>> Vogue's Sally Singer Emerging as Frontrunner for T Editorship —It sounds like it could be another month before the New York Times decides on or announces T's new editor, but the current likely successor is being pinpointed as Sally Singer, Vogue's fashion news and features director. Singer, who joined Vogue in 1999 from New York and is reportedly a finalist for the position, didn't respond to an email seeking comment. A Vogue spokesman said, “We are very pleased that Sally is here at Vogue, and we understand that she feels pleased to be here.” [WWD]
UPDATE: On the flipside, Grazia fashion features editor Melanie Rickey Tweets, "My source says Singer unlikely to leave US Vogue; she is 'major Vogue property' and possible [Anna Wintour] successor. T apparently less money too.." [@fashedatlarge]
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Jenna Lyons, newly promoted to executive creative director at J.Crew, will be on The Oprah Show this Wednesday.
Fashion A-listers Kate Bosworth, Agyness Deyn, and Alexa Chung hit Coachella.
Uniqlo plans to open a Fifth Avenue flagship, the brand's second store in New York.
Press invitations to Pratt's "free and open to the public" lecture by Anna Wintour tonight were reneged Friday "due to the extraordinary response" for the event.
The volcanic eruptions in Iceland pushed back the grand opening of the Armani Hotel in Dubai.
>> It's not unusual for Carine Roitfeld to throw a celebrity cover into the Vogue Paris mix every once and a while, but most covers are still captured with models, and if a celebrity is featured, it's in a very fashion-forward way. Which is why the magazine's May 2010 issue, guest-edited by Penelope Cruz, seems an anomaly. There are three covers, the first with Cruz, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, and Gwyneth Paltrow, the second capturing Cruz with Bono, and the third showing Cruz with Streep — all featured are either wearing Armani for Project (Red) tees or Gap Product (Red) tees. In the last, Cruz has "(Red)" painted on her arm.
Already, the covers are eliciting reactions — The Cut writes, "This is a surprising, very Hollywood direction for a magazine that loves models so much." And a commenter on The Fashion Spot notes, "[This] is essentially a giant advert for Gap Product Red — they might as well have just used a reprint from the campaign if they were going to do this. The covers look like they're from a subpar issue of Vanity Fair." When Vanity Fair partnered with (Red) for their July 2007 issue — which Bono guest-edited, however, there was no mention of (Red) on the covers — only a red background.
Zac Posen took over NYC's New Yorker Hotel last night to celebrate his new Target collaboration with his nearest and dearest. From 8 to 11 PM, he played host to a variety of pretty young things like Selma Blair, Claire Danes, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as The Like entertained a crowd busy trying to get their hands on one of his creations. Once the clock struck 11, the space converted into a 24-hours-only pop-up shop where fans of Zac can get their hands on his limited-edition line before it goes on sale in stores on the 25th. Patient Zac fans waiting to get in evidently faced a blocks-long line, and the revelry was so intense Zac himself had to seek shelter in a stairwell.
>> First Look: Acne Paper #10 —Cult biannual magazine Acne Paper is back next month with its Spring 2010 Issue; for the tenth edition's cover, Daniel Jackson captured Rianne Ten Haken, Mirte Maas and Natasa Vojnovic in a classical portrait. No details yet on the issue's contents, but there's a few hints contained in the video of the magazine's printing in Milan posted today on Acne's Journal blog. [Models.com, Acne Journal]
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>> Fall 2010 campaign season is well under way — and although not all casts have been finalized, as is the case over at Miu Miu, many have, causing an influx of rumors and confirmations. On Wednesday, Karen Elson joined Christy Turlington and Natalia Vodianova on the Fall 2010 Louis Vuitton campaign set in New York, where Steven Meisel photographed and Karl Templer styled. Meisel also shot the Lanvin campaign this week in New York, with Alber Elbaz overseeing another trio: Anja Rubik, Magdelena Frackowiak and Mariacarla Boscono.
Givenchy, too, is rumored to be going with a trio of female models — Ming Xi, Joan Smalls, and Mariacarla Boscono — joined by a few male models in front of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott's lens. But the trio trend breaks there — word going around is that Meisel captured 12 girls for Balenciaga, including Finnish newcomer Kirsi Pyrhonen, and Roberto Cavalli is going solo with Gisele Bundchen shot by Mert and Marcus.
Liu Wen, Constance Jablonski
"Estée Lauder has always searched for global beauties that define a generation. Constance and Liu Wen are the beauties of our time. Both models have quickly captured the attention of the fashion and beauty world," said Aerin Lauder, senior vice president and creative director of Estée Lauder. Joining Elizabeth Hurley, Hilary Rhoda, Liya Kebede, and Carolyn Murphy, Jablonski and Wen are the first models from France and China, respectively, to sign on as faces of Estée Lauder.
CK Calvin Klein spring 2010 advertising campaign
From left: Carine Roitfeld, Ralph and Ricky Lauren, Abbey Lee Kershaw
Ralph Lauren concluded his Parisian holiday last night at the home of Charles Rivkin, US ambassador to France, for an event congratulating Lauren on being decorated as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by President Nicolas Sarkozy. The evening before, guests including Carine Roitfeld, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Du Juan, Abbey Lee Kershaw, and Elisa Sednaoui (who was on her way to Saint-Tropez to film with Lagerfeld for his Chanel cruise collection) celebrated the opening of Ralph Lauren's Boulevard Saint-Germain store—his largest in Europe—with a black-tie dinner.
Alber Elbaz attended the Ralph Lauren store opening in Paris Wednesday evening after a 24-hour trip to New York to shoot his fall campaign for Lanvin. Steven Meisel photographed Anja Rubik, Magdalena Frackowiak, and Mariacarla Boscono for the fall ad images, replacing Jamie Bochert who was shot (also by Meisel) running through a New York studio in the current campaign.