French fashion designer Vanessa Bruno opened up her first US store in West Hollywood, CA — and we got the chance to talk with her at the grand opening party! Sky-high ceilings, white walls, and gorgeous lighting illuminate her effortlessly cool Spring 2011 collection. Channeling the '70s, Vanessa brought the tropics to the city with punchy brights and prints. Watch to find out more! On Allison: Hype
>> The Chateau Marmont hosted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund West Coast runway show and tea yesterday afternoon — part of the competition for fund finalists (Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, Prabal Gurung, Christian Cota, Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson, and Eddie Borgo among them); each finalist showed five Spring 2011 looks to an audience that included Rachel Zoe, Erin Wasson, Noot Seear, and Jenna Lyons.
Nerves were high for the designers, with a winner to be announced next month. “I have to tell myself to stop and enjoy the moment,” said Gurung. “But it was hard for us all not to tear up.” And Laura Love, Vogue West Coast editor Lisa Love's daughter, who was reportedly convinced to check out modeling by Anna Wintour and has since signed with Ford Models, walked the runway for Altuzarra.
A while ago, I posed this question: Do you prefer Erin Wasson polished or grungy? Let's take it a step further and check out a few more models who undergo major transformations when they model. Agyness Deyn is way punky in her personal life, so it's not so strange seeing her in a grungy editorial, like the one on the left. But, I am a bit taken aback when I see her looking polished in a glamorous gown and heels, like in the Giorgio Armani ad.
Click through to see more models in their cleaned up state, then tell me, do you like it?
We're experiencing a serious case of Fall shopping itch today and with the weekend upon us, it's time to divulge in some retail healing (or lusting, at least). Our shopping obsessions range a mix of cold weather accessories, from J.Crew's genius two-in-one gloves and Vanessa Bruno's cozy textural scarf to decadent splurges from Phillip Lim and Ashish. Also, we can't stop swooning over Erin Wasson's totem-print Lindsey Thornburg Maxi Dress — she was spotted wearing it at New York Fashion Week — and for the daring, it also comes in a snazzy mini dress version.
Left to right: Erin Wasson in Lindsey Thornburg Maxi Dress ($450), Lindsey Thornburg Mini Dress ($400), 3.1 Phillip Lim Printed Pony Willow Wedge ($575), Ashish Cotton Sequin Check Shirt ($1,450), Vanessa Bruno Athé Alpaca-Blend Scarf ($89, originally $295), J.Crew Convertible Gloves ($98), Need Supply Cherokee Earrings ($84)
Photo: Fashion Chalet
Milan Fashion Week wrapped with last night's black-tie amfAR gala, where some of our Fab favorites turned out, dressed to impress. Black was the color of choice for most, between Alessandra Ambrosio's ladylike strapless, Erin Wasson's vampy black halter Roberto Cavalli, and Chanel Iman's sexy sheer number. As for the rest, Heidi Klum chose a jeweled Cavalli, and Margherita Missoni stepped out in a patchwork metallic creation. Click through to see them all, then cast your vote for the most Fab!
>> Baptiste Giabiconi was rumored to make his singing debut at the Chanel Soho store party in New York last night — Karl Lagerfeld is reportedly pushing him to be a pop star — but apparently he got cold feet. Instead, guests were treated to the redone store, cordoned off from the public by a LED display wall playing Chanel videos and brimming with editors (Sally Singer, Robbie Myers, Cecilia Dean, Amy Astley); models (Heidi Mount, Jessica Stam, Magdalena Frackowiak, Anja Rubik, Freja Beha Erichsen, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Erin Wasson, Shalom Harlow, Crystal Renn); and Chanel favorites like Poppy Delevigne, Caroline Sieber, Diane Kruger, Liv Tyler, Courtney Love, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Alexa Chung, who was DJing the party, asked last night if she could buy the new Chanel Les Khakis nail polish (which came out today), but she was told she had to wait until this morning to pick it up. And before Lagerfeld arrived, publicists scraped graffiti stickers, posters, and fliers off the scaffolding by the red carpet. They even had box cutters to scrape off tape and remnants. But that wasn't the only prep done in anticipation of Lagerfeld's arrival: The Daily reports from sources working in the building that houses the Soho boutique that Lagerfeld also demanded his own private bathroom to use during the party, and thus, one was built.
Waiters stood by holding trays of Chanel-logoed spray paint cans which could be used to tag a LED wall near the store's entrance, and the gift bag held a silk scarf printed with a polar bear among camellias. Lagerfeld also took the opportunity to show off his new discovery, 19-year-old French singer Izia, who took the stage at the party (thus intimidating Giabiconi).
In honor of our stars and stripes, Erin Wasson, who we had the pleasure of chatting with recently, gives us a taste of the American country in denim, camo, and cowboy boots. The all-American "Texas Story" — shot by David Mushegain in Elle Italia's August issue — features Erin as the big star of small-town America. Hard to resist the call to kick back in cutoffs, eclectic vintage, and layered knits. It's Summer USA, a reminder to celebrate the small things — think running errands in Native American-inspired ponchos and studded cowboy boots. Click through and pay homage to the American dreamer and the best of big, Texan-inspired style.
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FabTV: Vanessa Traina Teams Up With Proenza, Jessica Biel Goes Glam, & Fab Exclusive With Erin Wasson!
Style muse Vanessa Traina teams up with the designers of Proenza Schouler to make a limited-edition tie-dye tank! Jessica Biel's globe-trotting style as she promotes her new movie The A-Team, and Fab's exclusive interview with Erin Wasson about her Low Luv jewelry line. Plus, Forever 21's back to cool collection, all in this week's FabFlash!
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Style muse Vanessa Traina teams up with the designers of Proenza Schouler to make a limited-edition tie-dye tank! And check out Jessica Biel's globe-trotting style as she promotes her new movie The A Team, and Fab's exclusive interview with Erin Wasson about her Low Luv jewelry line. Plus, Forever 21's back to cool collection, all in this week's FabFlash!