Watching Viktor & Rolf's virtual fashion show makes me wonder why more designers don't go this route. I smell a new trend. Old-school model Shalom Harlow is the only one on catwalk. Or, shall I say, only ones. It's all good though; it makes me focus more on the clothes and less on the models. Wait until you see how up close and personal the camera takes you. It's better than being in the front row! Per usual, these men know how to entertain. The oversize jewels and funky shoes are especially fun. And wait for the finale — a metallic Spirograph dress followed by multiple Shaloms applauding, and . . . well, watch for yourself.
>> Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren may have nixed their Spring 2009 runway show in favor of an online fashion film, but the new virtual presentation — online now — was quite an ordeal in its own. As the only model in the seven-minute film, Shalom had to act as fit model and then afterwards walk the 70-foot runway five times in each of the 20 looks, allowing the cameras to capture all the necessary angles. To compensate for the two 14-hour days in high heels the work required, Viktor & Rolf had a foot masseur on set to keep Shalom on her feet.
The film opens with Shalom running in and proclaiming, in the words of Audrey Hepburn's Funny Face character, that she's late for the show. But Funny Face theme aside, the collection is pure Viktor & Rolf — theatrical (also perhaps less so than past collections), full of ruffles, and bold — not to mention those three dresses embroidered with 20,000 Swarovski crystals each, which weigh in at about 44 pounds per dress.
Tiffany & Co. is trying out a new look this season with a sweet new campaign. The ads, shot by Michael Thompson, feature models Liya Kebede, Shalom Harlow, Lily Cole, and Sasha Pivovarova. All different, all beautiful. I like how Liya emits a commanding, graceful presence in her fancy tulle dress and dazzling diamonds.While Shalom rocks it '50s-style in a black fedora and mixed metals, Lily looks young and bohemian in a modern selection of beads and baubles. Check out that big wavy hair! And we can't forget sweet Sasha. Though her diamond-studded bangles take precedent, I can't help but be drawn into her captivating eyes. Are you digging this new look?
>> THE MODELIZER —Viktor & Rolf have been longtime fans of Shalom Harlow — they used a huge print of her face as the backdrop for their Spring 2008 show, after all — and now, a year later, they've chosen her to be the one and only star of their online Spring 2009 show Oct. 2. She is scheduled to shoot all the looks in the Funny Face-themed collection early next week. [WWD]
>> Models are really starting to undertake the green cause: Cindy Crawford has been blogging for Vanity Fair on her eco experiences, Shalom Harlow and Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann teamed up to organize the Earth Pledge FutureFashion show during New York Fashion Week this January, and now Angela Lindvall is joining Adrian Grenier on a new eco-centric TV show, Alter Eco.
The show, which premieres tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on the new channel, Planet Green, is essentially a green makeover series, so Adrian and his team of four — Angela's area of expertise is eco fashion — go out and "green-over" homes, schools, and businesses. Well, that explains her tree-hugging photo-op last week.
Below, a promo clip of the show, and the series schedule is here.
Times they are a-changin'. Judging from Valentino's Spring/Summer '08 ads, it seems there's no longer a need for pretty-faced models to show off luxurious designer items. Even though it's Amber Valetta, Anja Rubik, Raquel Zimmermann, and Shalom Harlow hiding behind those drop-dead bags, it might as well have been any other model with a slim bod; Valentino could have even saved himself a buck or two! These ads are different and attention grabbing, and for that I admire them. For once, a designer has placed the accessories — not the model — front and center. What do you think?
I've always had a real talent for likening people to animals so it was only a matter of time until "It" models became my victims. My first prey: Jessica Stam, whose cat-like eyes make her look like she's a part of the feline family (in this case, a lioness). That connection is pretty obvious. Not so obvious, and funny, are my other victims, Shalom Harlow, Coco Rocha, Stella Tennant, Jacquetta Wheeler, and Tanya D. Check out the gallery below to find out which animals I compare them to, and feel free to share your thoughts. Oh, and if you see a resemblance between another model and an animal, do tell!
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Tumi has long been a go-to place for luggage and laptop cases, but ever since they decided to launch a women's handbag line, things have been a little different. The brand is looking to be more fashionable and more high-end, upgrading to materials like Napa leather and higher prices.
To help them attain this newfound status, Tumi tapped the lovely Shalom Harlow to bring high fashion attitude to their ad campaigns. Bring it Shalom does: she looks so luxe with her bright yellow bag, chubby fur, and retro-style swimwear. What do you think?
And you thought the green movement was only a fad in fashion...
Lancome and up-and-coming design duo Rag & Bone have partnered to create limited-edition set of 100 percent organic cotton Carbon Free tees. There are only 150 of them, and they retail for $50 exclusively at Lancome-USA.com. All proceeds go towards the environmental organization Carbonfund.org, which champions efforts against climate change. Love it!