Last night's fourth annual amfAR Inspiration Gala was a prime spot for model and celebrity sightings of the chicest kind. Famous faces (on and off the catwalk) gathered to honor Jennifer Lopez, Alan Cumming, and Valentino Garavani, and treated us to a glamorous lineup of dresses in the process. We spotted Lindsey Wixson and Eniko Mihalik posing in feathered red carpet gowns, Dree Hemingway looking ethereal in white, and, among the model crew, fashion favorites like Shala Monroque in bright candy-apple red and Leigh Lezark hanging with Derek Blasberg. Keep clicking to see all of the looks.
Along with the retailer's Coachella-ready Divided wares, H&M is launching The New Icons, a collection inspired by its campaign models, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Lindsey Wixson, and Daphne Groeneveld. And, as you may have guessed by the source of inspiration, the clothes prove just as cool as the ladies wearing them. With a rocker edge that reminds us of Givenchy-meets-Joan-Jett appeal, and a romantic Americana slant that's more Ralph Lauren in the '90s, the latest batch of H&M clothes offers up an easy "road map" for emulating a similar brand of cool-girl styling. We're particularly drawn to the silver-embellished black vest, cream-colored ruffle lace miniskirt, and the drawstring bucket bag both Smalls and Wixson show off in the campaign. Here's your first look at The New Icons collection — available in stores in early April — right this way.
Karl Lagerfeld must have gardens on the brain. After re-creating a full-scale pine forest for his Spring 2013 Couture show on Tuesday, he also released a video of models frolicking in the gardens of Paris's Rodin Museum.
In the three-act story, entitled Public Garden, Lindsey Wixson and a fellow blond beauty alight on a bench in the gardens to examine recent purchases from Chanel's Spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection. After they watch model Aymeline Valade stroll by, Brad Kroening and his 4-year-old son Hudson — who's also Lagerfeld's godson — come and sit on the adjacent bench.
Wixson and her friend encounter Valade and both of the Kroenig men in each of the subsequent acts, finally learning how the three are connected at the end of the film. A look at the story — and the all the clothing — in the video below.
Mulberry's Fall 2012 collection — with its furry coats and hypertextured knits — was rife with fantasy. It was, after all, inspired in part by one of the most fantastic children's tomes ever: Where the Wild Things Are. Fitting then that the brand's Fall 2012 ad campaign would follow those same imaginative themes. Shot by Tim Walker in England's Blackheath Forest (a place whose very name can't help but conjure fairy-tale visions), the images feature a Mulberry-clad Lindsey Wixson surrounded by a host of larger-than-life monsters and beasts.
>> It's hard to believe that just two short years ago, Lindsey Wixson was a 16-year-old headed to prom. Granted, she had already been photographed for Vogue and was headed to the dance in a custom-designed Jason Wu dress, but still — how quickly time flies. With this year just as busy as the last — this past season alone, Wixson walked 31 shows and appeared in Spring 2012 ad campaigns for everyone from Mulberry to Just Cavalli — the Wixson whirlwind shows no signs of stopping.
So, in honor of everyone's favorite gap-toothed, rose-pouted Kansan — who today goes from barely legal to legal, just — we've rounded up 18 of our favorite Wixson street-style shots and backstage candids. Happy birthday, Lindsey — here's wishing you another stellar year.
>> Take a surreal journey through '50s and '60s nostalgia with Prada's just-released Spring 2012 fantasy lookbook.
Photographer Phil Meech's backstage photos from the Spring 2012 runway show — starring models Lindsey Wixson, Anais Pouliot, Ruby Aldridge, Kasia Struss, Ginta Lapina, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Fei Fei Sun, and Daphne Groeneveld — provide the perfect foil to Jeroen Koolhaas's and Lok Jansen's handmade collages and cheeky vintage photographs.
It's all right here in the slideshow.
>> In honor of their upcoming Versace For H&M collaboration — in stores and online Nov. 17 — the two brands pulled together three events in one last night at New York's Pier 57. Through a gilded hall of mirrors, designers (Anna Sui, Joseph Altuzarra, Christopher Kane), supermodels (Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen), and other such notables (Uma Thurman, Chloe Moretz, Nicki Minaj, Prince) were swept into a dark room framing a serpentine catwalk, on which Versace favorites like Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly, Lindsey Wixson, and Daphne Groeneveld wore black leather headscarves, heavy kohl, and stomped to speaker-pumping music.
Cue the next: After her runway bow, Donatella Versace gestured guests to follow her into a green-lit, disco ball-hung room covered in oversized palm tree wallpaper. Minaj took the mic — dressed in Versace for H&M, of course — and inspired Alexander Wang to sing along in the audience to every song. Much to Donatella's pleasure — and Natasha Poly's, who sat on the shoulders of a friend so she could videotape the set on her phone — Prince was up next on stage. Versace fist-pumped when Prince gave her a shout-out, clapped above her head . . . and that was before his encore of "Purple Rain."
Finally, the last of the three-prong event: crowds that had been lining up before Prince even took the stage were unleashed into the shopping area. As Style.com notes, "Many of the women in the crowd made beelines for the collection's men's clothes."
A video of the show, below.
>> A blond Lindsey Wixson and Daphne Groeneveld star in the surrealist, minute-long Versace for H&M TV commercial, directed by Jonas Akerlund. Daphne clones are pumped out on a conveyor belt in one scene; in another, Donatella Versace pulls on ropes attached to the two models like marionettes; and in still another, Versace picks up Groeneveld by thumb and forefinger as she runs up a staircase. The spot ends with Donatella turning around and pronouncing, "My house, my rules, my pleasure." Watch it here, now.
>> Style.com's new magazine, Style.com/Print launches next Monday, Oct. 31. Meant to be a distillation of the Spring 2012 shows which ended earlier this month, the magazine, Eric Wilson writes, "is a surprisingly effective product, one that reads with a swiftness that is not unlike the experience of clicking through multiple screens at a time. The first 100 pages can be read in five minutes."
“We wanted to give the reader a sense of what it is like to go through the journey of the shows, from New York to London to Milan to Paris,” said Dirk Standen, the editor of Style.com.
Inside, there's a profile of Proenza Schouler in which Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough talk expansion plans: "We want to create easier everyday stuff, like jeans and a collection of more wearable shoes." Theo Wenner followed Lindsey Wixson (who appears on the magazine's cover) from her home in Wichita, KS, through the month of shows, and then back home again for a 27-page portfolio. There's a Q&A with Azzedine Alaia, Tommy Ton's street-style photos, top-10 lists of most-viewed shows on Style.com (Chanel was No. 1 with 3.5 million pageviews, followed by Louis Vuitton, Prada, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana), Style.com's top 10 shows (Balenciaga came in first, followed by Lanvin, Prada, Givenchy, and Proenza Schouler). There are also lists of the most ubiquitous party people, "fashion maps of New York, London, Milan, and Paris," and "an illustrated guide to the world's fashion cliques — from Miuccia Prada to Aziz Ansari in six degrees or less."
The issue costs $14.99 on select newsstands across North America and Europe, including Kirna Zabete in New York, 10 Corso Como in Milan, and Colette in Paris, and costs $4.99 plus shipping to order online before Monday. (It will be $6.99 after.)