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A Healthy Breakfast


On the ride up to the seventh floor of the Museum of Arts and Design today, Arianna Huffington and Maria Cornejo chatted on the need for coffee and other morning matters. It was half past 8 a.m. after all, and Huffington was a panel member for the CFDA Health Initiative’s “A Well-Balanced Life” discussion. (The news magnate was joined by other busy ladies: Elettra Wiedemann, Monique Péan, Karolina Kurkova, and moderator Alina Cho, who brightened the room in a sunny yellow print frock.) The conversation covered practical tips. Huffington, for one, sang the praises of getting a full night’s sleep. “For me, there is nothing more healing,” she told the audience that included Francisco Costa, Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, and Olivier Theyskens. She also touched on something she nattily called “GPS for the soul,” which includes activities that keep people centered (read: weekend yoga). Wiedemann, meanwhile, recommended self-development, such as enrolling in graduate classes. And Péan, a former Wall Street banker turned jewelry designer, advised carrying on-the-go protein during fashion week.

With focus turning to the show season and tough casting decisions, the mood veered in a more serious direction. Kurkova related the pressures models face with body weight and image. In her successful career, she has dealt with health issues, she said, and teared up when mentioning her husband’s devout support throughout that rough patch. Huffington talked about her youngest daughter Isabella, who battled an eating disorder at age 12. But if there was one takeaway from the morning go-around, it was that mentors help light the way. Wiedemann said her father was her rock. For example, when she had to wear a back brace as a young teen (“it was real-life Romy and Michele,” she said), he steered her toward swimming. He was also a former model and he met her mother, Isabella Rossellini, on the set of a Calvin Klein shoot. To which Wiedemann cheered to Costa, “Thanks, Francisco!”

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Dries Van Noten’s Traveling Exhibition, Artist Behind Kate Moss Gold Sculpture Collaborates With Selfridges, Altuzarra’s Win, And More…


Starting Thursday, Dries Van Noten’s Spring 2012 collection will be on display alongside the James Reeves photos that inspired them. The exhibition will debut at the Song concept shop in Vienna and will travel to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and finally, Paris on January 25. [WWD]

Marc Quinn, the artist who made the famous gold Kate Moss sculpture, has created a collection of T-shirts, accessories, and art for Selfridges. The limited-edition collection includes temporary tattoos, more bronze sculptures, and white-gold accessories. [Hint]

Tamara Mellon, who officially announced her departure from Jimmy Choo yesterday, is reportedly set to launch her own line. WWD notes that “funding is already in place for a Tamara Mellon brand.” [WWD]

After the Telegraph wrote an article about Adriana Lima’s pre-Victoria’s Secret show extreme diet, the model reportedly says it was just a “misunderstanding.” Lima’s new message is this: “Those teenagers out there, don’t go starving yourself or only drinking liquids. Don’t do that please!” [Huff Po]

Joseph Altuzarra took the $300,000 prize at last night’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards. The runners-up, Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind’s design duo, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, each won $100,000. [WWD]

Photo: Billy Farrell /

On Our Radar: Current/Elliott Leopard-Print Jeans


The summer heat is on, but so is the air-conditioning in our office. Most days it’s a bit too chilly in here to wear shorts or a flirty floral dress, so we’re looking forward to the moment when these leopard-print jeans from Current/Elliott land in Barney’s. To avoid a Ke$ha moment, we’re planning to pair them with a crisp white blazer, a silk shirt, and pumps. On half-day Fridays, we’d love to wear them with the cool sneakers from Alexander Wang and Altuzarra’s Resort 2012 collections—if only we didn’t have to wait until November for those beauties to hit the shops.

The Stiletto in gray leopard, $198, available at Barney’s New York in July.

Photo: Courtesy of Current/Elliott

Behind The Scenes At Joseph Altuzarra’s First-Ever Lookbook Shoot


It’s a growth market for Joseph Altuzarra. The New York designer presents his first Resort collection today (created, in part, to meet the increasing demand from retailers), and with it, his label’s first branded materials. Last week, Altuzarra convened a team that included photographer Steven Pan (a former assistant of Steven Meisel’s), models Danielle Zinaich and Aurélie Claudel, and his longtime friend, stylist Vanessa Traina, at Milk Studios to shoot the new lookbook. (It’ll debut on, along with our collection review, later today.)

“Generally, the inspiration was very nineties,” Altuzarra said. (Sure enough, the inspiration board was a collage of nineties-era ads and looks from Jil Sander and Gucci.) “I was a little tired of things that were so self-consciously fashion-y. I wanted something that was a lot more natural.” That extended as well to the casting of Zinaich and Claudel, two industry veterans (and, as it happens, old friends) who are less flavors of the moment, more lifers.

“I was really interested in working with women,” he continued. Danielle and Aurélie “both have kids, they’re both married, and they’re in their thirties. I think it’s more what Altuzarra is about—it’s about women, and not so much 16-year-old girls. [Altuzarra is about] a real personality. The fact that there was a connection between them and they were really friendly, I think that that was something that was really interesting.”

The collection itself Altuzarra describes as “a segue between the Fall show and the Spring show.” That means a chance to reprise a few recent greatest hits. Good news for those coveting the parkas that were a major statement for Fall: They’ll return, reworked, in lighter-weight cotton.

Photos: Alex John Beck for Altuzarra

Would You Wear A Dress Slit Way Up-To-There?


Between the Fall runway shows and Monday night’s Costume Institute Ball—think Ashley Olsen in vintage Dior or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Burberry—the upper-leg area hasn’t gotten so much attention since Suzanne Somers’ ThighMaster heyday. “We wanted to do something fun,” said Jason Wu of the hip-high slit on the skirt he made for Diane Kruger’s march up the Met’s steps. While most designers go straight for red-carpet appeal with sky-high slashes, Joseph Altuzarra and Jonathan Saunders whipped up slightly more casual takes on the look at their February shows. Trust us, though, they’re still guaranteed to keep the flashbulbs popping.

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