Last month rumours started circulating that CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Jospeph Altuzarra is working on a capsule collection with J. Crew along with runners up Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind. The news didn't come as surprise. Back in 2010, the high street retailer announced that they would work with the award recipients of that that year - who were Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo and Billy Reid - on capsule collections and today Altuzarra confirmed that the reports are true.
'So we worked on a collaboration which I think will be out in a few weeks,' he told Fashionista. 'It was a really interesting project because it was like a conflation of their language — or of their world — [and] of our world and putting it together.” As designer-high-street partnerships go, this is one I'm definitely looking forward to get my hands on. Are you?
Chanel is really spoiling us. Last week they released a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot of their upcoming book, 'The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited' and now this video has dropped.
Anyone on Twitter will know that the House travelled to Tokyo last week on a special trip and if you were not amongst the luck few to be invited, the short video allows you to see what happened over the three day trip. The first section sees everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Carine Roitfeld attend the exhibition for the upcoming book followed by the brand restaging their recent couture show with that spectacular aeroplane set. But that's not all. The final sequence sees them host a big party at their pop-up shop and if you pay attention you'll see Lindsey Wixson breaking into her best dance moves and Cara Delevigne rapping every word to Azealia Banks' songs as she performed at the event.
While Mila Kunis may be the new girl on the Dior campaign rooster, stars like Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron aren't going anywhere. Need proof? Take a look at Cotillard's latest campaign for Lady Dior handbags.
According to WWD the Peter Lindbergh-lensed campaign, which is set to hit magazines in May, was shot in the Communist Party Headquarters in Paris because the ceiling resembles the texture of their new handbag but that isn't the first time fashion folk have taken the building over. Prada have hosted a party at the venue in the past and Dries Van Noten and Thom Browne have both showed their collections there.
Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are still affectionately referred to as the Proenza Schouler 'boys' by the fashion press but after 10 years in the business, they are far from boys. Their collections continue to be met with rave reviews and it was no surprise that their name popped up this month along with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang as nominees for this years CFDA Awards. Far from resting on their laurels, the pair have announced that 2012 will be a year of expansion.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times they confirmed that they will use their latest round of investment to help take the brand to the next level. That has a resulted in a Madison Avenue boutique, which is currently in the construction stage and is expected to open its doors later this year. 'For us, it's weird to go to stores and see a watered-down version of the collection," Hernandez told the paper about the brand's presence in department stores. "With our own store, we'll have the opportunity to show our whole expression of the brand." Alongside the working on the store, they have also revamped their website and made more pieces available to buy and in July, a new line of denim priced between $255 to $295 will hit stores.
I don't know whether it's because she has phrases like 'arm party' or whether her penchant for breaking out in the chicken dance in the windows of Saks did it but I really like Leandra Medine and considering her great success, you obviously do too. Back in September the Man Repeller blogger confirmed that she has a book in the works but it was only recently in an interview with Footwear News that she elaborated on the details.
In the interview she confirmed that her book will be a series of essays and is being published by Grand Central Publishing and should hit shelves in April 2013. The title is still a work in progress though. So far she's playing with 'Man Repeller: A Series of Short Stories About Alien Life on Earth' she joked to Fashionista confirming that 'my editor isn't into it.'
I've always been a fan of Christophe Lemaire. The designer, who is best known for his work at the helm of Lacoste before moving to Hermes in 2010, also has a great brand of his own. The line, which he began in 1991 but relaunched back in 2006, epitomises the simplicity and timeless quality that has been doing the rounds since the midst of the recession and as a result of the 'Philo Effect'. Anyone that has followed the brand though will know that this is something that Lemaire has always done.
With that in mind, the news that he's working with thecorner.com on a capsule collection of the key wardrobe essentials for the summer season makes sense. The line, titled 'Radical Simplicity', features wardrobe stapes like the classic white shirt but with a modern twist alongside versatile simple dresses, Bermuda shorts and classic cropped trousers. At a recent talk at Browns, L'Wren Scott emphasised that collections should always be about building a wardrobe rather than simply tapping into trends and if you share her sentiment, you'll love the collection.
Last month when Tumblrannounced that they would crack down on thinspiration posts, the decision was met with a mixed response. While many praised the social networking platform for taking a strong stance, many were conscious of the fact that these posts were simply moving to pinterest to get around the ban.
Yesterday though, Pinterest decided to follow suit announcing that from April 6 they will ban ban content that 'creates a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement, or physical or mental illness to yourself, to any other person, or to any animal.'
I had a quick search for 'thinspiration' on the platform this morning and was met with page after page of scary quotes and emaciated images but hopefully with the crack down, those images will disappear. The problem, as is often the case, is how both platforms will be able to police this. Facebook has been pretty good with this, especially when it comes to images with nudity so hopefully the other platforms will be able to follow suit and monitor these images to make sure that the ban actually results in a change.
Interview Germany aren't doing too badly as covers stars go. For their debut they managed to bag Leonardo Di Caprio followed by Lana Del Rey and their latest issue, which is on newsstands now, features girl de jour Jennifer Lawrence. The actress appears wearing one of those great but not very wearable Dolce & Gabbana jumpsuits that have been making the cover rounds recently and looks great doing so.
But crazy body aside, it's the accompanying editorial piece that really won me over. 'Sometimes I think, I should rather have more artistic answers ready,' she told the title. 'But the truth is: I’d like to be Bridget Jones and I am interested in Hulk Hogan.' When asked what she plans to do with her first pay check she joked that she wants to 'bathe in a pool full of pasta.' I'm sold!
In a recent interview, Mother of Pearl head designer Amy Powney praised the quality on the British high street saying that brands like Jaeger, Whistles and Joseph are really bridging the gap between the high street and designer lines and often with the same quality - and it's true. Jospeh in particular have been producing great collection after great collection so it comes at no surprise that they have decided to follow Jaeger and show at London Fashion Week.
‘We felt we were ready for the next thing, hence the show,’ a representative from the brand told ELLEUK.com. ‘Shows make such a strong impact, and showing at London Fashion Week was a natural choice as obviously we are such a London-centric brand.’ Last week Peter Pilotto had no qualms in saying that unlike before, London Fashion Week is now the place to be and with strong accessible brands like Joseph joining the show rooster, it looks like things will stay that way.
There's no disputing that the British high street is among the best in the world but when it comes to options for the plus-size woman, it still has a lot of work to do. It's this reason that makes Evans and their designer collaborations so special. The high street retailer is one of the few stores that offer fashion-conscious collections specifically for the curvier woman and their latest collaboration with Clements Ribeiro is really good.
The collection features all of the pieces you would expect from the design duo like bright statement prints and colour, all features that you would normally want to avoid if you are on the curvy side but the designers have managed to pull it off. One sheer green and blue printed dress is particularly flattering showing that this season's penchant for sheer fabrics and prints are not exclusively for a size 8. The rest of the collection works equally well and moves away from the frumpy, tent-like shapes that we've unfortunately become accustomed to when brands foray into bigger sizes.
'For our first range we addressed the different body shapes, with styles which are accessible but modern, with an emphasis on prints and femininity,' the pair told Telegraph Fashion. 'It was our starting point, understanding different proportions and different needs behind a desire for fashion that is not different from the high fashion consumer. Far from being apologetic or patronising, we celebrated curves and voluptuousness.'