Valentino Hits London: Valentino Garavani is the subject of a sweeping new retrospective at Somerset House in London, which opens Thursday. “Valentino: Master of Couture,” features over 130 hand-crafted items from the designers 50-year career, including dresses worn by Grace Kelly and Jackie O. The opening night part on Wednesday night hosting a bevy of bold names including Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, and Princess Eugenie. “I don’t go out very much—I’m not social—so when I do go out, it’s always for something or someone very special.” Beckham said of the occasion. [WWD]
Versus Taps J.W. Anderson: Versace hasn’t taken long to find Christopher Kane’s initial replacement as part of their new designer collaboration program for lower-priced line, Versus. Kane’s fellow cool-kid Londoner, J.W. Anderson will create a capsule collection for the brand and unveil it New York next spring. Using a 1996 Versus ad campaign shot by Bruce Weber as inspiration, Anderson will design a full range of clothing and accessories for both men and women. [WWD]
Iman Isn’t Afraid of Aging: Supermodel Iman, now 57, has opened up to Into the Gloss about aging. “The old days where you could lie about your age, it’s all gone. People Google it and they know exactly how old you are. So I though I’d just get on with it! Say it!,” she explained. [Into the Gloss]
VS Angel No More: Selita Ebanks has unofficially retired from her status as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Whether the move was voluntary or not though, is a different question. “You have to show up in your panties and you have to walk and be pleasant and say hi to everyone and hope that you’ve still got it,” she told The Cut on Tuesday night, “I didn’t make it [this year]. Go figure! I’ve done, what, five, six shows? I’ve experienced by VS days.” [The Cut]
Salma Hayek Loves The Kates: Salma Hayek’s marriage to PPR CEO, François Henri-Pinault has definitely helped sharpen her taste in fashion. At the Br itish Fashion Awards, she spoke out about her favorite English fashion icons: “Kates! Both Kates! Middleton AND Moss.” [Grazia UK]
Alber Elbaz to be Honored: Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz will receive the Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award at this year’s YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund on January 8th. Past honorees include Kenneth Cole and Jason Wu. [Vogue UK]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new costume exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, tries to pay homage to the gritty, subversive, late-1970s movement. But has punk-inspired high fashion added to its legacy-or destroyed it?
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.