>> Arizona Muse's star has been rising at rocket speed — in the past month alone, her Spring 2011 Prada and Yves Saint Laurent ads have come out, she's been on the January 2011 cover of Vogue Italia with Freja Beha Erichsen, and had only-girl spreads in Vogue UK February 2011 and Vogue China February 2011. Now, Anna Wintour is touting Muse in her February 2011 editors' letter as "the breakout star at the Spring 2011 shows last Fall," adding: "When I look at Arizona, I see shades of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova, but most of all, I see her, a gorgeous, smart grown-up. And how could anyone resist someone with that name?" If Muse keeps this up, she, Lindsey Wixson, and Karlie Kloss could be bringing American models back in a big way. A selection of her aforementioned work in the gallery.
Posts for January 14th 2011
>> According to Alexander McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd, the label is doing significant business in custom-made clothes, and for that reason, he's looking into leasing some extra space to accommodate: “We’ve been discussing it for a number of months because the demand is so strong.” McQueen custom dresses are easily in the $30,000 range; Akeroyd says some of the orders have been for archival pieces and others are for Sarah Burton's Spring 2011 collection, but the custom business on a whole is profitable. Also: when the Costume Institute Gala rolls around in May, keep your eyes peeled — two dresses from McQueen's final collection just arrived at the label's Manhattan boutique for customers to wear to the event. [On the Runway]
Alessandra, Izabel, Maryna, and Isabeli Are Making Some Funny Faces in Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2011 Ad Campaign
>> Now that the full set of Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2011 ad campaign is out, the images together are quite something. Garance Dore noted earlier this week that both the Chloe and Valentino Spring campaigns show models who are actually smiling, and with Dolce, the models are also actually showing emotion, but of a different kind: Steven Klein captured Isabeli Fontana, Alessandra Ambrosio, Maryna Linchuk, and Izabel Goulart mid-yell in more than one image, and Alessandra goading Isabeli in another. Of course, there are the requisite sultry looks — this is Dolce & Gabbana we're talking about — but it's worth noting that models are starting to be given some freedom of expression when it comes to ads.
>> Reece Hudson founders Reece Solomon and Max Stein enlisted Jak & Jil's Tommy Ton to shoot their lookbook last season on the colorful, humming streets of Manhattan. This season, however, they worked with photographer Alexander Noe and stylist Rachel Siegel to strip all those trappings away, instead going for a smudgy studio shoot devoid of any color (minus the rich greens and saddle browns highlighting the label's Spring 2011 handbag offering, that is).
The images were produced in part to showcase on the new Reece Hudson website, set to launch in the next week. Stein said via email that video will play a part on the new site, as well: "We are hoping to do a video per season going forward — either in collaboration with the lookbook or something independent. We are working on one for SS11 currently." Last season's video was a behind-the-scenes take on Ton's lookbook shoot; while the upcoming Spring vid, Stein teases, is "more 'artistic based.'"
>> Earlier this week, Cathy Horyn revealed that in preparation for his first show as Thierry Mugler creative director next week, Nicola Formichetti was in Montreal photographing his "muse," Rick Genest, who has his entire body tattooed to resemble a skeleton. Formichetti found Rico, as he is known, on Facebook.
Now we have a visual to go with that inspiration. Mugler just released the official image below from Formichetti's "Anatomy of Change"-themed collection — debuting on Jan. 19 during the Paris men's shows — and promises that in the lead-up to the show next Wednesday, more will be released on the Mugler website.
>> Keeping your noggin warm during these frigid months is vital, no doubt, but even better if you can do it in style. Peep our current headcovering favorites from Eugenia Kim, ASOS, James Perse, and Katie Mawson — there are fun furry toppers, knit beanies, trappers . . . and more in the selection below!
>> Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs's business partner, who spoke to Vogue UK this week, says he can't imagine a world in which he didn't work with Jacobs: "We have always worked together, for 27 years, and I don't think we'll ever go our separate ways. We've both done projects separately, of course, when we've been really broke or when we've been fired, but we just know each other so well now."
That longstanding relationship has translated into the Jacobs business as a whole. "We have a very low staff turnover," Duffy explains. "Some people have been here for 25 years . . . We're definitely like a family. I'm the dad and Marc is the crazy mother! It's like 'How is she today?', 'How are her mood swings?'!"
Duffy also revealed his strategy for getting the new Marc Jacobs store locations he really wants: "Partly it happens because I have a very small budget to find new sites, but it means there is an emotional thing behind every location. I think that's the best way to find a new store, I fall in love with the building and then drive the person that has it crazy until we get the lease! That way you already have a vision for the store and you put all your energy in to it. In LA, I wanted this store which was a carpet shop, on the intersection between Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue, and I visited the guy who owned it constantly until — five years later — we finally got it. Then, I found a store I loved on Mount Street in London — which I loved because it was on a corner, with lots of windows, but also because I always stay at the Connaught so I love the street — and went in to see the guy who owned it; it was a carpet shop too. After a while he said, you just bought a store from my brother in LA! It was his brother I'd been driving crazy, so he said 'Ok, you can have it!'"
>> It sounds like the new teen magazine Tavi Gevinson and Jane Pratt are working on is going to have an online component as well — or may be entirely online — based on a job listing that just popped up on MediaBistro. The intro reads: "First came Sassy, then came Jane, now Janepratt.com is coming! We're an online magazine that is in the process of preparing for our official launch with Jane Pratt as our editor-in-chief" and it asks for applicants to have a strong personality, a "strong interest in womens issues, current events, and culture," and to be able to write in a way that is "enticing to a young (18+) female demo." [NY Observer]
>> Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell sparred in DSquared2's campaign shot by Steven Meisel a couple of years ago, and it appears that Meisel was feeling like a catfight again this season — except this time, with more of an erotic undertone. He captured Kinga Rajzak and Iselin Steiro for Lanvin's Spring 2011 campaign pulling each other across a rug, kicking at one another . . . and one image shows Rajzak in full-on hiss-and-pounce mode.
>> Jil Sander's Spring 2011 +J Collection for Uniqlo hits stores in less than two weeks — on Jan. 26 — and we've got a preview of what to expect. The mantra for the collection is "basics that aren't monotonous," and the color scheme for the season is inspired by "desert breeze" and "nomads." Translation: jackets in sands, creams, and whites, cool blues, and pops of red on a dress or top here and there. The collection — more of which can be seen here, with price information — runs $19.90 for a tank to $229.90 for outerwear.