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22 posts tagged "Georgina Chapman"

More Ink For Gaga, Real Talk From Carolina, And More…


In her continuing quest for shock and awe, Lady Gaga has defaced an Hermès Birkin in black Sharpie. Look on her works, ye mighty, and despair. [Racked]

Marchesa is exploring brand extensions, beginning with…dinnerware. It’s probably the closest you’re going to get to dinner with Georgina Chapman without being a Weinstein. [Fashionista]

Perhaps the most sensible statement in fashion we’ve heard all day: “It’s not my aspiration to appear on a reality show. That’s the last thing I need in my life.” —accidental Tinsley Mortimer reality show co-star Carolina Herrera. [Page Six]

An English auction house is bringing some of the late Princess Diana’s gowns to the block, including the low-cut black number that earned her the nickname Daring Di. [Vogue U.K.]

And the race is on to see who can bring the highest-profile guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Glamour‘s got an early lead with Jason Wu and Jessica Alba. [WWD]

Photo: Jun Sato / WireImage

Sundance: The Swag Report


In terms of swag, Sundance isn’t quite the treasure trove it was a few years ago, when Sienna Miller famously got busted for hoarding freebies and movie fans wore “Focus on Film” pins in protest of celebrity-gifting suites.

Still, there’s no reason a product-toting Diesel publicist wouldn’t chase down Kristen Stewart’s publicist in broad daylight, as reportedly happened this year at the Main Street ski lift. The denim company had a station at a gifting lounge headlined by Lia Sophia, where the jewelry company’s reps found themselves sweet-talking more men than women. Ben Affleck presumably passed on his goody bag to Jennifer Garner, and Harvey Weinstein got on the phone with Georgina Chapman to ask her in his sweetest voice which chain necklace she fancied.

Across town, Fred Segal Fun, home of the I Heart Ronson booth, was doing brisk “business.” Kate Mara picked up a denim jacket and a white motorcycle jacket, America Ferrera took a brown bomber jacket, and Kristen Bell got a pair of sequin tops from the designer’s affordable JCPenney line. Opening weekend’s most-worn swag item was probably either Ronson’s black-and-yellow plaid shirt or the puffy coats being handed out a few booths over at KR3W—not to just anyone, of course. With the swag hunt afoot, guardians of goodies like George Gina & Lucy handbags and EMU sheepskin boots were left to distinguish “randoms” from desirable “customers” at Tilda Swinton’s end of the food chain. The fashion-forward actress had some Ronson samples sent her way—perhaps saving her a trip to JCPenney.

Photo: Gustavo Caballero / Getty Images

Blasblog: Birds Of A (Jeweled) Feather


Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman told me last night that she’s always had a thing for sparkles and feathers—and indeed, a brief look back at her red-carpet-monopolizing label proves that she’s not kidding. Last night in Soho, she took the sparkle and feather fetish to new heights, debuting a new, avian-inspired jewelry collection with the London-based label Garrard. On display on a mannequin made of marabou feathers was a bird necklace that wrapped around the neck: a head of precious stones on one side of the clavicle, and a wispy tail of diamonds on the other. “That was the first thing I thought of, and then I wanted to have birds flying off the hands and flying off the knuckles, and to see what else we could do with the motif,” the sometime actress explained. Cue rings with miniature birds and winglike earrings made of sapphires. A savvy businesswoman—maybe she learned something from hubby Harvey Weinstein?—Chapman also created some rings at a lower price point, even a giant cocktail ring with a pavé diamond wing that covered a whole hand of knuckles, which she managed to keep under $2,000. There to celebrate, along with Mischa Barton, Helena Christensen, and Garrard’s new creative director, Stephen Webster, was stylist Robert Verdi, who complained that Chapman was officially too glamorous—first, a successful clothing line, and now a jewelry line? “And look at her—I just want to kick her and give her a few bruises,” he teased. “But she would probably just cover them in diamonds and make it a trend.”


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Established & Sons: Vanity Fair‘s New And Next


As much as we love lists, we also love predictions. Yesterday, Vanity Fair gave us both, releasing its annual New Establishment ranking along with an appendage of on-the-verge comers, the Next Establishment. Along with power elite in finance and technology, etc, there’s a sizeable fashion industry factor. On the first are obvious choices like Bernard Arnault (#10) and nemesis François-Henri Pinault (#20), while Ralph Lauren sits between them at a very respectable #13. Having had very good years are J. Crew’s Mickey Drexler, moving up from last year’s #52 spot to #37; Marc Jacobs, who rose from #78 to #54; Diego Della Valle, up from #76 to #50; and John Galliano, strutting from #83 to #56. While Miuccia Prada dropped from #30 to #44, she’s still Mrs. Prada. And fresh off a runway triumph, Alber Elbaz makes his first entry at #73.

As for who might be joining the Lanvin designer at the adults’ table for 2010, there’s Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier—both lauded for being forward-thinking caretakers of iconic brands. There’s the face that launched a thousand (well, million) ballet flats, Tory Burch, and red-carpet rulers Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. However, the selection of younger Americans is somewhat curious. You could probably guess Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Alexander Wang, but it’s surprising that Zac Posen and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg beat out seemingly recession-proof king of contemporary Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler, the very first of New York’s younger set to win the CFDA’s Designer of the Year award. Also missing are MObama go-tos like Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul. Another surprise is MTV host and ubiquitous girl-about-town Alexa Chung. Though going from “who?” to Who’s Who in the course of less than a year is no mean feat.

Photos: Bedder/Getty Images, Ray Tamarra/Getty Images, Marcio Madeira, Greg Kessler

Designers On The Set, Elle For Victoria, And More…


In case you were getting bored with the Box’s usual lineup (Siamese twin pole dancers? again?), fear not, change is afoot. [Page Six]

Designers Tory Burch and Georgina Chapman filmed guest spots for Gossip Girl earlier this week. Acting-wise, this shouldn’t be too big of a stretch for either of them. [WWD]

First skinny jeans, now this. Fellows are sporting “Afros, mohawks, dreadlocks, and pompadours” all over town. [NYT]

Images of Jil Sanders’ debut line for Uniqlo hit the Internet on Monday, but details were lacking. Here’s the deal: J+ launches in the U.S. on October 1 and prices range from $21 to $155. [WWD]

Elle Macpherson is the new face of Victoria Beckham‘s collection. Well, unofficially. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Ray Tamarra / Getty Images