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>> In the Golden Globes aftermath, Cathy Horyn was left less than impressed. "The new decade certainly didn’t announce itself with a bang on the Globes red carpet last night, and it had nothing to do with the rain," she blogged yesterday. "Where was that single, game-changing dress that people would talk about?"
Most of the dresses last night offered little more than a paper-doll variation on styles of the past few years. A preponderance of blush pink or one-shouldered styles doesn’t point to a trend so much as reveal an ongoing problem with mediocre design. Maybe the best designers now prefer to stay away from the awards shows, and the actresses, worried about bad publicity, don’t know the difference anymore. They don’t know what it means in fashion to be playful and truly relaxed. So the dresses keep wearing them.
>> First Look: Zac Posen for Target — Zac Posen's Target collaboration doesn't come out until April 25, but Fashionista's got a full look at the wares. Available for the peeping? A mod yellow raincoat ($49.99), a very Posen-esque red ruffled party dress ($79.99), and the navy snap dress at left ($69.99). Now we're just waiting to see Posen's Spring 2010 ad campaign, styled by his boyfriend Christopher Niquet and featuring Tao Okamoto photographed by Ellen von Unwerth. [Fashionista, Christopher Niquet]
>> Dree Hemingway scored three top campaigns for the Spring 2010 season — Gianfranco Ferre, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier (styled by Carine Roitfeld), natch. But perhaps less known is that for every one of those only-girl campaigns, she also wrapped three small film parts last year.
Her acting portfolio now includes a bit part in My Suicide, a "teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school," in which she plays "Christian Girl #2." The movie, out in the United States Feb. 1, features mom Mariel Hemingway in one of the main roles. She also plays "School Girl #1" in Privileged, starring Twilight's Nikki Reed. Her largest role, as "Kristi," comes in The Truth About Angels, about "an ordinary guy [who] escapes his turbulent home life when he is invited to an exclusive Hollywood party by his movie star friend, only to discover that there's more to the glamorous world than meets the eye."
Anything went at the Audi Golden Globes party in LA over the weekend. LBDs, bold numbers, corsets — all fair game. Glee's Dianna Agron wore a flirty textured frock, Krysten Ritter showed off her bright side in Brian Reyes, Dita von Teese worked Jean Paul Gaultier, Eva Amurri slipped on an orange ruffly dress, and Anna Paquin looked sleek in Gianfranco Ferré. All look exquisite, but who's most Fab?
>> Last night, shortly before the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired on television, another mass retailer was holding its own lingerie fashion show — live — in Paris. Jean Paul Gaultier, Nadja Auermann, Ellen von Unwerth, Eva Herzigova, and Marie-Ange Casta (younger sister of Laetitia) gathered at the Grand Palais last night for the Sonia Rykiel for H&M launch party, complete with an eleven-story high Eiffel Towel replica and models dancing, swinging, and even biking on the extravagant parade floats that puttered down the runway in front of the 2,000-odd guests. Surveying the extravaganza — which included fireworks set off inside — Haider Ackermann put it best: "So much for a crisis.”
The lingerie portion of the collection is in stores this Saturday, Dec. 5, and the parade provided the first glimpse of the knitwear portion, out Feb. 20.
Burberry's Christopher Bailey receives a well-deserved promotion.
Ron Herman edits the current J.Crew line-up for a shop-in-shop in his Fred Segal boutiques in Los Angeles.
A rundown of the best designer blogs.
Jean Paul Gaultier is happy to report his collection for Target will shock parents and teachers.
"Being at Yves Saint Laurent was such a negative experience for me even though the business boomed while I was there. I’ve never talked about this on the record before, but it was an awful time for me. Pierre and Yves were just evil. So Yves Saint Laurent doesn’t exist for me."—Tom Ford on his years in Paris to Advocate magazine.
Lars Nilsson will launch a signature men's wear collection next January at Pitti Imagine Uomo in Italy.
Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld gathered his always interesting mix of fashion and art friends together in the Lower East Side last night to debut "The Martus Maw," an exhibition of sixteen mixed media pieces from the French artist Nicolas Pol. It was the fourth presentation from Feedback, the art firm Vladimir opened in 2008.
The space he chose was a former packing plant, and the meat hooks dangling from the ceiling presented an interesting counterpoint to the neon-accented pieces and the glam crowd sipping champagne to tunes from DJ Nick Cohen. The event was thrown in conjunction with RVCA's artist network, and fittingly, friend of the label Erin Wasson came out to rub shoulders with an otherwise Euro-heavy set that included Stavros Niarchos, Daphne Guiness, and Olympia Scarry.
Vladimir's mother Carine practically stole the show, however, when she arrived wearing head-to-toe lace and a black cape with Jean Paul Gaultier in tow. Once the preview wrapped up, a select few headed over for a meal at Vlad's favoritie restaurant, Indochine.
Photos courtesy Patrick McMullan
>> Target Lines Up Jean Paul Gaultier —Confirming rumors that have been circulating for the past month, Jean Paul Gaultier has signed on for the next installment of Target's Designer Collaborations, following in the footsteps of Alexander McQueen and Anna Sui. His collection, set to be available March 7 through April 11, "pays tribute to the American woman, celebrating the forces of style both past and present in American pop culture," according to Target. [WWD]
More than a few designers must have hit Army Navy stores for inspiration this spring, as military detailing was used on everything from combat boot-style footwear (at Jean Paul Gaultier and Phi) to army fatique jackets (Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs, Celine, and Louis Vuitton).