Fashion Cheat Sheet

03.01.13

Anna Wintour Reacts to Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga Debut; Opening Ceremony’s Rihanna Exhibit

and Andre Leon Talley pares down his Vogue responsibilities to make more money.

Anna Wintour Reacts to Alexander Wang’s Balenciaga Debut: The Vogue editor, who apparently convinced Wang to take the job, according to the designer himself, felt that his premiere collection, “was such a restrained show. I thought everything was very wearable, with obviously lots of bows to Balenciaga himself. I thought it was a very smart way to star, by not giving us too many fireworks.” [NYT]

Opening Ceremony Celebrates Rihanna: To celebrate the launch of Rihanna’s River Island Collection, New York-based retailer Opening Ceremony will exhibit seven of the singer-turned-designer’s most well-known outfits. The in-store event, “RIHtrospective,” will include stage red carpet looks hand-selected by Rihanna, and the singer’s stylist Mel Ottenberg. [WWD]

ALT Pares Down Vogue Responsibilities for Retirement Money: Many were surprised earlier this month when news broke that André Leon Talley was leaving Vogue for late-night television and a new job as editor at large at Numéro Russia. But the rumor turned out not to be entirely true. In an interview with WWD, the longtime Vogue contributor opened up about his new projects, adding that he’s still a part of the Vogue team, but is lightening his workload. “About Vogue: I’ve been there for 30 years, it was a tough decision when I went to talk to Anna about this. I’m proud to say I’m going to be 64, I felt I needed more financial security as I go in my twilight age, a little bit more cash for mortgages and as I go into retirement. I took the job because I love Russia and the salary was something fabulous. Money isn’t everything but it is when you start thinking about putting money away for your retirement days.…Anna was very sympathetic and understood and she decided we remain on good terms and that I do the digital and the online. And I’m very happy to do it.” [WWD]

Jennifer Lawrence’s Photoshopped Dior Campaign: Jennifer Lawrence was surprised at how her new ad campaign for Miss Dior came out. “That doesn’t look like me at all,” the actress told Access Hollywood. “I love Photoshop more than anything in the world.”  When the correspondent offered doubt, Lawrence continued, “Of course it’s Photoshop, people don’t look like that.” [Daily Mail]