>> An Unnamed Industry Critic Consulting for Pay— A couple of weeks ago, there were questions about whether Carine Roitfeld's relationship soured with Balenciaga because of her consulting gigs for other brands; now, word comes that there's a fashion critic who has been illegally taking money for a brand consulting job, although no hints to the giving or receiving ends were mentioned. [Imaginary Socialite]
Posts for March 18th 2010
>> Last week, the New York modeling agency scene experienced a great shakeup when Women and Supreme founder Paul Rowland and Ford women's division head Caroline Poznanski essentially switched places. The fallout is expected to take weeks to settle, but in the meantime, some models have already started switching agencies to stay with their original management — Tao Okamoto and Hanne Gaby Odiele among those reported yesterday, and today, word comes of more movement: Lakshmi Menon has followed her agent Poznanski to Supreme, while Ranya Mordanova, Daiane Conterato, Karolin Wolter are all said to have moved from Supreme to Ford.
Fashionista cites a source saying that Chanel Iman, too, has left Ford to follow her booker to Supreme, while it appears that Jacquelyn Jablonski is staying put at Ford for the time being. But the source also notes: “No one is clear if models are moving back and forth — it’s all up in the air.” In the same vein, The Imagist reports: "A new wrinkle emerged this morning around the allegation that the former head of one of the world's most powerful agencies is set to join a certain Dream Team currently in formation."
>> The Story Behind Giambattista Valli's Pearl Necklace —Photos of Giambattista Valli as far back as 2004 show a pearl necklace around his neck. In a profile on Giambattista Valli in today's Wall Street Journal, Valli reveals that he's never seen in public without the necklace of ancient pearls, found for him in India by his old friend and jewelry designer Luigi Scialanga, whose pieces are often worn by Valli's clients. Another tidbit: Valli took the Paris Metro to his own show last week. [WSJ]
Spring is officially in full bloom with painterly floral prints popping up on everything from ballerina flats to shopping totes. Some of our current favorites are the peonies at Erdem, poppies at Liberty of London for Target, roses at Lanvin, and wisteria vines at Stella McCartney. Try mixing prints like Thakoon Panichgul's collection for a quirky take on Spring's happiest trend.
>> Andre Leon Talley made his judging debut last night on America's Next Top Model in a purple cape — no doubt custom-made by Ralph Rucci — and paraded out words like "dreckitude" and "etonne" — both of which he had to explain to Tyra Banks — in the process. Both Gawker and The Cut hailed his appearance as "the best part of the show," particularly when he brought down judgments on the model contestants' photographs like: “This would definitely hit the reject floor at Vogue. Slap! Next!” He Tweeted last night of his appearance: "I must say, I was wild about the debut. Simply wild."
With his Target Go International collection, Zac Posen aims to please young girls of all sartorial leanings by designing flirty party dresses and sleek tuxedos for under $100. The thoughtful lineup — one standout cocktail dress features detachable ruffles and can be worn multiple ways — is 100 percent Posen at affordable price points.
In his quest to keep the collection relevant, the New York-based designer charted new territory with the mass retailer by giving an alternative evening wear choice to its young shoppers — a menswear-style tuxedo.
“Lesbian proms have been such a big thing in the news lately,” Posen said of the decision to feature the YSL-esque tux. “Rather than create a fake subculture, I wanted to address things that are actually happening. It’s a kick-ass girl who can wear a tuxedo to prom! Don’t be afraid of drama.”
>> Zac Posen to Design Coco Rocha's Wedding Dress? —Lara Stone chose Riccardo Tisci to create her wedding dress, and it appears that Coco Rocha, who is engaged to interior designer James Conran with a wedding date set for June 9, too, has picked her designer of choice. She Tweeted this morning: "Mr. Zac Posen is the best! I met with him to discuss wedding dress designs and immediately sketches were flying... So exciting!!" [@Oh_So_Coco]
The Liberty of London limited-edition collection for MAC launches April 1.
Kate Moss and Jamie Hince are rumored to be obsessed with Chatroulette.
L’Officiel compiled a 153-page supplement, “Alexander McQueen 1969-2010: A Provocative Genius,” charting the designer’s career through 1,000 images — from his days as couturier at Givenchy until his menswear collection shown in January. The cover price is 12 euros, or about $16.50 at current exchange.
Hogan signs on Karl Lagerfeld for a special Spring 2011 collection which will include shoes, accessories, and clothing.
Kate Moss joins Stella McCartney for an old-fashioned tea party celebrating McCartney's second collection for GapKids.