>> Martin Margiela Didn't Always Avoid Press —Martin Margiela is legendary for being press shy — you'd be hard-pressed to find a picture of him — but when he was first starting out on his own in the late '80s and early '90s, he did some interviews and appearances. Graca Fisher, who was a model in eight of Margiela's early shows and helped with sales at the time, thinks that the media circus just wasn't to his taste. To illustrate, she describes a shoot for i-D magazine highlighting new designers, in which she and Margiela arrived at the Paris nightclub Palace. She was seated onstage and the photographer directed a man to rub his hands all over her. When they left, she asked Margiela, "What was that all about?" He replied, as she recalls, "Don't ask me. It was disgusting." [NY Times]
Nick Knight's 100 Portraits project for i-D magazine's 30th anniversary has been underway for twelve days, with Knight photographing famous faces and simultaneously broadcasting live video footage of each session via SHOWstudio and real-time snapshots via Twitter.
Tomorrow marks day 13 (of 20) for the project, and the lineup includes Kate Moss who should be entering the studio at 1:15 London time. Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, Pixie Geldof, Giles Deacon, Jamie Dornan, Daisy Lowe, Alice Dellal, Stephen Jones, Riccardo Tisci, and Henry Holland have each already been photographed for the project.
A daily scheduled of participants and link to the live studio feed can be found here.
Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer naked and winking on the winter cover of i-D magazine.
Doutzen Kroes—MissDK—is tweeting from backstage at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.
Cheap Monday introduces geek chic eyewear.
Fashion's Night Out is rescheduled for one day later.
Michael Stipe and Maison Martin Margiela collaborate on a multifunctional microcassette tape made of sterling silver.
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>> Victoria Beckham For October Elle, Not Vogue; Michelle Obama to Be on Vogue Cover Again? — Though rumors placed Victoria Beckham on the October issue of Vogue, she's said to be fronting the October issue of Elle instead. And Michelle Obama, whose March 2009 cover of Vogue sold 560,000 newsstand copies (by comparison, Vogue's September 2008 issue sold 559,000 copies) may be back soon for another cover. This month's i-D hints: "In New York, the staff of American Vogue put finishing touches on an unprecedented second cover featuring a sitting First Lady who is black and beautiful." [The Cut, TFS]
Jourdan Dunn Talks Pregnancy, the "Unnecessary Competition" Among Black Models, and Joins Sessilee, Chanel, and Arlenis in i-D
>> Jourdan Dunn, Sessilee Lopez, Chanel Iman, and Arlenis Sosa Pena reunited a year after the all-black issue of Vogue Italia to shoot the September 2009 cover of i-D under a railroad arch and next to a go-kart track in East London.
Jourdan is pregnant (she's due in December — with a boy, according to Sessilee) and chats with i-D about how she may be out for a season, but doesn't plan on leaving the scene. As for the father of her child, who she's generally very private about: "My boyfriend didn't even know I was a model when I started going out with him and we've been together for three years now. It's hard, you never really know whether people want to be around Jourdan or Jourdan Dunn, and he's been there from when I was just Jourdan."
Edward Enninful, who styled the shoot — which can be seen here — calls Jourdan "reserved" in the video below, but she's very outspoken when it comes to her work: "There are loads of black models working and the idea that there's only a few of us, or four of us, to let in as top models at any one time is just bullsh*t. It creates an unnecessary competition when we should be standing together."
Chanel chimes in: "It usually takes an ethnic girl — I'm not saying black, I'm saying ethnic, let's make that clear — twice as long. We've gotta work extra-hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren't ethnic. Some girls can skip seasons, but us ethnic girls, we cannot skip a season because that'll kill us."
>> i-D First Fashion Magazine to Showcase Women of Color on September 2009 Issue —The "major surprise cover" and "major moment in fashion" Sessilee Lopez and Chanel Iman both teased in April is finally here: They are joined by Arlenis Sosa Pena and Jourdan Dunn on the September 2009 cover of i-D, photographed by Emma Summerton, styled by Edward Enninful, marking the first (and so far only) major fashion magazine to go with women of color for their September issue this season. [The Magnet Agency Twitter]
>> Daphne Guinness spent some time last month being photographed by Steven Klein for an upcoming issue of Vogue Italia, but she also spent ten days out of July in Maui on a shoot with i-D and Vogue Italia photographer David LaChapelle. She blogged today of the experience:
"We’ve been shooting for 10 days straight. Sometimes twenty hour shoots in a day, from the deepest jungle to the volcanic cliffs, moving sets and equipment constantly. Working directly with the elements, the downpours, changing height and distances and moving the equipment has all been a challenge. The results are completely remarkable."
>> INSIDER WIRE —More details regarding yesterday's news that i-D is switching from monthly to bi-monthly: the magazine plans to supplement the issue cuts by amping up their website with more frequent updates, and will go bi-monthly from September on, with issues published in September, October, November, February, March and April. The April issue will be on newstands for up to four months. [Alistair Allan Twitter, TFS, Guardian]
Phillip Lim's new lingerie and shoe lines will soft-launch in his flagship stores this summer before being made available to wholesale accounts for Spring 2010 and Fall 2009 respectively.
Proenza Schouler will show their pre-Spring 2010 collection in Florence as the chosen special guest for the fourth edition of the Pitti W pre-collection.
i-D magazine is cutting back from twelve issues per year to six.