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April 19 2014

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13 posts tagged "Erin O’Connor"

How JPG Sweetened the Deal for Erin O’Connor, Karl Lights Up, Wasson’s Woodstock Dreams, And More…

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Models eating macarons before a runway show? It happened. Before nineties catwalk staple Erin O’Connor made her catwalk return in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall ’11 Couture show yesterday, she says the designer fed her the French cookies to give her a boost. Last night, O’Connor took to the runway again for Natalia Vodianova’s charity show. [Vogue.U.K.]

In Coco news: Karl Lagerfeld explains the thinking behind his elaborate, light-up Couture show. [Chanel]

Erin Wasson unveiled her ready-to-wear collection for Zadig & Voltaire in Paris yesterday. Of her sixties and seventies rock inspiration for the collection, the model says, “I wish I was there at Woodstock. I wish that I was sitting on a tour van with a bunch of musicians.” [WWD]

House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate founder Nicole Richie has a new title to add to the list. Richie and Jessica Simpson have both been announced as judges on NBC’s upcoming Fashion Star, along with host Elle Macpherson. [Page Six]

Photos: Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Images

Les Classiques, C’est Chic At JPG

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Maybe it’s his recent retrospective, but Jean Paul Gaultier is in a backward-looking mood. For his Fall ’11 Couture show, Gaultier stocked his cast with a few favorites from days gone by. Men and women both stalked the Couture runway (including Jon Kortajarena, the face of JPG’s new men’s fragrance, Kokorico), but it was the returning champs who had the flashbulbs flashing. French pop icon Mylène Farmer took the closing exit, nineties mainstay Erin O’Connor walked the walk, and Gaultier favorite Eve Salvail made her first catwalk appearance in 15 years, shaved head and all. “I quit in 1996 at the peak of my career because I figured if I didn’t leave, fashion might leave me first,” Salvail reported, adding that she has been working as a DJ ever since. “It’s great to be back up there, but the other girls seem so young—and you have no idea how I’m sweating in this dress!”

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

London Fashion Week Is Off To A Royal Start

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Nothing like a royal benediction to kick off fashion week, and last night, that’s exactly what London got. At the lawn of Clarence House (Prince Charles’ London pad), Mayor Boris Johnson, Livia Firth (the eco-minded Mrs. Colin), Laura Bailey and a smattering of ladies, lords and baronets attended an eco-sustainable fashion show, presented as part of the Prince’s START festival. (For those not in the know, the old guy is rather a hippie where the environment is concerned.) Appropriate pieces from Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Emma Watson’s collection for People Tree hit the catwalk, with Erin O’Connor leading the way. The garments were made of recycled fabrics, buttons, and military-issue shirts. (Scratch that, the Prince’s people are calling it “upcycled” rather than “recycled”—upcycled is “the more fashionable cousin.”) The whole thing charmingly embodied England’s old post-war credo of “make do and mend.”

Speaking of making do, who couldn’t make do with a vending machine that sells couture instead of M&M’s?  LOVE‘s Katie Grand and Selfridges got together to create such a vending machine, which will be housed for the duration of LFW in the lobby of the swankiest hotel in London, St Martin’s Lane. (Appropriate, considering it’s the temporary home to tons of visiting editors, models, photogs, buyers, and fashion clients.) Grand ran riot through Selfridges and cherry-picked her favorite items for the 32-slot LOVE Machine (below). It dispenses a Stella McCartney Falabella bag (left), an Alexander Wang leather and sequin dress, a one-off pair of Rick Owens trainers customized by Chrome Hearts, exclusive Dior nail polishes, Diptyque Mimosa candles exclusive to Selfridges in their signature yellow, and for the gents, Falke’s new “secret socks” for men. A word to the wise, though: Know your size. It’s tough to return an item to a vending machine.


Photos: Courtesy of LOVE

Books Marc The Spot, The Rise Of Honeysuckle Rose, What’s To Come At T, And More…

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It’s a little late for beach reading, but Marc Jacobs’ latest shop—Bookmarc—opens on Bleecker Street today. Is it time for that street to officially be renamed Marc Jacobs Way? Grumpy neighbors, who have been complaining of long lines outside the Marc by Marc shop down the block, don’t think so, but Robert Duffy and Jacobs are placating them with a quick-change: That shop will now house collection accessories. “There’s not going to be a line,” Duffy said. “I hope there is—but there won’t be a line of people to buy $3,000 handbags.” [WWD]

The Top 10 Pantone colors of the season have been revealed. Give it up for Honeysuckle, this season’s winner, which is a soft baby pink. Is this a sign that happy days are here again? [WWD]

Erin O’Connor is the latest model to take up design. She’s partnered with her stylist to create a capsule collection, called She Died of Beauty, of T-shirts and printed bags. They’re emblazoned with statements like “She Died of Perfection.” So, uh, maybe happy days are not here again? [Vogue U.K.]

And Sally Singer sits down with Paper‘s Kim Hastreiter to talk T. High on her priority list: “great reporting.” [Paper Mag]

Photo: Courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Undergoing A Fitness Revolution With Damien Hirst’s “Missus”

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Maia Norman, long-term girlfriend of Damien Hirst (he calls her his “missus”) and mom of their three children, describes herself as a “live wire.” That explains the whippet-thin, sinewy frame and the glowing skin that sets the diminutive surfer/motocross freak apart from the crowd. It also explains why she opted out of retiring and just happily surfing away when Hirst’s infamous sale at Sotheby’s last year fetched him roughly $150 million. Instead, the Orange County, California, native launched her own collection of “high-technology performance clothes” under the name Mother of Pearl. “Speed is my thing,” she said at an intimate party at art dealer Jay Jopling’s sumptuous London home last night as she mingled with guests like Serena Rees, Erin O’Connor, Saffron Aldridge, and, of course, Hirst. “I need to go fast and so cannot wear anything restrictive or constraining. I need fabrics that breathe, absorb a lot of sweat, and have the visuals to look like I have speed in mind.” And the clothes are flying off the racks at Liberty of London. Yasmin Sewell, the store’s buyer, said, “Maia’s pieces are not only very architecturally designed but also technical. She uses fabrics no one has heard of, like Texfin, which is waterproof and windproof, and she is conceptually at the top of the heap of designers who are increasingly doing this stuff. I put her next to Balmain and Alexander McQueen in the international room, and we just can’t keep the stuff in stock.” Norman, who is also branching out into the music world by managing a band, explained, “There is a fitness revolution going on. We are finding outdoor activities that we love—everyone is getting bored of the gym. It’s a different way of staying fit and strong. We need the clothes for that, and voilà, here I am.” In her skintight orange dress with cupola shoulders, there could be no better model for the collection than Norman herself.

Photo: Jonathan Hordle / Rex USA