>> INSIDER WIRE —Valentino may have relieved himself of the accelerating fashion schedule, but another equally vexing burden might have taken its place. Although a Valentino spokesperson wouldn't confirm — they don't comment on the designer's personal affairs — it appears that Valentino may be a victim of the Bernie Madoff scandal. Sources "from the fashion world" say that he was defrauded of "a significant amount of cash." [Evening Standard]
Posts for January 7th 2009
>> Ready for another wave of Anna Wintour rumors? Because here they come. Back in November, word went around that Anna might depart Vogue for a "cultural post of some sort for the Obama White House" — but it was promptly shot down by a rep: "She won’t be working for Obama in any way."
Now, the rumor has found new legs. According to "extremely insider rumors," Anna might be in the running for an official post in the Obama administration — say, an ambassadorship to England or France. She knows both places well enough, considering that she grew up in the UK and has visited France for plenty of couture viewings, but is an ambassadorship really what avid monetary support of the President-Elect will get her? It seems a little out of left field.
Vivienne Westwood dying to partake in the "next" Sex In The City movie? Fabsugar UK reports!
>> INSIDER WIRE —Fashion fandom continues to be taken to new levels — Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley have now been made into downloadable ringtones for your cell phone, and Deer Dana, the label that produced the sketchy t-shirts of Andre Leon Talley, Agyness Deyn, and Hamish Bowles now has two Olivier editions — one for Purple editor Olivier Zahm, and the other for Nina Ricci designer Olivier Theyskens. [Cityfile, The Pipeline]
>> Thakoon Panichgul is one of a few designers working on line expansions — Doo-Ri Chung and Jason Wu included — and Thakoon Addition is his product. The line, which is not diffusion but rather supplementary, focuses on some of the designer's most popular designs and is at the same price point as his runway clothes. As the designer explains it:
Primarily, I see Thakoon Addition as a place to store ideas. In any given season, I’ve got ideas flying around that don’t fit what I’m planning for the runway, but belong somewhere. Now I don’t have to abandon that stuff. And Thakoon Addition can be a home for recurring pieces as well; looks my customers want from me, consistently. Now, maybe I’ll have a chance to experiment more, but at heart I like to make wearable clothes.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Spring 2009 campaigns are all about going with the straightforward, traditional house image, and David Sims's interpretation of Balenciaga in all its robo-avant garde glory is no exception. Although there are ten campaign faces, Elsa Sylvan's shot is first out of the gates — fellow campaign model Diana Farkhullina confirmed back in November that each girl has her own ad. [TFS]
UPDATE: Hanne-Gaby Odiele's (below) and Iris Strubegger's Balenciaga ad just showed up. [Women Paris]