>> Next week brings Paris couture and New York Fashion Week is not far behind, which means casting directors are gathering intel on as many fresh faces as possible. KCD casting director Michelle Lee — who's responsible for picking which models walk the coveted Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs runways — shared with LOVE her top choices for breakout stars of the Fall 2010 shows. Among them, models from the Dominican Republic to China, a few with previous runway experience, and a couple who even have a Topshop or BCBG campaign under their belt. Her choices, below.
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>> The Row Launches Website, E-Commerce to Come —The severe dearth of information related to The Row seems to be coming to a halt — in addition to staging their first runway presentation this upcoming New York Fashion Week, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen just launched a website for the line, TheRow.com, complete with lookbooks for Spring 2010 and Pre-Fall 2010 and backgrounds drawn from fabrics used in their collections. Coming up next? E-commerce, to coincide with the line's Fall 2010 delivery in late Summer. And the impetus for the sudden change? According to Ashley, "I have to admit we’re not that tech-savvy, but we’re constantly learning and discovering new things on the Web. I check Style.com to look at the collections and love to poke around some of the other fashion blogs to see what’s going on." [Style.com]
Did Rachel Zoe Try to Blacklist Former Styling Assistant Taylor Jacobson From Working With Major Fashion Houses?
>> Rachel Zoe and styling associate Taylor Jacobson parted ways back in November, but the situation hasn't quite been laid to rest. Fashion Week Daily writes that Zoe "began masterminding the blacklist campaign against her former assistant" after Jacobson gave notice, citing a "well-placed source" who divulged:
[Rachel] basically wasn’t happy about Taylor leaving on her own terms and felt like she should have fired Taylor herself. There were a lot of emails and calls that were placed to big houses with the intent of keeping Taylor away, which is ironic because Taylor did about 85 percent of the work in the company.
Zoe reportedly also tried to blacklist Taylor from her usual hair salon. Perhaps this is all fodder for the third season of The Rachel Zoe Project, which is supposed to cover Taylor's departure from the firm?
>> Gisele Bundchen Has First Post-Baby Shoot This Weekend —Gisele Bundchen may have skipped her usual turn on the Brazilian runways to stay in Boston with son Benjamin, but she's not totally forgoing her contract with the brand. This weekend, approximately seven and a half weeks after giving birth, she's said to be doing her first postpartum photoshoot with David Sims in Boston — for Colcci. [NY Post, @jcreportglobal]
>> Since Christophe Decarnin took over Balmain, it has become known for its sky-high prices as much as its spangled minidresses and pumped-up shoulders; currently, the brand's destroyed t-shirts are selling for $1,624, jackets from $5,333, and runway dresses can be up to $59,856.
But Balmain chairman and chief executive officer Alain Hivelin realizes that such prices leave out a plethora of potential customers, particularly in fast-growing markets like China and Southeast Asia — so he's quietly testing lower-priced possibilities. Already, a Mongolian cashmere range is selling in China, and soon, the brand will test out Blue Label — a clothing collection for Fall, priced 40 to 50 percent lower than the runway line — on the market.
>> Raquel Zimmermann, 30 Snakes the Faces of Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 —As the New York Times noted yesterday, a number of Spring 2010 ads feature models lying down on the job — among them, Georgia May Jagger for Versace, Monika "Jac" Jagaciak for Calvin Klein, Lara Stone for Louis Vuitton. Well, add one more to the mix: Nick Knight shot Raquel Zimmermann wrapped in more than 30 snakes for Alexander McQueen's Spring 2010 campaign — and you guessed it: she's lying down. [House of Models]
Natalia Vodianova's spring 2010 campaign for Etam is, of course, gorgeous.
Selima Salaun's Noho boutique hosts a Cutler and Gross pop-up shop through April with over 400 styles from the London-based eyewear label.
Sally Singer fetes Helmut Lang's Nicole and Michael Colovos at the Hotel Chelea in New York.
Annie Leibovitz poses in front of the camera for Louis Vuitton's latest core values campaign.
Louise Goldin is awarded the British Fashion Council's Fashion Forward prize for 2010.
Scarlett Johansson is back as the face of Mango.
Models.com talks male nudity in advertising, working with Nick Knight, and what makes models super with the genius photographer, Sølve Sundsbø.
Jonathan Saunders' latest collection for Topshop is available in stores today (and will be online this weekend). His gray, white, and black five piece lineup includes a denim pencil skirt and matching strapless bustier with graphic panels, a black body con dress with subtle a grid design, a sweatshirt, and an oversized white tee.
“My collection for Topshop this season has been inspired by sportswear and workwear, as well as the bold and graphic shapes of the Memphis movement. It’s perfect for urban city dewellers," says Saunders. Check out all the Topshop looks in the gallery below.
Jonathan Saunders will be showing his fall 2010 designer collection in London this February.