>> Peter Dundas's debut Fall 2009 collection at Pucci was generally well-received — Carine Roitfeld and Lily Cole both ended up wearing dresses from the collection on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet — and notably took the house beyond its print heritage; the Cruise 2010 collection looks to do the same. Dundas said he was inspired by the sea, sailors, and the sun; Perhaps we owe the influence to a recent scuba diving excursion? Dundas told Style.com that his motto is: "I dive where I go on holiday, and I go on holiday where I can dive," and that "diving definitely makes me look at color differently."
Posts for June 23rd 2009
>> THE MODELIZER —While female models are notorious for staying mum on their eating habits — for fear of losing a job — male model A.J. Abualrub, who is finding success on the runways — Calvin Klein, Gucci, Versace among them — has no qualms about being upfront: “I dropped 30 pounds to do this . . . I see a nutritionist. I only eat, like, maybe twice a day.” [NYT]
>> The number of opportunities for fashion and style bloggers have exponentially grown this year; many scored coups in April, and this month they keep adding up. Sea of Shoes' Jane Aldridge designed six pairs of shoes for Urban Outfitters under the label J. Aldridge for Urban Outfitters, with the first three pairs hitting stores July 15 and the second three in December. Refinery29 and Teen Vogue have looks at the first set, which includes black studded gladiator heels ($98), black lace-up flats ($58), and knee-high peep-toe boots ($178), and as memory recalls marks the first design collaboration between a blogger and a major retailer — save perhaps Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast's upcoming pieces for RVCA.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Vogue accessories editor Sylvana Soto-Ward has been doing a little event planning of the personal kind — she's getting married in Portland in August — and Anna Wintour must have liked what she saw. Soto-Ward, who has acted as ambassador for the magazine in a number of its online red carpet videos, just got promoted to be the magazine's director of special events, with the Costume Institute Gala among her new responsibilities. So the question becomes: How will she handle the gala with all the slashed budgets for next year? [WWD]
>> Calvin Klein — no stranger to pornographic epithets when it comes to their advertising — stirred up a little scandal last week when a still from the steamy Spring 2009 Calvin Klein Jeans commercial shot by Steven Meisel — which has been banned from US television — appeared on a Soho billboard in New York.
The image depicts what could be interpreted as a threesome — but Francisco Costa didn't see anything wrong with it last week at the CFDA Awards: “Please! It’s so, like, old news. Don’t you think we should be a little ashamed for even having to discuss? I mean, it’s great for us. So if you want to talk about it, let’s talk about it. But there was no intention of making that controversial . . . It’s New York City! It’s the 21st century! Honey, we have to move on!"
Calvin Klein menswear designer Italo Zucchelli, too, agreed: "It's my favorite campaign ever!" But it appears that the two designers don't have the final word on their billboards: Yesterday, the image was replaced with a shot of Doutzen Kroes in a red bikini. At least one person was happy with the change — Doutzen went by the new billboard last night, took a picture of herself jumping in front of it, and posted it on Twitter: "BELIEVE IT!!!!!"
Peter Dundas' Fall collection for Pucci, his first as the house's creative director, got flack for its uncanny similarities to Balmain's Spring '09 collection. But the criticism didn't seem to bring him down because his resort line, inspired by the sea, remains energetic. "The Pucci girl represents joy, energy (and) fun," Dundas recently said. If you look closely, you'll see Pucci's signature Palio print, but it's not as obvious as when Matthew Williamson was head.
>> INSIDER WIRE —More details about Riccardo Tisci's surprise — and perhaps eyebrow-raising — appearance at the Versace menswear show and Donatella Versace's private after party this past weekend. He was in Como to visit his mother and then stayed an extra day to attend the Versace events because he and Donatella go way back — she and Gianni are part of the reason he got into fashion: "Donatella for us is like a Sophia Loren. She’s a great representative of Italy. It’s a friendship.” [WWD]