>> Read between the lines with these: the best of the upcoming season's fashion tomes. From designer anthologies to magazine compendiums to haute biographies — there are three on Coco Chanel alone — this Fall is, literally, one for the books. In fact, it seems like everyone who's anyone will debut a coffee-table edition come October: Carine Roitfeld, Rick Owens, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin, and Glenda Bailey all have glossy monographs on the way. Here, the volumes we just can't wait to devour.
Kim Kardashian rocked leather and studs while lunching with her grandmother in Beverly Hills. Kim's effortless ensemble —distressed Jet by John Eshaya skinnies, studded Christian Louboutin booties, and washed-leather Rick Owens jacket — was perfect for a Summer stroll. Her red Alexander McQueen scarf and neon Hermès tote added an essential pop of color. Get Ms. Kardashian's exact jacket and scarf with other complementing items here.
>> Gareth Pugh has come a long way from living in a squat house in 2005. The road hasn't been an easy one, however, he tells Vice in its new Style Issue: "We didn’t sell anything from the poodle or gimp shows — nothing until the fourth or fifth show. My first show was such a last-minute thing. I was only really thinking about the show and not selling stuff afterward. But once you start showing, you’re on the treadmill and have to carry on." Even a couple of years ago, he says, "There was a point, right before a show, when I barely had enough money to get my team over to Paris."
But now, Pugh is definitely starting to consider the financial aspect of his brand (and perhaps explains why he leans toward short films in place of runway shows): "At the moment I feel very much between a rock and a hard place. People expect an amazing show, but in order to do that in Paris you have to sell a lot of clothes, which maybe means people have to be able to imagine the clothes on hangers."
More from Pugh in Vice:
On why he opened his first store in Hong Kong: "Rick Owens’s wife, Michelle Lamy [Pugh's backer], thinks moneyed Chinese women like to look very chic, like avant-garde punks. I just make more sense over there. In America I’m seen as a little bit niche and weird."
On his relationship with Rick Owens: "I’m closer to his wife, Michelle. He always describes himself as the distant, stern father figure and she is like the overgenerous mother. She’s very critical about what I do, which I like. It’s good to have someone who doesn’t always give you unadulterated praise."
On his strangest fashion industry experiences: "Driving to the Palace of Versailles with Jeremy Scott, Suzy Menkes, Jefferson Hack, and Anouck Lepere was pretty funny. Everyone wanted to see this Jeff Koons exhibition — Anouck tried to climb the fence, Jefferson got into a fight with a security guard, and Suzy Menkes was taking pictures. That was weird. Oh, and the time I’d booked my housemates a holiday in Gran Canaria but got flown to New York to shoot with Mario Testino. I ended up at the Met Ball afterward and found myself having a fag with Christian Slater in the toilets while David Beckham took a piss at the urinal. The toilets there are a real superstar clusterf*ck. I just couldn’t work out why I was there."
On the clothes he wears: "I never buy clothes, so I don’t really have a choice when it comes to what I wear. I am very lucky to be able to pull a lot of Rick Owens and steal some of my stuff from the factory. (I have to steal my own samples [because] I don’t get a personal order quota. It’s a license.) But other than that I buy H&M hoodies and Topshop jeans."
On why he doesn't use much color: "The designs are more about the whole thing rather than the details, and if I were to do the big shapes I do, color would maybe be too much. Pink or red would push it all over the edge."
New mom Miranda Kerr was all smiles while strolling around Paris before strutting her stuff in the Balenciaga show. Her floral Balenciaga mini was complemented by her peplum Rick Owens leather jacket, patent Prada booties, and blue Balenciaga tote. She added a gray scarf and a navy wide-brimmed fedora to complete her Paris-chic look. Shop all of the key pieces now.
>> Carine Roitfeld has popped over to New York — last night, she wore Givenchy couture to the amfAR Gala "because I’m working with amfAR and it’s very important for me to be here," and tonight, she was at her son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld's RETNA art opening, wearing "all Rick Owens," she told us, but she's "not seeing any fashion shows" and goes back to Paris on Saturday. She's definitely not out of fashion for good — last night she told The Cut, "I have a new project" which is "in fashion, of course." Although she's "too superstitious" to discuss details, she did promise more information "in one month." [The Cut]
Nicole Richie looked cute and cozy while walking through Heathrow airport. Her black Rick Owens beanie, paper-thin tee, thick leggings, patent Mary-Jane Lanvin flats, Coco-inspired Chanel sunglasses, and matching quilted bag combined to make the perfect globe-trotting ensemble. As if her look wasn't stylish enough, Nicole kept warm in a red-hot Sonia Rykiel double breasted peacoat with matching crimson nails. Shop now for like items to copy Nicole's trendy travel style.
Backstage Snaps from Paris Fashion Week Part One: Daria Werbowy at Balmain, Crystal Renn at Zac Posen, and More
>> With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, we've got a look at Daria Werbowy and Carmen Kass backstage at Balmain — the latter showing off her new crop; Crystal Renn, Sessilee Lopez, Hilary Rhoda, and Coco Rocha all having a ball at Zac Posen; plus behind the scenes snaps from Dries van Noten, Nina Ricci, Rochas, and Rick Owens.
Photos: Greg Kessler