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The Grace Coddington x Louis Vuitton Capsule Collection Is Decorated With Illustrations of Her Cats

Image: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

It’s raining cats and dogs for French luxury brand Louis Vuitton and Grace Coddington. The collaboration features a capsule collection of leather goods, accessories, shoes and ready-to-wear, designed by Coddington and the creative director of Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière.

A former model and the creative director at large at Vogue, Coddington is known for creating complex and dramatic photoshoots — but she’s also famous for being a huge cat-lover. For the collaboration, Louis Vuitton’s iconic brown LV pattern is adorned with Coddington’s own illustrations of her beloved cats, Pumpkin and Blanket, and Ghesquière’s dog, Léon.

Dubbed the Catogram collection, the handbags are lined with signed mouse-printed canvas and the Cats On Leather collection includes a colorful menagerie across natural leather. There are also bag tags and clutch bags that are designed in the shape of cats and dogs.

Image: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

In celebration of this collaboration, Louis Vuitton will open a New York pop-up store from October 26 to 12.

Image: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

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Victoria Beckham Wears a Look From Her Fall Collection on the Cover of Vogue Australia’s November Issue

Victoria Beckham is currently celebrating 10 years at the helm of her namesake brand, so it’s no wonder she’s on the cover of Vogue. Following a Beckham family portrait for British Vogue just last month, Victoria now goes solo on Vogue Australia’s latest, exactly two years after her last appearance. Photographed by Bibi Cornejo Borthwick, the designer sports a red lip and look from her Fall 2018 collection, styled by Christine Centenera.

Vogue Australia November 2018 : Victoria Beckham by Bibi Cornejo Borthwick

IMAGE: VOGUE.COM.AU

The majority of our forum members weren’t feeling it, however. “I usually like her magazine work — but not every look is going to work, and certainly not that beauty styling. There are moments when you have to accept that you’re not a model, no matter how much you might want to promote your own brand,” noted tigerrouge upon checking out the cover.

“She needs to STOP with these covers. How can anyone in the fashion industry, her designer peers especially, take her seriously with this amount of overexposure? You don’t see the Olsens on covers left, right and centre,” Benn98 chimed in.

“I’m sorry to say this but it looks like her breasts are amputated. That’s all I can see,” said mikel.

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Alicia Vikander Stars in Yet Another Mediocre Louis Vuitton Campaign, for Cruise 2019

While Chanel is forever recruiting new brand ambassadors to keep things fresh, the likes of Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton tend to stick to what they think works best. Ever since Alicia Vikander joined Vuitton’s rank of ambassadors back in 2015, our forum members haven’t exactly been her biggest supporters. Alicia’s last campaign for the legendary French fashion house fell flat, as did prior efforts, so it comes as no surprise that the recently unveiled Cruise 2019 campaign was met with a similar lack of enthusiasm. Photographed by Craig McDean, Alicia transports us to the rugged coastline of the Corsican coast while proving once again that modeling isn’t her strongest attribute.

Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 : Alicia Vikander by Craig McDean

IMAGE: LOUISVUITTON.COM

Another total waste of a good trip and photoshoot, if you ask our forum members. “Very nice for a Mango ad,” mocked helmutnotdead.

“Why do I have to suffer from this mediocrity. WHY?” asked TaylorBinque.

“God help this brand and their lack of innovative campaigns. The last time I was in love with their imagery was Spring 2016 when they used a Final Fantasy character,” laughed GERGIN.

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Opening Ceremony Is the Latest Brand to Collaborate With Disney for Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday

Everyone just can’t get enough of Mickey Mouse. Just last week, a Kate Spade x Disney collaboration was revealed, quickly followed by a Vans x Disney collection to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Now, the birthday extravaganza gets even bigger with a collaboration reveal between Disney and Opening Ceremony.

Image: Courtesy of Open Ceremony

The designs were created by Opening Ceremony’s creative director, Humberto Leon, who took inspiration from the Disney archives and past drawing styles of Mickey Mouse. The collection features numerous menswear and womenswear pieces, including hoodies, T-shirts, dresses, pants and much more, each decked out in Mickey motifs and symbols. The tops and dresses have puffed sleeves structured to look like Mickey Mouse ears. The faux fur coats, jackets and bags that have spotted patterns and Mickey Mouse images are sure to sell out.

Image: Courtesy of Open Ceremony

Scoop up your favorite high-fashion Mickey look in stores and on the Opening Ceremony’s website now.

Image: Courtesy of Open Ceremony

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Sonia Rykiel Enlists Kirsten Dunst, Liya Kebede and Others to Design Sweaters for a Good Cause

In 1962, designer Sonia Rykiel made a name for herself with her iconic “Poor Boy” sweater, a body-hugging ribbed knit pullover with high armholes. As a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sonia Rykiel fashion house, creative director Julie de Libran started a campaign called “Generous Sweaters,” featuring seven influential women putting their own spin on the classic poor boy sweater.

Proceeds from the limited-edition designs will go to each woman’s charity of choice: Planned Parenthood (Kirsten Dunst), Ving (Sofia Boutella), Hope & Home for Children (Kristin Scott), Gohan Shokudo (Kazuyo Sejima), lemlem Foundation (Liya Kebede), Le Refuge (Langley Fox), Children’s Hospital of Seoul National University (Sue-Jin Kang) and Maison des Femmes (Julie de Libran).

Langley Fox’s design for the Generous Sweaters project; Image: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel

Each design was inspired by personal stories and advocacies. Boutella’s sweater features a colorful crocheted butterfly, which was influenced by her childhood memories of a butterfly top she would borrow from her father. Kebede’s sweater, stitched in Ethiopian fabrics, is a recognition of her birthplace. Fox’s rainbow sweater honors Le Refuge, which provides safety to LGBT youths who are met with violence.

Generous Sweaters will be available in Sonia Rykiel stores and on the brand’s website by mid-November.

Kirsten Dunst's design for the Generous Sweaters project; Image: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel

Kirsten Dunst’s design for the Generous Sweaters project; Image: Courtesy of Sonia Rykiel

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Elle Fanning Tries on a New Image for Vogue Japan’s November Cover

After last month’s extraordinary cover featuring Namie Amuro, Vogue Japan is back to ordinary for November 2018 with a cover featuring actress and current face of Miu Miu, Elle Fanning. Unlike other magazines (*cough* US Vogue *cough*), an actress appearing on the cover of Vogue Japan is a rarity, with models being the title’s preferred cover subjects. Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and styled by Sissy Vian, Elle wears an embellished number from Miu Miu’s Resort 2019 collection, complete with a bouffant hairstyle and smoky eye.

Vogue Japan November 2018 : Elle Fanning by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

Make no mistake, our forums won’t be picking this up at the newsstand this month. “Elle is beautiful as always but… what a waste of cover,” said forum member jorgepalomo.

“Meaningless and lifeless, a supplement cover bought by Miu Miu, that’s what it is,” chimed in chanelh.

“It’s actually getting comical with all these super bad Vogue covers, and they wonder why print is dying! Do better!” Miss Dalloway exclaimed.

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