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Posts for March 10th 2009
>> THE MODELIZER —Is Erin Wasson the next model mogul in the making? The dilettante has styled runway shows for Alexander Wang, produced jewelry line LowLuv, launched a three-year clothing line with RVCA. More recently, she hit Paris to walk Emmanuelle Alt-styled catwalks Isabel Marant and Balmain and lent her styling abilities to Elle for an editorial in the April 2009 issue. We'll have to wait for her next endeavor, but in the meantime, she's hitting Austin in the next few days for the SXSW music festival. [Style File, Modelinia]
>> While Valentino Garavani is preparing to tape an episode of The Martha Stewart Show to promote Valentino: The Last Emperor next week, his proteges Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli sent out their second try at his legacy this morning. Their first collection for the brand in January was deemed too close to the designer's own style — perhaps done out of fear of having the same fate as Alessandra Facchinetti — so for this second collection, they needed to move the brand forward.
Unfortunately, they seem to have earned more rave reviews for their choice of venue — the Galerie des Moulages, with open windows to the Eiffel Tower — than for the clothes. Los Angeles Times's Booth Moore deemed the collection the "same coat with fur trim a dozen different ways, yawn." Hilary Alexander thought "the clothes were just too much of a blast from the past," and Suzy Menkes was left wishing for Alessandra Facchinetti. Curiously, with all the archival inspiration, there was not a single "Valentino red" dress in the bunch.
>> INSIDER WIRE —It's a match made in street-style photography heaven: if you've noticed the recent chumminess of Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist and Garance Dore around Fashion Week, plus the appearance of his photos on her site, there's a reason why. They recently became a couple after several years of friendship; in fact, the camera she shoots with is a gift from Scott, after he realized she was using a small, everyday digital one. Project next? She's set to style some of his upcoming photography projects. [Metro]
>> WWD warned that Alexander McQueen was planning a wild time for his show this evening, and were they ever on the money. Attendees entered to red lighting, smoke, and a runway with a huge trash heap in the middle, full of metallic pieces and salvaged props from McQueen shows of the past. The soundtrack, too, was a mash-up of past McQueen shows — all adding to the designer's inspiration, "reinvention"; it was no surprise when elements of past collections resurfaced on the runway, including a jeweled armor top from Spring 2000. The models had on Leigh Bowery clown-like red lips, skyscraping heels, and headpieces made of empty soda cans wrapped in black latex with umbrellas strapped to the top. But most importantly, amongst all the houndstooth and feathers, McQueen proved that in all the doom and gloom, fantasy still lives — to rapturous applause.
>> INSIDER WIRE —There's still hope for comebacks — Hedi Slimane, who spends his days curating and photographing now, hasn't ruled a return to fashion out. "It is an interesting time now to observe and see how design — and the rules of the industry around [it] — will evolve and eventually transform." And although Jil Sander couldn't be reached for comment, rumors of her return have resurfaced, fueled by an appearance at last month's Premiere Vision fabric fair. Now, what about Helmut Lang? [WWD, WWD]