Kate Moss returns to Topshop for a second collaboration, this time for a 40-piece line which'll hit stores next Spring. [FabSugar]
Applying smoky eye makeup will probably make you a better person. [Bellasugar]
Givenchy's Bambi sweater is the most sold out thing ever. [Fashionologie]
Rita Ora has taken over for her pal Cara Delevingne as the face of DKNY. [Fashionologie]
- The Face premiered its British edition in the UK like, a week ago. Erin O'Connor is on it and she's g r e a t.
Whatever you personally think of Céline designer Phoebe Philo's decidedly non-minimalist new direction, the buyers love it. WWD asked thirty retailers to respond to the Paris Fashion Week show season, and a full seventeen of them called out Céline as one of their favorite Spring 2014 collections.
But then, the critics loved it too. Or so they said: the flow of money from luxury brands to industry publications (the French design house is owned by conglomerate LVMH) can make it challenging for individual writers to express negative opinions*. For retailers, on the other hand, the dynamic is reversed. By reputation, buyers tend to favor the commercial over the conceptual — a specific point of view which is often cast as a limitation. But regardless, buyers control what's available for purchase, making their impact on what most of us actually wear tremendous and immediate. On another note, critics often use ephemeral, vague-seeming descriptive language to talk about fashion. Buyers vote for their favorite collections in a more concrete way, by pulling designs to stock in their stores.
So if you belong to the tribe of recovering (and/or wannabe) Philophiles who thought the label's most recent designs were either a nightmare or else a very very bad dream, you might be surprised by how well it's been received. Some of the figures who counted Céline as one of their favorite collections of the season: Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman, Sarah Easley for Kirna Zabête, Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus, Laure Heriard Dubreuil from The Webster in Miami. Again, these buyers don't just think the collection will sell, they went on record to say they loved it.
*Hedi Slimane's tenure at Saint Laurent has been an exception to this principle. Cathy Horyn of The New York Times was one of the first to register her dislike of Slimane's attitude and work for the prestige house; other outlets almost immediately followed suit, although in some cases, the tide of popular (err, critical) opinion, is swinging back the other way again.
Adding some Central European flavor to its American takeover, Zimmermann has tapped Hungarian stunner Eniko Mihalik to front the Resort 2014 campaign.
The collection was presented in New York during the Stateside resort shows, a sound move for the Australian-based brand trying to capture a slice of the US market – rich Northern Hemispherians need things to fill their suitcases for mid-winter escapes to the Côte d’Azur, and as things heat up back home, we’re already looking forward to a new summer wardrobe. Effectively addressing the rift in both climate and wallet thickness, the collection offered straightforward bikini separates in delicate patterns alongside wide-legged pants and a French lace one-piece with sculpted wings and risqué sheer paneling.
It’s modeled to perfection on the exquisitely cheekboned Eniko, lensed by Darren McDonald on a craggy stretch of sand dotted with giant palm tress and boulders begging to be lounged upon. Both the delicate lace daywear and the pretty, patterned swimsuits look even more seductive in their natural habitat than they did on the runway.
No one knows whether Cara Delevingne's fame — which is so contingent on her wild, wacky girlishness — will persist as she gets older, but at the moment, the 21-year-old model has more popularity than she knows what to do with. Case in point, above, a video which shows Delevingne breaking into a run after getting mobbed at Paris Fashion Week after the Valentino show (starts at 1:16) [via tFS Forum member Cold].
Bonus: Here's the British model playing the part of a carefree adolescent in a commercial for La Boo, a new Japanese e-commerce site targeting teens-to-twentysomethings.
Naomi Campbell is having a moment. When she's not on-set filming the second season of her reality modeling show, The Face, the supermodel is making the media rounds to help promote Bethann Hardison's international campaign for runway diversity. Campbell is also just straight-up modeling, and doing some pretty fantastic work.
But all of these successes don't come without trying: In the interview that accompanies her spread for The Edit, Campbell discusses the preparations ahead of her highly-publicized return to the runway earlier this year, at the Versace couture show.
Like Naomi Campbell, juice is having its own fashion moment. In September, as part of its fashion week coverage, the The New York Times Style Section reported on this emerging beverage trend: "Fasting fashionistas are up to their eyeballs in the stuff [juice]," wrote Eric Wilson. Juice is totally poised to get its own reality TV show; juice deserves it.