>> The first peeks at Stefano Tonchi's stamp on W will come with the magazine's July issue, and a full redesign is planned for the September issue, but it's the August issue that will provide the first look at a Tonchi-overseen W cover: he's reportedly gone with Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall (costars in Ben Affleck's upcoming crime drama The Town)
It's not unheard of to have a couple cover at W — see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or, more recently, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston — but the Hamm-Hall duo is shorter on mass appeal than past W cover choices — an interesting decision for a W that's said to have a more general-interest lifestyle directive under Tonchi. Also interesting: Hall was just featured on the cover of T last August, when Tonchi was editor of that magazine.
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Alexa Chung hosted the Louis Vuitton store opening in London today with Gwyneth Paltrow, Elle Macpherson, Kirsten Dunst, Thandie Newton, and Alice Dellal in attendance. The Bond Street space, which officially opens this Friday, is the second-largest Louis Vuitton unit after the Champs-Elysées. The 17,000-square-foot store houses all things Vuitton—from crocodile-covered caviar sets and vintage trunks to the Cosmic Blossom collection of flip-flops. (To celebrate the opening, the store will also offer a limited edition line of scarves created by the late Stephen Sprouse.) Architect Peter Marino was instructed to "play with art" by Yves Carcelle, Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, a theme that comes alive with sculptures from Takashi Murakami and Michael Landy and a VIP room that houses a Basquiat painting and a mirror by Jeff Koons.
>> Daphne Guinness Wears Rick Owens to the Gym —Daphne Guinness told the Times UK she doesn't understand why people want to look rich these days; when questioned about her habit of piling on the diamonds, she replied: “But half of them are paste. And no one can ever tell the difference. That’s the point.” Guinness, who works out "all the time," was then asked what she wears to the gym: “Not diamonds. Normal stuff. A Rick Owens white T-shirt and black leggings. I’m not high-maintenance. When I think my hair needs a bit of help, I just glue another bit on to my head.” [Times UK]
Last season's heavy sandals with grommets and studs are collecting dust in the back of our closets while we search for a more modern take on the summer flat. Chic, minimalist double-strap sandals to the rescue! The above styles (from Jil Sander, J.Crew, Chloe, and Christian Louboutin) are the perfect anti-gladiator look we need right now.
>> Two weeks after Claudia Schiffer gave birth to her third child, she has announced her new daughter's name: Cosima Violet Vaughn Drummond. Schiffer seems to have a thing for names that begin with C — her two older children, also by husband Matthew Vaughn (whose birth name is Matthew de Vere Drummond) are named Caspar Matthew de Vere Drummond and Clementine de Vere Drummond.
Speaking of babies, Karolina Kurkova — who home-delivered her first son, Tobin Jack, last October — and has been working more consistently post-pregnancy than she did in the months pre-pregnancy, told W: "I didn't gain much weight [during pregnancy] . . . I did take a few months off, to make sure we bonded and established a relationship as a family — not just me and the baby, but my husband, too. But now I'm back to work and it's actually busier than ever. I'm having more fun, and it's almost like I have a higher purpose now . . . But definitely, it's challenging. How do you balance being a working woman, a good mom and a wife? It's tough, but kind of exciting, too . . . I'm just really glad to be back to work, and I'm fortunate that sometimes when I have to go away for a few days, I can take my son. I want to incorporate him into my life as much as possible. And he's getting used to being in different places and around new people. I think he likes it!"
>> Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Replace Megan Fox in Transformers 3? —Late last week, Megan Fox's reps confirmed that she would not be returning for the Michael Bay-directed Transformers 3, unleashing a replacement guessing game. Now, word comes that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — who worked with Bay on a Victoria's Secret commercial he directed, which aired last holiday season — may have been offered the role. If true, the role would be her first stab at acting. [Sun UK]
>> Less than a year after Lindsay Lohan and Estrella Archs were brought on to design at Emanuel Ungaro, Giles Deacon has been signed to revamp the brand once again. Deacon plans to continue his own line and will show his first collection for Ungaro — likely in presentation format — during Paris Fashion Week in October, for the Spring 2011 season.
In fact, Deacon said that his first two shows for Ungaro will be off the catwalk, adding: "Nothing is set in stone yet, but I want to be able to get my head into it before considering a catwalk show. Plus, a presentation can be a much more interesting way to show — I can walk people through the designs and discuss the ideas with them. It makes it a much more personal experience."
Dree Hemingway shines in a Vogue Nippon beauty story with glowing skin and perfect plaits.
After a confusing season with Lindsay Lohan at the artistic helm (a decision over which then-designer Esteban Cortazar left the company) and having fired Estrella Archs (who was probably only hired because she agreed to work with Lohan), Emanuel Ungaro has finally decided to place a real designer in creative director position—Giles Deacon! Deacon, who will continue producing his namesake collection, will stage his first presentation for Ungaro during Paris fashion week this October and will forgo runway shows for the first two seasons.
“I obviously don’t want to infringe upon my own line, but I like things that are very feminine, lots of color, great prints, great quality, some unusual cuts. All of those things that I like in the world of fashion design I’m going to bring to what I feel is appropriate for the Ungaro woman,” Deacon said of designing for the house best represented by frills and fuchsia.
The 40-year-old British designer is not deterred by the revolving door of creatives that have passed through Ungaro since 2004. “Yes, I’m totally aware and respectful of the pressure but at the same time, I’ve run my own business for eight years and worked in lots of places,” Deacon said. “I think as soon as you start worrying and thinking about that too much, you’re not concentrating on doing good work, which is the most important thing.”
The ladies of Sex and the City walked the light blue carpet at Radio City Music Hall last night to celebrate the New York premiere of Sex and the City 2. Sarah Jessica Parker couldn't stop twirling in her neon yellow Valentino Haute Couture, Kristen Davis was equally bright in hot pink vintage Jean Desses, Kim Cattrall chose gold Naeem Khan, and Cynthia Nixon kept it chic in black Carolina Herrera. After the film, Parker and company headed over to Lincoln Center for a tented Middle Eastern-themed party where guests noshed on bite-size cupcakes from Crumbs. Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristen Davis both did wardrobe changes for the afterparty, the former into black lace Elie Saab and the latter into beaded vintage Balmain.