Meet Cecilia Cassini. An up-and-coming childrenswear designer with a celebrity following and starting to gain interest by major industry retailers. The catch? She's TEN years old! Sewing since 6? Reading Chanel and Valentino biographies at 7? Cecilia is a hit with young fashionistas as she sews, designs and picks out her own fabrics all on her own. Way to make the rest of us look like underachievers, C.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Just when you thought your credit card was safe from the incredibly addictive Gilt Groupe, the company launches Gilt City, a new leg of the site that offers deals on restaurants, salons and other lifestyle businesses throughout New York City.Gilt City is being compared by techies to Groupon, a very popular sales site that offers discounts on products if a certain amount of people sign up. But it’s different because, while there’s a limited quantity available in each deal, it doesn’t require a minimal amount of participants. And of course, the offers are a bit more high end. Initial deals have included 50% off dinner at Rouge Tomate and 50% off packages at Vartali Salon. If Gilt City is successful in New York, it’ll expand to other metropolises.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
We bow down to the beauty that is Sophia Loren. Aside from being a tremendous individual, she still looks amazing at 75 years old in this fashion spread for Paris Match magazine. And how can you not love someone who stated "Everything you see I owe to spaghetti".
Ladies, guard your bling! DeBeers, the world's largest diamond miner, believes the supply of diamonds is slowly running out, meaning diamond prices could rise 5% per year. DeBeers' managing director explains:"Diamonds are a treasure of nature that should be properly protected, because there will be less to sell. The reality is that supply cannot keep up, and that will become very accentuated over the next 15 years."
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Well, well. We were wondering what was going into the old Biography Book Shop on Bleecker street, which recently closed after 20 years. Continuing his real estate domination of our west village neighborhood (he has 5 stores in the area), Marc Jacobs is opening a new store in the space ... and it's actually a book store, tentatively called "Book Marc". This week, gold lettering went up in the windows at 400 Bleecker Street promising "a bookstore will be opening here--Winter 2010."
Earth Day was actually last week, so excuse our late post. A few designers sent Fashionista their tips on going green. “I don’t like plastic bags so I carry a canvas tote in my purse at all times. Also, get involved in your local community garden, it’s so easy and lots of fun” (Maria Cornejo), “The only coral I use is the color and I like to stay green all year by running errands and trekking my kids around the city on my rickshaw” (Lela Rose),“Just try and be more aware of your consumption. Little choices like using cloth napkins and dish towels, not providing plastic water bottles at the office, using less AC and riding your bike. I find all these things to be easy adjustments, and in the end they make a difference” (Sophie Buhai, Vena Cava).
Friday, April 23, 2010
On September 7, 2010 Fashion’s Night Out is hosting what they claim will be the biggest fashion show ever staged in New York City.By biggest, they mean over 200 models on the runway and 1500 seats for onlookers. Instead of focusing on specific designers, the show will feature fall’s biggest trends. Anna Wintour said: “We felt it is important for people to see what wonderful fashion will be in stores at that moment. This show will focus on the key trends we’ve identified for Fall so that shoppers will have plenty of inspiration to join the fun during Fashion’s Night Out." Can't wait!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The Times of London has compiled a list of the most fashionable films ever and those that made the cut may surprise you. The Times top ten include: West Side Story (1961), Belle de Jour (1967), The Big Sleep (1946), Atonement (2007), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Annie Hall (1977), Factory Girl (2006), Coco avant Chanel (2009), Gone With the Wind (1939), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). TCM had done the same last year, with their top ten including: Pandora's Box (1929), Letty Lynton (1932), It Happened One Night (1934), Pat and Mike (1952), Rear Window (1954), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), And God Created Woman (1956), Auntie Mame (1958), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Bonnie and Clyde (1967). So who has the better list?
Labels: Silver Screen Sundays
In the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, clothing designer and actress Tara Subkoff revealed she survived a brain tumor. The Imitation of Christ designer sat down with the magazine to tell her life changing and inspirational story. Click here to read. "Life is so fast, it feels important to stop and freeze and appreciate the now. Even if the now is being stuck in hideous traffic with a flat tire, I bet if you look there’s a doughnut shop across the street. So just before I lose control, I take a breath and try to remember that there’s always something sweet just around the corner."
Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder tries some dapper suits for GQ, adding to recent frenzy for TV Vampires doing fashion spreads. These are good, but not as great as Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, and Alexander Skarsgård from the recent True Blood shoot for Details Magazine!
Monday, April 19, 2010
As if his last collection wasn't astounding enough, new photos of Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2010 handbags and shoes are positively fantastic! We are blown away from the detailed images of the shoes from McQueen's angels and demons inspired collection, not to mention their intricacy. For more click here.
America's version of Glastonbury kicked off on Friday, and it was time for some of the world's hottest young starlets to hit up Coachella Music and Arts Festival - in style, of course. Woodstock meets the runway as everyone from the artists themselves to the celebrity fans were donned in their favorite festival duds on the weekend to watch their favorite music acts including Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Sia and more.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Our beloved Sartorialist Blog, is currently running a Vintage Photo Contest which is a lovely addition to the myriad of other style photos. People have sent in fantastic pics of their relatives or ads, so take a moment to visit Scott's photos, both new and old, today.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Penélope Cruz guest-edited next month's French Vogue, which has three different covers. On one, she appears alongside Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, and Gwyneth Paltrow; all ladies appear to be wearing tees from Gap's (Product) Red collection. On another cover, she poses as the other half of Bono's face, and on the third, she embraces Meryl Streep. This is a surprising, very Hollywood direction for a magazine that loves models so much!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
This new day brings a new magazine...Sloane Magazine, that is! Sloane is a new eZine for sophisticated, urban women ages 30+. Content includes features on fashion, beauty, career, design, art, home decor, cooking, travel and health. Visit my article "Age is in the Attitude: Welcome to your Thirties" on Page 25!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
As if having his own Coke bottle wasn't enough, Karl Lagerfeld will soon have his own DVD set. Back in 1987, The Lagerfeld did a TV special which aired on A&E as a three-part series titled "The Story of Fashion". Now, over two decades later, the network has decided to release the episodes on DVD. And for only $49.99 you too can own your own piece of history and watch a younger Karl and other designers talk about the fashion industry.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Ready for the new season of HBO's "True Blood"? So are we! So to tempt us even further, Details magazine posted this behind the scenes video featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten and Stephen Moyer while on the set of their recent photoshoot. You're welcome.
According to new research by OnePoll, women spend over 25,000 hours shopping for clothes, food, accessories and household goods. That is to say an average woman spends nearly THREE years of their lives shopping. Wow! And after breaking it down, it turns out women spend the most hours shopping for groceries followed by shopping for clothes. On average, women were found to make about 300 shopping trips. Even window shopping takes up time with an estimate of 51 trips being made without purchasing anything.
Monday, April 12, 2010
And speaking of photographers...there had been rumours Sartorialist Scott Schuman might be landing himself a television deal. And now it sounds like he finally signed on for one! His fabulous girlfriend and fellow blogger, Garance Doré, admits she's "working on a TV show with Scott. We don't know yet exactly what form it's going to have. It's the same thing: why would we do a classic TV show, when the world is changing? And the world of media is changing? So we are working on the concept. We want something that talks to the people very easily and that you can see on the Internet." Amazing!
The beloved late matriarch of the McCartney brood had a photo credit on a t-shirt in daughter designer Stella McCartney's pre-fall collection, and will now be honored with Taschen's new tome, "A Retrospective of Linda McCartney's Life and Photography" this fall. Sir Paul McCartney, Stella and the other children sifted through an archive of 200,000 Linda's photographs documenting the explosive 1960s with the Beatles and the daily life of their growing family to create the 288-page coffee table book from Taschen. Annie Leibowitz and Martin Harrison contributed to the volume, which will also come in 750 signed copies by Sir Paul, as well as two special art editions.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
A few months ago we mentioned that several outfits belonging to Grace Kelly would be going on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, but we wanted to remind you all now that the exhibit will officially open to the public on April 17th. The exhibit titled "Grace Kelly: Style Icon" will be broken into three sections: "The Actress", "The Bride" and "The Princess". For those of you who can't make it, a companion book, Grace Kelly Style, will also be released for the opening.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Do you have what it takes to make it work? Can you hang with Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum? Then now's your chance to apply to be one of the designers on Season 8 of Project Runway! Bunim/Murray Productions is now accepting applications, but don't wait too long because the deadline to enter is April 22nd! Click here to enter.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
First Versace, and now LVMH! LVMH is plunging into the hotel business to "oversee the group's activities in the luxury sector" and to "maximize the value of its brand". Chief executive Bernard Arnault opened one of the first hotels Cheval Blanc, named after the vineyard the French luxury group controls, back in 2006 and now plans to open two more in Oman and Egypt.The two hotels will feature 30 to 40 lush suites that will open in 2012, with more to follow.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The forthcoming website Fashion Stake is the brainchild of Harvard Business School student Vivian Weng. She previously worked in finance, helping fashion companies secure funding. "Fashion’s dirty little secret is that no one really has a lot of money — even people who are well-known and household names,” she told WWD. “One designer’s first round of financing took 18 months to complete." With her new site, launching this fall, she aims to give young labels a shot at funding from the masses. Anyone can invest just $50 in a label they like. Fabulous!
Monday, April 5, 2010
"For the Promiscuous Idealist whom Lives in Elegant Danger", Sruli Recht has designed the first ever bullet proof pocket square. Seriously. Made from military grade ballistic protective aramid, they do issue this disclaimer stating: "If a gun is aimed at you, fired, and the slug hits you, you will be hurt despite the properties of the square; The impact of the projectile itself is likely to fracture your bones and bruise you." But the question remains, what if someone shoots you in the other breast pocket?
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Just in time for summer, Chanel has contributed to the South of France’s official sport, Pétanque by creating a a vintage-inspired Pétanque/Bocce ball set. The set, priced at about at about $2,800, includes eight stainless steel bocce balls engraved with the Chanel logos and a wooden “jack” or target ball.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Coca-Cola that is! Karl Lagerfeld is now putting his stamp on the beverage world. He was asked by the soda company to design a special edition aluminum bottle for their product Coca-Cola Light. This being said he slapped a onsilhouette of himself, signed the bottom of the bottle and called it a day. If you order this bottle in a box set you at least get an interesting looking box that contains a bottle opener.
After going bankrupt, then getting bailed out by a private-equity fund, Yohji Yamamoto returned home to Japan to put on a fashion show last night. About 3,200 people turned up to watch the show, held at the stadium from the 1964 Olympic Games. Many Japanese celebrities walked, along with models and Yamamoto's design team. Welcome back!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
An apt location for an exhibition dedicated to the use of black in fashion and costume design, Antwerp is arguably the industry's minimalism mecca. As an influential fashion capital, its status owes much to the Antwerp Six—graduates from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the early '80s—whose roster includes Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dirk Bikkembergs and briefly, the reclusive Martin Margiela. The city's Mode Museum hosts a new exhibition (until Aug 8th) dedicated to fashion's favorite color in "Black. Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume." Just think...where would we be without the little black dress?