42 posts tagged "Miranda Kerr"
Alessandra Ambrosio has walked Victoria’s Secret’s Fashion Show so many times—eight, maybe nine—she’s lost count. But she won’t forget this Thursday, when she’s scheduled to open the show, an honor she’s never enjoyed before. Her outfit? A neon chartreuse bra-and-undies set and a pair of matching wings made from a single laser-cut piece of plastic by Victoria’s Secret first-timer Alexander Koutny. “I’m really excited, but I’m really nervous,” the model told us. “I consider it the biggest show on earth.”
Koutny, a Central Saint Martins grad who was born in Johannesburg, is a bit more understated than the Brazilian model, but it’s safe to say that the New York-based designer, who was recruited by the show’s stylist Charlotte Stockdale, is every bit as thrilled. He worked with Marjan Pejoski when the London designer put Björk in her infamous swan dress for the Oscars, but despite that experience, he told us, “I’ve never done something so theatrical, so bold. It just came out.” Of his 15 initial “Star Trooper” designs, six or seven will make it into the show. Koutny describes his own luxury ready-to-wear as “organic, but modern,” and a quick perusal of his Web site revealed sculptural yet wearable dresses, coats, and separates in the Maria Cornejo school. So where did the inspiration come from? “My mom was a closet Trekkie,” he said.
We witnessed Miranda Kerr being fit in his rocket cone shoulder rigging over the weekend, and we couldn’t help but notice there was something very Fall 2009 about the outfit. “It’s not the tennis ball shoulder,” Koutny said, referring to the influential Balmain collection. “It’s the rocket shoulder.” Kerr, for her part, reported that it felt empowering to be wearing launch rockets on her shoulders. “You better watch out, I may go flying off into the audience and this time I won’t need wings,” she laughed. “You can quote me on that.”
Cintra Wilson on Tom Binns’ new West Village store: “[He] proves he has no problem dredging all the desirable filth out of the ’80s and adding a bit of his own.” Yes, this is a compliment. [NYT]
Is it just us, or is Miranda Kerr dispensing with her sweet bombshell look in favor of experimenting with a somewhat edgier wardrobe? Kerr may have taken just one turn on the Balenciaga runway, but perhaps that’s all it takes to shift a sensibility. At any rate, the bouncy curls have been slicked down, and while she is showing a fair amount of leg, they’re shod in a rather mannish flat cowboy bootie. Word has it that Nicolas Ghesquière’s campaign will feature Kasia Struss and three other lesser-known models, none of which are Kerr. Perhaps she’s simply angling for another major Paris casting. Whatever the reason, we’re loving this playing-against-type evolution. What do you think of Kerr’s less sunshine-y look? Will it help this angel lose her wings to land in more high-fashion shows?
Laura and Kate Mulleavy are filling Colette with Living Dead Dolls. Don’t even feign surprise. [NYT]
There’s still no word on a successor at Maison Martin Margiela, though rumor has it the mysterious designer himself approached Raf Simons to be his anonymous heir. [Vogue U.K.]
Speaking of rumors, remember the one that had Alber Elbaz taking the reins at Chanel? It’s still smoking, while we try to spot the fire. [Vogue U.K.]
Bags by Binns? It’s not too good to be true. The jeweler is expanding his accessory reach with the launch this spring of white leather bags covered in studs, in three sizes and prices, from $650 to $1,850. [WWD]
Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr pronounces her casting with Nicolas Ghesquière and Balenciaga stylist Marie-Amelie Sauve a “total unexpected surprise.” Us too, Miranda, us too. [Models.com]
Audrey Hepburn’s clothes are up for grabs this December at the Royal Opera Arcade in London. The auction lot includes Givenchy cocktail dresses, original Valentino designs, and lots of super-chic accessories. Gamine sensibility and clothes-hanger frame not included. [Telegraph]