Uggs can be as chic as heels for women. Uggs are comfort shoes and it's important to have a shoe that gives you a sense of comfort. I have about 15 pair of Uggs — the same shoe, the same color. And I also have the bedroom slippers. It's my shoe of choice at this moment of 2012 — it has been my shoe of choice. I love that you noticed I'm wearing Uggs. And this is a Tom Ford bag.
The launch of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, hasn't been without its controversies. As you will know, Condé Nast reportedly banned several photographers, models and stylists from collaborating with the former Vogue Paris editor but despite all of that, Roitfeld is flying high. The preview of the issue has gone down well and this weekend, just about everyone turned up to congratulate her at the party she hosted to celebrate the debut issue.
'It's very different from my last party,' she told The Cut, having a look at the guests in the marble-floored atrium of the Frick Museum. Around the same time last year Roitfeld through a karaoke party to celebrate her Barneys campaign at a strip club on the West Side Highway so basically the polar opposite of this year's swanky 'do. 'I want to do something different, more classic,' she said about the formal Mercedez Benz-sponsored black tie event. 'After all, I am a grandma now.'
The whole debate about celebrities covering magazines is an issue that doesn't seem to go away and Kim Kardashian is the prime example of just how far that trend has gone. Lynn Hirschberg hit the nail on the head when she wrote in W magazine that, 'Kim Kardashian can't sing, act, or dance, but she's found the role of a lifetime in the fine art of playing herself.' Based on recent events, it seems like that's one role that the fashion industry are no longer interested in.
As you'll remember, much was said about the reality star's absence from the Met Gala this month, with reports alleging that Anna Wintour did not want her there. Joe Zee also spoke out recently explaining that the most profitable Kardashian could not be considered as potential Elle cover star simply because that 'role of a lifetime' is not enough to bag her the big spot.' Is the fashion industry finally rejecting the overzealous interest in celebrity, or at least reality stars, that has dominated over the last few years? Well, at least that's what it seems.
'What's shocking to me is how important the red carpet is. At one point I thought it was ruining [fashion] but I don't think that anymore. I don't think any celebrity can take away from fashion,' André Leon Talley said this week. 'Not even Kim Kardashian could take away from fashion...Though, of course, Kim Kardashian didn't come to the Metropolitan Met Ball but [her boyfriend] Kanye West did.' While I'm not anti-Kardashian, there is a lot of truth in what he says. The rise in the celebrity-for-celebrities sake culture has been perpetuated by magazines who have been more than happy to put them on their covers and by designers who are increasingly clamouring to get them on the front rows at their shows, TV crews in tow.
'So would you ever dress Kim Kardashian?' Robin Givhan asked Ralph Rucci. 'No, I think that's bastardizing yourself [as a designer].'
At the beginning of the year Ralph Rucci was surrounded by rumours that his brand Chado Ralph Rucci was suffering from financial woes, a rumour which intensified when they announced that they would not unveil their Fall 2012 collection in a catwalk show. Money problems aside, though, it's not all doom and gloom for the designer.
Over the weekend WWD confirmed that the Savannah College of Art and Design will present him with this year's André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award, which will see him follow in the footsteps of Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano who have also scooped the award. The big event is set to take place at the school's annual student fashion show on May 19 and the a selection of 'personally select[ed] items' from his line will be showcased in a special exhibition.
If you are missing seeing André Leon Talley on the small screen since he passed the ANTM judging baton to Kelly Cutrone, I come baring good news. Bravo have just announced that they are working on a new fashion show in which the Vogue editor will play a prominent role.
According to the press release : 'We follow four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers, all under the watchful eye of fashion icon André Leon Talley. The mission to “create, show and sell” is clear for emerging designers striving to build a business in New York City, which remains the heart of the fashion industry.' While I will never give up an opportunity to watch him on TV, the show doesn't seem to add anything to the already staurated fashion reality TV show market.
Do we really need yet another fashion-design show?
Yesterday Page Six said that André Leon Talley could be leaving 'America's Next Top Model' and this morning the Vogue editor confirmed the reports and denied that his decision was based on a disagreement with Tyra Banks. “It’s all good in the neighborhood,” he said. “I had a fabulous time. It was a mutual agreement. There is no unhappiness, at all.”
Kelly Cutrone is said to be his replacement and we couldn't think of a better candidate. After the PR mogul ended her reality TV reign we've been desperate to have her back on our screen and besides, who does honesty and tough love better than Cutrone?
We couldn't get enough of Joe Zee 'The City' and even more so on his new TV show 'All on the Line'. If you enjoyed Zee's role supporting young designers to take their businesses to the next level, we come baring good news. The hour-long show has been picked up for another season which is set to air in November.
Recent reports alleged that Vogue editor André Leon Talley was following suit in the reality show stakes as a team of cameras were following him at his recent appearance at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Despite the rumours, via email Talley emphatically denied the reports explaining that "there is no truth to this rumor about a reality television pilot."
The 2011 Met Ball has finally arrived and the stars have come out with a venegance and on the red carpet Kanye West most notably appearing sporting the first glimpse of Tory Burch's first foray into the world of menswear.