At one point, I hated Stephanie Seymour. Those of you who know me, and Stephanie, know why. It was the early '90s. She was dating Axl Rose. He was mine! Or, so my 12-year-old self thought. The lead singer of my all-time favorite band was possibly engaged to the hottest Victoria's Secret model of the time. I had serious competition. Meanwhile, I would flip through my mom's VS catalogs and hope I would grow up to have such a hard body, voluminous hair, and chiseled face. The greenish-blue eyes were out of the question, but to this day, if I ever need inspiration to get fit, I look to Stephanie Super. Known for her devilishly divine body, Stephanie also has a unique face; her long nose has an imperfect dent and her lips are perfectly plump. Now that I'm grown up and Stephanie is married with four kids (who are all gorgeous, btw) but still modeling, still hard body, I can admire her in two G'n'R videos — "Don't Cry" and "November Rain" — for what she really is: a bona fide hottie.
>> He may be one of the lesser knowns of a design generation that includes Valentino Garavani, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, and Giorgio Armani, but at 68, Azzedine Alaia has carved out a niche of his own. Like Armani, Alaia owns his business, allowing him to design his way — as Stephanie Seymour, who spoke with the designer for March 2009 Interview puts it — "usually very late at night with an old film playing in the background." More elusive than Marc Jacobs but more forthcoming than Martin Margiela, a window into Alaia's world is always a treat; More from Seymour and the man she refers to as "Papa":
Alaia was fired from Christian Dior after five days.
I met my best friend, Leila, whose mother had connections to clients of Christian Dior in Paris, and eventually someone asked if I could come work there. I got the job. But when I arrived, it was the end of the Algerian War . After five days there they said to me, "You can't work here any longer. You're a foreigner."
As you know by now, Supers are back in action and hotter than ever. Fab fave Stephanie Seymour is new again, and the latest face for Valentino's Spring/Summer '09 ad campaign. The girl has experience and you can tell by her glamazon pose. I mean, check out those long fingers and the way they draw you in. Her dress is delicate yet her upper body is strong. Talk about muscles! What do you think? Does Stephanie do Valentino justice?
Whether they're hunkering down for a cold Christmas in New York City or enjoying the balmy holidays in LA, celebs and their tots are feeling the spirit of the season. Stars are bringing their littlest fans along during last-minute errands, trips, and excursions out on the town. Check out the slideshow to see what a few of our favorite lil faces were up to this week.
Isn't it grand when two fashion folks get together and pick each others' brains? One of my Super favorites, Stephanie Seymour, interviewed the designer of jewelry line Fenton for Interview magazine. Seeing as how statement jewelry — especially cool, mixed material jewelry — has dazzled its way into our lives this year, I'm sure you won't mind hearing all about what the designer, Dana Lorenz, has to say. Here are the highlights from Stephanie's Interview interview, jinx:
- If Dana weren't a jewelry designer she would . . . "My friends and I always laugh that maybe we'll leave it all behind and go open a Holistic Dog Spa or make organic soaps in Vermont, but to be successful at it. Like Diane Keaton in Baby Boom."
- Favorite celebrities to dress. "Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton are always surprising and refreshing to see."
For some more, and to see a couple more Fab Fallon and Fenton pieces, read more
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —The house may be in transition, but for their Spring 2009 campaign, Valentino stuck with someone established: Stephanie Seymour. Paired with Claudia Schiffer's reign at Yves Saint Laurent, and Kate Moss at Stella McCartney, it looks like the Fall 2008 season of the supermodel isn't done for Spring. [TFS]
>> A month ago, Gisele Bundchen was spotted in LA taping a music video as favor to a friend, and the finished product for Blackcowboy's "Come On" video has finally debuted. So will her performance become as iconic as Stephanie Seymour's in "November Rain," the supermodels' in "Freedom" or Kate Moss's in "I Just Don't Know What to do With Myself"? I'm going to go with no.
>> Stephanie Seymour is contributing fashion editor at Interview, Cindy Crawford blogged about the environment for Vanity Fair, Naomi Campbell is a contributing editor at British GQ, and now Marie Claire has tapped Christy Turlington as contributing editor — it's funny how supermodels have moved from solely being in editorials to also doing editorial.
Christy, who is currently enrolled at Columbia University for a master's course on public health, will collaborate with the magazine's writers on a column — to appear in the magazine every two to three months — covering such subjects as politics, mothers around the world, and her travels for humanitarian causes. Her first piece, "Fighting for Mothers," describes her trek to Washington, DC to push for a Senate resolution on maternal health and appears in the December 2008 issue of Marie Claire.
The new gig likely came from all her public support — after Marie Claire ran a piece by Christy in March about mother's health, editor-in-chief Joanna Coles says she got a "ton" of fan letters from readers.