>> Lara Stone was spotted earlier today with her husband of just over a year, David Walliams, in Saint Tropez; they were leaving Club 55 and catching a yacht along with Elton John's partner David Furnish. Instead of repping for Calvin Klein, Stone went with a Louis Vuitton logo bikini peeking out of her button-down, and true to his comedic tendencies, once on the yacht, Walliams pulled down his pants and mooned the surrounding boats while Stone suppressed a smile.
Posts for August 15th 2011
>> Ann-Sofie Back debuted her fourth collection as Cheap Monday creative director last week during Stockholm Fashion Week. "It's about the time when our parents were young and rebellious, an idealistic time," Back explained of the light, bright, and striped Spring 2012 collection. "The styling is a punk clash, we've mixed up the styling. It's very much a DIY attitude and a punk attitude, being young, naïve and playful."
>> Steal this chic leather pant styling trick. Glossy trousers often run the risk of looking more costumey than cool, but when paired with crisply-tailored pieces — as in this street-snapped ensemble — the look is pure polished perfection. The secret to getting this unexpected combo right? Perfect proportions. A roomy oxford shirt plays perfectly against the slim ankle-cropped trousers, while a slightly oversized tux blazer pulls the whole thing together. Classic accessories with unconventional twists — a tote in teal leather, a cap-toed pair of pointy pumps — add intrigue to the simple two-tone palette. Make this look your own by clicking through the slide show to shop similar pieces now.
>> Those flat Balenciaga biker boots that have been so popular? Without them, according to Nicolas Ghesquiere, there wouldn't have been a Gisele Bundchen moment on the Spring 2011 Balenciaga runway: "The idea was to have this crazy casting with Gisele and Amber Valletta and Carolyn [Murphy], and they said no for high heels. They were not used to walking with heels anymore. Gisele was worried; she would not walk with my heels ... I was already thinking flats and I was already preparing the flat shoes."
Another defining Balenciaga moment that almost was not? The ever-popular, 11-year-old Lariat bag. "The group that owned Balenciaga in the old times — licensing blah, blah, blah — they heard that accessories were hot and they asked me, ‘Would you do a few bags with a license? We think it could make a little business,’" Ghesquiere says. "And we did this prototype and nobody cared; we had a couple of prototypes for a year."
One of those prototypes was the Lariat, he confirms: "Every girl who was walking [the show], including Kate [Moss] came in and was like, ‘What is that? Is it vintage? Is it something that you found at the flea market?’ I was like ‘No, it’s a handbag that we prototyped but just didn’t produce.’ We didn’t produce it because I think when I showed the prototype to the people who asked me to do it, they weren’t happy with it ... Accessories [at the time] were rigid. Luxury leather, especially, was about rigidity. So they were not really happy, and they decided not to produce it. Then when it was in the studio and the models noticed it, I said, ‘I think we should just do 25. Let me just give them to the girls because at least some people will be happy.’ And that product started from a very, very fashion point of view [and extended] to a very, very large, global audience."
>> After teaming up with Opening Ceremony last season for the lower-priced and more everyday wearable Rodarte for Opening Ceremony collection, Kate and Laura Mulleavy are back for another round for Fall 2011. Full of silk prints, cable-knit sweaters, and pinafore-inspired dresses, a preview of the Scandinavia-inspired collection — modeled by twins Gwen and Donna Loos, and hitting stores and online in early October — in the slideshow.
Photos by Autumn de Wilde