>> Alessandra Facchinetti Has Been Busy on Vacation —There have been rumors that Alessandra Facchinetti is involved in Tom Ford's forthcoming womenswear line, and although she recently laughed off questions about what she's been working on (and gave no other hints), there is one thing she has been doing for sure: vacationing. She recently spent two weeks in New York, undergoing intensive ballet training (“I’ve always referenced ballet in my work,” she explained. “The fragility, the pale colors, the elegance.”), and is currently spending a few days holidaying in Paris, then Tuscany, then Sardinia. [Vogue]
Posts for August 16th 2010
>> Don't expect to see Michael Kors, who was creative director at Celine from 1999 to 2004, manning a French fashion house again soon. Although it was Paris where he and longtime boyfriend Lance LePere (who started working at Kors as an intern in 1990) fell in love, they shared meals at the Paris outpost of New York restaurant Joe Allen. “We could have quesadillas, they had cranberry juice,” Kors told New York. “I don’t know that either of us was really accepting the French lifestyle."
Once, as Kors tells it, he walked out of the Bristol Hotel in Paris and saw a girl in a plain pair of trousers, a turtleneck, and slingback shoes; he thought: "Finally, a Frenchwoman I can relate to." He realized when she got closer it was his American friend, Aerin Lauder. “I never cottoned to the idea of people having this intimidation about Europe,” he continues. “Women say, ‘I wish I was French! They know how to tie scarves!’ ” He rolls his eyes. “Do we have the history and sophistication of Europe? No. But as much as everyone can sit in Paris and die over the experimentation, everyone is dying to take off their uncomfortable shoes, and they’re all wearing casual separates. Sportswear! American designers! I do feel a little responsible to be a flag-waver not just for what I do but for what American fashion stands for. Comfortable is not a dirty word.”
Alber Elbaz declared leopard print the look for fall 2010 with a pre collection that piled on the dots and spots. Indeed he brought his animal prints out of the jungle and into the city with a mix of layered textured furs, leopard paired with gray flannel, and a few unforgettable head wraps. In stores now, act fast if you want in on the Lanvin leopard trench or chiffon sheath dress, as most sizes are nearly sold out.
>> Miranda Kerr Has an Upcoming Vogue Italia Cover — Steven Meisel recently worked with Miranda Kerr on the Prada Fall 2010 ad campaign, and it seems that he's taken a liking to her — he photographed her for two out of the three September 2010 Vogue editorials she appears in (below), and it sounds like they've worked together again since: she commented today on her official Facebook page: "I have a cover on the Italian Vogue coming up very soon.xxx." [Miranda Kerr Official Facebook]
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Leopard spots, snakeskin, and tiger stripes—designers took a walk on the wild side for pre-fall 2010. Animal prints showed up on bags, boots, scarves, and gloves (at Dolce & Gabbana and Emilio Pucci); metallic and sequined skinny trousers, one-shoulder dresses, and jumpsuits (at Stella McCartney); and head-to-toe looks (at Lanvin). Whether it's an accent accessory or a full-on statement, we're guessing spots will be a continued theme for fall 2010.
>> Jourdan Dunn has been slowly creeping back into the public eye since she had her son in December: a runway exclusive for Aquascutum in February, a charity catwalk show in March, a full body of work in the Victoria's Secret catalogue last month, and now, a reappearance in Vogue — the September issue (left) — in two editorials. She also has a beauty story in the upcoming Fall 2010 issue of i-D. But the big question is: will she be doing the runway circuit again next month?
>> Alessandra Ambrosio Bleaches Eyebrows for Love Cover —The first of eight Fall 2010 Love covers portrayed Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a pin-up — not far from her usual fare — but it's the second cover that takes another Victoria's Secret model for a 180-degree change. Katie Grand styled and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot Alessandra Ambrosio in the Givenchy look — complete with the bleached eyebrows Riccardo Tisci so favors. Models.com plans to reveal two more covers daily this week, and the magazine is on newsstands Aug. 23. A preview of the accompanying iPad application, with previews of the contents, below. [Love]