10 posts tagged "Crystal Renn"
After taking his show on the road to Paris the past two seasons, Zac Posen is bringing it all back home to New York. He’ll present his mainline collection at Lincoln Center on September 11, and last night, he cut the ribbon on his first-ever retail store, for the Z Spoke diffusion line, in the Meatpacking District.
Measuring just 725 square feet, the space didn’t take long to fill up with a coterie of Posen muses like Coco Rocha, Crystal Renn, and Anna and Pat Cleveland. Despite its compact size, the store manages to pack in the entire Z Spoke spread, including Illesteva shades and bags that look way more expensive than their under-$700 price tags. Posen brought in storied book collector Michael Gallagher to add a few rare fashion reads to the boutique’s shelves, like Cecil Beaton’s Memoirs of the 40′s and Isabella Rossellini’s Some of Me. “I collect old issues of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and grew up haunting his store,” the designer told Style.com. Now that he’s set up his own shop, Posen can focus on putting the final touches on his namesake collection for its reintroduction to the bedlam that is NYFW. “I’m incredibly thrilled to be back,” he said. “I’m excited to appeal to the fantasy side of the American woman again.”
Z Spoke by Zac Posen, 875 Washington St., NYC. For more information, visit www.zspoke.us.
The gridiron faceoff was fierce yesterday for Super Bowl Sunday, but so was the catwalk competition at ACW Worldwide’s model call for the casting agency’s Fall 2011 New York shows. The lithe and the leggy arrived to try for a spot on the New York runways (ACW casts Thakoon, Y-3, and Jen Kao, among others), and even past success is no guarantee of a good placement. “I was very lucky,” said Kat Hessen (above left), who had a knockout debut Spring 2011 season walking Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Prada, and Miu Miu. “But the second season, you never know. You no longer have novelty on your side. It’s almost like you have to prove yourself.”
“There’s so many new stunning girls each season, but you want somebody that’s not a robot,” explained agency founder Andrew Weir of the process. (Those who want to go deeper into the casting world can also check out his newly launched blog, Weirdiary.com.) “They mostly start so young; many of them have nothing to say yet. But sometimes you’ll meet a young girl who has this amazing style at an early age.” Iris Egbers (Supreme) and Alex Yuryeva (Silent) were two newbies that caught his eye.
There were, of course, catwalk veterans like Rose Cordero (above right), Jourdan Dunn, Eugenia Mandzhieva (above center), and Sophie Srej, too. It was also nice to see a concerted push toward more diversity in the field. Compared to years past, there was a noticeable uptick in young Asian and black models (Li Ming and Melodie Monrose stood out). “That is something that is really exciting,” Cordero enthused. “There used to be certain clients who never hired black models. But ever since Italian Vogue started casting us, it’s been amazing. It really started with that.”
For all the exotic names and new faces, there was only one that created something of a frenzy. Crystal Renn, with her notorious curves (or purported lack thereof), had the casting practically at a standstill. The Ford model, who was game even for an impromptu photo shoot with the press, stopped to chat. “In modeling, there’s not much freedom,” Renn said of her not plus-size but not stick-thin frame. “If you started with a size 35 hip, you’re expected to stay that way. I made a decision in my career to let my body be where it wants to be. I know they say that this industry is all about looks, but the key thing is what I have on the inside. It’s what sets me apart.”
Crystal Renn’s latest coup revealed: the holy grail of campaigns, Chanel (above). Karl Lagerfeld shot Renn and Baptiste Giabiconi in Paris for the new ads. [Fashionista]
Lynn Yaeger convenes the “nutty-dressers’ convention” at the Carlyle Hotel, inviting New York’s chicest ladies-of-a-certain-age (including the legendary Iris Barrel Apfel) for a talk about their wild, Comme des Garçons-stuffed closets. What do you do, Yaeger wonders, when you need to dress for a business meeting or a funeral? Apfel’s response: “Who would want to dress for that? Those are life’s dreadful experiences!” [The Moment]
Speaking of Comme des Garçons, Adam Kimmel worked with the label on a series of limited-edition tees, to be sold at CdG, Isetan, and Dover Street Market. An illustration by George Condo—who created the awesome, creepy masks for the designer’s Fall ’10 show—features a stylish old gent, Uncle Harry, kitted out in Kimmel. [Hint Mag]
Don’t stop the presses: Britain’s least-reputable tabloid claims Kate Moss and Jamie Hince got married. [Fashionologie]
And don’t stop the bookbinders, either: Tinsley Mortimer—whose High Society reality show will not be returning—is apparently penning a novel. [Page Six]
Yesterday we wondered, today we know. Sarah Jessica Parker has taken on a design role (and, it’s rumored, an executive one) at Halston, where she’ll be working on the secondary Halston Heritage collection. Love or hate the lady, we’re just glad she won’t be displacing Marios Schwab on the main line. [WWD]
The Times becomes the latest outlet to weigh in on plus-size models, sitting down with size-12 superstar Crystal Renn for a chat. “Because I am a plus-size model, [photographers] like to make an example,” she said. “They see a roll, and they say, ‘Ooh, a roll!’ And they focus on it.” Keep it klassy, fashion world. [NYT]
The Journal, meanwhile, capitalizes on the recent vintage-auction trend by checking in with a former communications exec who’s making a life change—and selling her entire wardrobe on eBay. [WSJ]
Today in new directions, part 1: Maria Sharapova for Tag Heuer. The glasses are OK—but can they help you nab your own Enrique? [FWD]
Today in new directions, part 2: Acne furniture by label creative director Jonny Johansson. And, no, they’re not stonewashed. [Grazia]
The latest issue of V takes Spring’s print-mad looks out for a spin and finds they work great on both twiggy mannequin Jacquelyn Jablonski and plus-size stunner Crystal Renn (above). Finally, fashion everyone can wear—well, except anyone whose office mandates skirts longer than hip length.
Watch out, surfing—horseback riding could soon be fashion’s favorite aspirational sport. Charlotte Casiraghi‘s a fan, and fellow equestrian—and royal—Zara Phillips (her grandmum’s the Queen) has designed a line of riding togs for the British activewear brand Musto. We love the crop as an accessory. [WWD]
Speaking of accessories, a few brave fashion editors road-tested Louis Vuitton‘s famous bunny ears on the streets of New York. The takeaway? New Yorkers over the age of 5 are way too cool to acknowledge your outré headwear. [The Cut]
2009′s other unconventional accessory of choice, Alexander McQueen‘s aquatic-fang/disco-lobster shoes were apparently not such a hot commodity with Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly, and Sasha Pivovarova. The trio refused to walk the runway in the 10-inchers, citing hazards to their health. [Grazia]
Shop. Get coddled. [NYT]