>> Nathalie Rykiel Partnered with H&M Because They Were Copying Her —If you can't beat H&M, join them, is Nathalie Rykiel's attitude. Nathalie, currently in New York to launch the Sonia Rykiel for H&M knitwear collection, admitted when prompted that H&M, before their partnership, had used her designs. "Yes, of course! They copy me all the time! Finally I said, 'Look, if you want your girls to wear Sonia Rykiel from H&M, let's let them have the real thing!'" The collection's launch is tonight at Bobo in the West Village, with Chanel Iman making her DJing debut on deck. When WWD asked Chanel about her favorite workout song, she replied: "I don’t work out." [Nylon, WWD]
The following lovely ladies have played with fringe lately, some to better effect than others. Perhaps you took my first to bang or not to bang poll, and now it's your turn to decide once again: which ones did a bang-up job and which ones just looked a little too shaggy? Click through and vote.
The top 10 models of the decade. The names that come to mind are Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Stella Tennant, and Karen Elson. These ladies have withstood the test of time and continue to give us great work. Then there are the relatively new faces that keep things fresh, exciting, youthful: Chanel Iman, Lara Stone, Angela Lindvall, Natalia Vodianova, and Daria Werbowy. A dash of old-school, a tinge of new-school, and you have a group that's unstoppable! Check them out at their finest . . .
The Victoria's Secret gang was ready to let loose last night at the M2 Ultra Lounge in NYC after their fabulous runway show. Heidi Klum was the last of the Angels to arrive, stepping onto the pink carpet following her surprise turn on the catwalk. After giving birth just last month, she looked amazing in a slick, tight, black and white dress.
The girls all slipped into marginally more covering clothes to pose for photos. Marisa Miller, Miranda Kerr, and Alessandra Ambrosio leading the way into the party. Fergie was also there to take in the scene after performing earlier with the Black Eyed Peas during the show. Doutzen Kroes opened up about the healthy breakfast they'd all sat down to in the morning, which included eggs and fruit — nothing to make anyone puffy! There will be lots from our exclusive coverage of the event to come with today's PopSugar Rush, so stay tuned!
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The Victoria's Secret Angels hit the runway in NYC this evening for their annual fashion show! The girls looked amazing as usual in their spectacular lingerie. Even Heidi Klum, who only gave birth six weeks ago and wasn't expected to walk at all, took her hosting duties to the next level and strutted her stuff in one sexy outfit. Miranda Kerr, Marissa Miller and Selita Ebanks were highlights as usual as Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas provided the music. We took a look at the models getting ready.
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>> Abbey Lee Kershaw wasn't feeling well backstage, neither was Eniko Mihalik, but they pulled it together to walk in the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which taped today in New York City — on a big, sparkly V-shaped runway — and will air on CBS Dec. 1. Many of the girls chatted about what they had for breakfast — coffee and fruit for many — but Anja Rubik, who was convinced to walk the show for the first time by good friends (and fellow walkers) Mayna Linchuk and Caroline Trentini, admitted: "I've decided this will be my starving day today."
This year's big surprise? Heidi Klum decided to walk for the twelfth show in a row, after all, six weeks after giving birth to her fourth child. Adriana Lima, on the other hand, who gave birth Sunday, sat this one out; Emanuela de Paula and Flavia Oliveira, rumored to walk, were also nowhere to be seen.
The show features five sections of twelve outfits each — this year's themes are Star Trooper, All Aboard, Pink Planet, Enchanted Forest, and Romantic Journey. As show stylist Charlotte Stockdale explains it: “We came up with the idea of this girl who lands from outer space in Paris. She gets on a train that comes to a halt in Pinkland, where pink girls get on and off. Then they go into this fairy-tale forest and little lady bugs and butterflies land on them and vines grow up on their clothes. Then, there’s Tick-Tock Time; the wings in this section are based on clocks — there’s one modeled after a pocket watch with metallic feathers. And she ends up in this regal realm of princess-ness, where the wings have Swarovski jewels and peacock feathers.”
Zac Posen, Alexander Wang, Carine Roitfeld (in Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2002), and Patrick Demarchelier were all in attendance, and Chanel Iman tossed her handbag into the audience as she walked.
>> The likes of Chanel Iman and Dorothea Barth Jorgensen are already getting primped and prepped for the two tapings of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show this afternoon — final cut airs Dec. 1 on CBS — but it seems like mood is light. When Caroline Trentini was asked for a photo backstage, she joked, "Sure! Want me to jump?"
Chanel Iman, meanwhile, prepared for her first Victoria's Secret catwalk by chatting with mentor Tyra Banks and doing a little research. “This might sound corny, but I went on YouTube and I did my homework by going and seeing the different years that Victoria’s Secret has had, the different shows and who did Victoria’s Secret, and studied their walks so that I can turn mine different from everyone else’s!”
>> One week from today, this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be taping in New York City — so who's stepping foot on the runway?
In addition to nine Angels who are walking (not including Heidi Klum, who just had a baby and is hosting, and Adriana Lima, who is still pregnant), Modelinia has confirmed that Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana, Erin Heatherton, Shannan Click, Caroline Winberg, and Flavia Oliveira are all returning from last year, Caroline Trentini is making her first appearance since the 2006 show, and Lyndsey Scott, Aminata Niaria, Lily Aldridge, Liu Wen (and new Angel Chanel Iman) are all walking for the first time. Liu's appearance marks the first by an Asian model since Ujjwala Raut walked the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Natalie Portman the current V magazine cover girl, shot by Mario Testino in London.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, formerly head of events at Vogue, has been named director of Lincoln Center fashion week.
Vogue.TV stylist, Louise Roe, on new ways to wear the classic snow boot.
Victoria's Secret announces Chanel Iman among the new angels.
Anna Wintour is appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities along with Sarah Jessica Parker and Edward Norton.