Being in the fashion industry is like playing a grand, stylish version of musical chairs. But this month it seems that there are more and more people coming and going from publications than usual. This morning, Fashionistareported that Teen Vogue just let go two major members of its staff: Accessories Director Sheena Smith and Senior Fashion Market Editor, Mary Kate Steinmiller, who has been with the magazine for a decade.
Another major fashion person out of a job: André Leon Talley. WWD says that the Zappos Couture editor will no longer be working for the site, as Zappos declined to renew his one-year contract. The shoe e-tailer originally brought ALT on board to bolster its fashion cred and drive traffic as well as sales, but apparently, ALT’s presence did little to help. Tomorrow is allegedly his last day under contract. Luckily for Talley, he’s got other projects he’s working on. “I needed this much-valued freedom to explore new and exciting opportunities, and I am glad to be in talks with an exciting new venture, for my life, which I hope to be able to expand upon very soon.”
Also going through major changes is Time, Inc. – InStyle magazine to be exact. Word on the street is that the ladymag has laid off four top editors, a photo editor, social media editor and art director. WWDsays that the layoffs were done in order to make way for five new staff positions the magazine is hiring for. This morning, a rep for InStyle confirmed to us that the magazine is looking to “accelerate the integration of print and digital,” which is why so many people were let go. Of course, they could not disclose exactly who was laid off, but we’re sure time will tell once more details surface.
Nicolas Ghesquière has been at Louis Vuitton for about a year, and has garnered plenty of praise for his work so far. For Fall 2014, the designer tapped three photographers to shoot his debut campaign for the label: Juergen Teller, Annie Leibovitz and Bruce Weber. Three photographers with three different styles and points of view. Yet somehow, the designer was able to cobble together a cohesive campaign. But as he tells WWD, he tapped the trio of shutterbugs to lens the advertisements not because he couldn’t decide who he wanted to use, but because he wanted to show that the Louis Vuitton brand can reflect the diversity and multi-faceted nature of women.
“Each [photographer] has a different expression of it,” Ghesuière told WWD. “[With Leibovitz], it’s more dramatic. Juergen has this reality, this impact that is quite raw and Bruce is much more poetic and has this dimension. It’s the combination that is interesting because these are emotions that every woman has.”
For now, Ghesquière is focusing on keeping the legacy of Vuitton going, rather than creating big-ticket items that sell like hotcakes and fizzle out after a few seasons. “My thought was that when we look at things that are considered ‘Grande Classiques,’ as we say in French — iconic classics that almost everyone wants — we sometimes forget that they were new one day,” he said. “They were totally innovative and might sometimes be shocking to some people, but with time, they become classics. Every item doesn’t become that but the challenge for the designer is to look for those things that are so consistent that they can stand [the test of] time even if they are surprising and new at the beginning. That was the concept.”
The British Fashion Awards are fast approaching and the U.K. has the most important issue to vote on since Scottish independence. We’re talking, of course, about the British Style Award, which determines Britain’s best-dressed person. Crucial stuff!
On the shortlist for the nominations is newly-minted style star Amal Clooney, who is up for the prize against Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, FKA twigs, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Emma Watson, Rita Ora and Kate Bush. Yep, Kate Middleton is, for the first time in a while, not in the running to be “Britain’s Next Top Style Star.” She has been asked to pack her things and return to Buckingham Palace.
For the fellas, it’s Idris Elba, Douglas Booth, David Gandy, David Beckham, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Jamie Hince, Bobby Gillespie, Tinie Tempah and Daniel Sturridge.
You’ll find out which stylish celeb takes top honors when the BFAs go down on December 1. Registered users of the British Fashion Awards website can now vote on their faves, but only have until November 5 to do so. It seems that men and women are being grouped in the same category, so choose wisely from these 20 worthy contenders.
Sunglass Hut held its 94 Shades of Summer launch party at Sydney’s Bennelong Point last night, unveiling Natasha Oakley’s new season campaign, video and personally curated collection for the eyewear brand. Australian beauties Tahnee Atkinson and Renae Ayris, along with Natasha, stepped out in feminine-meets-sexy threads to celebrate, and you can check out their looks below.
Photo: Zak Kaczmarek/WireImage
Model Tahnee looked extra sweet in a white halter dress with blue floral-applique detail. We would have loved to see her trade her black-mesh booties for something which suited the flirty frock better, like simple two-strap pumps or tough leather ankle boots. (more…)
Cirque du Soleil Totem premiered at Sydney’s Moore Park last night, with a star-studded audience flocking into a blue-and-yellow striped big top to watch the magic happen. Some outfits were circus-appropriate and a bit casual and quirky, while others stepped it up in classy frocks. Scroll through below to see our favourite looks from the night.
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Fashion blogger (and Fashion Blogger) Margaret Zhang layered up in a shiny emerald-green midi dress, with a white collar and grid-check trousers peeping out from underneath. She matched her green-satin platform shoes to the frock, and added a burgundy lip to stay in line with the luxe and dark tones. (more…)
Stella McCartney is teaming with Farfetch this fall on a capsule collection of giftable clothes and accessories that are simply super. The designer has taken the superhero theme from her Resort 2015 collection to the e-tailer in a limited-edition range aptly called “Stellasuperheroes.”
The line includes a sweatshirt, T-shirt, iPhone cases, keychains and handbags, all emblazoned with colorful superhero masks rendered in a patchwork motif. “We always like to have some humour in the collection,” McCartney said in a statement. “The Stellasuperheroes are for superwomen.”
Stylish superwomen with a penchant for designer goods can expect the range to crop up online this Friday, October 31, so get a head start on your holiday shopping now and pick up something pretty for the lady in your life who seems to do it all.