Sarah Jessica Parker has been away from the small screen for far too long for my liking but as you know, that's all changing as she's signed up to appear as a guest star on season four of Glee. Earlier on this month, Glee actor Ryan Murphy confirmed that the actress would play the editor of Vogue.com (nice plug for the magazine's site) and that Anna Wintour would style her and now the first image of the outfit is out.
Murphy tweeted this image of SJP all dressed up in character as Isabelle wearing what looks like a Lanvin necklace and according to Fashionista, is a dress from up-and-coming label, Faster Than Paris. The label is still relatively unknown but has some strong people behind it. The brand's founder Tracy L. Cox has had stints at DKNY and Peter Som and also worked for Patricia Field on Sex And The City, which could explain why the brand was chosen.
Are you excited for her appearance to air?
Sofia Coppola by Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld has taken Chanel's 'The Little Black Jacket' exhibition to Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong and now it's finally coming to London. Yesterday Vogue UK confirmed that the installation is set to arrive at London's Saatchi Gallery in October.
Just in case you unfamiliar with it, the exhibition includes images taken for a book the brand will launch later this year baring the same name. Stars like Kanye West and Sarah Jessica Parker to Anna Wntour and Carine Roitfeld posed in their signature black jacket to illustrate the timeless quality of the iconic piece and its ability to transcend generations and styles. 'The special event underlines the brand's values of creativity, modernity and excellence,' says a statement from Chanel. 'The public will discover the versatility and timelessness of the iconic Chanel jacket through Karl Lagerfeld's photographs.'
And that's not all. To mark the opening of the exhibition, the Chanel stores on Brompton Cross, Bond Street and Sloane Street will all have their windows dedicated to jackets from the most recent collections.
The exhibition will run from October 12 to October 29, 2012.
Anna Wintour's never shied away from demonstrating her love of tennis. Over the years she's become a permanent fixture in the crowd at the US Open and Wimbledon and has become Rodger Federer's number one fan, even leaving Jason Wu's show early to watch him win the French Open.
So considering her relationship with the best in the tennis world (remember when she turned up at the Michael Kors shows with Serena Williams?), it's comes as no surprise that the Vogue editor is a dab hand with a tennis racket herself. The New York Times recently ran a piece on piece on the link between fashion and tennis, in which Wintour's instructor explained just how good she is. 'She's like a retriever,' he told the title. 'She's so fast. She'll chase down everything.' Can't say I'm surprised.
Fashion and politics seem to go hand in hand these days, or at least that's since Anna Wintour has become so heavily involved in the Obama campaign. To Marc Jacobs, though, the two shouldn't always mix. In an interview with WWD last week, the designer explained that he's been burnt in the past by getting involved in politics:
'I guess politics and fashion, you’ve always got to be a bit careful because somebody’s going to get offended or somebody’s going to feel it isn’t right,' he said. 'I don’t want to sound stupid or ignorant or anything, but I spend my time in the studio choosing fabric and colors and trying to figure out what we’re going to make.…If you want to avoid controversy, you just don’t do [political] things like that.'
Personally I would say that fashion should be used a tool wherever it could be used to support a good cause, political or otherwise, but it's not hard to understand to why Jacobs would have this stance. After all, back in 2008 he nearly encountered a boycott situation from China after he released that Free Tibet collection and of course, his pro-Obama and anti-George Bush store decorations didn't go down particularly well with LVMH bosses either.
With Raf Simons showing his highly anticipated debut collection at Christian Dior this week, his name has scarcely been out of the headlines. What many didn't expect, though, was that Simons would be sharing the spotlight with the brand's former creative director, John Galliano.
Aside from one sighting shortly after his trial, Galliano has been pretty much incognito but this week an Instgram user, Albert Pang, uploaded an image of what look liked Anna Wintour dining with Galliano at the L'Espadon restaurant at the Ritz in Paris. What makes the photo even more interesting is that it revealed that the pair met up on the same day as Simons' Dior debut.
Pang told The Cut in an email:
[He] arrived alone and took a seat outdoor[s] where I was, and ordered a drink (not sure what drink, [I] couldn't see it [be]cause I was two tables away). The picture with a few people was someone from the table who knew Galliano, and they said hi. Then about 10 or 15 minutes later Anna Wintour came and she seemed very excited, with hurried steps to Galliano. If I remember correctly, they hugged. But I couldn't hear a thing. Then they moved indoors for dinner.
Does this mean that we might be planning a return? I sure hope so.
Janice Dickinson, or the self-titled world's first supermodel, isn't really one to mince her words and definitely not when it comes to Tyra Banks. Ever since she bitterly parted ways with 'America's Next Top Model', Dickinson hasn't wasted an opportunity to criticise her former boss so her latest comments come as no surprise.
This week she was on the red carpet at Fox's American Idol finale show where she spoke about Banks' recent decision to fire Jay Manuel, Nigel Barker and J. Alexander. '[She's] fired everybody, she'll keep firing people,' she told Fox. 'She's soulless, she's heartless, and she's cold.' But Tyra isn't the only person that Dickinson isn't happy with. When asked about Vogue's new healthy model initiative, she said: 'Please, look at Anna Wintour. She's thinner than thin. I just don't buy it.
The whole debate about celebrities covering magazines is an issue that doesn't seem to go away and Kim Kardashian is the prime example of just how far that trend has gone. Lynn Hirschberg hit the nail on the head when she wrote in W magazine that, 'Kim Kardashian can't sing, act, or dance, but she's found the role of a lifetime in the fine art of playing herself.' Based on recent events, it seems like that's one role that the fashion industry are no longer interested in.
As you'll remember, much was said about the reality star's absence from the Met Gala this month, with reports alleging that Anna Wintour did not want her there. Joe Zee also spoke out recently explaining that the most profitable Kardashian could not be considered as potential Elle cover star simply because that 'role of a lifetime' is not enough to bag her the big spot.' Is the fashion industry finally rejecting the overzealous interest in celebrity, or at least reality stars, that has dominated over the last few years? Well, at least that's what it seems.
'What's shocking to me is how important the red carpet is. At one point I thought it was ruining [fashion] but I don't think that anymore. I don't think any celebrity can take away from fashion,' André Leon Talley said this week. 'Not even Kim Kardashian could take away from fashion...Though, of course, Kim Kardashian didn't come to the Metropolitan Met Ball but [her boyfriend] Kanye West did.' While I'm not anti-Kardashian, there is a lot of truth in what he says. The rise in the celebrity-for-celebrities sake culture has been perpetuated by magazines who have been more than happy to put them on their covers and by designers who are increasingly clamouring to get them on the front rows at their shows, TV crews in tow.
'So would you ever dress Kim Kardashian?' Robin Givhan asked Ralph Rucci. 'No, I think that's bastardizing yourself [as a designer].'
What do you think?
Anyone that followed my live tweets during the Met Gala will know that I was slightly relieved not to see Kim Kardashian turn up with Kanye West. I like 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' as much as the next person but her endless search for a photo-op doesn't sit well with me. It looks like Anna Wintour feels the same way because reports emerged yesterday alleging that the Vogue editor deliberately didn't invite her.
'Anna hates Kim,' a source told RadarOnline.com. 'Why would she be invited to the event? It is all of the biggest stars in the world and Kim doesn't fit that bill at all.' The source added: 'The Met Gala is $25,000 a ticket but Kim can't even buy her way in [because] Anna Wintour does not want her there...Kim and her camp will deny that she wasn't invited by saying that she had business in L.A. [but] she would have done anything to be there with all the A-listers.'
Wintour isn't the only editor not particularly charmed by Kim. When asked about the reality star hasn't covered US ELLE, Joe Zee made it clear that there hasn't been a reason too. 'I just wish she would do something, but she's not doing anything,' he said. 'If she actually did something, we would thnk about Kim for the cover. It's not about, so much, a reality star.'