10 posts tagged "Kate Lanphear"
In which we track the way that certain fashion news stories are recycled around the Web.
Today’s secondhand news actually began back in November, when Kate Lanphear left her post as the style director of Elle. Since then, rumors have spun about Lanphear applying for a job at The Wall Street Journal, then potentially heading to a start-up magazine called Editorialist (we’re still not 100 percent clear on what that is—all that exists is a dormant Web site). Early on, Fashionista (who deserves props for breaking Lanphear’s Elle departure) suggested that Lanphear might head to T Magazine based on a lighthearted shrimp-related tweet and Instagram that the magazine’s new editor in chief, Deborah Needleman, posted in September:
— deborah needleman (@debbieneedles) September 17, 2012
Then, this morning, freelance journalist Jim Shi tweeted the news that Kate Lanphear was joining the T team:
Kate Lanphear has joined T: The New York Times Style Magazine as style director. She’ll be at the upcoming women’s shows with Team T.
— Jim Shi (@jimshi809) January 7, 2013
Providing quasi-confirmation, the news was instantly re-tweeted by T Magazine and then, because Twitter is seemingly the new press release, reported by Refinery29:
Kate Lanphear’s got a new job: r29.co/ZgXO3V
— refinery29 (@Refinery29) January 7, 2013
Not to be outdone, Fashionista and The Cut jumped on the bandwagon shortly thereafter:
Former Elle style director Kate Lanphear has just bagged herself a brand new gig! Find out where: bit.ly/RCeDYf
— Fashionista.com (@Fashionista_com) January 7, 2013
— The Cut (@TheCut) January 7, 2013
So who’s the winner of today’s secondhand news sweepstakes? Is it Fashionista for predicting the move way back in November? Or Jim Shi for successfully spreading his Twitter handle across the Internet? Actually, the winner is Kate Lanphear. A representative for The New York Times just confirmed via e-mail (not Twitter) that Lanphear is indeed heading to T as style director. Needleman has made several new hires (for instance, she brought Joe McKenna on as fashion director at large) since taking over for Sally Singer in September.
Eddie Borgo first met the Kills front woman, Alison Mosshart, through another one of his friends and muses—Kate Lanphear. “She came to a dinner I hosted in Paris, as a guest of Kate’s,” he says. When he saw Mosshart on stage, he was sold on the thoroughly modern-day punk woman. “I was completely taken when I first saw her perform. She is a poet, a writer, a performer, an artist, an intellectual, and a musician,” he tells Style.com. “She is a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll star.” And now, she is a bona fide Borgo girl, too.
Mosshart, whose book Dream & Drive with her band mate Jamie Hince just came out last week, is the newest in a lineup of fashion rock stars who have fronted the designer’s ad campaigns. “I’d loved all his previous collections, their inspirations, and what they stood for. It was wonderful shooting the campaign, learning how meaningful all the pieces were to him, watching his creative mind spin, hearing about his ideas and processes,” she tells Style.com. “I think of his jewelry as sculptures designed with one final angle in mind, us, the moves we make, the turns we take, the rambling bliss of the body in human traffic.” Style.com debuts the Fall 2012 campaign, lensed by Paul Maffi, exclusively here on Style.com.
In keeping with the tradition of using his famous stylish fans as his models (Vanessa Traina, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Kate Lanphear, to name a few), Eddie Borgo brought on V‘s Cecilia Dean to star in his latest ad campaign. “Cecilia was a natural progression for us; she exemplifies all those mysterious, sexy elements of a woman with effortless style,” Borgo tells Style.com. “I was so nervous, at first, to ask for her participation, but so thrilled when she accepted at a friend’s dinner party in Paris.” The collection was inspired by magic and the occult, referencing the work of British occultist Austin Osman Spare and Robert Mapplethorpe’s projects outside of photography. “The connection between the two artists was their ability to create imagery that was simultaneously strong as it was elegant and refined,” explains Borgo. His translation of the two artists’ work came in the form of geometric shapes, like stars and pentagrams, which he then covered in white powder “to evoke the feeling of lace.”
For the shoot, he enlisted his go-to team: stylist Keegan Singh and photographer Paul Maffi. Here, catch Dean in action in this Style.com exclusive video along with a shot from the campaign.