It's becoming increasingly difficult to think of an area that Alexa Chung hasn't tapped into. Aside from the presenting and fashion work she's doing in her ambassador role for the British Fashion Council, she recently shot a cameo appearance in the final season of 'Gossip Girl' and also confirmed that she has a fashion line in the works but it doesn't end there.
According to the Telegraph, her next big project is a book focusing on her style and how she puts outfits together. The as yet unnamed book is set to drop next September and will reportedly offer an 'unparalleled chance to enter Alexa's world and search for inspiration' and will go through 'how to decide what to wear, style influences, personal pictures and style tips.'
Fashion week comes to an end today and while I'm looking forward to go back to a semblance of normality, admittedly, come Thursday I'll be missing the constant stream of updates and shows but thankfully Victoria's Secrethas come to the rescue.
Yesterday it confirmed that their annual runway show will hit the small screen on December 4, which means that the coming weeks will be full of speculation about the line, the outfits and naturally, the girls fitness routines. Just to get you excited, it also confirmed that this year's performers will be Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.
There's a lot going on at Cosmopolitan at the moment. As you know, Joanna Coles recently moved from her post at Marie Claire to head up the team and let's face it, the magazine needed all of the help it could get. But, credit where credit's due, they've got it pretty spot on with their November issue starring Kate Upton.
The cover, which was most certainly shot long before Coles started, works for many reasons. Upton is having quite the fashion moment right now, which complimets the greater focus on fashion that Joanna has planned. And besides, Upton's sexed up look and propensity to strip down to her undies makes her the perfect match for Cosmo, no? It's definitely makes a lot more sense than her most recent ones.
Sam Taylor Wood shooting the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M campaign
When H&M confirmed that its next collaboration is with Maison Martin Margiela, like everyone else, I was surprised but the partnership is without doubt one of the ones I'm most excited about. Since the initial preview images were released not much has been said about the line, which is hardly surprising considering that Anna Dello Russo's accessories line has just dropped but that's quickly changing.
Today the high street retailer confirmed that Sam Taylor Wood has shot both the print and film campaigns for the collection. The British photographer and film director partnered up with creative director Markus Kiersztan and shot the campaign on the streets in Paris. Only one image has been released showing the model wearing a squarish oversized jacket; very Margiela.
The collection hits stores on November 15 with the print ads dropping later this month.
After the buzz around the Met's 'Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations' exhibition died down, so did the initial excitment about the brand's revival not helped, of course, by the big appointments at Dior and Saint Laurent, but this week the brand was back in the headlines.
During the Paris shows former Chanel muse Inès de La Fressange let slip that the announcement of the new creative director is imminent but at the time, she kept quiet about how she was privy to that information but now we know why. Today WWD confirmed that she's been brought on board to help with the relaunch. What that means exactly is still unclear but what the brand's spokesperson has revealed is that the role will involve consulting, something she already does for brands like Roger Vivier. In doing so, she joins by French model and actress Farida Khelfa who was recently hired as its spokeswoman.
Do you remember that tine when the Marc Jacobs press day was cancelled because the collection was stolen in transit? Well that has nothing on what Turkish-born designer HakaanYildrim is facing this week.
His courier company has reportedly lost his entire collection resulting in him being forced to cancel tomorrow's show. His PR has since confirmed that the collections is currently being re-made and will be shown to press and buyers shortly after fashion week ends. The moral of the story? The Royal Mail aren't the only ones with a tendency to screw things up.
Editorial musical chairs in the mastheads of the big magazines isn't anything new but the latest appointment is particularly special. As you know, Joanna Coles recently left her editor role at Marie Claire for Cosmo and Anne Fulenwider was subsequently named as her replacement, leaving her editor role at Brides. Now, the Brides job has been given to Keija Minor the first ever African-American person to head up one of Condé Nast's 18 titles.
'I am tremendously excited by this opportunity,' she said in a statement. 'It's an honor to take the reins of such an iconic brand and to lead this extraordinarily talented team in bringing inspiring, innovative ideas to women at this pivotal and joyous moment in their lives.'
Model genes seem to run in certain families. Everyone sat up and took notice when Kate Moss' younger sister Lottie was unveiled in the model's wedding spread in Vogue; Cindy Crawford's 10 year-old daughter recently launched her modelling career with a Versace campaign and 90s supermodel Kristen McMenamy's daughter is doing the same.
18 year-old Lily McMenamy is already represented by Next Models but this season marks the first time that her model card has been used in the agency's Paris show package. Already, people are reporting that the model has snapped up a big exclusive for Yves Saint LaurentSaint Laurent Paris. Securing such a big show is a big deal on a normal day but since its the first women's ready to wear collection from Hedi Slimane, this upcoming collection is even more special and means that all eyes will be on the line-up.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's debut lingerie collection for Marks & Spencer was a success, so much so that the high street retailer recently reported that it was their fastest selling lingerie collection to date. Four pieces have been sold every minute since the line launched earlier on this month so it should come as no surprise that this isn't the end of the partnership.
The model turned actress has also designed a special collection more appropriate for the cold weather we can't get away from right now (where has summer gone?). The line, which will hit stores in mid-October, features the perfect long-sleeved silk wraps, along with comfortable cashmere trousers and feminine camisoles.