>> Spring has officially sprung — and the chicest new pieces of the season are all right here. Click through to shop just-in pieces — from Robert Clergerie's jute espadrilles for Carven to Prabal Gurung's violet orchid-print shorts to Kelly Wearstler's rustic-cut turquoise studs, and more — right here.
Posts for April 4th 2012
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- Tom Ford, the man who keeps his new collections hidden from public view until they go on sale, will open an outlet store at the Woodbury Commons mall in Central Valley, NY. The store — projected to open July 15 — will be in good company; Balenciaga, Chanel, and Michael Kors all operate outlet stores there. [Lucky]
- Miranda Kerr's son Flynn has landed his first magazine cover at the tender age of 15 months. Flynn and Kerr smiled for the cover of Who, an Australian celebrity weekly that chose them both for its list of most beautiful people of 2012. [The Huffington Post]
- Over 100 workers at a Cambodian garment factory that reportedly makes Nike products fainted Wednesday after being exposed to harsh fumes from various chemicals in unventilated rooms. This isn't the first time this has happened in Cambodia — last August, nearly 300 workers at a different factory passed out due to poor ventilation. [The Cut]
- Add Bottega Veneta to the list of luxury fashion companies getting into the hotel business. The Italian firm recently designed a suite for the Park Hyatt hotel in Chicago. It's called the Lake Suite — because of its views of Lake Michigan —and its 1,400 square feet include one bedroom, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchenette. [Refinery 29]
Ambrosio announced the news on Facebook last night, posting a photo of herself on the beach with her hand on her baby bump.
"Because I already have a daughter I know what to expect with a girl, so having a boy means it's going to be surprising all over again," Ambrosio wrote. "My fiancé is so excited. Now he has company! He won't be in a house full of girls anymore!"
Sims, who like Ambrosio has walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, told the world about her happy news on Tuesday's episode of The Talk. "The only reason why I'm telling this is because we can't make a decision on the nursery," she said. "We are having a baby boy!"
>> If it's possible that anyone has forgotten the intricate, digitized floral prints that played a central role in Prabal Gurung's Spring 2012 collection, this campaign video will serve as a good reminder of their power.
The video moves quickly between shots of model Candace Swanepoel and a very pretty purple orchid, as if to blur the line between Gurung's creations and the flowers that inspired them. The 38-second clip only features one dress from the Spring collection, but the overall effect of the video is striking enough to make up for not seeing the rest of it.
>> Only seven of the scores of titles nominated for National Magazine Awards this year are dedicated to fashion. Many deserve wins, but because some are competing against each other, not all of them are going home with trophies.
Interview, the fashion and culture monthly founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, was nominated for the first time in 19 years. It's up against GQ for a general design award, and it's competing against both GQ and Vogue for a general photography award. Interview editorial director Fabien Baron told WWD, "I've never been the type for awards but it's great for the magazine and great for our staff."
W was nominated for the feature photography in its August 2011 cover story about Tilda Swinton, and so too was Vogue for its March photo story starring Amber Valletta (at left) called "Lady Be Good." Meanwhile, Glamour was nominated for the personal service award for its June feature story titled "The Secret That's Killing Four Women a Day." Esquire was nominated for its special section "Man at His Best," and its sister magazine Marie Claire was nominated for its public interest feature "The Big Business of Breast Cancer."
The National Magazine Awards will be presented in New York City on May 3, but for now take a look at some of the work that got these fashion magazines recognized.
>> After editing stints at Metro and French Elle, Karl Lagerfeld will be back in May with a guest-edited edition of France's Architectural Digest.
The issue promises an intimate view of Lagerfeld's apartment on the Quai Voltaire in Paris — his futuristic living room is on the cover — and also includes a feature on the late interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, as well as another on lap pools.
Lagerfeld says in his editor's letter that he approaches decorating his home the same way he dresses himself and his Chanel customers. "We are at the heart of a Russian doll: first the clothes, then the apartments and houses," he writes. "Even the streets and the cities are part of the evolution of our preferences and our taste."
The May issue of French Architectural Digest doesn't hit Parisian newsstands until April 13, but click through to preview a few images from the issue — plus, see pictures of Lagerfeld's Paris apartment from the April 2009 issue of Elle Decor Japan.
Left: Lagerfeld in his Paris Apartment; Elle Decor Japan 2009