The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be filmed in New York City on Wednesday, and more information about the annual extravaganza is being revealed as the clock ticks closer to showtime. Herein, everything we've learned about who's walking in the show, what they'll be wearing, and how they've prepared for what is arguably the world's most-watched runway.
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Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- M.I.A. spilled the beans that she's working with Versace during a talk at New York's MoMA PS1, but she didn't specify exactly how she's working with the brand. [Fashionista]
- Narciso Rodriguez's hotly anticipated collection for Kohl's DesignNation concept is shoppable a whole day early. Customers were told to expect the line on Nov. 7. [SheFinds]
- Nicola Formichetti has announced that Vogue's international men's editions will all be rebranded as GQ Style — meaning the Fall 2012 issue of Vogue Hommes Japan is the last. [Nicola Formichetti]
- Say it ain't so: new restrictions the European Union has proposed on a list of 100 allergens commonly found in perfumes could alter some of the world's most iconic fragrances, including Chanel No. 5, Miss Dior, Guerlain's Shalimar, and Thierry Mugler's Angel. "It would be the end of beautiful perfumes if we could not use these ingredients," said Chanel chairwoman Francoise Montenay. [The Daily Telegraph]
- A number of people who walked past the line for the Alexander Wang sample sale in New York this morning asked shoppers if they were waiting to vote. A reporter in the line called the experience "kind of embarrassing." [Racked]
- Ralph Lauren has pledged $2 million to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. "We want to support the selfless work of so many agencies, professionals and volunteers and hope that these donations will make it easier for our cities to rebuild and recover," Lauren said. [Vogue UK]
If our Twitter feed proved anything today, it's that Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley aren't the only politicos in the fashion world. Terry Richardson, Kelly Mittendorf, Jeremy Scott, and Joe Zee were among those who not only hit the polls but also used their social media pull to get out the vote. While we'll leave it up to you to figure out who the majority of industry folk probably voted for, we will say this: patriotism is always in style.
It's, like, freezing and long lines and people are way pushy. That's the bad news about voting. The good news? America is the best country!
— Derek Blasberg (@DerekBlasberg) November 6, 2012
Suzy Menkes cites "a person in the Paris fashion industry" as saying that LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault has offered Ghesquière his own fashion house. According to Menkes's source, one of Arnault's children (either his daughter, Delphine, or his son Antoine, CEO of the men's brand Berluti) would take over the business side of Ghesquière's brand. Another source called the situation at LVMH "delicate."
In fact, there's some speculation that a delicate situation with PPR management is what caused Ghesquière to leave in the first place. According to WWD, tensions had been rising between the designer and Balenciaga CEO Isabelle Guichot over a "lack of support and funding" and a desire for a more commercial offering. The freedom and resources Hedi Slimane was given when he took over at Balenciaga's sister label Yves Saint Laurent — changing the brand's name and logo, for example — are also said to have contributed to Ghesquière's departure. The Financial Times' Vanessa Friedman points out that after 15 years of service, Ghesquière was only recently allowed to start advertising. Most of his shows have been staged at Balenciaga headquarters "to save money," but Slimane's first show for Saint Laurent was held in Paris's Grand Palais.
Whatever the reason for the split, Guichot says she already has a "short list" of potential candidates to replace Ghesquière — and she wants to hire a new creative director in short order. While she hasn't named names, sources claim Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, Kostas Murkudis, and Bouchra Jarrar are among the possibilities. PPR is also said to have its eyes on Londoners Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson, and Thomas Tait.
"My biggest interest is to focus the organization, accompany the team, and develop the brand potential, so it's in my interest to do it as soon as possible," Guichot said.
If Ghesquière had been unhappy about his departure from the brand, he didn't hint at it in a recent profile featured in Style.com/Print. But in the process of talking about embracing Balenciaga's rich past and trying to move it forward, he does betray a sort of introspection about his work. "Because the house has such a history, I have had to look to the future and respect the past for my own moment," he says. Perhaps his moment is now.
Photo: Ghesquière taking a bow at his Fall 2012 show for Balenciaga.