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Gingham’s Checkered Present


Balmain Spring '14Gingham typically stirs up feelings of nostalgia, but lately designers are doing their part to modernize the classic checks. Derek Lam opened his Spring show with eight crisply tailored, crosshatched looks; Delpozo creative director Josep Font paired the graphic pattern with cheerful sunflowers; and Olivier Rousteing put his signature glam spin on the trend at Balmain with plaid bomber jackets and kicky skirts accompanied by chunky chain jewelry. As seen on the 3.1 Phillip Lim and Mark McNairy New Amsterdam menswear runways, buffalo-plaid pieces have been earning style points with the guys, too. Meanwhile, model off duty Marine Deleeuw looked like Lolita incarnate in her sweet pink-and-white shirtdress, and we spotted plenty of gingham items from Prada’s cinematic Fall ’13 collection in the streets. As Isaac Mizrahi told a few years ago at a Resort presentation, “Gingham is like a solid with a lot of personality.” Agreed.

Here, a slide show of Spring’s gingham highlights.

You Can Fool Some of the People Some of the Time, But You Can’t Fool Netflix


Isaac Mizrahi and Kristen McMenamy in 1997

The big reveal, courtesy of Wired‘s interview with two of the streaming service’s recommendation specialists who work on developing algorithms to suggest content based on user behavior: “A lot of people tell us they often watch foreign movies or documentaries. But in practice, that doesn’t happen very much.” Not even Unzipped?

Photo: Getty Images

Carmen Kass In Another Dimension, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


It’s not very difficult to be mesmerized by supermodel Carmen Kass, but Asa Mader has just made it even easier. The filmmaker cast the face of Chloé, Versace, and Kenzo in his new experimental film Ray of Life, in which Kass (pictured) floats ethereally through the atmosphere in a sequined romper and a feather dress made by Jay Ahr’s artistic director Jonathan Riss. The film is now showing in Florence as part of Pitti Immagine Uomo and Firenze4Ever. [Nowness]

Isaac Mizrahi is also taking his turn in film. The designer will be the first to curate a short for the debut of New York in Film, a series at the W New York Downtown. Mizrahi has chosen Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity, which will be privately screened at the hotel’s lounge Tuesday night. Spike Lee’s pick will be next. [WWD]

J.W. Anderson and James Long have it coming for them. As the two British names in the running for the International Woolmark Prize, the designers will have to face a panel of judges made up of some major names in fashion, including recently announced addition Alber Elbaz. Lanvin’s creative director will join Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten, Giles Deacon, and’s own Tim Blanks. [Vogue U.K.]

Is J.Crew headed to London town? It appears that the U.S. label has plans to open up its first store outside of North America. Chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler was spotted scouting out locations across the pond while on his way to this week’s Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence. Stores could reportedly open as early as next year. [WWD]

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden film has been under wraps for what seems like forever. But details are emerging about the cast, which reportedly includes Jessica Chastain and Mark Duplass. The movie will paint a broad picture of the decade-long quest to find bin Laden and the efforts put forth by the intelligence and national security communities. [The Hollywood Reporter]






Paul Smith’s Sporty Stamps, Alexa Chung Gives Jimmy Fallon A Style Lesson, Kate Moss The Singer, And More…


Sir Paul Smith has designed seven stamps for the Isle of Man in honor of London’s Olympic Games this year. The stamps, which went on sale January 1, include images of tennis balls, pink bicycles, and racing boats. [WWD]

Alexa Chung, who is currently promoting her new television show 24 Hour Catwalk, took a brief break from fashion last night to drink beer and throw footballs with Jimmy Fallon on his show. After that, she taught Fallon a thing or two about style. Of her new gig, she said, “It’s a very mean show.” [Huff Po]

Congratulations to Isaac Mizrahi and his longtime boyfriend Arnold Gerner. The two, who tied the knot on November 30, shared the news on The Wendy Williams Show yesterday. [Fashion Etc.]

Kate Moss reportedly spent New Year’s Eve doing karaoke with friends Grace Jones, Terry Richardson, and her husband Jamie Hince, in Jamaica. Moss sang a version of Blondie’s “Rapture.” We’re still wondering what Hince sang. [Page Six]

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Fashion Group International Discusses the Good—and What’s More Fun, the Bad—of Spring 2012


Fashion Group International convened a crowd at the Time-Life Building in New York yesterday to screen its Trend Overview of the Spring ’12 collections. The 30-minute video report by FGI creative director Marylou Luther, which included a 3-D segment by Norma Kamali, offered a detailed review of the colors, textiles, prints, cuts, beauty, accessories, and themes of the runway collections of all four fashion capitals (New York, London, Milan, and Paris). Special recognition was given to Thom Browne, for the innovative style of his tableaux vivants presentation; to Rodarte, which was dubbed “California Couture”; and to Chado Ralph Rucci, for being “American ready-to-wear at its highest.”

But as Isaac Mizrahi, who moderated a panel discussion on seasonal trends after the screening with Scott Schuman, Ikram Goldman, Saks Fifth Avenue’s accessories director, Elizabeth Kanfer, and W beauty director Jane Larkworthy, noted, “It’s much more fun to talk about the things we don’t like.” His answer: the tendency for overstyling on the runway. “If you saw a woman walking down the street like that, you would think ‘you poor thing,’” he said. Extravagant styling and theatrics may make for a good show, others agreed, but according to Goldman, at the end of the day, what influences a buyer is the product and the product alone. “Regardless of how exciting and well-produced the show may be,” she said, “when it’s over I go to the showroom and I look at the clothes as they are, and if they can’t stand alone, I don’t buy them.”

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