Benedict isn't as sartorial as originally reported. In fact, one Vatican aide says, "he wouldn't know Gucci from Smoochi."
Say it ain’t so! Along with Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement comes another surprise: it turns out that the pontiff never actually wore shoes by Prada, as it was widely reported throughout his eight-year papacy. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour explained on-air: “We have said for years ever since we watched this this Pope be elected in 2005, that he was wearing red Prada shoes. I’m afraid we’ve been wrong.”
Amounpour’s guest Monsignor Kevin Irwin concurred, explaining “They are red shoes given to him because Contantine gave him the privileges of being an emperor and he allowed him to wear red shoes and a red cape, but frankly the papal shoemaker is up the block. And it’s not Prada.”
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]
Raf Simons's nipped waists displayed a range of Sixties references.
The Parisian label chose to hold its Fall 2013 catwalk show inside a special venue erected amid the historic buildings on the Place Vauban, a grand square which was transformed into a zoo pre-show on Friday afternoon, with photographers and show-goers pushing their way through the crowds to enter the space doused in inviting blue light.
Inside, they found silver balloons reflecting an imaginary blue sky and clouds onto the catwalk--a stark contrast to the monotone gray skies outside, framing the mostly black and white tones of the collection.
Alber Elbaz's woman for next fall isn't afraid of her masculine side.
It was showtime on Thursday night at the Lanvin Autumn/Winter 2013 catwalk in Paris, but it was hard to gauge the mood of designer Alber Elbez as guests arrived.
Retro waiters served sugary popcorn and soft drinks at the historic Ecole des Beaux Arts, a fabled art school with little in common with your local multiplex, where the fashion flock were stacked up to the rafters on wooden benches, nattering to the sounds of live mellow music performed from the runway by some hipsters with a double base.
Creative director Peter Copping staged an extravagant exhibit of all things feminine...with a hint of punk.
In what could be called the pre-show to the Nina Ricci Autumn/Winter 2013/14 catwalk, guests gathered in the great hall of Paris Fashion Week – a giant tent erected in the Tuileries named the Espace Ephémère Tuileries – as if for the theater, perched on black benches doused in red light, their chatter mingling with the eclectic and sometimes chaotic sounds from the Philip Glass composition “Two Movements for Two Pianos,” which provided the dreamlike and occasionally urban mood for this elegant show, inspired by dance and presented to convey the feeling of a performance.
Models gathered at the end of the runway after the presentation like a theater troupe ready to take a bow.
And lots of yodeling.
It’s not every day that you come across a fashion show entitled “Schnitzel with Noodles”—or attend a catwalk in a hunting museum.
Models during the Olympia Le Tan Fall/Winter 2013-2014 ready-to-wear collection show, on February 28, 2013 in Paris. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty)
and Sketchers ignites controversy with new teen sneaker line.
Beyonce, Salma Hayek, team with Gucci: Beyonce Knowles, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Gucci’s Frida Giannini have teamed up to create a new global initiative called Chime For Change, which will create awareness surrounding women’s empowerment. The campaign is funded by Gucci and will be formally announced Thursday afternoon when Hayek Pinalt speaks at the TEDxWomen conference. Another announcement will follow in mid-March “regarding a global event that promises to put girls’ and women’s issues on the world stage,” reports The Telegraph. [Telegraph]
Vivienne Westwood Continues Support of Assange: English designer Vivienne Westwood is continuing her support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by speaking out against English socialite and writer Jemima Khan, who recently penned a blogpost for the New Statesman against her onetime friend Assange. “I was sad and puzzled when my friend Jemima Khan joined the ranks of these irresponsible women…I hope she will change her mind,” Westwood wrote on her blog Get a Life. “Do they really want our hero to satisfy their wish and vindicate himself by spending the rest of his life in a US super-max jail? Julian is in danger because through WikiLeaks he exposed the killing our authorities over up in wars which cause death and rape.” Westwood recently issued a line of T-shirts in Assange’s support. [Vogue UK]
The young designer showed his first collection for the house in an intimate show in Paris on Thursday morning. Alice Cavanagh reports.
This morning Alexander Wang presented his debut collection for Balenciaga in the Parisian Maison’s grand salon on Avenue George V. It’s the very same building in which the label’s namesake, Cristóbal Balenciaga, once held his couture presentations, and it wasn’t the only tradition that was honored today.
Models walk the runway at the Balenciaga Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday. (Catwalking, via Getty )
When snowstorm Nemo hit New York Fashion Week, Uggs were spotted on the feet of fashion trendsetters. Now even Vogue magazine has signed on board. Misty White Sidell reports.
Fashion shows always bring out an assortment of the industry’s best dressed. At New York Fashion Week earlier this month, the streets outside every show teemed with street-style photographers capturing the passing circus: Vogue Nippon’s Anna Dello Russo blanketed in oversize furs by Prada and Fendi, and Moda Operandi’s Taylor Tomasi Hill outfitted in head-to-toe polka dots by Comme des Garçons. But when a massive blizzard blanketed the city on the second day of the week, something miraculous happened: a sizable portion of the fashion set showed up at shows not in stilettos—but in boots, including Uggs.
The hated fur boot that rose to prominence in the early aughts is slowly creeping back into favor in the fashion world. The day after fashion week concluded, iVogue.com published an article describing its editors’ affections for the Australian shearling boots titled “The Secret’s Out: Confessions of Vogue’s Ugg Addicts.” It offered readers updated ways to style the brand’s products, pairing them with modern fixings like $138 ear cuffs and bright yellow pants. By fashion’s standards the article meant one thing: Uggs are (kind of) back. “If Vogue did that, it’s sort of a seal of approval,” explained Paper magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman.
The Belgian designer presented a distictly feminine collection at Paris Fashion Week.
The Hotel de Ville, with its marble staircases and countless chandeliers (not to mention the security screening at the entrance that had the fashion crowd packed into a scrum), is one of the more formidable venues at Paris Fashion Week. This made it the perfect backdrop for Belgian designer Dries Van Noten’s Fall Winter 2013/2014 presentation that took place early Wednesday. Not one for austere minimalism, this season Van Noten celebrated fashion in all its finery, working with appliqué diamantes and embroidered motifs in addition to an abundance of feathers and fur.
It was a remarkably girlish collection (hello hot pink, feathered, and bejewelled dresses!) for a designer who usually prefers a tomboy aesthetic, but any frivolity was perfectly balanced by more mannish styles including charcoal pinstripe suits and what might be this season’s most perfect white shirt (so far).
and Alexander Wang talks Balenciaga in anticipation of his Paris debut.
Anne Hathaway Apologizes to Valentino: Fashion news continues to roll out of the Oscars, and the newest bit has Anne Hathaway apologizing to the house of Valentino. On Sunday afternoon the brand sent out a pre-red carpet press release announcing that they were slated to dress Hathaway at the awards. But when the Best Actress nominee appeared on the carpet hours later, Hathway was dressed in Prada, not Valentino. Hathaway, who has remained close friends with Valentino Garavani since meeting him on the set of The Devil Wears Prada, has issued a formal apology saying, “It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans.” It’s reported that the similar dress belonged to Hathaway’s Les Mis co-star Amanda Seyfried (detailed above), whose halter Alexander McQueen gown shared many overlapping qualities with the Valentino couture gown Hathaway had chosen. [Fashionista]
Buhbye FNO: Organizers for Fashion’s Night Out have announced that the event will not go on to stage its fifth iteration in New York this September. FNO, as it’s been dubbed over the last four years, will go on hiatus in the United States, while continuing in select countries overseas. Initiated in 2009 at the height of the recession, the event was intended to re-instill consumer confidence and mend the relationship between retailers and shopper—giving them a fun and no-pressure opportunity to visit stores. However, it’s consistently been debated if FNO actually brought stores any additional sales. “I don’t think the success of it was measured only by numbers or money, but was really about engagement,” explained CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “Everyone feels we had a great four years.” [WWD]
Sixteen-year-old Caucasian model Ondria Hardin poses as an “African Queen” in a controversial new spread for Numéro magazine. By Anna Klassen.
At just 16 years old, model Ondria Hardin has already seen her fair share of scandal.
It started two years ago, when the 5-foot-10 beauty walked in Marc Jacobs’s fall show at age 14, which openly flouted the CFDA’s regulations requiring female models to be at least 16 before setting foot on a runway. “I do the show the way I think it should be, and not the way somebody tells me it should be,” Jacobs told the New York Times at the time. He continued to say that there simply is no controversy, and that “If their parents are willing to let them do a show, I don’t see any reason that it should be me who tells them that they can’t.”
The British model of the moment registered her name as a trademark with the Intellectual Property Office.
Cara Delevingne is poised to take over the world. At the ripe old age of 20, the British model is one of 2012’s breakout stars, starring in ad campaigns for Burberry and Chanel and walking big-name runways like Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta. Now, the bushy-browed beauty is planning her next big move: becoming a global brand.
Delevingne filed to trademark her name with the International Property Office in December, The Sunday Times reports. The newly-acquired branding rights means that, from now on, she is the only one permitted to use her name--giving her power over a range of products including perfumes, handbags and umbrellas. And that’s not all Delevingne controls. She also registered her own company, Cara & Co, with her father Charles listed as its co-director.
Poochie & Co. is struggling to keep up with consumer demand for the bags.
Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis has started a puppy purse mania, spurred by her many appearances with Poochie & Co.’s bags. At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, the 9-year-old actress paired her midnight blue Armani Junior dress with a custom-made tiara-wearing Yorkshire Terrier. She’s also sported the brand’s English Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, and Shih Tzu purses to recent events as well.
Poochie & Co. told TMZ that their puppy purse sales skyrocketed on Monday morning, following Wallis’s Oscar appearance. The brand has even received special requests from overseas and can barely keep up with consumer demand. Poochie & Co. currently sells their products at mass-retailers including K-Mart, Sears, and Claire’s.
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.