>> IN PRODUCTION —One of the prints Marc Jacobs used throughout his Louis Vuitton Resort 2009 collection features watercolor stripes in turquoise and pink wavering across white fabric — it kind of reminds me of Stefano Pilati's watercolor splatter print from the Resort 2009 Yves Saint Laurent collection. Supporter of the arts that he is, though, Marc employed fashion illustrator Tanya Ling to wave her magic brush, whipping up the print you see. [Style File]
»Iman recently booked a Vogue Paris gig [TI]
»A first look at Emanuela de Paula for Pirelli 2009 [Models.com]
»Hana Soukupova owns a Warhol painting [The Cut]
»Devi Kroell is launching a full ready-to-wear collection starting for Spring 2009 [WWD]
>> We had a look at just one shoe from the new Proenza Schouler and Giuseppe Zanotti collaboration before, but now a few more shots of their limited-run Resort 2009 collection have sprung up. The full collection will drop for Spring 2009, with more than 100 styles of ballet slippers, loafers, lace-up sandals, and heels. Just as a frame of reference, Guiseppe Zanotti also holds licenses for Roberto Cavalli and Balmain shoes.
»Nicole Kidman's July 2008 Vogue cover and editorial are up [Style.com]
»Daisy Lowe is rumored to be starring in The Hills: London [Fashionista]
»Naomi Campbell has a(nother) new man [The Sun]
»The designers behind Costello Tagliapietra want to be remembered as "jolly and portly" [The Fashion Informer]
»Kylie Bax is back [Models.com]
»Agyness Deyn: "The catwalk is second nature to me now: I’m walking down thinking 'I’ve got to pay that bill' and 'What am I gonna have for my tea?'" [thelondonpaper]
»Devon Aoki is doing a clothing line with Levi's [Chic Report]
»Anna Wintour has been bestowed with an OBE (Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to British journalism and British fashion in the US [WWD]
As a point of inspiration, Phillip Lim imagined the woman who might best wear his mid-season offerings. Frankly, the designer couldn't have been more candid, as he said she would be, "young with an old soul". We think this best describes the transformation we're seeing from Lim as the seasons pass. From his flirty days at Development to his current collections, Lim's aesthetic has grown increasingly mature. His first few collections out of the gates (those that had every twenty-something dropping hundreds--even if it meant eating Ramen noodles for a month) consisted of 'fun and flirty' belted frocks and guazy blouses and the young fashionistas rightly ate it up. A few seasons later things turned out a bit more menswear inspired, a bit more rock n' roll, and we can't help but wonder if this wasn't Lim's subtle (or subconscious) way of weening us off the flirt-factor. Now, starting with Spring 08 and ending with this most recent Resort collection, we feel like Lim has hit his stride and positioned himself exactly where he wanted to end up in the first place. Namely, dressing a wealthy, and more conservative, customer. Sure, she could be in her twenties, but she certainly isn't the sort who also wears Ella Moss and LaRok (and she was before). Now, that is, she's the sort who wears brands like Marni or YSL and when she drops cash on vacation gear, she's not going to have to eat Ramen for the next month.
»Daisy Lowe is rumored to be working on an album with boyf Mark Ronson [W Editor's Blog]
»Anna Wintour's an Obama girl [Page Six]
»Fabien Baron and Karl Templer shot an editorial for New York Times's T Magazine on May 30 that will come out in September [FWD]
»Just in case you don't have enough Agyness Deyn in your life: Watch her attempt to juggle a soccer ball [YouTube]
>> A LITTLE TURN ON THE CATWALK —Frida Giannini knows how to party. For resort 2009, she can't let Chanel and Dior get the best of her, so she too is staging a full Gucci runway show, followed by a party, in Rome on July 8.
The whole ordeal celebrates Gucci's 70 years in Rome plus their newly renovated Roman flagship, but Frida couldn't wait another month to show the collection off, so she gave a preview yesterday in New York. "It's a bit hippie but not too much." [WWD]
>> For Stefano Pilati, video installation is the new runway show. After showing his Fall 2008 Yves Saint Laurent menswear collection on video rather than the traditional catwalk presentation, Stefano chose the short film route again for the YSL Resort 2009 collection.
So that's the "innovative, new experience" hinted at was all about . . . I wonder if this new format is a way of cutting costs, or just the designer's personal preference? Because me, I find the runway, or even a presentation, much preferred.