We saw the black issue that Steven Meisel did with Italian Vogue. But I hope that that’s not just a onetime issue. But Vogue Italia has now on their website — they have the new black faces and they celebrate new black models, so they’re really taking it to heart, Italian Vogue. And the thing is, Italy doesn’t have that many blacks, so it should really happen here. It should happen locally, but it should also happen organically, because I don’t want to force-feed a designer because they have whatever their theme is. But they should also not discriminate. So I think it’s better than it was two years ago
Since Cathy Horyn is essentially the Roger Ebert of the style community, it should come as no small compliment to be considered the writer's best-dressed for an event. So congratulations to Vogue editor Lauren Santo Domingo, who wowed Horyn with her simple elegance at the Costume Institute Gala. Horyn wrote: "I thought Lauren Santo Domingo looked terrific in a sparkly, long-sleeved beige dress by Proenza Schouler. It suited her height and coloring and it’s nice to see long sleeves." Japanese Vogue's fashion director Anna Dello Russo echoed Horyn's praise, also naming the editor as her top pick.
However, Horyn wasn't so fond of some of the other Met Ball choices, which she found "had a scripted feel." She added:"[T]he 2010 script called for elegant dresses and lots of diamond jewelry from the usual willing lenders." No extra points for creativity, it seems...
Although last Fashion's Night Out got heavy buzz in New York - thanks in no small part to Anna Wintour - the evening of booze and commercialism wasn't isolated to the US alone. Yes, Fashion's Night Out took a global spin, and this year, the international Vogue posse is set to turn the night into a full week of events. Fashion's Night Out 2010 will take up six nights, with each participating country picking a night that suits its schedule to plan bonus shopping events.
Indian Vogue editor Priya Tannatold WWD: "Fashion’s Night Out last year was the first luxury shopping festival to take place in India. It followed three consecutive days of rain and took place during an inauspicious time on the Hindu calendar for buying expensive items. But neither the rains nor the Hindu gods could stop the shoppers from coming." Well. You've heard it straight from Vogue, then.
People say that I’m miserable all the time. It’s not that I’m miserable, it’s just that somebody’s yelling at me…I literally, sometimes, have to keep myself from crying…It’s a physical reaction to the energy that’s thrown at you.
We were all left wondering what would happen to Fashionair after it was announced that Simon Fuller left 19 Entertainment, the sites parent company. And it's not looking to good. According to sources, the site is close to closing down and currently has a notice saying, “FASHIONAIR is going through some changes. We will be back just as soon as we can.” Hopefully they will find a new partner yo take over soon.
A big event wouldn't be complete without at least one wardrobe malfunction, and Jessica Stam was a prominent victim at Monday's Met Ball. When she put on her slinky Rachel Roy dress at 6 p.m., it split up the back - leading to some last-minute stitching before red-carpet time. Other guests were all across the board with their outfits of choice, and hopefully with slightly less complication.
The evening's co-host, Oprah Winfrey, opted for custom-made Oscar de la Renta, while Anna Wintour picked Chanel, since she admits about Karl Lagerfeld, "whatever he says, I obey." Shockingly, no one picked Armani - normally a staple - but Sarah Jessica Parker was proud to debut her first Halston Heritage gown, for which she now serves as president. Erin Fetherston, now a guest designer and creative consultance for Juicy Couture, created a Bespoke Juicy Couture velour gown for her appearance.
As for the guys, Marc Jacobs went casual in a baseball cap, and Hamish Bowles and Ralph Lauren wore jeans. Noted Bowles: "It's the first time I wore jeans since I was 19." Welcome back to denim.
And Lady Gaga? She might have skipped the night's red carpet, but she wore a black Prada shawl-collar tuxedo inside to practice for her musical set. At least she's keeping it chic.