>> Vogue Italia Partners with America's Next Top Model? —In the past, winners of America's Next Top Model have received a six-page spread in in the last couple of seasons, the show has been upping its fashion quotient. First came Andre Leon Talley's arrival as judge, and now the announcement that for the upcoming fifteenth cycle, the winner will score the cover of Vogue Italia — which undoubtedly means a chance in front of Steven Meisel's lens. [NY Post, @MichaelAusiello]
Posts for May 20th 2010
How does one celebrate a new fashion title editorship? With parties on two consecutive evenings, one in Paris and one in Milan, of course! Stefano Tonchi was indeed feted by designers in both fashion capitals during a two-evening event honoring his new position as editor of W magazine. Starting in Milan in the gardens of the Bulgari hotel with Angela Missoni, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, and Giambattista Valli in attendance, the party carried on to the Hotel D'Evreux the following evening where Tonchi lived it up with the Parisians—including Alber Elbaz, Victoire de Castellane, and Alexis Mabille. What, no London love?
Between the 1940s style silk shorts Marco Zanini showed on the runway for Rochas, and Lauren Santo Domingo's declaration that the miniskirt is dead, we're starting to get the picture. EBay's Annabel Tollman suggests searching for vintage lingerie tap shorts online, while we're hooked on the above styles from designers' spring collections. Our ultimate favorite? Rachel Comey's petal shorts in cobalt blue. And if these prices are out of your league, try Kate Moss for Topshop, which hit stores today.
These are not your grandma's furs. Zac Posen, who recently announced a desire to present his spring 2011 collection during Paris Fashion Week where "they understand the clothes," has released a new fur collection with Pologeorgis, a NYC-based manufacturer that also works with Chado Ralph Rucci and Chris Benz. Ever the showman, Posen's collection includes patchwork fox fur jackets and over-the-top, colorful coats dyed with blasts of lavender, red, and green.
Yes, we are huge fans of Edward Enninful's work with photographers like Steven Meisel and Craig McDean, but our favorite Enninful moment is a short scene during The September Issue when the superstar stylist claims (giant Jamba Juice in hand) he wants to kill himself after an upsetting meeting with Anna Wintour. Wintour had just responded to his latest work for the magazine by asking, "Where is the glamour? I mean, please, it's Vogue."
Despite (or because of) her sharp critiques, Enninful credits Wintour with introducing him to a lighter side of fashion. In a recent interview with One Management's Christopher Michael for Models.com, he says: "With Anna, I learned that fashion can be fun and it didn’t have to be dark, fashion could be all these things and still have an edge, and still be a business.”
The model-obsessed stylist, who has been working in the industry since his days at i-D in the late 1980s, also weighed in on fashion's current fixation on girls with curves: "I’m all up for healthy beautiful women, you know. Cindy, Naomi…they were 8’s, 10’s … They were amazing women, they were not stick thin insects. So, for me I hope this carries on and I know that most magazines are really happy that we now have just beautiful women. It’s definitely a step in the right direction."
>> The Victoria's Secret Angels aren't just scoring spots in high fashion runways and campaigns these days — they're also becoming ubiquitous on Summer magazine covers. Just look at the covers that have rolled out in the past two days: Miranda Kerr, who scored a Summer i-D cover, is also GQ's June 2010 cover girl, as photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin; Alessandra Ambrosio was captured by Inez and Vinoodh (and styled by Anna Dello Russo) for the July 2010 cover of Vogue Nippon; and Doutzen Kroes takes Vogue Russia's June 2010 cover honors, as lensed by Terry Richardson.
More from Vanessa Paradis's stint as guest editor of Madame Figaro, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld.
The Spice Girl's Union Jack dress and Elizabeth Hurley's safety pin Versace gown make a top 10 list of most iconic dresses of the past 50 years.
Nicholas Vreeland, grandson of Diana Vreeland, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and has been helping to coordinate the Dalai Lama's visits to New York since 1991. He called his late grandmother "Nonina," and when he first shaved his head in 1979 she said to him, "Oh, Nicky. How could you have done that to me?"
Banana Republic is launching a limited-edition jewelry collection, the brand's first, with Chan Lu.
Kirsten Dunst, Kim Cattrall, and Susan Sarandon will help unveil United Nude's New York flagship store tonight at 25 Bond Street.
Emily Blunt, the Armani family, and Karolina Kurkova (who has been shedding baby weight thanks to daily workouts with Tracy Anderson) celebrated Naomi Watts and her new film, Fair Game, with a cocktail party aboard Mr. Armani's yacht in Cannes yesterday. Giorgio Armani has a special interest in the movie since he provided Naomi Watts's character, a CIA agent, with her wardrobe. Click the gallery below to see photos from the party aboard Giorgio Armani's boat, Main.