This season's long, lean dress does not take inspiration from the floral, flouncy maxis of seasons past. In urban monochrome shades of army green, gray, white, and black, the silhouette is more '90s grunge and less '70s hippie. Some of our favorites above (from Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Bassike, and Helmut Lang) show just a bit of leg and look perfect with an open-toe boot or flat sandal and a cropped jacket—a modern go-to outfit that will take you right through the fall.
Posts for August 2010
>> Georgina Chapman Had a Girl! —34-year-old Georgina Chapman gave birth to her first child, a girl named India Pearl Weinstein, with 58-year-old husband Harvey Weinstein on Sunday night, according to friends. "Mother and daughter are doing great," added one. Weinstein has three daughters from his first marriage. Although Marchesa's Fashion Week presentation is just over two weeks away on Sept. 15, Chapman said earlier this month that she planned to be present. [NY Post, @jimshi809]
Vanessa Traina Talks Joseph Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, and Her Boyfriend in Intermission's Second Issue
>> The second installment of Swedish magazine Intermission is jam-packed with interviews: Gaia Repossi, Isabel Marant, Joseph Altuzarra, Tabitha Simmons, Waris Ahluwalia, Victoire de Castellane, and Vogue Paris art director Johan Svensson among them — and all are translated from Swedish into English at the back of the issue.
John Scarisbrick photographed and Keegan Singh styled the two covers — one with Hanne Gaby Odiele, and the other Vanessa Traina, who inside talks to Stephanie LaCava about going to high school with Alexander Wang ("He used to cut up these vintage jeans and make us denim skirts. I still have them — and he’d make us T-shirts. We used to place orders every season with him."), consulting for Joseph Altuzarra ("Our relationship is different than most because Joseph and I are so close. As friends, we hang out at least four times a week."), and her boyfriend, Chad Muska ("I was with some girlfriends and he was with a friend of one of my girlfriends and we met at a restaurant one night in LA. That was eight years ago and it slowly evolved into a relationship. He’s a street skater. We live together in the West Village, but he also has a studio in Union Square. He’s always been into photography, but he’s been playing around with it a little more and doing some large-scale work, a mix of photographer and painting. I have his pictures hanging in our bedroom. It’s a photo series he did of Kate Moss manipulated and painted different shades of pink.").
>> Is Edun Being Melded into the "Stella McCartney of LVMH"? —Bono and Ali Hewson have been cast in the newest Louis Vuitton Core Values campaign — and they're wearing clothes from Edun, the ethical clothing label they founded (and of which LVMH owns nearly 50 percent), marking the first time Vuitton has credited another fashion label in its ads. Hewson is pictured carrying a bag co-designed by Edun and Vuitton, notable as the Core Values campaigns historically highlight monogrammed Vuitton bags and luggage. After Edun recently reported losses, it seems like LVMH is ready to push hard for profit — particularly because the conglomerate is rumored to be molding the brand into their counterpart of PPR's socially conscious Stella McCartney label. Antoine Arnault, Vuitton's director of communications, explained that Edun's presence in a Vuitton campaign would give the small brand major international exposure. [WWD, Fashionista]
>> Kate Moss has been doing collections for Topshop since 2007, and her 14th collection, out on Oct. 25, will be her last full collection for the brand, Sir Philip Green confirmed. The October release will include a few pieces from Moss's first Topshop collection which are still in demand.
Sources close to Moss described her existing Topshop contract as having “reached its natural conclusion." Green noted, "Kate has done 14 collections with us. It has been fantastic for us and fantastic for her, but they take more and more time and she cannot do this full-time any more." Earlier this year, Green had already decided to downsize the number of Kate Moss of Topshop collections from six to two.
>> Candy Pratts Price Named Creative Director of Vogue.com —Candy Pratts Price, who was laid off last year from her position as executive fashion director of Style.com, has been named the new creative director of Vogue.com. Pratts Price — who Anna Wintour dubbed "Queen of the Internet" in 2008 — has been a contributing editor at Vogue in recent months. Vogue.com is expected to relaunch on Sept. 7, and Pratts Price's appointment is certainly notable, now that Style.com and Vogue.com are expected to co-exist and compete. [@womensweardaily]
>> Miranda Kerr hinted that she had an upcoming Vogue Italia cover in the pipeline, and of all the issues to score, she landed the September 2010 issue. The collaboration with Steven Meisel comes as no surprise, considering how frequently the two have been linked together recently.
The cover (which features Kerr and her Yorkshire terrier Frankie) and accompanying editorial spread — which was likely shot when Kerr was around two to three months pregnant — is part of Vogue Italia's September 3D theme. The issue comes with a pair of 3D glasses, as another editorial inside is also 3D: The Scent of the Future shot by Tim Walker. Vogue Italia is not the first Vogue to try out the 3D concept — Isabeli Fontana appeared in 3D in Vogue Mexico's April issue.
Gucci Rolls Out "Luxury Digital Flagship Store" That Frida Giannini Has Been Working on for 18 Months
>> While some luxury brands are just now getting on the ecommerce train (and some still have yet to do so), Gucci, which launched its US ecommerce site in 2002, is now taking its online shopping experience to the next level — creating what it terms a "luxury digital flagship store."
Frida Giannini has been working on the newly rolled-out experience for the past 18 months, and Gucci president and CEO Patrizio di Marco says: “The destiny of the gucci.com digital flagship store is that it will become our highest-volume store in the world.”
>> Todd Selby Moving Into Film —Todd Selby is making his way into high fashion editorial — last week he shot Vanessa Traina in furs for what sounded like Harper's Bazaar — and now, it sounds like he's going into film, too. He revealed last week that he's been working on his first film, which he hopes to enter into The Sundance Film Festival. "I've been working for a long time on figuring out a way to translate my photo and book projects and The Selby, into a moving image." And today, he Tweeted: "I am directing my first short film tomorrow, wish me luck!" [Interview, @theselby]
>> Erin Fetherston's name is typically associated with super feminine designs, but on the set of Paper's recent shoot, which captured women like Fetherston (below), Bergdorf Goodman SVP Linda Fargo, and Rachel Roy in menswear and mustaches, she admitted: "I've started to wear pants a lot, having been a dress-only girl for so many years. It's interesting to have a balance." Jenny Shimizu, who also took part, told Paper she's working on something new as well: a book of her life experiences, particularly "carousing around" in the '90s supermodel scene.