood is light. When Caroline Trentini was asked for a photo backstage, she joked, "Sure! Want me to jump?"
Chanel Iman, meanwhile, prepared for her first Victoria's Secret catwalk by chatting with mentor Tyra Banks and doing a little research. “This might sound corny, but I went on YouTube and I did my homework by going and seeing the different years that Victoria’s Secret has had, the different shows and who did Victoria’s Secret, and studied their walks so that I can turn mine different from everyone else’s!”
>> Daul Kim was found dead this morning in Paris, her agency Next confirms in a statement. "She was a top model and a great friend to all of us at Next. Please respect her family’s privacy at this time of sadness. We will all miss her very much." Cause of death remains unknown, but The Cut reports a source says it was suicide. Daul just posted a video on her blog yesterday, under the title "say hi to forever."
Some recent favorites of Daul, below.
Erdem Moralioglu has teamed up with Cutler & Gross to launch a debut sunglass collection for spring 2010. The round, Sixties-shaped frames will be available in black, black lace (very Erdem fall 2009), tortoise, and neutral stone.
Coming from the maestro of prints, we're inclined to splurge on Moralioglu's custom Kyoto print version (at left), which was inspired by a photograph of a Japanese fisherwoman and her brightly printed shorts.
Erdem for Cutler & Gross will retail for just under $500 at the current exchange rate.
The Victoria's Secret angels are getting ready for the big show this evening (Doutzen is already in hair and makeup), and ELLE.com has a sneak peek at wing fittings for Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr.
The show themes, according to stylist Charlotte Stockdale, range from forest nymphs to futuristic femme fatales and fairy princesses:
“We came up with the idea of this girl who lands from outer space in Paris. She gets on a train that comes to a halt in Pinkland, where pink girls get on and off. Then they go into this fairy-tale forest and little lady bugs and butterflies land on them and vines grow up on their clothes. Then, there’s Tick-Tock Time; the wings in this section are based on clocks—there’s one modeled after a pocket watch with metallic feathers. And she ends up in this regal realm of princess-ness, where the wings have Swarovski jewels and peacock feathers.”
There will be five sections in the runway show, each with 12 looks. Although the show is happening tonight in New York, it will air December 1 on CBS.
The Fashion Informer also has these backstage photos, taken earlier this afternoon.
Source: Kelly Stuart/Elle.com
Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer naked and winking on the winter cover of i-D magazine.
Doutzen Kroes—MissDK—is tweeting from backstage at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Cheap Monday introduces geek chic eyewear.
Fashion's Night Out is rescheduled for one day later.
Michael Stipe and Maison Martin Margiela collaborate on a multifunctional microcassette tape made of sterling silver.
Source: Fashion Copious
British designers Sir Paul Smith and Julien MacDonald have very different holiday decorating styles. According to WWD, Smith goes for a natural tree with just a few fairy lights and threatens to "tie and gag" the grandchildren if they add in any clashing colors. MacDonald, on the other hand, believes in a more festive look.
“I like to go for a camp tree, which I decorate with shells covered in glitter and fish dressed as drag queens with top hats and wigs," he told reporters at Tiffany's annual holiday party in London.