>> Freja Beha Erichsen hasn't been far from the top for a number of seasons now, but it really is "The Summer of Freja," as The Cut put it. She's scored Vogue Paris, Vogue UK, and i-D covers in the last couple of months, plus made a clean sweep of the Fall 2010 campaign game, appearing in Chanel, Valentino, and Tom Ford eyewear ads. Add to that the new Balenciaga campaign, just out (below), where she appears alongside Karen Elson (also fronting Louis Vuitton this season) and Stella Tennant (who is moonlighting for Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2010 as well), Meghan Collison, Eliza Cummings, Valerija Kelava, Mirte Maas, and Julija Stepanoviciute, all shot by Steven Meisel.
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>> Alber Elbaz Doesn't Believe in Pushy Salespeople —At the end of the week, Lanvin is opening its first Manhattan boutique at 815 Madison Ave; a Los Angeles outpost, too, is in the works. “My dream when I started at Lanvin was to create this kind of luxury supermarket,” Elbaz said of the store experience. “It would have everything you needed — T-shirts, bridal dresses, jeans, handbags, jewelry and shoes." As for his sales philosophy: “In Paris I said [to the associates], ‘Please don’t sell,The only thing I would love you to do is help the women look beautiful. The moment they look beautiful, they will buy.’” [WWD]
>> Courtney Love, who launched WhatCourtneyWoreToday.com last week, has been gifted many a designer dud over the years, but she's typically given it an unconventional welcome. She's set fire to some of it (“Marc [Jacobs] sent me and Kurt [Cobain] his Perry Ellis grunge collection . . . We burned it. We were punkers — we didn’t like that kind of thing.”); tried to take shears to some of it (“I went to whack [a floral, Empire-waist couture gown given to her by John Galliano in 1997] with scissors because it would be more useful that way . . . Somebody said to me, ‘You aren’t whacking s--t and this is why,’ and explained to me what couture was.") . . . and has even worked out in some of it ("I perform in Rick [Owens], I sleep in Rick and I jog in Rick. I have, like, eight pairs of his harem pants. I’ve been running in Rick Owens for years.")
Erin Wasson's x RVCA is reportedly kaput.
Christian Lacroix's new designer wants to do something for H&M or Target.
Costume National's Ennio Capasa launches more affordable EEQUAL line.
Dolce & Gabbana credit Beckham with revolutionizing menswear.
>> Diane von Furstenberg Loves Her Some Leopard Print —Last night, Diane von Furstenberg participated in a TimesTalks panel in New York alongside Fern Mallis, Prabal Gurung, and Norma Kamali, where she talked about the significance of her signature wrap dress — "To me, it's a dress that always reflects the beginning of your life. I mean, it's 'Oh, I wore that when I got my first job,' or 'Oh, I got laid.'" — and her obsession with a certain animal print: "Leopard print is completely timeless. It was hot in the thirties, in the forties, in the fifties, in the sixties, in the seventies — all the decades. Why? Because there's nothing more beautiful that the leopard, and the way the print moves on the skin and goes up and down. And when I did my first wrap dress, I did a leopard print. And by the way, I keep on doing it, and people keep on buying it. There's something about how the woman feels feline. It's kind of nice to feel feline." [The Cut]
>> CNN: Revealed, which has featured Carine Roitfeld, Liya Kebede, and Diane von Furstenberg in the past, focuses on Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana this month. The 30 minute video profile follows the designers through two seasons of menswear and captures them in between, relaxing at their home in Portofino.
Although the two haven't been romantically involved since 2005, they consistently stress throughout the video special how well they continue to complement each other. "I don't talk to anyone," Dolce quips, "And he talks to everybody." As longtime brand model David Gandy puts it: "[Stefano] sort of looks after the visuals and the branding, and Domenico is more in charge of styling and the shows. So they're very different. One has a very dry sense of humor and the other is more hands-on and in the limelight."
Dolce also mentions their humble beginnings: "We produced the first womenswear Dolce & Gabbana show alone. We organised it in one small studio, we didn't have money to pay the models so we asked all our friends to come. We didn't have money for shoes and bags so all the people used their personal accessories. For the curtain we attached the sheet I had bought for my house, but it was too short and beneath it you could see people's feet."
>> Anna Dello Russo to Conduct Twitter Q & A Tomorrow—Got any burning questions for Anna Dello Russo? Tomorrow, July 22 from 10 to 11 am EST, she will be fielding questions and doling out style advice on Yoox's Twitter account. Maybe she'll chat more about her style icon, Carine Roitfeld . . . or maybe she'll put those W rumors to rest once and for all.
>> Billabong announced that it was acquiring RVCA for an undisclosed amount last week, and now it sounds like Erin Wasson x RVCA wasn't part of the deal. Fashionista reports that Wasson's contract with RVCA has ended and was not renewed.
A source within the company says RVCA dropped Wasson's line because her team was difficult to work with. “Total chaos and the epitome of unorganized,” the source added. Whether Wasson's less-than-well-received Fall 2010 collection will be her last, or whether there will be one more could not be confirmed. Wasson's rep had "no comment" on the matter.
>> Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou Among 2010 Swiss Textile Nominees —American designers have won the 100,000 euro (approx. $130,000) Swiss Textile Award for the past two years running — Rodarte took home the award in 2008 and Alexander Wang won last year; could Jason Wu continue the monopoly? He, along with Mary Katrantzou, Damir Doma, Juun J, Adam Kimmel, and Duro Olowu, is a 2010 finalist for the award. The winner, determined by a judge panel which this year includes Harper's Bazaar's Glenda Bailey; the Financial Times's Vanessa Friedman, and Luisa Via Roma's Silvano Vangi, will be announced Nov. 4. [Sportswear International]
Fashion in 50 Seconds 7/20/10 Gilt Groupe to Sell CFDA Nominees' Swarovski Capsule Collection, Lady Gaga Films With Nick Knight
Swarovski-encrusted capsule collection created by the 2010 CFDA Award nominees will go on sale on Gilt Groupe.
Vogue photographer Nick Knight has enlisted the help of Lady Gaga and Lily Cole to launch SHOWstudio.com's latest film project, The Fashion Body.
Givenchy's transgender fall campaign model poses nude for French Vogue.
This Miu Miu dress landed three Summer covers.
After 55 years, Arnold Scaasi closes up shop.
Photos: Courtesy of Swarovski