Adding to the constant comparison of two great editorial counterparts, new details have surfaced on the upcoming documentary (fashumentary?) starring Carine Roitfeld. Raising our suspicions that the feature will be an edgier version of Anna Wintour’s September Issue, director Fabien Constant (Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton) has been shadowing Roitfeld day to day as her “September issue” debut of CR Fashion Book nears. Yes, that means behind the scenes production of the issue, its sure-to-be exciting launch, and undoubtedly juicy tidbits from Carine’s personal life thanks to “unprecedented [directorial] access.” What an exciting follow up to Constant’s mini-doc for W Magazine featuring Roitfeld at couture fashion week last year!
Alice Temperley + John Lewis
If you’re a fan of fashion from across the pond, (and who isn’t) you’ll be as excited as we are to hear this news. Somerset by Alice Temperley will be debuting this fall for British department store John Lewis. The chic London-based brand’s skyrocketing popularity, thanks to a pair of stylish Middletons and red carpet royalty, has us eager to get the looks for ourselves. Launching September 4th (plus additional partywear in October) the line is infused with signature Temperley style, including influences from feminine lace embellishment to tough military hardware. The 60-piece collection boasts reasonably priced apparel and accessories, like dresses from $160, mixed with luxe options like the $1,600 sheepskin coat. Sneak peeks report “sheer paneled two-tone dresses and beaded Indian evening gowns, studded nappa leather handbags and animal print scarves.” (MarieClaire) Luckily, John Lewis ships internationally—let the countdown to Temperley in our closets begins!
There’s no denying a true creative calling. After her departure from French Vogue in January 2011, it was only a matter of time before Carine Roitfeld claimed a new editorial throne. But this time, it’s literally got her name written all over it. Revealed today via an exclusive interview with WWD, the biannual publication will carry the eponymous title of its revered leader, the same scripted signature “CR” that closed her editorial prose for the past decade.
As expected, we are thrilled for the publication’s debut, which is slated for its first issue September 2012. Mock-ups have been released and here’s what you can look forward to from CR Fashion Book this fall. Aesthetically, the printed magazine will be slightly oversized and will feature Roitfeld’s personal touch from its logo, gracing the matte cover and poised at the top of pages, to handwritten section titles including Icons, Muses, Skincare, and Fitness. Of the premiere issue’s 288 pages, almost a third of them will be dedicated to advertising. Gucci, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Cartier, and Louis Vuitton—the usual roster of luxury brands found in high fashion magazines—are all in on the ad conversation. We don’t blame them, the planned 50,000 copies to hit stands in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., are going to fly off the shelves. (Even at it’s $9.95 cover price.)
Photography remains an integral element of the storytelling process in the fashion industry. It used to be that putting together a show-stopping outfit was reserved for professional stylists and magazine editors alike. However, these days are gone with the popularity of fashion blogs and "how-to" websites, like Who What Wear, taking the Internet by storm. Men and women everywhere have discovered the joys of simply selecting their clothes for the day through the inspiration of others. Personal style has become a part of our daily lexicon, and naturally, there are many books out there on the subject. Glam Damn It has compiled a list of our fave fashion reads. Read one or all of these and you will be well on your way to wardrobe superstardom.
After a full-fledged week of fashion, we were inspired to recognize those who put it all together. What we like to call "The Magicians of Fashion." It sounds fun, but styling is no easy task. In fact, it's an art form. Some can style themselves at the snap of a finger, and others require a little help. Consider this a shout out to all of those stylists who have put together memorable looks, grew from nothing to some of the best in the biz, and even had an influence on trends heard around the world.
The first is Rachel Zoe. We know, no-brainer, right? This fashionista is most well-known for her celeb clientele and her passion for costume jewelry, boho-chic style, and large and in charge dark shades. She has become an inspiration to many where her background lies in New Jersey and her success in the limelight of L.A. With no formal training in styling, she has shown us that anything is possible when you have the drive and hard work in your grasp!
irreverent: Lacking proper respect or seriousness, also: satiric
(Definition courtesy of merriam-webster.com)
It has been said that those in the fashion tend to take the industry, and themselves for that matter, far too serious. Such images that come to mind would certainly include the iconic high-power, jet-setting editrix type. Fresh off her 10-year stint as Editor-In-Chief at Vogue Paris, one of the most prolific and influential fashion publications in existence, Carine Roitfeld, shows that she too has an irreverent side when it comes to fashion.
We talk about our ideal world a lot here. And, without getting too descriptive, everyone would be happy with a Chloe Satchel bag, bodies like the models who walked in Louis Vuitton's FW 2010 show, Tom Ford back at Gucci, Pamela Love jewelry and Linda Farrow shades.
One victim from his alleged sexual assaults may suggest it's his manhood, while the remaining industry insiders may just see him as an innocent being, good at what he does and honest about his obsession with women, sex and creepiness.
Regardless, Richardson is back to work. Contrary to what many were hoping for, the recent allegations against him had no lasting effect.
Last night when I saw T editor, Stefano Tonchi, at the Steven Klein 30 Seasons of Akris/Bergdorf Goodman event, the last thought in my mind was waking up to hear rumors of him possibly becoming the editor-in-chief of W Magazine.
That explains his grin.
Tuesday, Tommy Ton of Jak and Jill tweeted something that raised quite a few curious eyebrows:
"I received some news tonight that is going to SHAKE the fashion world in the next two days. CRAZY!!!!"
Now, if one were as smart and saavy as we are, they'd note that Tommy Ton has a weird and twisted tie to the Vogue Paris team (via streetstyle encounters). And, with Carine's public scandal with Balanciaga - after being blacklisted from the Fall 2010 show - people are beginning to put the pieces of the puzzle together.