For its Pre-Fall 2012 covers, i-D Magazine asked Terry Richardson to photograph a group including Cara Delevingne, Kelly Mittendorf, and Charlotte Free. The issue is billed as a "celebration of what it means to be young today," and editors at i-D selected these three to represent the young people who will shape the future of the world. But the magazine notes that youth isn't an age — it's a state of mind. "Feeling youthful is finding joy and pleasure in everything you do, whatever your age," its editors write. Let's see who'll join the youthful models on the magazine's additional covers. For now, a glimpse at these bright young things in the gallery.
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- Supermodel Petra Nemcova and her fiancé, Jamie Belman, announced Wednesday that they will not get married. The couple were engaged last January and had planned to marry in June, and said in a statement that they will "remain close friends." [The Cut]
- Former Jimmy Choo CEO Joshua Schulman has been named president of Bergdorf Goodman. Schulman and its founder Tamara Mellon both left the British accessories brand last year when it was acquired by Labelux, which also owns Derek Lam and Solange Azagury-Partridge. Schulman's first day is May 7. [Fashion Etc.]
- Rumors that Stefano Pilati will be taking over Armani have resurfaced in the wake of his departure from Yves Saint Laurent. While Pilati has said that he hasn't "planned any move" yet, various sources have said recently that he's set to start working for Giorgio Armani in the near future and will take over creative direction of the house when Armani retires. [The Fashion Spot]
- Model Charlotte Free is the new face of Forever21. In the past, 18-year-old Free has walked and posed for Roksanda Ilincic and Marchesa, among others. [Stylelist]
>> Prabal Gurung had us at look number one — when Karlie Kloss stomped out in a brilliant red dress, sexy in its full party skirt and sleeve nonchalantly slipping off one shoulder. The designer says he was dually inspired by John Singer Sargent’s A Parisian Beggar Girl and Miss Havisham from Great Expectations for Fall 2011, but really, it was about a simple challenge: "Can I do undone? . . . After such a long time of tight, short dresses constantly, I thought that was something so chic.”
Gurung returned to his dressier roots after last season's more sportswear-driven stint — there were textures galore (furs, sequins, intricate appliques and the like, which made for some expensive-looking pieces). But that's not to say that the collection was uber feminine; in fact, with its black leather moto gloves and leather lashings around the waist, it forayed into edgier territory than Gurung has tried in the past. Pink hair streaks (which have also been spotted this week on stylist and WSJ contributor Lauren Goodman and the model Charlotte Free) finished off the look, and evidence that the designer's star keeps rising came in both the caliber of model cast (Kloss, who walked Gurung's show for the first time, Constance Jablonski, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen) and the number of editor-in-chiefs in the front row (including Robbie Myers, Emmanuelle Alt, and Anna Wintour, who was joined by Bee Shaffer).
>> The crowd was in a bit of a daze as the Richard Chai Love show got under way this morning at Lincoln Center, starting with strong suiting and flowing into looser maxi skirted looks finished off with socks peeping out of low, chunky-heeled ankle boots. The subdued feeling in the room was echoed by the collection's muted palette of greys, taupes, and moss greens; not until the model Charlotte Free — who, at 5'7", comes in a little shorter than your average catwalker — made her runway debut with her shock of pink hair did things really perk up. That's not to say that the pieces were ho-hum — a violet floral print-hemmed slip dress and paillette-ridden sheer tops ensured that they weren't. And Suvi Koponen bopped down the runway, closing in a near-perfect look of cozy sleeveless coat and long, flowing pleated maxi skirt.