105 posts tagged "Valentino"
Don’t take it personally, Tracey Ullman (or fellow past hosts Fran Lebowitz and Jeremy Piven), but this year’s CFDA Awards will be host-less. (OK, maybe take it a little personally.) [WWD]
Fashion’s most mysterious Tweeter, @dkny, gives a lengthy interview to discuss her life in cyberspace. Sadly not included: her actual identity. Foiled again! [Stylecaster]
The Journal gives one hardworking and underappreciated fashion laborer its due: the inkjet printer. Improvements in technology have allowed labels like Akris, Zac Posen, Valentino, and Helmut Lang (whose digitally printed top is pictured, left) to create wild prints faster and more cheaply than with old screen-printing methods. [WSJ]
Kate Moss wore her Kate Moss for Topshop romper backwards to the London launch of the new collection today. Because she’s Kate Moss, and Kate Moss can do that. [NY Mag]
And, finally, the name says it all: “Men in Tights: A Brief History.” [The Moment]
In the fishbowl that is Cannes, watching the same starlets hit the carpet over and over can get a little dull. Can and could—but doesn’t, this year, thanks largely to the Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing, who consistently looks great in everything from dragon-emblazoned Chinese gowns to Parisian couture. Fan is at the festival promoting her film Chongqing Blues, which is in competition for the Palme d’Or. (Depending on whom you ask, the film—a family saga about a ship’s captain coming to terms with the death of his son—is either poignant or plodding. Some reviewers said both.) The 28-year-old actress is an enormous star in her native China, where she routinely appears on magazine covers—in the last year, she’s been on L’Officiel China, InStyle China, Cosmopolitan China, and Esquire China, only the second woman to cover the Chinese men’s mag—in films, and on TV. Her style ranges from hippie chic to full-on glamour. (At Cannes, she’s worn Elie Saab Couture, Valentino, and Laurence Hsu.) Will she follow the path of Chinese actresses like Ziyi Zhang and head west? She may already have started. Front-row watchers may remember her from Paris fashion week earlier this year, where she snagged seats of honor at Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Louis Vuitton. Her seatmate at that last one, by the way? LV CEO Yves Carcelle. We’d say she’s going places.
Last season, sheers ruled the runways—Dior to Dolce, Fendi to Ferré. (You can check them all out here.) And this season? They’re still here. See-through styles showed up at YSL, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, and Valentino, among others, but the point was really hammered home at Giambattista Valli’s dinner for Moncler Gamme Rouge last night in Paris. Valli girls including Heidi Mount and Jess Stam pictured), and Coco Brandolini went for gauzy frocks, baring plenty of skin. (So did Lou Doillon, in a chic, sheer jumpsuit that occasionally revealed more than she might have preferred.) The hand-wringers will continue to wonder, especially in this season of the power suit, how these will play at the office. But when your office is the runway…
Ask a designer his thought of the day during fashion week, and more often than not, you’ll get a frantic bit of last-minute show prep. But the ten designers commissioned for On/Off’s pop-up shop at London fashion week were sending good vibes. They had good reason to. The brains behind On/Off—LFW’s quirkier sidekick schedule—asked ten designers, including Duro Olowu, PPQ, Jasper Conran, and Bora Aksu, to contribute their thoughts and designs for limited-edition T-shirts (donated by Edun Live) to benefit Plan UK’s Haiti relief efforts. The £30 shirts have been selling thick and fast all week at On/Off. The thoughts here include “Breath,” “Laugh,” “Dare to Care and Share,” and “On the other hand, I’d like it if you did.” But as to which designer contributed which, your guess is as good as ours—the organizers kept the individual contributions anonymous. Olowu did let us in on his secret, though—his shirt reads, “Ayiti Cherie,” an old Creole phrase Haitians use to express love for their country and culture. “A disaster and suffering of such magnitude needs as much aid as it can get,” Olowu said. And to that end, as many T-shirts as he can make. The initial total run of 100 T-shirts met such a high demand that more are being made. For more information on purchasing those, visit www.onoff.tv.
A similar good-cause idea occurred to Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who helped kick off Milan fashion week with a fête for their T-Shirt Couture line (pictured) and Stefano Guindani’s book of photographs of the Haiti. Their new, delicately ruffled white tees are also being sold to benefit Haitian charities. And while these shirts cost more than their London counterparts, the benefit to the ravaged country is all the greater. The tees are available for €250 online and in Valentino’s Parisian and Milanese boutiques during their respective fashion weeks.
Valentino could be Oscar-bound. The Last Emperor is “on the shortlist” for best documentary nominations, which means that if A Single Man makes the cut, this could be the most glamorous awards ceremony in history. [WWD]
Eva and Jamie’s ads for Calvin Klein may be too steamy for a long shelf life, but the old “sex sells” adage seems to be truer than ever. The duo have been signed again for CK’s spring ads, which will be shot by Steven Klein and boycotted by prudes everywhere. [WWD]
The backlash over Lindsay Lohan‘s appointment at Ungaro has apparently reached the upper echelons of management. Chairman Asim Abdullah is “locked in a fierce battle” with CEO Mounir Moufarrige, who hired Lohan. And to think, all this over some nipple pasties. [Page Six]
Demi Moore claims her skinny-mini W cover—in which a piece of her hip seems to have actually been removed—has not been airbrushed. “I have no hips!” she tweeted. Dems, this will not gain you sympathy points. [HuffPo]