19 posts tagged "Halston"
“Our cover situation is drastic…We are on the verge of a drastic emergency.” So reads the first entry in the latest Diana Vreeland tome, Memos: The Vogue Years. Compiled by Vreeland’s grandson Alexander (the husband of Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who directed The Eye Has to Travel), the book features more than 250 of Vreeland’s infamous notes from her time at Vogue, which she’d dictate over the phone to her secretary while puffing on cigarettes in a wicker chair in the bathroom of her Park Avenue apartment. This, Alexander told us, was her preferred mode of communication. “She didn’t believe in meetings,” he said. His assertion is backed up by Diana’s memo to the Vogue team on page fifty-nine, in which she considers holding a meeting about the “controversial” topic of dress lengths, but resolves, “Usually, when we have meetings, we don’t get ideas and views from people.”
But it wasn’t just her staff whom she’d confront about everything from the importance of pearls and bangles to her annoyance with the mistreatment of her initials in her editor’s letter (above), to the necessity that Vogue‘s spreads “never, ever copy…any kind of coiffure that is reminiscent of the 30s, 40s, 50s,” via her rapier dictations. The book—which is available now from Rizzoli—also includes her correspondences with the likes of Richard (or Dick, as she called him) Avedon, Irving Penn (to whom she complains about lackluster tulips), Cecil Beaton, Cristobal Balenciaga (above), Halston, Veruschka, and beyond. Continue Reading “Did You Get The Memo? Diana Vreeland In Her Own Words” »
2013 marks the fortieth anniversary of Le Grand Divertissement è Versailles, the runway battle royal that took place in 1973 between French fashion houses (Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent, and Pierre Cardin) and American designers (Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, and Bill Blass). Held as a fundraiser to restore the palace, the evening was attended by everyone from Andy Warhol to Princess Grace of Monaco, and, in addition to a bevy of couture, featured performances by the likes of Liza Minnelli and Josephine Baker (above).
But aside from being, perhaps, the most epic runway spectacle to date, Versailles marked the first time African-American models took a prominent place on the European fashion stage. Last night, in honor of the anniversary, and in celebration of Women’s History Month, the Fashion Institute of Technology hosted a screening of Deborah Riley Draper’s 2012 documentary, Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution. And the historic event’s stars, like Pat Cleveland (below, right), Billie Blair, Norma Jean Darden, and Bethann Hardison, among others, turned out for the film and a lively panel discussion. Continue Reading “French Castle, American Story” »
It wasn’t the political event of the weekend (that would involve Osama bin Laden), but the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was definitely the big #2 on the Washington scene. President Obama roasted Donald Trump, SNL‘s Seth Meyers roasted Obama, and Barry Diller proclaimed the evening “a ratfuck.” Success!
Honorable mention to the fashion, which, thanks to an influx of star power (and star stylists), was a highlight of the evening. Michelle Obama wore Fall ’08 Halston with Irit jewels, but the young actresses who flocked to the Hilton on Saturday went a touch more contemporary. Our favorites included Rosario Dawson, in scarlet Escada (above left); Mila Kunis in Versace (right); and Kerry Washington, in Marc Jacobs’ Chinoiserie collection for Louis Vuitton (center). Yours?
America’s Next Top Model, Italian-Style; Naomi Campbell To Take The Stand?; Devi Without Devi; And More…
Sad news from Devi Kroell: She’s leaving the line that bears her name. [WWD]
The incentive to smize just got a lot bigger. Contestants on the next season of America’s Next Top Model—which, 14 cycles in, is somehow still on—will compete for a cover of Vogue Italia instead of the usual Seventeen. Practice with Tyra, ladies! [NY Post]
Let the outfit-counting begin. Sex and the City 2 doesn’t come out until next week, but the watchers have already gotten a hold of all of SJP’s outfits from the film—and out of 41 outfits, five are Halston. We’ve consulted our staff mathematicians, and this works out to 12.19 percent. Which, incidentally, might just be SJP’s share in Halston. (We kid, of course—she’s probably got more.) [Racked]
Naomi Campbell may be called to testify in the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who allegedly gave her a small fortune in raw diamonds during a visit to Nelson Mandela’s South African estate. We’re 100 percent sure (those trusty staff mathematicians again!) that this is the wrong question to ask, but…what will she wear? [Vogue U.K.]
And speaking of warlords, one is apparently making a posthumous appearance in an ad campaign for a Sicilian clothing label. A bus stop ad depicts Adolf Hitler shilling clothing, albeit somewhat inadvertently. (“Change Your Style—Don’t Follow Your Leader.”) We would have thought this was more obvious than obvious, but apparently it bears repeating: No. No, no, no, no, no. [Gawker]