This week we confirmed that Daul Kim was found dead in her apartment in Paris earlier this week. The 20-year-old (who had walked and starred in campaigns for the likes of Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela and most recently Christopher Kane for Topshop, to name but a few) was found by her yet-to-be-named boyfriend, hanged in her apartment. Police are investigating, but they have said her death appears to have been a suicide.
Despite a busy work schedule, it seems that everything wasn't what it seemed behind closed doors for the quirky 5'10" model, painter and aspiring video filmmaker (she had exhibited a show of her artwork in Seoul). Last month she decided it was time to leave her hometown, having said it made her "mad, depressed and over worked". She relocated from Seoul to Paris and it seemed life was looking up for Kim, who posted on her blog: "I've left Seoul and I'm in Paris - I'm happy!"
This happiness, however, was short-lived by the first week of November, her posts soon took on a darker tone, "I already accept that I relate to nothing. The more I gain, the more lonely it is...I know I'm like a ghost." By her last and final post entitled "Say hi to forever", she attached the video of the song 'I go deep', by British artist Jim Rivers.
In case you didn't mark your calendars, this month marks the 20th anniversary of the Reebok pump. Alice Dellal and Kelly Brook came out to celebrate the milestone, with a Reebok-hosted party in London, complete with a DJ set by Jezebel Soundsystems - otherwise known as Jade Jagger and Dan Williams.
Between Alice and Kelly, who has the better party look?
It seems like it was only a few months ago that Nina Garcia left the pastures of Elle magazine for those of Marie Claire. In fact, more than 18 months have since passed and it seems it was well worth the wait, as Alexis Bryan Morgan has now accepted Elle's offer to take up the role and commence in the new year. The newcomer to be is no stranger to life working at a high-profile magazine, given that in her current role she sits as the executive fashion editor at Vanity Fair and also has her very own seven-page photo gallery on Style.com.
Aside from being a fixed figure on the fashion circuit, the mother of one and wife of Spencer Morgan, who writes for the Observer, is also the step-daughter(-ish) of Anna Wintour - her father Shelby Bryan, a telecommunication exec, has been with Wintour since the late 1990s. Having risen through the ranks at Vanity Fair (from intern to executive fashion editor) in a short period of time, much to some other longstanding staffers' chagrin, it seems that Alexis is ready to crack a new magazine and we look forward to seeing what she brings to Elle.
Christmas may be round the corner and though the festivities of the season are preoccupying the minds of most, we are a little more excited about the fact that the Oscars are only round the corner - cue fabulous and not-so-fabulous dresses and the general mania that sweeps Hollywood for that weekend. Outfits and hysteria aside, what's really got us excited at the moment is the fact that the Valentino film has been shortlisted for an Oscar.
It seems that British designer Giles Deacon may be a permanent fixture at Paris Fashion Week, after showing his SS10 collection there boosted sales. "Sales were up 42 per cent for the spring collection, and a lot of new buyers came to the show. I work in London, employ people here, but I need to look at the bigger picture", the designer revealed at the annual Luxury Briefing Conference held in London this week.
Deacon showcased his Spring collection in Paris after winning this year's ANDAM award, which provides winning designers with funding of up to €160,000. The award, launched in the 1980s focuses on designers under the age of 40 who are hoping to expand their business in France, and has previously supported the likes of Viktor & Rolf, Gareth Pugh and Richard Nicoll. WWD also revealed that Deacon has a small range of cycle clothing in the pipeline, for London shop 14 Bike Co, and a line of stationary for Harvey Nichols.
She may have paved the way for naturally waif-like models in the '90s, but Kate Moss is under criticism after an interview in WWD revealed one of the supermodel's mottos to be "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels". Eating disorder experts have expressed their disappointment at Moss using the slogan, which is also used on websites encouraging girls not to eat.
''Comments like this make it even more difficult for young people struggling with an eating disorder,'' said Mary George of the eating disorder charity Beat, who then went on to describe the comment as "very unfortunate". Storm, Moss' modelling agency, however, have expressed that the model's words were misinterpreted. ''This was part of a longer answer Kate gave during a wider-ranging interview, which has unfortunately been taken out of context and completely misrepresented,'' the agency explained in a statement. ''For the record, Kate does not support this as a lifestyle choice.''