We all know that Kate Middleton sells clothes - just ask Reiss - so it is hardly surprising that designers are clamouring to send her free clothes in the hope that she will sport their wares.
However, a spokesperson recently confirmed that anything Middleton wears, particularly on her upcoming tour of North America, had been paid for. According to the source, Middleton “has a policy not to accept any free offers of clothing” and like the Prime Minister's wife, “will not receive any special clothing budget for the Canada and California tour.”
Clearly going freelance was the right move for Carine Roitfeld. She only resigned as editor of French Vogue back in December but she has already bagged big deals with two of Paris' leading fashion houses.
Earlier this month, the fall 2011 campaign she style for Chanel was released and now the first images of the Jean Paul Gaultier campaign that she worked on has come out. The campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, stars Kristin McMenamy wearing all black and a leather knee length pencil skirt that you would imagine Roitfeld wearing.
I wanted to show Christina in a new light, show off the icon that she is. For me, she's a real woman. She's got ups and downs and now she's back up again. And really, it was sort of to celebrate that, the fact that through all this she's come out on the other end as a cultural icon.
Over the past 12 months we have witnessed a lot of changes at W and Vogue and both Condé Nast titles continue to make editorial changes. W has axed senior fashion and market editor, Carolyn Tate Angel, as Edward Enninful wanted to make some changes to the magazine's masthead to take the magazine in "a new direction."
Tate Angel isn't the only editor to get the axe. Senior accessories editor Filipa Fino departed from Vogue on Friday after 11 years at the magazine a result of alleged inappropriate behaviour.
Just when you thought that the legal case against Marc Jacobs International initiated by former employee Patrice Lataliade was slowing down, the issue has resurfaced. Back in March Lataliade alleged that Robert Duffy encouraged employees to pole dance but LVMH bosses have now responded to the allegations saying that the reports are false.
According to the group, Latailade was actually dismissed for mismanaging the company's finances so admist the allegations they have decided to counterclaim for the financial misconduct. "The counterclaim alleged Lataillade was fired because figures he provided to MJI’s board and LVMH were “overstated by several million dollars to give the appearance that budget and bonus targets had been met,” WWD reports. Whether the counterclaim will succeed has been doubted as many question why LVMH have only decided to sue him now considering that the issue dates as far back as 2008. However, the group has rebutted criticisms explaining that they have only gathered the necessary evidence to move forward now.
Since leaving French Vogue Carine Roitfeld hasn't been out of the press. From her styling gig for Barney's to her work on the latestChanel and Jean Paul Gaultier campaign, the fashion world have all been watching with bated breath to see what her next move will be. The latest rumour is that stylist is in the midst of launching a new magazine geared around new creative talent.
Roitfeld has spoken openly in the past months about the restrictions she experienced at Condé Nast so according to sources, the new magazine will be independently published to avoid those same problems. If true, it's definitely a good move. Roitfeld will be afforded the creative freedom that we're all desperate to see and will still be able to collaborate with brands on styling gigs, which she was inhibited from doing in her former role.