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September 1 2014

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All Business For Gisele, Prada, Pierre Bergé, And More…

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The Forbes Celebrity 100 list is out, and models are well represented. Gisele (pictured; #85), Heidi Klum (#86), and Kate Moss (#91) all made the list—though, we have to admit, in the lower rungs. You’re gonna need to hustle to catch up with Taylor Swift (#12), ladies! [Forbes]

Prada is reportedly again considering an IPO, a move it has mulled and rejected several times over the past few years. The latest bid has the company going public in the first quarter of 2012. [WWD]

A group of three investors—including YSL’s late partner in business and life, Pierre Bergé—will assume control of the struggling French newspaper Le Monde. The trio’s bid was opposed by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, owing to Bergé’s close ties to socialist politics, but narrowly approved by a board vote. [Bloomberg]

And if all that business news is a little heady for a Tuesday morning, relax with a few pretty pictures. The experts at Modelinia weigh in on two new Fall campaigns: Isabel Marant (starring #91 herself, Kate Moss), and Miu Miu (starring Ginta Lapina and Siri Tollerød). [Modelinia]

Photo: Don Ashby and Olivier Chasse

Discovered: A Qing Dynasty Lacoste Polo?

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A bit of free advice for the billionaires: If that Ming Dynasty vase of yours hits the floor, don’t despair—just send the broken pieces to Li Xiaofeng, who specializes in making art—everything from fire extinguishers to Mao jackets—from early modern (think of it as very vintage) Chinese porcelain. Li’s handcrafted “clothes” inspired Lacoste to tap the Chinese artist to be the latest designer in its Holiday Collector’s Series, and to create both a fragment-inspired design for sellable polos and one ultra-expensive polo from the fragments themselves. One problem: Last year, China outlawed the export of any item made before 1911, including ceramic shards.

Undaunted, Li traveled to Jingdezhen, in China’s eastern Jiangxi Province, the historic capital of porcelain and the site of the ancient imperial kilns, where all the ceramics for the imperial family were fired. There he painted and fired his own ceramic bowls—some with the Lacoste crocodile alongside more traditional soldiers contemplating landscapes, orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums, and plum blossoms—and broke his own handiwork to create pieces free to travel from the Far East back to Paris. The entire process, from painting the bowls to finally linking the 317 pieces, took three months, which makes the porcelain polo (above) the most expensive and exclusive Lacoste shirt to date. The slightly more user-friendly printed polo (below) was created from digital photographs of existing shards—fifteenth and sixteenth-century pieces from the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty, covered with lotus and baby patterns.

“I began buying shards at the dirt market in Beijing, and I had construction workers take me to sites six meters underground to collect shards,” Li explains of his process. “One day, I had so many I began to think, what can I do with all this? I was inspired by the Han Dynasty burial suit, a ceremonial suit made of jade pieces, and then came the Mao jacket…” Which leads, naturally, to the Lacoste polo. Continue Reading “Discovered: A Qing Dynasty Lacoste Polo?” »

Fresh From The Feed

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Style.com’s Fashion Feed brings you the best of the news around the Web and on Twitter, and ranks the most-discussed designers, labels, models, and celebrities. In our weekly series, we call out the top five designers of the previous week (with our handy gloss on the hows and whys).

1. Alexander McQueen (pictured; last week: 3)
The appointment of Pina Ferlisi as the creative director of McQ made headlines last week. Meanwhile, many saw echoes of the man’s own work in Comme de Garçons’ Spring ’11 menswear collection, which was heavy on the skull motifs McQueen often employed.

2. Marc Jacobs (last week: 5)
It was a big LV week: There was the strong showing from Jacobs and his lieutenant, Paul Helbers, for Louis Vuitton’s Spring ’11 menswear collection, as well as the announcement of the new LV women’s campaign, starring Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova.

3. Stella McCartney (last week: 1)
Stella’s presumably staying off the courts herself—she’s currently pregnant with baby no. 4—but that didn’t stop her from outfitting the Danish tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki for Wimbledon.

4. Diane von Furstenberg
DvF added “hotelier” to her already long list of titles with the opening of suites she guest-designed at London’s Claridge’s Hotel. Pals Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna stopped by to check them out

5. Victoria Beckham
…as did Victoria Beckham, who reportedly postponed a vacation to do so.

Who Wore it Best? Toppers Two Ways

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Real-life royals are among the competitors at Veuve Cliquot’s annual Polo Classic—Prince Harry among them—so Sunday hats, that staple of prim garden parties, are always among the fashion musts. There were plenty on display on Governors Island yesterday, but Veronica Webb (left) and Rachel Roy (right) went for a more modern take on the topper. Each came in a menswear-style fedora (and, by the way, a Rachel Roy outfit): Roy paired hers with a sleeveless blouse, knee-length shorts, and oxford flats, while Webb went a more feminine route in a sleeveless printed sheath with strappy sandals. Which do you prefer—Roy’s boyish bravado, or Webb’s more ladylike look?

Photos: Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan

M.I.A., Mark, And More Party At Milk

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Vice magazine can mobilize the hipster masses, but isn’t necessarily known for its ability to keep them organized. Interesting, then, that the mag teamed up with Intel to present 12 straight hours of movie screenings, digital art, and precisely scheduled musical acts at Milk Studios. Anyone with memories of Vice‘s chaotic Halloween party last year (or the riotous door situation at Milk’s recent Corduroy bash, for that matter) could be forgiven for thinking the so-called Creators Project might end up more madhouse than funhouse—especially considering all the free booze.

Miraculously, that wasn’t the case. From Saturday afternoon until early Sunday morning, crowds flowed easily in and out of Milk’s multilevel complex, and organizers even installed a bunch of silver bike racks along 15th Street as a courtesy to visitors, like Nate Lowman, who rode over. The audiovisual amusements were loud and varied, and anyone who thought Interpol’s show at the loading dock was too mainstream could go upstairs to see Die Antwoord, the unlikely South African rap sensation. Ryan McGinley, who shot M.I.A. (top) for the Times Magazine‘s controversial recent profile, was one of few fans not snapping photos of the pop star during her unannounced but not-so-secret performance, which had her on-stage team taking a moment to pour drinks for the front rows.

Mark Ronson (above), who served more or less as the event’s busy mascot, circulated in a white jacket, sipping from a carton of orange juice. After midnight, he set up his DJ station on the first floor. He’d already done a discussion panel and created a pop song in front of an audience. Now, he had Alexander Wang swaying to his tunes and his sister, Charlotte, proudly looking on. She’d missed the M.I.A. set and just about everything else, she said: “I came for him.”

Photos: Courtesy of Milk Studios