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>> Armani, Versace Supposedly Had Bidding War Over Megan Fox — When Victoria Beckham declined to renew her Emporio Armani underwear ad contract earlier this month, rumors went around that Megan Fox was signed to replace her. But now, Derek Blasberg reports: "Word on the casting couch is that [Fox] is taking over the [Armani] fragrance campaign for Beyonce, AND the fashion campaign also. This, after a Fox bidding war with none other than Versace." [Derek Blasberg Twitter, Derek Blasberg Twitter]
>> Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld Prepares Art Party for Second Consecutive New York Fashion Week —For the second season in a row, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is curating an art exhibit with a New York Fashion Week launch party. Last season, Louis Vuitton sponsored his look at the works of three photographers — including PC Valmorbida — and this season, he's teaming up with PC's brother, Australian billionaire heir and art dealer Andy Valmorbida, plus Giorgio Armani for “Richard Hambleton — New York,” focusing on the work of the last living member of the East Village Art Movement and contemporary of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat. [WWD]
To help her look extra fabulous in The Ugly Truth — movie opens nationwide today — Katherine Heigl received a little wardrobe help from Giorgio Armani. We just found out the designer collaborated with costume designer Betsy Heimann on a couple of Heigl's key looks in the romantic comedy. His favorite piece from the film is this sexy Armani LBD worn by Heigl in a key scene. If you love it, you can purchase it at an Armani store near you for $950. The dress will be available next week at Armani/5th Avenue in Manhattan and at the Emporio Armani boutique in Los Angeles.
Giorgio Armani's Couture collection exuded wild, intricate details and I loved it all. For Fall, the mastermind experimented with three elements: modernity, rocker chic, and sophisticated tailoring. The results? A smashing lineup of decadent paliette pantsuits, satin frocks, zebra-print blazers, beaded skirts, and velvet aplenty. I love how he mixed together different textiles for maximum interest and texture — my favorite has to be this multimarvelous skirt suit. Fab-u-lous. Beaded and sequined headgear lent a vintage, flapper vibe to the collection while zipper and fur embellishments added a youthful touch. It's risky mixing together so many different textures and elements, but Armani once again proved his cunning capability.
>> Giorgio Armani loves his star power, and this morning's dose involved Megan Fox and Cate Blanchett sitting together front row with five bodyguards safeguarding their seats. The models stalked the runway in identical cropped black wigs — similar to the cut of Armani's underwear face Victoria Beckham — and it only took nine looks worth of sharp-shouldered suits and sparkly dresses before the crowd started applauding.
“It’s not the glamour of today,” the designer said of his Fall 2009 couture collection. “Forties film noir, but not Joan Crawford, more Katherine Hepburn.” Armani, who recently suffered a bout of hepatitis, was said to be looking tan as ever, but "unusually thin."
Marion Cotillard kicked off Fall 2009 Haute Couture week in Paris yesterday at the Christian Dior show — get her beautiful makeup look here. She skipped out on today's Giorgio Armani Prive presentation, which brought out Megan Fox and longtime fan of the line Cate Blanchett. Megan headed to France from LA just yesterday amid her verbal sparring with Transformers director Michael Bay, who apparently had her audition for the role by washing his Ferrari. Rather than dwell on that, instead Megan can look forward to Jennifer's Body as she joins the ranks of the front row fashion set.
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>> Giorgio Armani sticks with an idea when it works — the newest wave of Victoria and David Beckham's underwear ads, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, are out today — and the same goes for his Cruise 2010 collection. He started exploring the eighties with a little Grace Jones influence in his Fall 2009 collection, and for resort he's taking the idea further with brightly-checked party dresses, polka dots, and a dash of sequins.