>> INSIDER WIRE —Sounds like New York Fashion Week isn't the only main event getting a new home — London Fashion Week may be following suit. It's traditionally based at the Natural History Museum, but industry insiders think Somerset House — which has housed runway shows in the past — may be the new venue come this September. The contract is still under negotiation, so no official announcements yet. [Vogue UK]
Posts for February 12th 2009
>> The heyday hasn't slowed down for models pushing forty this season — Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington — and now a couple of fifty-something models are issuing something of a comeback. First, 51-year-old Ines de la Fressange took the Jean Paul Gaultier couture runway a couple of weeks ago, and now 52-year-old Jerry Hall is mugging for (and replacing Christy Turlington in) Chanel's handbag campaign, along with Baptiste Giabiconi, who seems to have replaced Brad Kroenig as Karl Lagerfeld's male model of choice.
Karl picked Jerry to shoot because, as "Oscar Wilde said, 'I like men who have a future, and women who have a past.' It is this whole idea of seduction that is summarised here that appeals to me. One of a very young man fascinated and attracted by what a woman does: her wardrobe, her perfume, her movements, her allure, etc." And to imagine, he's known Jerry since she was 15 . . .
>> INSIDER WIRE —The ten days it takes to set up the Bryant Park tents are almost up, so what's this season's replacement for last season's voting-centric front entrance theme? A riff on the designer's inspiration board — fabric swatches and sketches were commissioned from Erin Fetherston, Dennis Basso, and Alexander Terexov. [Nylon]
>> Out of all the Fashion Week players — designers, models, makeup artists, hairstylists — it's thought that stylists may be hit the hardest, because they are viewed as the most dispensable. "I’ve seen three to four of my designers that worked with stylists last year drop the stylist altogether because they think they can do it themselves, whereas they can’t DJ or model themselves," show producer Kelly Cutrone of People's Revolution noted. Leave it to Prada to pick up the slack — or maybe not — they've enlisted four major stylists who are likely doing just fine on their own for a new project dubbed "The Iconoclasts."
The top image-makers have been asked to make over a Prada boutique and interpret the brand's cropped and crinkled Spring 2009 collection in each of the four major fashion cities — New York, London, Milan, and Paris — as the city holds its Fashion Week. W's fashion director Alex White kicks off the project in the Soho boutique Friday, followed by Love's Katie Grand working the Old Bond Street boutique in London the same day, Olivier Rizzo shaping Milan’s Via Montenapoleone store on Feb. 25, and Carine Roitfeld finishing out the set on the Avenue Montaigne in Paris March 5. Good news for those not making the Fashion Month haul — the whole thing will be documented on Prada.com for all to see.