>> Myf Shepherd Takes Break from Modeling; Jean Paul Gaultier Casts Miss France for Couture Runway —After noticeably easing up on her runway schedule last season, Myf Shepherd has decided to break and focus on studying theater set design at Sydney's College of Fine Arts. She won't walk the runway this year, but may do a few direct bookings — she appears on the February 2010 cover of Dazed & Confused Japan. Her mother agency in Australia expects her to return to modeling in 2011. Meanwhile, was a new catwalker born at Jean Paul Gaultier's couture show? Gaultier asked Miss France 2009 Chloe Mortaud to walk after serving as a judge for the 2010 pageant. [Frockwriter, Style File]
Posts for January 28th 2010
>> Christian Lacroix's Couture Salon Furniture Said to Be Auctioned —Christian Lacroix was missed at couture this week — the French industry minister's aide noted that "Anna [Wintour] adored Lacroix and is very sad about [his absence]," but his troubles are far from over. Word is that an auction is being organized to sell the furniture French decorators Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti created in 1987 for Lacroix's couture salons; as for his massive archive of dresses, they're safe for now — but it's still possible the court could force them to be auctioned off. [The Daily Beast]
I was scared of him! I think a lot of people are scared of him, actually. I don't think I've ever really spoken to him — I'm still scared of him! I'm so shy. But every time I get confirmed there, it's still a big thing. If they ever said to me, 'Eniko, we want you to do our show, but you can't do any other shows,' I would be like, 'Ok!'
Stella McCartney said for pre-fall 2010 she wanted to create a complete wardrobe "with the simplicity I need as a woman." Focusing on camel, metallics, black, and white, McCartney indeed kept it simple without forgetting that fashion should be fun. Glittery mohair dicso knits, sequin animal print minis, and a Biana Jagger-style suit with matching fedora mixed with cozy country staples like camel capes, rolled denim, and oversized sweaters in this all-in-one collection of modern day essentials.
>> Martin Margiela Didn't Always Avoid Press —Martin Margiela is legendary for being press shy — you'd be hard-pressed to find a picture of him — but when he was first starting out on his own in the late '80s and early '90s, he did some interviews and appearances. Graca Fisher, who was a model in eight of Margiela's early shows and helped with sales at the time, thinks that the media circus just wasn't to his taste. To illustrate, she describes a shoot for i-D magazine highlighting new designers, in which she and Margiela arrived at the Paris nightclub Palace. She was seated onstage and the photographer directed a man to rub his hands all over her. When they left, she asked Margiela, "What was that all about?" He replied, as she recalls, "Don't ask me. It was disgusting." [NY Times]
Tommy Ton photographed Tavi Gevinson at her home in Chicago for Vogue Paris.
Vogue.com UK is the bearer of bad news. There will be no lower-priced Balmain in our futures.
Rodarte will be on view at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York beginning February 11.
Olivier Theyskens has sketched four complete collections while being unemployed for the past year.
>> Last night to close out couture, Kate Moss held a launch party for her first Longchamp handbag collection at the Ritz Club in Paris. With zebra print everywhere — on the carpet, on the walls — which has become somewhat a signature for the line, featured in both the lining and a scarf that can be tied around the handbag strap, Moss and her silver-streaked hair were joined by the likes of boyfriend (maybe fiance?) Jamie Hince, Maryna Linchuk, Frida Gustavsson, Lauren Santo Domingo, Hamish Bowles, Giovanna Battaglia, Giambattista Valli, and Carine Roitfeld, who coincidentally wore a zebra print coat the day before.
Moss said of the collaboration: "'I've been working with Longchamp for a while — we just get on. It was a fabulous opportunity for me." She named the bags, out Feb. 11, The Glastonbury, after her favorite music festival, The Soho, and The Glouchester — prices start at $155 for a small purse, clutches are $490 to $780, handbags are $780 to $1,700, and weekend bags are $1,290 to $2,500. Already, a video of her campaign shoot has popped up — the ads will run with taglines like "Don't You Wish Your Bag Was Hot As Kate's?," "An Absolute Moss-have," "Kate Is Not A Plastic Bag," and "My Moss Bag Brings All The Boys To The Yard."
The first seasonal collection of Kate Moss for Longchamp—12 styles each named for Moss' favorite spots in London—doesn't hit Longchamp stores until February 11, but images of the collection from Vogue Paris and a newly released video from the ad campaign photo shoot reveal looks from the lineup.
Last night Moss celebrated the Longchamp collaboration at the Ritz in Paris with over 700 guests including Jamie Hince, Carine Roitfeld, Giambattista Valli, Loulou de la Falaise, the Longchamp family, and the Queens of Noize, who gave a live performace. Check out both the photo shoot video and gallery of images from the Paris event below.
>> First Pics: Gisele Bundchen, Post-Baby; Plus, The Model Talks Benjamin's Birth —Gisele Bundchen had her first post-baby photoshoot in Boston Monday with David Sims for Colcci's upcoming campaign — she promises the ads next month — and was visited by a reporter from Brazilian magazine Fantastico, who called her "in shape as always, six weeks after the birth of her baby." Gisele talked about Benjamin's birth, dispelling reports that she went into labor and was taken to a hospital. Instead, she says, "I gave birth in the bathtub" at her home in Beacon Hill. More pics of Gisele at Fantastico. [Gisele Bundchen, People, Fantastico]
Much loved by fashion designers (Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, and Diane von Furstenberg) and editors (Vogue), but little known to consumers, milliner Albertus Swanepoel has finally landed a lucrative corporate collaboration which should send his exquisitely-designed headpieces straight into the mainstream spotlight.
Known for his exceptional attention to detail, handwork, and use of exotic materials (such as the rooster feather hunting cap in Carolina Herrera's fall 2008 collection above), the South African-born, New York-based Swanepoel will launch a collection with U.S. hat manufacturer Stetson this fall. The line will be sold seasonally at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue and retail for $180-$300. Thank you, Stetson.
From left: Carolina Herrera fall 2008, Proenza Schouler spring 2005, Alexander Wang fall 2009