Tom Ford Ends Six-Year Break From The Womenswear World. Tom Ford took a six-year break from womenswear, but he’s announced his return. After showing his new womenswear collection in New York during fashion week in September, he said he will reveal the entire collection to the public. The spring 2011 collection was shown to several fashion editors and journalists in an intimate hotel. Ford managed to convince several of his high profile muses – Beyoncé Knowles, Lauren Hutton, Liya Kebede, Rinko Kikuchi, Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Julianne Moore, amongst others – to model his new designs. The collection reportedly reminded several of the 100 editors and journalists of Ford’s best collections for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. “There’s a continuity from what I was doing at YSL at the end; that’s the customer,” Ford told Vogue. “It’s about individuality. Real clothes, real women. For a fashionable woman aged 25 to 75. That’s why I literally put many of my own muses in the show. I hear them say, ‘God, I can’t find that anywhere!’” Photos from the spring 2011 collection on his famous models can be seen on the Internet, which is something Ford doesn’t necessarily agree with. “I do not understand everyone’s need to see everything online the day after a show,” he said. “I don’t think it ultimately serves the customer, which is the whole point of my business—not to serve journalists or the fashion system.” In addition to the collection’s coverage in Vogue magazine, Ford will also guest edit and appear on the cover of French Vogue’s holiday issue in December.
Polo Ralph Lauren Holds Successful Fashion’s Night Out Events. Polo Ralph Lauren celebrated the second annual Fashion’s Night Out last Friday, September 10. The brand organized an event with celebrity appearances and enough fabulous fashion to inspire consumers, and invigorate the economy and create an all-around fun shopping event. The night kicked off uptown with Halle Berry at the Ralph Lauren Rhinelander Mansion. Guests enjoyed an evening of champagne and shopping while Halle signed issues of the current September Vogue; the newly single Berry is on the cover of the fashion magazine’s biggest fashion issue. Downtown at the Ralph Lauren Soho store, Jessica Alba and André Leon Talley hosted an evening of champagne and shopping with a performance by Grammy nominated singer Janelle Monáe. Monáe’s 360 degree concert from the oversized loft windows had guests dancing in the street to her soulful musical musing in honor of Fashion’s Night Out. While there were celebrity appearances at Ralph Lauren stores in New York City, different Fashion’s Night Out events happened in each Polo Ralph Lauren stores across the country. Stores in Beverly Hills, Dallas, Georgetown, Greenwich, Honolulu, Las Vegas and Los Angeles all had events. All participating stores featured official Fashion’s Night Out product benefiting the New York City Aids Fund.
Naomi Watts Named New Face For Ann Taylor’s Fall Campaign. Actress Naomi Watts will be gracing the ads of Ann Taylor’s upcoming Autumn 2010 campaign. The new ads, shot by famed photographer Peter Lindbergh, will be hitting magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue in September. Watts, 41, told oursource, “Ann Taylor’s new [autumn] collection makes getting dressed fun again.” The Oscar-nominated actress also went on to talk about her favorites in the collection saying, “I just melt into the cardigans. You can wear them all day and feel cozy.” The campaign is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast.” The collection will blend European and American style and will feature coats, little black dresses, jewelry and more. Watts will follow in the footsteps of previous models for Ann Taylor including Heidi Klum and Milla Jovovich.
Edita Vilkeviciute is a Lithuanian model and is the current face of Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein Jeans. With brand names such as Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci, Balmain and Versace emblazoned across the chest and torso of model Edita Vilkeviciute, the editorial ‘Heat It Up’ in Numero Tokyo sizzles. The spread appears in the 38th edition of the magazine, which is also the July/August 2010 issue. Photographer Sebastian Kim is behind the lens for ‘Heat It Up’ in Numero Tokyo, which sees a writhing Edita Vilkeviciute shot in an industrial setting while flaunting brand names. After her discovery, she signed to Women Management in Milan, and later, VIVA in Paris in 2006.Her runway debut was at Just Cavalli for the spring/summer 2007 shows. She later walked for Paul Smith, Preen, and Marios Schwab in London. She made a comeback after not participating in fashion weeks at Milan and New York at the spring/summer 2008 Paris fashion week, walking for Balenciaga, Chanel, Dries van Noten, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton. In late 2008, she participated in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2008, in the PINK section. During the spring/summer 2009 season she walked over 35 runways for some of the world’s top designers, such as Chanel, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Zac Posen, and Dolce & Gabbana. Vilkeviciute has graced the pages of many fashion magazines around the world in including Vogue in Germany and France, Allure, and i-D. In 2009, she appeared nu-de in a steamy photo shoot for Interview magazine with Zac Efron. She is the current face of Karl Lagerfeld, GAP in Japan, Dior Beauty and Emporio Armani.In the autumn/winter 2008 campaigns, Vilkeviciute replaced Hilary Rhoda as the face of clothing line Etro. She also did a campaign for Louis Vuitton’s Mon Monogram range of personalised leather goods
The Blake Lively Vogue June 2010 issue has the blond bombshell and actress sporting California beach babe-style beach wear on the cover of the magazine and in a spread called ‘The Swell Life.’ For the feature, Vogue editor Hamish Bowles accompanies Lively as she gets surf lessons from legendary surfer Rob Machado. Machado can be seen escorting his lovely student in several of the photos. The Blake Lively Vogue June spread also features a very retouched image of Lively, who is known for her perky and ample assets. In the photo Lively wears a white bikini and her collarbone and chest area are noticeably smooth and…small.
Being the Queen of Pop’s latest boytoy has its perks. Brazilian model Jesus Luz has reportedly signed a record deal, thanks to Madonna’s star power. According to U.K.’s The Sun, the 51-year-old pop superstar used her power to get her 23-year-old boyfriend signed up by her former label Warners. To secure him a deal, Madonna allegedly gave her rare permission for her classic tracks “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer” to be licensed for a major advertising campaign. A source told the tabloid, “Madonna was determined to give Jesus all the help she can. She holds a lot of sway at Warners, where she had a deal until very recently. But getting him on the books wasn’t completely plain-sailing.” “There was a little give and take between her and execs, but a compromise was eventually settled upon.” Because of Madonna’s influence and sacrifice, Luz has now a two-single deal, with the label allowed first refusal on an album as well. He will release “We Came From Light” in the first half of May
Justin Timberlake Unveils Latest William Rast Collection At New York Fashion Week. Justin Timberlake and childhood pal and creative director Trace Ayala revealed the latest William Rast collection at New York Fashion Week. This time, Timberlake brought sexy in the form of military-inspired and modern twists on classic American looks. The duo didn’t go for groundbreaking in their pieces, which included denim and bomber jackets, cargo pants, and classic coats. But the collection, which they called an ode to “New America” complete with Hendrix’s version of “Star Spangled Banner” played by the house band, showcased a real flare for styling. The Midwest-inspired collection of ready-to-wear looks even featured fur tails as accents.
The most impressive looks came in the form of leather, which was used frequently in the new collection. A black leather bustier was a highlight and looked ready for Fergie to rock on stage or on a red carpet. A women’s gray leather jacket with black sleeves was one of the more interesting designs as well.
For men, jackets and coats dominated, but the duo somehow managed to work in the puffy shirt in both black and white, which might not be so offensive when covered by the jackets in the collections, but are otherwise better suited to pirates and medieval vampires.
Among the A-listers who looked on at the New York Fashion Week show were Timberlake’s girlfriend Jessica Biel, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Gerard Butler.
Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima is largely recognized as the face of Victoria’s Secret. The 5’10″ model was born in 1982 in Salvador, Brazil, and has a mix of French, Portuguese, Native American and Caribbean roots. Lima was discovered at a mall when she was just 13 years old. Two years later she received a first place award in a “Ford Supermodel of Brazil” model search. In 1996 she finished second place in a “Ford Supermodel of the World” contest. Shortly after, Lima decided to advance her career by moving to New York City and signing on with Elite Model Management. She appeared in international editions of Vogue and Marie Claire magazines in 1997-98 and did some runway work. But her big break occurred when she was featured in her underwear in a billboard for Vassarette in Times Square. She then became a Guess? model and graced the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. Lima’s foray into Victoria’s Secret began with runway work in 2000. She was also the show opener for the 2003 fashion show. In her spare time, the supermodel focuses on the Caminos Da Luz orphanage in Bahia, her native hometown in Brazil. To stay fit, Lima practices Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music, and choreographed fighting. [nggallery id=2]
There’s a new model agency player in town and the name is Trump. Owned by mogul Donald Trump, Trump is lining its board with hot new faces and the results are exciting. With these breaking faces shooting everything from Italian Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar to Numero and Allure, Trump is clearly here to stay. Signing here gives you the advantage of “boutique” management, mixed with a savvy that will surprise you coming from an agency this new. The Trump crew has worked hard to make their mark and they are hungry for the inspiring new talent that will take the agency to its destined spot in the upper echelons of the industry. Their models include Vogue regular Lisa Cant, stars Polina and Hye, rising stars Julia I., Katia P., Ekat and Atong and supermodels Tatjana Patitz, Pat Cleveland and Isabella Rossellini.
We all know that Vogue pushes the envelope when it comes to different ways to showcase the latest fashions. In all of their fashion spreads, A story is told, one that can usually be followed and understood by all, not just those that are apart of the fashion elite. Recently French Vogue (surprise, surprise) has been under fire for the past 48 hours. In the latest issue they have used the Dutch model Lara Stone, who has graced the pages of many of our favorite magazines and walked down the runway of some of our favorite designers, for a layout. Now many of you must be thinking “What is the big deal”, but here is the punch-line, the model has been painted in what is widely known as “Black-Face”. She is covered from head to toe in black body paint, her Continue reading →
LOS ANGELES – Pop star Lady Gaga lived up to her reputation as a fearless fashion icon when she wore a black see-through catsuit with an exaggerated clown collar to a press conference in Seoul, Wednesday. “Gaga style does not equal kooky. I have a natural inclination for haute couture and avant-garde fashion. To me, this is not shocking,” Lady Gaga said, referring to the skintight outfit by Tokyo-based designer Dress Camp. “It’s vogue and beautiful.” Lady Gaga was in Seoul for a three-day promotional trip, which included a showcase at Club Answer, Cheongdam-dong Wednesday evening. The petite blonde singer has topped the charts with catchy dance songs like “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say).” However, it was her eclectic style that elicited more questions during the press conference than her music. “It’s exciting for me (to be considered a fashion icon). A year and a half ago, when I first came out, people said I looked funny. … It’s great that now it’s so mainstream,” Lady Gaga said. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga grew up in Manhattan and studied at a private Catholic school where she has said she was an “outcast.” Now that she’s a star, Lady Gaga still feels like a “outcast.” “In some ways I’m still a pop cultural misfit. I don’t think I’ve changed. I’m still myself,” she laughed. Beneath the outrageous outfits, it was obvious that Lady Gaga takes her music, fashion and performances very seriously. “You can say the philosophy of Gaga is fashion-music-technology-performance art. It’s an interactive experience for the audience,” she said. “I design everything together and New York is the nexus of my inspiration. I was born and raised in New York City. I am inspired by street fashion and the attitude. Andy Warhol is a huge inspiration of mine and I have a lot of Pop Art elements in the show. I am so passionate about my music.” Lady Gaga is planning to release a new version of her debut album, tentatively titled “The Fame Monster,” later this year. “I’m obsessed with 1950s science fiction monster movies. The inspiration from the album comes from the sort of dark infatuation with monsters and apocalypse and darkness and theater. So you will see in this album, a more scary Lady Gaga, if I wasn’t already freaking you out enough,” she said, wryly. Lady Gaga is currently planning a fall tour with hip-hop star Kanye West in the U.S., but Korean fans just might have a chance to see her againthis summer. “Nothing’s been decided on a international tour with Kanye, but I’m tentatively coming to Korea this summer on my own for some summer festival,” she said. During the press conference, Lady Gaga, who loves collecting wigs, was given a traditional Korean wig. She also revealed that one of her best friends while growing up in New York was a Korean adoptee. “We used to go out for Korean food together. She’s never been here before so I sent her photos and told her about what I’ve seen here. It’s personally very exciting for me,” she said.
Short lines about: Andre Leon Talley, Bruce Willis, CFDA, Coco Rocha, David Beckham, Demi Moore, Fashion, Lauren Bush, Perfume, Tallulah Belle Willis, Vera Wang, Zoe Kravitz, Goodwill, Emporio Armani: Coco Rocha may not be interning at Vogue this summer, but Tallulah Belle Willis, the 15-year-old daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, is spending the next couple of months “shadowing” at Harper’s Bazaar. Goodwill stores are experiencing a boom, as you may have heard. Sales were up 7 percent in the first three months of 2009 compared to the same time period last year. The fragrance industry introduces an average of 250 scents ever year. And you know what? That’s probably a few too many. Lauren Bush’s FEED bag franchise is expanding, apparently. David Beckham turned up in London today to unveil his racy new undewear ads for Emporio Armani. Zoë Kravitz is the new face of Vera Wang’s Princess fragrance line. André Leon Talley on high heels and other weighty matters.