Ralph Rucci has left the label he founded, reports WWD. “We recognize the contribution, vision and talent of Mr. Rucci, and wish him well,” said CEO Joey Laurenti in an official statement. There is no word yet on why the designer abruptly departed.
The company is expected to name a new creative director before the first of the year; Rucci’s successor will debut with Resort 2016. Pre-Fall and Fall 2015 will be designed by the in-house team.
Ralph Rucci began his career in 1981 and launched his high-end line, Chado Ralph Rucci, in 1994.
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is less than a month away, but pretty much everyone is already stoked for the lingerie label’s annual spectacle. The show will be presented in London for the first time and, of course, we’re taking notes as details surface. Because we know you can’t get enough of VS or its angels, here is everything we know so far about this year’s show.
1. The show will take place at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre on December 9
The West London venue is huge. It has hosted the BRIT Awards, the Olympics and holds about 19,000 people.
2. There is a black tie dress code
Guests at this year’s show will have to come dressed to the nines. Though VS is staging the event in London, WWD says the theme was inspired by Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White ball, which was held in New York City.
3. The show is divided into six categories
Viewers will be treated to six mini-collections of sorts for this year’s show: Gilded Angels, Exotic Traveler, Dream Girl, Fairy Tale, University of Pink and Angel Ball. (more…)
A quick look at his designs and it’s clear that Jeremy Scott has a strong sense of humor. Who else would turn a Cheetos bag into an actual purse? So, it should come as little surprise that the designer would want to incorporate his love for gags in his new book. Scott has joined forces with Rizzoli to publish a tome following his career. The Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin-shot cover pictures Scott holding a copy of his book with the back cover turned toward the camera. The result is an infinity effect, adding a perfectly whimsical dash of flavor to the sleek, sophisticated, black and white portraiture.
Style.com caught up with the designer to dish on the new tome and touched on that time Scott was banned from the website thanks to a racy fashion show he’d put on. For five years after, the website wouldn’t cover any of his collections, which Scott says he didn’t understand, considering fashion’s common use of naked women in editorials. “Fashion magazines—which I’m sure you know very well—show nude women all the time,” he says. “I mean, can you name a Lara Stone photo shoot where she doesn’t show her breasts? And I mean, she’s not the only one—I picked her out just because she is an obvious candidate to point out. Not that I don’t like her breasts. I love her.”
One thing’s for certain: We definitely can’t count the model’s appearance in Scott’s book as a time we didn’t see her boobs. “She opens my book, actually; there is a picture with me and her that Ellen von Unwerth did, and she’s got the dress pulled down, showing her breasts,” he says.
It appears as though InStyle‘s newly overhauled masthead is here to stay, after first being introduced on its November cover with Taylor Swift. Ariana Grande stars on the magazine’s December cover and stays true to herself by sporting her signature hairstyle and giving us a good left side face profile. Giampaolo Sgura (who has become an InStyle regular) photographed the “Break Free” singer wearing a show-stopping Prabal Gurung gown.
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Members of our forums are still not on board with the masthead. “Their new logo is really terrible… InStyle covers lost ‘soul,'” proclaimed GlamorousBoy.
“Yeah it’s odd, every time I get my new issue I think it’s one of those special makeover issues with the very basic masthead and white background,” replied SallyAlbright in agreement.
HandbagQueen wasn’t impressed with the cover as a whole and posted, “Ick. Any ‘actress’ or ‘musician’ could have done this exact photo. Wonder why they chose her?”
Also complaining was Benn98: “So this month UK & US have the same poses, because again I fail to see the dress. Don’t care for this girl and her one-trick-pony look, actually I’m glad she’s so underused. At least it looks appropriate for December.”
Does the fact that Ariana is a “rumored” diva cloud our judgment of the cover? Ariana discusses the gossip inside the issue, which is available on newsstands November 14.
See inside our InStyle thread here and share your own opinion.
The Material Girl strikes again. Over the weekend, a collection of Madonna’s clothes brought in beaucoup bucks at Julien’s Auctions’ Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll charity event in Beverly Hills. Big ticket items included her softball uniform from A League of Their Own ($31,250), a dress worn in her 1996 film Evita ($15,000), her “Material Girl” gown and stole ($73,125) and a jacket worn in the 1985 hit Desperately Seeking Susan ($252,000). Also on the auction block was a personal item of the 56-year-old singer’s — her wedding gown to Sean Penn from 1985. The winning bidder plunked down a cool $81,250.
Madonna wasn’t the only superstar hawking her wares. The two-day event also featured Kurt Cobain’s T-shirt ($20,000), John Lennon’s spectacles ($25,000), Elvis’ overcoat ($40,625) and James Brown’s red sequined cape ($43,750) among others. All in all, the entire auction raised a whopping $3.2 million.
It’s almost too easy for your bag to devolve into a black pit of chaos while you’re traveling. Between your passport, makeup, wallet and tech accessories, your carryall can become a very crowded and confusing place. Fortunately, Cara Delevingne is here to help, unveiling a new line of small leather goods with Mulberry. Delevingne previously joined forces with the label to release the Cara bag, a backpack-satchel hybrid that, according to brand director Anne-Marie Verdin, is “flying off the shelves.”
This round of goods is all about the details – the tiny things you carry that also need a little swaddling in luxurious goat leather. Delevingne’s latest for Mulberry includes wallets, iPhone and iPad sleeves and small pouches perfect for carrying all your mini effects. Most pieces from the range are rendered in either blue or khaki camo-printed leather (though there are a few quilted leather options), which Delevingne says references her school days when she used to hide from her teachers. But most important to the model was the collection’s functionality. “Makeup pouches, passport holders, phone covers; they are all so useful when you are rushing around and they keep your handbag orderly,” she told Vogue UK. “This is a beautiful range that complements the main collection and I have also personalised it. Look out for the lion rivets and the camo pieces; my favourite print.”
A few pieces form the collection are already available online, with prices ranging from $160 for an iPhone cover to $460 for a wallet. Check out some of the items from the collection below. (more…)