>> Just because you're not a kid anymore doesn't mean you don't deserve new supplies. For most, the end of August will always feel like the true new year — a time for new clothes, new pencils, and a whole new start. So, in the spirit of back-to-school, we've gathered up 24 scholarly essentials — re-imagined and guaranteed to make for a very chic re-entry, no matter your age.
Posts for August 22nd 2011
>> After much speculation, Style.com has confirmed it will launch its first print magazine on Oct. 31, just a few weeks after the Spring 2012 shows finish. The first issue is "going to be very much focused on Spring/Summer 2012 collections," according to Style.com editor-in-chief Dirk Standen. "We are going to spotlight the most interesting people, places and clothes of the season, but beyond that we are hoping to convey to the reader what the experience of going through that intense four week cycle is like ... Starting today I will be using our Twitter feed to let our readers know what we’re up to as we shoot the photo shoots, meet the designers and models, and rush to put together the first issue."
The magazine's editorial staff — in addition to Standen — centers around Style.com executive editor Nicole Phelps and contributing editor Tim Blanks, while the creative team includes Fairchild Fashion Media editorial director Peter Kaplan and Style.com magazine creative director Lina Kutsovskaya, formerly of Nylon and Teen Vogue.
As for the reason why Style.com is moving into print? Standen explains: "If you look at the big picture I don’t think [media] brands can afford to be tied to one medium anymore. Obviously you see that with magazines paying a lot of attention to their websites now. But even on the web, it’s not enough to just have a website. You have to be on various digital devices. You need to be on the various social media sites. You want your content to be available in as many places as possible. Now that we are within the Fairchild umbrella, which has a lot of experience and a great deal of expertise in publishing, it became a natural extension for Style.com to do a magazine."
The website is also testing e-commerce, concurrent with the magazine launch, Standen says: "We are working with six New York City designers to be announced during fashion week. They are going to make a very limited number of pieces available directly from their Spring  collection, so that people will be able to buy them right away. We are going to coordinate it with the launch of the magazine so, technically end of October. They will be able to buy it and will receive a nice package in the mail within days."
The Style.com magazine is currently available for pre-order and will be available on newsstands in select cities across North America and in Europe.
>> Daphne Guinness, a longtime champion of Alexander McQueen, reveals that originally she was afraid to meet the designer: “I admired him and didn’t want to meet him because I am quite shy, but Isabella [Blow] said I must. But I didn’t want to be a groupie. It had to happen organically. You don’t have to know someone to love their work. One day he saw me walking across the street in his kimono and he ran up to me and said, 'I’m the person you don’t want to meet!' We went to a pub and hit it off. Of course after that I was so irritated not to have known him before!” [W]
>> It has come to light that Steven Robinson, John Galliano's longtime right-hand man at Dior who passed away in 2007 at the age of 38, did not die of a heart attack as it was reported at the time. Instead, according to new reports, his cause of death was a cocaine overdose — he was found in his Paris home with up to 7 grams of the drug in his system.
Robinson was supplied the cocaine by Alassane Seck, a 40-year-old illegal immigrant from Senegal, who was later convicted of manslaughter after Robinson's death. Galliano is said to have testified at Seck's trial in 2008, but no journalists attended proceedings, and no official documents containing Robinson's cause of death were ever released, provoking accusations of a cover-up aimed at protecting Dior's reputation.
During Seck's trial, it emerged that dozens of "big names in the fashion world" were using his services, according to his lawyer, Francois-Henri Blistene. "There is a great deal to this entire case which has never been discussed publicly . . . My client was supplying cocaine to some of the biggest names in Paris, including Mr Robinson. Many other public figures were also using his services."
Seck was jailed for seven years in 2008, but has since been released.
>> In a video Vogue.com captured a few weeks before her wedding (below), Kate Moss admitted that she was having a bit of a Bridezilla moment: “I’ve had big parties, I’ve had big birthday parties and you know, I’m like, ‘Let’s do a big wedding!’ Oh my god. And then you wake up thinking, ‘Ballet shoes for the girls! The satin! Is the ribbon right?’ I’m like, I’ve gone mental! I did not understand the Bridezilla show but now I do.”
And the extreme attention to detail didn't exclude the bridal shoes, Manolo Blahnik — who did the honors — recently revealed: “We did them five times to get them the way [Kate] wanted. My workers are the best people. I wouldn’t be here without them. The shoes arrived the day before and there were too many jewels on the heel because of the long train. So we had women working up until midnight to change it. I’ve known Kate since she was a little girl. The wedding was divine. Kate has such a presence. You just have to feel it.”
>> Alexa Chung is back for a second collection with Madewell, hitting stores and Madewell.com Sept. 22. A couple of images from the collection's campaign — shot in and around Austin, Texas — have been released, reflecting the collaboration's American-road-trip vibe. Chung apparently took “heavy inspiration [from] girls in bands who live their looks,” according to the company’s statement, while designing, and Kin Yung Lee, Madewell's head of design, said of re-pairing with Chung: “We were all so in sync. Since it’s the second collection, it was like old friends getting together and creating something — and having a great time in the process!”
>>Looking for an easy end-of-summer nail update? Try this French manicure gone rogue, spotted at the Tibi Fall 2011 show. To copy the look — and get a straight line at the tip — try using classic French manicure guides, and don't be afraid to get a little experimentimental: while we love the vibrant fuschia pictured here, we think this look would be equally chic in a fiery orange, dark plum, or even a subtle pale peach.
>> Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady are the world's highest-paid celebrity couple in 2011, according to Forbes. Bundchen — who may be on track to becoming a billionaire, Forbes suggested earlier this year — is estimated to have earned $45 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Brady — who signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension last September with the New England Patriots — brought home $31 million in the same period, making their combined annual earnings $76 million. The couple topped Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z ($72 million), Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt ($50 million), and David and Victoria Beckham ($45 million). [Forbes]
According to WWD, Bernard Arnault is in talks with Jacobs about moving from Louis Vuitton to Dior, and meetings have reportedly been scheduled in Paris this week between Dior officials and legal representatives for Jacobs. Jacobs, who signed on as Vuitton's artistic director in 1997, has been in the midst of renewing his employment contract at Vuitton, but those discussions are said to have been put on hold, pending the outcome of Jacobs's discussions with Dior.
One source cautioned WWD that deal with Jacobs is not done, but both the designer and Dior management are so far "excited" about the prospect. If the deal goes through, Jacobs will get his first opportunity as a couturier, and his business partner Robert Duffy would come with him. Dior declined to comment on the reports, and Jacobs could not be reached for comment.
As for who would replace Jacobs at Vuitton, it sounds like Phoebe Philo could be first in line. LVMH has already reportedly held preliminary discussions with Philo, who is said to be "intrigued" by the project. If the shuffling plays out, it's reportedly likely she would design Vuitton in addition to Celine.
WWD reports that a number of potential candidates have been approached to succeed John Galliano, who exited Dior in March, including Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquière, Sarah Burton, Haider Ackermann and Hedi Slimane. Elbaz and Ghesquiere, who both have equity stakes in and strong commitments to the houses they design for, have withdrawn themselves from the running, and Burton is said to have rebuffed overtures. Talks with Ackermann and Slimane, meanwhile, did not end in an agreement. As for Riccardo Tisci, he is still considered a dark-horse candidate, and has been championed by Delphine Arnault, Dior deputy managing director and Bernard Arnault's daughter.