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Yes, Really: The Costume Institute Will Be Renamed ‘Anna Wintour Costume Center’

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

Late yesterday, The New York Times reported that The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute will be renamed in honor of Anna Wintour. The Vogue editor and Condé Nast artistic director has reportedly been involved with the fashion department since 1995; over the years, Wintour has raised about $125 million dollars and hosted more than fifteen Met Ball benefits, establishing the annual gala as one of the world's most high-profile red carpet event. 

The Costume Institute reopens in May following a two-year, $40 million renovation project (the sum was fundraised, in part, by Wintour). It will be called the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Get used to it. 

Related: Wintour is Coming: Instagram’s Best Anna Wintour Memes

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Why Does Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2014 Campaign Include a Look from the Resort Collection?

When the first images from Roberto Cavalli's Spring 2014 campaign, with model Iselin Steiro photographed by David Sims and styled by Marie Chaix, leaked online a couple weeks ago, one forum member immediately noticed that a featured animal print item appeared to be from the label's Resort 2014 collection.

Commenters were confused. "I think this is the Resort 2014 campaign," said Starry, to general assent.

But it's not. The Italian fashion house has confirmed it: The ads are part of the brand's main, Spring campaign — which you can see in the slideshow below, in full (there's also a video component). 

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Many of the items (such as the metallic moto jacket and sheer multi-patterned dress) appeared on at the designer's Spring runway show in Milan last September (the color of the garments is slightly different in the ads, but perhaps that's a matter of lighting).

I couldn't find anything resembling the bedazzled black cutout swimsuit (slide 8) in either collection, but the style is fairly similar to a Roberto Cavalli swimsuit available at the online shop of the Seattle-based luxury intimates retailer, Nancy Meyer

In the few years that I've been closely following fashion advertising, I can't recall another instance of a major label mixing two distinct collections in a single campaign. Of course, just because I haven't noticed it, doesn't mean it never happens — but even if this is (as I suspect) an unusual occurrence, it's certainly not a surprising one. With the growing importance of mid-season collections and the pressure placed on designers to constantly churn out new creations, why wouldn't fashion houses mix and match their strongest current items — no matter when or where they were first shown — in advertising materials? 

We reached out to Roberto Cavalli for comment and will update when we hear back. 

See the full campaign in the slideshow below, and keep scrolling for the video ad. 

All images courtesy Roberto Cavalli. 

Related: What Are These Antonio Berardi Pieces Doing at the Victoria’s Secret Show?

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Peter Pilotto for Target: See Every Single Look from the Eagerly Anticipated Collaboration

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Following the campaign preview, featuring model Jessica Stam, which appeared on Net-A-Porter yesterday, Target has released the full lookbook and item breakdown for its collaboration with Peter Pilotto.

The London-based design duo (Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos) have created 22 full looks and (by my count) 36 individual pieces for the limited-edition range, including women's apparel, accessories and swimwear.

Apparel and swimwear are priced from $14.99 to $79.99; accessories range from $16.99 to $39.99. 

The capsule collection launches in Target stores and online on February 9. For the first time ever, the mass market retailer has partnered with luxury e-commerce site Net-A-Porter to make select items available internationally. 

All images: Target

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Balenciaga Runway Exclusive Daria Werbowy Stars in Spring 2014 Campaign

Image: WWD

Image: WWD

As WWD points out, before Daria Werbowy was the face of Balenciaga's most recent, ivy-covered campaign (pictured here), she walked at the label's corresponding Spring 2014 show, as a runway exclusive. (Having an "exclusive" typically refers to a model agreeing to turn down other runway opportunities in return for a lucrative compensation package and exclusive runway appearance from a specific label).

Who doesn't love Werbowy? The 30-year-old model has sustained a stellar high-fashion career for a decade. After the model first walked at fashion week, she was handpicked by Steven Meisel to appear in Prada's Fall 2003 campaign. By 2004, she was posing for American Vogue spreads, getting photographed for them by Helmut Newton and signing a lucrative cosmetics contract with Lancome. Nine years later, the Ukrainian-born model is still one of Lancome's two spokesmodels. She also appears in campaigns for hyper-luxury label Céline (the only LVMH brand which doesn't have e-commerce), Parisian designer Isabel Marant, legendary Italian house Salvatore Ferragamo — and now, Alexander Wang's Balenciaga. 

The first ad image appeared on WWD earlier today. Photographed by Steven Klein, Werbowy poses against a white wall, her eyes shrouded by a tangle of vines. The stark, high-contrast lighting is reminiscent of the label's Fall 2013 campaign, which featured Kristen McMenamy and was also photographed by Klein, and helps create an overall moody effect.

Related: Parental Advisory: What is Anna Ewers Doing in a Bathroom for Alexander Wang’s Billboard Ad?

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Coincidence? Kat Dennings and Tina Fey Wear Nearly Identical Gowns (from Different Designers) on the Red Carpet

Images: WENN.com (left) / Getty (right)

Images: WENN.com (left) / Getty (right)

The awards show red carpet circuit never fails to produce a few minor design dramas. Here's one: We've just spotted case of designer look-a-likes, via tFS Forum member Lefemmenikita

Last week at the People's Choice Awards, actress Kat Dennings appeared on the red carpet wearing a strapless black ball gown printed with roses from the David Meister Signature collection. Just a few days later, Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey made her entrance at the awards show wearing a one-of-a-kind Carolina Herrera creation. Although small details distinguish the two gowns — Dennings' has a flattering ruched bodice, Fey's comes with a voluminous pleated overskirt — they are quite similar in terms of silhouette, color and concept. 

In yesterday's issue of WWD, the trade published a profile on Herrera's creative process, noting that she and Fey developed the star's gown together, from sketches. Dennings' gown has been on sale for at least a season (it's currently available for $1,137 on NeimanMarcus.com, marked-down 65% from $3,250). 

Related: Designer Copycats: Was This Erdem Pre-Fall 2014 Look ‘Inspired by’ Valentino’s Fall 2013 Collection?

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Selfridges Launches Festival of Imagination Featuring the Innovative United Nude Shoes

What’s the most extreme lengths that you‘ve ever gone to in order to try and win back an ex? Well, the innovative shoe brand United Nude was actually co-founded by the heartbroken architect Rem D Koolhaas who decided to turn his architectural skills to footwear rather than buildings, to try and woo his ex.

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Regardless of whatever his relationship status may now be, his shoe business is thriving and continuing to gain a strong international presence, and we’re excited to announce the arrival of its third exhibition and pop up shop at London’s flagship Selfridges.

As part of Selfridges Festival of Imagination exploring the creative mind and innovative thoughts, United Nude will be showcasing some of its finest footwear and demonstrating just exactly how the lines between fashion, art and architecture can be blurred. Its Lo Res collection and the innovative NOVA shoe will also be available to buy throughout the duration of the exhibition.

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The Lo Res collection, as the name implies, is created using Lo Res design technology which uses low resolution leading to 3-D abstractions in design. All supported by a short video to help visitors to understand the design concept, the exhibition features items such as Lo Res cars and cups, and of course, the mind blowing Lo Res shoes, which are available in many trend led colours.

So, if you fancy learning a thing or two about innovative fashion design, head over to Selfridges flagship and check out its Festival of imagination which launches January 17.

Related: United Nude: How Heartbreak Launched a Shoe Brand

Images: United Nude 

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