She's had Grace Coddington, Roberto Cavalli and Tom Ford all on her show but now Martha Stewart has managed to get her paws on the Mulleavy Sisters, the genius duo behind Rodarte. Stewart is featuring the sisters in a sibling special which airs on May 20th. The pair will be showcasing five of their dresses from the latest Rodarte collection on the programme blending culinary delight with fashion.
Well, my first reaction was I absolutely hate them. Ha! I have to say now, you’ve got to love them, I’m just a little old-fashioned and old. It takes me a little while to come around to it. I mean—I don’t like it if they sit in my seat. But I’m getting used to it. They’ve grown on me. Some of them hang out at Vogue and stuff, so when you get to know them, at the end of the day, they are people, and then it’s OK. It’s when they’re not people that you don’t like them so much, when they’re strangers with cameras.
For the avid fashion-lover, the months of February and September that bring along another seasonal set of Fashion Weeks have gotten better and better over the past few years. More shows than ever are available to view online shortly after they're presented to a crowded house of press, buyers and guests, and the more technologically advanced of the houses are even streaming their shows live nowadays. Granted that the live streamings don't always work until after the shows due to high demand, the changes in global fashion weeks are leaving fashionistas without invites content, whilst members of the industry ponder whether they're worth visiting after all.
Why, you might ask? When from the eye of a fashion fan everything seems so glamorous, the dramatic changes we've witnessed over the past decade, or possibly even over the past five years have left a dramatic change on the industry, with technology putting incredible pressure on press, and the recent 'celeb culture' trend making it a less enjoyable experience. Whilst only last week New York Times critic Cathy Horynexpressed her disappointment at the end of Milan Fashion Week - branding it "an eternity of bad clothes crammed into four days with editors raging like shut-ins about the lack of fun" - it seems T Magazine's Stefano Tonchi isn't best pleased with the experience, either.
Having dismissed the idea of having existing accounts on Facebook and Twitter last week, André Leon Talley and Grace Coddington put it down to representing Vogue - and a want for the fashion industry to take a breather and slow down a little. That said, Talley (who partially blogs for Vogue Daily) has reportedly created a Twitter account, one that is not 'bogus' or 'fraudulent' as he described last week, to see what all the hype is about.
Funnily enough, it is Diane von Furstenberg's Twitter from which news of the real ALT having an account has surfaced, after DVF wrote ever so subtly, "Fashion Emperor Andre Leon Talley is now on Twitter !!! welcome Andre. ! I LOVE YOU DVF". Now we wonder what the fake ALT - who has almost 1,300 followers convinced he is the real thing - will do.
RJ Cutler's Vogue documentary 'The September Issue'came out today in the US, and don't worry, we already have our copy to re-devour later. But what we're even more excited to see than every Grace Coddington scene is the 90 minutes of bonus footage that comes with the DVD - especially since the bonus material is actually interesting. How unlike most special features on DVDs...
We already showed you Andre Leon Talleyhaving a fit when Cutler suggested he eat lunch in the car, and now, we have a clip of Anna Wintour visiting Dior's John Galliano for a viewing of his collection. Anna actually smiles, and beyond that, she offers her input on a yet-to-be-named ice-blue handbag. "Well, what are the options?" Anna asks. "It's like naming a child." Anna wants the bag to be called Babe. See? She just wants to help her pet designers. (And by the way, Galliano took her advice.)
If you know what's good for you, then don't ask Andre Leon Talley to eat lunch in your car. 'The September Issue' comes out tomorrow in the US (you can buy it on Amazon here in the UK), and fortunately the DVD comes with plenty of deleted scenes that entertain us just as much as the interaction between Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour.
In this clip, Talley has a one-minute flip-out over director RJ Cutler's suggestion that he have a meal in the car to accommodate a busy filming schedule. "What is this, 'lunch in car'?" Talley asks. "Is it a picnic or is it just a biscuit - a biscuit and a tin of sardines?...Is it a bottled water and a crust of bread?" Talley protests that not even Wintour asks him to eat on the run, though, he says, she has asked him not to eat. Oh, ALT. Sometimes life is painfully un-glamorous.