>> When Donatella Versace presented the Spring 2010 Atelier Versace collection by appointment only during couture week at the end of January, Hamish Bowles reported sightings of gowns adorned with "chunks of Swarovski crystal, swags of fine silvery chains, and hologram discs to give a Paco Rabanne-esque edge." Now, you can see for yourself: Versace just uploaded the collection's lookbook today, featuring Kasia Struss.
Posts for March 19th 2010
>> Noot Seear Responds to Terry Richardson Allegations —Terry Richardson has been fielding some fire on his work practices in the last couple of weeks, but last night at a silent auction benefiting Haiti, Noot Seear, who worked with Terry Richardson, clothed, on a campaign, noted: "Terry's a really cool guy. It's not like he pressures you into doing anything you're not comfortable with." Abbey Lee Kershaw also recently spoke about working with Richardson (pre-allegations): "Terry doesn’t force girls to do anything they don’t want to. He puts you in a G-string in a pile of mud because you want to do it. You touch yourself because you want to." [The Cut]
>> After giving birth in December, Jourdan Dunn only made one appearance on the Fall 2010 catwalks — at Aquascutum — which could be chalked up to the fact that during Milan Fashion Week, her boyfriend (and father of her son) was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to supply. Last night, in her first public appearance since, Jourdan walked at Westfield shopping center in London — her second runway show post-birth — to help raise money for Fashion for Relief, much to the delight of spectators.
>> Riccardo Tisci's Muse Mariacarla Boscono Talks How She and the Designer Met — In the Spring 2010 issue of Muse, Mariacarla Boscono was asked about how she came to meet Riccardo Tisci: "Aaah . . . Ricky! Just last night I was looking at old pictures of us! I first was his friend, we met when we both lived in London, I was just satarting out and thinking of becoming a model, he was at St. Martin's College thinking of becoming a designer. Since the day we met we were inseparable, we did everything together. It's very important for me to have him in my life. It's someone I find very inspiring, and I believe he feels the same way about me. Inspiring, not only when it comes to fashion, but in life in general: we like to do the same things, we speak the same language, we like to go out, travel, meet people on the streets . . . I am a sponge, I like living life, meet as many people as possible, and he is the same." [TFS]
>> Peter Lindbergh, who moved from working with Vogue to Harper's Bazaar in 1992 when Liz Tilberis lured him away — “I switched to Bazaar and stayed away for all these years" — is ending his 18 year hiatus from Vogue. Part of the reason he left originally, he said, was because Alexander Lieberman and Grace Mirabella weren't fans of his images of supermodels splayed on the beach: “They told me we can’t handle the women you’re photographing."
He plans to begin work again with Vogue, as well as other Conde Nast publications in the US, after a recent tete-a-tete with Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington. “They asked,” he told WWD. “It was like you are the black sheep in the family, and your older brother asks you to come home.”
>> Daphne Guinness Returning for Akris Fall 2010 Campaign —Last night, Akris celebrated 15 years of advertising collaborations with Steven Klein at Bergdorf Goodman in New York — Klein's first campaign for the brand came in 1995, featuring Stella Tennant. The current face of Akris, Daphne Guinness (who happens to be Tennant's cousin), was in attendance last night — and she's agreed to come back as the brand's Fall 2010 face; she and Klein are shooting the campaign today. [WWD, Style File]
>> In 2004, Terry Richardson told the Guardian UK: "I don't like to exploit anybody. That's not my bag. Everyone has fun on my shoots." But in the last couple of weeks, all kinds of lurid stories about his work habits are coming out of the woodwork.
It started last week when reports of Rie Rasmussen confronting the photographer on March 8 in Paris were published by the New York Post. The model, who said that Richardson manipulates young girls into posing for pictures in compromising situations, told the newspaper: "I told [Richardson] what you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only [bleep] girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue. Instead of arguing with me, Terry ran out of the bar. Then the next day, he called my agency and complained I called him names in front of clients in Paris. It was the most cowardly thing I have ever seen."
>> Cathy Horyn: European Fashion Houses Already Eyeing Joseph Altuzarra —In three seasons, Joseph Altuzarra has gathered both Carine Roitfeld and Anna Wintour in his front row, and earlier this week, he was nominated for the CFDA's Swarovski womenswear award. Out of Altuzarra and fellow award nominees Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu, Cathy Horyn writes: "Who in three or four seasons has provided the creative stretch that runway mavens look for? Whose name is mentioned quietly among European houses as someone to watch and, maybe eventually, design or advise behind the scenes? And who keeps a bit of a distance from the pack? Beyond the CFDA awards night on June 7, I would keep my eye on Mr. Altuzarra." [On the Runway]
Footwear trends are all over the map for Spring 2010 with extremes popping up at every turn on the catwalk — itty-bitty kitten heels at Marni and Louis Vuitton; chunky platform flats at Calvin Klein and Bottega Veneta; playfully printed pumps at Versace, Miu Miu, and Dries Van Noten; ultra-high platforms at Versace, Fendi, and Burberry; and of course the clogs at Chanel. Click the gallery below to see our picks for best of the mercurial bunch.
>> All those rumors last year of T editor Stefano Tonchi jumping ship to Conde Nast were apparently not for naught: just a day after it was announced that longtime W editor Patrick McCarthy would be stepping down, Fashion Week Daily reports that an announcement of Tonchi as W's new editor-in-chief is expected imminently.
As launch editor of T, Tonchi has propelled the magazine "into the ad-rev stratosphere," as The Daily puts it; he was previously fashion creative director at Esquire.
WWD, meanwhile, says it also expects a new editor-in-chief to be named quickly, and cites Tonchi, Carine Roitfeld, Katie Grand, New York's Adam Moss, and former Men's Vogue editor Jay Fielden as frontrunners, although none would comment.