September 1 2014

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Peter Kaplan, R.I.P.


Peter KaplanPeter Kaplan, the editorial director of Fairchild Fashion Media, of which is part, died yesterday. He was 59. There will be many anecdotes in the coming days and weeks—Peter was one of the rare people you come across who could legitimately be described as legendary—but for now it is enough to say that everyone at is immeasurably sad and our thoughts are with his family. Because he was the editor of the New York Observer for 15 years and in that time defined its ironic, knowing take on the city’s elites, he became known as the godfather of snark, an attitude that launched a thousand blogs. But Peter’s approach to journalism was irony-free and had nothing to do with snark; it was heartfelt and passionate. I would say he regarded it as a sacred duty. When I was getting ready to write my editor’s letter for the first issue of, which was less of a traditional editor’s letter than an attempt to capture the chaos of the fashion shows, he said to me, “It doesn’t matter what you write as long as you believe it. In other words you shouldn’t take an ironic attitude to your subject. It should be what you believe.” I smiled because it went against his reputation, but in a nutshell that was how he thought of journalism, no matter whether you were writing about U.S. presidents or the politics of the catwalk. Of course, he wanted it to be exuberant—the first thing he said to me when came under Fairchild’s umbrella was “we’re going to have so much fun”—but it was exuberance with a serious intent. In that and so many other ways, Peter was inimitable.

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

Denim Gets the Designer Treatment for Spring


Denim from ValentinoIn the streets and on Tommy Ton’s pages in the latest issue of, jeans are more dressed-down than ever—shredded, distressed, and faded to a fare-thee-well. But it was a different story on the Spring runways, where polished denim ruled. At his Louis Vuitton swan song, Marc Jacobs gave dungarees a couture twist with jet-beaded pockets. Olivier Rousteing upped the ante at Balmain, trussing soft, faded chambray with major metal chains. And Joseph Altuzarra sent out tailored pieces featuring indigo prints in the style of Japan’s elaborate “boro” patchworks. Dark-rinse denim was also in the spotlight at Acne Studios, Versace, and Derek Lam. Even the Valentino designers got in on the act, whipping up a ball skirt (actually, full-leg culottes) from the stuff.

Here, a slide show of Spring’s dressed-up denim.

Boo’s Cues


A photograph by Boo George

Rising photographer Boo George has been on fashion’s radar for some time now: He’s long been championed by editors in his native United Kingdom, and shot one of his biggest supporters, Katie Grand (alongside Marc Jacobs, backstage at Louis Vuitton), for the third issue of Now, here in the U.S., W has signed on, too. George is the winner of its first annual The Shot competition, a partnership with the International Center for Photography. In celebration of his win, images from George’s knitwear story from the September issue of W are now on sale at Artsy. If you’ve ever pasted editorial pages on your bedroom walls—and happen to find yourself with a low four-figure sum to spare—a George can be yours. Shots of Suvi Koponen, Meghan Collison, Irina Kravchenko, and Juliana Schurig, styled by Edward Enninful, are all available, in limited edition, beginning today; the September issue of W will appear on newsstands Thursday.

Photo: Boo George /

Fashion East’s New Pick


There’s a new member of the Fashion East family. Today, it was announced that Lulu Kennedy—the founder of the London-based young designer initiative and one of the movers and shakers featured in latest issue of—along with the Fashion East selection panel, has chosen to add Ashley Williams to the program’s Fall 2013 lineup. Having recently graduated from London’s University of Westminster, Williams enlisted close pals Pixie Geldof and Alice Dellal to walk in her collegiate show. Naturally, her famous models caught a few eyes. But the up-and-comer’s kitschy prints and retro rockabilly looks were attention-worthy all on their own. Williams joins Claire Barrow and Ryan Lo, both of whom made their Fashion East debut last season.

Colette And Spotlight Fashion’s Key Players


Strollers on rue Saint-Honoré this week got a dose of the new issue of the magazine is currently keeping company at Colette, where one of the mega-store’s windows is dedicated to the issue and its theme, Fashion Behind Closed Doors. Parisians can head to Colette through the end of the week for a peek.

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