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Hermes artistic director for women’s ready-to-wear, Christophe Lemaire, is down to his last days at the helm of the label, with the announcement that the 49-year-old designer is leaving his post at the luxury French brand. Lemaire held his position at Hermes since 2010. While we’re not 100 percent sure of all the reasons behind the departure, WWD suggests that Lemaire might be looking to spend more time on his namesake label: “Working for Hermès has been a great pleasure: a profoundly enriching experience on both a human and professional level,” he said of his departure. “I am proud of what we have built together. My own label is growing in an important way and I now really want and need to dedicate myself to it fully.”
Of course, with Lemaire out, we can expect a bit of speculation on a likely successor (The New York Times has already started asking questions). But for now, the designer will finish up his last collection for the label for the Spring 2015 season, which is due to bow at Paris Fashion Week in October. We wager Lemaire’s swan song collection will be a hot ticket that week. But one thing is clear — this is a very interesting time for the house of Hermes, and the world will certainly be watching to see what happens next.
Hot off the heels of her American Vogue cover, Lupita Nyong’o‘s snagged herself yet another featured spot on a major ladymag, this time posing like a BAWSE for ELLE France’s July 2014 issue. Let’s just say it, Ms. Lupita is totally DRAKEing here. And for those not familiar with the lyrical stylings of Aubrey Graham, “Drake stands for Do Right And Kill Everything.” Probably not hard to do when you’re the most beautiful woman IN THE WORLD.
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And yeah, she’s totally killing it. Dressed in a dandelion yellow Giambattista Valli couture gown, the actress strikes a joyful pose as a well-placed fan blows up the back of her dress. It’s definitely an arresting image and certainly captures the mood of summer.
I don’t think it’s possible to describe this shot with any word other than “perfect.” Brava, ELLE France!
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As soon as I read this news, I automatically assumed TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress was going to be filmed in The Bay’s new Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique. It would make sense given the U.S. show’s fondness for the boutique, right? Wrong. While Say Yes to the Dress is expected to make its Canadian debut on the W Network sometime in 2015, it will start filming this August at Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in Woodbridge.
Sticking to the same format, the Canadian series will follow the U.S. show’s themes of picky brides, opinionated entourages and budget-conscious parents, until finally the arguments, meltdowns and tantrums give way to a bride saying yes to the dress of her dreams (usually a Pnina Tornai). Even if you never have any intention of wearing a white meringue yourself, it’s guilty-pleasure TV watching at its finest and the fact that Canada is getting its own version makes the indulgence all the more homely.
“It’s unbelievable and beyond words to be part of this fantastic franchise. It’s an honour to have been selected as the boutique for Say Yes to the Dress Canada,” said Sam Pollari, owner of Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique in a press release. “Having been in the bridal business for 35 years, this is the crowning achievement of my career. We’re very much looking forward to sharing the expertise we provide at Amanda-Lina’s with all of Canada.”
Allegedly, the network scouted more than 20 bridal boutiques in the Toronto area, but it seems this shop’s 35-year history and family ties were the deciding factor in its selection. As leading experts in the world of bridal fashion, Amanda-Lina’s is owned and operated by husband and wife duo, Sam and Rachelle Pollari, whose mother first opened up her Toronto bridal boutique, Lina’s, in 1969. Their collection features gowns from renowned bridal designers including Simone Carvalli, Cristiano Lucci, Victor Harper Couture, Eve of Milady and the newly acquired Badgley Mischka.
Obviously with such a selection, any customer will be spoilt for choice in her decision-making, but on the matter of those blushing brides, the show is in fact looking for participants. More specifically, a diverse cast of brides with a variety of body types, ethnicities and economic backgrounds to ensure that all Canadians are represented. Simply apply here if you’re interested in making an appearance.
Ah, the Birkin bag. The iconic $10,000-dollar plus carryall is the lust of every girl, but it also seems to be the style everyone wants to defile. In 2012, artist Tyler Shields photographed Francesca Eastwood posing with a real-life Birkin set aflame. We couldn’t help but feel a tinge of physical pain watching such a beautiful, expensive piece be turned to ashes. Shields most recently photographed another Birkin being chomped on by an alligator, sweet revenge for his crocodile cousin that went from being a swamp regular to a very expensive purse.
In December, Kanye West gifted his now wife, Kim Kardashian, with a Birkin bag painted with a horrifying image from artist George Condo. While Kim seemed to like it, the rest of their world was left scratching their heads, wondering why Kanye would ruin a perfectly good bag that costs as much as many American graduates are paying off in student loan debt.
Not to be outdone by the #worldsmosttalkedabout couple is NeNe Leakes. The mustard-haired reality star took to Instagram to show off her new creation, a personalized Birkin bag covered in some of her most popular catch phrases. “I’m very rich, bitch,” “bloop,” “girl, bye,” and more of Leakes’ gems are painted onto the bag in the style of the scribbles on your 6th grade binder. Actually, we wouldn’t insult your trapper keeper like that–this is definitely worse. And according to Ms. Leakes, her husband Greg is horrified.
But the real issue here is: could NeNe’s custom Birkin be uglier than Kim Kardashian’s? Personally, I can’t decide. While they’re both pretty unfortunate, Ms. Leakes’ definitely has a bit of humor to it. It’s clear she doesn’t take the bag as ~seriously~ as Kim (who hasn’t been wearing it lately, hmm…), but then again, Kardashian’s custom piece can technically be considered a work of art. Whether we appreciate that art or not is a different story.
I leave it up to you, dear reader. Which Birkin is more heinous?
She may be best known for her prowess as a model, actress and industrial pouter, but 27-year-old Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is adding even more to her already bursting CV with a sneaky hint to her possibly working as a denim designer for Paige Denim.
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The Devon-born model has been signed as the new face of the denim brand, but took to Instagram today with an image of her holding a pair of the label’s jeans with the teasing caption #projectintheworks, suggesting she may be doing more than simply wearing the brand. Rosie would not be the first woman to walk off the catwalk and into the denim powerhouse’s design studios since Paige Denim was founded by former fit model Paige Adams-Geller.
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It seems like this move may be a tactical decision for the model, who recently opened up to Industrie magazine about her fears for her future: “I realised early on that nothing lasts forever, especially as a model — you have to build something for yourself from it. Looks go and you fade. Modelling is short lived.”
Rosie is already behind Marks & Spencer’s Autograph lingerie range, which incidentally was the fastest selling lingerie in the brand’s history, so she already has a good idea of what people want. She also spoke to Industrie about her work with Marks & Spencer: “I wanted something for when I want to take a back seat. There’ll be a brand that I’ll be sitting at the helm of and enjoying. This is really the start of something I see as a long-term thing.”
So perhaps she is simply moving from D-cups to denim. Either way, we can’t see Rosie palling into insignificance anytime soon.
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- How one woman turned her bridesmaid duties into a business. [Vocativ]
- Meet Sebastian Suhl, Marc Jacobs‘ new CEO. [WWD]
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen designed a wedding dress for their friend, the world seethes with jealousy. [Vogue]
- Hot off the heels of their Calvin Klein Jeans collaboration, Mytheresa.com buying director Justin O’Shea says the site will launch an exclusive collaboration with Nicholas Kirkwood, due out next April or May. [WWD]
- Rachel Roy‘s label has a new parent company. [Fashionista]
- Comicon is putting on a “Geek Culture” fashion show. [Zennie 62]
- Before his aspirations turned to becoming the Steve Jobs of product, Kanye West was just a kid tryna rap with the big dogs. Check out this video of the 19-year-old artist rapping at an NYC record store back in the day. [Independent]
- The CFDA added 30 new members yesterday and extended Diane von Furstenberg‘s presidency another two years. [WWD]
- Alexandra Shipp has replaced Zendaya Coleman to play Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic. [Perez Hilton]
- Beyonce‘s most iconic looks are being honored with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit due to open July 22. Outfits include the sparkly look she wore on the cover of her Dangerously in Love album, the gold metal Thierry Mugler bodysuit she wore in her Sweet Dreams video and that gorgeous black and purple feathery gown she wore to the 2012 Met Gala. [Rockhall]