>> THE MODELIZER — Karolin Wolter, who topped a number of Fall 2009 newcomer lists after opening Jil Sander, took a risk yesterday — especially in the middle of her first campaign casting season — and cut her hair off. Is doing the chop the new way of being at Supreme? It wasn't that long ago that Iris Strubegger debuted a similar crop. [Supreme Management Being]
Posts for April 1st 2009
>> Like everything else these days, this year's Costume Institute Gala might not be the bang-up event of the year it usually is. Though Anna Wintour extends the brand invitations to purchase tables at the 700-person benefit dinner, prices run from $75,000 to $250,000 depending on the size of the label and its relationship with Vogue. They're typically sold out well in advance, but some brands are balking this time around, and more profitable brands are being asked to carry a larger portion of the burden.
Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alberta Ferretti have all declined to do full-table sponsorship this year, instead buying individual seats, which range from $5,000 to $10,000 depending on location. Ralph Lauren was undecided on sponsorship, according to a spokesperson. "We of course will be supporting the event — [we're] still not sure at what level yet." Calvin Klein, Puig Fashion Group (Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera), and Tod's, on the other hand, have all confirmed that they will be sponsoring tables.
Since the focus is on models this time around, will there be less star power? The theme might be convenient to brands with slashed budgets — flying in celebrities to accompany a designer can cost plenty after the flight, hotel bills, hair, makeup, and car services are all taken care of.
>> BLOWING THE COVER —We've got a pretty good idea of who's gracing the May 2009 Vogue cover, but what about the May 2009 Vogue Paris follow up to Scarlett Johansson? There are a few hints floating around: "It won't be an actress but a model . . . an IMG supermodel actually," narrowing it down with the further clue, "D." leading some to believe Daria Werbowy might be the winner. [Fashist, Fashist]
>> Last time we checked in on Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone in their post-engagement bliss, they were hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro, shopping in Ipanema, and planning to hop around Brazil for the better part of the month. A week and a half or so into that month, however, Lorenzo Martone seems to be back in New York — he was snapped at Nylon's 10th Anniversary party last night, sans Marc.
Is it a temporary detour for a work commitment? Did they have to come back early? It seems a little soon to think there's trouble in paradise, since Martone probably wouldn't be hitting the party circuit if things were rocky. But it does seem strange that he would be back so soon, especially when he has something of his own to celebrate.
All three of these crazy Ka Pow Wow necklaces could be yours tomorrow as London based retailer, Kabiri, has picked up the brand. Better known in New York for selling out at Pixie Market every time they hit the shelves, these necklaces made of recycled materials are a perfect encapsulation of the statement necklace trend from the Spring 09 catwalks. The only difference is, rather than spending upwards of seven hundred dollars on that Burberry Prorsum necklace or that Marni necklace, you can spend more like two hundred. Not saying we wouldn't like to wear those higher priced numbers, just saying it's nice to have some options.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Spring 2009 Chanel face Heidi Mount is getting a friend for Fall — Karl Lagerfeld just returned to Paris from his Vermont home, where he shot the campaign, repeating the setting, but adding Spring 2009 Karl Lagerfeld face Freja Beha Erichsen into the mix. “It was very cold, the sky was blue and the light was stunning." The campaign includes a barn as a backdrop. "I’ve never seen such a beautiful barn in my life." [WWD]
We see our fair share of handbags on the runway every season but in that context it can be difficult to focus on the item alone. That said, Bulgari's new range for Fall deserves its own moment to shine, especially considering how dynamic are the materials and how hefty the price tag! This season two of the most successful lines for Bulgari, Dalya Doppio Tondo and Leoni, were reinterpreted in new, refined versions and rich, wintery colors. Check out some of the new Fall 2009 styles, with pricing and product information, in the gallery below.
As a non-subscriber to Nylon (no offense!) imagine our surprise when we received notice that "our April issue of Nylon Magazine" would be sent us digitally. Confusion, so much confusion. It appears as though Nylon is moving their subscribers over to online format but if they contest (by calling customer service) they will be switched back to a hard copy subscription. Nylon, who just celebrated their 10th anniversary and launched a Mexico version of the magazine, is now offering online subscriptions for $4.95 per year in contrast to a hard copy subscription which costs a whopping $19.95 per year. Sounds like a fine plan to us but talk about coming out of left field...