Anyone who follows fashion news was well aware that yesterday was Kate Moss’ 40th birthday. Naturally, the super was sent a garden’s worth of flowers, hoards of neatly wrapped packages from all her favorite designers, and an alleged 1970s Porsche from Topshop’s Sir Philip Green. As for her party, that took the form of a boozy, two-hour lunch at London’s posh 34 restaurant. And while guests like Naomi Campbell, John Galliano, Mario Testino, and Stella McCartney supposedly racked up a casual 5,000-pound bill, the Telegraph writes that the crew ordered nothing but appetizers, champagne, and cocktails. Considering they were feting the woman responsible for the phrase, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” we’re not terribly surprised by the menu. What’s more is Moss’ latest reported sound bite: Post-party, she’s said to have quipped, “I may be 40, but I still know how to party.”
Balenciaga’s Spring ’14 ads broke today, and Daria Werbowy, who has already nabbed campaigns for Ferragamo, Céline, Mango, and Diane von Furstenberg this season, has emerged as Balenciaga’s latest star. Styled by Jacob K and lensed by Steven Klein, the sophisticated snaps, one of which depicts Werbowy covered in ivy, are a notable departure from the perverse ads Wang released for his eponymous label last week. As for his choice to feature Werbowy, whom Balenciaga booked as a runway exclusive for its Paris show in September, Wang told WWD, “I wanted to convey a sense of strength and knowingness. Daria is definitely not naive.”
Miuccia Prada has once again proven that she’s got her finger on the pulse. The full Spring ’14 Miu Miu campaign broke today, and the Inez & Vinoodh-lensed snaps feature four of the moment’s most exciting up-and-coming starlets. Actresses Elle Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Lupita Nyong’o, and Bella Heathcote front the simultaneously moody and playful ads, which exude Miu Miu’s signature youthful whimsy. And while there’s not any headline-making controversy surrounding these campaign shots, we think Miu Miu’s leading ladies may have just stolen Miss Miley’s thunder.
Many designers claim to make real clothes for real women, but that claim isn’t quite convincing when the collections are presented on twiggy teenagers wearing wigs and a bucketload of makeup. However, several of the Pre-Fall lookbooks that star non-models suggest change is coming. Take, for example, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, who showcased their latest lineup for The Row on silver-haired beauty entrepreneur Linda Rodin as well as old-school catwalkers Esther de Jong and Ursula Wallis. Their mature casting underscored the sophistication of the collection. Roland Mouret also likes to feature strong, creative characters. After spotlighting DJ Mimi Xu for Resort, Mouret snapped eccentric knitwear designer/arts patron Tiphaine de Lussy for Pre-Fall. Last but not least, stylist and street-style favorite Ursina Gysi posed for Sonia Rykiel this season. We’re hoping to see fashion promote real people more often in the future.
With her fortieth birthday coming up next week, we’ve all got Kate Moss on the brain. But there’s another Moss in the headlines today—Kate’s half sister, Lottie, who has just been signed by mega London agency, Storm Models. Last night, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Lottie posted a snap of her new Storm portfolio page to Twitter. It only has twenty-one favorites at the moment, but given Lottie’s looks and the fact that Storm helped her half sis skyrocket to stardom, we have a feeling she’s about to expand her following.