>> The modern mom has seen all kinds of presents float her way, but we have some gift ideas that will really wow her this holiday season. Play into her sophisticated senses with Thierry Mugler's Womanity eau de parfum made out of fig and cavier — we promise it won't smell like fish. If that's too risque for your taste, check out more picks from J.Crew, Michael Michael Kors, Opening Ceremony and Club Monaco for some enlightened ideas.
A First Peek at Terry Richardson's Photos of Tom Ford's Spring 2011 Womenswear Show with Beyonce, Lauren Hutton, and More
>> Terry Richardson was the only sanctioned photographer on hand for Tom Ford's Spring 2011 womenswear show, and the first of his photos from the event have finally popped up in Harper's Bazaar UK's January 2011 issue. There's Lauren Hutton in a tailored white suit and hat, Joan Smalls working a shredded organza shrug (with Ford's partner Richard Buckley, front row, caught taking the look in), Liya Kebede in a hand-painted floor-length fringed dress, and more.
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?
For the latest issue of Love magazine, its "Gorgeous" issue, there are six gorgeous covers to choose from. Lauren Hutton graces a cover as "The Heroine," while Gisele stars as "The Bombshell," Agyness Deyn as "The Rebel," Alessandra Ambrosio as "The Angel" (with bleached-out brows), and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as "The Siren," all nabbing their own respective covers. Even Buela the Doll scores a cover try as "The Mannequin." So, which is your fave?
Where Will Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Alexander Wang, and More Be For Fashion's Night Out 2010?
>> Fashion's Night Out is back with even more bang in its second year: in addition to a CBS special documenting the occasion, the official directory for the event — scheduled Sept. 10, from 6-11 pm —boasts almost 1,000 events, including a public fashion show for the first time ever. Check out some of the highlights, below.
1. Karl Lagerfeld Will Be In Town
He's hosting a Chanel dinner the night before Fashion's Night Out, and accepting a Fashion Visionary Award (from the Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology) at a luncheon the day of, so he's definitely in New York for the occasion. Word is he'll be at Chanel's Soho store — where they're also offering complimentary manicures and selling the forthcoming Les Khakis de Chanel nail polish collection for one night. Alternatively, the 57th Street Chanel boutique is offering visitors the option to color-customize their very own pair of iconic Chanel ballet flats.
Badgley Mischka is celebrating 20 years of decadent design with some of their favorite Hollywood clients. After all, if it weren't for them, the brand wouldn't be as popular as it is today. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the designing duo enlisted Eva Longoria, Carrie Underwood, Brooke Shields, Lauren Hutton, and Anjelica Huston to pose alongside them in an array of their decadent couture gowns — luckies! “Obviously it shows we believe in glamour more than ever. It’s what we do and what we love to do,” said Badgley.
It may look dingy at first glance, but the dark backdrop in Paramount Studios only brings more attention to the designers' intricate creations. My favorite has to Carrie Underwood in the lovely lavender ruffled frock. "I love Badgley Mischka for not only making the most beautiful gowns, but also for bringing together such strong, amazing women to celebrate 20 years of glamour and fashion," said Underwood. You can't go wrong with beautiful dresses and dazzling stars. I love this, do you?
>> Paris Fashion Week starts tomorrow, but fashion folk couldn't leave Milan without hitting up the Palazzo della Ragione last night for one last Milanese shindig, courtesy of Anna Wintour, Domenico Dolce, and Stefano Gabbana. The launch for the "Extreme Beauty in Vogue" exhibition — which Anna selected 89 images for — the party was likened to the Milanese equivalent of the Costume Institute Gala; in other words, the week's hottest ticket. Karl Lagerfeld made a beeline for the photos after mugging for a few cameras, while Anna was trailed by 60 Minutes's Morley Safer and Carine Roitfeld by CNN: “I am being followed round all the shows, and they are doing lots of interviews. But you won’t be seeing me naked.” Miuccia Prada sported one of her new Fall 2009 gladiatorial dresses, and rounding out the fashion wattage a troika of supermodels: two we see quite a bit of (Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova) and one we do not (Nadja Auermann).
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MTV has decided not to release a controversial television show, called Model Maker, aimed at making young women into models by asking them to lose weight. Today Darryl Roberts takes us through the roller coaster ride of disapproval.
Sarah Palin's designer clothing will be given to charity when the campaign is over. More than anything we want a break down of just what this woman is wearing, because we're not seeing what Andre Leon Tally is seeing.
Lauren Hutton, who is the face of Mango's Fall 08 ad campaign, has also signed on to be the poster gal for Elizabeth and James--the line designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. To top it all off, we saw her photo on the Sartorialist yesterday. The woman is back.
Target deals with the economy by looking at their sourcing and other ways to drive the prices down. The company, who operates well over one thousand stores in the United States, does not plan to expand overseas just yet. If and when they do, it is said that they will start at our borders in Mexico and Canada.
>> FASH INSTITUTE —The cover of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's much-anticipated book, Influence, which features interviews with the likes of Christian Louboutin, Lauren Hutton, and Terry Richardson, and exclusive photographs by Rankin, has been revealed. The book is released on October 28, but Amazon has already knocked down the price on pre-order. [Word Up!]
An inspiring move was made by Spanish retailer Mango: modeling veteran Lauren Hutton will star in their upcoming Fall campaign. At 64, she proves that modeling isn't just for baby-faced babes. The campaign is praisingly called “We love you, Lauren” and was shot by photographer Antoni Bernard. Hutton will be showing off pinstripe shirts, a chunky knit minidress, and silk shorts. However, Hutton will be joined by young'un model Alice Dellal, who will vogue for Mango's denim campaign. We love Penelope Cruz in Mango clothes, and I have a feeling we'll love Lauren, too.