>> Heir to a Major French Fashion Design Throne: Alberto Marani? —Apparently word is floating around Paris that Alberto Marani, who assisted Gianfrano Ferre at Christian Dior in the '90s and currently consults for three of Carine Roitfeld's favored brands in addition to producing his own line, Marani, "is next in line [to design] for a major French house," according to Hint. "We're sworn to secrecy." [Hint]
Posts for March 16th 2010
>> The April 2010 issue of Vogue features a journal kept by Kim Noorda from January 2009 to January 2010 on her struggles with food. Kim was originally sent to the Vogue offices in January of last year after her agent identified her — at five foot ten, 110 pounds — as on the precipice of an eating disorder and a candidate for an intervention underwritten by the CFDA Health Initiative.
Noorda, who at the time said as a model, she had learned to eat "a little less," spent four subsequent weeks as part of an outpatient program at Renfrew Center in New York, which treats patients with eating disorders, because even her agents, who are typically painted as perpetually telling models to lose weight, wanted her to gain five pounds. At the start of the program, Noorda spoke to a nutritionist, who told her, as she recalls: "Five pounds is not that much, and probably no one would even see it. I told her that people in the fashion industry see every gram of fat." Eventually, she gained 15 pounds to weigh in at 125.
From left: Chloe and Gap spring 2010
Isabeli Fontana was photographed by Craig McDean for Gap's spring 2010 campaign. Karl Templer styled the knee-patched denim jeans and slightly lighter-wash button down in a vampy version of Chloe's denim-on-denim look for spring. Replace flat leather sandals with open toe stiletto booties and unbutton shirt to navel to achieve this more-revealing look for less.
>> At 9 pm on the final day of Paris Fashion Week last week, Azzedine Alaia gathered weary editors, buyers, and even Jessica Stam to his studio in the Marais for an impromptu Fall 2010 presentation, complete with drinks and dinner.
The latest issue of LOVE features an interview with Alaia in that same studio, in which one of the designer's longtime assistants tries to explain the Alaia design process: "As his assistants we have never been asked to collect any documentation or anything like that. It is just his hands, the girl, the fabric and the pins. And he does not draw either. There might be a couple of notes to remember how something is tied, but never a drawing of a silhouette. So we do not know where it comes from." Alaia chimes in: "Oui. Oui-oui-oui. There are no moodboards and none of that. I do not think about the clothes or about 'trends.' I just pick up the fabric and go to the girl and the ideas come." In addition to formulating his silhouettes, Alaia also does all of his pattern-cutting, leather work, embroidery, draping, pleating, and the invention of new fabrications himself.
Spring's western wear obsession started in Milan with D&G Dolce Gabbana's fringed mini skirts and ruffled-denim hotpants and continued through Paris with Chloe's
patchwork denim and Isabel Marant's tasseled Dana—unquestionably the summer boot of the season.
Act fast if you want in on this saloon-girl look. The camouflage Dana has already sold out, and there are only a few sizes left of the gray and black style pictured above at Net-a-Porter.
Kasia Struss poses on city rooftops for 25 magazine, photographed by David Vasiljevic.
Terry Richardson is in the hot seat, as a model accuses him of taking advantage of her at 19.
Chanel denies rumors that Alber Elbaz will replace Karl Lagerfeld.
Prada responds to discriminations complaints in Japan and "stresses that accusations regarding an alleged misconduct have no grounds."