>> The new rendition of POP, post-Katie Grand, comes out in a little over a month on Sept. 1, but until now we haven't had many clues, save new editor Dasha Zhukova talking to this month's Interview. The first peek at the magazine's contents and aesthetic direction comes today, when the staff posted pictures from a shoot that took place in London's Shoreditch studios last week. Tamara Rothstein styled big-haired, dark-eyed Hannah Rundlof and Melo Dagault as 1940s film noir femme fatales, pairing "Margiela with Westwood, McQueen against Watanabe’s padded extravagance" as photographer Tung Walsh captured it all — more pictures here.
Posts for July 28th 2009
>> Freja Beha Erichsen Loves Chanel Shows for Their Food — W recently spoke with Freja Beha Erichsen, who is getting ready to go back to Denmark and then on a West Coast road trip now that she's done with couture. Karl Lagerfeld picked her as one half of the Fall 2009 Chanel ad campaign, and it sounds like the feeling of adoration is mutual: "There’s a special feeling that you get from Chanel that you don’t get from any other show. And they’re famous for their food backstage. At most shows, they don’t actually feed us that much, but at Chanel there’s a full buffet and everything is really good." [W Editor's Blog]
>> This morning, the CFDA held its first town hall meeting, moderated by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, to discuss whether Fashion Week is still relevant. Many attendees agreed with Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough, who voiced his concern: "There seems to be a disconnect. For us, the shows have become a press thing. It’s on blogs; magazines pull straight from the runways; and by the time it’s in stores, it feels sort of old."
Donna Karan, who has long been a proponent of selling and showing clothes in season, also wondered about the timeliness of the shows: "We are in a crisis. There's no question about it . . . We spend so much money on shows, but what is it getting us?”
>> Gisele Bundchen Signs On for Kid-Friendly Webisodes —Vogue confirmed that Gisele Bundchen is pregnant and due in December late last week, and clearly she's got children on her mind: She just signed on to host "GiGi & the Green Team," a series of 3-5 minute webisodes featuring an animated version of herself who "lives a double life — supermodel by day, superhero protector of the environment by night." The series, set to debut on AOL this Fall, aims to "educate, entertain, inspire and empower girls to protect and preserve the environment." [Reuters, AOL]
>> In between her editorial and advertising work — among which the latest is the Fall 2009 Missoni campaign — Hanne-Gaby Odiele has begun to emerge as something of a personal style icon. So where does she house all the Rick Owens and Balenciaga she favors? Her Chinatown walk-up, which Kathy Lo snapped for Supreme Being — more pictures here — complete with a bookshelf full of heels and her image from the 2009 Vogue Paris calendar on the wall.
>> Flats Get the Anna Wintour Seal of Approval? —Vogue has started pushing for a flats comeback — Andre Leon Talley posted a pro-flat treatise last month, and days later the staff gushed over oxfords — but when Anna Wintour starts wearing them to events in place of her usual Manolo Blahnik heels — like the slides she chose for the 2009 Hampton Designer Showcase over the weekend — it's worth taking note. We know from The September Issue, that if Anna wants jackets, designers and retailers give her jackets; surely the same can be said for flats. [Chic Report]
>> It turns out the image of Anja Rubik curling around a handbag against a black background was for Gucci's Pre-Fall 2009 collection; the first couple of images from the actual Fall 2009 campaign, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin back in April, are here. So far, Natasha Poly, Anja Rubik, Raquel Zimmermann, and Myf Shepherd are all pictured — as styled by Emmanuelle Alt — but Jacquetta Wheeler, Freja Beha Erichsen, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Dree Hemingway, and Jamie Bochert have also been mentioned as part of the campaign.
>> Charles Jourdan to Relaunch; Pierre Hardy's Newest Shoes for Gap —Charles Jourdan, the French shoe brand for whom Guy Bourdin shot iconic ads from 1967 to 1981, is relaunching under designer Alexandra Neel in September; the brand was acquired by Groupe Royer last December and is starting with 45 styles targeted at thirtysomething women, with prices running $185 to $250. Meanwhile, Pierre Hardy is continuing to contribute to Gap's Design Editions for the fourth year — this time he serves up two suede boots and a sandal, all due in stores in mid-September. [WWD, WWD, Vogue FR]
Dasha Zhukova on POP: "It’s Not Like This Is the First Time There’s Been a New Editor at a Magazine"
>> Dasha Zhukova's appointment as editor of POP in February came as a surprise to many; it also came with a bit of drama, partly because she was taking over a magazine so aligned with Katie Grand's name, and partly because, to many, she didn't have much editorial experience. As the reveal date for the first issue under her helm approaches — Sept. 1 — Dasha, who is rumored to have recently parted with beau Roman Abramovich, sets the record straight in the August 2009 issue of Interview. In fact, she says, "I feel like anything I’ve ever done, I’ve been strongly advised not to do."
She's not trying to ride in on Katie Grand's coattails.
I respect Katie Grand, and I hope I can retain some respect for the brand. But I have other plans for the magazine now. And, come on, it’s not like this is the first time there’s been a new editor at a magazine.
Actually, she was opposed to taking the job at first.
My initial reaction was, “No way. I don’t want this.”
>> Olivier Zahm Teases Upcoming Purple Fashion #12 —Olivier Zahm took the upcoming issue of Purple Fashion — out in September — to the printers' today and gave us a peek at Terry Richardson's "Best of the Season" editorial that was photographed at Milk Studios in June. In the past couple of months, Zahm has offered a number of teasers on the issue: a Gareth Pugh spotlight editorial styled by Francesca Burns, a nude pictorial captured by Mario Sorrenti, a Venice shoot with Baptiste Giabiconi by Karl Lagerfeld, and a set by Paola Kudaki. [Purple Diary]