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July 28 2014

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40 posts tagged "Chanel Iman"

Every Girl’s Fantasy: Sadistic Revenge, Plus A Handbag Or Two?

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Many fashion films are merely commercials by another moniker. Not so with New York accessories label Reece Hudson’s smoky, mysterious new vignette Thirst, made in collaboration with Bullett magazine. The film, which was made to introduce the designer’s Fall ’12 collection, left guests like Alexandra Richards and Genevieve Jones tingling. “We did something different by actually telling a narrative,” said director Jenna Elizabeth at a celebratory dinner at Niko, hosted by the film’s star, Chanel Iman. “And I wanted to portray women in a strong, sexually confident light, not under the male gaze or hunched over behind a handbag. ” Instead, Iman catches her lover with another woman and poisons him. “The Fall collection has darker undertones, and Jenna’s work conveys that perfectly,” explains designer Reece Solomon. “And I think, for women, who doesn’t have that kind of sadistic revenge fantasy?”

Iman, for her part, proved up to the task of creating such a character, even if, as her director revealed, she’s nothing like her. “She’s such a good girl in real life,” Elizabeth said. “She’d never even smoked a cigarette.” Good thing she wasn’t sitting too near Chrissie Miller, who puffed surreptitiously behind her sake with pals Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Jack Donoghue. “I just quit,” admitted Jen Brill. She might not be carrying cigarettes in her Reece Hudson bag anymore, but she explained that “it’s a beautiful little olive green bag, the perfect size for my lipstick, cards, keys.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black Dress Goes On The Block, Chanel Iman Gained Weight For The VS Show, And More…

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The strapless dress Amy Winehouse wore on the cover of her Back to Black album is being auctioned off (for an estimated £10,000 to £20,000) at the end of the month. The dress, designed by Central Saint Martins graduate Disaya Sorakraikitikul, will benefit a charity in Winehouse’s memory. [Telegraph]

Kensington Palace is getting a whole new look, staff uniforms included. Stuart Stockdale, the design director of Jaeger, has been working with Palace curator Deirdre Murphy on a new uniform inspired by the “Palace’s 1,000-piece dress archive for inspiration, with 19th- and 20th-century men’s court uniforms and the wardrobe of Edward VIII proving highlights.” [Vogue U.K.]

While the rest of the models appearing in today’s Victoria’s Secret runway show have been surviving on “liquids and egg powder,” Chanel Iman has managed to pack on 15 pounds for the show. Iman says, “I drink a lot of protein shakes and do a lot of weight lifting.” [Huff Po]

Kanye West reportedly invited the entire Mercer Hotel staff to his New Jersey “Watch the Throne” performance with Jay-Z last night. He gave all of them complimentary tickets because “‘sources said the stars wanted to return the favor after they took over the second floor of the Soho hotel to produce their album and were well looked-after.” [Page Six]

Heavy Metal Marrauders At AmfAR’s Inspiration Gala

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Funds weren’t the only thing raised at last night’s amfAR Inspiration Gala. As studs (of the male and metal varietals) strutted their stuff in a fashion show, even runway veterans like Heidi Klum and Chanel Iman couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow. An army of male models from Wilhelmina looked ready for battle in spiked copper shoulder pads, Trojan warrior helmets, and (sparkly) body paint—and often not much more. (A few women, in blood red satin gowns, looked like the victims of the marauding army.) It wasn’t exactly a Michael Kors show, but the amfAR honoree declared himself delighted. “I love a different group. This is a combination of fashion, medicine, Hollywood, Chelsea, uptown—a little bit of everything,” he said. “I think fashion folk have seen maybe one too many runway shows.”

Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Ask The Experts: Favorites Of Milan Fashion Week

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Milan fashion week is over, and the fashion set has moved on to Paris, where the shows resume tomorrow. At last night’s amfAR Milano gala—a sort of closing ceremony to the week—we asked a few key insiders to name their favorite shows and moments of the Milan week. So, everybody: What’d you like?

“Jil Sander for the bold punches of color with a modernist slant, and Dolce & Gabbana for the purity.” —Giovanna Battaglia (above)

“I love how Gucci makes me feel. Frida [Giannini] is a designer who knows a woman’s body well. It’s an honor to wear Gucci during Milan fashion week.” —Chanel Iman

“Roberto Cavalli, because of the whimsical touches he adds to his clothes.” —Cheyenne Jackson

Photo: Tommy Ton

Ed Westwick Hits Fashion Shows But Doesn’t Care What A Girl Spends On Clothes

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Fashionistas of the future converged in Chelsea on Thursday night. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Express invited a mostly teenage audience to a runway show and party hosted by Chanel Iman, Caroline Trentini, Elettra Wiedemann, and Ed Westwick, in conjunction with Vogue magazine. “They’re not messing around,” Molly Sims noted as she took a seat near 90210‘s AnnaLynne McCord. “A fashion show and a live concert? They didn’t do that when I was a teenager.”

Yes, the world’s young women seem much more fashion savvy than they once were (we can thank the Internet for that), but things haven’t changed all that much—two of the runway models were doing their social studies homework backstage. After the show and VV Brown’s performance, we caught up with Westwick to talk style. “I don’t think it matters how much a girl spends on her clothes,” he said. “It’s about the way she carries herself.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan