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Posts for January 27th 2010
>> A year after Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli dropped their first Valentino couture collection — an ode to the archives — the designers have entirely switched direction. "We think that to keep a future in couture, it's necessary to bring a new customer who wants something cooler," Chiuri said backstage. Piccioli added, "We tried to make new strategies for going forward. To do that we have to experiment with new silhouettes . . . because we want to call the young girls. They can be new customers for couture because they want beauty, they want personalized things."
This injection of youth involved Alice Dellal walking the runway and sheer ribbon blindfolds created by Philip Treacy; the graphically colorful collection is already earning comparisons to Nicolas Ghesquiere's Balenciaga, with some terming it "Valenciaga." But Piccioli says the collection is "about a woman wandering in this beautiful Eden. It's a dream. Couture is a dream."
>> LOVE Covers Popping Up — Katie Grand loves her multiple covers, and with the third issue of LOVE debuting just over a week away, cover images have started to appear. Models.com confirmed that the Janeil Williams image below is a cover, and LOVE posted a similar image — also by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott — of Lara Stone on their blog today, which is likely a cover as well. LOVE is on stands Feb. 8, Dasha Zhukova's much-awaited second issue of POP is out in two weeks. [Models.com, LOVE, @thepop]
>> Noah Mills To Play Love Interest in Sex and the City 2 —There was Boyd Holbrook with a bit part in Milk, then Tom Ford cast Jon Kortajarena as Carlos in A Single Man, and now a third major male model is trying his hand at acting. Noah Mills, who has been the face for everyone from Michael Kors to Dolce & Gabbana to, coincidentally, Tom Ford, plays Nicky, the brother of Charlotte York's wedding planner Anthony. "He's a real New Yorker, a construction worker, blue-collar guy," Mills describes. "My first film experience is this role, so that was a little intimidating; they've worked together for so long." He has at least two scenes — a "speaking scene" and "a potentially more awkward scene," as Mills put it — the latter, a love scene with Kim Cattrall's Samantha. [Life & Style, Swide]
>> And then there was one. With Christian Lacroix off the couture schedule, Jean Paul Gaultier is the only French designer left creating couture for a major house. Braids melded into mohawks, couture cowboy boots, sombreros, palm frond clutches, gauchos . . . as Gaultier explained it: “I saw the Avatar and, like everyone, found it extraordinary. And from there I began thinking of nature and ecology, and the Latin American tropics; and from there it was not very far to Mexico.”
Pre-show, Anna Wintour's bodyguard almost knocked Carine Roitfeld over — the knocks just keep on coming — and to finish out the show, Mexican-raised Paris-based actress Arielle Dombasle serenaded the audience before joining Gaultier in his bow.
>> New York Fashion Week Tidbits: Rodarte, Alexander Wang Working with Nick Knight on Films, and more —Alexander Wang and Laura and Kate Mulleavy must have liked the video of Raquel Zimmermann writhing among snakes that Nick Knight produced for the backdrop of Alexander McQueen's Spring 2010 show: Knight is said to be working with both Wang and Rodarte on fashion films for their upcoming shows. Erin Wasson, meanwhile, is said to be inspired by Jimi Hendrix for her upcoming RVCA collection, and Cushnie et Ochs are collaborating with Albertus Swanepoel on hats for Fall 2010. [WWD, Nylon, W Magazine]
Nick Knight's current projects include videos for two New York fashion shows—Rodarte and Alexander Wang.
Escada looks to expend into cosmetics, menswear and a children's line to help turn a profit in 2011.
British high street retailer All Saints opened its first stand-alone U.S. stores in Miami and Los Angeles in 2009, and New York's Soho neighborhood is up next. Upon entering the 13,000 square-foot space on Broadway this spring, expect to find exposed brick walls, lots of ram skulls, vintage sewing machines, and a pretty perfect pair of sand-colored desert boots from the current collection. Images in the gallery below.