Friday, January 24, 2014

Meet The New Yves Saint Laurent

Pierre Berge was so impressed by a new biopic made about his late long-term partner Yves Saint Laurent that he was moved to tears. The film - which is out in French cinemas now - stars rising actor Pierre Niney in the title role.

"When I made my entrance following two hours in make-up, Pierre Bergé started to sob," said Niney. "The guy who knew YSL better than anyone in the world had glimpsed something of his friend and lover. It's the one thing that makes me think that we perhaps really managed to capture something."

Piere Berge As Yves Saint Laurent
Although Niney admits that he didn't know very much about the legendary designer before he took on the role, he learnt quickly about the complexities of his personality and his mannerisms.

"YSL has such an unusual voice and elocution that I didn't want to tackle it in the wrong way," he toldMetropolitan magazine. "I wanted to work on it as much as I could until I came up with something that at least I was happy with. The voice contained all his fragility; however, I also believe that he used his shyness as a weapon his entire life."

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chanel's Eye-Watering Trainer Price Tag

If you were one of the Chanel fans who fell madly in love with the trainers that Karl Lagerfeld sent out with every look of this week´s couture show - thinking, "finally, a couture piece that I can actually buy" - then, I'm afraid, we have some not great news for you. The trainers are only available as part of each couture look, meaning the pricetag is likely to be pretty eye-watering.

As if the news that Lady Gaga had (permanently) borrowed the Atelier Versace crystal veil wasn't enough to distress eager editors and couture shoppers, the Chanel trainer bombshell will surely be enough to give any fashion follower the couture blues. But, fear not, Lagerfeld wouldn't leave thousands of achingly chic women barefoot come spring - there's always a Karl back-up plan.

Chanel Couture Trainers
"They are only available as part of the Haute Couture look. However, we always have similar versions in our commercial and ready-to-wear collections," a spokesperson for Chanel assured us this morning, meaning that you will be able to get your hands on the lust worthy trainers - or very similar - at Chanel stockists worldwide this spring.

Naomi On Kate: ´What You See Is What You Get.´

Today Kate Moss turns 40. To celebrate, Naomi Campbell writes  about their 25 year friendship and why she adores her supermodel ‘little sister.´

Naomi & Kate In 1995
I first met Kate Moss in Los Angeles in 1992. She was 15, I was 18. It was a brief meeting but I remember her being strikingly quiet, she hardly spoke. She can be very shy at times, if she doesn’t know you she doesn’t speak. The other striking thing, obviously, was her beautiful face. I knew she was special from that first minute I saw her.

Some months later in 1993 we were both working in Madrid and that’s when I kidnapped her. I said: “You can’t be here on your own! You’re coming with me.” That was the start of a long friendship.

Back then we were young, so young. We were on the road a lot, travelling the world, working. Shoots would go on for hours and hours. You might be doing them back to back, day and night. We were often in the same places, so we came together, protected each other and it quickly became a lot of fun.

Kate: At Her Peak
What’s Kate like? Well, she’s honest, loyal and straightforward. There’s no bullshit. She’s not pretentious in any way. What you see is what you get. I love that about her. After all, we’re both from South London. I’m from Streatham, she’s from Croydon, and from working class families. She’s never tried to be anything else and nor have I. We know our roots.

I was lucky enough to have met Christy Turlington already, and then I took Kate under my wing and we became a three. Christy and I showed Kate the ropes. If we knew a designer was a certain way we’d explain it to her, we’d tell her how people worked and what to look out for. We’d share everything. We worked so hard in those days, and then in the evening we would go out, for dinner, to concerts.

Kate lived between Christy’s flat and my flat in New York and then when we travelled to do the shows in Italy and Paris, we’d try to stay in the same hotels and on the same floor. We might have a break somewhere like Marrakech after the collections and then we’d be back to face 25 shows.

We were like sisters. Kate was cool, stylish. She’d sometimes tell us how to dress “You need to be a bit more funky and down beat,” she’d say. On her advice I once wore Adidas sneakers with a Galliano dress, which in retrospect was an appalling faux pas. I realised that Kate Moss could get away with things that the rest of us couldn’t.

We were all practical in the flat. I was tidiest and liked to cook and we’d organise Sunday lunches for whoever was over from London. Nice big English roasts, with stuffing, sage and onion, with potatoes. I wasn’t very good at doing the Yorkshire pudding, Kate did that, and we’d have English friends around to remind us of London and family.

Still Good Friends: Naomi & Kate In 2012
After one Sunday lunch we wanted to go and see Nirvana, who were playing at Columbus Circle, where the old Coliseum was, but we didn’t have tickets. We decided to blag it. So we get there and say, “So have our tickets been left here?” And the woman was like, “No, I’m sorry, there’s none.”

We did the whole, “that’s so weird because they are supposed to be here”. And all the while the lady is looking at Kate Moss. Her picture was all over New York for Calvin Klein at the time, and they must’ve thought, well it must be true. So in the end we got to see Nirvana and we got backstage. Where there’s a will there’s a way, we’d say.

We were completely unaware of the sudden attention around “models” that was going on around us at the time, with Christy and Cindy [Crawford] and Amber [Valetta] too. We never paid attention to press and we did our jobs and tried to enjoy it at the same time.

Kate and I were a backbone of support for each other. We’d meet after work for dinner, we’d go out. We talked about boys, as girls do, and the boys we’d met. Once we were with a person we’d still see each other. If her birthday was in LA, I’d go there. If mine was in New York, she’d come from wherever she was. We’d make an effort to be around for Christmas, birthdays, summer holidays. If I was doing a fashion show and she wasn’t in it, she’d still come and watch.

We were very spontaneous, never pre-planned. We lived life, enjoyed life everywhere we went. It was fun. We were professional models but we were also growing up. We started so young, we were still having our teenage years.

There are so, so many good times I remember, so many. There was the time in February 1998 when we flew to meet Nelson Mandela in Cape Town.

Kate helped me pull together a load of people for a benefit for The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and we did it in a short amount of time. We were adventurous. Granddad [Mandela] had a tea party for us in the Presidential House in Cape Town and he introduced himself to everyone, hairdressers, make-up artists, everyone. Amber was so overwhelmed she started crying. That was such a memorable trip to share with friends.

And obviously Kate and I have seen each other through the good and the bad. Kate has stood by me through it all. You can count on your hands the friends who’ll be there for you in the tough times, and she’s one of them. We can sit down and laugh about things, but she’s also respectful and mature.

She knows me very well and while sometimes we might tell a story differently (“No, I remember you didn’t wake up on time,” or “you fell over when you were doing that”) but at the end of the day it’s that we were together that counts, that I’ve grown up with her.

One thing I like about our friendship is that we’ve learned to resolve issues one-on-one, we don’t let anyone else get involved. We don’t have to speak every day but we have a connection. Sometimes she’ll know something is up, she’ll call and say, “Are you okay?” She’s very intuitive, very instinctive. She might not tell you she’s noticed something straight away but she doesn’t miss a beat. Nothing gets past her.

I’m proud of Kate, I’m very proud of her, I think what she’s done and what she’s still doing is phenomenal. There was never any jealousy between us. We were always supportive of each other and happy for one another. I respect her husband Jamie tremendously; I love him. Kate is also an amazing mother.

Perhaps what I love best about Kate is that she tries to keep the child within her, I would never want her to lose it. Yes, she’s 40, I’m 43, but it’s always great to have your child in you. It’s that vulnerability that makes you special, that makes you do the creative things, she so has that and when we’re together it comes out. We’re like we’re at secondary school. That’s what happens with girlfriends who’ve grown up together. That’s the charm of the friendship.

We always laugh together, always. I feel completely comfortable with her, I can really let go, let my hair down and have a real laugh. When we’re together people always say, “Oh my God you two are such entertainment. You’re so funny.”

Never complain, never explain is her way. She’s very private, she likes to be private, that’s her approach.

I don’t know what I’m getting her for a present yet. I will be running around the shops to get her something in time to give it to her on her birthday.

She’s like my little sister, and 40 or not she’s still my little sister. We even have nicknames for each other, but I don’t think she’d want me to tell you!

Yohji Yamamoto: The Most Beautiful Wedding Show Ever?

The invitation was to a wedding, but Yohji Yamamoto's Spring 1999 collection was bridal as bridal had never been before. "Behind the wedding dress, there must be many stories," Yamamoto said, and as the ones he showed told theirs, literally changing before the audience's eyes, many in the front row dissolved into tears. 

Episode Backstage  revisits one of the most enchanting fashion shows ever, a career high from a modern master. Watch the show in all it´s entirety below.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lady Gaga’s Catwalk Raid

One of the most talked-about pieces on the Atelier Versace catwalk on Sunday night was the crystal - adorned mesh hood shown with a white fluffy coat. So, understandably, press and couture customers who visited the showroom in the subsequent days were keen to see it in the flesh - but they were disappointed. Lady Gaga was probably shining its sparkly baubles even as they spoke, since it was by then proudly ensconced in her much talked about wardrobe.

After borrowing it to wear to the post-show Versace dinner, which she attended as the special guest of Donatella, Lady Gaga asked (quite politely, we're sure), if she could retain the one-of-a kind item which Versace allowed her to.

Lady Gaga
Although she is the  brand´s current campaign face, as well as a close friend of  Donatella, Lady Gaga should feel privileged at the gift, since it is fairly unusual for a couture piece to be given away to a celebrity straight after the show. This is thanks not only to the fact that it is the only one in the world, but also because the craftsmanship involved in its creation mean it would have been excruciatingly expensive (not to mention time-consuming) to make.

And it seems Lady Gaga knew that only too well, since her tweet (and accompanying hashtag) following the dinner denoted just a hint of self-satisfaction.

"Me, Riccardo Tisci, Donatella Versace and Franca Sozzani. In white fur crystal hood #offtherunway," she tweeted.

Dior’s Student Couture Invitation

Dior invited top students from 16 international colleges to watch a specially organised couture show yesterday, also attended by employees from its ateliers. Participating schools included Central Saint Martins, The Royal College of Art, the Condé Nast College and Parsons School of Design in New York.

"In five, six years from now they will probably kick me out," said Dior creative director Raf Simons of his young fans. "But that's how it should be; that's the cycle. It's wonderful to connect with students and the atelier people, who don't normally get to see the show."

Students were taken inside the ateliers and were given advice from Simons himself.

"I think as a student you shouldn't think about the system, but just what you really, really believe in, and in the beginning reach out to other people who believe in it, rather than those who are in control," he told WWD.

Here Comes The Couture

Having whetted our fashion appetite with last week's menswear shows, it's on to the second course, as Couture Fashion Week begins in Paris (although, strictly speaking, it should be dessert, if the frothy, colourful and delicate confections that we are expecting materialise). Kicked off in some style by Donatella Versace's Atelier Versace label last night (with Lady Gaga on the front row), the week promises plenty to look forward to on and off the catwalk - including the world's most expensive dresses, all our favourite models, and almost as many stars as the Oscars' red carpet.

Particularly exciting is the first Schiaparelli runway show designed by new creative director Marco Zanini, which is today's first show, as well as another debut by Hussein Chalayan for Vionnet demi-couture.
The debut show at couture week by London-based Ralph & Russo on Thursday is the first by a British couture house in more than 100 years - while Giorgio Armani will be celebrating for other reasons, as his Privé couture collections will be celebrated with an exhibition following the show tomorrow.

Add to all that the delights of Christian Dior, Giambattista Valli, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stéphane Rolland, and the drama of Chanel - and we can all look forward to a very filling second course, with just enough room for a fluffy meringue or two afterwards.

See the couture shows as they happen, here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Beckham´s Dover Street Store Confirmed

Victoria Beckham  has confirmed that her first standalone store will be on London's Dover Street, opening this autumn. The shop, covering 7,000 square foot, will be situated at number 36 - which is currently occupied by sporting store Orvis, opposite Dover Street Market, next to APC, and a few doors down from Automat.

"I think the time is now because I know my customer," Beckham said. "It will be the first time that the people will really be able to see the brand through my eyes."

Victoria Beckham
For the store's interiors, Beckham has enlisted architect Farshid Moussavi - whose projects include the 2012 London Olympic Park - and explained that she hopes to "drill a massive hole through the middle" to link the building's three floors.

"[Moussavi] is a woman who loves fashion as well," Beckham told WWD. "She has quite a conceptual eye, which I like. We want to make something different without making it overly complicated. I just want it to feel real for me."

The space will house all of the collections under her brand, including Victoria Beckham, Victoria, denim, optical and accessories. Beckham also revealed that Britain is her strongest market, followed by America -  where she is set to open an office, in New York's Chelsea, next month.

Naomi Campbell: Happy Birthday Little Sister Kate

Family aside, there aren't many people who know Kate Moss as well as Naomi Campbell. In fact, with a 25-year-long friendship under their belt, Campbell believes that they're as close as real siblings. Moss, who turns 40 today, is three years younger than her supermodel peer.

"She's like my little sister, and 40 or not she's still my little sister," Campbell said. "We even have nicknames for each other - but I don't think she'd want me to tell you! She's honest, loyal and straightforward. There's no bullshit. She's not pretentious in any way. What you see is what you get and I love that about her."

Kate & Naomi
The pair first met in 1992, when Moss was 15 and Campbell was 18. Together with Christy Turlington, Campbell took the shy ingénue "under her wing" and they let her live in between their respective apartments in Paris and New York. They travelled as a two, talked about boys, cooked roast dinners, talk their way into gigs and would always make the effort to see one another at birthdays and Christmas. They became, as Campbell describes, a "backbone of support for each other". And, Moss was always on hand to offer style advice.

"She'd sometimes tell us how to dress, 'You need to be a bit more funky and downbeat,' she'd say. On her advice, I once wore Adidas sneakers with a Galliano dress, which in retrospect was an appalling faux pas," recalled Campbell. "I realised that Kate could get away with things that the rest of us couldn't."

She credits her friend for being spontaneous and fun, but also a "great mother" and someone who she can always rely on. She also comments on Moss as being "very shy at times - If she doesn't know you she doesn't speak."

"Perhaps what I love best about Kate is that she tries to keep the child within her, I would never want to her to lose it," she said. "Yes, she's 40, I'm 43, but it's always great to have your child in you," Campbell wrote for  The Evening Standard. "It's that vulnerability that makes you special, that makes you do the creative things, she so has that and when we're together it comes out. We're like we're at secondary school. That's what happens with girlfriends who've grown up together. That's the charm of friendship."

Elite Models Pays Biggest Ever Intern Settlement

Elite Model Management has agreed to pay a $450,000 settlement to a group of interns who worked for the company without pay. The pay-out is the largest awarded to unpaid interns to date, and will see more than 100 former interns receive a minimum compensation of $700 each.

The action began when a former Elite Models intern, Dajia Davenport, filed a $50 million lawsuit in February 2013 claiming that Elite "deliberately misclassifies its interns as exempt from wage requirements", despite asking them to work more than 40 hours a week. The two parties came to an agreement on Friday - although somewhat short of the initial $50 million sum - approving a settlement that covered the minimum wage for each for a four-week period.

Elite Models
Steven Wittel, whose firm Wittels Law represented the interns, described the culmination as "a very favourable sum," Fashionista reports, adding: "Elite is a reasonable company that decided to do the right thing. They should be commended."

Elite Models currently manages the careers of Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Karen Elson and Yasmin and Amber le Bon, among others, and has also represented supermodels from Tyra Banks and Gisele Bündchen to Christie Brinkley and Heidi Klum in the past.

The settlement is the latest development in the recurring debate about internship policies in the media industry, which has seen several companies in America cancel their internship programmes.

Betty Adewole: Catwalk CV

Betty Adewole has a name, and a face, that you won't forget - and the fashion industry isn't likely to let you try this year, since she's set to be one of 2014's hottest models.

Scouted at 15 in her hometown of London - shopping on Tottenham Court Road, to be precise - the model has politely dismissed comparisons with another capital-born model, Naomi Campbell, asserting that, while flattered, she is "very different". After a steady start, the turning point in her career was being signed by IMG last year, and subsequently cutting her waist-length hair into a boyish crop - forcing designers in search of a new look to take notice.
Betty Adewole
From her debut on the catwalks of Loewe and Maison Martin Margiela during the spring/summer 2011 season, Adewole has become one of the industry's most sought-after catwalk faces. With appearances in some of fashion's biggest shows - from Alexander McQueen and Tom Ford to Stella McCartney and Givenchy - under her belt, she's likely to give fellow Londoners Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne a run for their money in the popularity stakes when the shows begin next month.

And, come campaign season, who knows? Watch this face.

H&M Names Its Future Design Stars

H&M has announced its eight 2014 design award finalists - an accolade now in its third year. The group were chosen from 26 semi-finalists, studying at different colleges around the world.

Twelve countries were scoured, 30 design schools were reviewed - including six from the UK - and countless notes and pictures were taken. Each graduating designer was selected based on their own unique creativity, technical skills and vision. They were each offered €5,000 to present their collections in London last December to a distinguished international jury, including Vogue's Serena Hood, actress Michelle Dockery, designer Erdem and Michelle Harper, a street-style favourite. The final winner will be announced on January 28 at 11am. 
H&M Design Award
Former alumni of the prize include London College of Fashion graduate Stine Riis, who was recently named Surface to Air womenswear creative director. To find out more about the award, meet the finalists, and vote for the People's Prize which offers a three-month internship at Erdem's studio, visit

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Miu Miu’s Fab Four Muses

Miu Miu has named its new campaign stars - four rising actresses: Elle Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Lupita Nyong'o and Bella Heathcote.

The minimal yet bold images were shot by Inez & Vinoodh in New York. Fanning - the 15-year-old sister of Dakota Fanning - shot to fame after starring in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, alongside Stephen Dorff, while Elizabeth Olsen - the younger sibling of the famous Olsen twins - is known for her harrowing performance in Martha Macy May Malene. Heathcote's first cinema hit was Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp and Eva Green, and Nyong'o is tipped to win big at awards season this year, for her role in the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave.
Miu Miu´s New Faces
Both Miu Miu and its parent brand Prada are known for casting the future generation of acting talent in their campaigns. This week, Prada named Dane DeHaan as its new face, while former Miu Miu muses include Mia Wasikowska and Hailee Steinfeld.

Well Done The Boys

Three days, over 50 shows, countless parties and lots - and lots - of very handsome boys, as well as some quite serious hangovers - the fourth season of London Collections: Men this week couldn't have gone better, according to its chairman Dylan Jones.

"In previous seasons we had a tent pole of a personality to head it up - from the Prince of Wales, to David Cameron, to Boris Johnson," he says. "This season we wanted to take a step back and see if it ran with its own momentum and it really was the best season ever - great buyers; great press; fantastic parties."

The event was widely praised for being slick, efficient and timely - not adjectives usually associated with Fashion Weeks more commonly beset with complaints about late-running shows, impossible-to-find venues and uncomfortably packed schedules. "We're inviting people to an event they'd never been asked to consider before - so we had to make it fun as well as making good business sense to designers and all the ancillary people - car companies, productions companies, make-up artists, models," says Jones, who himself admits to feeling a little jaded after leading the celebrations in in typical GQ, no-holding-back style.

The real game changer was Burberry joining the schedule during the third season - joining Tom Ford and McQueen who'd already been reeled back to show in London - creating an unmissable schedule. Because, says Jones, "missing a Burberry show just isn't done - but it's not just about having it here, it's about the scale and ambition of what they've done with the show - it's as good as any show that you'd see anywhere in the world." 

London Mens Fashion Week
Menswear's natural home has been London since the bowler hats and pinstripes of Savile Row and it seems that its reputation is only going to get better from here. "The difficult season was the second one," says Jones. "There is always that worry that, rather like raising money for charity, people will feel 'I've done that - I've given' - but this week has proved that we exist now - we've been proud of every season but this one felt like we're really going strong. Of course there are problems - there is the discussion about dates coinciding with Pitti, but it's not an insurmountable problem and it's certainly one we can fix."

"Everyone really stepped up this season, from Lou Dalton to Katie Eary to Rake and Richard James - and there was a sense of competition which was brilliant. The combination of the iconic tailoring of Savile Row and Jermyn Street with the big international brands like Paul Smith, Burberrry and McQueen and the emerging New Gen and MAN talent is what's so great. London has always had this sense of tradition and rebellion which is what you don't get anywhere else - and we excel at both of them. That's the DNA of LC:M - the incredible mix - and the great parties obviously."

The New Moss: Meet Kate’s Model Sister

Kate Moss´s  younger half-sister, Lottie Moss, has been signed by  Storm Model Management - the same agency as her elder supermodel sibling. Moss turned 16 yesterday, and tweeted a picture of her portfolio page on the Storm website.

"Now that she has turned 16 we are pleased to welcome Lottie onto our client roster on our New Faces division at Storm," a Storm spokesperson told us this morning. "However, as she is in full time education she is concentrating on her exams and this is her focus."

Lottie Moss
Lottie was 13 when she first caught the eye of scouts, after she appeared as a bridesmaid at her big sister´s wedding in July 2011. Speculation fast emerged that she was due to follow in Moss's footsteps, but her mother and Storm decided that she was too young and her career has been put on hold until now. She is just 5'5" in height - generally considered as small for a model (Kate Moss is a diminutive 5'8") - and has the same high cheekbones as her sister. With blonde hair and wide blue eyes, will her fresh-faced, English rose appeal prove as much as an asset to her as it did a young Kate?

Miley For Marc

Miley Cyrus is the new face of Marc Jacobs. The controversial singer fronts the label's spring/summer 2014 campaign, set on a dark beach in Los Angeles and photographed by David Sims.

"We all just love her and her entire being, her energy, her talent, her intelligence, everything," Jacobs told WWD. "There's nothing I don't like about her. She is just genuine and very natural."

Miley Cyrus For Marc Jacobs
Cyrus is a friend of both Jacobs and his business partner Robert Duffy. She appeared nude in Jacobs's Protect The Skin You're In T-shirt campaign, which raises funds and awareness for skin-cancer research, and presented the duo with the Fashion Group International's Superstar Award in October last year.

The shot features the star pensively staring into the distance on a moody beach, while two models - Natalie Westling and Esmerelda Seay Reynolds - appear in the background. However, Cyrus's casting has disappointed one of Jacobs's key collaborators, Juergen Teller, who refused to shoot the campaign.

"I have worked with Juergen for years and love him as an artist," Jacobs said. "He just didn't want to shoot her."

The Worst Thing About Being Beautiful

Victoria´s Secret and Prada model Lyndsey Scott has spoken very candidly about the best and worst things about being beautiful - and she is in a position to know, having, according to her, transitioned relatively recently from being a "geek" to someone who makes a living from their looks.

"The perks of being good looking: People offer me a lot more freebies, strangers talk to me more often, more people listen to me and laugh at my jokes, and I even have the occasional suitor... all good things," she shared. "On the other hand: would-be catcallers will sometimes skip the compliments and just call me a bitch as I walk by, some women (although very few) are very catty to me from the get-go, and many people are shocked to find out that I'm anything other than an airhead - that I was a computer science major, and that I program iOS apps, for example. Sometimes it all makes me very, very angry. Sometimes even a complimentary catcall can make my blood boil. Sometimes I feel as if I have to prove myself now just as I felt I had to prove myself then."

Lyndsey Scott
Scott - who describes herself as a "model, actress and app developer" - was prolific on the catwalk in 2010 and 2011, walking for Prada, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Erdem, Diane von Furstenberg, Fendi and Gucci among others. But, despite her modelling success, she still finds her newly emerged beauty - and the perks that come with it - a difficult thing to accept.

"It's nice to now have that perspective rare to the newly beautiful - the world is a super-shallow place, yes, but it's pointless to take their snap judgements too seriously because no one deserves to be treated differently based solely on their appearance," she added on  question and answer website Quora. "When I need to feel most powerful, I'll do my hair, throw on a nice outfit, put on a bit of make-up and it helps a disgusting amount. In general, I feel extremely lucky to have been granted this new super-power. But when I'm home and completely myself, when my hair is a mess, when I'm wearing my now broken glasses with the tape in the middle, and I'm up coding at 3am, I could give my middle-school self a major run for her money. I have to wonder, why didn't they like me then when I'm still the same person now? Why do they like me now? How do I know that they like me now? Does anyone actually really even like me now?"

Can Wearable Tech Really Be Stylish?

Wearable Technology  is one of those space-age-sounding concepts that in the Eighties we may have imagined we'd be donning by 2020, but it isn't something generally thought of as stylish - until now. New York label Opening Ceremony has become the first big-name fashion brand to team up with a technology giant - in this case Intel - to create a piece of wearable tech with a cooler edge.

Wearable Technology
From Google's much lauded (and vilified) Glass - featuring a camera and screen worn on the face - which is set to be released this year, to T-shirts and bras that track your heartbeat and weight gain respectively, our clothes have been incredibly busy doing things that they really don't need to of late. Currently the preserve of sporty types keen to make the most of every step they take - and monitor their vital statistics while doing so - wearable technology is set to hit the mainstream this year, and fashion brands are bound to want to make them more aesthetically pleasing.

In September 2012, Diane von Furstenberg collaborated with Google to send some of her models on to the spring / summer 2013 catwalk wearing Google Glasses, but this new release will be fashion's first specially designed product. Although it has not yet been confirmed what the piece will look like, or what it will do for your life, the "smart bracelet" will be released at Barneys, WWD reports, in collaboration with the CFDA (of which Von Furstenberg is chair) and designed by Opening Ceremony.

"The first big story [from the Consumer Electronics Show 2014] is the real inflection point for wearable devices," Accenture's John Curran told the Financial Times. "It is about these devices moving from niche applications and early adopters into much more mainstream products."

Friday, January 3, 2014

Looking For Kate: The Moss Documentary

Kate Moss is the subject of a candid new documentary, due to air on French television channel Paris Première on January 12. The one-off programme celebrates the supermodel's 40th birthday on January 16th.

Kate Moss
Entitled Looking For Kate, the documentary will look at all facets of Moss's story so far - including her career and personal life. Leading industry names such as Isabel Marant, Paolo Roversi and Peter Lindbergh will also divulge their accounts of having worked with fashion's most enigmatic model star.

It is not yet known whether or not the show will be aired on British television.

Yves Carcelle Awarded France’s Highest Honour

Former Louis Vuitton CEO Yves Carcelle was made an Officer of the Legion of  Honour on New Year's Day. The accolade is considered France's highest civilian decoration.

Yves Carcelle
Although Carcelle resigned from his role as Vuitton CEO in November 2012 (a position that he had held since 1990), he still works for the French company as vice chairman of art museum Fondation Louis Vuitton - which will open next year in Paris. He also remains on the LVMH executive committee.

Other names to make the annual list include Anthony Chalhoub, Chalhoub Group CEO, and Guerlain perfurmer Thierry Wasser - both of whom were awarded knighthoods, WWD  reports.

Phoebe Philo Leads Fashion's New Year Honours

Phoebe Philo, creative director of Celine, received an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list, which was quiet for the fashion industry but not for women - who received the lion's share of the honours for the first time in history. Make-up artist Pat McGrath  - famous for her work creating catwalk looks  for major fashion houses, Dior in particular - was awarded an MBE for her services to the fashion and beauty industry, while an MBE also went to Natalie Gibson, textile designer and print tutor at Central Saint Martins.

Phoebe Philo
Elsewhere in the Arts, sculptor Antony Gormley was given a knighthood and actress Penelope Keith - known for her role in Seventies sitcom The Good Life - became a Dame for her charity work, as did fellow veteran actress Angela Lansbury, of Murder She Wrote. CBEs were awarded to West Ham vice chair Karren Brady and actor Michael Crawford - the first actor to take the title role in The Phantom of the Opera- while actress and presenter Linda Bellingham and singer Katherine Jenkins received OBEs. Writer and actress Ruth Jones, who found fame with her self-penned sitcom Gavin and Stacey, was given an MBE.

However, neither David Beckham nor Andy Murray - who had been rumoured to be set to take home knighthoods - featured on the list.