>> Documentary in the Works on Stylist and Fashion Editor Polly Mellen —The wealth of recent fashion documentaries continues to grow — Bill Cunningham New York, a project ten years in the making on the original street style photographer just premiered recently in New York, and at the end of this month Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, a documentary look at Halston (and whose director looked to Andre Leon Talley for guidance on who to interview and what to research) will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. And it doesn't stop there: last night at the WFIT Elle panel, in talking about his first job assisting Polly Mellen (who worked for 28 years as a fashion editor at Vogue and eight years as creative director at Allure) Joe Zee revealed that he was interviewed this week for a forthcoming documentary on Mellen.
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>> Eight weeks or so after she gave birth to son Benjamin, Gisele was joined by David Sims for a Colcci campaign shoot in Boston — her first post-pregnancy shoot. A reporter on set at the time noted that Bundchen appeared "in shape as always," but Gisele said that after taking a break from modeling for four months, she was "pretty worried about if I still could do everything . . . For the first picture I was feeling lost. After the second picture there were no problems anymore, I’m starting to feel comfortable with my body again." The full campaign just hit the web, for your viewing pleasure.
Over 70,000 people worldwide have pledged to participate in Toms One Day Without Shoes event this Thursday, April 8. Asking people to go barefoot for the day (or just for one minute of the day), is Blake Mycoskie, founder and mastermind of Toms one-for-one shoe campaign.
Mycoskie says of his goal in creating One Day Without Shoes, "It's important to experience the impact a simple pair of shoes can make in a child's life. I think sometimes we forget all that we have, and occasionally we should remind ourselves."
People around the globe — from the US to Australia — will unite together on April 8 to bring awareness to the need for shoes in many parts of the world. Those who can't (or won't) go shoe-less for the cause yet want to participate can do so virtually by changing their Facebook profile photo, status, or Twitter avatar on the One Day Without Shoes website. As for Blake, he'll be with friends, family, and the team from Toms leading a barefoot walk in Venice, CA, and welcomes you to join him.
>> Unpaid Fee Lawsuit Filed Against Annie Leibovitz —Annie Leibovitz reached an agreement with creditors Art Capital over a lawsuit last September, but yesterday she was hit with another lawsuit: private investment firm Brunswick Capital Partners alleges that she owes them more than $800,000 in unpaid fees, in part for facilitating a $40 million loan by equity firm Colony Capital last month to help her sort out her debts. Leibovitz has declined to comment. [Page Six, Reuters]
Straw Fedoras From Eugenia Kim and Colorful Platforms From Cynthia Vincent Hit Target Stores April 18
Two highly anticipated accessory collaborations with Target will be available in stores and on Target.com Sunday April 18. Eugenia Kim's summer collection of straw fedoras (we're loving the mint green above), a woven cloche, printed bucket hat, and oversize sun hat each include sweet details — a tiny parrot, embroidered flowers, or printed ribbons — and are a complete steal at $19.99.
Cynthia Vincent's footwear collection for Target features the designer's signature thick straps and chunky wedges in bright colors and ethnic prints. With each style under an affordable $30, there's no reason not to go for standout pieces like the sunshine yellow wedge or a bright pink flat. Click through both look books in the gallery below.
Alexander McQueen's spring 2010 runway show, held on October 6, 2009, in Paris, will be remembered for a number of reasons — most importantly as the last collection McQueen was to see finished, but also for the show's technology-meets-fashion components like robotic movie cameras and the surreal video of Raquel Zimmermann lying naked wrapped in snakes (both courtesy of Nick Knight). Pieces from the critically-praised collection, titled Plato's Atlantis, are starting to land at retailers and online — reptilian patterns and digital prints which now have a place in history and certainly in the fashion archives.
>> Elle's fashion news director Anne Slowey has sounded off on bloggers — particularly Style Rookie's Tavi Gevinson, before — which then prompted her to take to Elle's blog to further expound on her comments. Last night at ELLEvated, a forum of six Elle editors hosted by WFIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology's radio and television broadcasting network) in New York, the subject came up again, and creative director Joe Zee and style director Kate Lanphear, too, put forth their views on bloggers.
When asked his feeling on the Tavi phenomenon, Zee replied:
"The Internet has allowed people to be 'couch critics.' You could sit anywhere in the world, you could sit in Oklahoma, look at a fashion show on the Internet, you could post your thoughts . . . the Internet has made fashion a lot more democratic in this way. You know, Tavi, like her or don't like her, she's 13 — whether she even really writes it herself, the idea that she has gotten all this attention, it's because of the Internet, not because of anything else. [At Elle] we're talking about people who have really done this their entire lives, who've really covered fashion, who really understand fashion . . . understand the history of fashion, can critique it from a point of view, [can] actually relay it back to something they've experienced and understand. I don't think Tavi even knows what happened five years ago. She has every right to [post] on the Internet, she has every right to have the following she has . . . everybody can follow her and find her creative or funny or quirky or inspiring, but the idea is there are people here [at Elle] who do know the history and I think that Anne [Slowey] stresses this. It's absolutely true: if you don't know what you're talking about, then do you really have the credibility to talk about it?"
Fashion in 50 Seconds 04/06/10 Gwyneth Paltrow For Vogue UK, What Did Massenet First Call Net-a-Porter?
Gwyneth Paltrow is Vogue UK's May cover girl, photographed by Mario Testino.
Natalie Massenet initially wanted to name her Net-a-Porter website What's New Pussycat.
Glamour UK's best- and worst-dressed list, voted on by the public, includes Alexa Chung, Blake Lively, and Kate Moss at the top, while Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Lindsay Lohan hit the bottom.
Hugo Boss launches a revamped website with e-commerce today.
Manhattanites have the chance to shop the Zac Posen for Target collection before everyone else during an open-to-the public shopping event next week.
Beginning at 11 p.m. on April 15 to 11 p.m. on April 16, Zac Posen's Go International collection for Target will be available exclusively in a pop-up shop located at 481 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. The 24-hour shopping party will have the entire collection — all priced under $199 — on offer with special performances by The Like and DJs Kid America, The Other Will, and Luisiul. The lineup will be in Target stores nationwide and online April 25.
>> Behati Prinsloo Collaborates with Victoria's Secret PINK on Line of Swimwear —This week, Namibian model Behati Prinsloo, who has been the face of Victoria's Secret PINK since early 2008, is launching a line of swimwear for the brand, inspired by the landscape and lifestyle of her home in Africa. The collection, dubbed Behati Loves PINK, will be available in 15 Victoria's Secret stores and is print-heavy. According to Behati: "My favorite suits are the one-piece black-and-white one, the tiger one, and the checkered one! I love all the cover ups — I dont know which one to choose! They all have a personal connection with me and some have African patterns, which I love." Refinery29 has a peek at the collection, plus photos of Behati's East Village home. [Refinery29]