>> Anna Dello Russo Travels with At Least 90 Outfits During Fashion Month —Interview spotlights fashion insiders who have enjoyed a newfound spotlight, thanks to the Internet, in its December/January 2010 issue. Among them, Anna Dello Russo, who says of the increased attention: "Just an example: for fashion shows, I remember that I used to need 30 outfits. Today, for the fashion weeks in New York, Milan, and Paris. I have to bring at least 90 outfits." [Interview]
Posts for December 9th 2009
>> With A Single Man opening in limited release this Friday, Dec. 11 — apparently Aline Weber has a cameo — Tom Ford has been on a serious press blitz this week. Monday, he had 20 television and 12 print interviews; last night, he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon — video here; and this morning, it was appearances on Good Morning America and The Martha Stewart Show. But film promotion isn't the only thing on his mind — in the December/January 2010 issue of Interview, Ford explains why he's gone the Karl Lagerfeld route and started to photograph a lot of his advertising images himself:
Even in fashion, it’s become ridiculous — 60 people to take a still photograph. I’ve started taking my own because I got so sick of all of that. I work with my one photo assistant, and a model, and hair and makeup, and that’s it. And, you know, I worked a good bit with Helmut Newton and with Richard Avedon, and the other day with David Bailey. For that whole school of photographers, it’s always been one assistant, one key light, one camera, one backdrop. And these guys worked on film. No one works on film anymore. I don’t shoot on film: That’s the only reason I can be a photographer. »
>> What Are Luella Bartley and Martin Margiela Up To? —Olivier Theyskens has taken his time between labels to put together a book, but what about Martin Margiela, who has officially severed ties with his namesake label, and Luella Bartley, who lost her financing and is to ship her Spring 2010 collection? Margiela wanted to walk away from fashion and has instead been pouring his energies into painting; Bartley, meanwhile, has been acting as creative consultant to Liberty and retreated to Cornwall to look after her three children and decide what to do next. [WWD, Telegraph UK]
UPDATE: Apparently Margiela was in Los Angeles recently, looking for homes in West Hollywood. [@BinkleyOnStyle]
A first look at Jamie Bochert for Marc Jacobs spring 2010 photographed by Juergen Teller.
Tavi pens a column on spring fashion for Harper's Bazaar.
Holiday kicks for the kids in red, blue, green, and black velvet by Jeffrey x Keds.
Elton John and David Furnish hold a closet sale.
Brown (champagne) diamonds enter the high-end market.
Laurence Dacade stops by Vogue House for a preview of her latest collection.
Disney commissions Tom Binns to create a jewelry collection inspired by five "Alice in Wonderland" characters.
Victoria Beckham's denim line launched today on Net-a-Porter with a tiny little Mrs. Beckham prancing on to the online retailer's homepage and pointing us towards her collection video featuring ballerinas dancing in jeans and metallic jersey tanks. The first four denim styles available are unsurprisingly very skinny and include one pair of denim leggings. The jeans themselves look great—subtle washes with silver zippers or studs as detail—while a reversible metallic cardigan
looks best when worn backwards.
For Jason Wu's first pre-fall showing, the designer took a more somber approach in his color palette and included the use of black leather—also a first for Wu. There were more than a few tie front shirts paired with jackets, due to inspiration from Pan Am stewardesses of the Sixties and Seventies, and enough short cocktail dresses to please almost any style.
>> Both Dasha Zhukova and Gisele Bundchen have given birth to baby boys. Details on the where, the when, and the name of Gisele's son have not yet been disclosed — her husband Tom Brady, upon confirming the birth this morning, said they hadn't yet picked a name. Perhaps that's because, as he explained earlier this month, the baby's sex was a surprise for Gisele: "I wanted to find out and she didn’t, so she said, 'Go ahead.' It will be a surprise for her."
Dasha also gave birth to a son, Aaron Alexander Abramovich, last Thursday — her first and boyfriend Roman Abramovich's sixth. Roman is said to have been by her side, and according to a source, "Dasha grew up in Los Angeles and wanted to give birth there."