Ever since LOVE magazine hit the newsstands with a naked Beth Ditto on the cover fashionistas everywhere hailed the new style magazine and its fabulous editor Katie Grand as the new Hot Thing. Not that Grand is new to the fashion scene at all, having ruled the roost as editor of uber-trendy style mag POP before her defection to Conde Nast last year amongst speculation that Bauer Media (who own POP) were not committed to her or the magazine. She has also styled campaigns and catwalk shows for Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton among others. All these juicy fashion contacts may mean that she has hot fashion celebrities queuing up to land the cover of LOVE, but for the up-coming issue she has gone completely the other way, using emerging young and relatively unknown talent for the cover and the content. There are two covers, one of Sting’s model daughter Coco Sumner and one of an eighteen-year-old musician from Birmingham, who was apparently ‘found’ by Grand on the internet. He may have had no idea who she, the photographer or the magazine was when he agreed to star on the cover but needless to say, having Katie Grand pick you out of nowhere must be a helping hand on the road to stardom. Read more »
Fashion round-up: Wintour in London, Mosshart does a Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham an American Idol
Anna Wintour in London town:
Rumours have been abound for months, but now we have confirmation that US Vogue High Priestess, Ms Wintour, will be making an appearance at London Fashion Week next month. LFW is much-anticipated this year, with Christopher Bailey bringing Burberry back to Britain, alongside a whole host of designers, new and established, to celebrate the British Fashion Council’s 25th birthday. We expect a fashion scrum for a glimpse of that famous bob when she arrives!
Designer alert no 1: Katie Holmes. Read more »
Known for her sharp tailoring and fierce clothes, fashion designer Stella McCartney’s fall collection photographs are a stark alteration from her typical campaigns. Following in her mother’s footsteps, a famed animal rights protector, Stella’s strictly ‘no animals’ policy in the making of her clothes is ironically abandoned through starring Disney’s cast of Bambi in the photo shoot for her Fall campaign.
But why such a childlike figure alongside Stella’s famously severe clothes?
Apparently Stella wanted to juxtapose the innocence of such a recognisable figure with the fierceness of her clothes. Well the campaign definitely works; Bambi may look at home in the woodlands alongside his furry friends, but model Sigrid Agren, looks more edited in than the cartoon characters them selves. Keep an eye out for Bambi and co in September’s Issue of British Vogue. Who said fashion was becoming predictable….
The news zinging around the fashion wires this morning is that our very own fashion darling Alexa Chung is starring in the new season campaign for DKNY Jeans.
Alexa will feature in the UK autumn winter 09 campaign, with actress/musician Hilary Duff starring in the US version.
Over the past year Alexa Chung has gone from cute and quirky London girl to a internationally known Brit fashion icon, thanks to her move to the states and her prime time show on MTV. Her signature style of loose dresses and oversized cardigans, brogues and classic British labels such as Mulberry, have made her stand out of the American fashion crowd of the ultra-groomed and glam. Read more »
Is Lily Allen the multi-tasker of the year?! While some of us can barely manage to walk and talk at the same time, Ms Allen is managing to continue her successful music career, become the latest Chanel campaign muse and launch a jewellery collection.
She unveiled her new range at an exclusive tea party yesterday afternoon at Claridges. There are three mini-collections featuring coins, fruit and animals. An enamel flamingo on a chain, favoured by the star, is predicted to be a hot favourite. The collection has been picked up by Argos and H Samuel but will most probably be picked up by more stores when it officially launches at the end of September. And Lily is determined to oversee every last detail of the range, especially as it has her name on it: “I really cared about what these pieces looked like. If your name is on the box, you make sure it looks good.” Read more »
The couture shows, based in the capital of romantic luxury, Paris, are the place to see some of the best work by high-fashion design houses such as Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dior. Although it may sound a tad pretentious, the outfits on the catwalks are viewed more as fashionable works of art to all who flock to Paris to watch, only accessible to buy for an elite handful of the wealthiest fashion followers and no-one else. We have it on good authority that gawping at the pictures rarely do justice to being at the actual shows, with every creation painstakingly devised to reflect the designer’s creative and technical abilities.
Have you ever wondered what life is really like behind those ever-present Tom Ford sunnies that are always perched so perfectly on Anna Wintour’s head, framed by that eponymous symmetrical bobbed hair? t5m’s Angelica Hermon finds out what goes on inside the mind of the fashion high priestess… Read more »
Fashion expert and street-fashion fanatic, Elisabeth Donovan, meets Yael Sloma…
Like any “it-girl” amateur, street fashion blogs are my barbiturate of choice. Yael Sloma, the Tel Avivian street photographer a.k.a the Streets Walker answered some questions in the Laundry Cafe of Tel Aviv, a nice place where you can have coffee and rent DVDs while doing your laundry. Read more »
New York’s Lincoln Centre recently became a fashionista’s playground when it played host to a slew of the world’s most fashionable people for the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, otherwise known as the CFDAs. The awards are commonly recognised as the industry’s highest honour for designers, with previous winners including Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Philip Lim, Ralph Lauren and Carolina Herrera, across the various categories. The evening’s most esteemed award, Womenswear Designer of the Year, went to design duo Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, a brand that has exploded onto the catwalks and the backs of A-list fashionistas over the last couple of years. Other big winners were Marc Jacobs, who won the International Award for Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang, who won the Swarovski Award for emerging talent.
Of course, fashion awards aren’t complete without the crème de la crème of the industry parading down the red carpet (or in this case, a rather beige one) in a variety of the hottest designs around. t5m fashion favourite Agyness Deyn strutted down in a sequin mini dress, whilst Vogue grand dame Anna Wintour opted for monochrome Carolina Herrera. Top points to Heidi Klum who looked fantastic in a silver shimmering Michel Kors mini dress with a Grecian style shoulder. And Kirsten Dunst certainly chose the right label for the night in a grey bandage dress from Rodarte, trading in her usual bohemian look for smoky eyes and acres of bare leg – and looking fantastic with it!
High-street fashion hounds are certainly going to be spoilt for choice this year, with the latest announcement that the glamorous accessories label Jimmy Choo will be collaborating with H&M. Hot on the heels of the top high-street/high-fashion union between H&M and Matthew Williamson, the hot high-street retailer has announced that Jimmy Choo will design a range of accessories for release in stores in November. This will be H&M’s first collaboration with an accessories designer, but there are also plans afoot to extend the range to include a collection of clothing that will aim to complement the accessories rather than vice versa.
Jimmy Choo founder and president Tamara Mellon has said that the collection would bring to H&M a “sophisticated, fashion forward, accessible and glamorous collection” and that the pieces would be the sort that women will want to buy and ‘wear out that night!’ We certainly think it’s time for H&M to put the accessories in the spotlight – the clothing collaborations with the likes of Matthew Williamson and Victor and Rolf have been extremely well received but over the past year the H&M accessories have been hotting up, with a much greater selection of on-trend shoes, bags and jewellery. A little bit of Jimmy Choo glamour may just be the icing on the fashion-forward cake.