Models are always welcomed at Met's Costume Institute Gala, but since last night's exhibit was all about them, they felt way more at home. Current models like Hana Soukupova, Coco Rocha, and Isabeli Fontana mixed and mingled with classics like Stella Tennant, Alek Wek, and Maggie Rizer, as well as old-school Supers Amber Valletta, Kristen McMenamy, and Nadja Auermann (left). It was a site to be seen; one that melted my heart. Every one of them ruled, and one young blond model even came on the arm of a Hollywood actor! Let the model mania begin . . .
I remember it like it was yesterday: I was 8 years old, it was Saturday morning, and I was watching one of my favorite TV programs, Fashion File. And there she appeared, Amber Valletta, with her BFF Shalom Harlow goofing around backstage at a fashion show. Those two were inseparable, but I always had eyes for Amber. She was not your typical sexy blonde. Rather, she was slightly sporty but still irresistibly pretty. She teetered between girl-next-door and unattainable beauty. That chiseled bone structure, those gorgeous green eyes, that slim but fit bod — they were the reasons she made it big time and even scored a hosting gig on MTV's House of Style. Reminiscing makes me long for those days when Amber ruled. Now married with a kid, the Super continues to command attention like she did when she was a newbie. She comes around at fashion soirees, and I still get as excited to see her as I did that one Saturday morning . . .
It never fails. Put together celebs, shopping, alcohol, and presto: the latest news. While attending the eco-fabulous Loomstate for Target soiree earlier this week, Amber Valletta spilled the beans on her latest endeavor: fashion design. “As much as I love fashion and as much as it has supported me, I see how extreme and extravagant it is,” said Valletta, who is collaborating on a women's clothing collection to be announced this Summer. Details are still under way, but judging from her statement, it looks like the actress/model maven will be creating a somewhat affordable line of goodies.
Supermodel Amber Valletta walked the orange carpet in a funky Preen frock that's suited for this lighthearted occasion. Silver dangle earrings are her only jewels, but she also threw a black Chanel clutch and black booties into the mix. What say you?
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Television's fascination with all things fashion continues — MTV is said to be reviving House of Style, the '90s show that focused on all things fashion and was hosted by Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, and Shalom Harlow throughout its 11-year run. Contracts have gone out to Bar Rafaeli and Chanel Iman — maybe her ChanelImanTV channel was a tryout? — but neither has officially signed on yet. If one falls through, Coco Rocha would be an entertaining option, as her Style.com videos prove. [Page Six]
>> The supermodel campaign wave that started in Fall 2008 just keeps expanding in Spring 2009 — we've got Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista for Dsquared2, Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss for Versace, Stephanie Seymour for Valentino, Claudia Schiffer for Yves Saint Laurent, and now, Amber Valletta in a stunning campaign for Loewe. The move is logical, since brands are looking to squeeze out every penny they can this season, and these models are known to drive the money. As for this set, Steven Klein did the honors — props to Stuart Vevers for the art direction, which is surely going to help him on his mission to bring Loewe back to the forefront.
>> Hints at the 2009 Costume Institute Gala theme have been swirling since May — first, it was thought to be an ode to Marc Jacobs, and then an ode to fashion muses. Now that the official announcement has come out, we learn that both subjects are involved, just not quite in the way that was originally thought: the May 4 gala rings in "The Model as Muse," with Marc Jacobs as honorary chair, and Kate Moss, Anna Wintour, and Justin Timberlake as co-chairs.
The accompanying exhibit, which runs May 6 to Aug. 9, will explore the evolution of models and "their roles in projecting and sometimes inspiring the fashion of their respective eras," with special focus on one of the first publicly known models, Marion Morehouse; the first supermodel, Lisa Fonssagrives; fifties mannequins Suzy Parker, Dovima, Sunny Harnett, and Dorian Leigh; sixties icons Jean Shrimpton, Moffitt, Twiggy, and Veruschka; Seventies faces Jerry Hall, Iman, and Janice Dickinson; the supermodel trinity of Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell; Nineties “It” girls Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, and Shalom Harlow; and more recently, Gisele Bundchen.
As Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute, explained: "We look at the power of clothing, fashion photography and the model to project the look of an era. With a mere gesture, or the line of her body, a truly stellar model can sum up the attitude of her time, creating an alluring synergy between herself and the clothing to communicate a designer’s message to the wider world."
Seventy haute couture and ready-to-wear looks, plus photography, runway images, and video footage of models, rock stars, socialites and actresses who set the tone for each era will emphasize the theme, but most exciting of all — think of all the models who will be representing at the gala.
I thought it couldn't get any hotter with Mischa's Summer '08 ad, but I was wrong. Striking a svelte pose is Iceberg's newest queen: Amber Valletta.
In the Fall '08 campaign, Valletta takes on a slick attitude to go with Iceberg's angular and voluminous cut designs. I like how her pale face and blond hair contrast against her dark and stormy eyes. She looks possessed. Possessed by high fashion.
»Amber Valletta, her son and husband get LOLVogued [Jezebel]
»This morning's Barneys warehouse sale: Not as crazy or marked-down as in the past [Racked]
»Mary-Kate Olsen is obsessed with Diane von Furstenberg [Page Six Magazine]
»Sean Avery's Gap ad overlooks Vogue headquarters [Fashionista]
»Victoria Bartlett commissioned Lizzie Fortunato jewelry for her Spring 2009 VPL collection [The Pipeline]
»Cato Van Ee shot a commercial for D&G with Mario Testino last week [Dazed Digital]
»A "loose size 2" seems to be the modeling size of choice right now [The Cut]