>> During a recent video tour of his New York flagship, Alexander Wang, who introduced small leather goods like wallets, coin purses, travel cases on his Fall 2011 runway, revealed that he's further diversifying into home lifestyle accessories: "We are starting — coming soon — special desk accessories and little home lifestyle pieces that I'm working on for the store as well . . . like our own custom Moleskine notebooks and little table lighters and things like that. So that's exciting." [W]
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>> Three days after the royal wedding comes another one of this year's big events — the Costume Institute Gala. In preparation, Vogue just launched an iPad app this morning dedicated to the spectacle, which features five years of behind-the-scenes footage, a preview of this year's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective — with peeks into the museum’s storage vaults — and a personal tribute to McQueen by Anna Wintour.
As the May 2 gala gets closer, the app — which costs 99 cents — will be updated with a video of event designer Raul Avila disclosing this year's decor details, and then after the bash, it will update again with a video covering the party and its featured celebrity performances.
Hamish Bowles, who provides an introduction on the app, says that the details of the event only come together the night before, when the workers are let into the Metropolitan Museum of Art to work through the evening: “It’s like an amazingly industrious ant colony, all with their part to play. So it has to be so scrupulously planned and orchestrated, because they have this finite window of opportunity in which to make the magic happen. The work is really phenomenal. The app gives you some sense of that."
Bowles also admits that even though he's attended the event for several years, he still gets butterflies: “I mean, it’s intimidating. The whole process of thinking of what you’re going to wear when all eyes are going to be on everyone. As soon as I know the theme, I have ideas rumbling away [on what to wear], but sometimes, it can be surprisingly eleventh hour.” And when asked whether his friends pester him about tickets to the event, he replies: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
>> Giovanna Battaglia, who moved four weeks ago to New York and has started working more with W, was thrown a welcoming dinner last night at The Upstairs at Cipriani Downtown by Eddie Borgo and his boyfriend, stylist Keegan Singh. Battaglia wore an “I Heart New York” t-shirt studded all across the front by Borgo (left), and celebrated with the likes of Gaia Repossi, Vladimir and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, and Joseph Altuzarra. W's Joseph Logan designed t-shirts that were passed out, proclaiming “New York Loves Gio,” one of which Altuzarra then customized for Battaglia with a pair of scissors. [W]
>> Lily Aldridge is thought to be marrying her fiance, Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill, early next month in California. While Aldridge still won't confirm any details — "There’s something about keeping what you’re gonna wear on the big night secret from your husband and creating that special, private moment,” she says — she was giving out hints at the launch of Victoria's Secret's new Sexy Little Bride collection this morning.
“My wedding is very traditional," Alridge remarked. "I didn’t think at first I wanted that. But now that it’s getting closer, traditions are kind of once. There’s going to be really good music, wine, and good food . . . It’s going to be very small and private. I feel like a little girl; I’m so excited." As for the honeymoon? "We’re still talking about the honeymoon details. I’m just going with it — it’s my moment!”
As for the dress: "The dress is the big fantasy, and I’m very lucky because someone is making my dress. It’s so gorgeous and I’m so excited to wear it. I recently got my shoes and I was jumping up and down when I put them on."
Aldridge admits she has another model to thank for all the festivities: “[Caleb and I] met the very first time Kings of Leon played Coachella. [Jessica Stam] made it happen. She was the one who dragged me to Coachella at two in the morning. If it wasn’t for her… Lots of love connections are made at Coachella!”
Behind-the-Scenes at the Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Campaign Shoots; Plus, Lanvin and Roberto Cavalli Cast Details
Raquel Zimmermann recently confirmed: "I'll be in the Lanvin campaign which was shot by photographer Steven Meisel, but I can not describe how it was, total secrecy until the campaign out!" And Roberto Cavalli is reportedly employing Natasha Poly, Mariacarla Boscono, and Karen Elson to be shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Panos Yiapanis.
After Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted leaving Coach headquarters recently with Reed Krakoff, meanwhile, rumors have been fanned that the actress might be a new face for either Coach or Krakoff's Coach-funded eponymous label.
Photos from the Ferretti and Ralph Lauren shoots in the gallery.
>> Word has been circulating that Dasha Zhukova is quietly working on a new magazine, and although no news on the name or the primarily content — whether fashion or arts and culture — has surfaced, the rumor is not going away. Today, Grazia's editor-at-large Melanie Rickey Tweeted: "Just heard first issue of Dasha Zhukova's magazine is published next month — a June edition. No idea of its name yet. Anyone know it?" [@fashedatlarge]
>> Whether John Galliano can make a comeback down the line or not is a subject of great contention — but one brand has already reportedly expressed interest in hiring the currently unattached designer. According to a source in Milan, WWD reports, Ferre owners Paris Group — which recently let designers Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi go — mulled the idea of tapping Galliano for Ferre.
Paris Group denied the reports, however, and a deal did not materialize. But speculation is rising that the group may endeavor to buy LVMH's 91 percent stake in the Galliano brand.
>> Now that Proenza Schouler's accessories line is firmly established, the label is looking into fashion's other great cash cow: fragrance. Proenza CEO Shirley Cook reveals: "We’ve been researching perfume — eventually we’d like to have one — so I wanted to understand the market better and also understand what is nice and what isn’t nice. And I’ve really found that I like the Serge Lutens ones the most." [Into The Gloss]
>> Two weeks ago, it came to light that Christian Louboutin is suing Yves Saint Laurent over a pair of red suede shoes with matching red soles from the latter's Spring 2011 collection (which also happens to include purple shoes with purple soles, navy shoes with navy soles and green shoes with green soles). According to the papers Louboutin's legal team filed in New York, "The defendant's use of red footwear outsoles that are virtually identical to plaintiff's Red Sole Mark is likely to cause and is causing confusion, mistake and deception among the relevant purchasing public as to the origin of the infringing footwear."
Now, Louboutin himself has addressed the matter: "I have the biggest respect for the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Having discussed the matter with them and not been able to reach an agreement, we have had to take this to court. My company has a trademark on the red sole and if we don't enforce it this would leave the door open for other brands to copy us while jeopardising the identity of the Louboutin red sole. No one before me has ever used a coloured sole to define a brand's identity. The red sole has become widely recognised as the distinct sign of my brand in the eyes of women all over the world."