Come October, the Club Monaco girl will be trading in the California breeziness of September with something a bit richer: heavy knits, Highlands-inspired plaids, and a nice helping of cashmere. The brand is calling it "Scottish luxury," but with its bevy of wallpaper prints (some of which evoke iconic UK wallpaper-maker William Morris), brocade patterns, and '20s-tinged embellishments, we're guessing you'll call it exactly what you want to wear this Fall. See the entire collection here.
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- Victoire de Castellane took a break from her day job as Dior's fine-jewelry designer to create a plant-filled logo for T magazine's Fall women's style issue. "I wanted to create imaginary flowers that would wrap around the T, re-creating a natural structure," she said of the design. [The Moment]
- Calvin Klein's ex-boyfriend Nick Gruber is working on a tell-all book about his two-year relationship with the designer. "This is the only way he can get closure," said a writer working with Gruber on the project. "He has a lot of secrets about Calvin, and he has the right to tell people." [New York Daily News]
- Giles Deacon, Richard Nicoll, Michael van der Ham, Lulu Guinness, and a group of other British designers will create tributes to Minnie Mouse that will be displayed during London Fashion Week. [Vogue UK]
- Hearst Tower has bathed its lobby in pink light this week to commemorate the passing of legendary Cosmpolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, who loved the color so much that the wallpaper in her office was bright pink. [Page Six]
- Prabal Gurung takes stealthy photos of fashionable women who inspire him with his iPhone — and he doesn't ask their permission. "I don't like to bother people," he says. [The Cut]
- Vogue intern Sean Avery says he's "on a big Givenchy run right now," but he gets "weird about actually wearing it because I love the pieces so much." [Refinery29]
Photo courtesy of T magazine
Calling all Rolex lovers: Moda Operandi has teamed with Bamford Watches and a bevy of fashion folk for a capsule collection of limited edition Rolexes — and they're all available right now. Nina Garcia, Brad Goreski, Jessica Hart, Frederic Fekkai, and Tommy Ton are among the editors, photographers, stylists, and models who were tapped to customize the watches; each put their individual stamp on everything — from the logo to the hands — in order to ensure that these are some of the most unique wrist pieces around. Priced from $14,400 to $24,800, they're all available exclusively on Moda Operandi through Aug. 23.
— Robert Khederian
H&M has released additional images from its Fall 2012 ad campaign, featuring Lana Del Rey photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The brand released two teaser images of the singer wearing a pink sweater in mid July, and the new ads see Del Rey attired in more of the brand's seasonal offerings.
The ads will be accompanied by a music video for Del Rey's cover of "Blue Velvet," directed by Johan Renck, which will debut on Sept. 19. Edited versions of the music video will be used as television commercials.
"Lana is totally unique, and we wanted to create a print and film campaign that's just as special," said H&M creative director Donald Schneider. "The mood is very LA noir and is inspired by our Fall collection, which also fits with Lana's own personal style."
Del Rey will also appear in a second set of ads shot by Solve Sundsbo that will feature H&M's Winter clothing. Those ads are expected to be released later in the year. For now, a glimpse of H&M's Fall campaign in the gallery.
J.Crew eschewed models for very glamorous real people like Tank magazine fashion director Caroline Issa and Le Figaro deputy editor Virginie Mouzat for its Fall 2012 campaign. The ads include written messages directed at people who "recognize quality and appreciate the small details in life," according to a spokesman for the retailer. Issa's ad, for example, says, "You speak softly and carry a loud bag," while Mouzat's says, "You have a passion for Italian shoes and spaghetti westerns." All the images end with the line "We know you're out there," which is intended to let costumers know that J.Crew is committed to providing them with well-made products.
The women's ads, which launched on J.Crew's website Thursday, highlight shoes and handbags. Get a look at all the products — and the women who love them — here in the gallery.
Photos courtesy of J.Crew
"Normally, everything starts to go down, but that goes up," says Carine Roitfeld of the effect her newfound obsession with ballet has had on her posterior. "I had to give all my skirts to the seamstress, and she had to add five centimeters. That's a lot."
In a recent Harper's Bazaar profile, Roitfeld says that she works out to "try to be in shape to be a young grandma." She also says that she doesn't have time to eat — or to read her old magazine, Vogue Paris. And with good reason: in addition to launching her magazine CR Fashion Book, she's been busy working on her upcoming partnership with MAC. Read on for her thoughts on that — and more.
On working with MAC: "I'm not bad-looking, but I'm not a beauty either. I think I have character, and that is what people like in me," she says of the campaign image, which features her in a slip dress. "I think women can recognize themselves in that picture. They see, 'Oh, she's not wearing too much makeup; she's not too much dressed; she's not too much bizarre. She's very much like another woman — simple.'"
On the staff of CR Fashion Book: "I'm using new people, so I'm going to fight to make them stars. It's very risky. I like to take risks. It's very exciting in a way. It's a bit Steve Jobs, no? Each day is a new challenge to find the model, the photographer, the money, the location, you know?"
On not reading Vogue Paris: "I have not looked at French Vogue. It's like a divorce in a way. It's still very fresh; it's still very like my baby for 10 years. I prefer to take a big distance; maybe next year, it will be finished. I don't do the magazine because I want revenge — you say, revenge?"
On her trim figure: "I don't eat a lot, to be honest — never. I'm a bit like a little bird, picking all day long, but I'm not getting pasta or getting all those things, you know? So I think it's my morphology. I've always been skinny."
Meeting your idols can be exhilarating, but Agyness Deyn told us she wasn't exactly a smooth operator the first time she met Dame Vivienne Westwood, with whom she did her first major ad campaign.
"That was before I've done Vogue or anything — I was 19," Deyn said of the ad. "I loved Vivienne. I remember that was one of the first shows I ever did. She's from up north, right where I'm from. I just remember telling her, 'I'm from where you're from!' while she was in the middle of styling someone during the show, and she was like, 'Oh, OK.'"
"It really depends on how I'm feeling. Especially with my hair, shaving it and dying it black, then I dyed it orange," she said. "It's something that I like to express in addition to the way I dress." And what was she expressing when she got that buzz cut? "I was just like, let's get it all off. I've done that all the way through growing up. You just get to the point of shaving it all off, and I've gone through years where I dye it, shave it, grow it out, and have fun with it all over again."
— Additional reporting by Chi Diem Chau
Photo courtesy of Dr. Martens