>> It's no secret that Gucci creative director Frida Giannini likes Rome, where she grew up, and music from the likes of Prince, Madonna, and Franz Ferdinand. Those are two of the twelve things she tells Elle Decor's February/March 2011 issue (out Feb. 8) she can't live without . . . but what about some of the less obvious things she listed? Among them: the seaside ("When I want to escape, I take my German shepherd, Gunner IV, and go to my beach house in Sabaudia, an hour from Rome"); hot dogs in Central Park ("I can eat four at a time, with lots of ketchup"); Agent Provocateur lingerie ("I wear a lot of black, which can look severe. Lingerie lets me play with my secret side"); pilates ("I do it early in the morning; I feel less guilty for the rest of the day"); and pasta with fresh tomatoes ("Don't forget the basil. So good and so healthy").
Posts for January 24th 2011
>> Maison Martin Margiela took inspiration from Spring's bounty and created a bold bouquet of floral arrangements for its Spring 2011 couture collection. Color was the name of the game, with voluminous rosette-embellished dresses aplenty made out of cotton bandanas and Liberty fabric, and for the finale, came transparent evening gowns.
>> Contrary to popular opinion, Amy Astley says, she didn't work under Anna Wintour when she was editor at House & Garden (HG, as it was called then). In fact, she only met Wintour the day the magazine was shuttered: "So I get the call the day HG closed, would I go and see Anna, and I said sure, of course . . . and they were like, ‘Today, right now.’ And that’s how I learned how Vogue operates — I was like, ‘Can I do it tomorrow? I have to get my outfit together!’ And HR was like, ‘No, she’s ready for you now, right now.’ So I toddled up there in my little Agnes B. T-shirt and my brand new Chanel ballet slippers that cost, like, a week’s salary." She was hired as beauty associate at Vogue and promoted soon after to beauty director: "I stayed at Vogue for nine years — I did four test issues of Teen Vogue, I edited Index — and I didn’t think Conde Nast was going to launch Teen Vogue, so I got pregnant for the second time, and Anna and Mr. [Si] Newhouse called me in. I was nine days away from giving birth — I was so fat. I had gained, like, forty pounds . . . I was huge! And they said, ‘We’re going to launch Teen Vogue, and we want you to edit it.’ I literally gave birth to my second child Ingrid as the magazine was being launched, so she and it are the same age — eight. I was 35 at the time." [Into The Gloss]
>> Pre-Fall 2011 collections from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Chanel, and Preen all showed off a selection of exotic prints. If you're anxious to get a jump on the look now, peep our two ensembles — featuring one bohemian and one polished outfit.
Bohemian Layers, left to right: Clemens en August Turtleneck Sweater ($139, originally $555), Lotta Stensson Nairobi Printed Silk Top ($355), Topshop Skinny Belt ($32), Madewell Rocker Jeans ($110), Yves Saint Laurent Clutch ($669), Topshop Navy Loafers ($128), Lee Angel Bracelet Set ($100)
Polished Chic, left to right: Dries Van Noten Candy Silk Blouse ($499, originally $715), Valentino Cropped Wool Coat ($3,290), Alexander Wang Skinny Trousers ($193, originally $385), Erickson Beamon Swarovski Crystal Tulle Necklace ($287, originally $955), Lauren Wolf Jewelry Triple Pyramid Stud Ring ($125), Mulberry Sofia Tote ($750), Kors Michael Kors Suede Booties ($199, originally ($295)
>> It's been almost a year since Balenciaga banned Carine Roitfeld and the entire Vogue Paris team from attending its shows and pulled advertising from the magazine — reportedly over some issues related to Balenciaga's samples — but it seems that Roitfeld and Nicolas Ghesquiere may have reconciled. They were spotted having drinks at L'Hotel together last Wednesday. [DFR]
>> The Armani Prive front row was well-stocked with Sophia Loren, Pedro Almodovar, Jodie Foster, and Olivia Wilde, but no Lady Gaga, despite her multimillion dollar partnership with Armani. That's not to say her presence wasn't felt in the futuristic collection. Derek Blasberg Tweeted: "Armani couture has gone all Sci-Fi on me. Pierre Cardin-esque shapes, iridescent fabrics and flying saucers hats. Is that the Gaga effect?" And Cathy Horyn, too, Tweeted: "Did Lady Gaga influence Armani's super-future lines and curves in startling collection of synthetic/metallic shine and enamel-like color?"
- We saw LOVE's new cover with Kate Moss and Lea T. kissing last week; now the second cover, featuring Justin Bieber shot by Terry Richardson, has appeared [@THELOVEMAGAZINE]
- Andre Courreges and his wife and creative partner, Coqueline, have sold their company to two investors, Frederic Torloting and Jacques Bungert, who run the French division of advertising agency Young & Rubicam. Coqueline has been running the design house since Andre retired from fashion in the mid-'90s [WWD]
- After months of rumors, February's Vogue reports that Theory CEO and Rag & Bone investor Andrew Rosen is about to sign a deal with Proenza Schouler; and Meredith Melling Burke, not Candy Pratts Price, is reportedly overseeing Vogue.com [Fashionista]
- Yesterday during a DLD Conference panel, Natalie Massenet talked about her plans for Net-A-Porter Live, a platform on which Net-a-Porter customers will be able to see who’s online and what they put in their baskets in real time; “We want to start a conversation between them,” she explained [DLD Conference]
- Naomi Campbell is headed back to court this Thursday over a breach-of-contract lawsuit; the contract, which involved promoting a perfume called Cat Deluxe with Kisses, was signed 12 years ago [The Cut]
- Prada could make a final decision on their IPO by the end of the month [Bloomberg]
- Alejandro Ingelmo is aiming to introduce handbags and accessories into his collection for Spring 2012 [Fashionetc.]
- Anna Wintour, Steven Klein, Donna Karan, Daphne Guinness, Ingrid Sischy, Sandy Brant, and Vera Wang all attended the elaborate 21st birthday party Calvin Klein threw on Friday at Indochine for his boyfriend, Nick Gruber [NY Post]
- Tanner Hall, the film co-directed by Diane von Furstenberg's daughter Tatiana von Furstenberg and starring Rooney Mara, just scored a distribution deal and is expected to be released at the end of this year, around when Mara's upcoming film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, debuts [Deadline]
- Libertine is headed back to New York Fashion Week this February, minus a partner and with a new direction, says designer Johnson Hartig: "It’ll be different in that once Cindy [Greene] and I separated, I stopped using placement prints — I mean literal images — and it’s become more abstract. And there’s going to be a lot more color. I haven’t met a color I haven’t liked this season" [Fashionetc.]
>> Nine West, which previously collaborated with Vivienne Westwood, Thakoon, and Sophia Kokosalaki in 2006, is kicking off a new collaborative initiative, "Shoelaborations," which will involve working with up-and-coming designers, artists and musicians. First up? Sophie Theallet and Giles Deacon.
The Sophie Theallet for Nine West collection includes "fresh and feminine" shoes, accessories, and handbags, and hits stores May 1. “For the collection I designed my own stripe print, which you will see interpreted on a ballet flat, a raffia wedge and a double platform sandal. I also designed little straw bags with charms representing icons of France,” Theallet explained. Prices are expected to run $79 for flats up to $109 for the platform espadrille sandal.
Deacon's collection, meanwhile, is slated for Fall 2011. Nine West is already in talks for its 2012 partnerships, but declined to give any more details.
>> Emmanuelle Alt made her front row debut as Vogue Paris editor at Alexis Mabille's couture show this morning. Alt's name appears on top of the magazine's masthead starting with the April 2011 issue, which will feature Gisele Bundchen on the cover, photographed in St. Barts by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. However, it apparently won't be until the August 2011 issue that the magazine completely reflects Alt's new direction. [WWD]
>> John Galliano stuck to his staples for Spring 2011 Christian Dior couture — a retro silhouette, this time inspired by illustrator Rene Gruau, and perennial Dior face Karlie Kloss opening, introduced to the audience with a rotation of the set. Mario Testino, Stella Tennant, Lou Doillon, Pedro Almodovar, Patrick Demarchelier, and Azzedine Alaia were all front row to take in the show, and Galliano took his bow in a cropped black wig and red-striped black tuxedo pants. Backstage, Martha Streck Tweeted, the models — including Iekeliene Stange and Angela Lindvall, who both made appearances — had to pose for Demarchelier afterwards.