Blame it on celebrities and their Spanx, Lady Gaga's corsets, or Mad Men—but shapewear is officially back as a wardrobe basic. Thankfully, Cynthia Rowley is designing a collection of body sculpting undergarments that don't look like your granny's girdles. Called Slim by Cynthia Rowley, the new collection of high-waisted bikinis, body-hugging slips, and minimizing bras are color-blocked in nude with turquoise or black with gray and look nothing like those other flesh-toned biker shorts. Slim by Cynthia Rowley will be in stores this summer and retail for $118 to $226.
Posts for April 2010
Freja Beha Erichsen, photographed by Craig McDean for Interview, is "Tough Ballerina."
Naomi Campbell has yet again been accused of assault, having punched an ABC camera man during an interview.
Glamour magazine may have scored top honors as Magazine of the Year during last night's National Magazine Awards, but New York was the big winner, receiving four Ellies.
Sarah Jessica Parker recorded the audio guide for “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity,” the Costume Institute’s spring exhibit opening May 5.
Can Sex and the City 2 really compare to these 25 movies that shook the world of fashion?
"By all means, pluck your mono-brow, dye your mouse-brown hair and work out to firm your body; after all, if fashion changes to celebrate hairy plump women you can go right back."—Paulina Porizkova in her latest Modelinia blog post.
From left: looks by Project Runway winner Seth Aaron Henderson
Seth Aaron Henderson, the 38-year-old stylist from Vancouver, Washington, took home the big prize last night during the finale of Project Runway season seven. Henderson impressed the judges with his "1940s German-Russian military collection of kick ass girls." Michael Kors called it "exhilarating and powerful," and Nina Garcia thought the collection "fearless." As winner, Henderson will receive $100,000 to continue work on his collection and said his first big splurge will be a vacation with his wife and two children.
Runner-up Emilio Sosa's collection was titled "Color Me Bad" and featured bold reds and blues, while Mila Hermanovski (who took third) presented an impeccably made lineup of mod pieces in black and white. Click below to see all ten looks from each designer, starting with winner Seth Aaron.
>> Karlie Kloss was just in her hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, where she revealed that while she's on the catwalk, she can often hear front rowers' entire conversations. But yesterday, she was back on set in New York, shooting with Patrick Demarchelier and Anna Jagodzinska for Donna Karan's Fall 2010 campaign — which marks the brand's 25th anniversary — against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
>> Oscar de la Renta on the Question of Retirement —Oscar de la Renta said Tuesday that during a Toronto trunk show last week, he tallied sales of over $1 million in 48 hours. “For me, luxury never left. Although business was not as strong last year, we were not struggling.” He also addressed the question of his retirement: “People always ask me how much longer I am going to do this, and I say the day I learn everything is when I should stop. I am a curious person, so every day is a learning process. There has never been a time as challenging as now to create clothes. Back in the Sixties, my customers only got their clothes from one place. Today, that loyalty doesn’t exist as women want to project their own individuality through fashion. It’s about understanding the needs and aspirations of professional women that makes it so exciting.” [WWD]
>> In addition to a one hour special on CBS, Fashion's Night Out is now getting a public fashion show — billed the largest of its kind to be held in New York — on Sept. 7, three days before the global shopping event on Sept. 10.
The show, an extravaganza with 200 models including Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, Raquel Zimmermann, and Daria Werbowy, will be held at Lincoln Center and produced by Vogue and SPEC Entertainment. It will focus on Fall clothes in stores at the time. “We felt it is important for people to see what wonderful fashion will be in stores at that moment,” explained Anna Wintour. “This show will focus on the key trends we’ve identified for fall so that shoppers will have plenty of inspiration to join the fun during Fashion’s Night Out.”
The show will be filmed for the CBS special, airing the following week. Tickets to the 1,500 available seats will go on sale this Summer through the Lincoln Center box office; a spokeswoman for the event said the prices had not yet been figured out.
Loomstate for Barneys V-neck tees (made of 100 percent organic cotton and available in six colors) are selling for $40 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Eviana Hartman, the designer behind eco-friendly label and Ecco Domani winner Bodkin, has signed on to design a capsule collection for Hessnatur, a German clothing company known for its use of 100 percent natural fibers.
>> Is Michael Roberts Gone from Vanity Fair? —Yesterday, WWD posted an item headlined "Michael Roberts Out at Vanity Fair" and beginning "After much speculation, it appears that Michael Roberts is officially on the way out of Vanity Fair." However, the item has since been taken down from both WWD's Twitter and the website. Roberts joined Vanity Fair as fashion and style director from the New Yorker in 2006. [WWD, @jyotika, @LibertyLndnGirl]
Frida Giannini was in London last night to fete the opening of her Gucci pop-up sneaker shop in Covent Garden. The 820-square-foot space will be open for three weeks, offering limited edition Gucci sneaker styles (two of which were designed by Giannini's co-host, Mark Ronson). Each piece is exclusive to the store, but after its stint in London, the shop will move to Tokyo this June. Click below for images from the in-store event and afterparty hosted by Jefferson Hack at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club.