>> Zoe Saldana, who was named the Fall 2010 Calvin Klein Underwear face in July and is a longtime devotee of the brand, was recently asked with whom she would most like to co-design a dress or line. Her reply? Not Francisco Costa. "Prabal Gurung has been a very good friend for many years. I am in awe of the way he has carried himself and his designs recently. It would be amazing to collaborate with him." [MyFDB.com]
>> While her husband Tom Brady became the highest paid NFL player in history earlier this month, last night, Gisele Bundchen pledged $50,000 of her own money to the Brazil Foundation at a gala for the organization in New York. Not only that, but the custom Calvin Klein dress Francisco Costa made her for the event was sold right off her back to a Brazilian millionaire for another $50,000 — at the thought of someone buying her dress, she apparently quipped: "Who is going to fit THIS?" [NY Post, @derekblasberg, @jimshi809]
Fashion's Night Out's Fashion Show Featured a Dancing Gisele, a Rapping Pharrell, and a Whole Lot of Designer Duds
>> The audience at tonight's Fashion's Night Out fashion show wasn't limited to the 1,500 ticket-holders — crowds gathered behind police barricades across the street from the Lincoln Center Plaza for a glimpse of New York City's largest fashion show. Those who were lucky enough to nab tickets to the show were treated to a concentric-circled runway setup, with rows no more than two deep. Not only that, but among the audience was a large smattering of designers — Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Vera Wang, Francisco Costa, and Donna Karan among them; models — Lauren Hutton, Bar Rafaeli, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann; and other industry figures, including Anna Wintour, with favorites Blake Lively and Roger Federer next to her, and Si Newhouse himself. Bee Shaffer arrived 45 minutes early to the event, holding hands with boyfriend Jake Hurwitz.
Anna Wintour's fears that the show, scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, would begin late were unmerited — it started on the dot with Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" playing on the loudspeaker as spotlights searched the audience and the fountain in the center of the setup rose and then fell.
As the audience looked for Gisele Bundchen, set to open the show's 171 looks, a Fashion's Night Out doubledecker bus pulled up next to the Plaza, carrying Bundchen, Angela Lindvall, Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Lara Stone, Jourdan Dunn, Caroline Trentini, Sasha Pivovarova, Adriana Lima, Chanel Iman, and Karlie Kloss, each dressed in a Fashion's Night Out tee paired with a long ballgown skirt and heels. The twelve models dismounted the bus one by one, forming a line in front of the Plaza steps as the rest of the 150 model cast filled in behind them.
Gisele leading the way, the twelve openers made their way around the fountain, soon followed by groups of models clipping by showcasing "Fifties Flair," "Tartan Twist," "Rock Chic," "Go Global," and "Jazz-Age Cool." Each group wormed their way around the circular runway, the models coming in quick succession, highly choreographed and sometimes stopping and turning. A few were suffering from their heels by the end — Rose Cordero and Heidi Mount among them — and those in the "Weekend Wrap-Up" group, all swathed in capes and jackets, had sweat rolling from their temples after all the parading, thanks to the humid Indian Summer air.
Pharrell Williams popped up on the center fountain to close the extravaganza in a surprise performance, and Gisele and the rest of the openers paraded and danced back to the bus, this time in full-on designer gowns, with Naomi Campbell in the finale spot. As Pharrell joined them, he encouraged the audience — ticketed and not — to shop New York, because after all, that was the whole point of this 15-minute shindig. So will it work?
>> The CFDA has more than member designers' mushroom truffle spaghetti recipes to share. Come Sept. 7, American Fashion Designers at Home compiles peeks into the homes of a number of the CFDA's 115 members — including Tory Burch, Francisco Costa, Oscar de la Renta, Johnson Hartig, and Donna Karan, whose homes are all previewed in the gallery below. “This is the ultimate voyeuristic journey,” says the book’s author, Rima Suqi. Most of the images have been published before, but some of the art is brand new, including one of Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg’s trademark Polaroids — this time featuring stacks of books and Troll dolls in his living room.
Fashion in 50 Seconds 7/19/10 Naomi and Kate Refuse to Shoot With Gaga, Francisco Costa Thinks the Era of the Waif Is Over
Gaga reportedly got her own i-D cover after Naomi and Kate refused to do a shoot with her.
Francisco Costa suggests that the era of the waif may be officially over.
Kate Lanphear stars in Eddie Borgo's Fall 2010 campaign.
>> Two actresses have recently stepped up their loyalties when it comes to their preferred fashion label. Zoe Saldana, who has had a longtime relationship with Calvin Klein — she often wears Calvin Klein Collection on the red carpet and accompanied Francisco Costa to this year's Costume Institute Gala and last year's CFDA Awards — is replacing Eva Mendes as the face of Calvin Klein Underwear for Fall 2010. The campaign was shot by Mikael Jansson.
Lara Stone and Calvin Klein have made history together. This is the first time the American house chose one model for all three brands: Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Jeans, and ck Calvin Klein. Go Lara! "I have a long history with the Calvin Klein brand, and so it was wonderful to work with the house again this year. It’s like being part of a family," said the model. As for creative director Francisco Costa's feelings? "For me, Lara was the perfect choice for the new campaign because she is a woman who epitomizes confidence and sensuality." We'll second that. Below are sneak peeks at Calvin Klein's three Fall campaigns starring Lara.
>> Lara Stone is following the footsteps of Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, and Natalia Vodianova — whose associations with Calvin Klein were instrumental in their careers — by scoring an exclusive with the brand for both campaigns and Fall runway appearances.
Stone is set to appear in three Fall 2010 campaigns; the first time that Calvin Klein has chosen one model to do so in years. “I conceived my fall 2010 collection with a self-aware and assured woman in mind,” Francisco Costa said. “For me, Lara was the perfect choice for the new campaign because she is a woman who epitomizes confidence and sensuality.”
Stone's Calvin Klein Collection (below) and Calvin Klein Jeans campaigns were both shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott; in the latter, Stone appears with four male models, including one image which alludes to an outdoor orgy, reports WWD. And Fabien Baron captured the ck Calvin Klein beauty campaign, which features Stone as well as Abbey Lee Kershaw.
>> Calvin Klein Reportedly Discontinues Use of Size Zero Models —Francisco Costa recently said that always casting the youngest, freshest-faced models was becoming "a little too formulaic" for him, and now it appears he's been swayed by the current push for healthier-appearing models, too. Costa, who is rumored to have chosen Lara Stone to represent a number of the Calvin Klein lines come Fall, has also reportedly done away with casting size 0-2 models in favor of size 2-4 models. As 1 Management's Christopher Michael notes, "a sign of the times indeed." [@TheCreatrix]
Francisco Costa Wants to Do Street Casting at Calvin Klein; Maria Cornejo Thinks the Press "Kills Things Before They Happen"
>> Francisco Costa, Maria Cornejo, and Yoehlee Teng touched on everything from model casting to celebrity dressing to eco fashion last Thursday night at the Cooper-Hewitt museum in New York as part of the “Voices in American Fashion” panel, moderated by The Washington Post's Robin Givhan.
Costa, who is known for his unique show casting, voiced one vision for a Calvin Klein show that he hasn't yet fulfilled — street casting. "I wish to be able to just go into the streets and just start going. As a concept, I would love to do that someday."
Cornejo rebutted: "I have to say, the first show I did in New York, I did have all real people, only one model, and it bombed. The editors do not want to see the clothes on real women. It's more exciting for them [to see the clothes on models]. They want to be able to say: 'Oh, I shot her last week.'"