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Friday Fashion Fix

19 Aug

Edward Enninful and Lori Goldstein’s first W magazine issue. 

The all-star September 2011 issue of W marks the first full issue with Edward Enninful as the fashion and style director and Lori Goldstein as style editor-at-large. Collaborating with photographers such as Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein and Mert & Marcus shooting the creme de la creme of the modelling world including Amber Valletta, Sasha Pivovarova, Freja Beha, Lara Stone, Raquel Zimmermann, Jessica Stam….ok I’ll stop there. You know this is one September issue not to miss. 

Guinevere van Seenus

Freja Beha Erichsen
Sasha Pivovarova

Giambattista Valli for Macys.

Wow, Macys is stepping it up and shifting into the fashion fast lane. Hot on the heels of their collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld comes news of a super collab with Giambattista Valli in October, just in time to bring us pretty party dresses for our Christmas parties. Priced between $50-150, the collection comprises of cocktail dresses, skirts and blouses as well as jackets, trousers and graphic tees. I’m hoping for the luxe label’s signature brights and texture. And that they ship internationally! The collaboration is a good move, Giambattista Valli is a little under the radar and will appeal to a different, more discerning fashion market. 

Kate Bosworth for Vanessa Bruno.

Kate Bosworth looks so beautiful in the Vanessa Bruno campaign, the perfect fit for this Nordic-inspired collection. 

LØV from Vanessa Bruno on Vimeo.

Victoria’s Secret opening in the UK. 

Major news! Boux Avenue, La Senza et al, you better step your game up, Victoria’s Secret is landing on Bond Street next year and I can’t wait. Let’s hope that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and the other Angels put on a Victoria’s Secret show for London to mark the occasion. 

Kate Moss’ wedding, by Mario Testino

16 Aug

Today has been a bit of a glum day, I’m not sure about you but I could certainly use some inspiring images. Instead of the usual campaign, editorial or look book images, I’m going to share images from Kate Moss’ wedding, shot by Mario Testino for US Vogue’s September issue. While Kate was apparently inspired to get hitched while watching an episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, her own nuptials were more refined, beautiful and bohemian rather than brash and tacky. It actually looks more editorial than an actual wedding, with it’s picture book prettiness and perfection. I hope these images inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me. 

* Source Mario Testino for Vogue

Kate Moss’ Wedding Dress

4 Jul

Kate Moss made for a beautiful bride, clad in a Galliano designed dress while her husband chose Yves Saint Laurent. The bride went for a traditional, slightly demure look but with the laidback sexiness which has become her signature. The sheer, bias-cut gown is perfect for highlighting her svelte figure, with a smattering of embellishment on the body and more opulent beading on the bottom to give her gown some glamour. Normally a plain and maybe slightly overlooked accessory, Kate’s veil was embroidered with pretty flowers. 

Vogue Brazil’s 36th anniversary issue – Kate Moss shot by Mario Testino

12 May
The stunning cover of Vogue Brazil’s 36th anniversary issue, featuring a nude Kate Moss, surfaced weeks ago. Unusually, the cover is the stand out shot in the magazine which is why we spend so long dissecting, criticising and pouring over the tiny details.  In this case though, I feel like the cover is the attention-grabbing tip of the iceberg as the rest of the almost 60-page shoot is equally stunning. Here are some of my favourite shots, along with the cover shot. The beauty of Miss Moss is that she’s a true chameleon which is essentially what a supermodel needs to be. As you can see from the following shots, she slithers in and out of the different roles she’s portraying. Magnifique…

The return of supermodel covers – Vogue Paris

21 Apr
Opinion is divided on the subject of who should grace magazine covers – celebrities or supermodels. The celebrity-on-covers trend is attributed to La Wintour, who started putting celebrities and actresses on covers in the 90s. It does work very well as they have their own fanbase and are instantly recognisable but I much prefer seeing supermodels on covers. To me, supermodel covers are always stronger with a high impact – they know how to command the camera’s attention. Also, they are generally more neutral than celebrities, who have supporters as well as haters and have their private lives aired out in public. I think supermodels are a bit more untouchable and unattainable; isn’t that what fashion magazines are sort of supposed to be? A fantasy land where ethereal Amazonian creatures frolic in Balmain, couture and Lanvin, rather than a calculated platform for an actress to push her film while the magazine hopes for boosted circulation figures.

I’ve been quietly rooting for the widespread return of supers on covers for a while and I think the Emmanuelle Alt is on the same team – I may be a tad optimistic but her first two covers at the helm of Vogue Paris have starred two of the most successful models in the world. The April 2011 cover featured Gisele in a pretty, sheer lace D&G dress shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. I was quite surprised when I first saw this cover, I expected more rock ‘n’ roll attitude from Alt but it was a sweet cover, perfect for Spring. I don’t think many celebrities could pull off the outfit with such aplomb or create such an assertive, confident pose.

The second cover features Kate Moss shot by Mert & Marcus. Dramatically different to the previous cover, this one seems to be more Alt – strong, sexy and provocative. I think Armani Prive was an unusual choice as were the hands but as an overall image it works. Again, I think that a celebrity would struggle to draw the reader in with their expression alone. Both of these covers are creating something beautiful but slightly out of reach, which I think is what a cover should be. It should be intriguing and pull you in..something that celebrity covers just don’t do for me. 

Kate Moss covers Harpers Bazaar

9 Apr

Is it just me or are Kate Moss covers always stunning? I don’t know what she does or how she does it, but the images are never just flat boring images, there seems to be more to them. Photographs are a little snapshot in time but her images make me want to know what happened before and after the moment. Her latest cover is for the May issue of UK Harpers Bazaar, both the subscriber and news-stand covers are exquisite. I think Vogue have a lot to learn from Harpers, they have really raised the bar with consistent ‘wow’ covers. Which version do you prefer? 

The end of Kate Moss x Topshop

1 Sep

News broke yesterday that Kate Moss’ 3 year design deal with Topshop will end after her last collection is released in October. I remember the media frenzy back when the deal was announced and the manic scenes outside the Oxford Street flagship store on the first day her range came out. The frenzy sure silenced her many critics, the ranges were a huge success for both Sir Phillip Green and Kate. However, in recent years, the number of ranges Kate has designed per year has decreased, and the reason for ending the collaboration is cited as Kate’s schedule and not being able to devote enough time to design. Don’t forget her other ventures such as the collaboration with Longchamp…

However well received her collections were, three years is a very, very long time for a celebrity collaboration. These partnerships are never meant to last long, the likes of Target and H&M tend to just do one off collaborations in order to keep collections current and fresh. The collections were all very ‘Kate’ which I suppose is the point, but they didn’t seem to show any growth or development. Topshop aren’t severing all ties though, they are set to relaunch some of the most popular pieces and continue with a couple of small capsule collections twice a year.