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22 Jul

Mass exodus at Halston

Halston has been hitting the headlines on a nearly daily basis with big shock departures. Creative director Marios Schwab and board member Tamara Mellon are both out, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Harvey Weinstein. Times, they are a-changing. Watch this space for more news. 

Anja Rubik gets married!

Onto happier news, last weekend supermodel Anja Rubik married her model boyfriend in an intimate ceremony in Mallorca. Her dress was designed by Peter Dundas of Pucci. It was a very contemporary design, with a shorter front, the back was a more traditional longer longer back and train. It’s not to everyone’s taste though. What do you think? 

Dylan Lauren’s stunning wedding dress. 

I’m sorry but the two Kates (Moss and The Duchess) cannot compete with Dylan Lauren’s fairytale wedding dress, which was designed by her father Ralph Lauren. The dress is handmade duchesse-satin and silk tulle with a tiered nine-foot train. For me, this is the ultimate wedding dress, it’s beautifully fitted and shows off her figure but also has the wow factor without straying into meringue territory. Perfection. 

Carine Roitfeld’s styling V, inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. 

There is no stopping Carine Roitfeld. She already has two campaigns under her freelancing belt and she’s set to make her return to styling magazine editorials in V’s September issue. The ‘Heroes Issue’ features a 72-page story on Elizabeth Taylor and was shot by Mario Testino. Cannot wait to see this when it’s out. 

Who’s that girl? 

Read and then re-read this sentance: It’s Katie Holmes. Yes Joey from Dawson’s Creek. Yes, Mrs Tom Cruise. Yes, Suri’s mother. What a transformation, bravo Vogue Spain. Looking forward to seeing more from this 9-page editorial which features beaucoup de Louis Vuitton. 

Karl Lagerfeld for…Macys!

Karl Lagerfeld’s super affordable range for Macys is the most exciting news since, well, his sell out range for H&M. Macys have released these sketches which show a couple of pieces from the range which launches on August 31st. Check back over the weekend for images of the actual range. And don’t forget to mark the date in your calendar!

* Source Cinematic Presse, Vogue, The Fashion Spot, Style News


Chanel AW11 campaign preview, styled by Carine Roitfeld

9 Jun
Trust Carine Roitfeld to inject some sex into Chanel. The ex-EIC of Vogue Paris styled the Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign for super luxe label Chanel, which was photographed by Karl Lagerfeld as usual with Freja Beha Erichsen making her fifth consecutive appearance in the brand’s campaign. The images have a very raw, young and edgy feel compared to the polished, prim images of season’s past. If these preview shots are anything to go by, the campaign is going to be sizzling hot and a departure from the typical Chanel aesthetic. The beginning of a new era, perhaps? 

Carine Roitfeld interviewed by the FT

26 May

Following on from La Wintour’s cover and interview by WSJ, the Financial Times recently interviewed Carine Roitfeld. I adore Carine and literally poured over the details. She comes across as the polar opposite of Anna Wintour – warm, friendly and genuine. There’s an overwhelming feeling that she’s enjoying her new-found freedom. Here are my highlights from the interview..

On drinking: “It will be around 8pm when I go home that I will have a little shot. It’s my Russian roots.” Roitfeld doesn’t like champagne, which is a “problem at fashion parties”, so before she goes out she will have a shot of vodka to ensure she arrives in a good mood.

On leaving Vogue Paris: “When I started I said I would not stay forever, a maximum of 10 years. You know, I could stay six months more but it’s good to leave when you are in the highest position, and I think I did a lot at Vogue.”

On that Tom Ford issue: “No, he [Conde Nast’s president] didn’t like it. Me, I like to push boundaries, I am irreverent, but he would prefer something softer, more mainstream. Maybe he was anxious about the future because magazine sales are going to be harder and harder.”

On Emmanuelle Alt: “We aren’t friends any more. I think it’s sad. When you give a lot of confidence in people and you don’t get it back you are a bit disappointed but it’s life. I move on.”

On her new job with Barneys: “They suggested, and I love this, ‘to celebrate me’ during September fashion week in New York.”

On Iggy Pop comparisons: “People always say, ‘You look like Iggy Pop…I don’t know if it’s the eyes or the hair, anyway, he has a great style.”
On being down to earth: “It’s funny, everything is so much easier when you do it yourself. [Having assistants speak to people on your behalf] takes you further away and I was very surprised to learn that a lot of people were scared of me because they thought that I was tough and mean, I am not mean at all, I am not tough at all.”
On the US Vogue rumours: “It’s the biggest compliment that I could edit the biggest fashion magazine on the planet but I am not totally bilingual; I am irreverent, which works in a small country like France but not a big one like America and it’s a big business magazine. To edit a magazine like American Vogue you have to play politics and she is like a first lady.”
On Fashion Week: “It’s less fun than it was 10 years ago. I liked the times when people were more crazy about fashion, they tried hard with the clothes they wore, they were so excited it was like the royal wedding – they could sleep outside the show. Some people are more interested in what stylists are wearing to the show than in the show itself.”
On the business of fashion: “There’s so much money involved and the designer has to produce a great show that will sell clothes but also keep the name of the brand high to sell the perfumes. Sometimes you can really feel the business behind the fashion show.”
On McQueen and Galliano: “Fashion is very tough and we shouldn’t forget that before designers were money-makers they were artists. Galliano was an artist, McQueen was an artist. These people are very fragile and can’t support this pressure.”
On fashion as a global industry: “It’s difficult to please a woman in Shanghai, Rio and Paris, and to design a jacket that will suit all three of them. It’s difficult for a brand to talk to a lot of people, to seduce all these new customers, and sometimes designers don’t have the shoulders for it.” She adds, “It’s good for business that you can buy Dior in Shanghai or Brazil. I would prefer to find something different from what’s in Paris, but it’s over – a dream – and you can’t go back now.”

Style icon:Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

27 Oct

The ongoing Anna Wintour vs. Carine Roitfeld debate is almost too close to call. Yes, Carine is undeniably cool but Anna has a phenomenal career and influence within fashion. There are far too many points to go into with this one. One debate which is much easier to settle is Bee Shaffer vs. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. What they wear and their style will be scrutinised whether they pursue a career in fashion or not. Don’t feel too sorry for them though, they literally have their pick of designers at their fingertips. 

Bee is absolutely stunning and seems like a very down-to-Earth woman but her style just doesn’t do anything for me. I also didn’t like her comments about fashion on The September Issue. In the above picture, she’s wearing a Nina Ricci gown, so beautiful but why pair it with those dull black shoes?! Julia manages to look chic, edgy and understated all at the same time, talk about multi-tasking. Her style is just effortless and nonchalant, grown up yet sexy. 

On her style growing up: My mother is a more daring dresser but I’ve started to catch up. That said, it’s relative and I’ve always been a bit rebellious. As an eight-year-old, I’d wear black PVC trousers to school, something that was unheard of for students my age who dressed in that bon chic, bon genre grey way, all navy, white or black and there was me with the shiny trousers. 

On fashion as art: I’m really impressed by the power of the fashion industry. Some people think that clothes are just things that you wear to cover yourself but I’m blown away because clothes to me are a sort of new pop art. Clothes can be either art or design but need a real purpose. That said, I don’t shop that much. I might buy a bit of Marc by Marc Jacobs because he makes great day to evening dresses, or I go for some vintage at Resurrection in NoLita. When I’m in Paris, though, aside from the odd trip to Miu Miu or Prada, I’d prefer to go to a sex shop in Pigalle for a miniskirt. And of course I also get to raid my mother’s wardrobe because she is incredibly generous.

On rivalry with Bee: The talk of rivalry between myself and Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Schaffer, is just silly. I’m about ten years older than her for a start, and we have a completely different circle of friends. Why would you expect us to hang out together? Then there’s this whole fashion dynasty thing that gets reported on a lot in gossip columns about so-and-so snubbing each other. I’ve known Margherita Missoni for a long time and we have the same international group of friends and go to the same places. Is that so strange? 

Actually…a more fitting debate might be Julia vs. Margherita! 

Carine Roitfeld’s apartment

22 Jul

This is a bit of a self-indulgent post (aren’t they all?!) as I love Carine and was a bit nosey, I knew her apartment would be amazing though. It’s grown up in a similar way to Anna Dello Russo but more polished like Carrie Bradshaw’s post movie makeover apartment. It just looks flawlessy stunning. It’s been used for a couple of Vogue editorials too.

Oh Carine, how I worship thee…

13 Aug

I don’t think there’s a fashionista out there who doesn’t secretly want to be Carine Roitfeld. Sure Ms Wintour might have had a movie and book based on her, but the insanely chic Parisian wins hands down in my book. Who wants the weird razor-sharp-bob-and-sunglasses combination when you can have sexy almost-bedhead and smoky eyes?! Oh and she hates bags, like me!

Model, stylist, muse, editor…Carine’s done it all and she’s bloody good at it too. The Boy is sick of hearing me say: “If anyone ever asks you, French Vogue is the best right? And Carine’s a genius”. I’m pretty sure he just switches off when I start talking about how Carine never compromises fashion as a consumer product, French Vogue still treats fashion as art. I could bore you to death too, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

* Source Jak & Jill, The Sartorialist

France honours Armani

7 Jul
Over the weekend, Giorgio Armani was honoured by French President Nicholas Sarkozy. Armani was made an Officer of the Legion d’Honneur at the Winter Gardens in the Elysee Palace. Here he is just after the ceremony with the impossibly chic Carine Roitfeld.

* Source Fashionologie