>> INSIDER WIRE —Christophe Decarnin's Balmain creations have earned more than a couple of comparisons to Michael Jackson's style, but when Jackson himself was spotted wearing a Fall 2009 Balmain top recently, it threw the blogging world for a loop. It might be an idea to get used to, however — apparently Vogue Paris fashion director (and Balmain creative force extraordinaire) Emmanuelle Alt is "100% obsessed" with Jackson . . . that's how he came to wear the top. And she "would weep" if he allowed Balmain to do his comeback tour costumes. [The Imagist]
Posts for April 16th 2009
>> The things we learn when Karl Lagerfeld gives interviews — like he tends to hit his hand on a table for emphasis and the impetus for wearing his hair in a ponytail. During a Paris Fashion Week fitting this past March, he submitted to questions from Sigrid Agren — who apparently already has at least three major Fall 2009 campaigns in the bag — for Interview. The highlights:
Agren: Okay. How do you look when you wake up?
Lagerfeld: That’s why I sleep alone. My hair is curly, and that’s why I have my ponytail. I look like a madman, like something out of a horror movie! But I'm very impeccable and clean before I go to bed. It’s just like right before I’m going out. When I was a child, my mother always told me that you could wake up in the middle of the night and be deathly sick, so you always have to be impeccable. I laugh about it now, but I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door.
>> THE MODELIZER —More details on that mysterious "major" London cover shoot that Sessilee Lopez and Chanel Iman both twittered about last Friday — apparently they were joined by Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa Pena, and according to The Imagist's sources, it's not the cover but the editorial inside that will have followers "sprinting down to the newstand." It's still unclear which magazine commissioned the shoot — some say i-D (although Chanel is on the May 2009 cover), some say a Vogue. [The Imagist, Fashion Copious]
>> After a little confusion yesterday about when it would launch, Net-a-Porter's new designer outlet site The Outnet finally got up and running at around 3 am this morning. The first customer was a Londoner who scored a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps for forty percent off, and since the site has been visited by legions checking out the goods — a number of items are already sold out.
So what has been the first impression? The consensus seems to be disappointment. A commenter on Racked notes, "[Net-a-Porter] addicts will recognize all of this merch as leftover from last seasons' sales, despite their claim that there would be new stuff on the site!! Plus, there are no small sizes in anything. Very disappointed."
Michelle Nguyen Williams' sweet cocktail dresses and silk separates have been making us swoon for a few seasons now. Her line, Quail, made her a finalist in the Gen Art Fresh Faces ceremony in 2008 and is stocked at boutiques all over the world. The Fall 2009 collection shows off Quail's sweet but rebellious aesthetic with sheer blouses, swinging skirts and bloomers. Check out the look book in the gallery below.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Marc Jacobs isn't the only designer who has a predilection for tattoos: Stefano Pilati, who got his first tattoo — interlocking male and female symbols on his arm — at 13, has just added to his collection in a major way with a full floral sleeve. Don't expect to see much of it, though — he tends to wear long sleeve sweaters and blazers to cover his body art up. [Purple Diary]
If we've learned anything from sites like The Sartorialist and Garance Dore, it's that wearing a scarf will get you a lot of attention. Tie it in a creative way, wear with your favorite pair of beat up jeans and a splurge-y platform sandal and you're a prime suspect for a street style photographer. Although you can find interesting scarves for practically nothing at the vintage shops (remember, you can make your own too) we do like the 2009 A Peace Treaty collection. Their cause pivots on supporting artisans in regions of socio-political strife and they donate to Conterpart International so no matter how hesitant you are to drop two hundred dollars on a simple piece of fabric, remember that it's more than that. Plus, how can you beat those color combinations?
>> We found out a couple of weeks ago that Frida Giannini chose nine models for the Fall 2009 Gucci campaign, and now we've got more details. Apparently the designer is quite taken with London and decided to have her usual campaign photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin do the honors in a north London studio; she's even picked to feature native Londoner and 1999-2000 Gucci face Jacquetta Wheeler (left, Fall 1999). “We’re in London, so of course I had to have an English girl.”
Joining Jacquetta in the campaign are Raquel Zimmermann, Natasha Poly, Freja Beha Erichsen, plus Myf Shepherd and Abbey Lee Kershaw, whose television commercial for the brand's Flora fragrance, which was filmed over four days in Latvia last July and created using more than 20,000 fake flowers, just debuted.
Three faces are left to be named — Lily Donaldson is likely one of them, since Frida likes to stick with the same girls and Lily has been in at least two of her campaigns. Plus, a Gucci spokesman advises that the upcoming campaign will be similar to past seasons, “a continuation of Frida’s Gucci generation."
Designer Abigail Lorick was a model in Paris and head designer at T S Dixin before she launched her own line in the Spring of 2007. Her Fall 2009 look book was inspired by French New Wave film and was photographed by Tom Hines who also shot the Samantha Pleet and Safe Spring 09 look books. The look book captures the cinematic, retro, haunted quality of Lorick's clothing, which makes frequent appearances on the equally dark television show, Gossip Girl.