Yesterday morning saw the press launch of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s new lingerie range, Rosie for Autograph at the department store Marks and Spencer. The Victoria's Secret model and actress has created her own luxurious collection consisting of 33 pieces, which includes French knickers and silk lingerie cami sets. Apparently, Rosie explained that when she was younger, she actually dreamed of becoming a fashion designer rather than a model, so she really enjoyed designing the collection. We’re also pretty sure that she didn’t mind becoming an international model instead, nice back-up plan if you can get it!
Rosie explained that her collection is influenced by the opulent elegance of the 1920s, as it’s her favourite era. In order to do her design research, she had to trawl through clothing and jewellery in her favourite vintage stores and flea markets in Paris, LA, and London. It’s a hard life! As well as also being particularly inspired by intricate patterns which she found in vintage magazines and design books.
Made from luxurious silk and delicately inspired French lace, her lingerie range is available in A to E cup, with certain pieces going through to a G cup. With prices starting at £12.50 for knickers, £22.50 for bras, and £65 for kimonos, it won't break the bank.
Rosie’s Launch Style
For the press launch (right), Rosie opted for one of Marks and Spencer’s very own peplum dresses, costing £55 from its Autograph line. She also accessorised it with one of their double leather belts, which is a total steal at £25, considering the amount of items you could wear it with. You can check out these gems, as well as Rosie’s lingerie collection on the M&S website
Elke Krammerdoes not stop. She art directs her own art and fashion zine Lilacmenace, she has collaborated on everything from jewellery to yardage prints with fellow designers including Mala Brajkovic and Jessie Hill, and she’s illustrated and art directed her way into the pages of Russh, Yen, Nylon, and Dazed and Confused Japan. In 2004, she added “Accessories Mastermind” to her resume with her eponymous jewellery line, and now she’s turning her dexterous hand to eyewear.
Krammer’s latest venture is a small yet strong capsule collection for killer local eyewear label Colab. The range consists of only two frame styles for both guys and girls, available in a carefully selected series of colours named after chapters of French poet Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. Like Elke Krammer jewellery, the styles are bold, geometric and expensive-looking, channeling a Mad Men-esque vintage vibe with oversized circles for the girls and classy square shades for the boys.
Model of the moment Emily Jean Bester does her best fabulously quirky housewife impression for the equally beautiful campaign, working a crop of striking tortoiseshell curls like a pro. The themes of debauchery and eroticism that pervade Baudelaire’s 1857 tome are probably there if you want them to be, but otherwise, both campaign and collection are pure exquisiteness.
If you want to see what the Calvin Klein Push Positive Bra looks like on a supermodel, today the brand released a short video spot starring Lara Stone and her giant bosom.
Not too many models outside Victoria's Secret are known to be very top-heavy, but Stone's the truly exceptional exception. I was a little hesitant to post the video below because it's pretty raunchy (and I'm all about class). The Dutch model dances around to Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" against a sparse white background. She wiggles her hips, presses her tongue against the roof of her mouth, and periodically sings along with the song. "Push it," she says, because she's selling a push-up bra. So subtle.
If some of the creative choices are a little on-the-nose for my taste, Stone's actual performance is pretty interesting. The door was open for the model to go full-out bombshell, but if Lara Stone's a bombshell, she's the weirdest one in town. Her gapped-teeth have long been central to her appeal, but her oddbal allure is truly at its most provocative in a straight mainstream video like this one.
If you thought NOTHING could follow Lady Gaga's holiday workshop at Barneys last year, you're wrong or whatever. Here's a list of things that would totally top the pop star: unicorns, Andy Warhol, mermaids, Michelle Obama, gooseberries, Marie Antoinette, world peace, Uranus, Disney characters.
And indeed, the last item on the list — Disney characters — will be responsible for taking Lady Gaga's baton.
The famed department store is getting into the Christmas spirit with the help of some of our most beloved animated characters. Barneys' Waltastic holiday campaign, “Electric Holiday,” will be revealed on November 14 at the Madison Avenue location. Popular Disney characters will be brought to life in a "three-dimensional light show" and short film that follows the fashion-ified Minnie Mouse (dressed by Lanvin) as she travels to Paris Fashion Week.
Daisy by Dolce & Gabbana, Minnie Mouse by Lanvin; images courtesy of WWD
Many of the industry's top designers collaborated on the project, creating conceptual looks for the Disney cast to wear in the film. It's a kind of Met Ball for animated characters, and so I'm reluctantly excited about it. Here's who's paired off: Mickey by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Minnie by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Goofy by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Daisy by Dolce & Gabbana, Cruella by Rick Owens, Princess Tiana by Proenza Schouler, Snow White by Peter Copping for Nina Ricci.
To make the Disney magic even more magic-y, Barneys brought on 23 glittery-named fashion personalities and transformed them into characters for the film. WWD was able to confirm that their own Bridget Foley would be cartoonified, but the department store wouldn't release any other names.
As a side-note, LOVE that Minnie Mouse finally got a makeover. Now she's a real role model!
“In terms of first impressions, it doesn't really seem that different from the previous cover with Rosie. Body shot, white background, blue writing, indecipherable text over a gaudily patterned garment…” tigerrouge evaluated.
Also like Rosie’s cover, the styling leaves something to be desired. “Horrendous styling!” VogueDisciple93 declared. “That Peter Pilotto top does not belong with that McQ skirt.”
“Lovely to see Gwen gracing the cover once again, but I don't know why they didn't go with the whole McQ outfit rather than mixing and matching,” glitterpeacock commented. “The blue text and white background is far too similar to September's. It's just… lazy.”
The cover itself isn’t so bad. The blue works with the image, but the problem lies in the repetition as they used the same color scheme just last month. The styling could definitely use some work. I get that they were trying to be quirky and creative, fitting two British brands on the cover, but they would have been far more successful had they gone with a head-to-toe look from either designer. Here are the Fall 2012 runway looks for reference:
Peter Pilotto Fall 2012, McQ Fall 2012
Just imagine Gwen wearing either one of these full looks on the cover. So much better, right?
Images: Cover via Elle UK, runway images via IMAXtree