>> Fashion Continues to Invade TV on the CW's Gossip Girl, The Beautiful Life —Zac Posen has staked out a position in the series premiere of the CW's model-centric drama The Beautiful Life and Nina Garcia just filmed for the show recently, but they're not the only familiar guest stars that are slated to appear: Matthew Williamson, Erin Fetherston, and Jessica Stam have all been booked and Versace and Calvin Klein are also somehow involved. As for Georgina Chapman and Tory Burch's mysterious Gossip Girl cameos, they begin in the upcoming season's first episode by hooking up with Blake Lively's character Serena, and according to the show's executive producer have to do with Serena's “decision [in terms of college] and what happens to her in the first couple of episodes.” [E! Online, People]
>> Last night, Anna Wintour hosted a premiere of The September Issue (which opens Aug. 28 in NYC, Sept. 11 nationwide), and no one dared be late. Arrivals were scheduled to start at 7 pm, but Anna appeared and was joined (despite all the digs about her appearance she receives in the film) by September 2007 cover girl Sienna Miller promptly at 6:45 pm. Even Sean Combs and entourage, when realizing they were late, "sprinted across the lobby," the New York Observer reports.
Despite the general consensus that the film's true star is Grace Coddington, last night was all about Anna. Grace and Andre Leon Talley both avoided being photographed on the red carpet, and it appears that Vogue staffers were required to wear t-shirts for Fashion's Night Out (Anna's pro-shopping pet project) to the event. Grace did comment on her portrayal in the film, however:
I hate to say it, but true to life! A very annoying person. But it’s not really bickering. It’s a process you have to go through for the job we do and it just makes everything stronger. Whatever gets through is then very valid and very strong. I think they focused on me in the movie because I’m a bit more outspoken and because I don’t care about the cameras, I’ll say whatever I want to say and I won’t hold back.
It’s funny because that was two years ago and I wanted to go to law school then and that’s basically all I’m talking about and now I don’t want to go to law school at all so . . . [I] still don’t want to work in fashion, that was never a possibility. Now I’d like to work in theater.
Marc Jacobs, who was apparently speaking with a French accent, had his own Anna tribute to share. "She’s a risk-taker unafraid of taking chances. She doesn’t suck up,” he said. “And she’s been very good to me on a personal level as well. When I was having some personal problems, Anna was always there for me. She’s very maternal and caring to people she cares about."
>> Marchesa's Georgina Chapman, Tory Burch To Appear on Gossip Girl —Michael Kors filmed a cameo for Gossip Girl last season, and this week, Georgina Chapman and Tory Burch put in some time filming for the show. The designers did separate scenes for the episode airing Oct. 5; no details were released about their roles, but part of the set was made to look like Burch's office (left). [WWD]
We don't know what fabulous drama will unfold in next season's Gossip Girl, but we do know who will be making a stylish cameo on the show: Tory Burch and Georgina Chapman. The two designers were spotted shooting scenes for the Oct. 5. episode. Their lips were sealed on the fashionable storyline but they did tell us that the scene will take place on a set made to look like Burch’s real life office. “I am a huge fan [of ‘Gossip Girl’],” said Chapman. “I was very nervous [on-set].” Gossip and fashion in one juicy episode? It doesn't get better than this people.
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>> Natalia Vodianova, Franca Sozzani Make Vanity Fair's 2009 International Best-Dressed List —Vanity Fair just released the contents of its annual International Best-Dressed List from its September issue, and there are fashion figures galore; a whole category was devoted to "Fashion Professionals," which Franca Sozzani, Georgina Chapman, Tory Burch, Style.com's Candy Pratts Price, Rachel Roy, Edun's Ali Hewson, Prada France's Mathilde Meyer-Agostinelli, David Lauren populate. Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman are included in the "Couples" named; Bruce Weber and Peter Beard are listed under "Fashion Originals"; Matteo Marzotto, formerly of Valentino and currently of Vionnet, is on the Men's Best-Dressed List; and Lapo Elkann made the Hall of Fame. Anna Wintour wasn't included, but she did get a nod from Renee Zellweger, who listed her among her style icons. [Vanity Fair]
>> INSIDER WIRE —Georgina Chapman, who has been married to Harvey Weinstein since December 2007, only recently got her honeymoon, which spanned 10 days: "We went to Hong Kong for business, Vietnam for business, Cambodia for one day and then Thailand for three days, during the state of emergency. I think the most relaxing time was the 16-hour flight from New York." Weinstein countered: "Every day with me is a honeymoon . . . Traveling with Georgina — are you kidding me? That’s why you don’t want to go on a honeymoon — there are like seven bags filled with Marchesa dresses. You have to be Samson and Hercules to carry that stuff." [Telegraph, The Cut]
amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala Brings Out Dolce, Gabbana, Natasha Poly, and a Little Bit of Twi-Hard in Carine Roitfeld
>> This evening's amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes promised the appearances of chairs Donatella Versace and Carine Roitfeld, and it more than delivered. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are hosting their annual blowout tomorrow night, have officially docked their "mirrored floating disco" yacht, according to T's Stefano Tonchi, and joined in on the fun. Natasha Poly, who needed the help of two women to get into her Cavalli gown yesterday, reappeared in a leopard dress. Claudia Schiffer made her first red carpet appearance of the festival. And Carine Roitfeld made the rounds, stopping to chat with Twilight's Robert Pattinson.
"Fashion's Night Out" is turning out to be quite a fete with 12 cities across the globe in participation and over 100 stores already signed on. ..
French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld spoke with The Guardian about her tenure at the magazine and her sex appeal.
Los Angeles based retailer Ron Herman will open its first international store in Tokyo this August.
The Cannes Film Festival is bringing out fashion's own stars, among them, Natasha Poly, Georgina Chapman and Roberto Cavalli.
Natasha Poly, Lily Cole, Carine Roitfeld and More Fashion Figures Surface at 2009 Cannes Film Festival
>> The Cannes Film Festival is well underway and with the red carpet fashion such a focus, it's no surprise that some of the industry's finest are out in full form. Roberto Cavalli, who like last year continues to offer his yacht up to guests and score a number of red carpet moments — including dressing Natasha Poly for today's Inglourious Basterds premiere — was spotted riding around atop a Segway. Georgina Chapman is also in town, cinching Marchesa dress appearances on the likes of Penelope Cruz yesterday and Diane Kruger today.
Lily Cole, in Cannes for her own upcoming movie premiere, stepped out with boyfriend Enrique Murciano on Monday. "I've been studying the history of art in college," she told FWD. "But the gorgeous beach and sun is what everyone needs with two weeks left in the semester!" Carine Roitfeld, who will have her big red carpet moment tomorrow at the amfAR benefit, appeared in lacy Balmain at a premiere today with Patrick Demarchelier.
Balenciaga muse Charlotte Gainsbourg debuted a Fall 2009 dress from the label at her Antichrist premiere, Eva Herzigova showed up in a sheer dress for the second year in a row, and Doutzen Kroes also popped up wearing Alaia, of which she tweeted, "So excited he lets me wear his dress!!"
>> It's officially happened — the first US Topshop is open (view inside), and frenzy was just as expected — funnily enough, the women at the front of the line this morning were from England, and flew in expressly for the store opening. Christopher Kane was inside, even though he doesn't currently have a line for the store, and Marc Jacobs showed up with Lorenzo Martone last night, answering yesterday's question of his whereabouts.
Right at 11 am, when Kate Moss was supposed to make her appearance, employees encouraged the crowd to chant "Kate, Kate," and apparently she came out with Sir Philip Green, stood on a box as confetti fell, and did her catwalk around the box, all in about ten seconds before the doors were opened, she did a little dance (video), and disappeared — she's already been spotted at Pastis since. But she has been doing quite the publicity blitz, revealing her list of loves to Style.com, and doing video interviews with the Telegraph and Teen Vogue.
Sir Philip Green is certainly coasting on the hype — two parties the past two nights, a VIP shopping event marked by Anna Wintour and Bee Shaffer appearances, and another party tonight — but will Topshop's cachet remain now that it's more accessible? Jezebel's reporting that they're keeping the store empty and the line long to create hype, so we'll have to see if it works.
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