>> THE MODELIZER —Lily Cole wasn't the only model who had a film debut at Cannes — Laetitia Casta, who is currently pregnant with her third child, her second by boyfriend Stefano Accorsi, had a movie in competition — Face (trailer here) — which screened Saturday. She wore Givenchy. The film apparently flopped, with half the audience walking out, but Casta already has her next role, playing Brigitte Bardot, carved out — she dyed her hair blonde for it. [AFP]
Posts for May 26th 2009
>> New York City Mayor Bloomberg has declared Thursday "Burberry Day" to coincide with the official lighting of the brand's logo atop its new US headquarters. Christopher Bailey exclaimed of the event: “It’s going to be part of the Manhattan skyline — you’re going to be able to see it from all the boroughs!”
Bailey's on the first flight out of London to JFK airport tomorrow to celebrate, but he just made his own announcement worthy of celebration: he's bringing the Spring 2010 Burberry Prorsum show back to London Fashion Week in September. The brand has shown in Milan for the past eight years, but Bailey decided it "feels right" to close London Fashion Week with “a big, sophisticated show.”
The return marks the 25th anniversary of both London Fashion Week and its organising body, the British Fashion Council, and Bailey will host “a large after-party for many attendees who haven’t been seen in town for several seasons” following the show to celebrate the anniverseries.
The move is only for one season so far, but Christopher Kane hopes it might be the beginning of a trend: “It’s really good for all of us. The injection of attention again is great. Hopefully, they’ll come, and then come back again.”
>> INSIDER WIRE —In recent weeks, we've had peeks into the abodes of Vogue's Sally Singer and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld; now, the Telegraph has a look inside stylist and Dazed & Confused creative director Nicola Formichetti's flat in a converted east London warehouse, filled with props and prints from photoshoots he has worked on: "I’m keeping them all so when the artists and photographers get really famous, I can sell them. I wish I could put them up on the wall. I’m sure it’s not great for the artworks resting on the floor, but I don’t know how to hang them." [Telegraph]
>> Louis Vuitton switched their advertising image up last season, replacing Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott with Steven Meisel after a six year partnership. This season it looks like Givenchy is up for rebranding — they've adopted Mert and Marcus after collaborating with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for nine straight seasons, and ditched the black-and-white, edgy look of recent seasons for a little color and a touch of French classicism. “It’s a new step,” Riccardo Tisci said. “I wanted to give this feeling of going from a studio to reality. It’s important to give reality to women.”
Tisci's muse Mariacarla Boscono is the only model carrying over — joining her are Ranya Mordanova; Leonor Scherrer, daughter of retired couturier Jean-Louis Scherrer, who Tisci says he's "completely in love with . . . she represents France in all senses: the elegance, the aristocracy, the darkness of France"; Iris Strubegger, who doubles in the season's accessories campaign, shot by Mark Pillai; and Adriana Lima, who just announced her pregnancy today, making her return to high fashion.
>> THE MODELIZER —Just after marrying Tom Brady in February, Gisele Bundchen told Harper's Bazaar that she loves kids and "want[s] to have a big family." Statements like that are enough to set off the pregnancy rumors, but now reports are surfacing that Gisele has told close friends that she's expecting, and according to a source close to Bundchen: "[Gisele] is good at keeping a secret, but I think this time is a go." [NYDN]
>> As this year's Cannes Film Festival wound down Friday, fashion fixtures were still going strong that afternoon — Carine Roitfeld pulled out her favorite floppy hat and pair of flats for the Amend Charity Luncheon at Hotel du Cap, Stefano Gabbana hosted Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova on his yacht, and then they all convened that night for Dolce & Gabbana's annual "Fabulous in Cannes" bash at Le Baoli.
The party's guest list was reduced significantly from previous years, and the VIP room completely abolished, but sunglasses were handed out to guests because, Gabbana explained, “All the movie stars wore sunglasses in the Fifties, and at the end of the night when you’re drunk, it’s always better to have a pair.”
Carine, her son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, Anna Dello Russo, Vogue Russia's editor Aliona Doletskaya, Eva, Claudia and a smattering of British it girls all hit the mirrored dance floor, while Natasha Poly reflected on her festival experience: "I'm having so much fun here in Cannes, I already forgot about the stresses of the campaign season. That felt like ages ago."
Host Domenico, too, was elated: "This has truly become our favorite little party of the year. We come here and spend time on Stefano's yacht, see friends, and really leave happy and relaxed." Unfortunately the relaxation didn't last long — as of Monday, the duo could be liable for more than a billion dollars in unpaid taxes, an Italian police spokeswoman confirmed.
The designers have already released a statement denying any wrongdoing — “It’s a paradox! Since when does one have to pay taxes on money one never actually collected? It’s an absurd demand based on a completely abstract calculation. This higher taxable sum . . . is a virtual figure we have never received, the result of a theoretical accounting exercise” — and vow to "strenuously defend ourselves to avoid being unjustly forced to pay for something that never existed in the first place.”
The Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2009 collection might have veered away from color and print but Resort 2010 is a whole different story. Voluminous and colorful, this Resort collection from Stefano Pilati paid homage to the late Yves Saint Laurent and his longtime muse, Loulou de la Falaise. As for accessories, handbags were rendered in earth tones while jewelry used semiprecious stones and shells.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Jack McCollough is busy preparing for Proenza Schouler's first European runway show next month, and now it sounds like he and Kiefer Sutherland — who headbutted Jack at a Costume Institute Gala after party, breaking his nose — have resolved their differences out of court. In a joint statement released Friday, Kiefer apologized — "I am sorry about what happened that night and sincerely regret that Mr. McCollough was injured" — and McCollough accepted the apology: "I appreciate Mr. Sutherland's statement and wish him well." The charges against Sutherland will likely be dropped. [AP]
This summer it seems every brand is offering an ikat print of some variety. A print that can be found in many cultures, ikat is mainly recognizable for its blurred tie-dye-like lines. We love these prints rendered in bright colors or on unexpected accessories like ballerina flats and handbags. Our favorites, above.