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A New Designer for Helmut Lang?

Helmut Lang Fall 2014

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Katayone Adeli is rumored to be at the top of Helmut Lang‘s short list. If Adeli signs, says WWD, her contract may be the first step in relaunching the venerable fashion brand, which first opened for business in 1986. Helmut Lang has been without a lead designer since husband-and-wife duo Michael and Nicole Colovos exited the company in February after an eight-year run.   

Adeli has seen her fair share of success in the business, and her clean lines would translate well with the Helmut Lang aesthetic. The designer worked for L.A. sportswear firm Parallel before she debuted her namesake label in 1997. That, mind you, was an overnight triumph. If you wanted impeccably tailored, low-slung trousers, you went to Katayone Adeli. The same went for long chiffon dresses and cropped leather jackets — all of which garnered a cult following among A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. In fact, Gwyneth once told André Leon Talley for Vogue that she attempted to get “every pair of pants Katayone Adeli makes.” Now that’s one helluva seal of approval.

Later, in 2000, two lower-priced labels were introduced into the marketplace, 2 by Katayone Adeli and 2 Jeans by Katayone Adeli. But by 2003, Adeli shuttered her company. The rumor is that the collapse was due to the exit of former president Sean Barron, who sold his stake and started Joie in 2000. Since then, Adeli has been involved in various consulting roles.

[via WWD]

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Julia Restoin Roitfeld Directs a Short Film for Stuart Weitzman

Julia Restoin Roitfeld can now add “director” to her list of achievements. The stylist and model was tapped by Stuart Weitzman to do a short film spotlighting the brand’s latest offerings. Rock Roll Ride, inspired by Playboy magazine spreads and 60s TV special effects, stars Dylan Penn and Poppy Delevingne. The models twirl their hair and thumb through magazines topless until they venture out to explore the countryside in thigh-high Weitzman boots. 

Rock Roll Ride is a film of firsts for both Julia and the label. This is Julia’s debut directorial role and Weitzman’s first time tapping a female in this capacity. The new director seems over the moon about her latest project with the brand. “As a creative director, I think secretly I always wanted to direct a movie,” she said in a statement. “When Stuart Weitzman approached me to direct their fourth short film, I immediately said yes because I’m obsessed with shoes.” 

Watch the whole video above. How did Julia do for her first time in the director’s chair?

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Mixed Feelings About Reese Witherspoon’s October Vogue Cover (Forum Buzz)

Our Cover Rumor Thread has been on fire these past few weeks with speculation regarding Vogue‘s October cover, which ultimately went to Reese Witherspoon. The actress was snapped wearing a summery red dress (don’t forget, it’s an October issue!) by Mikael Jansson.

US Vogue October 2014 Reese Witherspoon

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The cover has received mixed reactions from our forum members. “Not as tragic as I had expected it to be…certainly better than the model cover, but ehhh wake me up when Angie shows up,” commented Fiercification, referring to rumors that Angelina Jolie is fronting an upcoming issue of Vogue.

“She is prettier on paparazzi pics than on this cover. Looks old, back to the Nineties,” shared Nymphaea.

Bertrando3 made his judgment clear, too: “It looks really bad! So so so old looking, it really looks like a cover from [the] 1990s but not the good part of that era. Plus, Reese is such a boring actress, she’s just a pretty girl and among her many Vogue covers this one may be her worst, she looks emotion-less and not pretty to me. The styling is a snooze fest and yeah basically it’s really not a good cover.”

On the other hand, a select few actually admired the cover. “Really good cover! I usually don’t care for her, but she looks really interesting in this cover! She’s demanding my attention! Great cover US Vogue!” enthused miguelalmeida.

Preferring this to the model cover from September was fluxxx, who wrote, “It’s an OK cover. I prefer this one over September’s cover. It looks so early 2000s.”

“Really gorgeous cover, I love it,” raved Marc10.

Are you a fan? See inside the thread for Reese’s cover story and share your own opinion here.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Ruined Paris Fashion Week for Everyone

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Image: SIPA/WENN.com

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West: It’s time to retire from Paris Fashion Week.

The shows are coming to a close, and while we’ve seen beautiful collections and stunning outfits, it seems that the couple’s exploits have overshadowed the fashion. Yes, Fashion Week is a media circus no matter where you go, but we’re starting to think that Kim and Kanye’s celebrity is causing more of a fuss at these events than need be. 

Things started OK for the couple when they stepped out to see Balenciaga on Wednesday with their daughter North. But the week began to turn sour right before the Balmain show, when Kim was attacked by celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who attempted to pull the reality star to the ground as she made her way through a crowd of paparazzi and curious onlookers. At Lanvin, the pair held up the show for 40 minutes, which got them booed once they finally arrived. Kanye explained to the boisterous photographer pit that Alber Elbaz requested to see them pre-show, which is why they were so late.

The drama didn’t end there for the duo. The events of this week must have had Kimye’s bodyguards on edge because sources say that the couple’s security team got rough with attendees at last night’s Givenchy show. Apparently, the bodyguards were shoving fashion folk left and right, treating them like crazed fans as opposed to people just trying to go home after a late night at work. “One fashion editor didn’t move fast enough [at the exit] and was physically shoved by one of Kimye’s guards,” a guest told Page Six. “The guard threatened to punch her.”

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Caroline Trentini Wears ‘Hideous’ Dior Dress on Vogue Brazil’s October Cover (Forum Buzz)

As a handful of November issues trickle into our forums, the last of the October covers continue to surface. Vogue Brazil is the latest offering to be discussed with Caroline Trentini posing on the front cover for Arthur Elgort, who captured the blond beauty against a white background wearing a Christian Dior dress designed by Raf Simons. Styled by Yasmine Sterea, Caroline gazes down the lens with one hand on her hip and the other behind her back.

Vogue Brazil Oct 14 Caroline Trentini

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Members of our forums share mixed opinions. “From the neck up she looks stunning but the styling and layout are awful. The pose is horrible as well, the missing right hand gives a gory vibe,” shared kokobombon, kicking off the thread on a less than positive note.

“Not the best cover but I’m really taken by her beauty here, that’s about it. The outfit is hideous, and the text placement all wrong. Nice to see Trentini again,” posted Benn98.

Also uncertain about Vogue Brazil’s latest offering was marsnoop2, who wrote, “I don’t like the dress, but she looks very beautiful and quite fresh. The biggest thing that bothers me is the amputated hand, why do magazine editors love amputating limbs?”

GIVENCHYlover made his feelings toward the Dior dress clear: “I don’t like the dress!”

“I don’t like the dress either but it’s not a bad cover,” replied TeeVanity.

While narcyza admired the cover, she shared everyone’s sentiments about the dress: “I like it. Cover with Caroline, it’s simple and chic. I don’t [like] the Dior dress too but the pose, fresh makeup and pretty color palette are quite nice. By the way I’m glad to see Caroline, it was a long time from her previous main cover.”

With thanks to forum member Zorka, Caroline’s cover story can be viewed inside the thread as well as the rest of the fashion content. Check them out and get involved in the discussion here.

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Charlotte Casiraghi’s Gucci Cosmetics Ad Campaign Is Finally Here! (Forum Buzz)

As reported back in May on our forums, Charlotte Casiraghi is the face of Gucci‘s new cosmetics line. The brunette beauty, who’s the fifth in line to the throne of Monaco, was shot by Turkish photographic duo and long-term Gucci collaborators Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. For the first official image, Charlotte poses looking every inch the Gucci woman, holding a compact mirror from the Italian fashion house’s premiere makeup collection.

Gucci Cosmetics 2014 Charlotte Casiraghi

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All of the right elements are present for a stimulating cosmetics ad, however, our forum members aren’t so sure. “I thought she only fronts the limited-edition ranges for Gucci. These are too literal and underwhelming, but the first shot is OK,” commented Benn98.

“I was actually excited when I first heard about this, but now that I’m seeing it, I’m a bit underwhelmed,” shared justaguy.

Also left unimpressed with the campaign shot was GIVENCHYlover, who posted, “So amateurish!”

Forum member loladonna questioned whether or not Charlotte was the right choice for Gucci: “No way would she be in this campaign if she weren’t royal.” She then went on to say, “It looks like one of those commercial ads that try to look like high fashion ads.”

“Very 70s style, but is not the best campaign,” noted burbuja8910.

See inside the thread for more images and watch a video showcasing the new collection. Don’t forget to join the discussion here, too.

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