>> Emmanuelle Alt made her front row debut as Vogue Paris editor at Alexis Mabille's couture show this morning. Alt's name appears on top of the magazine's masthead starting with the April 2011 issue, which will feature Gisele Bundchen on the cover, photographed in St. Barts by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. However, it apparently won't be until the August 2011 issue that the magazine completely reflects Alt's new direction. [WWD]
Roberto Cavalli Admits He's Not the Party Animal He Used to Be at His $2 Million 40th Anniversary Bash
>> Roberto Cavalli reportedly spent about $2 million on his 40th anniversary bash held last night at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris — and that doesn't include the budget allotted to bringing Natalia Vodianova (and perhaps some of the other 1,200 attendees) to the party. As the New York Times's Eric Wilson wrote: "It was one of those fashion parties that felt like another era, when it was possible to enjoy such extravagance without wondering how a designer could possibly be selling enough animal-printed evening gowns and exuberantly distressed denim to afford it all."
Kylie Minogue performed, the walls were lined with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott's images of models in Cavalli, and Heidi Klum introduced the designer as a four-tier, 10-foot birthday cake covered in sparklers was wheeled onto the stage. But even through all that, Cavalli, almost 70, admitted he's not the party animal he used to be: “Don’t say it, don’t say it, please, because the people should still dream with me,” he said. “The young should think that, instead of sparkling water, I drink Krug, or that I still smoke 10 Cuban cigars every day.”
The verdict is in as Paris Men's Fashion Week came to an exciting end over the weekend. Spring '11 conjured up a variety of styles ranging from streamlined suits to radical printed pants. Our attention immediately went to Givenchy's rocker cool leopard prints and Paul Smith's urban separates. Also noted were some bohemian influences from Alexis Mabille and the reappearance of baggy pants a la John Galliano. Could they be making a fashion comeback?!
Paris ended Men's Fashion Week with a big bang as Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Rick Owens, to name a few, wowed us with an eclectic mix of runway looks. While Givenchy played around with manly skirts, others, like Dior Homme, focused on slick suiting options. Of course, I couldn't resist showing you some manjoyment from Givenchy's collection.
Paris Fashion Week is off to a haute start today, with shows from Dior, Christophe Josse, Josephus Thimister, and Alexis Mabille. It's already looking like we've got a wild season ahead for hair if the look at Mabille's show is any indication. The models all had half their hair "dyed" (they were really glue-in hair extensions) in DayGlo hues, from bright pink and blue to this life jacket yellow. The other half of their hair was left natural. It was an interesting look, and definitely a bold choice, but would you ever want to see it come off the runway?