>> Model Update: Who's Walking, Who's Not —'90s Calvin Klein model Jenny Shimizu made a runway return, closing the John Bartlett runway on Wednesday — the designer told The Daily of Shimizu: "[She's] really a muse for me. She depicts the kind of woman that I'm dressing. It's no frills, no high heels, no beading, no ruffles." And Jessica Miller is also said to be coming back to the runway. Irina Lazareanu, meanwhile, should be in a couple of front rows, but she's not walking, save for the runway appearance she made for Fashion for Relief this evening. Ali Stephens, too, is only walking a few shows because she's "not the typical skinny — I have hips. I love my body but I’m not one of the girls willing to starve themselves for fashion, so I do what shows I can but I don’t, pressure myself to fit into the sample sizes." Stephens doesn't plan to go to Milan or London Fashion Weeks. [Style File, @nextmodelsnyc, Modelinia, @Modelinia, The Cut]
Posts for February 12th 2010
>> Now we know why Naomi Campbell was spotted going into the shuttered Alexander McQueen store the same day the designer's death was announced: she was pulling together a tribute for the finale of her Fashion For Relief runway show benefiting Haiti. A veiled Daphne Guinness in catsuit in heelless shoes came first, followed by Heidi Mount, Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Karen Elson, Angela Lindvall, Helena Christensen, and Naomi, all in Alexander McQueen — video here. Campbell walked backstage afterwards with tears in her eyes, holding Lindvall's hand.
On a lighter note, the season's first major model fall came at the same show, courtesy of Agyness Deyn, who toppled not once but twice in her Burberry heels. The audience cheered her on as she curtsied each time; she then took the shoes off on her way back down the runway. Afterwards, she Tweeted: "1st show of fashion week! Took a tumble! Got up! Fell again. Should have stayed down the 1st time. Twice! WTF! Ouch my knees!"
In between our hectic New York Fashion Week schedule, we've been spending perhaps too much time at the computer watching past Alexander McQueen shows to relive his most memorable runway moments. Sharing with you one of our favorites, above is a video of McQueen's fall 2006 collection— all Victorian crinolines, tailored herringbone, antler headdresses, and one mind-blowing Kate Moss hologram. As Sarah Mower wrote at the time, "the experience (was) a memory that will go down as one of fashion's all-time highs."
LnA presented a fall 2010 collection in the pent house of Milk Studios yesterday, luring guest with the promise of a Ryan Gosling-helmed DJ booth and grungy West Coast fashions. The fact that Gosling never showed up was besides the point, however, because Patti Smith promised a "surprise" set at the after party held in the same space hours later. An overly packed house watched as Smith dedicated her last song "Because the Night" to Alexander McQueen and told the crowd his death should be a reminder to "celebrate life."
The clothes (above)—a mix of slashed tees, long tube skirts, paneled leggings, and striped mini-dresses didn't scream buy-now like their burn-hole tops from spring did, but we must admit LnA can cut an affordable tee, and designers Ashley Jane Glasson, Lauren Alexander, and April Leight clearly know how to pack a house.