One of Karl Lagerfeld’s favorite French women, Vanessa Paradis, is back in a Chanel lookbook for the labels’ pre-fall collection.
In the photos (more after the jump), Paradis rocks some serious thigh-high boots and heavy jewelry. She also makes bodysuits look pretty awesome. I can’t wait for the entire collection!
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Drama continues to ensue at the House of Emanuel Ungaro as designer Estrella Archs quits.
The chief designer decided to leave her position at the French fashion house, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and now wants to concentrate on her own label. Her spokesperson said:
“Estrella Archs announces that she has left her job as chief designer of Emanuel Ungaro due to irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand. Estrella Archs will continue developing her own brand, established in 2007, and presenting her collections in the Paris Fashion Week.”
The fashion house are now looking for someone to replace her, with British designer Giles Deacon said to be the favorite.
Estrella’s departure comes hot on the heels of Lindsay Lohan parting ways with the company after she was brought in as artistic adviser. Her debut collection was critically panned and she wasn’t involved in the range which was showcased at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year.
Gisele Bundchen‘s sandal collection is inspired by marine life.
The supermodel, who endorses the footwear made by Ipanema, is donating profits from her new range to the Tamar Project, an organization which studies and protects sea turtles, after becoming fascinated by the endangered creatures:
“It all began when I was at my home in Costa Rica. I saw the turtles were dying. These animals are essential to marine life. They’re part of the ecosystem. That’s why we started looking for a project that supported the continued existence of the species. We hit on the Tamar project. The entire new Gisele Bundchen Ipanema collection is based on marine life.”
Despite admitting she is not a designer, the Brazilian beauty insists she is heavily involved in the creative process for coming up with the footwear. She added to Hello! magazine, “I do as much as I can. It’s a collaboration. I’m not a designer, but I throw myself into everything else. I come up with ideas, I meet the designers, I tell them what I want and once everything comes together, I give the final approval. The shoes have sentimental value because they reflect the things that matter to me.”
“We’re always together. We function as one unit. We started thinking about our [autumn] collection when we were driving through Texas listening to 1950s music. I said: ‘I’m thinking of these border towns and sleepwalking.’ [Laura] said: ‘Me, too.’”
- Rodarte designer Kate Mulleavy on her connection with her sister (and other half of Rodarte) Laura.
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Michael Kors believes that the handbag is an essential wardrobe piece; the 50-year-old designer claims women should have a multitude of bags available for all situations.
“When you’re purchasing a handbag it’s like a piece of your wardrobe. Sometimes you buy a really expensive piece that you only take out for special occasions, sometimes it needs to work for your everyday life. Bags are the same. Additionally, the bag that you originally purchased as a special item over time works its way ‘down’ your ladder, and in five or ten years becomes your everyday piece.”
Discussing his own bags, Michael admits he designs them with functionality in mind: “The women I know lead very busy lives and they have a lot to think about. Their bags have to function, so most of them carry a lot of stuff. That’s why we have lots of pockets and zip compartments.”
He also claims his label is performing well despite a downbeat economy, because his customers are “discerning.” He told the Scotsman newspaper, “We have had an amazingly successful year. Recession is a big word, and obviously the global economy has taken a hit over the past two years. But during difficult times, women don’t stop shopping, they just become more discerning in what they are looking for.”
Giles Deacon is being lined up for a position at Emanuel Ungaro. The British designer would replace the brand’s previous artistic adviser Lindsay Lohan, who had a poorly-received first collection for the fashion house last October.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Ungaro’s owner Asim Abdullah was seen dining with Giles in a Paris restaurant, although both have refused to comment on the rumors. Emanuel Ungaro set up his self-titled fashion house in 1965, but since his retirement in 2004 the brand has failed to find a long-term collaborator.
Previous collaborators at Ungaro include Esteban Cortazar, Vincent Darre and Peter Dundas, who now works for Emilio Pucci. Giles - who was educated at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design - set up his own label in 2004. Darlington-born Giles has a history of collaborations, staring his career working with French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Italian luxury goods firm Bottega Veneta.
“I’m so camp. I’m such a gay man trying to get out.”
- Former Spice Girl-turned-fashion icon Victoria Beckham on her signature style.
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Is Carine Roitfeld a secret comic book nerd?
The French Vogue Editor-in-Chief recently attended a Ralph Lauren dinner donning a cape and serious black lace and knee-high boots. Looks to me as if she ought to be wearing this to the Kick-Ass premiere instead…
Fashion faux pas or crime-fighting chic?
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Move over, Gap Kids—Gucci is set to launch a children’s wear line.
The Italian fashion house’s creative director, Frida Giannini, wants to branch out into kids clothes with a range available starting in June. The first line will be unveiled in Italy and then hit around 40 stores worldwide. Frida is currently in Singapore - where she announced her future plans - and was honored to have an orchid named after her, the Paravanda Frida.
“It was very touching and I loved the thought that the orchid will still be there a few hundred years from now. I have never experienced such an honor before.”
The orchid, a white flower with fuchsia tips, was also the inspiration for 88 limited edition Boston bags which Frida exclusively designed for Singapore to benefit children’s charity Mainly I Love Kids (MILK). The white-and-pink Paravanda Frida bags sold out within a month of their launch in February, which left Frida stunned. Speaking at the opening of the revamped Gucci flagship at the Paragon mall on Orchard Road, Frida told WWD, “I always feel surprised in a very positive way at how customers really relate to the brand.”
Red-haired androgynous beauty Tilda Swinton looks “hauntingly” beautiful in her new campaign for Pringle of Scotland.
The Oscar-winning actress - who fronted last season’s advertisements for the label - has been photographed alongside Turner prize winner Douglas Turner in an abandoned oyster bay in Loch Fyne, Scotland, and her unique look shines through. Talking about the campaign shot by photographer Ryan McGinley, Pringle creative director Clare Waight Keller told Vogue.com:
“There were really two moods that I felt strongly about for this campaign. The first was to use the Scottish landscape in quite a surreal way, where Ryan’s spectacular lighting, especially in the night photography, really captured the haunting beauty of Tilda and her surroundings and the uniqueness of Douglas Gordon in a truly stunning combination. The second was a slightly more boyish, ‘bovver boy’ feel, a bit more casual, hanging out at the back of a bike shed.”
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