Georgia May Jagger, Kate Moss, Lily Donaldson and Naomi Campbell
Yesterday we finally saw the likes of Stella Tennant, Kate Moss and Jourdan Dunn hit the runway at the closing ceremony wearing British designers like Victoria Beckham and Alexander McQueen but the party started before the event.
Ahead of the festivities Naomi Campbell hosted a party in the capital to mark the Olympics but also for her Fashion for Relief charity. As you would expect, the party was full of fashion folk like Vivienne Westwood and Ozwald Boateng but Campbell did actually invite some athletes so British cyclist Dani King was there along, who naturally turned up sporting her gold medal.
With the Olympics just around the corner, the details of the closing ceremony have finally been released and as expected, fashion is set to play a prominent role in the festivities.
Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Stella Tennant, Lily Cole and Lily Donaldson will walk the runway as David Bowie performs songs 'Fashion' and 'Rebel Rebel'. Georgia May Jagger will also walk in the show as a replacement for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who dropped out of the show as a part of her efforts to be seen as an actress rather than a model.
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.
With the London Olympics just around the corner, the official opening ceremony isn't the only thing people are talking about. Yesterday reports emerged that some of Britain's biggest models will be involved in the event's closing ceremony on August 12.
All the big names like Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Stella Tennant are expected to appear alongside younger girls like Lily Donaldson and Jourdan Dunn. Each model will allegedly sport the designs of leading British designers like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
As if you needed an excuse to delve into Zara's new US based e-commerce site when it launches this month, the high street retailer has just released these shots from their Fall 2011 ad campaign starring Stella Tennant and Hailey Clauson shot by David Sims.
If that doesn't get you excited, we don't know what will.
Nicolas Ghesquiere used a standout set of models for a standout collection at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday. Gisele shocked the crowd by closing the show, but with fellow catwalk stompers including Miranda Kerr (who left Orlando Bloom to a front-row seat), Stella Tennant and Amber Valletta hitting the runway, the Balenciaga designer hardly had a weak group showing off his Spring '11 creations. Even the punky, androgynous girls who opened the show had us taking note.
As for the clothes, Ghesquiere presented Balenciaga at its best. Though he relied on the label's archive to provide touches to the collection (those coccoon coats and shorts didn't invent themselves), the designer found a happy, innovative middle ground by digging somewhere between "vintage-inspired" and "futuristic." There was a hard, modern sex appeal in laser-cut, tech-inspired textiles, and the slashes that slid around silhouettes breathed new. But those details, combined with an oversized houndstooth that gleamed on outerwear and sleeveless dresses alike created what will, someday, be remembered as a classic collection.
Tick off the trends if you must (florals, sheer, cropped trousers), but Ghesquiere never is a slave to the masses. Instead, as he proved this season, his dedication to challenge himself for each collection can sometimes give us pieces that leave us in awe. Anyone feeling spent in the last stretch of Fashion Month need only look to Balenciaga for a jolt of fresh energy.