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Posts for January 27th 2009
>> Givenchy's couture revenue increased a whopping 80 percent last year — with another 20 percent increase forecasted for 2009 — and collections like this prove how it's done. Mummy-wrapped shoes, rose petals covering both the runway and a print on two strappy bondage gowns, and a continued interest in chains, carried over from Fall 2008 ready-to-wear, carried forward the evolution of Riccardo Tisci's romantic gothic branding at the house. And those veils — interestingly enough, the majority of Givenchy couture customers are based in the Middle East — so perhaps the head coverings were a nod to those ladies? Catherine McNeil showed up sans the crutches than she was sporting earlier this month; All that was missing were two of the house's current faces — Mariacarla Boscono, Lakshmi Menon, where are you?
>> THE MODELIZER —Iekeliene Stange was in Paris to walk for Chanel couture today, and tonight, her first photography exhibit opens in Berlin. She's gone from being discovered in Holland as "a little punk with red dreadlocks and my arms covered in toothbrush bracelets" to a model who's considering moving to Berlin full-time to concentrate on her art — and she doesn't even mind nipping at the hand that feeds her: "I think these days fashion photography is very restricted and lacks a lot of creativity. There’s always certain items that need to be shot in certain ways and you don’t have as much freedom. Very often these days it seems to be more about socializing and who knows who, rather than about actual photography." [Style File, Fashionista]
>> Taiwanese-born designer Jason Wu has gotten a lot of attention in the past week — in large part thanks to Michelle Obama's choice of his gown for the inaugural festivities — but it sounds like the attention may have have brought out details Wu would have rather kept private. According to an "in-the-know fashion industry source," the New York Times profile of the designer published over the weekend may have outed Wu to his extended family.
The article describes Wu celebrating the inauguration at his apartment with pizza and his boyfriend, Gustavo Rangel, who manages the designer's finances; another day, Rangel is documented as coming by to take Jason to a celebratory dinner. Apparently, Wu's parents knew that he was gay, but his extended family did not, causing some awkward conversations and leaving his parents "disappointed" their son couldn't have been more "discreet."
Unfortunate that such a time of excitement for the designer would be tempered by what sounds to be an uncomfortable situation, not least because Wu founded his label two years ago with money from his family.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Sir Philip Green already has a major Topshop ambassador in Kate Moss, but maybe he should be looking into one Emmanuelle Alt. The fashion director of Vogue Paris, who often wears a pair of faded black skinny jeans, wore those same jeans with a Balmain jacket and Margiela boots for the couture shows yesterday — turns out they're from Topshop. [Jak & Jil]
>> Malcolm McLaren is typically associated with Vivienne Westwood when it comes to fashion, but these days, he's thinking a lot about a different designer: Christian Dior.
For over a year, McLaren has been working on a Broadway musical, The Life and Times of Christian Dior, and plans to finalize the casting in New York over the next few months. The musical marks an extension of the fascination with designers we've seen recently, especially in the case of Coco Chanel, the subject of two forthcoming biopics — Coco avant Chanel and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. But of course, McLaren's piece will be about Dior, and set to music — authentic music of the period — no punk music here.
He told Interview in their October 2008 issue that he didn't know whether we'll see Dior singing and dancing — "I can't quite imagine that yet, but hey, who knows? It's possible."
>> INSIDER WIRE —Before McBeha there was "Frina," the ambiguous pairing — or perhaps just the result of backstage boredom — of Freja Beha Erichsen and Irina Lazareanu, which produced quite a few pictures of the two caught up in the moment and being playful (NSFW). Last night, Irina — who's back in Paris doing the modeling thing — found a new partner for play: Mischa Barton. They were out celebrating Mischa's birthday with Giambattista Valli and Olivier Theyskens — who must not be too worried about his current situation, because he had a big smile on his face. [PopSugar]