Fashion Cheat Sheet

07.02.13

Alexander Wang First Said No To Balenciaga; September Cover Stars Revealed

and a designer creates headpieces out of human hair.

Alexander Wang First Said No To Balenciaga: When François-Henri Pinault first asked Alexander Wang to consider replacing Nicolas Ghesquière as creative director at Balenciaga, Wang’s first reaction was a flat-out no. "I told him that I was so preoccupied with what I am doing with my own brand in New York, and I'll be the most hated man in fashion!" Wang told Vogue. Wang later consulted both a logical pros and cons list as well as a more subjective source—a psychic—to help him decide. All signs pointed toward the Parisian powerhouse, however, and Wang eventually made the move to the brand. [Vogue]

September Magazine Cover Stars Revealed: September, the most important month in the publishing world, will see its fair share of celebrity heavyweights on magazine covers. Jennifer Lawrence will reportedly appear on the cover of Vogue and model Kate Upton on Elle. Glamour and Marie Claire will stick with stable, profitable stars—Jennifer Aniston and Zooey Deschanel, respectively. [WWD]

Designer Creates Pieces Made of Human Hair: This is unusual: designer Charlie Le Mindu emphasized the artistry of human hair in his fall/winter 2013-2014 "haute coiffure" collection on Monday in Paris. Le Mindu designed headpieces made of blonde human hair fashioned from Hairdreams extensions, which his models paired with full-body gold coat paint for the presentation. In a statement, Le Mindu cited tribal women as his source of inspiration for the designs. "I was really inspired by lots of different African tribes, but mostly by the Queen of Sheba because she is a really strong and powerful woman," Le Mindu said. "I've always been inspired by the very intense woman." [WWD]

Karl Lagerfeld And Choupette Celebrated in Statue Form: The second tokidoki X Karl Lagerfeld collection is launching Wednesday online at Net-A-Porter and at Karl Lagerfeld concept stores in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris. This collection immortalizes both Lagerfeld and his cat, Choupette. In addition to the figurines, the collection also includes jeans, vests, T-shirts, and other Karl-inspired pieces. [Vogue UK]