Karl Lagerfeld's collaboration with Carine Roitfeld on 'The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisted' is the partnership that we've all been excited for. So far the brand have teased us by taking us behind-the-scenes of the shoot for the book, as well as making us a fly on the wall at the recent exhibition for the book in Tokyo in that video that they released earlier this week.
Yesterday they launched thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com, an 'e-exhibition', which showcases everyone from Georgia May Jagger to Olivier Theyskens wearing the iconic black Chanel tweed jacket styled by Roitfeld. The concept really works. The diverse cast for the book is illustrative of the timeless quality of the piece and its ability to transcend generations and styles. The book is available online on Amazon for only $39 but in the meantime, have a glimpse at some of my favourite images from the book.
When news broke that Women Management and Supreme founder Paul Rowland and his team had left Supreme and moved to Ford, it seemed natural that more names would cross modelling-agency teams. Already, Chanel Iman has left Ford to go with her booker, Paulo, to Supreme. As Fashionista points out, that's only natural, since agents don't typically give up clients they've nurtured or discovered.
Jacquelyn Jablonski, on the other hand, is keeping with Ford for now. Since the brunette beauty only signed with the agency in 2007 and gained major traction in 2009, she's still in development. But we're sure there are more moves to be heard about. A source tells Fashionista: “No one is clear if models are moving back and forth—it’s all up in the air.”
So why all the chaos? When Rowland left to lead the Ford women's division, Ford "cleaned house and canned everyone," a source tells Page Six. Caroline Poznanski, who led Ford's women's division until Rowland arrived, took Rowland's old job at Supreme. A source said: "It's one big game of musical chairs. There were rumors around that Supreme was just going to close, but instead they hired Poznanski and absorbed some other people who had been let go from Ford."
To Jean Paul Gaultier - whose Target collection launches today - globalism should be taken literally. The theme-loving designer mixed countries side by side on the catwalk, with label signatures like trenchcoats, cone bras and pinstriped pieces combined with Masai necklaces, a babushka and a tough leather jacket. Colours wildly spanned the rainbow, and each style had a thrown-together quality that might reflect the dreams of a world traveler.
Taken individually, Gaultier offered wearable, saleable pieces - like the bustier dress worn by house favourite Coco Rocha. Joining her on the runway were the likes of Sasha P, Lakshmi Menon, Tao Okamoto and Rose Cordero, plus a healthy cast that made this the most diverse show in Paris. And really, isn't that what multiculturalism is all about?
Times are changing in fashion and I'm not simply talking about the new A/W 09/10 catwalk trends. The last year or so has seen the fashion industry slowly welcome South and East Asian models into the fashion fold. From once being unthinkable to imagine Asian models on the runway, today their presence is felt and embraced on the catwalk from New York to Paris and London to Milan.
It wouldn't be spring if ad-campaign rumours weren't swirling for fall. In the latest dose of will-she/won't-she, we have Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima and this season's runway sensation, Tao Okamoto.
Douglas Perrett at COACD has named his favourite up-and-comers in the modelling industry, and we're pretty taken with the choices. Especially the fact that he managed to use half a yellow smiley on a headshot. Tao and Jac have taken especially high spots on our radar, so we hope to see lots more of them. As long as they don't compromise our runway time with Lara Stone.