The best fur (and faux fur) vests this fall come in shades of ecru and gray with subtle details that set them apart from the rest. Helmut Lang's winter white funnel-neck shearling, 3.1 Phillip Lim's grosgrain ribbon and fur gilet, Karl Donoghue's asymmetrical, raw-edged wrap around, and Rebecca Taylor's knit-trimmed faux vest each make the cut for our favorites toppers of the season.
Posts for October 20th 2009
Donatella Versace played host last night at the Whitney's Annual Gala. She hit the red carpet alongside a nearly matching Jennifer Hudson, while a parade of starlets, including Taylor Momsen, Mischa Barton, and a chatty Lindsay Lohan partied inside.
The fashion world was represented by a handful of designers in addition to Donatella. Peter Som posed for photos with a date, while Brian Atwood was spotted inside deep in conversation with Lindsay Lohan. There were many models on hand as well, from Nicole Trunfio to Hana Soukupova and Chanel Iman. Genevieve Jones, Fabiola Beracasa, and Byrdie Bell held things down on the socialite end — check out the gallery to see who else turned out for the bash.
>> For the second year running, the Whitney Art Musem Gala was Donatella Versace's party. Editors — Olivier Zahm, Lauren Santo Domingo, Glenda Bailey — commingled with designers — Peter Som, Moises de la Renta, Ruffian's Claude Morais and Brian Wolk — and a smattering of models like Chanel Iman and Hana Soukupova. Christopher Kane's Versus designs even made an appearance — the Fall 2009 crystal shoes were on Byrdie Bell's feet, and Taylor Momsen — who seems to be close with the Versaces, particularly Allegra, changed into a black Spring 2010 Versus frock for the Studio Party post-Gala Dinner.
Donatella was fashionably late to the party — two hours in, she was nowhere to be found; perhaps she was still upstairs tending to VIPs — as was Lindsay Lohan, who swept in, all blonde hair and gold dress — earning comparisons to Donatella's trademark look. Lohan said she came "for Donatella" before beelining to Brian Atwood for a chat. Keeping with the "art chic" theme, the walls of one whole room at the party downstairs was covered in paper for guests to scribble on.
>> Target Lines Up Jean Paul Gaultier —Confirming rumors that have been circulating for the past month, Jean Paul Gaultier has signed on for the next installment of Target's Designer Collaborations, following in the footsteps of Alexander McQueen and Anna Sui. His collection, set to be available March 7 through April 11, "pays tribute to the American woman, celebrating the forces of style both past and present in American pop culture," according to Target. [WWD]
>> It's been almost two weeks of rolling layoffs at Conde Nast — including at Vogue and W — which have mostly been done without releasing names, but now comes news that Style.com has let go two contributors: executive fashion director Candy Pratts Price, who Anna Wintour last year dubbed "Queen of the Internet," and senior features editor Laird Borrelli-Persson.
Pratts Price's Style.com contract will not be renewed after it ends in Spring 2010, though she will remain listed as a contributing editor at Vogue, where she is rumored to have spent as much time as she did at Style.com's offices. She will likely make the magazine and its counterpart her primary outlet after her Style.com contract ends; Borrelli-Persson, meanwhile, is expected to remain at Style.com through the end of the year. The layoffs may have to do with Style.com being folded into the new-and-improved Vogue.com, although there has been no confirmation of that possibility.
Unfortunately, these cuts aren't the last at Conde Nast — word is, more are coming today.
More than a few designers must have hit Army Navy stores for inspiration this spring, as military detailing was used on everything from combat boot-style footwear (at Jean Paul Gaultier and Phi) to army fatique jackets (Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs, Celine, and Louis Vuitton).
It's official—Jean Paul Gaultier is next in line for Target's Designer Collaborations.
Chanel No. 5 gets an unauthorized biography.
Anna Wintour is named one of New York's top 12 most powerful people and is the only woman to make the list.
Sneak peek at Stella McCartney for Gap Kids.
DIY twisted tweed belt, inspired by Chanel spring 2010.
Vanessa Paradis is the new face of Chanel beauty.
Enter to win tickets to Heidi Klum's annual Halloween party.
Last season it was a country house in Vermont, and for spring 2010 Karl Lagerfeld is packing up his model crew—Claudia Schiffer, Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Giabiconi—and headed to South America to shoot the next Chanel advertising campaign.
Lagerfeld told Women's Wear Daily he has never visited the continent before. "I'm not a tourist. I only go to places if I have a professional reason." Never wasting a moment, the industrious designer will also be working on a book about architecture in Argentina. [WWD]