>> Just before the new year, models have headed to the beach in hordes — supermodels, in particular. Just this morning, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Bar Rafaeli were snapped in Cabo catching some sun together. And yesterday, Stephanie Seymour was spotted frolicking in the water with her family in St. Barts, while Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, her boyfriend Jason Statham, and Alessandra Ambrosio logged some yacht time in St. Barts last night. Kate Moss, for her part, has yet to hit the beach, but she was snapped at the airport yesterday with Jamie Hince and Lila Grace Hack — and she's rumored to have been headed to Thailand for her own beach holiday.
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>> Isabella Caro, who gained attention in 2007 for billboard ads showing her emaciated body above the words "No Anorexia," died on Nov. 17 at age 28, according to her acting teacher. Her boyfriend, Swiss singer Vincent Bigler, confirmed Caro's death, saying she spent about two weeks in hospital with acute respiratory disease.
Caro had suffered from anorexia since age 13; earlier this year, during an appearance on Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty, she spoke about how a designer told her in high school to lose 10 kilos (22 pounds) if she wanted to be successful, which caused her to stop eating. At the time of the 2007 billboard shoot — which she did because, she said, “I thought this could be a chance to use my suffering to get a message across, and finally put an image on what thinness represents and the danger it leads to — which is death” — she measured 5'4" and about 70 pounds. Earlier this year she self-reported her weight to be about 90 pounds.
>> To say Tomas Maier is a perfectionist is an understatement — The New Yorker just profiled him, and when writer John Colapinto went to visit the designer at Bottega Veneta's Milan headquarters, one of the PRs inspected Colapinto beforehand, picking off a "microscopic" piece of lint and commenting: "Oh, God. If that's there, he won't be able to think of anything else." In fact, Maier, who is now 53, dropped the "h" from his first name in his thirties, for symmetry's sake.
Maier refuses to live in Milan, "a city whose many design flaws he finds too frustrating to bear," Colapinto writes, so he spends a lot of time in airports between his home in Florida and the Bottega office in Milan. "I just sit there [at the airport] and look at people and I see what's the malfunction and how can we help that man," Maier says. "I pity him! That he makes his life so miserable — himself! — by carrying some ill-functioning bag that rips his jacket half off and gives him a bad shoulder ache at the end of the day. And it makes him look an idiot on top of everything."
Under Maier's guidance, Bottega — which was "weeks from bankruptcy" when he started, he says — has seen sales increase 800 percent in the past nine years. And part of that can be attributed to the Cabat bag Maier created — one of the label's top-selling items — which features no logos, no hardware, and no adornments, but carries a six-thousand dollar price tag. It's something of an anti-It It Bag.
"The It Bag is a totally marketed bullshit crap," Maier says. "You make a bag, you put all the components in it that you think could work, you send it out to a couple of celebrities, you get the paparazzi to shoot just when they walk out of their house. You sell that to the cheap tabloids, and you say in a magazine that there's a waiting list. And you run an ad campaign at the same time. I don't believe that's how you make something that's lasting — that becomes iconic as a design."
Maier sends the Cabat down the runway every year, unchanged, except for a difference in color or leather treatment. Only about 500 are made each season, which invariably sell out, and although Bergdorf Goodman and other luxury retailers have pleaded with Maier, he refuses to sell the Cabat bag anywhere but at Bottega Veneta stores.
When he first joined Bottega, Maier notified his bosses at Gucci Group (which owns the label), that in his first year designing for the brand, he would give no interviews and run no advertising. He also didn't want his name attached. "At that time in the nineties, lots of companies were called Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Dior by John Galliano — you know, everything had an endless name," he explains. He hates the idea of designer cult of personality — of Karl Lagerfeld, for instance, he says: "Who cares how thin he is? Hasn't he reached a point in life where he can relax."
He's also anti-materialism: "I'm not somebody who likes to possess. I'm not the person who has six hundred suits. I want to have two suits. Actually, I want to have one suit, and I replace it." He applies that feeling to how people should shop, insisting that Bottega's goods are not beyond the reach of the middle class, which has been trained to want too many things. "Anyone, he said, could afford one $550 hand-painted cashmere scarf," Colapinto writes. "'Just have less,'" he said."
This street-snapped cutie is showing off her love for sweater weather and we're feeling it. Her oversized striped knit sweater fends off the cold winds, while a black mini adds peeks from underneath. Conceptual wedge booties from Jeffrey Campbella and sweet pom beanie add the perfect finishing touch. Nab the same look with exact and similar picks from Topshop, Thakoon, Jeffrey Campbell, and Aldo.
Left to right: Forever 21 Chunky Knit Beanie ($7), Thakoon Draped Skirt ($150, originally $380), Aldo Knit Scarf ($22), Ice White Diamond Skull Pendant ($495), Gap White Socks ($6), Jeffrey Campbell Wedge Bandit Bootie ($155), Cheap Monday Knit Dress ($57, originally $95)
Photo courtesy of the lookbook.nu
>> After taking a year-long hiatus to study set design in Sydney, Myf Shepherd is back in the modeling game. "I was too young when I started," 19-year-old Shepherd recently told The Daily Telegraph. "I wasn't really ready for how competitive and everything the real world is, so I just needed to take some time to be a regular teenager. Modeling can be really stressful. You have to look after yourself."
A spread appearing in Vogue Australia's February 2011 issue is Shepherd's first job back at work, her Australian agency confirms: “Myf’s back modelling. She’s continuing on with her studies but she’s very excited to be based in Sydney now and modelling for top end magazines and securing some major Australian campaigns as well. She may go back for the [Spring 2011 Couture or Fall 2011] shows, although there are no plans at this stage. But things happen very quickly, there’s a slight chance she may."
So you made a last minute decision to paint the town red come New Year's Eve – but you have nothing to wear. Instead of hailing a cab to the nearest shop, take inspiration from our picks and create something amazing from your existing repertoire. Glamorize a pair of basic black skinny jeans with an elongating sequin top, like this one from 3.1 Phillip Lim, along with sexy black pumps and a standout necklace. Finish off with festive nail polish and loads of mascara for the ultimate worry-fee, yet funky ensemble.
Left to right: 3.1 Phillip Lim Sequin Shirt ($1,107), Cedes Necklace ($17), Topshop Moto Skinny Jeans ($80), Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara ($22), Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance Nail Polish ($18), Anthropologie Stroke of Midnight Pouch ($28), Schutz High Heel Suede Pumps ($214)