Another late fashion fix folks, I blame the Christmas Party. Much naughtiness occurred…drunken lip locking, purposefully charging items to someone else’s room and forcing the MD to down tequila slammers were just a few of the choice highlights from the evening. There’s some very juicy news to make up for my absence though…
The fine line between fashion and art is getting blurrier by the second. First there was the Tom Ford movie, then the Vogue documentary. Now, there’s news that British fashion photographer Tim Walker is set to make a film. The photographer, known for his fairytale-like images, is set to release a short in Spring and a full length feature in Autumn. No word yet on plots or characters.
Menswear shake up
It’s all go in menswear, a section of fashion I mostly choose to ignore. Womenswear and shoes are so complicated, there’s little room in my attention span for man stuff. But you can’t help but sit up and take notice. Fendi, Marni and Valentino have all cancelled their menswear shows, and Zac Posen has stated that he definitely will not be moving ahead with plans for a menswear line. However, in the past month, Matthew Williamson, Christophe Decarnin and Roland Mouret have all announced plans to launch menswear lines. Latest names to add to the list are very unexpected – Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh! I think it’s awesome news, for the first time ever, I can’t wait til the menswear shows!
New Gen 09
The winners of the Topshop-sponsored New Gen award have been announced. Eight designers are receiving sponsorship for their catwalk shows, including three who will be making their runway debuts. The five New Gen catwalk veterans are Danielle Scutt, House of Holland, Louise Goldin, Meadham Kirchhoff and Peter Pilotto, while the trio of newcomers are Mary Kratrantzou, Mark Fast and Nasir Mazhar. The British Fashion Council award is not to be sniffed at, previous winners include Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson and Christopher Kane.
Anna Wintour to stay put?
The rumour about Ms Wintour and US Vogue parting ways has certainly been round and round the rumour mill. The latest is that Anna will stay put, apparently Vogue was the most profitable magazine for Conde Nast in the last year. So is she safe for now?
Kate M and Sasha P: delicious double team
Who can forget the sizzling Longchamp Fall 08, Kate Moss and the equally gorgeous Gaspard Ulliel. The Spring 09 campaign is set to put it in the shade, with the fabulous pairing of Kate Moss and Sasha Pivovarova.
Karl gets the last word again
Yes, I do love ending my Fashion Fix with a bit of Karl Lagerfeld. I love him, you love him now let’s read about him. Karl admits that even he is tightening his belt: “I have moved to a smaller house in Paris, and I don’t fancy having so much staff now.”
Even his new house in Vermont is “not giant.”
It’s “very Emily Dickinson . . . In fact it’s almost Puritanical. For me it’s a new form of modesty.”
But don’t get carried away with the cost-cutting — he still needs some staff.
“The chambermaid, chauffeur and chef are still musts . . . around the clock.”
And the Humvees, he’s got to have those.
“I have three of them. Two here in Paris and one in Monte Carlo. The Hummer is like a tank and gives me a feeling of security. I don’t want to drive at the same level as the others.”