>> Natasha Royt styled Julia Restoin Roitfeld in a pared-down — albeit wind-blown — studio shoot for Hanii Y's Fall 2011 campaign. The six-look campaign is also accompanied by a behind-the-scenes video of Roitfeld vamping it up on-set for Dutch photographer Jan Welters. See all six looks here.
Yesterday at Cannes was marked by the La Coqueta and Melancholia film premieres, though we were mostly consumed with more of the festival's standout style. We spotted supermodels Laetitia Casta and Alessandra Ambrosio hitting the red carpet, fashionable mom and daughter duo Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Carine Roitfeld stepping out for Roberto Cavalli's dinner party, and Milla Jovovich making a standout arrival in Prada — in short, another amazing day in Cannes style. Click through to see the best of day eight, then be sure to tell us your favorite in comments!
New York Fashion Week Dispatches from Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson — Monday and Tuesday
>> You've met Lane Crawford Fashion Director Sarah Rutson and gotten her thoughts on shows like Alexander Wang and Altuzarra from the first part of New York Fashion Week. As the week carries on, find out what she did for Valentine's Day yesterday and her thoughts on Marc Jacobs's show. More in the slideshow — including Sarah's catch-up with Anna Dello Russo!
A stylish coincidence is usually an indication of a larger trend at work in the fashion world. So, when Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Amy Smart, and Taylor Swift all selected sexy black lace for their respective events, we got the hint. This take on the LBD is ultrasultry, styled up with peekaboo, sheer panels or a smattering of sequins. And, while we acknowledge the tendency to shy away from the typical black dress during the holiday season, we'd hardly call this little stunner predictable.
Maybe the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show had something to do with it, because this week's looks are hot. Between all the LBDs making their way down the red carpet, there's a sultry side to each; then, a few surprises — vintage-inspired glam, and a dose of Fall's best trends via street style. For me, it's always a thrill to see how January Jones will play up a look, like a black sheath with back-revealing details. Katy Perry proved she's hot on stage or off, and Karolina Kurkova gives another amazing model moment, even when she's not dancing down the catwalk. Just click on for more of this week's Fab celeb looks.
>> Joseph Altuzarra may have gone with an intimate presentation at Milk Studios last night, but his guest list packed a lot of punch. The Roitfeld clan was well-represented: Carine, Vladimir, and Julia were all there, with Vlad greeting his sister with a kiss on each cheek; his girlfriend, Giovanna Battaglia, and Julia von Boehm showed up, too. The Trainas were also out in full force: Victoria and Samantha sat next to Chad Muska (there to support girlfriend Vanessa Traina, who walked in the show for the second time and was listed in the program notes as an "advisor") and Alexander Wang, who was relaxing with his show behind him, enjoying a glass of white wine, and chatting to close friend and interior decorator to the models Ryan Korban. And then there was Anna Wintour, attending Altuzarra's show for the first time, who arrived early to have a chat with the designer backstage pre-show; after she took her seat, Carine smiled at Wintour as she passed.
Needless to say, Altuzarra did not disappoint. The designer, who pushed a looser silhouette last season when everyone else was hanging onto the hard-edged look interestingly decided to veer back that way now that everyone else is moving away. Inspired by Edward Scissorhands — the film's theme was played during the show — and the current sexualization of vampires, Altuzarra started out with a stream of black leather — accented with goat hair, slashed and then stitched up suture-style, belted multiple times across the waist, chest, back, wrists, and even thighs; Abbey Lee Kershaw was even suited up in a Catwoman-style leather bodysuit. Then came the blood red gowns, sparkling with Swarovski crystals and ending with Natasha Poly in the sophisticated version of a Little Red Riding Hood cape. The ankle-slashed boots were done in collaboration with Gianvito Rossi, and former Vogue Paris editor (and Carine's former assistant) Melanie Huynh did styling honors. Perhaps Bryanboy put it best when he said of the collection: "It's like raiding Carine's Closet."
>> Despite the vast concrete-floored warehouse space waiting inside Pier 94 to house Alexander Wang's guests, they all had to pass through a single set of double doors at the entrance yesterday, causing quite the crush, particularly because a burly security guard took up a large part of the entryway, allowing VIPs like Dasha Zhukova and Fabien Baron pass on his right, while everyone else had to go to his left.
The crowd buzzed with excitement; after all, Wang has come a long way in a few short seasons — to the point that a major magazine's accessories editor had to ask stylists to stop using one of his shoes, the lace-up sandal boot from Spring 2010, which had become ubiquitous, in all of their shoots.
Tavi Gavinson emerged from backstage, Fashion Television camera crew in tow, and took to laughing with and interviewing Lauren Santo Domingo, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Derek Blasberg. She took her front row seat, and the stadium-style lights went down and then up, revealing opener (and closer) Natalia Vodianova, hair shellacked over one eye, as she walked along the long black background, giving the audience a prolonged view in profile, before turning to give them a closer look.
Wang, like fellow young designer Jason Wu, felt the need for a turning point in his brand this season, hence a focus on a more tailored silhouette in the form of deconstructed pinstripe suits: Wall Street, Wang-style. But there was also a strong element of late-'90s goth: the models wore black backpacks with fluttery floor-length tails, 5-inch high chunky-heeled mid-calf boots in velvet or brown with burnished yellow toes (which they had trouble turning in), pleated mini-skirts with tuxedo tails in back, and mid-thigh leggings which belled out over their shoes. There was even some chenille and a black leather trench thrown into the mix.
Big on collaborations, Wang worked with stylist Karl Templer and Linda Farrow sunglasses each for the second time, the latter producing bug-eyed shades worn over the models' hair, and Gaia Repossi for jewelry. In addition to Natalia, Freja Beha Erichsen and Snejana Onopka made their runway debut for the week; Agyness Deyn and Jessica Miller, ready for a comeback, also took a turn. The designer's CFDA-appointed mentor Diane von Furstenberg was front row, smiling during the finale, along with her CEO Paula Sutter, whose appearance raised a few questions about investment potential (DVF has a stake in Nathan Jensen's line).
Is it me or did celebs all of a sudden join in our Paint It Black fun? I've been keeping an eye out for fellow noirs, and everyone from Penelope Cruz to George Clooney to Jennifer Connelly to John Mayer have been dipping themselves in all black. Even a few Fab readers have gone noir. Mila Kunis wore a one-shouldered LBD and black pumps to the premiere of The Book of Eli. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld attended The Last Station NYC premiere in a studded LBD, a black leather jacket, and black pumps. And Vanessa Hudgens partied in LA in all black with silver jewels and a black Chanel bag. Enter to see more blacked out celebs, as well as Fab's noir ensembles from the week.
It's been a while since I last bought an Esprit piece, but that's about to change. The brand, which has had European and Asian success in the last five years, is attempting to regain its fashion strength in the US. It currently has about a dozen locations in the states, and its largest North American store is set to open at 21-25 West 34th Street in NYC in March. It will carry casual and cocktail men's and women's collections, as well as accessories for both sexes. Helping push along the growth are socialites Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Daisy Lowe, the pretty faces of the new Esprit ad campaign. What do you think?
Martin Margiela quietly leaves fashion house and will not be replaced.
Julia Restoin Roitfeld models memorable fall 2009 runway looks in Vogue China.
Rumor has it Naomi Campbell is working on a reality show.
Tom Ford and Roberto Cavalli will appear on The Martha Stewart show this week.
Sephora is testing make-up vending machines in select JC Penny stores.
Director of Valentino: The Last Emperor, Matt Tyrnauer, on his subjects' thoughts after seeing their first screening of the film, "I showed my director’s cut to Valentino and Giancarlo for the first time in March 2008. “Hate” is really too light a word to describe their reaction."