>> At 15, Lindsey Wixson Not Ready to Bare All —Lindsey Wixson, who is the current face of Miu Miu after being hand selected by Steven Meisel for a Vogue Italia shoot, asked for a bra to put under her see-through top on a recent W shoot. W points out: "A lot of other models wouldn't have done that." Wixson's response? "I'm 15 and even though I freaked a little, I know for a fact that my mom would freak ten times as much. I just couldn't be flashing everyone out there." [W]
Posts for February 2010
Deborah Ball's House of Versace Recounts Tales of Drug Addiction, Heavy Spending, and Even a Little Megalomania
>> Yesterday, Deborah Ball, Milan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal since 1997, published House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival, after conducting 220 interviews with the likes of Donatella Versace, her brother Santo Versace, Gianni Versace's partner Antonio D'Amico, Anna Wintour, Joe McKenna, Brana Wolf, and Francois Nars. In fact, the only person to decline Ball an interview was Allegra Beck Versace, who has never had a predilection for talking to press. House of Versace is the first book to chronicle the ups and downs of the Versace family in English, and it's also the first book written for which the Versaces granted help.
Ball touches on Donatella's long battle with drug addiction, the Versaces' heavy spending habits, Allegra's anorexia, why Gianni left his 50 percent stake in the company to Allegra, and more.
London Fashion Week goes digital with a new website hosting live streamed runway shows and fashion films.
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs are collaborating with Albertus Swanepoel on hats for their fall 2010 runway show on February 11. Get a sneak peek at a few pieces from the upcoming collection here.
Gucci has tapped into its archives and will uses images shot for the house in the Sixties of Veruschka and Peter Sellers for a new accessories campaign.
Marc Jacobs will live stream his fashion show on February 15 at 8pm EST.
American athletes at the Winter Olympic opening ceremonies will be wearing navy puffer jackets with red stripes, a chunky white sweater, and white pants by Ralph Lauren. The official gear will be available to consumers as limited-edition pieces.
The tracksuit gets tough, and perhaps even dangerous, with the latest Ashish collection for Topshop. Three pieces from the seven piece lineup—specifically the padded biker jacket, a jet black sweatshirt and matching tracksuit bottoms—are trimmed with seriously threatening 1.2 inch spiked studs. Equally not for the faint of heart are the accompanying Seventies-style brushed gold platforms. Ashish for Topshop is available online today.
There is nothing hippie or Seventies about spring's colorful tie-dye prints. Inspired by the worlds of surf and skate, the acid-hued, tie-dyed fabrics seen on the runway at Proenza Schouler were cut into sexy racerback tank dresses and micro minis. Who What Wear Daily recently took matters into their own hands by recreating a more affordable version of Proenza's technicolor silk knit sweater with this do-it-yourself project from Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This.
Hannah Holman appears in Alexander Wang's look book for T, two images of which were also used for Wang's first foray into advertising—a guerrilla marketing campaign posted throughout lower Manhattan. We pretty much live year-round in his classic muscle tees and are very happy to finally be able to shop the current collection of accessories and T online at the new AlexanderWang.com. Images from the current lineup in the gallery below.
“House of Versace, The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival” written by Deborah Bell is being released today.
Natalia Vodianova designs a piece of jewelry for De Beers, a full collection could follow.
Next September's Vogue-produced Fashion's Night Out might become a Bravo reality show or CBS special report.
Scarlett Johansson designs a handbag with Spanish retailer Mango—a portion of profits from which will be donated to Oxfam International in support of Haiti.
The 82nd annual Academy Award nominations were announced this morning.
We're officially in love with Robert Duffy and grateful for his new twitter obsession. The president of Marc Jacobs, who started tweeting in anticipation of launching e-commerce for the brand in August, has already asked followers for set ideas for fashion shows happening next week and sent messages from Jacobs, “Marc says hi! He loves that I’m doing this. He thinks I’ll be bored in two days. Let’s see.”
A photo Stella McCartney's late mother took of the family's pet dalmatian, Lucky, serves as backdrop to McCartney's spring ad campaign, which also features Natalia Vodianova. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, McCartney styled the images, saying they were "fashion meets reportage, mixing color, and black-and-white. A family animal with an outside atmosphere meets studio lights, camera, action!"
“I love the way it’s very graphic and soft at the same time, due to its double exposure,” said McCartney of her mother’s photo, which was taken in 1976.” About working with Mert and Marcus, McCartney told WWD: “I have known Marcus since I was a teenager and Mert from when they first met, but we never had the chance to work together. I wanted to capture their high-glamour approach over my mum’s low-maintenance way of working.”
The ads break in March titles fashion titles, Pop, V, and British, French, and Italian editions of Vogue.
John Galliano's daytime looks for Christian Dior pre-fall 2010 are equal parts women-in-combat and ladies-who-lunch. The former best expressed through military jackets, slick trenches, and WWII-style helmets, while the latter is represented by smart, fur-trimmed skirt suits with belted jackets. For evening, it was all about Hollywood film icons of the Forties—slip dresses with lingerie detailing paired with fur coats and draped gowns covered in sequins and feathers.