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Posts for June 2010
Frenzy over the World Cup hasn't escaped the fashion world, and our favorite soccer-inspired editorial comes from V magazine's "The Sexy Body Issue." Photographed by Sebastian Faena, Alessandra Ambrosio, Eniko Mihalik, Maryna Linchuk, Dree Hemingway, and Constance Jablonski appear in a 12-page spread inspired by Argentine footballers' wives. The layout is not unlike a South American celebrity gossip mag with photos of a breast-feeding Maryna and Dree in head to toe leopard print complete with sensational headlines like "Scandal! Girls Banned From Smoking!"
V magazine issue #66 also features the 50 hottest bodies in the world, and will be on newsstands July 8.
Source: Sebastian Faena/V Magazine
Yves Saint Laurent Celebrates Revival of Opium With Alexa Chung, Alexandra Richards, and Maggie Gyllenhaal
YSL celebrated the launch of its new fragrance, Belle d'Opium, with a launch party in New York that brought out Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Olsen, and Alexa Chung (who was on spinning duty along with Alexandra Richards). Celebrating the modern rendition of the original 1977 fragrance, the event featured a performance by French actress Melanie Thierry (who appears in the fragrance's TV spot) with atomizers spritzing the new scent into an IMAX-style theater stage. The very modern launch was complete with iPads available for guests to post comments on the Belle d'Opium's webpage. Photographer Mark "The Cobrasnake" Hunter was the evening's official photographer, snapping candid images that are now on the YSL Facebook page.
>> Tom Florio, according to insiders, was almost out of a job at Conde Nast late last year, but yesterday, he decided to leave on his own terms and the parting seems to be amicable.
Florio, who leaves Conde Nast as SVP and publishing director, overseeing Vogue, Teen Vogue, Bon Appetit, and Conde Nast Traveler, at the end of this month after 25 years, told WWD: “I’m just in a position to do something else. It could be in TV; it could be on many platforms. It also could be that I will be working closely with Condé Nast. We’ll see.”
Florio reportedly wants to run his own show and met with executives at IMG shortly after yesterday's announcement; an announcement in the entertainment world is said to be forthcoming.
>> Stella McCartney Rumored to be Pregnant —Stella McCartney, who is herself one of four children, is reportedly pregnant with her fourth child, due later this year; her spokesman declined comment on the matter. McCartney, 38, and her husband, Alasdhair Willis, already have two sons, Miller, 5, and Beckett, 2, and daughter, Bailey, 3, and in February, McCartney said, "I'm kind of interested in having more children. Though right now I feel like I've only just stopped having them, so I'm ready to have a bit of a break first." [Daily Mail]
>> The last of the staffing upheaval came yesterday at W, according to the magazine's editor Stefano Tonchi, when market director Treena Lombardo and accessories and jewelry director Brooke Magnaghi were replaced by T alum Karla Martinez, who will fill both roles as fashion market director. “I think we should be set,” Tonchi told WWD.
It sounds like fashion director Alex White is staying on, and she's rumored to be shooting stories for the magazine's September issue, which will mark the first issue with Tonchi's full redesign.
Changes are already apparent in the magazine's July 2010 issue, however: White worked with Terry Richardson on a 17-shot editorial. Recently, two current and former W staffers confirmed to Jezebel that Richardson had not worked with W in a while; another individual claimed that the most recent instance was in the November 1996 issue. There was a rumor that the ban on Richardson's work was instituted after former W art director Dennis Freedman took offense to a photo by the photographer of a model with her head in an oven.
>> Giles Deacon Returning to London Fashion Week? —Giles Deacon, who moved his signature collection show from London to Paris for the past two seasons after winning the ANDAM Award, may be returning to London Fashion Week for Spring 2011. Hilary Alexander Tweets: "Giles Deacon may return to show his own collection at London fashion week in September as he shows his 1st collection for Ungaro in Paris." Deacon was named the new creative director for Emanuel Ungaro last month. [@HilaryAlexander]
Mark Fast, the London-based Canadian-born designer of skintight knitwear, is launching a collection for Topshop on June 25.
Inspired by his own spring 2009 collection, Fast created five looks for the high street retailer—four dresses (three in black and one lilac) and a skirt in pale pink. In signature Fast fashion, each knitwear look is intricate and skin-revealing, with some new detailing—the piece at left features rubberized beading, and the lilac dress has tiny moth-like holes.
Prices may seem high at $300 until one remembers Fast's similar-looking hand-knit main line can retail for as much as $3,500. For those looking for something more in the middle range, Faster by Mark Fast, the designer's luxury basics label, is also available for the first time this season.