>> Day three of New York's Fall 2012 season brought some big shows — and some big models. Natasha Poly, Karolina Kurkova, Shalom Harlow, Carmen Kass, and Gisele Bundchen all walked Alexander Wang's show, and — from the looks of the mile-wide smiles backstage — seemed to have a pretty great time doing it. Click through to see all the backstage shenanigans from Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Peter Som, and Hervé Léger — here in the slideshow.
Last night in Paris, Michael Kors threw a party to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his eponymous brand. The star power was intense. There were models, singers, editors, It girls, actresses — and most of them were decked out in Michael Kors. We edited it down to the top looks from last night's glamorous party and need you to tell us who looked best. Click on our slideshow and vote now!
Leopard is on fire and shows no signs of cooling off. It's a great print for when you want to scream look-at-me in the chicest way possible — and that's precisely what Carmen Kass is doing in her latest fashion spread in Elle Spain's October issue. From leopard outerwear to leopard loafers to leopard pants, she proves that the print is as amazing in doses as it is all at once.
>> This evening at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, fashion's finest gathered for the 2010 CFDA Awards. Jak & Jil's Tommy Ton snapped photos of the arrivals, J.Crew's Jenna Lyons introduced herself to Isabel Toledo, and the ever-punctual Anna Wintour was later than usual, appearing after the pre-awards cocktails were in full swing.
Wintour put on her signature shades for the ceremony itself, but off they came when International Award winner Christopher Bailey thanked her (along with Tom Ford and Donna Karan) — in fact, she was beaming. Later, she got on stage to present Michael Kors with his Lifetime Achievement Award — he received a standing ovation — and told a story about how she went on a trip to Jamaica with Kors; when Ralph Lauren arrived, Kors got in the ocean and stayed there for hours because he didn't want Lauren to see him in his swimsuit.
Speaking of Lauren, he received the Popular Vote for the second year running — although he wasn't in attendance this evening. Sarah Jessica Parker, dressed in a custom gown by new Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, presented Lee Alexander McQueen posthumously with the Special Tribute Award, noting that the designer had "the most beautiful hands I've ever seen," before models took the stage in the designer's last works.
Accepting her Fashion Icon Award, Iman thanked her parents for the longest neck on any model at any go-see in the world and joked to husband David Bowie: "Move over. You're not the only icon in the house." And finally, Marc Jacobs scored the Womenwear Award — he thanked bloggers for his win and said to Robert Duffy: "i want to thank [Duffy], without you this dream would never have come true."
And the winners are . . . (nominees here):
- Accessory Designer of the Year: Alexis Bittar
- Popular Vote Award: Ralph Lauren
- Menswear Designer of the Year: Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone
- Swarovski Award for Menswear: Richard Chai
- Swarovski Award for Womenswear: Jason Wu
- Swarovski Award for Accessories: Alexander Wang
- Womenswear Designer of the Year: Marc Jacobs
>> Karlie Kloss Back for Round Two with Fall 2010 Christian Dior Campaign —Even though there was speculation otherwise, longtime Michael Kors face Carmen Kass will be back for the brand's Fall 2010 campaign, which was shot last week by Mario Testino in Los Angeles. Also pulling a brand repeat: Karlie Kloss, Christian Dior's Spring 2010 face, will be be back for Dior's Fall 2010 campaign, reteaming with Steven Meisel and Edward Enninful for the occasion. [Vogue.it]
>> Early Fall 2010 Campaign Buzz: Calvin Klein, Michael Kors to Switch It Up? —It's early on in the Fall 2010 campaign game, but a couple of interesting tidbits have already come to light. It sounds like Monika "Jac" Jagaciak's campaign exclusive with Calvin Klein Collection — which produced their Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 campaigns — is no longer, so she may not only not be the CK face for Fall 2010, she might also pop up elsewhere. Meanwhile, Carmen Kass, who has appeared in every major Michael Kors campaign since Spring 2006 (with the exception of Fall 2007, which went to Tanya Dziahileva), didn't walk the Fall 2010 Kors catwalk, and now it sounds like there's a chance she won't be in the Kors campaign this season, either. [TFS, TFS]
>> More Victoria's Secret Models to Walk at Giles —Victoria's Secret models have popped up at Givenchy, Balenciaga, and most recently Prada, but that's not the end — Giles Deacon is continuing the run by casting Karolina Kurkova, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulart, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in his show tomorrow along with Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Carmen Kass, and Angela Lindvall. Giles is showing at almost the same time as Gareth Pugh — they're scheduled just half an hour apart. [Vogue UK]
>> The trend of using uniform, indistinguishable models has been taken one step further this season: a couple of prominent brands have chosen to crop their models' heads out of ads, eluding any recognizability. Two out of three Prada Spring 2010 ads out so far show a model, the upper half of her head lopped out of the picture, with bag swung over her shoulder; the third ad finally shows her full face, revealing her to be Rasa Zukauskaite. And in Phoebe Philo's first campaign for Celine, shot by Juergen Teller, the first photo out includes four bodies, but no heads or feet at all. Perhaps further down the line the faces of Lisanne de Jong, Carmen Kass, Jacquelyn Jablonski, and Valerija Kelava — all said to be Celine Spring 2010 faces — will be revealed?
With Spring ready-to-wear in the bag, designers are conjuring up their Spring ad campaigns, placing the hottest of the hot with the most stylish shutterbugs. Thus far, we know Lara Stone will star in Louis Vuitton's ads, while Daisy Lowe will shine for its swimwear line. In Versace land, Donatella has chosen Fabcon Georgia May Jagger to be photographed by Mario Testino. On the celebrity front, Madonna was snatched up by Dolce & Gabbana — we're hoping she won't look as photoshopped as her previous Louis Vuitton ads.
To learn who else is starring in Spring '10 ads, read more