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- Newly installed French President Francois Hollande has stripped John Galliano of his membership in the French Legion of Honor. Galliano was awarded the honor in 2010 but was dismissed from his post at Dior for making anti-Semitic comments in Paris early last year. [The Cut]
- Andy Warhol's artwork and eye for color combinations have been incorporated into a Holiday collaboration with Nars cosmetics. Sephora will launch an exclusive run of the products on Oct. 1, and department stores and other specialty stores will get their products on Nov. 1. [WWD]
- Stella Tennant models because she hasn't found anything better to do. "I said I wasn't going to model after having my son," she says. "Now I just think, 'Fine, I enjoy the people a lot.' And I haven't found a better part-time job." [WSJ. Magazine]
- Lululemon has sued Calvin Klein for creating a pair of trousers that infringe on the patent it holds on v-shaped waistbands in yoga pants. [Racked]
- A Brian Atwood ad featuring Candice Swanepoel and a team of half-naked male models writhing around a darkened apartment has been banned from the billboard above Atwood's Madison Avenue store in New York City. [Modelinia]
- InStyle fashion director Hal Rubenstein has taken on the new role of editor at large. The change follows rumors that Rubenstein was trying to find more time to devote to personal projects. [WWD]
Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Georgia May Jagger, and a slew of other famous British models turned the London Olympics closing ceremony into one of the world's most-watched runway shows Sunday night. The models — each clad in different metallic gold designs from some of the best designers working in London — were wheeled into the ceremony inside billboard-sized photos of themselves while David Bowie's song "Fashion" filled Olympic Stadium. The images were stripped away to reveal the live models, who walked to the center of the field to glitter and pose in front of the very global audience for a few moments before walking out.
"It's such an amazing platform for the brand, having billions and billions of people watching," said Christopher Kane, who spent some 80 hours working on the coat and pants Stella Tennant wore during the ceremony. "That's another reason why I wanted to do something different, instead of a dress."
Sam McKnight, who worked on the models' hair, observed that the closing ceremony "was about British icons, not just athletics." Jourdan Dunn, who walked the runway in a dress by Jonathan Saunders, called the evening the "highlight of my career so far." Karen Elson said she couldn't "begin to express how much I love Naomi, Kate, Georgia," and the other models who walked with her. Makeup artist Val Garland called the fashion portion of the show "the best moment ever!"
Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Erdem, and other British fashion houses also created outfits for the occasion. A look at who wore what here in the gallery.
Kate Moss was one of eight British models to strut her stuff at the Olympics Closing Ceremony last night. She — along with Georgia Jagger, Stella Tennant, Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson, Lily Cole, Lily Donaldson, and Jourdan Dunn — were wheeled out into the stadium inside billboard-sized images of themselves. They burst through the paper to reveal themselves in the flesh, clad in various gold-toned dressed designed by British designers. David Gandy was the lone male model to join the group. Kate wore a gown by her late friend Alexander McQueen, while Georgia wore something from Victoria Beckham. The gang made their way around Olympic Stadium to a medley of David Bowie songs, including his tune "Fashion."
Moss and Campbell will be joined by Georgia May Jagger, Stella Tennant, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Lily Cole during their turn on the specially designed catwalk. Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton will dress the models, and the presentation will reportedly be set to David Bowie's songs "Fashion" and "Rebel Rebel."
The catwalk presentation will be part of a multimillion-dollar closing games extravaganza, which will be titled "A Symphony of British Music" and will feature musical performances by Queen, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Adele, The Pet Shop Boys, and One Direction, among others. A troupe of 300 dancers will move through choreography inspired by London at rush hour, and Russell Brand will perform a comedic version of the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant" and The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus." Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John are also on the performance schedule. All of the performers are being paid a fee of £1 — about $1.55 at the current exchange rate.
The show's organizers stress that the set list is subject to change and are reticent about revealing further details. "We won't comment," a spokesman said. "We want the lineup to be a surprise."
Photo: Kate Moss arrived for a special presentation of Stella McCartney's Fall 2012 collection during London Fashion Week.
>> This evening at London's Savoy Theatre, a who's who of British fashion gathered for The British Fashion Council's annual awards. Victoria Beckham, accepting her Designer Brand of the Year award from presenter Marc Jacobs, told the crowd, "I am SO nervous," before shedding a few tears and adding: "This is rubbish." Alexa Chung, who took home the British Style award — which is decided by a public vote — dedicated her award to "girls who dress like awkward boys." Kate Hudson, presenting Red Carpet Award to Stella McCartney, regaled the audience with an anecdote about the dress McCartney designed for her to wear to her first Oscars: "I wore Stella and made every worst-dressed list. The next day, I called Stella, and she said, 'Face it babe, it was the hair.'" And finally, Sarah Burton, who took home Designer of the Year, called the award "the icing on the cake for what has been an amazing year."
The full list of winners, below.
Designer of the Year: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
Menswear Designer of the Year: Kim Jones
Accessory Designer of the Year: Charlotte Dellal for Charlotte Olympia
Designer Brand of the Year: Victoria Beckham
Model of the Year: Stella Tennant
Emerging Talent, Womenswear: Mary Katrantzou
Emerging Talent, Menswear: Christopher Raeburn
Emerging Talent, Accessories: Tabitha Simmons
New Establishment Award: Christopher Kane
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam Gainsbury, Gainsbury and Whiting
Red Carpet Award: Stella McCartney
Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award: Paul Smith
British Style Award: Alexa Chung
>> Fresh off the news that its launching US e-commerce next month, Zara has released its Fall 2011 ad campaigns. Stella Tennant returns as face of the brand, shot by David Sims in the main collection's dark, masculine silhouettes, while Hailey Clauson models a brighter selection of pea coats and miniskirts from the retailer's TRF range.
Hot off the heels of announcing its US ecommerce site yesterday, Zara just released its Fall campaign featuring Stella Tennant. Stella, who was also featured in its Spring ad, is photographed wearing dark palettes from Zara's collection: loose-cut trousers, marl-knit sweaters, and a good variety of colored and printed pants. Take a look at the slideshow to see the complete ad campaign and start taking note of your must-have pieces to shop in stores — or online come September!
>> Mother's Day is this Sunday, so whether you decide to spend some quality time with your mom or plan on sending her a special gift, make sure to pay ode to the special woman in your life. In honor of the special day, we're celebrating all of the amazing model and designer moms. Click through to see Alessandra Ambrosio and baby daughter Anja, Stella Tennant posing with daughters Jasmine and Cecily, and more in the slideshow.
Each season, Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere is able to take a familiar silhouette, deconstruct it, and present something to us that is undeniably new and futuristic. For example: this floral dress layered with a sheer-paneled top and vest, seen left. The combination has been seen a hundred times, but Ghesquiere added a new twist to the concept via a slick lizard-and-flower-print skirt, a thick-braided leather vest (could be faux), and a sheer top. A little tough, a little structured, and a whole lot of cool. A sports theme ran through the show in the form of boxy tops covered in what looked like black soccer netting, and a neoprene-like fabric that gave pants an invincible look. Miranda Kerr returned, walking the runway in a calf-skimming skirt trimmed with a leather ruffle, and ageless beauty Stella Tennant showed that longer proportions will continue into Fall, wearing trim blue pants under a long white and black tunic dress. It was the sporty feminine modern woman, who by the way sported killer strappy stilettos.
- Trends: Futuristic, minimalism, longer proportions, florals, layering, sporty, colorblock.
- Colors: Black, white, caramel, plum, cobalt blue, garnet, hot pink.
- Key Looks: The floral pieces layered with sharp black vests and jackets.
- Accessories: Strappy stilettos, hand-clutch bags.
- Who Would Wear It: The cool girl who can work architectural silhouettes, like Jennifer Connelly.