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Monday, November 30, 2009
Paris - Last month it was reported that the Paris Commerce Court postponed the decision on the future of couture label Christian Lacroix to Dec. 1. The Ajman sheikh, who offered 100 million euros in October to rescue the house from bankruptcy," could not show the documentation certifying the funds needed for the acquisition were available" before the tribunal. Now the latest news on the Lacroix saga is that the sheikh failed to submit the paperworks to the Paris court on the due date, which was on last Thursday (Nov. 26). Tomorrow (Dec. 1) the court plans to rule on how to move forward, which means they could implement the restructuring plan submitted by the Falic family, Lacroix's current owners. [Story/Image: The Cut]
USA - Zac Posen is still trying to give us for cheap. Earlier this month the star-favorite designer announced a lower priced line called Z Spoke, which starts at $78 for a cotton T-shirt. Now, he's following up with an even cheaper collection for Target's Go International series. Posen has been announced as the newest designer, following in the footsteps of other labels like Proenza Schouler, Rodarte and Philip Lim. His collection will debut on April 25th and will be available online at Target.com. This isn't the first time the designer has worked with the retail brand. In Fall 2008 Posen created a collection of red-carpet gowns and short dresses for Australian Target stores. While it's a long wait to get your hands on a Zac Posen piece at Target, Rodarte's Target collection will hit stores on December 20. [Story: People]
Thursday, November 26, 2009
New Jersey - You had time to check my blog on Thanksgiving! God Bless you! I've been cooking (mashed potatoes, pot roast, whole chicken, corn bread, etc) all morning and eating all afternoon. So it's only right I check in this evening to let you all know how THANKFUL I am for amazing readers like you. What are YOU thankful for this year?
World Wide Web - I'm sure you were all madly waiting for Karl Lagerfeld's couture helmet to hit the stores so you can finally purchase your own and now here is your chance. You can find the helmets at Collete in Paris and at other specialty retailers. The prices of the helmets range from $1,805 to $6,837. The helmets were from the designer's fall 2009 namesake collection and they come with iPod hookups, which is perfect for drowning out traffic noises while on your scooter. Les Ateliers Ruby, however, made only twelve of the couture helmets. [Story/Image: The Cut]
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
World Wide Web – Rumors have been swirling for the past few months that the House of Ungaro, will let go of their um…. “Artistic Director” actress Lindsay Lohan, though the label’s chief executive denies these reports. "Yes (she's staying on), she has a job to do," Mounir Moufarrige told Reuters at the Milan Global Fashion Summit.
"The criticism was harsh. I am sure we can do better in the collection to be honest but I think it was harsh ... But it did sell well," says Moufarrige of LiLo’s disastrous S/S 2010 Ungaro show.
Blaynistas, I have mixed feelings about this. Lindsay, who should really be confined to a rehabilitation center, design or style aesthetic was definitely incoherent for the Ungaro show (really LiLo?…glitter heart-shaped nipple pasties? a five year old can do that). Though, she does have mass marketing appeal and lends a tremendous amount of press for Ungaro. Though doubtful, I do believe in second chances. Let’s hope her F/W collection doesn’t involve pasties, maybe she’ll grasp that it will be too cold to wear them. [Story and Image: The Cut]
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New York – Model and Kanye’s main squeeze, Amber Rose attended the NY screening of Me and Orson Welles last night in an ivory Dolce & Gabbana strapless bustier dress. Bronzed with a new set of lashes, Ms. Rose looked great, but a bit too tight in her ensemble. Perhaps she needed to go up a size?[Story: Red Carpet Fashion Awards/ Image: Say Holla!]
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New York – Pop artist, Rihanna continues her spiky reign after Sunday’s AMAs Gareth Pugh design performance outfit and dons The Blondes spiked gold dress to her album release party at Juliet’s Supper Club in NYC. She paired the dress with gold spiked peep toe Louboutins. I must admit she looks too haute, but with all this spiked action going on, I wonder how did she sit during the night? [Story: Just Jared/ Image: Celebrity Gossip]
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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The Russian model books three Spring 2010 campaigns.
World Wide Web - Russian model Natalia Vodianova, 27, will be one busy bee for Spring 2010, landing three spring campaigns: Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Stella McCartney. In addition she continues her contracts with Guerlain, Etam lingerie and Calvin Klein perfumes. In 2008 the model retired from the catwalk after walking in Valentino Garavani’s final show in Paris. [Story: Fashionista/ Image: Zimbio]
World Wide Web - Internet for Peace, a worldwide organization that campaigns for the next Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to the internet and all its users, was launched this weekend. One of its notable supporters is designer Giorgio Armani. The project's manifesto explains: "We have finally realized that the Internet is much more than a network of computers. It is an endless web of people. Men and women from every corner of the globe are connecting to one another, thanks to the biggest social interface ever known to humanity. Digital culture has laid the foundations for a new kind of society. And this society is advancing dialogue, debate and consensus through communication. Because democracy has always flourished where there is openness, acceptance, discussion and participation. And contact with others has always been the most effective antidote against hatred and conflict. That's why the Internet is a tool for peace. That's why anyone who uses it can sow the seeds of non-violence. And that's why the next Nobel Peace Prize should go to the Net. A Nobel for each and every one of us." The initiative has received much support across the globe and from prominent figures, including 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and scientist Umberto Veronesi. This, however, weirdly reminds me of that year Time magazine awarded the "Person of the Year" to "you." Doesn't it? [Story: UK Vogue/ Image: TheDailyPump]
Monday, November 23, 2009
World Wide Web - This year we have two documentary films revolving around the world of fashion -- Valentino: The Last Emperor and The September Issue. Valentino, a documentary film about the life of designer Valentino Garavani, premiered in August 2008 but it was released theatrically in New York in March 2009. The September Issue, which was released in August 2009, follows editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her Vogue Magazine staff in preparing the Vogue's 2007 September issue. That 2007 issue with 840 pages became the largest issue of any magazine ever published. Only one of these fashion films, however, has been considered as a contender for the best documentary Oscar and it's Valentino: The Last Emperor. The designer said, "What can I say? An Oscar would be an incredible crowning for an emperor." Valentino's creations have been worn by many Hollywood actresses attending the Oscars and the designer even was a guest at the 2009 Oscar. [Story: UK Vogue/Image: USA Today]
France - It's been tough out there for the fashion industry and not even Salma Hayek's billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault is immune to the economic crisis. The owner of French luxury conglomerate PPR, originally called Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, is looking to sell some of his less glamorous brands today so to raise funds to pay off debts. While PPR owns Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent, it also owns Conforama, FNAC, La Redoute and the Golf Warehouse. The Cut calls Conforama "a mid-market European furniture chain," FNAC a "sort of like Target but without the one-off lines by designers like Rodarte," and La Redoute "a JCPenney-ish mail-order business." They are definitely not so glamorous as Alexander and Stella. In October the company reported a drop in sales and The Financial Times said that PPR is looking to invest in new businesses, such as Ralph Lauren, Levi Strauss & Co and Abercrombie & Fitch, in order to raise funds. [Story: UK Vogue & The Cut]
London - As if we don't have enough entertainers becoming designers these days, Leona Lewis just had to jump into the ring. But before we throw up our hands in the air, the singer's new project actually sounds promising. It was reported today that X Factor winner Leona Lewis has taken advice from a real designer, Stella McCartney, before launching her own line of vegan clothing and accessories. The vegetarian singer, who doesn't wear fur, suede, leather or any animal by-products, has struggled finding stylish clothing that goes with her beliefs and often turned to fellow vegetarian McCartney's animal-free creations. In the past Lewis has expressed her intention to launch an affordable alternative to McCartney's designs. She told the Daily Mirror, "There's so much I want to do. I've always wanted to have my own fashion line, and that's something I want to focus on next year. I'm on a mission. I'd love to promote a line of non-leather bags and shoes that are affordable." [Story: UK Vogue/ Image: Fabsugar]
London – Gossip Girl actress and recent Blay Report post, Leighton Meester sits pretty for the December issue of UK Glamour. Shot by Robert Erdmann, Leighton wears D&G and a zigzag print dress by Matthew Williamson in the issue and professes her love for the work she has done so far in her career:
“I’m proud of the work that I’ve done. I don’t care what people label me as. If they want to say I’m an actress, and I should never sing, that’s fine. If they know me for my music, because they don’t watch my show or my movies, that’s fine, too. I’m doing what I want with my life. I just do…me”.
She also states that she believes she is prettier without makeup. After the hideous getup and over the top face she gave last week for the American Eagle Times Square Store Opening, we sincerely agree. [Story and Image by Zimbio]
Friday, November 20, 2009
New York - 15-year-old Mark Indelicato continues to get attention from the fashion industry. In August it was reported that the young actor, who plays fashion-obsessed Justin Suarez on ABC's Ugly Betty, impressed designer Carolina Herrera so much during his tour of her New York showroom she offered him an internship on the spot. This time it's a writing job for Fashion Week Daily. Apparently Indelicato has his own new column on FWD's site, which he "dishes on Topshop, the Olsens, and his 'small obsession for both Balmain and Lanvin." About his love for Balmain he wrote, "I started to like Balmain when I saw an ad in Vogue (of course). It was a women's wear ad so I looked online to find that they also sell men's clothing! So, I have come to the conclusion that I must own every shoulder-padded jacket Balmain creates." He also shared his love for Mary-Kate Olsen's "downtown grungy chic" look and according to him, animal prints are coming back. [Story: FWD]
Paris - On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 20-year-old model Daul Kim was found dead. A source tips The Cut that Daul might have committed suicide. Today authorities are operating under the belief that she did commit suicide. The model's boyfriend found her hanged in her Paris apartment and alerted the police. Bloggers in South Korea, Daul's birth country, are saying that she might have felt the pressures of the fashion industry. Daul has a blog called "I Like To Fork Myself" and on October 30 she wrote: "i was getting mad depressed and overworked in seoul." In her last entry, titled "say hi to forever," she posted a video of a track by Jim Rivers named "I Go Deep." I still can't get over her passing away. [Story/Image: The Cut]
World Wide Web - Unexpected news is unexpected, but earlier of this month Maison Martin Margiela majority stakeholder Renzo Rosso did say that the company has "a new fresh design team on board" and they "are focusing on young, realistic energy for the future." In that case it would make sense why the brand is working with R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe, and the result of that collaboration is one inspired piece of jewelry, which is "a microcassette made of sterling silver with an unravelled tape for a chain." The jewerly is quite versatile. You can wear it any way you want, such as a necklace, a bracelet, an eye patch, a belt and a ring. Yes, an eye patch. If you can rock a small cassette tape over your eye without looking like a fool, you are my new hero. Unfortunately there will only be 199 pieces (what's wrong with the number 200?) available for purchase at Maison Martin Margiela boutiques and select retailers. No word on the price of this fine creation. [Story/Image: Racked]
I AM SASHA FIERCE..... DRESS LIKE BEYONCE FOR A DAY
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
World Wide Web - Music producer Pharrell Williams continues to show his interest in design. In the past he co-founded two clothing brands (Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear), co-designed a collection of jewelry and glasses for Louis Vuitton, and worked on furniture with French manufacturer, Domeau & Pérès. Now Williams is collaborating with European brand Moncler to design "bulletproof" jackets with the use of his own company, Bionic Yarn, which sources its material from recycled plastic bottles. The collection will consist of "an all-black selection that will include extended length, 'bulletproof' puffer jackets." Williams said in a release, "To me, Moncler has always been the premier luxury outerwear brand. Their clothes are the chicest and blend classic outerwear with high-end fabrics." The collection will debut in the fall 2010 season. [Story: FWD]
RED CARPET MOMENT: LEIGHTON MEESTER
Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester performs for American Eagles' Times Square Store Launch in an interesting outfit.
New York – Blaynistas, we really heart Leighton Meester, but not in this get-up. Meester, who performed four songs for the AE Times Square Store Launch Tuesday evening, opted for a less classic look than we are used to seeing her in, exposing a hideous camel toe in multicolored tights? pants? (we really don't know) and a clip-on bang. Somewhere Blair Waldorf is clutching her pearls and gasping.
[story/ image: Guest Of A Guest]
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
World Wide Web - Zac Posen joins Doo-Ri Chung, Thakoon Panichgul and Richard Chai as another designer who is launching a lower-priced line, a common business strategy for young designers in the recession. The announcement comes after last week's reports about Posen cutting the position of vice-president of communications, which sparked rumors of more layoffs at the company. The new collection, called Z Spoke, will launch exclusively at Saks with a goal to expand to other stores. While Posen's main collection retails between $900 to $12,000, Z Spoke starts at $78 for a T-shirt. Posen said, "I treat a T-shirt as a T-shirt should be treated. With a lot of love." His inspiration board includes downtown imagery like Nike Dunks and a photo of Robert De Niro as his Taxi character, Travis Bickle. Posen added that he could see his new style worn by a Lower East Side girl. [Story: The Cut/Image: Fashionista]
World Wide Web – Take a glance of the above photo. Notice anything? David and Victoria Beckham are not scantily naked for once. The Beckhams star in a new set of ads for their upcoming (and moderately affordable) men’s/women’s fragrance line, Beckham Signature Story, and rely on good ole fashion chemistry to pull it off. No disrespect to the gorgeous duo, their bodies are enviable, but for once we get to see the sensuality exude from the pair without them doing (almost) softcore porn. The upside, they play smoldering lovers, which leave plenty to the imagination. [Story and Image by DesignScene]
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New York City - Do you need a little shopping therapy before the weekend, Blaynistas? Well, then, if so may I suggest Massake. Although the brand started in Paris, Ameth Ndiaye is moving his line to New York for a fresh start. In addition Massake is getting revamped with a completely new and different collection designed by Ashley Thomas and Karolyne Lockhart. The line is all about affordable, sexy and sophisticated womenswear pieces with a combination of European chic and the essence of American style. The plan is to launch the new contemporary collection in Fall 2010, and so to make room for their new warehouse in Manhattan they are selling all their current stock for 70% off. Cocktail party dresses and maxis for spring are all priced at $50. Um, yes please!
Here is what you need to know:
When: November 19th - 20th
Where: SilverReed Showroom -- 1384 Broadway, 20th floor
What: Holiday cocktail/print dresses, Spring maxi and floral dresses, even blazers to complete your look -- ALL only $50! Cash and credit accepted.