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Posts for May 2012
Organizers for Fashion's Night Out have set the dates for the fourth annual edition of the global shopping party.
All 19 territories that have their own version of Vogue will observe Fashion's Night Out this year, meaning there will be events in 19 countries spanning three weeks. Below, a breakdown of which nations will join the party, and when:
- Sept. 6: Great Britain, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Mexico, Australia, and Korea
- Sept. 7: China, India, Germany, and Russia
- Sept. 8: Taiwan and Japan
- Sept. 10 and 12: Brazil
- Sept. 13: Portugal, Italy, Turkey, The Netherlands, and Mexico
- Sept. 18: Italy
- Sept. 20 and 25: Greece
In past years, Fashion's Night Out in the US has been celebrated in more than one city at a time, and this year some other countries will follow suit. Italy, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and Greece will all host parties in two or three style-obsessed cities — meaning there will be that many more opportunities to see fashion editors and industry folk doing things like this.
Photo: Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg on Fashion's Night Out in 2011.
Sasha Pivovarova today released the first picture of her pregnant self since announcing in December that she was expecting a child. The black-and-white photo was taken by her husband, Igor Vishnyakov, and features her topless — to show off her stomach — and wearing a floor-length skirt. Pivovarova, 26, is estimated to be eight or nine months pregnant and hasn't commented on when she will deliver or what the sex of the child will be.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Carey Mulligan will sell the gold-and-silver Prada dress she wore to Monday's Met Gala on eBay and will donate the proceeds from the sale to Oxfam America. The auction ends on May 19. Bidding started last night at $500. As of this post, the highest bid was $1,025. [The Cut]
- Vogue India will follow in the footsteps of its sister magazines in the United States, Italy, and the UK by establishing a Fashion Fund to support young designers. The magazine wants Indian talent to be able to compete with incoming established Western luxury brands. [Material World]
- Andrej Pejic was the only man to be cast in the Rosa Clara show during Barcelona's Bridal Week. Pejic has walked as many men's runways as women's runways and closed Jean Paul Gaultier's Summer 2011 couture show in a tiered wedding dress. [The Huffington Post]
- Menswear blogger Lawrence Schlossman says he and friend Kevin Burrows are responsible for the cult Tumblr F*ck Yeah Menswear. Schlossman and Burrows had been running the blog anonymously since October 2010 but stopped posting when they were offered a book deal last November. [The New York Observer]
- And finally, because it's Thursday, here's a picture of Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette playing with an iPad. [@KarlLagerfeld]
A pregnant Julia Restoin Roitfeld and a winking, smiling Agyness Deyn are among the cultural icons on the eight covers of i-D's Summer issue.
The "Lights, Camera, Action!"-themed issue, which hit newsstands today, features a treasure trove of stories about all of its cover subjects, including Dior artistic director Raf Simons and model Arizona Muse. The attention-getting covers also include Felicity Hayward, Andrej Pejic and Dree Hemingway, Léa Seydoux, and actor Andrew Garfield — who will star in this Summer's Spider-Man reboot. Take a look at all of the covers in the gallery.
Photos courtesy of i-D magazine.
Come cool weather, shoppers can expect to find all their favorite trends from the Fall 2012 runways at H&M. Boxy coats, colorblock bags, metallic-thread separates, and printed pants are fully represented, and there's even a heavy helping of bejeweled skirts, dresses, and accessories for extra (glittery) fun. Click through to see the entire offering — including men's — right here.
Photos Courtesy of H&M.
To which Wintour could only reply, "That movie was so last year." Watch all of the hilarity below.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Vidal Sassoon, often referred to as the "founder of hairdressing," was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Wednesday. Sassoon was 84. His death is attributed to an unspecified illness, but he has reportedly suffered from leukemia and was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2009. [The Huffington Post]
- Chanel announced that it has selected Brad Pitt to be the face of its iconic fragrance Chanel No. 5. Pitt is the first man to be selected for the position. He joins Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Audrey Tatou, and Marilyn Monroe on the list of the scent's ambassadors. [Chanel]
- Piperlime is opening its first brick-and-mortar store in New York's SoHo neighborhood. A spokesman for the Gap-owned retailer said, "The store will have a women's focus. We will have clothing and we'll be showing our disproportionate love of shoes and accessories." [Racked]
Photo: Vidal Sassoon at his induction as a Commander of the British Empire in 2009.
For those who would prefer to skip ahead to next season, Marni's Fall 2012 Foulard collection may be just the thing. The bold and quirky windowpane skirts, striped sweaters, grid dresses, and accessories — which this season also feature prints from Los Angeles-based illustrator Brian Rea — are now available for preorder online. Click through to peek some of the best pieces from the collection, and act fast — the preview sale ends May 25.
Mallis asked Ford about his entire life and career, allowing plenty of room for witty banter and revealing moments. Ford even mentioned that he's always wanted to have kids. "I think I'd better get busy soon, though, because I'd like to be able to pick them up," he joked. But between designing his next women's collection and the three films he has planned for the future, Ford is already plenty busy. Below, some of his most memorable quotes from the evening.
On getting dressed for school at age 7: "I didn't want to carry a book bag. I thought it looked messy. No, I had a nice little overcoat and I had a briefcase. And it was a real man's briefcase. And when you're 7 years old, a real man’s briefcase is like going to school with luggage."
On his first job with designer Cathy Hardwick: "Of course you would assume if someone is showing you a fashion portfolio that they studied fashion. I didn't. [Ford studied interior design and architecture at Parsons.] The first day she said, 'Draw some circle skirts.' And I'm like, 'Sh*t.' So I went to Bloomingdale's, flipped open the circle skirts, saw where all the seams were, ran back to the office, sketched some circle skirts, and put them on her desk. So I learned a lot on the job."
On feeling accomplished: "You never 'make it.' Especially in an industry where you have to churn out stuff. Things. You're never finished, and you're only as good as your last collection. I mean, in the last year, I've had a comeback, I've been finished, I've come back again. You can't rest. You cannot rest."
On designing Yves Saint Laurent: "Yves was very friendly at first. . . . As things started to go well and as things started to get good reviews and our sales started going up, Yves was no longer my friend. And I actually have some wonderful handwritten letters in very beautiful handwriting in ink: 'In 13 minutes you have destroyed what I worked 40 years to create.' . . . It was tough."
On his first movie, A Single Man: "I wasn't trying to create a big box office hit. I was trying to create something personal that I loved that I didn't compromise on, and it was a very different type of expression."
On that H&M rumor: "I keep reading that, and I find that amusing. I've never had a conversation with H&M. I'm really happy doing what I do. . . . What excites me now is the very best: the best stitching, the best fabric, the best quality. And unfortunately, or fortunately, that does tend to cost money."
Ford's advice to aspiring designers: "If there's anything else in the world you could be happy doing, do that. I'm serious. This is the hardest industry. . . . If you love it great. You'll have a wonderful life. But I don't think people realize how hard people work in fashion."
Photo: Chanel Iman with Tom Ford at the 2012 Met Gala.