Posts for September 2011
>> Smoking slippers are the new ballet flats. Retailers are reporting that the loafers — in all colors, price points, and styles — are in high demand this season. Not surprising that we've been spotting the Hugh Hefner-style loungers all throughout the fashion weeks. Street style favorite Giovanna Battaglia was spotted wearing a multicolored fleur de lis pair in New York (top left) as well as a plain black set in Milan while T magazine's Jane Herman trotted to the New York shows in tasseled patent ones (bottom left). And no wonder. This flat is super versatile — and it hits just the right note for Fall: a little preppy, a little garconne, and super comfortable to boot. Click through to browse some of the chicest styles around — from cap-toed Louboutins to gray leopard-print J.Crews — all here in the slideshow.
Photos: all Greg Kessler, except: top right, Christina Perez; bottom right, WireImage
>> Yesterday, The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman talked about how much revenue his blog was bringing in, and today, Man Repeller's Leandra Medine is doing the same.
Medine, who has trademarked "Man Repeller" and has a trademark pending on "Arm Party," says that she has earned over $10,000 in the past two months, since she joined the affiliate program Linkshare.
“My strategy was always take every day as it comes and do as much as you can," she explains. "I really never had any sort of strategy the way Jane Aldridge really doesn’t oversaturate herself and keeps exclusive and high end. I figured, I’m just going to take it as it comes, because Internet turnover is so quick. If it’s hot right now, it could very well mean that it sucks tomorrow."
Furthermore, she adds: “When I’m working with other brands, my first question is, ‘What am I doing for you?’ and ‘Do you want me to blog about it?’ Because, if it’s attached to the blog, I’ll charge two to three times the amount. It’s all about setting benchmarks: I did one gig in May where I styled mannequins and made $5,000. I decided that I’m no longer going to do styling gigs for $500 or $1,000 if I can hold onto my guns and get more. For Fashion’s Night Out, I had it in my head that I didn’t want to leave the night if I don’t have five figures in my pocket. I feel, I’m at the height of my popularity; I’ll probably never be so famous. So, I turned down 14 gigs, but instead did four gigs, and I surpassed what I wanted to.”
>> Welcome to Paris: Catherine Baba is back on her bike, Amanda Brooks is caught in front of the Eiffel Tower, and lace looks are out in full force — sheer or gilded. See 20 eye-catching looks from the first full day of shows in the slideshow.
>> Mugler seems to be quickly losing steam among the fashion crowd — a room full of smoke sent some guests outside until the show started, and many sounded disappointed when Lady Gaga only appeared on a video screen (clip below) singing: "I am a Mugler woman; don't f*ck with me. Don't f*ck with Mugler. Welcome to Paris; we are Paris." As the AP wrote, "Having a video of the world’s biggest star is simply not the same thing as seeing her strut her stuff on the catwalk, and the show fell flat even before it started."
Post-show, the Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley tweeted, "I have rarely seen so many pissed off people rush out of a fashion show. Mugler. No new trends there," later elaborating: "It was a melange of the trends of the past 15 years: Beige from 2010, articulated shoulders from 2009, gothic, asymmetrical cuts from Helmut Lang."
The AP wrote: "It increasingly feels like Formichetti and the brand’s ready-to-wear designer, Sebastien Peigne, are grasping at straws, trying to come up with an outrageous new look that can become the brands new identity instead of finding a way to update its historical legacy." While Style.com noted, "It's a narrow little cross section of the world that has the bod and the lifestyle for these clothes. But if Mugler's 169,538 (and counting) Facebook likes are any indication, plenty of other plugged-in people are paying attention. That's probably good enough for the Mugler owners for now."
>> Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of Dior, gave an update yesterday on the status of the label's designer search (Bill Gaytten, acting head of design, oversaw both the Spring 2012 Dior and John Galliano collections): "We will have news in the next few weeks."
He refused to suggest who it might be, but when Marc Jacobs's name was brought up, Toledano paused, then replied: "There is an old proverb, those who don't know, speak loudly. Those who know, stay silent." As for the company as a whole, Toledano says, "Business has been great," but declined to go into further detail.
A "source close to LVMH" recently told Vogue UK: "For Dior, it's a pretty tricky situation, as the three favourites really can't take the job. Haider Ackermann is said to be 'way too edgy' for Dior; Marc Jacobs wanted the job a lot, but LVMH wants him to stick with Vuitton; and Riccardo Tisci simply refused, saying that he was feeling more than comfortable with the job at Givenchy. So nobody's taking over so far."