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.'
The September issue covers are coming in thick and fast and the latest cover comes for Canadian fashion magazine, Flare, who have enlisted Lindsey Wixson for the issue.
While the covers that we've already seen have been pretty good, the majority have felt more summery than being the first issue for the fall season. Flare, on the other hand, have got it spot on with the gold Prabal Gurung dress that appears on the cover styled by Elizabeth Cabral. Credits in the accompanying editorial include Rodarte, Altuzarra and J. W. Anderson and one of those Prada suits that has been doing the rounds lately.
Aside from the strong styling, the cover is a big one because it also marks the forth September cover fronted by a model so far. Hopefully this is only the start of more things to come.
Last week the first few images from the Chanel Fall 2012 campaign hit the net after being leaked online from a scan from the Fall Collections issue of Vogue Italia. So far the verdict is mixed.
The brand's S/S12 gymnastics-themed campaign was by far one of the best of the season so it was always going to be a tall order for the A/W12 shots to compete. Sadly, though, the combination of Lindsey Wixson's blank stare and the paired down styling in their latest offerings lack the energy that we saw last season.
Since June is in full swing most of the biggest campaigns for Fall 2012 have already dropped and so far they are looking good. This week Mulberry released all of the images of their campaign, in what has quickly become one of my favourites, and stars Lindsey Wixson alongside a furry friend shot by Tim Walker.
Equally good are the Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-lensed Gucci ads, which stars very sultry looking Karmen Pedaru and Nadja Bender. For Jean Paul Gaultier, Karlie Kloss appears again and joins forces with Willy Vandeperre who shot her for those Bally campaigns a few seasons ago. Stella Tennant, who has been clocking up quite a few editorial appearances recently, has also bagged a big campaign this season fronting the Givenchy ads.
Chanel is really spoiling us. Last week they released a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot of their upcoming book, 'The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited' and now this video has dropped.
Anyone on Twitter will know that the House travelled to Tokyo last week on a special trip and if you were not amongst the luck few to be invited, the short video allows you to see what happened over the three day trip. The first section sees everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Carine Roitfeld attend the exhibition for the upcoming book followed by the brand restaging their recent couture show with that spectacular aeroplane set. But that's not all. The final sequence sees them host a big party at their pop-up shop and if you pay attention you'll see Lindsey Wixson breaking into her best dance moves and Cara Delevigne rapping every word to Azealia Banks' songs as she performed at the event.
Yesterday we told you that less editors and buyers were invited to the Chanel couture show this morning and these images quickly prove why. Unimpressed with what air hostesses wore in the 60s, Karl Lagerfeld produced a collection of what the perfect uniform should be. In light of that, the Grand Palais was turned into an aeroplane staffed by top models like Kendra Spears, Joan Smalls and Lindsey Wixson.
While it is true that many designers are scaling back in light of the precarious nature of the economy, it is this that made the extravagant set so special. The backdrop, which took five days to construct, was opulent and unapologetically OTT and that's exactly what we expect from a couture show. The collection, though, was a lot more wearable than we've seen from the house in the past. The first few looks were typically sixties in their silhouettes and came in the varying shades of blue that featured throughout. The strength of the collection lay in classic two piece suit that was updated with a fitting galaxy-style print, the dramatic cocoon shaped sleeves on outerwear and the sequined covered evening dresses.
The February issues are hitting newsstands so the final round of S/S12 ad campaigns are out. The latest to the addition are Toni Garn for Ports 1961, Alice Dellal for Ermanno Scervino, Karmen Pedaru and Abbey Lee Kershaw for Gucci, Frida Gustavsson and Lindsey Wixson for Mulberry and Gisele appears in her third campaign this season for Salvatore Ferragamo.
Carine Roitfeld's stint working with V is the partnership that keeps on giving. For the magazine's latest cover shot by Terry Richardson, the former Vogue Paris editor styled Candice Swanaepoel and Joan Smalls; Daphne Groeneveld and Saskia de Brauw; Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson. The multi-covers, set to his newsstands on November 8, marks the first time in two years that the magazine has opted for models rather than celebrities.
“It’s a big moment of change in fashion. In some cases, you feel like it’s the end of an era. I have been feeling this with cover subjects, and especially models,” Roitfeld told WWD. “These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanna is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion.”
It's no doubt that Lindsey Wixson is a great model but she completely won me over after watching a short documentary about her that she did for the Telegraph so you can imagine my delight when I saw the young model's latest cover. But this isn't just any cover as Oyster magazine picked the Kansas born model to front their issue for their big relaunch.
Alongside the cover, Wixson appears in an editorial dubbed 'Lindsey the Legend' directed by Stevie Dance and shot by Will Davidson in Nashville, Tennessee. "The issue is about young ambition and she's kind of the face of the times for that," Dance said when asked about choosing Wixson.