>> Shala Monroque, with her propensity for kitten-heeled shoes — "I don't have a high threshold for pain. I have to have comfortable shoes" — and madcap mixmastering has earned her quite a few fashion fans. "Ironically," she tells Harper's Bazaar, "some of the outfits that receive the most attention from the fashion crowd are the ones that are a little off."
31-year-old St. Lucian Monroque, who is Pop's editor at large (and Pop editor Dasha Zhukova's best friend), has lived in Manhattan for the past ten years, although she apparently spends less than six months a year in her Upper East Side residence — due to her jetsetting lifestyle.
Posts for August 23rd 2010
>> Are Ali Michael and Matthew Gray Gubler Dating? —Ali Michael and former model Matthew Gray Gubler (who stars on CBS's Criminal Minds and appeared in (500) Days of Summer) were snapped last Thursday exiting Urth Cafe in Los Angeles together (pictures at Fashin). That, coupled with the fact that they have been consistently Tweeting back and forth at each other since the end of July — including both talking about attending a mummy exhibit two days after they were photographed together — has caused speculation that they may be dating. Then again, they are both repped by DNA models, so it could also just be purely platonic. [Fashin, @GUBLERNATION, @alimichael]
>> Cathy Horyn traces the faltering house of Ungaro and the resignation of former Ungaro CEO Mounir Moufarrige (the man responsible for hiring Lindsay Lohan), in the latest T magazine.
Three designers left under Moufarrige's reign, starting with Peter Dundas; tension reportedly built between the two when Moufarrige interfered with the creative side, Horyn reports: "The stylist George Cortina, who worked at Ungaro with Dundas, said, 'It was the worst experience I can remember,' recalling a 2 am scene when he warned Moufarrige, whom he found rearranging Dundas’s show lineup, that he would be thrown out a window if he continued meddling."
>> Edun Announces 2009 Loss Going Into First Fashion Week Presentation — Edun's new creative director, Sharon Wauchob, is now not only saddled with the task of pulling the socially conscious label into more fashionable territory, but also bringing it into the green: the company has declared an $8.7 million dollar loss for 2009 (as compared to $4.6 million loss recorded in 2008). Wauchob shows her first collection for Ali Hewson's (left) LVMH-backed brand on Sept. 11 during New York Fashion Week — also marking the first time Edun is holding a runway presentation. [WWD]
>> The full Zac Posen wedding gown photo Coco Rocha posted on her blog last week has been quickly trumped by the two intimate wedding day films she posted over the weekend. "Once I saw these films I realized that though personal, they were too beautiful to keep to myself," she wrote. Set on a June day in a French castle — the Chateau Challain — and to music befit of an epic film, Rocha's wedding to James Conran is captured, complete with gown twirl shots and vow voiceovers.
>> Isabel Marant "Hates Famous Women" —Isabel Marant has been notoriously leery about selling her collection online, and it seems like she has reservations in a few other departments as well: "I'm quite anti-consumerist; It's difficult for me being a designer in an industry I don't like. When I design a collection I find myself thinking, 'Why do we need new clothes?' I never think about the fashion people . . . They are not my concern." She's also not feeling the "sexy" moment like most of the rest of fashion: "Big breasts and lips. No! I hate those girls. I hate famous women. My ideal woman is Serge Gainsbourg. Not that he was a woman." [TFS via Love]
This fall, tough leather looks are given the grown-up treatment with ladylike cuts and polished silhouettes. Here we introduce you to the new season's perfect leather essentials—a slim pencil skirt from Thomas Wylde, a heart-shaped shoulder bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs, and the ubiquitous leather bomber turned into a sleek blazer and cropped jacket from Balmain and Alice by Alice Temperley, respectively.
>> Rachel Zoe often collaborates with Harper's Bazaar — a Demi Moore shoot she worked on for the magazine was recently featured on The Rachel Zoe Project, and Zoe herself has a spread in the magazine's September 2010 issue.
Love's Fall issue, however, features a different, less celebrity-driven body of work from Zoe — who worked with the magazine for the first time. The black and white editorial spread, shot by Doug Inglish, depicts Ginta Lapina wearing a selection of boudoir-inspired clothes in a dark and sultry atmosphere. Ginta, who is a Fall 2010 face of Miu Miu, told Love that during that campaign's shoot, Madonna walked in to meet up with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for dinner, and ended up directing a video on set: "We were supposed to shoot a video, so Madonna said she wanted to direct it. They said she could do it but they weren't going to pay her and she started laughing. She put on her iPod and taught us moves and we shot the video for two hours."
>> Anna Wintour Owns an iPad —The fashion industry is infamous for having more than its fair share of Luddites — but that doesn't seem to include Anna Wintour. She owns an iPad, professes to read fashion blogs, and has an opinion on how the latter has affected magazine content: "Like any evolution in the industry, they force you to become better at what you do. Vogue’s in-depth articles and beautiful fashion stories, along with coverage of the arts within a fashion context, is not something that exists in the same way on blogs. They force us to dig deeper for stories, but we’re not competitors; we serve different markets." [OC]
>> Big brands seem determined to top last year's appearance by Courtney Love at Alexander Wang's gas station-housed Fashion Week after party, and Tommy Hilfiger has lured some big guns: The Strokes. We hear they'll appear at Hilfiger's bash following his 25th anniversary show at Lincoln Center, on Sunday, Sept. 12. Invitations haven't yet been dispatched, but the event already has a surefire guest: 17-year-old model Atlanta de Cadenet, the stepdaughter of Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, who makes her first Vogue appearance in the September 2010 issue.
Meanwhile, rumors have surfaced that Iggy Pop, who took the stage for Ray-Ban's Aviator relaunch in May, will perform at John Varvatos's annual party in his Bowery boutique (the former site of legendary Manhattan punk club CBGB).