Just when we thought that the line-up for the second season of 'Project Runway All Stars' was confirmed, today another change was confirmed.
In case you haven't been following Angela Lindvall, who hosted the show last season, made a surprise departure, which left many speculating that her exit wasn't entirely mutual. Since then Rosie Huntington-Whitely was brought on board as her replacement but recently it was revealed that the model dropped out of the show three weeks before filming was set to begin due to her filming commitments for Mad Max.
The latest change is the news that producers have secured supermodel Carolyn Murphy to take Huntington-Whiteley's place. Aside from that, everything else will stay at the same and Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman will return to the judging panel and Marie Claire's Joanna Coles will continue in her role as the designer's mentor.
Isaac Mizrahiisn't the only designer deciding against showing his S/S12 collection in a runway show this season. This week Max Azria have announced that they will not have a runway show this season but have remained quiet about the reason behind the change, leading may to believe that it's a result of their ongoing financial difficulties. But it's not all bad. Hervé Léger and BCBG Max Azria will both show their collections at normal.
But Max Azria is not alone. Vena Cava confirmed that she will show a small 'preview' of her collection rather than a full-on show with only friend and family being invited. Any press and buyers wanting to have a look at their spring offerings will have to wait to receive the look book which will be sent after the preview. Last season the collection receieved scathing reviews and didn't do to well at retail so this is probably the reason for the change.
As fashion week approaches, news continues to break about changes to the New York Fashion Week schedule. Earlier on this month Tabitha Simmons revealed that Marchesa are ditching their usual presentation format in favour of a runway show and today Style.com announced that MAC will no longer sponsor the Rodarte show. Isaac Mizrahi is the latest designer to announce a change this season.
Rather than playing host to a runway show, the designer has decide to photograph the collection for a look book that he'll send to press and buyers instead."We think that sounds modern," he explained on his blog today. "Of course next season we'll be planning our fabulous lollapalooza fashion show — a 3D in theaters near you."
It seems that it's all change for New York Fashion Week this season, and we're not just talking about the change in venue. Lincoln Centre's new fashion director Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has certainly made her mark - at the beginning of this year she announced that fashion week gate-crashers would be a thing of the past, and she's stuck to her word.
According to IMG, roughly 80 per cent of the designers showing this season are jumping on board with Winston Wolkoff's plan to send out bar-coded invitations, meaning guests will be able to check themselves in and find their seats using kiosks at the venue. The implications of the coded system have been put in force to ensure a smoother, more efficient admittance for guests, however it will also wipe out any gate-crashers, as well as allowing publicists to detect no-shows, enabling them to fill any empty seats.
Alongside her plans for technologically advanced admittance, Winston Wolkoff has revealed that she aims to make Lincoln Centre's devotion to fashion a year round thought, rather than just season to season. "I want to see fashion on par with all of the other cultural activities here - the ballet, the opera," she told the Wall Street Journal. "I really do think that it's going to be very important that fashion at Lincoln Centre becomes a year-round initiative."
Agreeably Iman is one of the most beautiful models of today and an icon in the fashion world. Perhaps this is the reason she replace Kelly Rowland off Bravo's 'The Fashion Show'. "It’s going to be even better, because I’m going to be in it," she told New York Magazine whilst at Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project. The model will be hosting the show alongside Isaac Mizrahi but has made it clear that she is not preparing for the show, "I don't need any tips, I make the tips" she states confidently. We cannot wait to see her appearance on the show, hopefully she will live up to the expectations that she has created for herself.
I hate this thought about saying that only curvy models are chic or something. It's like that thing, 'Isn't it time that a woman won an Academy Award'? No! It's time that a really good artist won an Academy Award. So if I was, like, a curvy model, I'd be like, 'No, I don't want to be a curvy model. I want to be a MODEL.
QVC is one shopping channel that has gained some serious cool factor over the past couple of years. Following the success of the launch of Rachel Zoe's and Isaac Mizrahi's respective collections last year, the shopping network has announced its plans for more collaborations this year. At present we hear that Pamella Roland, Thuy and Christian Francis Roth are the latest three to have signed up to launch collections to be sold on the channel.
If that wasn't enough, QVC are going one (big) step further by putting together and hosting its very own catwalk show at Bryant Park on the 13th February during New York Fashion Week. Viewers will be treated to the unveiling of 'By Thuy D', Thuy's debut collection for the channel, in addition to new pieces from Zoe and Mizrahi. And what's more, not only does the channel plan to offer its at-home viewers real-time footage of the show by broadcasting it live, but the genius part is that unlike other fashion shows, the viewers will be able to purchase the products the second they've seen it. And those who miss the fashion show fun can pick up Roth's and Roland's pieces from the 14th and 17th of February, respectively.
Earlier this week, a panel consisting of Ashley Olsen, Robin Givhan and Isaac Mizrahi, met to discuss, amongst other things, the effect the recession has had on the fashion industry. The expert panel was invited by Cindi Leive, Glamour magazine's editor-in-chief, to sit as guests at the 92nd Street talk 'The Future of Fashion', and were asked their views on a range of topics including celebrity designers, Michelle Obama and designers breaking the model mould on the runway.