>> Riccardo Tisci Has His Own Version of Audrey Hepburn at Givenchy —"When I see in the press what he does, there's no feeling of the house," Hubert de Givenchy told WWD of Riccardo Tisci in 2007. But Tisci says he and Givenchy have more in common than having designed for the same house: "We're both related to the art world, to celebrity, without being a celebrity. And it's a real relationship. I have what Hubert used to have Audrey [Hepburn]. Mariacarla [Boscono], Lea [T., his fit model], Marina [Abramovic], Courtney [Love], Antony [Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons] — they're my Audrey." [W]
Posts for August 2010
Marc Jacobs presented his take on the classic gray flannel three-piece suit during New York Fashion Week as did Michael Kors—both designed relaxed, slouchy variations on the Eighties working girl look. Alexander Wang took things further into the future with his midriff bearing jacket and thigh-high legwarmers. Over at 3.1 Phillip Lim the cropped jacket was collarless and the trousers high-waisted and loose-fitting. The silhouettes may vary, but the message is clear—the power suit is back.
>> Although the last Alexander McQueen collection touched by the designer's hands was shown in March for Fall 2010, it appears that the last dress he worked on was not shown as part of that collection, but rather made especially for his longtime friend and muse, model and socialite Annabelle Neilson. Although a search turned up no pictures of the occasion, Neilson did wear the dress — a silk charmeuse gown with a collar of silvered feathers — once, at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball in June.
>> Daphne Guinness: The Clothing Line? —Daphne Guinness is no stranger to customizing and commissioning her clothes and shoes, and now it sounds like she's started to move into designing clothes for herself. She recently wore a tight-fitting gray wool dress she designed to an interview with New York, and when prompted about whether she plans to do a line, it sounds like she's at least considering: "[I doesn’t know] if I want to get on that treadmill. I’ve got such a backlog of projects I want to do, and it is an undertaking.” [NYMag]
>> Is more restauranting in Ralph Lauren's future? He opened a 13,000-square-foot store on the Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris this past April, complete with his first European restaurant, Ralph's, which currently has a four-week wait to get a reservation. Not even Ralph himself can secure a reservation for friends, he tells Harper's Bazaar. "I read about 20 reviews, and they sound like my mother wrote them. It's sort of shocking, and in Paris of all places. Vera Wang called me — she was going to invite 10 people out to dinner — but even I couldn't get her in."
Or perhaps he'll move from restaurants to another revenue stream: "I love creating something and doing more things and coming up with a new concept. I love the challenge of new ideas. I like hitting different markets. I love the young market. I don't like designing dresses, but I like designing concepts, stores. I like to open restaurants. I think I'd probably like to do a hotel. I'd like to do a movie. I don't know if I'll ever do them all, but maybe a few."
>> 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]
>> 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]