Posts for March 9th 2009
>> In a game of whose-video-profile-will-air-first, Carine Roitfeld has Anna Wintour beat. The CNN camera crews have been following her around during Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, and the resulting profile premieres next Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 am EST (and will re-air at 1:30 pm EST the same day, as well as in the days following). Even though Paris Fashion Week isn't finished yet, there's already a short, 30-second teaser available, featuring interviews with Karl Lagerfeld, Hedi Slimane, Marc Jacobs, and Mario Testino, plus a taste of a photoshoot Carine directs with Patrick Demarchelier.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Clues are already abounding about Chanel tomorrow — apparently the show is going to be all black, with some touches of cream, green, and pink jade, all based on Karl Lagerfeld's idea of Beau Brummell; frilly white collars on black tweed jackets, white cuffs, boaters over ringlets, and the like. And at the show? Kate Moss is supposed to be there, her first front row appearance of the season — she already visited Karl at the atelier today. [On the Runway, The Cut Twitter, Grazia]
>> It's all about black at Yves Saint Laurent — and not just on the runway. Owner PPR just announced that after ten years of losses, the brand finally broke even in 2008. Appropriately enough, Stefano Pilati sent out a Fall 2009 collection that was — you guessed it — mostly black, quilted, pinstriped, and in leather; apparently Pilati worked with automakers to cultivate some pieces in materials usually used in high-end cars. Spring 2009 face Claudia Schiffer was in front row, and just as suspected, Caroline Trentini finally appeared as an exclusive, closing the show. Pilati, who notably is one of only two designers in the industry who works without a stylist — the other being Giorgio Armani — riffed on YSL's heritage power-dressing, and the message was powerful; maybe a little too powerful for Yulia Kharlapanova, who had to take her shoes off.
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>> INSIDER WIRE —There's been confusion a number of months about whether Martin Margiela has withdrawn from his brand, and even though Margiela execs assure he's still in place, after last week's collection, critics seem convinced he's not. As Cathy Horyn put it, "Just about everything at the show tonight — the hokey starlight projections on the ceiling, the empty design techniques, the use of beautiful young models instead of older, interesting-looking chicks — said that Mr. Margiela is no longer involved in his label, as editors have speculated for some time." WWD agreed: "Where in the world is Martin Margiela? Judging from the house’s fall collection, the designer has finally left the building." And Suzy Menkes implored a fix, fast: "Of Margiela's rigorous exploration of a personal vision, there is no sign and Renzo Rosso, chief executive of the 'Only the Brave' company that owns his Diesel empire, needs to do something fast." [NYT, WWD, IHT]
>> Alber Elbaz's recent Fall 2009 runway show for Lanvin won stellar reviews, with many deeming it one of the best collections of the season; but after perusing Ariel Levy's profile of the designer in The New Yorker's Style Issue this week, we know that at the end, he was backstage with his director of communications, Hania Destelle, worrying. "After every show, I say to Hania, 'They hated it.'" But that's just the beginning of the anxieties for Alber, whose mind seems to be equally split between creating and worrying.
He fantasizes about being skinny.
Looking over the menu one morning at the Carlyle Hotel, Elbaz said, "Should we be good today or bad? Maybe we start good and get bad later." He ordered the fruit salad. He wanted the pancakes.
Elbaz thinks it's a very big deal that he is overweight. Asked what he imagines life would be like if he were thin, he replied, "Amazing," with real conviction.
Part of the problem is that he stress-eats.
He brought a bowl of fruit and put it on the table in front of the architects. "The stress starts and we start to eat." Elbaz sat down, put his head in his hand, and moaned. "I'm depressed," he said, and started peeling a clementine.
Coutorture Network Partner, Someone Spoil Me, specializes in fashionable and fun gifting and today marks their first entry as a Network Contributor. Today they bring us notes on spring gifting trends...
Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to break out of your winter shell and get ready for the million birthday parties you have to attend and anniversaries you plan on sharing with friends. This is where your need for stylish gifts comes in to play. The same amount of time and care you spend on yourself - researching trends to build out your spring wardrobe - should be spent on others – knowing the hottest gifts to give your family and friends this spring. Here are three of the top spring gift trends to keep in mind when gifting this season. Check out the gallery below for examples!
1) Personalization: Personalized gifts are key! The purse strings are tight this spring – so show the extra thought you put into the gift by having it made especially for the recipient.
3) Statement Jewelry: Jewelry is always a great gift to give – and this year the bigger the better. On the runway you saw oversized necklaces and large bangles, and you will see the same trends in the gifting world.