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July 29 2014

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22 posts tagged "Alessandra Ambrosio"

Bittar By The Beach

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Since the recession, many designers have remained cautious, cutting back collections and limiting their reach. But Alexis Bittar, still enjoying his recent CFDA accolade, has only seemed to gain steam. In Los Angeles to toast not one but three store openings in the Golden State (two in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco), the designer mingled with a low-key crowd that was equal parts new, local fans and longtime devotees.

At his Abbot Kinney store—a converted beach bungalow with whitewashed floors—Bittar declared himself a fan of the thrumming neighborhood. “This Venice store has a similar feel in terms of content to my other stores, but Abbot Kinney has this amazing beachy vibe and you can just feel this cool undercurrent running through the area.” Even L.A.’s Third Street location seems to have caught on to Venice’s laid-back ethos. “It’s really surprised us. What’s selling on Third Street is more subdued than we had thought it would be. I guess we thought it would be more glitzy.” (This is L.A., after all.)

Fresh off the Victoria’s Secret runway, model Alessandra Ambrosio (above right) introduced herself to the designer, while stylist (and Tom Ford costume designer) Arianne Phillips and a host of L.A. socials sipped Alizé and perused the Fall collection (and a taxidermy hybrid wildebeest/zebra by artist Frank J. Zitz, decked out in AB bangles, below). Lauren Hutton (above left, with Bittar), who follows Joan Collins’ well-heeled footsteps in the line’s latest Jack Pierson-shot campaign, swung by to catch up with Bittar. The designer was all smiles when talk turned to Hutton. “I’ve known Jack for 20 years now and it was good to have such an artistic sensibility to the shots. And with Lauren, well, I just wanted [him] to really capture her and it turned out beautiful.”


Photos: Andreas Branch Photography

Talk Supe At Hakaan’s After-Party

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When Naomi Campbell swept into Le Montana last night for ANDAM winner Hakaan Yildirim’s after-party, she pursed her lips and gently shook her head at an intrepid reporter’s tape recorder in a gesture at least as old as Garbo. But no matter. The stonewalling supermodel’s presence itself spoke volumes. It may not have been the party of the night—an honor reserved for a veteran, not a relative rookie—but it was a required stop for the girls who made the show a hit both on the runway and in the front row. That includes Eva Herzigova, Anja Rubik, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Natalia Vodianova (who came by early with Jefferson Hack), as well as fashion folk like Giambattista Valli, Charlotte Dellal, and Hidetoshi Nakata. Also taking in the dark, smoky scene were visiting New Yorkers Thakoon Panichgul, Lorenzo Martone, and Suno duo Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty.

Campbell commandeered the best downstairs booth with a perfect view of the dance floor, where she sat with boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, and Bar Refaeli, the latter keeping an eye on beau Leonardo DiCaprio. (Though Leo, with baseball cap pulled low, wasn’t so much dancing as swaying with the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.) For his part, Yildirim (above, with Arizona Muse and Lindsey Wixson) pronounced himself “happy but just very tired.” That wasn’t entirely the case with the line’s creative director (and photographer), Mert Alas, who played the host. “I liked it, but I’m never happy,” said Alas, half in jest. “You know when you have a perfect vision of how it should be? So I hate it all.”

Photo: Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Dazed Channels Ponyboy, LOVE Loves Lauren, Apple Goes Gaga, And More…

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Dazed & Confused editor Robbie Spencer styled teens gone bad for the mag’s new short film, The Outsiders. Parental warning: This video glorifies smoking, drinking, shirtlessness, face paint, and candy bars. [Dazed Digital]

LOVE‘s six “Gorgeous” issue covers have hit the Web. “The Bombshell” (Gisele), “The Angel” (Alessandra Ambrosio), and “The Rebel” (Aggy Deyn) are all nice, but our hands-down favorite is “The Heroine”—the one and only Lauren Hutton (pictured). [Vogue U.K.]

What does legendary Vogue Italia editor Anna Piaggi do at the office? After clicking through this slideshow, we’re still not totally sure, but we’re glad we did it anyway. [Vogue Italia]

Lady Gaga visited Apple’s Cupertino, California, HQ yesterday, fueling rumors that she’ll may star in new ads for the tech giant. Here’s hoping that if it’s true, she keeps the Patsy Stone/Ab Fab bouffant she was sporting on her visit. [Hint Mag]

Photo: Courtesy of LOVE

Two Angels Send News From Above, A Tempest On The Way Over, And More…

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Meet DIS magazine, the upstart publication not afraid to style women’s underwear worn below the knee or use small bags of marijuana as earrings. Admittedly, we’re afraid of those things, but we’re all for creative boundary-pushing. [T]

The latest Brit to make the westward commute: William Tempest, who will show his Spring ’11 collection in New York this season. Twenty-four-year-old Tempest has already won fans like Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss at home, so odds are he’ll find a few on this side of the pond, too. [Vogue U.K.]

Congrats to Doutzen Kroes (pictured)! The model and Victoria’s Secret Angel has announced she and boyfriend Sunnery James are expecting their first child. [Fashionologie]

Meanwhile, her fellow Angel Alessandra Ambrosio has news, too: She’s the new face of Moschino, styled by Anna Dello Russo. [NY Mag]

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

No Gisele? For Brazil’s Fashion Weeks, No Problem

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The blogs are buzzing with the news that Gisele—arguably Brazil’s top model ever—sat out the country’s fashion weeks for a little family time in Boston. (From the beaches of Rio to Back Bay, what a long, strange trip it’s been.) But of course, Brazil has no shortage of modeling superstars, and the catwalks of São Paulo, which wraps today, have been chockablock with them. Caroline Ribeiro, Isabeli Fontana, and Ana Paula Araujo all took their turns, Alessandra Ambrosio stood in for the absent Bündchen at the popular Colcci show, and rising insider favorites Wanessa Milhomem and Lais Ribeiro suggested the country’s model magic is in no danger of wearing off anytime soon. Homecoming is fun, but has its occasional pitfalls, too. “I love being back,” said Daiane Conterato, whom we caught up with mid-popsicle outside the Iodice show. “But I always need to remind myself during São Paolo fashion week,” she murmured conspiratorially, “that if I gossip to my friends in Portuguese here, everyone around me will understand!”