In late August, the fashion industry was rocked by the announcement that Condé Nast was selling Fairchild Fashion Media, the company that puts out Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News, to Penske Media Corporation. It appeared that Penske was trying to make a name for itself as the leader in trade publications — it also owns Variety, making WWD a great addition to the company’s roster. Plus, Fairchild was selling for $500 million less than what Condé Nast bought it for back in 1999 — a great deal for the folks at Penske.
As with any major change in management, Fairchild is about to go through staff and logistical shakeups. Racked reported that Penske is encouraging the paper to be a little more critical in its coverage and now it looks like the publication is scouting a ton of new staffers to fit that model. In today’s issue of WWD, there is a full page ad from Fairchild announcing that it is hiring for several staff positions — 37 to be exact.
“We’re hiring,” it reads at the top of the ad in bold white lettering against a black background, adding, “Yes, you read this correctly,” just in case you didn’t believe the paper the first time.
WWD is looking for a deputy fashion editor, reporters in both New York and Los Angeles, a Europe editor for Footwear News, a social media director and several other positions. We’re not sure if this means there will be some people at WWD and Footwear News who should watch their backs, but the assumption is for a mass hiring like this one, there may be some people let go.
Anyway, if you’re looking to work at WWD, now’s the time to send in your resume.
As Catherine Deneuve celebrates her 71st birthday this week, we take a look back at the actress on the cover of Vogue Paris for this edition of Fashion Flashback. Carine Roitfeld tapped Deneuve to guest edit the magazine’s December 2003/January 2004 issue and enlisted Mario Testino to shoot the French icon for the front cover, wearing a Lanvin trench. The cover shot has a red filter layered over it which resembles Deneuve’s cover for the magazine back in 1962.
IMAGE CREDIT: MARK E
Since the star of Belle De Jour edited the festive issue of Vogue Paris, we are treated to a mountain of material regarding the actress’ private and showbiz life. We even get a peek inside Catherine’s refrigerator! Testino and Mario Sorrenti both contribute to the issue with their stories featuring the then 60-year-old blonde beauty (looking as fabulous as ever in Testino’s cover story).
Yet even with a cover subject like Catherine Deneuve, we still get some stunning fashion stories inside the 314-page issue. Craig McDean and Roitfeld team up for a story shot in a rocky location with a brunette model wearing long dresses and military-inspired pieces, teamed with a Mickey Mouse T-shirt used as a headpiece in a few of the shots (classic Carine!). Isabeli Fontana is captured in the studio by Terry Tsiolis with Emmanuelle Alt on styling duties, for a classic sitting with Fontana donning monochrome outfits and a fabulous blowout. Towards the end of the issue, Anastasia Barbieri styles Diana Dondoe wearing black evening dresses, dripping in diamonds and posing cliffside on the sea front.
Check out the thread to familiarize yourself with the contents of this back issue here.
Would you believe it’s been ten years since H&M launched its first designer collaboration? Since then, the retailer’s luxury label partnerships have become some of the most anticipated collaborations for bargain-hunting fashion fans everywhere. Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Marni, Lanvin and many more have all joined forces with the Swedish retailer to bring high fashion to the masses at affordable prices.
The First Ten Years is a new book commemorating H&M’s storied design collaborations, starting with Lagerfeld’s game-changing collection with the brand. The book, compiled by Bon magazine‘s Madelaine Levy, includes words from all the high-end designers who have partnered with H&M, as well as a chapter on the Jimmy Choo collaboration penned by our very own Amina Akhtar.
The book will go on sale November 6, the same day Alexander Wang debuts his collection for H&M. Prepare to shill out $11.50 for the tome and if you’re in New York, stop by H&M’s Fifth Avenue flagship location starting October 27 to take in a retrospective of past designer collaborations.
Beauty magazines are receiving a bashing this month with U.S. Allure doing a disservice to Kerry Washington on its November cover and now Allure Russia has done the same with Maryna Linchuk. Why? Magazines today have access to some of the best in the business and can select the most flawless models available. Maryna stars on Russian Allure‘s November cover, shot by Nicolas Moore, with hair tended to by Brian Buenaventura and makeup applied by Romy Soleimani.
IMAGE: ALLURE.RU VIA TFS FORUMS
The cover isn’t sitting well with a couple of our forum members. “*Sigh* Back to the bionic covers again. This would’ve been OK if Maryna closed her mouth. I find teeth on a cover so unattractive,” disapproved Benn98.
“It’s too crowded, there’s too much makeup and the hair doesn’t help unfortunately,” proclaimed an underwhelmed Valentine27.
Also noticing the amount of unnecessary makeup was kokobombon: “Hate the heavy makeup but at least [it] is not a super closeup…”
KateTheGreatest shared the same sentiment and posted, “Gorgeous. Just wish the makeup wasn’t so heavy.”
A few members of our forums are in favor of the cover image, though, with MON writing, “It’s actually one of the few covers I like from them. Finally it’s not too zoomed in.”
“Maryna looks SPECTACULAR!” raved Zorka, clearly a fan of Allure‘s latest installment.
GIVENCHYlover agreed by simply stating, “She’s gorgeous.”
See inside the thread for Maryna’s cover story and share your own opinion here.
Cara Delevingne has a sense of humor. To prove it, the actress and model signed on to participate in the Feeling Nuts campaign to help raise awareness for testicular health. The 22-year-old will star in the Feeling Nuts Comedy Show, which airs on Friday, October 24, on Channel 4 in the U.K.
“Once a month you need to cup them, really grab them and give them a good squeeze, you know, give them a proper inspection,” she says in the show’s teaser above, while grabbing her breasts with gusto.
The director interrupts and explains that the campaign is about testicles, not breasts. “Little problem,” responds Cara. “I don’t have any balls.”
We think you have plenty, Cara dear.
Internet shopping can be a joy and a royal pain at the same time. You can’t try anything on and when you see something you like, you get all kinds of anxiety that it’s going to be gone before you even have time to finish justifying the purchase. It’s hard out there in this e-shopping world, so a little guidance is always appreciated. Thankfully, the Telegraph has come to our rescue. The daily asked three e-tailers, Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and Avenue 32 (purveyor of lots of up-and-coming designer wares), which brands and products tend to sell the fastest.
Both Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion named Saint Laurent as one of the top sellers. Gianvito Rossi, Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana round out the most popular options for Matches Fashion, while Isabel Marant and Valentino take top honors at Net-a-Porter. Unsurprisingly, Net-a-Porter says the items that tend to sell the fastest are the elusive Mansur Gavriel bags, which have been evading bag lovers of all stripes for months. They’re supremely hard to get, and Net-a-Porter’s buyer calls them “instant sell-outs,” noting that the black bucket bags were gone the day the site restocked. So, if you’re looking to purchase one anytime soon, get your butt on the waitlist because once they return, they’ll likely be gone in a flash. As for Avenue 32, its top sellers include up-and-coming brands ThePerfext, Vivetta, Shrimps and Rejina Pyo.
So, now that you know what’s poppin’, time to shop strategically.