Earlier this month, we got our first glimpse ofBlake Lively's print campaign for the new fragrance, Gucci Premiere. It was a nice ad; people liked it. End of the story? Wish it were that easy, but there's another installment to the gripping tale of Blake's Gucci fragrance campaign: a video spot. It opens with a shot of the Gossip Girl star looking out at the city of Los Angeles from a glass balcony. She is wearing a serious gold dress that curve-hugs like no dress has ever curve-hugged before. She does a good deal of pacing around the expensive, sterile halls of her fortress and and takes a quick trip to the desert, where she visits with a giant industrial fan. She spends the rest of her time gazing at herself in the mirror, rolling her head back orgasmically as she douses her neck in Gucci Premiere.
The clip was filmed by Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn. It's a nice ad; you may like it.
As the much-anticipated Olympic games kicked off Friday, we were treated to an opening ceremony which delivered beyond our wildest expectations. The ceremony, created by British artist Danny Boyle, was a performance piece which transported viewers through the history of the United Kingdom. Although at times, it may have been a little incomprehensible for international audiences to grasp, it certainly wasn’t amongst Brits, and exemplified the integral elements which have come to define us as a nation.
Emerging fashion designers dressed the performers
As the ceremony explored Britain’s musical heritage from the sixties to the digital age, which also included drawing specific reference to grime music that obviously originates from East London, the new guard of British Fashion and London Fashion Week played a huge part in selecting the performers’ costumes. The emerging British designers who actually dressed the troupes included Nasir Mazhar, Christopher Shannon, and Michael van der Ham (pictured). As London is an international fashion capital, Olympic organizers wanted to use fashion designers who live and work in London, and most importantly from the East End where the most cutting edge of youth design originates, in order to give them the opportunity of an international platform to showcase their talents.
Samantha Cameron in Roksanda Ilincic
Samantha Cameron, the British fashion ambassador and Prime Minister’s wife, was also spotted amongst the crowds at the opening ceremony, and for the occasion she, too, opted to support the British fashion industry by wearing Roksanda Ilincic. She has been pictured in Ilincic pieces so many times that the brand is widely referred to as being her favourite. The red and black top comes from the Pre-Fall 2012 collection, and although Samantha doesn’t quite possess the Kate Middleton effect, her appearance in this number at such an international event is sure to boost the brand’s sales.
Jessica Chastain was spotted on the set of her new film, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, with a new short edgy haircut, and it’s awesome. The cut is kind of Vidal Sassoon-esque in that it’s asymmetric and has that wash-and-go kind of look. Forum members were totally on board with the new ‘do.
“She's such a chameleon, both off and on screen,” wrote saann. “I feel like she could fit any era or style.”
Not Plain Jane posted, “I loved her hair long, but this asymmetric cut is totally sweet on her — love it too!”
Hazel commented, “I generally prefer long hair to short, but I must admit that she looks amazing in her new haircut. With such a pretty face, she can pull off everything.”
This hair cut looks great styled casually, but I can’t wait to see what she does with it on the red carpet. Despite it being short, there’s still so much she can do.
The preliminary schedule has been announced for New Zealand Fashion Week, which will take place over seven days from September 3, 2012.
Over 40 designers are so far confirmed to show their Autumn/Winter 2013 to buyers, press, and guests this year at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre. All but one hail from across the ditch (2012’s event also gets the privilege of welcoming Australian designer Charlie Brown, who was confirmed last month), and the majority of those are brands based in the North Island — Dunedin’s Company of Strangers is alone in representing the South Island.
However NZFW managing director Pieter Stewart insists the ever-changing lineup of designers is one of the event’s draw cards, and this year certainly isn’t lacking in talent. Local fashion linchpins Huffer, Juliette Hogan, Zambesi, and Trelise Cooper will be staging guaranteed hot-ticket shows, while rising stars Ruby, Stolen Girlfriends Club, and Twenty-Seven Names invest the event with that edgy innovation that defines much Kiwi design. There will also be plenty of emerging local labels given the chance to make roads into lucrative overseas markets, much of them doing so via the exciting New Generation group show.
Sartorial powerhouses absent from the preliminary list include World, Karen Walker, and Nom D, who will likely be skipping NZFW for the second year in a row.
New Zealand Fashion Week 2012 designer announcement:
• A La Robe / Auckland
• Alma J / Auckland
• Andrea Moore / Wellington
• Anna Schimmel / Auckland
• Annah Stretton / Morrinsville
• Arielle Mermin / Tauranga
• Brady / Auckland
• Charlie Brown / Australia
• Christopher Woods-Huia / Auckland
• Company of Strangers / Dunedin
• Crane Brothers / Auckland
• Cybele / Auckland
• Daniel K / Auckland
• Deryn Schmidt / Wellington
• Dmonic Intent / Auckland
• Hailwood / Auckland
• Hohepa Thompson / Wellington
• Huffer / Auckland
• Ingrid Starnes / Auckland
• John Zimmermann / Auckland
• Juliette Hogan / Auckland
• Koia Gray / Wellington
• Liam / Auckland
• Marsh Ranginui / Whanganui
• Michelle Yvette / Auckland
• Monique Lynch / Auckland
• Olivia Edginton / Wainuiomata
• Pia Boutique / Auckland
• Poto Morgan / Ngaruawahia
• Ruby / Auckland
• Sable and Minx / Auckland
• Sera Lilly / Auckland
• Shona Tawhiao / Auckland
• Silence Was… / Auckland
• Stolen Girlfriends Club / Auckland
• Surface Too Deep / Wellington
• Trelise Cooper / Auckland
• Twenty-Seven Names / Wellington
• Vinka Design / Auckland
• Zambesi / Auckland
Look, it's really easy to lose perspective when you have a cat. No one ever thinks they're going to turn into that crazy cat lady, but the second you adopt a kitten your entire moral order shifts and your sense of restraint goes flying out the window. The next thing you know, you're changing your Facebook profile picture, telling stories about Fluffy on first dates, evaluating someone's boyfriend potential based on how well they interact with your cat, hiring three personal maids devoted to your kitten's care and well-being, bringing your cat into the cockpit with you whenever you jet to St. Tropez. It gets really intense!
And so ever since Karl Lagerfeld was gifted a furry little furball named Choupette, journalists have not stopped asking about the new pet, and the Kaiser's answers have been getting progressively more insane. First we heard that Choupette had just two dedicated personal maids, but in an interview with The Independant which went online today, Karl suggested he'd hired on an additional pair of hands. The Chanel designer needs all the help he can get caring for his cat, because after all, Choupette's delicate animal body needs to be examined by a vet once every ten days: "I don't take her. I don't want her to be furious with me."
Instead, Karl just pampers his feline friend, permitting her to sit in the cockpit with the pilot when they fly to St. Tropez because "she loves looking at the sky." Choupette is quite enamored with her generous owner, obviously: "Choupette waits for me at the front door," he says. "She doesn't like being alone. She gets moody." With three personal maids, I don't understand how Karl's little princess ever has a second to herself. Like any emerging "it" girl, Choupette is being fishbowled, and it's only a matter of time before she caves under the pressure, starts acting out, and lands in the tabloids.