New York Fashion Week officially begins this Thursday. Right now designers are probably scurrying around, creating last-minute dresses, hiring models to walk the runway, and making final hair, makeup, and music selections for their shows. Sure, they’ve been working for months on their collections, but a lot is done right down to the moment the last model struts onto the runway.
We love seeing what goes into making the clothes we see in magazines and on red carpets. In the four-part series “The Day Before,” which premieres tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on the Sundance Channel, French director Loïc Prigent (the man behind the “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” documentary) takes us behind the scenes for the last 36 hours before the fall 2009 fashion shows of Sonia Rykiel, Proenza Schouler, Fendi, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. After watching these clips of Karl Lagerfeld and his Fendi team going delightfully nuts (above) and Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough making last-minute adjustments backstage (after the jump), you’re gonna want to clear your nights from tomorrow until Saturday, when the last part of the series airs. [Sundance Channel] Keep reading »
She’s not just a tough bitch on “90210,” AnnaLynne is woman enough to wear white pants after Labor Day for a TV appearance no less. Here she is leaving “Live With Regis and Kelly” in a pair of sheet white skinny jeans and sandals, giving the middle finger to fall. If you listen closely, you can you hear Anna Wintour gasping. Oh the horror! Keep reading »
More like Lady Tutu for Gaga‘s upcoming Vogue UK feature. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
What do you think of the cape coat trend for fall? On the one hand, you might feel a bit like Samantha of the American Girl dolls. On the other, you get a lightweight jacket for crisp weather that’s different and chic. For the most part, merch in stores is hugely expensive—think thousand-dollar Marni and Balmain pieces right off the runways. Yet, more affordable versions of the coat are popping up. If you want to get in on the high-end look, think about altering the feel with these cute picks. You can also scour eBay, which has some nice vintage jackets at the moment. After the jump, the deets on our four more accessible picks.
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Damn Lily! The singer-turned-Chanel-model showed up at a London party this weekend dripping in (presumably gratis) Chanel hardware. We knew the whole chunky necklace trend was mage right now (Rihanna certainly thinks so), but this rendition is totally intense. We love it but, budget-wise, we’ll probably stick to the DIY version our own Lily recently suggested. [London, 9/07/09] Keep reading »
And please don’t say “Sex & The City.” Just in time for Fashion Week, Turner Classic Movies has released its list of their top 15 “favorite fashion trendsetting classic films” and we easily agree with their picks (and not just because we’re related). There’s simply no match for Faye Dunaway’s tams and pencil skirts in “Bonnie and Clyde” (number 10), not to mention those cheekbones. In “And God Created Woman” (7) Brigitte Bardot brought the bikini to the forefront of fashion and epitomized sexy style. We love that for “Annie Hall” (13), Diane Keaton stuck to her guns and insisted they shoot her wearing what she preferred in real life, menswear-inspired (and actual) trousers and vests. And while we admit that there’s simply no rival for Grace Kelly’s impeccably-dressed, haute couture turn in “Rear Window,” as clichéd a film as it has become, it’s Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (9) that we’ll always think of when it comes to the ultimate marriage between fashion and film. Well, that and “Blade Runner,” which, um, oddly didn’t make the cut. Check out the entire list here. Keep reading »
Oh lordy, how’s this for crazy back-from-Labor-Day-weekend news? There’s a scary rumor circulating that our fashion nemesis, Christian Audigier of Ed Hardy fame, has purchased Michael Jackson‘s Neverland Ranch. Um, yeah.
According to an interview with Agence France-Presse, Audigier said, “I bought the Michael Jackson house. It’s something I’m gonna open just for the birthday (sic) of his death every June, where the media is gonna be able to come in and we’ll do exposes, etc.”
Of course entertainment bloggers are having a field day with this, but we’re more concerned with the sartorial side of things. It’s not as if Neverland is known for being a tasteful setting per se, but plop some Ed Hardy crap in there and it’s officially the tackiest place on earth. We just hope this rumor is false. [Houston Chronicle] Keep reading »
Damn Lily! The singer turned Chanel model showed up at a London party this weekend dripping in gratis Chanel hardware. We knew the whole chunky necklace trend was mage right now (Rihanna certainly thinks so), but this rendition is totally intense. We love it, but budget-wise, we’ll probably stick to the DIY version our own Lily recently suggested. [London, 9/07/09] Keep reading »
At the Diesel Jeans store in Paris, a new window display shows a female doll holding a very multicultural group of shirtless male dolls on leashes like slaves. Behind her, a slogan reads, “Women make the world go round.” This suggestion aims to put women on top, but does it? It sure is funny and eye-catching, but potentially has a negative and offensive subtext. Diesel’s advertorial agenda seems to read more like “Women’s money makes the world go round.”
What do you think? Hilarious or just too weird? [IPreferParis.net] Keep reading »
Model Crystal Renn appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to promote her book, Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition, and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves. Crystal was discovered by a model scout as a teen in Clinton, MS, and was told she could be a supermodel. But there was a catch: She would need to lose 70 pounds off her 5’9″ frame first. She did and got a $250,000 contract.
But after starving herself for years, Crystal decided she didn’t want to abuse her body anymore and decided to let it be the way it wanted to be, which was a size 12. While this isn’t the usual size fashion models come in, Crystal says she has been more successful since being true to herself, appearing on the cover of four international editions of Vogue, in various ad campaigns, and on the runway for Vena Cava, Heatherette, and Jean-Paul Gaultier. We’re not models, but her message is one we should all heed: Be yourself and you’ll get farther in life. Aww … [GMA] Keep reading »