>> Dior To Show Twice at Couture, Lacroix's Early Collection Reviews "Glowing"—Despite Vogue only sending a "very small" team and Elle sending two people — creative director Joe Zee and executive accessories editor Kate Davidson Hudson — John Galliano is planning to show his Fall 2009 Dior couture collection twice because he's using a smaller location this year. Meanwhile, Carlos Souza is inaugurating his return to Valentino with a big bash post-show, and early reports of Christian Lacroix's "fightback" couture collection are "pretty glowing." [FWD]
Posts for June 2009
2010 Costume Institute Gala May Be With More Paying Trustee Attendees and Less Designers, Celebrities, and Models
>> In the wake of Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's resignation last week from her position as Vogue's director of special events — where she helped grow the Costume Institute Gala from a charity function to the "East Coast Oscars" — rumors about the fate of the Vogue-sponsored Costume Institute Gala continue to circulate, despite a denial of any changes from a museum spokesperson: "This is completely untrue, and Vogue's role is unchanged."
Sylvana Soto-Ward, who started at Vogue as Anna Wintour's assistant in 2003 and has recently been functioning as the magazine's accessories editor, inherited Winston Wolkoff's position earlier this week, the Costume Institute Gala planning and rumored slashed event budgets along with it.
>> Clements Ribeiro Make One More Returner to London Fashion Week —The names keep rolling in — Jonathan Saunders early this week, and now husband and wife team Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro of Clements Ribeiro are coming back Londonside to help celebrate the Fashion Week's 25th anniversary. Now, if only the British Fashion Council could score Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, or John Galliano, they would be well on their way to reaching that goal to make London the "number one destination" for international buyers and editors. [Telegraph UK]
This season in Milan, Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati debuted a short film before his Spring 2010 men's collection went down the runway. Directed by Samuel Benchetrit and starring Benchetrit's 11 year-old son, Jules, the film depicts the mischievous happenings of a young boy left alone for the afternoon. Aside from videos, YSL's recent marketing strategies and special projects include outstanding and well-received multimedia manifestos, unisex collections and eco-friendly offerings.
This Fall, flats and low-heeled shoes are back in fashion and, so far, ankle boots are the strongest evidence of that trend. Pair them with cropped denim or a feminine floral dress now and layer them with wool stockings and trousers come fall. Not only will you be able to wear them from morning through night, but you'll look chic doing it.
The Gossip Girl-inspired Anna Sui for Target photos have leaked.
Madonna's second Louis Vuitton ad campaign, bunny ears included, revealed.
eLuxury closes its retail doors today but look out for its new social media debut on Monday.
>> Just today, Swarovski announced that they were going to clothe Michael Jackson head to toe for his "This Is It" tour kicking off next month — his costumes and sets were to feature over 300,000 crystals, in 53 different shapes, 43 different sizes, and 27 different colors. In April, The Imagist reported that Balmain stylist Emmanuelle Alt "would weep" if Jackson allowed Balmain to do his tour costumes because she was "100% obsessed" with him — a fact reflected in Balmain's flashy runway pieces.
Jackson had catapulted himself back into fashion's eye in recent months after he was spotted in a number of different Balmain looks — no doubt courtesy of Emmanuelle Alt — and a favorite gold studded Givenchy jacket. At the news of his death this afternoon, an outpouring of reactions — some incredulous — came from models, editors, and designers alike — those from a few, below.
>> The Kate Moss Effect: She's Still Got It for Cruise 2010 —The gold lame Stephen Jones turban and matching Marc Jacobs dress Kate Moss wore to the Costume Institute Gala in early May is still resonating with designers for resort: Marc Jacobs decided to use the dress in his collection; Roksanda Illincic, Alexander Wang, and Michael Kors threaded gold lame through their collections; and Yigal Azrouel used turbans to top off his looks. [Style File]