>> Last week, Google sent out invitations for an event a week from today described as "High Tech Fuses with High Fashion." It's teased: "While this is not strictly a press event, we definitely encourage you to mark your calendars. There will be some special surprise appearances – surely a party not to miss…" The company has been exploring how to become "more fashionable" for months now, and the event has left many wondering what exactly it is for. Now, we may have our answer, straight from Twitter: "Google is launching an ecommerce site with shop in shops by major designers." [@NoBtotheS]
Posts for November 11th 2010
The saying goes, birds of a feather flock together, and we're totally smitten with the two beautiful besties, seen above, snapped during Paris Fashion Week. Both looks are cute in their own way — one strikes a more '70s bohemian stance, while the other opted for a casual mix of dots and denim. Emulate one or both looks with our picks from Jerome Dreyfuss, Helmut Lang, Twenty8Twelve, and J.Crew.
Kick flare, top to bottom: Brown Wool Floppy Hat ($24), Delia's The Who Raglan Tee ($24), Tiffany's Heart Clasp Bracelet ($500), J.Crew Tweed Tatum Jacket ($250), Helmut Lang Staple Detail Pants ($345), UGG Australia Oliana Sandal ($65, originally $130), Jerome Dreyfuss Python Billy Bag ($2,700)
Sweet spots, top to bottom: Mini for Many Polka-dot Blouse ($39, originally $110), Twenty8Twelve Skinny Jeans ($86, originally $285), Line Knitwear Emma Suede Jacket ($198, originally $495), J.Crew Exhibitor Tote ($275, originally $375), Clarks Originals Westhay Suede Ankle Boots ($137)
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Karl Lagerfeld historically directs a short film to pair with his Pre-Fall Chanel collection shown in December, but after coming under fire for last year's short, which featured Freja Beha Erichsen in yellow face, there will be no film this year. Instead, the Pre-Fall 2011 collection — which has a Paris-Byzantium theme, in homage to Coco Chanel's penchant for Byzantine-style jewelry, and debuts Dec. 7 in Paris — will be complemented with a book of Lagerfeld's photos, some of which he snapped of 5th and 6th century mosaics last weekend in Ravenna, Italy. “I had no time to make a movie,” Lagerfeld explained. [WWD]
>> Keeping in line with the "optimistic and pure" outlook on his Spring 2011 namesake collection, Alexander Wang touted a predominantly light palette for his T line. Included in the lookbook are slouchy sweatpants, silk mid-calf skirts, ruched minis, and asymmetric maxis dipped in hazelnut, melon, sienna, and desert hues. This perfectly ruched batwing top and skirt combo is on the top of our list — peep the slideshow for 15 more cool looks.
>> First Target, now Ralph Lauren — outdoor light shows have become a thing for big brands. Last night, Ralph Lauren closed down blocks in both London and New York to celebrate a decade of RalphLauren.com.
David Lauren, SVP of advertising, marketing and corporate communication, who masterminded the project, wanted to create a special 4-D experience for the occasion — “a spectacle that seamlessly brings together fashion, architecture, music and fragrance." Together with the tech team behind Harry Potter, he created an eight-minute spectacle that involved projection on the flagship stores in both New York and London after dark, making it appear as though the stores were ripped apart, had disappeared, and more. “This is not just a game changer," David Lauren said. "It’s a life changer. It’s fashion changing film, architecture, technology. It’s an entire building turning into a stage set.” And the thousands-strong audiences who turned up to watch were also treated to liberal sprays of the new Big Pony fragrances.
Lauren declined to disclose the cost of the spectacle, but it's estimated to be more than six figures. A video of the show, above.
>> Victoria's Secret models are all over fashion editorials and campaigns these days — Models.com suspects Candice Swanepoel might be next to cross over — and no wonder, with 10 and Harper's Bazaar editor Sophia Neophitou as show stylist. As Neophitou told Style.com of casting the show: “It’s such an editorial level . . . We looked at girls we love to shoot editorially; that’s what great. I think there’s a perception before you get here of what will work. But the reality is, it’s about the girl, it’s about the woman, what she brings as a human being to it, rather than has she got a size 34C cup. No, it’s not about that at all. That’s what they’ve got the miracle bras for.”
Brazilians were heavily favored as usual this year, with Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart, Flavia Oliveira, Lais Ribeiro, Fabiana Semprebom, Emanuela de Paula, Gracie Carvalho, and Martha Streck all representing; 10 Brazilians out of the 33 total models. Check them out, plus Jessica Stam, Lily Donaldson, and more — at the show's after-party at Lavo last night.
Layering is a Winter necessity, and while it's colder than a polar bear's toe nails outside, you don't have to look like a overstuffed carnivore to keep cozy in the city. Check out our two ensembles — comprised of picks from A.L.C., Viktor & Rolf, Alexander Wang, and Yves Saint Laurent — for freeze-free inspiration.
Fresh fur, top to bottom: Maje Nadia Tweed Boyfriend Blazer ($147, originally $490), Vanessa Bruno Collared Fur Vest ($1,766), Bobi Light Weight Jersey Turtleneck ($35), Alexander Wang Ribbed Knit Trousers ($295), Viktor & Rolf Ankle Boots ($450), Givenchy Necklace ($1,290, originally $2,320), Yves Saint Laurent Borsa Roady Rock Bag ($2,364)
Urban eclectic, top to bottom: Warehouse Knitted Maxi Dress ($86), Sandro Malin Fair Isle Coat
($480), Kenneth Jay Lane Swarovski Earrings ($275), Prada Knit Nappa Tote ($4,650), Paul Smith Loop Scarf ($350), Nicholas Kirkwood Cut-out Booties ($973), Wolford Velvet Deluxe 66 Tights ($84)
Halston CEO Bonnie Takhar Reportedly Ousted by Board, Leaving Brand President Sarah Jessica Parker Upset
Sarah Jessica Parker, who joined the house in January, taking an equity stake and the role of president and chief creative officer, was reportedly upset after learning that the Halston board requested Takhar leave the company. A source told Page Six: "Sarah and Bonnie had a meeting on Friday in Halston's offices to discuss problems with the latest collection. Sarah has been a strong supporter of Bonnie for a very long time, and has been the sole voice supporting her against the board and shareholders. She has been fighting this for a very long time. She believed in Bonnie. She was emotional and upset because this finally came to a head."
Halston board member Harvey Weinstein, meanwhile, released a statement, "Sarah Jessica is a huge supporter of Bonnie's, but it was time to change direction. It was the rest of the board that made the decision. No one was more steadfast to Bonnie than Sarah Jessica."
Isabeli Fontana, Alessandra Ambrosio, Maryna Linchuk, and Izabel Goulart Shooting Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2011 Campaign
>> There's no rest for the weary: yesterday, Isabeli Fontana, Alessandra Ambrosio, Maryna Linchuk, and Izabel Goulart spent all day with Victoria's Secret, and today, they're shooting with Dolce & Gabbana for the brand's Spring 2011 campaign. The quartet represents a move back to models for Dolce & Gabbana, of which Madonna has been the face for the past year. [@stefanogabbana, @stefanogabbana, @stefanogabbana, @stefanogabbana]