While celebrities continue to be the go-to people for brand partnerships, what with the rise of street style blogs, editors are getting in on the action too. Dazed Group founder Jefferson Hack designed a collection for Tod's, Anna Dello Russo is about to launch her accessories line for H&M and now Katie Grand has followed suit.
The LOVE editor has created, Gang, a collection of sunglasses, trainers, bags and purses for Hogan, most of which come with a heart motif, which I'm sure is a link to the magazine. '[The purses] might be brightly coloured and decorated with hearts but they're extremely practical,' Grand said. 'I always carry a BlackBerry and an iPhone wherever I go, so designed them o be just big enough to carry both, along with a key and credit card.'
Alongside the collection, the stylist has also created a one-off publication featuring a shoot with models raging from Alessandra Ambrosio and Jessica Stam to Cara Delevigne and Linda Evangelista with commentary from Derek Blasberg.
The launch of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, hasn't been without its controversies. As you will know, Condé Nast reportedly banned several photographers, models and stylists from collaborating with the former Vogue Paris editor but despite all of that, Roitfeld is flying high. The preview of the issue has gone down well and this weekend, just about everyone turned up to congratulate her at the party she hosted to celebrate the debut issue.
'It's very different from my last party,' she told The Cut, having a look at the guests in the marble-floored atrium of the Frick Museum. Around the same time last year Roitfeld through a karaoke party to celebrate her Barneys campaign at a strip club on the West Side Highway so basically the polar opposite of this year's swanky 'do. 'I want to do something different, more classic,' she said about the formal Mercedez Benz-sponsored black tie event. 'After all, I am a grandma now.'
As regular readers will know, I'm an avid supporter of the use of models on the cover of fashion magazines. The current obssession for celebrities has taken on a whole new dimension making it rare to the big titles champion models on their covers, especially at a time where many are struggling to secure those big ad pages and circulation figures. Harper's Bazaar UK, on the other hand, have done the opposite with their October issue.
Rather than opting for a celebrity the magazine offers two cover options; one starring Laetitia Casta and another fronted by Joan Smalls and to accompany it, both women have a full-on features too. In the respective interviews Casta talks about her experiences working with Yves Saint Laurent and her thoughts on the future of the house; while Derek Blasberg spoke to Smalls about being rejected by casting agents before getting snapped up by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.
Aside from the fact that both covers are beautiful, the casting also works because of their ages. Smalls very much represents today's new breed of supermodels so it was nice to balance that with Casta who, while still young in the grand scheme of things, at 34 year-old represents an older generation of supermodels.
Last week Clarins announced that they've decided to jump on the digital wave by launching their own beauty blog and now L’Oréal Paris are doing the same. Instead of going down the blog route, though, today they confirmed that will soon launch a series of YouTube videos called 'Hairspray Confessions'.
According to WWD, the idea behind the videos is to celebrate the brand's signature Elnett Satin Hairspray and so far they've tapped everyone from Coco Rocha to Iris Apfel to appear in some behind-the-scenes confessionals. At the moment the format of the videos is still unclear but what we do know is that the project is part of a five-part series and will be hosted by Derek Blasberg and will start rolling out next month.
This week team ACNE descended on New York to open their new store at 33 Greene Street. To mark the occasion the brand brought Sweden to New York by marking the occasion with a traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration at a private dinner at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.
'When I am in New York, I really feel that historical references are very visible so when designing the new store I wanted to take a very Swedish slant on history and environment,' Jonny Johannson, the brand's creative director, said in a statement. 'I was inspired by the Gustavian period of Swedish design, its cleanness and purity, and I wanted to re-interpret that in a modern way.
As you would expect, the opening drew an impressive crowd. Everyone from Glenda Bailey and Hamish Bowles to Elin Kling and Hanneli Mustaparta attended.
Julia Restoin Roitfeld looked ready to drop on the cover of i-D's Summer issue and yesterday she welcomed her first baby into the world.
Derek Blasberg was the one to break the news, turning to Twitter to congratulate the new mum. 'Congratulations to proud Momma @RestoinRJulia (And thus, the chicest grannie ever: Carine Roitfeld!) Can’t wait to meet the beautiful baby!' he wrote. So far neither Julia or Carine have released a statement confirming the news or whether the baby is a girl or boy.
Anyone that follows Derek Blasberg on Twitter will know that the New York based writer was in town yesterday to celebrate the launch of his new book 'Very Classy'. To help mark the event, Poppy Delevigne, Leith Clark and Alison Mosshart co-hosted a cocktail party for him in the Gucci store on Bond Street followed by a private dinner at Soho House.
See all of the guests in attendance in the slideshow
Stefano Pilati was the designer of choice to speak at this week's French Institute Alliance Française as a part of their Fashion Talks series and as you would expect, the event pulled in a full house.
It's not clear whether they bagged him to talk at the event after the announcement of his departure was confirmed but either way, it was perfect timing. Everyone from Joseph Altuzarra to Derek Blasberg attended the event and naturally, his departure from the brand and his plans for the future were the main point of conversation.
We come baring good news. Theyskens' Theory have confirmed that they are following in the footsteps of brands like Prabal Gurung and Helmut Lang in deciding to live stream their show. But that's not all. The stream, which will happen on February 13, will be available to view both online and on your mobile and Derek Blasberg and Lauren Santo Domingo will be providing live commentary.
This year's event saw a one-night-only collaboration between with Marina Abramovic and Debbie Harry where guests including Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman were all made to wear white lab coats as they entered. Unlike the European Music Awards, there were lots of strong red carpet looks. Nicole Richie continued her flawless red carpet record in a lavender sheer floor length gown and Gwen Stefani and Dita von Teese LBDs were perfection.