>> Back at the end of October, Catherine McNeil's agency sent out pictures of her hair cropped and dyed black, but that look is nowhere to be seen on her latest cover turn, for Vogue Australia's February 2011 issue. McNeil is a cover favorite for the magazine — she last appeared on Vogue Australia's September 2010 cover — making this one her second in six months. [TFS]
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>> Christophe Lemaire, who shows his first Hermes collection in March, says that instead of channeling former Hermes designer Jean Paul Gaultier's runway extravaganzas, he expects to display his collections in a more intimate setting.
The decision reflects his vision for the brand as a whole, he tells WWD: “I think that it’s time to go back to a more honest vision of fashion, and that there is room for a simpler, more pared-down wardrobe that is better suited to everyday life. I have always campaigned to bring quality and, if possible, poetry to everyday life. You don’t change your wardrobe every six months. You build it up over time.”
He added that he is imaging his Hermes to be more in line with Martin Margiela's — who designed for Hermes between 1998 and 2003 — rather than Gaultier's: “I think I will be walking in the footsteps of Margiela more than Gaultier, even if I have a lot of respect for Jean Paul Gaultier and his virtuosity."
Lemaire, who left his position as Lacoste creative director to join Hermes, alluded to tensions with his previous management: “It’s as if the moment had finally arrived for me to show what I’m capable of. For various reasons, I have always lacked either the maturity or the means to develop my own brand, and at Lacoste, I was working under constraints that meant that, even though I think I did a good job, I was never able to unleash my full potential. So I hope to be able to do that at Hermès.” He continued: “I think I succeeded in projecting a certain vision of the brand [at Lacoste]. The problem with a brand is that if the designer has a vision and the management does not have the same vision, or does not understand that vision, then there is obviously a disconnect. So I think that is being addressed, but it was definitely an issue for me.”
>> Straight after the Chanel Pre-Fall 2011 presentation earlier this month, Karl Lagerfeld hopped on a private jet to Berlin to film a Volkswagen commercial. The resultant 30-second spot — which was directed by Johan Renck, who has done music videos for Madonna — broke just before Christmas in Germany and is now available online. Lagerfeld plays himself, musing aloud and photographing the cars. [Racked]
Lacoste's Spring 2011 Campaign Features Liya Kebede and Anja Rubik Wearing Polo Shirts Over Evening Dresses
>> Lacoste has ditched its five-year-old tagline, "Un Peu d'Air Sur Terre," for a new theme dubbed, "Unconventional Chic". "After five years it was time for a change," said Christophe Chenut, CEO of Lacoste SA. "The previous ads were very product-focused and we felt we needed a campaign that was an affirmation of the brand statement as a whole.” Instead of featuring a group of models like the brand has done in the past, the new campaign highlights individual shots of Liya Kebede, Anja Rubik, Jon Kortajarena, and Noah Mills wearing polo shirts over fancy evening gowns. “We’re showing that you can be chic in a different way, not just when you are dressed up for a party or for the office,” explained Chenut.
While most stick to wearing subdued hues in the Winter, this street-snapped cutie added a pop of pink to her cold weather outfit — cunningly cute. If you're equally loving her lool, replicate the same berry vibe with similar skinnies from Killah, Mentor black wedges, along with a warm wool coat from Clemens en August.
Left to right: Clemens en August Padded Wool Coat ($421, originally $1,685), Topshop Mink Roll Up Sleeve Button Yoke Shirt ($65), Preston & York Cashmere Knit Gloves ($22), Mentor Suede Chunky Zip Wedge Ankle Boot ($243, originally $347), Madewell Knit Circle Scarf ($35, originally $58), Killah Bleached Overdyed Colored Ankle Grazer Jeans ($45, originally $147)
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>> We love fast fashion as much as any other girl but when it comes to timeless basics, we don't mind paying a little extra. To kick off 2011 right, we gathered some of our favorite investment pieces for Spring 2011 and beyond, ranging from the perfect pair of white pants to must-have footwear. Peruse the slideshow for more pieces worthy of your hard-earned money.
There's no better way to greet 2011 than with a sweet kiss and sassy outfit. Whether you're hitting the town solo or hanging with the beau, this gorgeous Rag & Bone frock will leave the guys and gals smitten. Finish off the look with Alexander Wang Cecilia booties, a satin clutch, and red lips for maximum impact.
Left to right: Rag & Bone Carmel Silk Trapeze Dress ($370), NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24), Lulu Townsend Tutu Clutch ($30), Fallon Gold Stud Ring ($100), Charlotte Russe Black Bow Tie Choker Necklace ($9), Alexander Wang Cecilia Bootie ($575)
As exemplified by this unfussy street-snapped 'fit, a great outfit doesn't have to be complicated. Casual yet chic basics, like this camel wool blazer by Mango, speaks volumes without saying a lot. Complete the look with a Kova & T chambray shirt, basic white tee, Current/Elliott jeans, and boots by Rag & Bone. Simplicity at its best.
Left to right: Mango Oversized Wool Mix Blazer ($97, originally $136), Forever 21 Hammered Detail Ring ($4), Kova & T Chambray Sshirt ($68, originally $225), Current/Elliott Skinny Jeans ($210), Rag & Bone Boots ($450), ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag ($28), Swatch Chronograph Watch ($150)
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>> Wishing all the best to you and yours!