Jennifer Aniston used Gerard Butler to warm up during Thursday's UK premiere of 'The Bounty Hunter'. We're sure her Alexander McQueen tuxedo jacket was pretty cosy, but her silver Valentino mini dress and Jimmy Choo strappy sandals couldn't have helped.
Michelle Obama has said all along that she's not a fashion person, and she might have just proved herself right by meeting Jason Wu on Tuesday and wearing another designer. As much as it's socially appropriate in style circles to wear pieces by the designer you're celebrating, the First Lady sported a design by hotly tipped newcomer Prabal Gurung for her first meeting with Wu, who created her iconic inauguration-night gown.
Obama and Wu met as the First Lady turned over her gown to the Smithsonian's First Ladies exhibition. Wu remained as appreciative as ever, thanking her for "letting my story become a small part of the events" of Barack Obama's inauguration festivities. The First Lady, too, stayed particularly humble about her inclusion in the exhibit, saying: "And I have to say, to be honest, I am very honored and very humbled, but I have to say that I’m also a little embarrassed by all the fuss being made over my dress. Like many of you, I’m not used to people wanting to put things I’ve worn on display. So, all of this is a little odd, so forgive me."
Phoebe Philo has been one hot name in fashion for awhile now, and after her stint at Chloé was so critically successful, there is no wonder that when Michael Kors left the French brand Celine, Philo was high on the wishlist of those to become his successor. So much so, that chief executive of LVMH's fashion division Pierre-Yves Roussel spent almost a year travelling every other week to London to try to convince English designer Philo to join the brand. One newly built design studio in London later, Philo signed on, and since then the brand has seen some drastically positive changes.
In order to increase the Celine's status as a luxury-goods company, ties with lesser exclusive retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Bloomingdale's were axed, along with all but one Celine store in the USA being shut. Whilst prices might have increased since the addition of Philo, bag production no longer takes place in China, and the label has seen a positive change from press towards collections. Philo's aim, as she states, is to re-establish the brand with the high-end image it longs for, which will then allow for expansion and possible diffusions in the future. She said: "I felt it was necessary to establish quality to the brand. Now that we are establishing that and the top of the pyramid is in place, we can open it out."
One of the fantastic things about fashion is that it bears no boundaries on the language front when it comes to appreciating a beautiful garment, a beautiful image or a beautiful magazine. So though we can't speak Turkish, forgive us for getting rather excited after seeing the front cover of the very first edition of Vogue Turkey.
As magazines go, we love nothing more than to admire the splendour of Vogue Paris and Vogue Nippon, or Numéro, for instance. And it seems that Vogue Turkey might be the same. The simplicity of the front cover, with its minimalist use of type and accentuation of negative space, just draws the focus onto what we love the most: fashion. A focus that's further enhanced by using the striking Jessica Stam - as apposed to the celebrity trend we have become so sick of - with only a powerful blonde quiff and timeless dress as accesories, and a knowingly smouldering glance over the shoulder. They say the simplest designs are most effective, and harder to design. Whatever the case, Vogue Turkey have got it spot on. Let's hope they're starting as they mean to go on...
Last season we sawMark Fast use plus-size models to showcase his SS10 collection, thus attracting a flurry of media attention and even allegedly causing his stylist to walk out. Whilst this kind of positive runway publicity surrounding the size debate is obviously a positive one in the way of a healthier lineup on the catwalk, there's been an absence of acknowledgement from the big names in fashion, particularly with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld being so pro-size zero. After mixing up the model lineup by using street casting and members of his staff for his AW10 Marc Jacobs show, the influential American designer chose to take his stance on the use of 'real women' one step further, by casting a range of ages, shapes and ethnic backgrounds for the Fall Louis Vuitton show at Paris Fashion Week.
Amongst the range of models were Laetitia Casta, Elle Macpherson, Lara Stone, Coco Rochaand Noémie Lenoir, though in keeping with fairness to all sizes and shapes, Victoria's Secret Angels Alessandro Ambrosio and Adriana Lima also walked - with this being Lima's return to the runway prior to giving birth. "Designers are always talking about how they design for women, and then you look at our runways and there no girls over 20," Jacobs told The Guardianbackstage at the show. "This time, I set out to cast a variety of sexy women - younger, older, thin, voluptuous, from every ethnic background." They might have been from different walks of life, but each Louis Vuitton model was undoubtedly beautiful in her own right, and Jacobs succeeded in doing a fantastic job of showing the industry that differentiation on the runway doesn't mean sacrificing a stunning show.