Marc Jacobs loves his Prada. If you’ll recall, in 2011, he posed in the Fall womenswear collection for an Industrie magazine shoot styled by Katie Grand, and he looked decidedly dapper in the flower-print Prada topper he wore to a Great Gatsby screening in April. But last week’s display of affection really takes the cake. While walking his dog in a sunny, 75-degree Saint Barts, Jacobs cuddled up in Miuccia’s covetable Spring ’14 rainbow coat. Sure, it was a little toasty for fur, but hey: If you got it, flaunt it.
Didn’t get quite what you hoped for this Christmas? Don’t fret, just gather up those gift receipts, exchange your unwanted trinkets for cash, and head over to Christie’s in Paris. On January 23 (which, it should be noted, is the last day of the Haute Couture shows), the auction house will put 180 items from Elsa Schiaparelli’s personal collection under the hammer. The treasures—which include vintage Schiaparelli wares, a totally divine tête-à-tête chaise in pink (what other color would it be?), the legend’s 1936 Giacometti floor lamp, and original portraits of the designer—are expected to grab about 700,000 pounds. If you can’t make it to Paris for the sale, just tune in to Style.com on January 20, when Schiaparelli’s newly appointed creative director, Marco Zanini, will present his debut collection for the revived house.
The fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shakeups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the annum. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Read numbers fifteen through eleven, below.
Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso has been a newsmaker this year, to say the least. Shoppers and insiders alike watched in awe as her business took off, and now her multimillion-dollar e-tail platform is set to open a range of brick-and-mortar locations. Style.com’s Nicole Phelps sat down with the 29-year-old eBayer-turned-CEO in August to talk about her passion for vintage, the New York fashion scene, and the future of Nasty Gal.
14. Delphine Arnault and LVMH Announce the New LVMH Prize for Young Designers
In November, Style.com broke the news that mega-luxury group LVMH is launching a 300,000 euro international fashion prize for young designers. Style.com’s Matthew Schneier spoke with Delphine Arnault about the new initiative.
13. Nick Waplington Talks Alexander McQueen and Working Process
Before his tragic suicide in 2010, Alexander McQueen asked photographer Nick Waplington to document the creation of his fifteenth anniversary collection, the Horn of Plenty. Waplington was one of the only people outside of McQueen’s studio allowed to observe the designer’s creative process, and his new book, Alexander McQueen: Working Process, provides an unprecedented look at the creative genius in action. Style.com’s Katharine K. Zarrella spoke with the photographer about the tome, what it was like to work with McQueen, and why the designer was so keen on preserving his legacy.
12. Alaïa Walks the Dotted Line
Whenever Azzedine Alaïa holds a fashion show, it’s a special treat. In March—well after the ready-to-wear collections had wrapped—the legendary designer quietly presented his polka-dotted Fall ’13 offering at his Paris studio. Style.com had a front-row seat.
11. A Man’s World: Nick Wooster Talks Pitti
At Pitti Uomo this past June, tattooed dandy and menswear insider Nick Wooster spoke to Style.com about the evolution of the Florentine fair, his favorite new talents, and why he’s a “Disneyland attraction.”
When I traveled to Los Angeles with Calvin Klein Collection’s Italo Zucchelli to interview David Lynch for Style.com’s piece on their shared passion for Transcendental Meditation, the first thing Zucchelli mentioned was Lynch’s past work for the label. Circa Twin Peaks, Lynch shot four ads for Obsession and Obsession for Men, Calvin Klein’s fragrances, each based on a bit of poetry or prose. I confess that my own viewing habits in the late eighties ran more to Sesame Street than Mulholland Drive, so I couldn’t call them to mind. Luckily they’re all readily available on that inexhaustible resource, YouTube. As you read Lynch and Zucchelli’s thoughts on meditation, creativity, and—I kid you not—urinal cleaning, pause to check out the vintage spots. And keep an eye out for Lara Flynn Boyle of Twin Peaks in the short inspired by Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.