>> Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Originally Considered Hiring Someone to Front Their Design Ventures —It's not unheard of for someone to lend their name and face to a brand actually designed by someone behind-the-scenes, but last night, Ashley Olsen revealed that at the start of their design ventures (The Row, Elizabeth & James) she and sister Mary-Kate considered doing the exact opposite to downplay their attachment: “We almost tried to find a front person for a while, so we could just kind of be behind it, but it’s worked out.” She also hinted that they would love to tackle home furnishings in the future. [The Cut]
Posts for May 14th 2010
>> Just a couple of weeks ago, Jefferson Hack told The Business of Fashion: “The old media model is a frozen moment in time; a monthly magazine, a seasonal trend — it’s over. Digital culture is a constant stream. Either you adapt to it, or you are a dinosaur and you will die.” He added: “This is a new era of digital beauty.”
In light of his recent comments — and in efforts to put his money where his mouth is — Hack's bi-annual Another announced via statement today that Charlotte Gainsbourg is the magazine's first "Digital Cover Star," in an effort to "transform the concept of the magazine cover star for the web."
Every month, a new "Digital Cover Star" is planned »
Fashion in 50 Seconds 5/14/10 Gisele Is Forbes Richest Supermodel, Gucci Launches Exclusive Custom-Made Designs For Celebrities
Gisele is Forbes richest supermodel.
Gucci launches Gucci Première to offer exclusive custom-made gowns, but has no plans to show a haute couture collection.
Zac Posen says "they understand my clothes" in Paris and may show there.
Bloggers call Daria Werbowy's new Interview spread racist.
Lagerfeld photographs Georgia May Jagger for Chanel Cruise Collection.
>> Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy Appearing on The Martha Stewart Show Next Week —Martha Stewart had a host of fashion figures on her show last month, and she's not stopping: next Thursday, May 20, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte will be featured as part of "The Siblings Show." According to the release, "Kate and Laura will be showcasing five of their couture creations and explaining the unique process of bringing their distant memories of Pasadena, California to life through their eccentric pieces."
Despite becoming Peta enemy number one during his first few seasons on Project Runway, Michael Kors has continued showing fur in his collections. His recent fall 2010 show was heavy on the luxe (including some seriously oversize coyote vests and fur-trimmed boots and handbags), while Kors's most recent winter fur showing includes sportier, more casual looks paired with cashmere sweatpants and tops (above).
>> Forbes just released their yearly list of top-earning models: Gisele Bundchen holds the top spot — which she's had for at least six years now — with $25 million in estimated earnings from June 2009 to June 2010.
In fact, there hasn't been a lot of movement in the list in the past year — for 2010, the top ten is exactly the same for the second year in a row, with the exception of Natalia Vodianova moving up from seventh position to tie Alessandra Ambrosio in sixth place. Same goes for earnings — not a lot of change: Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Doutzen Kroes, Natalia Vodianova, Daria Werbowy are all estimated to be pulling in the same amount this year as they did last year, with the rest of the top ten's earnings only going up or down by half a million. Miranda Kerr is the only exception — she gained the most year over year, earning $4 million this year versus $3 million last year.
>> Conde Nast Mulling a Move to Lower Manhattan? —Conde Nast, which has has been centered at 4 Times Square in Manhattan since 1999, is reportedly in talks about moving to 1 World Trade Center — what is planned to be the United States's tallest office tower (left) — in lower Manhattan when it is completed. The publisher of Vogue, W, Teen Vogue, and the like has been looking for a new home for as far back as 2007. When contacted for comment, the company's spokeswoman replied, “At this time we’ve got nothing to say.” [NYTimes]