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August 27 2014

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Le Figaro‘s Critical New Hire: Godfrey Deeny

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It was announced this morning that Godfrey Deeny has been appointed as editor at large for women’s fashion at the French newspaper Le Figaro, where he will write features and cover the collections. He succeeds Virginie Mouzat, the long-limbed Parisian editor who recently decamped to the new local edition of Vanity Fair. Deeny, an occasional contributor to Style.com, is one of the more interesting figures in this business. A boarding school boy from the north of Ireland, his interests include—albeit not necessarily in this order—fashion, women, decent food and drink, sport (he is a staunch supporter of Liverpool FC, the great English football club that is in what might kindly be described as a “rebuilding” phase), and art. False modesty is not one of Deeny’s vices, though there is surely a winking irony in the fact that his e-mail address dispenses with the second syllable of his first name. Deeny was the Paris bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily back in the day when John Fairchild ruled that publication with an iron fist. One of my favorite stories concerns the time he and Fairchild attended a Versace show and a paparazzi squall broke out over a diminutive figure in the front row. “Who’s that?” asked Fairchild. “Prince, Mr. Fairchild,” said Deeny, recognizing the singer, then in the first flush of his global fame. “Yes,” Fairchild is said to have replied. “But of what country?” Subsequently, Deeny was instrumental in launching Fashion Wire Daily, a putative competitor to his former employer. That was perhaps a quixotic quest given WWD‘s stranglehold on fashion news, but in recent years FWD has endured as a vehicle for Denny’s independent, sometimes acerbic fashion show reviews. During her tenure at Le Figaro, Mouzat gained a reputation as one of the industry’s most outspoken reviewers. Her Tom Ford takedown achieved near legendary status. One hopes and expects that Deeny will continue the tradition of biting the hand that feeds.

Photo: Alice Bensi/GoRunway.com

Five Talking Points From Vanity Fair‘s Kate Moss Cover Story

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Her own book isn’t the only thing Kate Moss is covering in November. The new issue of Vanity Fair is out today, with a cover shoot (by Mert and Marcus) and story (by James Fox) about the model. In the interest of getting a jump on the chatter, here are the five key things to know now, from the mouth of the lady herself.

• Her “Wanton Past,” Sort of: “On my wedding day, I’m like freaking out, obviously. ‘You’ve got to give me a character.’ And [John Galliano] said, ‘You have a secret—you are the last of the English roses. Hide under that veil. When he lifts it, he’s going to see your wanton past!’”

• Her Not-So-Wanton Past—on the Famous Marky Mark Herb Ritts Calvin Klein Underwear Photos: “It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy.”

• The Johnny Depp Revelation: “There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, ‘What do I do?,’ he’d tell me.”

• On Modesty—and the Famous Corinne Day Photos That Launched her Career: “There’s a lot of boobs. I hated my boobs! Because I was flat-chested. And I had a big mole on one. That picture of me running down the beach—I’ll never forget doing that, because I made the hairdresser, who was the only man on the shoot, turn his back.”

• On Immodesty—and the Pursuit of a Good Time: “People that don’t know me get Mossed. It means, I was gonna go home, but then I just got led astray. In the best possible way, of course. I mean, it’s always fun, and a good time.” Her friend Jess Hallett counters, “It can be a nightmare if you’re the only one there. ‘Please can we go home?’ ‘No.’” On one such night in South Africa, “I remember phoning downstairs,” says Hallett, “and saying, ‘Can we have an alarm call for 7 a.m., please?’ They said, ‘That’s in five minutes, madam.’”

Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott / Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Marcus Samuelsson, Food’s Most Fashionable Man

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson has a string of impressive accolades for his achievements in the food world, ranging from multiple honors from the James Beard Foundation to becoming the youngest chef ever to get two three-star reviews from The New York Times to beating out 21 other chefs in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters competition. But the New York-based chef has got fashion cred to match—Samuelsson made Vanity Fair‘s International Best Dressed List last year, along with Kate Middleton, Tilda Swinton, and Carey Mulligan. He was also hand-selected by Bono and Ali Hewson to star in their Fall ’11 menswear campaign for their clothing line Edun. (Fittingly, Bono and Hewson hosted the party to celebrate the campaign launch at Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant Red Rooster. Trust us, fashion folk made an exception to their juice cleanse diets that night to try some of his award-winning comfort food.)

Over the weekend, Samuelsson guest-cooked a four-course dinner at Sole East Resort’s The Backyard Restaurant in Montauk to celebrate his latest accomplishment, his memoir Yes, Chef. The book chronicles his incredible journey, from becoming orphaned in Ethiopia at a very young age to growing up in Sweden (where he learned to cook from his new grandma Helga) to cooking President Obama’s first State Dinner. Samuelsson took a break from the kitchen (where he was cooking up gravlax, striped bass, berbere roasted chicken, and more—all dishes he writes about in his tale) to talk with Style.com about the tome, his personal style, and his thoughts on the relationship between food and fashion.

What has the response been to the book so far?
The other night we did a dinner at Red Rooster so people could have a dialogue about the book. So many people are interested and excited about it. Whether they are chefs or not, I just want people to identify with it. When you cook recipes from a book like we did at Red Rooster and at the Sole East dinner, it is so interesting to get other people’s take on it [the book] and I also think they get a richer experience tasting the food and flavors mentioned in my story.

What food in particular holds the most sentimental value to you?
Meatballs, for me, will always remind me of being 7 years old and cooking them with my grandmother. It is not the fanciest, but it was a taste that was with me until I came back to Ethiopia.

The relationship between food and fashion has always been an interesting one. What do you think about that relationship?
I think there are a lot of similarities. You have to travel if you want to be a great designer or a great chef. You have to work for a big chef, you have to work for a big designer for a while before you go do your own thing. I have a lot of designer friends, like Jason Wu, and it is the love of the craft that we share. Real designers do it for the love of the craft and the same thing with chefs—they would cook regardless.
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Balmain Gets Social; Ryan McGinley On His Exhibitions, Opening Tonight; Outtakes From Marilyn Monroe’s Last On-Set Photo Shoot, And More…

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Balmain wants to be your friend. The French brand launched Facebook and Twitter accounts today in an effort to be less “closed to the consumer,” according to Balmain CEO Emmanuel Diemoz. The brand’s 25-year-old creative director, Olivier Rousteing, tells WWD, “It’s an experience. I will reply, and be the first to check it and see if there are a lot of ‘likes.’ ” [WWD]

What films top Emmanuelle Alt’s favorites list? The Paris Vogue‘ editor in chief recently revealed the 15 French films that made the cut exclusively on Vogue.fr—and if you hadn’t already guessed, Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist made the list. [Vogue.fr]

CNNCTD+, the creative agency run by DJ Roman Grandinetti and Bibi Cornejo Borthwick (the daughter of designer Maria Cornejo), has commissioned 100 of its favorite people to record bits and pieces of their daily lives for a special NYC audio diary. Participants include the likes of Cindy Sherman, Santigold, and André Saraiva, who chose to recite French poetry on girlfriend Annabelle Dexter-Jones’ voicemail. Awwww. [Nowness]

Artist Ryan McGinley is set to open dual exhibitions, Animals and Grids, tonight at the two NYC Team Gallery locations. If it’s anything like his last opening (“3,000 people showed and the police shut it down,” he says), then it’s sure to be a rock star affair. During an interview with the team at Opening Ceremony, he admitted, “I don’t consider myself a rock star but I take advice from them. Mick Jagger once told me, ‘Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.’ ” Wise words. [OC Blog]

Vanity Fair‘s June issue will certainly not go unnoticed. The magazine features outtakes of Marilyn Monroe’s last on-set photo shoot with photographer Lawrence Schiller, who photographed the bombshell in the nude, and also reveals a strong rivalry between Monroe and the late Elizabeth Taylor. [The Hollywood Reporter]

 

 

 

Photo: Lawrence Schiller

 

BFC Spotlights Young Designers, Rachel Roy’s New Shoe Collection, A Glimpse At Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood Issue, And More…

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As part of a program for the 2012 London Olympics, the British Fashion Council has announced it will showcase 80 emerging designers from around the globe. Embassies and cultural institutions in London will play host to their respective country’s designers, and on February 19, the BFC will announce the winner. [WWD]

“I love underwear. We all wear it,” says David Beckham, who has a line of H&M bodywear hitting stores February 2. Beckham mania has continued to heighten as his campaign ads roll out and fans await his 30-second television ad airing during the Super Bowl this Sunday. [Telegraph]

Rachel Roy has a new footwear line set to launch in stores in August. Roy counts Manolo Blahnik, who did the shoes for her runway collection for six seasons, as inspiration. [WWD]

For Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, Mario Testino packed 11 stars into one shoot. The group includes Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jessica Chastain—we can’t imagine trying to schedule that. [Styleite]

Photo: Mario Testino / Vanity Fair