>> Myf Shepherd Takes Break from Modeling; Jean Paul Gaultier Casts Miss France for Couture Runway —After noticeably easing up on her runway schedule last season, Myf Shepherd has decided to break and focus on studying theater set design at Sydney's College of Fine Arts. She won't walk the runway this year, but may do a few direct bookings — she appears on the February 2010 cover of Dazed & Confused Japan. Her mother agency in Australia expects her to return to modeling in 2011. Meanwhile, was a new catwalker born at Jean Paul Gaultier's couture show? Gaultier asked Miss France 2009 Chloe Mortaud to walk after serving as a judge for the 2010 pageant. [Frockwriter, Style File]
Sometimes fashion is serendipitous. I just saw Avatar last weekend, and lo and behold, it's the inspiration behind Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring couture collection. "I saw 'Avatar' and, like everyone, found it extraordinary. And from there, I began thinking of nature and ecology, and the Latin American tropics and from there it was not very far to Mexico," explained Gaultier. Just when I was envisioning my Avatar-inspired Burning Man outfit, JPG churns out the most phenomenal couture collection yet.Spanish influences were explained via embroidery, white ruffled blouses (and pant skirts), shawls, and refined black separates. A black and white Aztec motif stands out, while some creations perfectly blend sci-fi with the primitive. The most awe inspiring were beaded, feathered, sculpted, and adorned with exotic accessories. Karlie could upstage Neytiri in her decadent feather fan hoop skirt, tailored jacket, and headdress. Get ready to go back to Pandora . . .
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Paris is the high cathedral of haute looks, one of the cities where fashion is as much a fine art as a business, but clothes aren't the only quotidian part of getting ready that the designing minds take to creative extremes. Looking at the hairstyles from Jean Paul Gaultier's collection this morning, I was reminded just how much an art hairstyling can be in the right hands and what a vital form of self-expression it is for many people. But what do you think? Should we appreciate hairstyling as an art, the same way we do sculpture or theater, or is that just silly?
>> And then there was one. With Christian Lacroix off the couture schedule, Jean Paul Gaultier is the only French designer left creating couture for a major house. Braids melded into mohawks, couture cowboy boots, sombreros, palm frond clutches, gauchos . . . as Gaultier explained it: “I saw the Avatar and, like everyone, found it extraordinary. And from there I began thinking of nature and ecology, and the Latin American tropics; and from there it was not very far to Mexico.”
Pre-show, Anna Wintour's bodyguard almost knocked Carine Roitfeld over — the knocks just keep on coming — and to finish out the show, Mexican-raised Paris-based actress Arielle Dombasle serenaded the audience before joining Gaultier in his bow.
>> In the Golden Globes aftermath, Cathy Horyn was left less than impressed. "The new decade certainly didn’t announce itself with a bang on the Globes red carpet last night, and it had nothing to do with the rain," she blogged yesterday. "Where was that single, game-changing dress that people would talk about?"
Most of the dresses last night offered little more than a paper-doll variation on styles of the past few years. A preponderance of blush pink or one-shouldered styles doesn’t point to a trend so much as reveal an ongoing problem with mediocre design. Maybe the best designers now prefer to stay away from the awards shows, and the actresses, worried about bad publicity, don’t know the difference anymore. They don’t know what it means in fashion to be playful and truly relaxed. So the dresses keep wearing them.
>> First Look: Zac Posen for Target — Zac Posen's Target collaboration doesn't come out until April 25, but Fashionista's got a full look at the wares. Available for the peeping? A mod yellow raincoat ($49.99), a very Posen-esque red ruffled party dress ($79.99), and the navy snap dress at left ($69.99). Now we're just waiting to see Posen's Spring 2010 ad campaign, styled by his boyfriend Christopher Niquet and featuring Tao Okamoto photographed by Ellen von Unwerth. [Fashionista, Christopher Niquet]
>> Dree Hemingway scored three top campaigns for the Spring 2010 season — Gianfranco Ferre, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier (styled by Carine Roitfeld), natch. But perhaps less known is that for every one of those only-girl campaigns, she also wrapped three small film parts last year.
Her acting portfolio now includes a bit part in My Suicide, a "teen coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a media-obsessed geek and the most beautiful and twisted girl in school," in which she plays "Christian Girl #2." The movie, out in the United States Feb. 1, features mom Mariel Hemingway in one of the main roles. She also plays "School Girl #1" in Privileged, starring Twilight's Nikki Reed. Her largest role, as "Kristi," comes in The Truth About Angels, about "an ordinary guy [who] escapes his turbulent home life when he is invited to an exclusive Hollywood party by his movie star friend, only to discover that there's more to the glamorous world than meets the eye."
Anything went at the Audi Golden Globes party in LA over the weekend. LBDs, bold numbers, corsets — all fair game. Glee's Dianna Agron wore a flirty textured frock, Krysten Ritter showed off her bright side in Brian Reyes, Dita von Teese worked Jean Paul Gaultier, Eva Amurri slipped on an orange ruffly dress, and Anna Paquin looked sleek in Gianfranco Ferré. All look exquisite, but who's most Fab?