>> INSIDER WIRE —Anna Wintour has a big day tomorrow: her daughter Bee Shaffer is graduating from Columbia, and Anna's joining New York Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall tomorrow for the retail initiative announcement she hinted at last week. The program, called "Fashion's Night Out," will take place on Sept. 10 at the beginning of New York Fashion Week: stores all over New York are being asked to stay open late and throw parties open to the public; designers, meanwhile, are expected to make appearances at their own stores and at some department stores. [Columbia, City Room]
Posts for May 19th 2009
>> POP magazine's official relaunch with Dasha Zhukova at the helm doesn't happen until September, but they just launched a new website, ThePOP.com, that offers a few clues about what's to come. Last time we checked, the new team was planning on keeping the logo the same, but up on the site's holding page is a new rendition by former i-D art director Scott King.
Also posted is a "manifesto" for the magazine, which details that the new website "will provide a fascinating insight into the creation of each issue but, more importantly, it will reflect the POP team's creative outlook and ongoing projects. . . . [It] will be both an online content platform for the magazine, as well as a mixed media carrier and blogging network for POP’s chosen contributors, guests and partners."
This is already a change for the magazine — the last era, under Katie Grand, had very little online presence. The manifesto lists that the website will be launched in early Summer, and POP's editorial director Ashley Heath confirmed by email that it "will be far more fully fleshed out in the next few weeks" — in the meantime, they're taking emails for newsletter updates.
>> Michelle Obama attracted Ralph Lauren, Iman, and Anna Wintour front row as she promoted the arts with a speech on opening night at the American Ballet Theater in New York, and at the following Spring gala, she earned praise from another fashion fan — Francisco Costa, who arrived with Dree Hemingway. "She's proven that she has great sensibility, great tastes — she's feeling her way around and doing an amazing job." Costa has not yet had an opportunity to dress the First Lady, but getting there is on his agenda. "Of course I will try to talk to her! Why do you think I'm here? I bought a tuxedo for her!"
Sessilee Lopez, too, was excited to have dinner with Obama. "She is truly amazing in person. An aura just radiates from her. I'm so proud that she's our First Lady," she wrote. Coco Rocha and Hilary Rhoda also attended, in support of the evening's honorary chair, Carolina Herrera.
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Catwalk Queen reported on the new Oasis designer collaborations which just hit shelves.
>> Tod's enlisted Gwyneth Paltrow for a Dennis Hopper-directed short film showcasing their Pashmy bag late last year, and now another luxury brand is trying the same big-name actress, big-name director formula to showcase their own bestselling handbag. Tomorrow, Dior officially launches their six and a half minute thriller, "The Lady Noire Affair," which reunites Marion Cotillard with her La vie en rose director Olivier Dahan and showcases the Lady Dior handbag, but we've got the full video right here, all dim cinematography and foot chases on the Eiffel Tower.
Accompanying print ads will run in lieu of the traditional, seasonal Dior campaign, because Dior CEO Sidney Toledano finds the formula wanting, and at the end of "The Lady Noire Affaire," the next film and print segment for Fall 2009, "Lady Rouge," is teased with Marion appearing almost unrecognizable as a blonde in a lace gown. "Lady Rouge" will be shot in New York.
You know summer has arrived when bronzer suddenly lands on your beauty shopping list. M.A.C., whose job it is to anticipate such things, will release a new collection called "Style Warrior" this June. Yellows, golds and coppers make up this collection and ensure that no eyelid nor cheekbone will go un-shimmered. Check out the full lineup with product names in the gallery below. For more M.A.C. beauty, click here.
As always, it's hard to believe that the season's sales have begun. Net-a-Porter's sale is one that is highly anticipated and quickly (by online standards) picked over. The sale is quite comprehensive this season and includes many items that were reordered because the first run sold out so quickly. In the end though, we favor the more subdued pieces. Above, our must-have finds from the sale.
Fur was all over the Fall 2009 catwalks and one remarkable group were those rendered in color. From deep burgundy and plum to acid green and bright blue many colors were shown. With these bright, unabashed furs it seemed designers were asserting their power and sending the message that theirs would not be the label to buckle under economic pressure. Whether we will see these colorful furs on the street come winter is another matter entirely but do count on seeing them on newsstands in September. Check out our favorites in the gallery below.