Posts for September 22nd 2010
>> Alessandra Ambrosio has taken a couple of turns on the Spring 2011 catwalks — the latest was at Giles, where she wore her bread and butter: a bikini. "I wake up and read [show stylist] Katie [Grand]'s message on my phone — 'Are you okay wearing a bikini?'" she told The Cut. "I had to think second thoughts about what I was going to have for breakfast. [But] I'm like, 'I guess.' Because I'm Brazilian and I do Victoria's Secret, it wouldn't be polite to say I'm not okay. As long as it's not a G-string, I'm okay. I'm a mom now: I can't [do G-strings]." See Ambrosio, Jessica Stam, and more doing the backstage thing during London Fashion Week — we've got snaps from Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles, Mary Katrantzou, Matthew Williamson, Marios Schwab, Mark Fast, Peter Pilotto, Pringle of Scotland, Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders, Topshop Unique, and Vivienne Westwood.
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> While launching his first exhibition in Madrid, "Todo o Nada," on Monday, Mario Testino cited Kate Moss as a great influence, “not just because of her beauty. There are thousands and thousands of models, but very few with her attitude toward life.” While those comments do nothing to rock the boat, his stance on the problem of undernourished models surely will: “I think the world has greater problems than anorexia. Fashion uses young models, it always has, and of course they’re skinny. I was skinny too at their age.” [WWD]
>> Sarah Burton is preparing to show her first runway show at Alexander McQueen, and the pressure is on. The only public statement she's made since her appointment to the brand was back in May: "The creation of modern beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee's vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy." As the Wall Street Journal points out, "Gucci Group must now make the label stand on its own, apart from the personality that made it. Whether that means continuing the tradition of such scandalous designs is unclear . . . But as a chief designer, [Burton] remains an unknown quantity." Particularly as Gucci Group declined to make Burton available for an interview.
Fashion consultant Robert Burke says that as far as runway, "I don't think anyone will be able to keep up with McQueen. I think it would probably be best to not try to compete with that. Keeping consistency with the brand is really important. Any kind of major departure would not be good."
The McQueen label only broke even for the first time in 2007, and Burton is saddled with not only living up to the McQueen name, but designing to "lift the business out of its start-up phase," the Wall Street Journal notes. But: "That could be a strong point for the new chief designer: Much of her job at Alexander McQueen entailed boiling down the designer's catwalk creations into products that would be sellable on store shelves."