>> 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.
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>> 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]
New York-based designer Rachel Antonoff's Holiday 2010 collection is all about cocktail party sophistication. Her look book, shot at the kayak pier on the Hudson River, shows off sculptural separates and frocks that will surely please her clients come winter. If you've seen Antonoff's previous look books, or her Fall 2009 video, then you know the kind of quirky-cool presentation that is her signature. Between her chic, modern designs and creative photographic escapades, there's nothing not to like.
Menswear-inspired clothing never goes out of style so stock up on the essentials. An oxford shirt, brogue shoe, boyfriend trouser, collegiate tote, houndstooth jacket and wool waistcoat are all classic menswear items. Mix and match them with more feminine elements or go for the full-on Annie Hall look. Either way, you'll look sophisticated and confident.
>> Amber Valletta becomes the latest in a list of models-turned-designers — including Elle Macpherson, Kate Moss, Liya Kebede, Erin Wasson — by collaborating with LA-based contemporary sportswear brand Monrow.
Amber Valletta for Monrow, which came about when she was introduced to Monrow's founding designers through mutual friends, covers thin layering tanks and tees, day dresses, a blazer, scarves, a cape, a smoking jacket, and a romper, which Valletta insisted upon because she "lives in them." The color palette runs through neutrals — navy, cream, black, gray, blush — with muted silver and gold, and the line, out in November, wholesales at $65 to $80, because, Amber says, “I’m not interested in making clothes that are not accessible.”
The idea initially came as a surprise to Valletta: “I never thought about designing at all. If anything, maybe I would have done some kind of a children’s line because I love shopping with my son.” But she's "already started working on next season."
>> Scott "The Sartoralist" Schuman has been racking up gigs — an ad campaign for Australia's SABA Denim, teaming with Adidas, not to mention that impending book — which he says "make it possible for me to go to fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, London, New York, Stockholm, Australia — but also to places like Peru, Laos, Tibet." But Schuman, who made a stop in Toronto last Wednesday before an undisclosed "commercial gig" for Burberry on Thursday, had some other wisdom to share with Canada's Globe and Mail.
It's all about the brand.
"When I had my showroom in New York, that's what I was telling guys like Peter Som and James Coviello: 'You have to build your brand' – and they didn't listen. I started The Sartorialist in 2005. By late 2006, I had a serious brand. A brand that meant something."
And his girlfriend, Garance Dore.
"I'm pretty good at the sex. And pretty good at picture taking. That's about it. Garance is pretty happy. And the hotel-room neighbours are pretty pissed. You can write that; that's totally fine with me."
>> Erin Wasson Showing Bigger for Spring 2010 at Barneys' Behest —Erin Wasson says that she's expanding from her typical informal Erin Wasson for RVCA presentation to the Bryant Park Tents for Spring 2010 because Barneys did so well with the collection that it asked her to expand; the forthcoming larger collection, inspired by her pit bull, Cream, and "sunset," will be in conjunction with her jewelry line, Low Luv. As for personal progress, she just bought a house in Austin, Texas, and is wearing a tiny diamond band on her ring finger, of which she will only say: "I have a lot of love in my life. That’s the important thing." [Times UK]