>> Miranda Kerr's six month old son Flynn — full name Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom — was named in part after her first boyfriend, she recently revealed. Her former boyfriend, Christopher Middlebrook, died in a car accident when he was a teenager. “Chris and I had been dating for two years,” Kerr says. “After he died, I wrote him a letter that said I hoped to name my first child after him in some way. I told Orlando [Bloom, her husband] and he was the one who said he’d be happy to do that. Orlando’s a good guy.” [Sunday Telegraph]
Posts for July 13th 2011
>> America's Next Top Model may have Andre Leon Talley as a judge and Vogue Italia as a partner, but it sounds like Model Apartment, Glee creator Ryan Murphy's upcoming reality docuseries, may have an even more high fashion slant.
The series, which is in development at A&E and has Unzipped's Douglas Keeve on board as executive producer, was described in May as: "[A look] inside the world of six models living together for a fly-on-the-wall look at how they live, work, and play."
The cast is reportedly a mix of established models and fresh faces, and The Imagist noted earlier this week: "[The] Ryan Murphy Model TV project is gathering momentum in the form of Vogue Italia cover girls and English indie cover boys. I don't think television has ever seen such a editorial casting in eons."
It's also possible that Anna Wintour's daughter Bee Shaffer is somehow involved — she moved to Los Angeles in May to work for Murphy's production company, reportedly overseeing research for the shows and projects under the company's umbrella.
>> After reports yesterday that Sarah Jessica Parker is parting ways with Halston — WWD confirms that the two parties are in the midst of terminating their agreement — Harvey Weinstein, too, is said to be on the way out, according to WWD's sources.
A Halston statement could be coming as soon as today, although it's unclear whether it will address Weinstein's next move with regards to the label. The Weinstein Company acquired Halston with Hilco Consumer Capital in 2007.
>> Guillaume Henry debuted his first pre-collection for Carven — for Resort 2012 — during couture in Paris last week. Inspired by the Alpine landscapes of Bavaria and Switzerland — “I wanted to express the crispness quality of all the things coming from those mountains,” Henry explained — the designer worked digital prints of vintage maps and postcards into his signature offering of cropped jackets, high-waister shorts, collared shirts, and cocktail dresses. He also introduced his first swimsuit — a white cutout maillot — and brightly-colored, flat versions of the classic Carven heel with bows on the back.
>> For his second-ever ad campaign, Alexander Wang chose Fabien Baron to shoot Raquel Zimmermann in an abandoned grain factory from the '20s in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Karl Templer, Wang's usual collaborator, was on styling duty. “We wanted something really gritty and raw to contrast with the polished richness of what we showed on fall runway,” Wang explained of the scene.
The accompanying campaign video, set to a soundtrack of SebastiAn’s “CTFO” featuring MIA, is going to be projected at several locations around Manhattan (Houston and McDougal, 14th and University, 14th Street and 8th Avenue) — starting around 9 pm tonight for six hours and continuing both tomorrow and Friday nights (July 13-July 15).
For those not in New York, the full video is below.
>> Kate Moss and Jamie Hince's honeymoon — spent tooling around the Mediterranean in Sir Philip Green's yacht near Portofino, St. Tropez, and Corsica — has ended a little shorter than the predicted two weeks, perhaps due to an earthquake near Corsica. But not before they received a couple of unique honeymoon gifts: Terry de Havilland sent Moss a pair of scarlet snakeskin stillettos with "F*ck you" spelled out in Swarovski crystals on one sole and "F*ck me" spelled out on the other; and another friend reportedly let Banksy into Moss and Hince's house while they were gone so that the graffiti artist could do a mural in their bathroom.
Moss and Hince were spotted out at dinner with a friend at The Wolseley last night in London, and then running errands to the White Cube contemporary art gallery in London today with Moss's daughter Lila Grace Hack.
>> It's sounding more and more like Bernard Arnault's long-held strategy of hiring enfant terrible designers to reinvigorate luxury brands (John Galliano at Dior, Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen at Givenchy) will not be employed for his new Dior hire, whoever that may be.
Arnault has seen the even-tempered — even shy — Phobe Philo create triple-digit growth at Celine, and believes that it has the potential to be the next major brand. “It will take time, but [Celine] is on the way,” he tells Robin Givhan in Newsweek. “Phoebe has the potential. She is doing a style which is completely in line with our time.” Plus, he notes: “My daughter Delphine, she’s working at Dior, but she wears Celine.”
There's also the bad taste that Galliano seems to have left in Arnault's mouth. “I’m surprised that I did not get a call or a word of excuse from him,” he said not long after Galliano was fired. “After all that I did for him?” And he still hasn't been able to bring himself to forgive Galliano: “Not yet."
Although Arnault says he has no plans to make Dior into a minimalist label in the way of Celine, he does suggest it's time for a change at the house. Givhan writes: "[It's] time to recast his global, glittering, status-laden empire as something else. The watchwords are: intimate, Old World, artful. And the timing feels right."
As Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano points out: “A lot of schools produce designers, but the technical people — this is what we have to protect. They work very hard here, and they live outside of Paris. They are not living like the designer. They are simple people. Some of them have a difficult life. They have their feet on the ground." Ultimately, he says, "They’re sustaining the house."
Arnault agrees, saying of the current Dior situation: “I think we have the equivalent of the Vienna Philharmonic. From time to time, the Vienna Philharmonic could play without a conductor because they are so good. But that cannot last forever. We want to [make] the best choice for the house and find the best conductor.”
But, star designers can come and go. “A good product,” Arnault says, “can last forever.”
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