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.
We were confronted with two big surprises when Marc Jacobs’ new campaign broke today. Firstly, he tapped David Sims, rather than his longtime collaborator Juergen Teller, to lens the Spring ’14 ads. And secondly, his close pal and campaign star, Miley Cyrus, is not shown in her typical, risqué form. There are no leotards, wagging tongues, or dancing bears here. Cyrus features alongside two models, and all are clad in Jacobs’ heavily embellished navy, black, and burgundy Spring ’14 collection. He even staged the ads on a dark beach, reminiscent of his acclaimed fashion show back in September. Cyrus’ messy hair (there’s not a twisted bun in sight), glowing skin, and moody facial expression finish off the look, and we must admit: It almost makes us forget about the whole twerking thing.
The original supermodels are celebrating some big birthdays this month. Kate Moss’ fortieth on January 16 will no doubt be quite the affair—French TV channel Paris Première has already announced that it’s created a fashion-packed documentary featuring Isabel Marant, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh, and more to fete the model’s four decades, and, knowing Moss, chances are an epic party is in the works. But another supe toasted an important anniversaire yesterday: Christy Turlington, who’s been popping up in campaigns left and right, turned 45 yesterday, and her catwalk BFF Naomi Campbell took to Instagram to wish her a happy one. Campbell posted a vintage snap of the pair sharing a kiss, along with a message that read: “HappyBirthday Wagon Turly @cturlington Love you always Omi ❤.” It’s hard to top a French model doc, but that Insta from “Omi” might just take the birthday cake.
Who said lookbooks had to be boring? Chanel has released the press kit for its Pre-Fall Metiers d’Art collection, which debuted with much fanfare in Dallas last week. And, thanks to couturier-cum-shutterbug Karl Lagerfeld, the package includes some campaign-worthy images, which star his show opener, the newly platinum Ashleigh Good. Sure, the pair had a little fun with the clothes’ Texas theme (cue the photos’ sepia tone, and Good striking a shoot-em-up pose in leather gloves and a metal-fringed jacket). But the snaps, which show every painstaking detail of the Western-inspired range, are cold hard proof that, despite some critics’ concerns, Karl’s latest outing is anything but costume.