>> BLOWING THE COVER —Folly or flattery? It seems the new thing for Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to do for major March or September covers is to remake another magazine's old cover — in September 2008, they redid Patrick Demarchelier's iconic Harper's Bazaar cover with Nadja Auermann for W using Kate Hudson, and now, for Vogue Paris's March 2009 cover, they've reinterpreted Iris Strubegger from Steven Meisel's 1992 Vogue Italia cover with Kirsten McMenamy. And for those of you who were wondering about the Teen Vogue Paris rumor — Carine Roitfeld says it's just that — a rumor. [Models.com, The Cut]
Posts for February 17th 2009
New York 02/17/09. Photos by Scott Gries/Getty Images.
M.I.S.S. Crew loved Alexander Wang's sleek, minimalist Fall collection--belted blazers and leggings here we come.
>> While guests sat in tinfoil-wrapped folding chairs, Laura and Kate Mulleavy sent out a collection that was living proof of their recent Swiss Textile Award; they were furnished with the financial ability to mix even more materials than before — leather, lace, metallics, Swarovski crystals, and of course those knits they're so well known for.
The inspiration was photographer Ari Marcopoulos, but when you get down to it, the collection is just another evolution of the Rodarte aesthetic that has been in place for a few seasons now: a collage of textured, hand-stitched, wearable art. There weren't any long, flowy dresses this time, just short, semi-structured minidresses; that, combined with the iridescent fabrics used on some pieces is sure to draw some Balenciaga comparisons. Nicholas Kirkwood contributed the shoes again, this time square-toed, leather strap-wrapped thigh-high boots, but it's still those knits that really get you — those loopy, nubby, arts-and-crafts knits.
>> INSIDER WIRE —This week, Giorgio Armani, "the wealthiest fashion designer on the planet," is blogging while in New York for a store opening — it's like a window into his mind. He has plenty to say on Americans: "Americans overcook their pasta. Always. And there’s too much sauce. Too much of everything! Please, try to control yourselves," and "I’ve noticed that Americans never block out the light properly in bedrooms. In Europe we like to close ourselves off in the dark." He also taped an interview for The Rachel Zoe Project: "[Rachel] was wearing a feather coat (nice, but not mine) and very high pin needle heels. I went up on my tiptoes to see if I could be taller." [The Moment, The Moment]
We first learned of New York based brand Ideeen at the OAK showroom where their Spring 09 collection--based on the evolution of a dream--was on display. This Fall 2009 the Japanese design duo, Junko Hirata and Atsuko Yanase, let a tougher side of their brand speak, resulting in Rodarte-like knits, tye-died denim, and cotton blouses with hoods.
The Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2009 collection was rich in color and print this season--much to the delight of DVF's loyal fans. In this outstanding collection classic separates were layered to perfection and offset by wild headpieces and confetti handbags. Check out our video of the show, courtesy of Vidicom, and the runway gallery right here.