>> Miranda Kerr was in Paris shooting the Fall 2010 Jil Sander campaign when she found out she was pregnant. “I was wondering why I’d been so sick,” she told W. She has decided not to find out whether the child is a boy or girl — “we’re keeping it a surprise” — and adds: “For me, family is life. The decision to start one wasn’t complex at all." As for where her modeling career stands, Kerr says, “My career has been wonderful, but it’s not my life. I don’t feel pressure to get back to work.” Instead, she's dreaming of “a hammock, a vegetable patch, and a solar-powered house. And I hope to eventually get there.” [W]
Posts for November 9th 2010
>> We don't usually need an excuse to douse ourselves in jewels, but that said, the holidays are the perfect time to get decked out in your finest. After all, what is a great little black dress without fresh accompaniments? Check out our favorite jewelry finds — from an intricate stone necklaces to standout rings — in the slideshow.
>> The International Herald Tribune is hosting its 10th annual luxury conference in London, where Suzy Menkes grilled Karl Lagerfeld earlier today on his thoughts of himself, his fellow designers, and his legacy. A few highlights, below.
On who the real Karl Lagerfeld is: "I am a cocktail."
On designing: "I love my job. I have no idea of what it means to take yourself seriously. You have to be detached."
On ego: "People think I'm on an ego trip, but I'm not. I can get out of people what they want to express but can't."
On how he embraces the digital world: "If you are against 'digital' in the world of today, you are lost . . . I don't use computers so much — they do what your brain is meant to do. But they are beautiful."
On taking from the past to translate for the future: "if you want to revive something you can't do it with respect. That's the kiss of death . . . you can only build if you destroy . . . I have no archives, I keep nothing. Other people can do that for me. I like now."
On his longevity: "I never think of what's going on after me. I never think of what's next. I only think of the moment."
On the recent onslaught of Chanel films: "I don't like the movies about Coco Chanel."
>> Designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen paid ode to French femininity for their Elizabeth and James Spring 2011 collection, and we couldn't be more excited. Included in the newly released lookbook — full look here — are wispy bohemian-inspired dresses, silky print and wide-legged trousers, asymmetrical shorts, and statement coats. Our top 12 picks — including a glimpse at the new sunglasses line, priced from $155 to $265 — in the slideshow.
“I had been in a California store called TenOverSix about a year ago when I was home for Christmas, and I bought this amazing necklace," recalled J.Crew president Jenna Lyons. "I said, ‘I work at J.Crew, would it be OK if I got in touch with the designer?'"
Marissa Webb, J.Crew women's design director, visited the Lulu Frost studio and selected pieces from Salzer's archives as the collection's basis. The vintage pieces are mixed with elements like handmade chains and glass crystals to modernize their look. The collection will be available both in stores and online and ranges from about $75 for earrings to $175 for a necklace.
>> Natalia Vodianova recently quashed rampart rumors of divorce as "rubbish" and, instead, says she wants to "have at least two more babies" with husband Justin Portman. The couple currently have three children together, and Vodianova adds: "The most important thing to me is being a mother. Growing up, I never knew I was going to be famous, but I always knew I would be a good mother."
But currently, she's working on her acting — Vodianova was just recently cast in her first leading role, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, in Belle du Seigneur, based on Albert Cohen's best-selling 1968 French novel of the same name, in which she plays a married Swiss woman who has a love affair with a Jewish diplomat (Rhys Meyers) on the brink of World War II. She was snapped filming with Rhys Meyers — for the first time — earlier today in Camogli, Italy.
Pugh will create a collection specifically for the event — his spokesman said he recently visited Florence and had his eye on a central venue but hadn't yet decided on whether he'll show in runway or video format. This is a one-time thing for the designer — Pugh follows in the footsteps of Haider Ackermann, Giles Deacon, Diane von Furstenberg, Giambattista Valli, and Proenza Schouler and will continue to show during Paris Fashion Week.
Lapo Cianchi, communications and events director of Pitti Immagine, said Pugh's choice to stage a video presentation during Paris Fashion Week in October was part of the reason he was chosen to participate: "We have followed his work in London and Paris, seen his style evolve — from the Gothic atmospheres of the early days to today’s decidedly flamboyant effects — as well as the way he presents his collections: the video screened at the last Paris Fashion Week brought new energy to the discussion on the use of multimedia technologies in fashion. So we had all the right reasons for inviting Gareth Pugh to Florence and Pitti, where there is plenty of space for fashion experiments which can dialogue with the city’s unique historical and artistic venues. We are very happy that Gareth Pugh responded to our invitation with such enthusiasm."
>> The Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff Spring 2011 collection has left everyone in a tizzy and up until now, price points have been kept under wraps. Good news: not only is the line feminine but affordable, too — prices range from $99 for a pair of canvas oxfords to $149 for lace and leather high-tops. Peruse the slideshow for the complete collection — Antonoff herself declared a special liking to the Alice pair in navy and the Odette in red — plus price points for every style.
>> Doutzen Kroes married producer/DJ Sunnery James over the weekend in a small ceremony — 30 friends and family members — in her Dutch hometown of Eastermar. She wore a dress by Spanish designer Pronovias — more images of which can be seen here. On her wedding day Saturday, Doutzen Tweeted: "Today is a day to never forget! My girlfriends are the best!!!" The couple— who have been dating since August 2009 — and are expecting their first child, a boy, in January, plan to honeymoon on an island just north of Madagascar. A glimpse of Kroes on her wedding day at the two-minute mark in the video below. [Page Six, Huffington Post, @MissDK, Modelinia]