While some complain about the overexposure of collections due to the the Internet, this is something that doesn't bother Nicola Formichetti. It's actually quite the opposite. As you'll recall, last season he embraced all things digital by releasing teaser images online hinting at what we can expect from the collection and live streamed it on the Mugler website and S/S12 is no different.
Ahead of his show on Thursday, Formichetti will be blogging about the collection live from the Mugler atelier in Paris. Expect videos, images and lots of teasers on the brand's Facebook and Twitter accounts too.
Olivia Palermo has been quiet since promoting her Mango campaign but the former 'The City' star made an appearance at the Giambattista Valli couture show in Paris yesterday and confirmed that she's been working on a new project.
Talking to WWD at the show, she revealed that she is launching a fashion blog set to launch this summer, which will feature personal style advice from Palermo. Whatever you think about Palermo, as Fashionista point out, she does know how to put a look together so this could be a good move for her after the reality show.
The last year has tragically seen a slew of models found dead including Daul Kim and Ambrose Olsen and 22 year-old model, Tom Nicon is the latest added to the list. The French model was found dead in his apartment in Milan a day before fashion week began. According to his friend, Nicon had allegedly fallen from his apartment window. However, whether this was an accident or a suicide attempt is not clear. "He did the Versace fitting this morning," the unnamed friend said. "After that he was supposed to go to his agency but he never arrived. I don't know if it was suicide or if he fell."
Nicon has walked for brands ranging from Burberry and Louis Vuitton to Hugo Boss and Versace and will be greatly missed. An anonymous model told Isaac Likes - a blog based in Milan, "People think we are young and beautiful and rich and happy. But we're not. We go to castings and the directors take one look at us and then we're dismissed. You spend your whole life wondering what's wrong with you. Why didn't I get that job? You're competing with your friends, you're away from your family. The pressure is huge. It's not the fairytale life people would expect."
Last year I did videos of the fashion shows where I filmed every show and only put on my blog the shows I like. The brands they don’t like that so they call me and ask me ‘why there isn’t video of my show, you were invited’ and I have to say ‘it didn’t work, I filmed it bad’. It’s going to be a difficult but it’s my selection and if they’re not happy they shout but what do they want from me? You’re not my friend and even if you are we are professionals and it’s a job. And they think its ok after that. I want have the same kind of trust like Cathy Horyn. I don’t care about getting banned because I want to show the fans trust. I’m trying to have ethics.
Since her debut in 2004, our favourite Canadian supermodel has fronted a variety of advertising campaigns and covered many high fashion magazines. But it seems that’s not enough for this ambitious 21-year-old. Rocha is now gearing up for another “Coco Moment” in the fashion industry. This Wednesday, she declared on her blog Oh So Coco that she will be launching a clothing range. In her posted video, capturing snippets of Coco sketching in her apartment, she said: “Hey everybody, welcome to my blogspot, Oh So Coco. As many of you know, I’ve been in this industry for quite some time as a model. I have decided to start my own line! So this is where you come in, I need your suggestions on what my line’s name should be. So please leave your comments and I’ll be happy to look at your suggestions."
So far, she’s received over 160 comments, suggesting some very strange names indeed. “Volubilis”, “Oleander” and “Tuque” to name a few. Someone even suggested “Stepdancer”, supposedly linked in with Coco’s love of Irish step dancing (during Jean Paul Gaultier’s A/W 2007 show Rocha opened by Irish-dancing down the catwalk). But mainly it seems her fans think she should keep it simple and easily recognisable with ideas along the lines of “Oh So Coco”, “Coco Rocha” or “Coco Couture”. Check out her blog if you think you can do better.
Last week we reported that the stunning 20-year-old super model, Daul Kim, was discovered hanged in her Paris apartment. Later, it emerged that the Paris prosecutor's office ruled her death as a probable suicide, sadly making her the ninth South Korean celebrity to commit suicide this year.
However, it seems additional details of Kim's death are still surfacing. This Monday, French weekly magazine, Paris Match, revealed that sources involved with the investigation said the Seoul-born model left a suicide note. Furthermore, French daily newspaper, Le Parisien, has reported that “multiple sources” have said Kim's father, a Samsung Executive, does not believe she took her own life.
Last week, many read – and reported on – Kim’s blog, speculating that she felt depressed and pressured over the stresses of high fashion modeling. Kim’s blog has now been blocked from public view in an attempt to dampen interest. However, it is clear that blogging was an important part of Kim and was a means to see her life as she wanted it to be understood.