Every season, right before Fashion Week hits, a show or two cancels citing various reasons. Hey, we get it, fashion shows are really expensive! But we have to admit we’re bummed by today’s news that Band of Outsiders is forgoing its Fall 2015 presentation. It’s a smart move, financially, but we so love seeing what Scott Sternberg sends out. Our Fashion Week is just a bit dimmer now. The brand is opting to show its collection at a later date, so all is not lost, fret not. But first the Viktor & Rolf news, and now this? How much drearier can one Tuesday get? (No one answer that.)
As the March issues slowly but steadily start to trickle onto our forums, Kate Winslet is U.K. Harper’s Bazaar‘s latest cover subject; her second cover appearance since Justine Picardie took over as editor-in-chief. For the magazine’s big March issue, Kate was photographed by Alexi Lubomirski on a windswept English beach near the British actress’ farmhouse home.
Forum members were quick as cats to voice their opinions. “Very Peter Lindbergh! But somehow it feels dated (because it also lacks his actual touch), here we are in 2015, and it’s Kate Winslet back on the cover, yet another movie star that is a regular for them! Justine needs to cast her net wider, so many wonderful cover choices, but we keep going back to 10 same, overused, faces!” Miss Dalloway first ranted.
“Absolutely agree with you. Reese, Gwyneth, and now Kate. Where are the breakout stars?” asked Benn98.
Forum member Kite was also in the mood for change. “April 2013 was her last cover of Harper’s Bazaar U.K. but she was on American Harper’s Bazaar last year and it just feels like she has had 60 covers in the past 5 years. She’s beautiful but come on!” he exclaimed.
MsCoen22 soon fired back in disagreement: “Yes, she’s on their cover a lot, but come on. She’s a legend. She’s always a welcome presence, especially given that she always has projects to promote. She has 4 movies coming out this year. If we’re talking returning cover girls, I’ll take her over people like Gwyneth who promote their lifestyles.”
“The subscriber’s cover is sublime, the newsstand one is good too,” burbuja8910 noted.
Check out the regular newsstand cover inside the thread and join the discussion here.
Pour out some champagne for Viktor & Rolf because it might be a while before we next get to see a ready-to-wear collection from the label, if at all. The pair will present their Fall/Winter 2015 collection this season, opting out of a runway show before halting RTW altogether. The move is said to help the label focus on its fragrance, licensing and couture aspects, much like Jean Paul Gaultier who left the ready-to-wear game in September to focus his attentions in similar categories.
Though the rest of us may be lamenting the loss of the innovative power pair in this sector, Viktor & Rolf seem to be pretty satisfied with the move, as it gives them more time to be creative now that they don’t have to deal with the added stress of the RTW season. Viktor Horsting told WWD the game “started to feel creatively restricting. By letting go of it, we gain more time and freedom.”
We’re sad to see Viktor & Rolf go, but if the extra time to work makes their couture even more amazing, it’s probably worth it for them to chuck ready-to-wear.
See all the Viktor & Rolf collections for a trip down memory lane.
Perhaps that Kimye cover was good for something. Vogue magazine nabbed top honors at the American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Awards, taking home Magazine of the Year. The fashion bible beat out Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter and New York magazine.
New York magazine and The New Yorker both left with three awards, New York with the prizes for design, magazine section, and columns and commentary. The New Yorker got prizes for general interest, essays and criticism, as well as fiction.
You can see the full list of winners here.
When the name Whitney Port comes to mind, many of us think to the unforgettable facials she’d exchange with Lauren Conrad at the Teen Vogue office in The Hills, or her intimate forehead sex with Miranda Kerr’s ex-boyfriend Jay Lyon in The City.
But her MTV stardom isn’t what scored her a cover on entrepreneurial magazine Renegade Collective. In fact, the glossy’s editor-in-chief, Lisa Messenger, admits that she’s never watched one episode of the supposed-reality shows.
“Despite the fact that I’m not generally a reality television fan, and my knowledge of celebrities is notoriously sketchy, I know exactly who Whitney Port is,” Lisa explained to theFashionSpot. “She’s a fashion designer. A businesswoman.” (more…)
Thank the fashion gods! We suspected as much, but now it has been confirmed that Aussie designer Kit Willow Podgornik will unveil a new brand, dubbed KITX, this year. It’s a major slap in the face to Apparel Group, the new majority owners of Willow, which, just over a year ago, terminated the Sydney-based designer from the label she founded.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that, after spending 2014 working on the new brand, Kit will be presenting to buyers in Sydney this month, and will be opening a standalone store in the city this August. The range is believed to still represent the draping and tailoring we grew to love from Willow, but with more accessible price points than the embellished evening wear which graced London and New York runways for 10 seasons.
The ready-to-wear collection, consisting of 80 pieces, will start from $79 for a basic T-shirt and go up to $1,500 for silk pieces like dresses and vests. “This brand is certainly more focussed around high frequency wear in a fashionable sense,” Podgornik told WWD. “It’s comfortable, it’s easy, you want to wear it all the time but you still look chic and it doesn’t date.” (more…)