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Posts for March 2010
>> Baptiste Giabiconi Working on an Album? — Lagerfeld recently told W of muse Baptiste Giabiconi: "There is no other model in the business like him. [He's] perfect when dressed and stunning undressed." But what does Karl think about Baptiste's singing abilities? In response to a recent interview request, Baptiste's manager hinted that the model was working on an album: "Baptiste has a very busy schedule for the time being among the fashion shows [and] the preparation of his album . . . he has no time off for the next few months." [Beauty Confessional]
>> Dries van Noten took fashion show security to a new level today in Paris: everyone's bags had to be scanned, airport-style, before entering the show venue, which just so happened to be the Salle de Fetes (the mayor's party room), in Paris' historic City Hall.
Against the setting's gilded, painted ceiling and decadent hanging chandeliers, van Noten sent out an army of military green, leopard print, hand-painted silks, tops cut off and frayed at the shoulders, and hourglass-shaped coats to a Malcolm McLaren-curated soundtrack. "We started with '50s and '60s couture, the beautiful shapes, and also looked at other garments, menswear, military uniforms and mixed them together in a rebellious way," the designer said backstage. "You get the same elegance, but in a really different way." Jane Birkin, in jeans and faded Western shirt, and Jared Leto were both front row taking it in.
In V magazine's next issue, Canadian supermodel Daria Werbowy appears in a 10-page spread by Mario Testino inspired by Mexican actress Maria Felix and her collection of serpent and crocodile diamond necklaces from Cartier. A well-tanned Werbowy looks stunning in south of the border-style gigantic hats, smoking fat cigars and wearing armfuls of bangles.
For more from the sitting, click the gallery below. V magazine (issue #64) will be on newsstands tomorrow.
Source: Mario Testino/V magazine
All eyes on Paris. Women's Wear Daily goes into the studio (Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Isabel Marant, Dries Van Noten, Giles Deacon) to photograph designers as they apply the finishing touches to their collections.
ShopStyle and Revolve Clothing are giving away a Rebecca Minkoff handbag filled with covetable beauty products and accessories—Ray-Ban Wayfarers, House of Harlow jewelry, Love Quotes scarf, and Stila cosmetics.
Naomi Campbell will not be charged in the accused assault of her driver.
Ice cream? Perfume? The Daily is on the street asking, "What is a Coco Rocha"?
>> New York City police are on the hunt for Naomi Campbell after she assaulted her limo driver in Midtown this afternoon. They are considering whether to charge the model; her 27-year-old driver says she become angry with him while he was driving her around Manhattan, and she started to slap and punch him from the back seat of his Cadillac Escalade.
When the driver stopped the car at E. 58th Street and Second Avenue just after 3 pm and called 911, Campbell reportedly jumped out of the car and ran away; she was last seen exiting the scene. Police are canvassing the area and messages left with Campbell spokesman Jeff Raymond were not returned.
UPDATE: The driver, Miodrag Mejdina, has declined to press charges, though suffered bruising and swelling under an eye — he said that Campbell struck on the back of the head while he was driving, causing him to hit his head on the steering wheel. Mejdina had been hired to chaffeur Campbell's boyfriend, the still married Vladislav Doronin, a year ago, and Campbell had tried to call both men, but neither picked up their phone. She was mulling over the accident again yesterday, according to the driver, and accused Medjina for covering for Doronin before slapping him. Campbell's spokesman noted of the incident: “There shouldn’t be a rush to judgment. There is more to the story than meets the eye.” [NYDN, NY Times]
>> More Victoria's Secret Models to Walk at Giles —Victoria's Secret models have popped up at Givenchy, Balenciaga, and most recently Prada, but that's not the end — Giles Deacon is continuing the run by casting Karolina Kurkova, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulart, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in his show tomorrow along with Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Carmen Kass, and Angela Lindvall. Giles is showing at almost the same time as Gareth Pugh — they're scheduled just half an hour apart. [Vogue UK]
Confirmed: Brian Atwood Leaving Bally; Current Brand Owners Repositioning Label, Looking for More Fashion Investments
>> Those rumors last September of Brian Atwood stepping down from Bally have proven to be correct: the designer just presented his last collection for the label for Fall 2010 and is moving on to focus on his own label.
Atwood was hired in 2007 to revamp and revitalize the Swiss brand's image — but in April 2008, Bally was sold to Labelux Group, which has also recently purchased stakes in Derek Lam, Solange Azagury-Partride, and Zagliani, and it sounds like Atwood was asked to leave. It's rumored Labelux wants the brand more focused on its Swiss heritage, as exemplified by the Spring 2010 Bally ad campaign, featuring Christy Turlington against a background of Alps.
Lindsey Wixson's fashion week in photos by Gabrielle Revere for Life.com.
Kate Moss has signed on to star in a ballet film with Mikhail Baryshnikov that will be shown during a fund-raising event and as a gallery installation later this year.
Cathy Horyn calls Milan Fashion Week "an eternity of bad clothes crammed into four days." Adding that "six years after Tom Ford bowed out at Gucci, Italian fashion hasn’t recovered its magic and energy yet."
Meanwhile buyers at the Milan shows were pleased with "solid collections, easing up on sex and flash to focus on heritage values and investment pieces."
Coco Rocha announced her engagement to boyfriend James Conran.
Source: Gabrielle Revere for Life.com