>> Next season brings bags from Vena Cava, but for Spring 2011, it was all about the debut of the seriously-platformed wedge sandals Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai did in collaboration with LA boutique TenOverSix. In fact, according to the Vena Cava show notes, the entire collection was designed in Los Angeles, where both Buhai and Mayock are from. The designers cited "the 1980s design movement Memphis, which used bold geometric shapes, bright colors, and a health sense of humor to refute 'good taste' design," as inspiration, showing up in "colorblocking and geometric construction, mixed with a southern California ease and less rigid way of dressing." Hence the flowy skirts, loose halter dresses, and even a pair of overalls snuck in.
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>> Did Naomi Campbell Request a Vogue Cover in Exchange for Walking the Fashion's Night Out Fashion Show? —Naomi Campbell closed the Fashion's Night Out fashion show on Tuesday evening, and although her rep denies it, word is Campbell's team demanded she appear on an upcoming Vogue cover when the magazine reached out to have her participate. An IMG spokesperson said Naomi "was very happy to walk in the FNO Vogue show," however, and Anna Wintour released a statement addressing the matter: "Naomi was on time, professional and a joy to work with." [NY Post]
>> Spring 2011 may be the Spring of the white dress, judging by the shows so far. Within the first six looks at Rachel Comey, two airy white numbers — one with a built-in vest, the other a bustier and a handkerchief hem — kicked the trend off right.
Comey, who's expecting her first child in January, treated her audience — which included Steven Alan and Cathy Horyn — to a little Eastern-inspired live music (via an electric violin) and a parade of square-heeled shoes that are sure to abet the cult following that Comey's heels have already garnered. Comey's stylist Avena Gallagher explained of the Spring 2011 collection: "She's done the quirky girl thing, but this season's a bit more grown up." The look was Horyn-approved — after the show, she Tweeted: "Loved Rachel Comey's layered, pared down sundresses in prints that seemed to mix Americana and Chinese. Also the hankie hems, crisp whites."
>> It seems the Derek Blasberg and Style.com saga may have come to a close. After being accused of taking money from brands in exchange for posts, Blasberg (who was named editor-at-large at Style.com last December), saw his byline quietly drop off the Style.com blog roster. Although he's still listed as a "contributor," his last post for the site was in June, just before the accusations of misconduct (which Blasberg fiercely denies, and which Style.com has never confirmed).
Now comes a memo from the Hearst PR department that Blasberg — who is also editor-at-large at Harper's Bazaar — will be a permanent Fashion Week fixture on Bazaar.com. According to publicist Michael Volpatt, who handles Hearst Digital PR, "Blasberg takes site visitors front-row, backstage, and into the most exclusive Fashion Week parties, reporting daily on the trends, the faces, the hot spots, what everyone’s wearing and of course, the season's news-making fashion. This can be found right on the home page."
>> Baptiste Giabiconi was rumored to make his singing debut at the Chanel Soho store party in New York last night — Karl Lagerfeld is reportedly pushing him to be a pop star — but apparently he got cold feet. Instead, guests were treated to the redone store, cordoned off from the public by a LED display wall playing Chanel videos and brimming with editors (Sally Singer, Robbie Myers, Cecilia Dean, Amy Astley); models (Heidi Mount, Jessica Stam, Magdalena Frackowiak, Anja Rubik, Freja Beha Erichsen, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Erin Wasson, Shalom Harlow, Crystal Renn); and Chanel favorites like Poppy Delevigne, Caroline Sieber, Diane Kruger, Liv Tyler, Courtney Love, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Alexa Chung, who was DJing the party, asked last night if she could buy the new Chanel Les Khakis nail polish (which came out today), but she was told she had to wait until this morning to pick it up. And before Lagerfeld arrived, publicists scraped graffiti stickers, posters, and fliers off the scaffolding by the red carpet. They even had box cutters to scrape off tape and remnants. But that wasn't the only prep done in anticipation of Lagerfeld's arrival: The Daily reports from sources working in the building that houses the Soho boutique that Lagerfeld also demanded his own private bathroom to use during the party, and thus, one was built.
Waiters stood by holding trays of Chanel-logoed spray paint cans which could be used to tag a LED wall near the store's entrance, and the gift bag held a silk scarf printed with a polar bear among camellias. Lagerfeld also took the opportunity to show off his new discovery, 19-year-old French singer Izia, who took the stage at the party (thus intimidating Giabiconi).
Smart layering can make your Fall transition an easy one with maxi dresses, leather jackets, and a few carefully-selected accessories. A maxi dress, like this Forever 21 striped number, can keep you streamlined and cool under the sun, while a thin leather topper — we suggest this Juicy Couture ruffled creation — will provide extra warmth once the dark sets in. Finish off with some high-topped Chucks, spiked bangles, and a studded bag.
From left to right: Karen from WhereDidUGetThat, Forever 21 Stripe Maxi Dress ($20), Juicy Couture Ruffle Leather Jacket ($467), Mesh Bra ($28), Alex and Wire Bangle Set ($158), Converse Charcoal High-Top Sneakers ($45), Calvin Klein Delia Stud Bag ($40)
Photo courtesy of WhereDidUGetThat
>> Victoria Traina Consulting, Tweeting for Proenza Schouler —Vanessa Traina recently told Intermission of her sister: "Victoria is working with Proenza Schouler doing consulting for the capsule collection." But it appears Victoria is doing more for the brand than just that — she just joined Twitter with the handle @proenzaschouler, and sent off her first Tweet: "Hi! This is Victoria Traina. I’ll be tweeting behind the scenes updates leading up to our Spring 2011 show on 9.15.10." [@proenzaschouler]
The Row Introduces Shoppable Videos, Rumored to Have Cassie Coane DJing the Spring 2011 Presentation
>> Speaking of designers experimenting with technology, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who are old pros at the fashion film, have launched a new one for The Row — with a twist. They enabled a video of their Fall 2010 show, shot backstage by KT Auleta, with click-to-buy technology, which essentially allows the viewer to tap the mouse on a clothing item featured in the video and purchase it from label's e-commerce store — see the video here. “A few years ago we created a short film to introduce our first holiday collection and it has close to a million views on YouTube," Ashley explained. "We like the fact that this new shoppable video allows the viewer to engage in the content as well as the product.”
It sounds like they're already making plans for a Spring 2011 video with the same idea; as for the intimate Spring 2011 presentation — one of the most elusive invites of New York Fashion Week — we hear they've requested Cassie Coane — one half of the Harley and Cassie duo — to DJ.
>> Ally Hilfiger Makes Foray into Styling; Tommy Hilfiger Reportedly Denies The Strokes Plus-Ones at After Party —The Strokes' friend group includes Kirsten Dunst, Drew Barrymore, and Agyness Deyn, but we hear Tommy Hilfiger has nixed the band's request to bring friends to the label's 25th anniversary after-party on Sept. 12, which they'll be playing. Instead, the New York band will perform at the Metropolitan Opera House to a packed fashion crowd — maybe Agyness gets a pass? — including Tommy's daughter Ally Hilfiger, who has a new project of her own: She's styling the Nary Manivong show on Friday, Sept. 10.
More Fashion's Night Out Events — See Michael Kors Crooning, DVF Going Tech, and Get a Portrait by Victor Demarchelier
>> Fashion's Night Out is tonight, Sept. 10, in New York, and if your plan of attack wasn't already peripatetic enough, get ready: our first installment of highlights for the night has an addendum. Check out the latest updates: Neil Patrick Harris has been announced the host of the CBS special, airing Sept. 14; more designers' whereabouts, and also, expect to see a bevy of Victoria's Secret models all across town — details below.