Saturday, August 30, 2014

And The Bride Wore

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have confirmed that they married last weekend in France but pictures of the famously private couple have unsurprisingly not been forthcoming, meaning that we have not yet seen the bride's (long-awaited, much-speculated) dress. So what do we know from the accounts currently emerging?

A friend who attended the wedding revealed that the dress was "very traditional, but very Angie. It was comfortable but plain, white floor-length antique lace and silk." The actress also "definitely wore something that once belonged to [her late mother] Marcheline Bertrand: a small gold locket with a photo of her mother inside it." She wore a veil, too, the source said, and when "Brad lifted it, he gasped because she looked so stunning."

Angelina Jolie
Acting as ring bearers, flower girls and as her escorts down the aisle. Jolie and Pitt's six children were also traditionally attired: "The boys all wore tiny matching cream linen suits which were just like Brad's, while the girls had each chosen a dress to match their own individual style and they had them specially made."

But back to the dress. If it didn't belong to her mother, then the money - thanks to dozens, if not hundreds of red carpet appearances through the years - is on Versace, if in fact the dress, which was said to be antique lace, did not belong to her late mother.

But Jolie is also a fan of British couture label Ralph & Russo. Famed for creating jaw-dropping wedding gowns for royalty the world over, the label has created several pieces for Jolie in the past - although its designer, Tamara Ralph, is almost as well known for her polite discretion as she is for her design talents, so it is unlikely we will ever know more than that.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Roberto Cavalli Sued For Graffiti

Roberto Cavalli is being sued by a group of Northern California-based graffiti artists who have accused him of copying their work. The street artists - Jason Williams, Victor Chapa, and Jeffrey Rubin - filed a suit at the Central District of California court, claiming that Roberto Cavalli's Just Cavalli label infringed their copyrights on a work they did in San Francisco's Mission district.

"Just Cavalli introduced a clothing and accessories collection in which every square inch of every piece - including clothing, bags, backpacks, and shoes - was adorned with graffiti art," the complaint states, The Fashion Law reported today. "If this literal misappropriation was not bad enough, Cavalli sometimes chose to do its own painting over that of the artists - superimposing the Just Cavalli name in spray-paint style as if were part of the original work. Sometimes, Cavalli added what appears to be a signature, creating the false impression that Roberto Cavalli himself was the artist."

Roberto Cavalli
The trio are asking the court to award them damages, and that the collection be discontinued. Just Cavalli's branding itself caused controversy earlier this year when an Islamic group - the MTO Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism - accused the brand of adopting its ¨sacred emblem¨ as its logo.

Cara For Zoolander 2?

We know your mother told you never to listen to tittle tattle, but sometimes a rumour is so delicious that you hope that by repeating it might somehow come true: is Cara Delevingne set to star in Zoolander 2?

Ben Stiller is said to be searching for a female lead for the film, which is set to be directed by Justin Theroux and will star Owen Wilson again as Hansel.Tabloid reports suggest that the Vogue cover girl is a front runner, and no wonder.

Quirky: Cara Delevingne
"Ben and producers want a big-name model for the film and they need to be jokers and full of natural comedy," a source told The Sun. "They are still working out what the exact role will be but it's likely to include a lot of goofing around."

Delevingne's friend, and fellow model-turned-actress, Suki Waterhouse is also said to be under consideration for a role. If there has ever been a model who could Ben Stiller's character a run for his money, it surely is Cara: her crazy antics off camera perfectly complemented by her ¨blue steel¨ pout in front of the lens.

Jeremy And Miley Take NY Fashion Week

Jeremy Scott is teaming up with Miley Cyrus for New York Fashion Week and - while we're convinced it will be cartoonish and colourful, a couple of the twosome's favourite concepts - we're not quite sure what it will entail.

"Miley and I have something very exciting we're brewing up for the future," Scott told MTV at this weekend's VMAs.

Scott - who is also creative director of Moschino - cautiously revealed that the project was for his eponymous New York Fashion Week show and would involve "a group of cool kids, rather than models," but refused to divulge any more.

Jeremy And Miley
"I'm going to let her announce it," he teased the interviewer of his controversial collaborator. "You try to bug her when you see her."

LVMH To Acquire Proenza Schouler?

LVMH is said to be in talks with Proenza Schouler to acquire a stake in the New York-based brand.

Although exact details of the deal are not known, discussions are focusing on the purchase of a 40 per cent stake in the brand which was established in 2002 by Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. Delphine Arnault, the daughter of LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault, publicly showed interest in the brand last year saying, "I love what they do. They have an amazing talent - just look at the fabrics. We've been following their work for a while."

Proenza Schouler
The rumoured acquisition would be the latest in a line of high-profile investments by the luxury powerhouse over the last year, following those in Nicholas Kirkwood, JW Anderson and Giuseppe Zanotti.

26 Is Old In Fashion

Seasoned stylist and entrepreneur Linda Rodin has spent 40 years honing her talents, and - unlike some - she's perfectly happy to reveal her age.

"I don't think 66 is old; it's just that - in our culture - 26 is old," Rodin told Matches Fashion magazine, The Style Report. "I have so many friends who are older than me who feel young, too. In the fashion and beauty bubble I am a strange bird, but in the wider context of the world, I'm not."

But, being beautiful and relaxed in her own skin doesn't mean she's immune to a little help - either cosmetically or post-production - with mixed results.

"I thought I looked great until I was 60 - honestly, I didn't see anything wrong. I liked that my face got narrower. But I tried filler about three years ago and one day I looked in the mirror and thought, 'Something's wrong.' My chin was getting bigger and even though my face was smooth, it didn't look pretty to me. You can fill up and smooth out, but it doesn't always look better," she revealed. "I did a shoot for a magazine that was so retouched that I looked like a Martian. I told the editor that she couldn't publish them. But then every face in the magazine - young and old - had been completely redone. I actually like the way I looked. I thought it was funny, but it was such a fraud."

Linda Rodin
In terms of red-carpet style, every stylist has favourites and there's one star who has impressed Rodin of late.

"I've steered away from working with celebrities, because it can be so problematic. To dress somebody who's not sure what they like is too stressful. Emma Stone has a great stylist - she consistently looks good," Rodin said. "But I look at some outfits on the red carpet and I'm like, 'Why did anybody even show you that dress?'"

SJP's Shoes: See The Second Installment

Sarah Jessica Parker has released her second footwear collection and made it a very personal affair by naming each shoe after a women she admires.

First up is the Blythe pump, named after actress Blythe Danner, of which Parker says, "This beautiful shoe exudes a sort of sophistication. A metropolitan personality." Next there is the Pat boot, named after Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field, "who has been an enormous influence on me and millions of others. Without her contributions, Carrie Bradshaw would have been incomplete." Thirdly there is the Serge bootie, named after Parker's long-term hairstylist Serge Normant; and last but not least the Rachel pump, named after her sister.

Sarah Jessica Parker
Since it launched in February.Parker's has been all around America promoting the range, and opened her first shop within a shop at Nordstrom in New York.

Downton's Underwear Ban

Following the embarrassing oversight of a plastic water bottle resting on the mantelpiece in the background of a recent promotional shot, the stars of hit period drama Downtown Abbey have been banned from wearing modern underwear on set.

"Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is modern underwear as the danger is apparently too great it could be seen if we bend over," a cast member told  The Telegraph."They have relented in the case of prescription glasses and asthma guns, but that's about it."

Following the controversy surrounding the rogue water bottle, the cast made light of the situation last week by posting an image on the charity Water Aid UK's Instagram page all pointing at a plastic bottle of water.

Downtown Abbey
"After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters," said Water Aid UK.

A happy ending to an unfortunate episode.

The Kate Moss Coupe

Kate Moss has been involved in a lot of outlandish projects in her time, but the latest may be the most eccentric to date. To celebrate the supermodel's 25 years working in the fashion industry, Mayfair restaurant 34 has modelled a champagne coupe on Moss's left breast.

Sound familiar? Legend has it that the first champagne coupe that was made in the 18th century was modelled on Marie Antoinette's left breast, which provided the inspiration for British artist Jane McAdam Freud's modern interpretation.

A Cup Of Kate
"I was excited to participate in this project, what an honour to be alongside Marie Antoinette - she was a very intriguing and mischievous character," said Moss. "Champagne is always associated with celebration and happy occasions and I had fun creating this beautiful coupe."

Be one of the first to experience the Moss effect like never before for yourself at 34 come October when the model will launch the creation, as well as at its sister restaurants The Ivy, Daphne's and Scott's.

Chanel's New London Home

Chanel is opening a new boutique in London's prestigious Burlington Arcade, just off Piccadilly. Rumoured initially to house the label's accessories, it will in fact play home to its fragrance and beauty collections.

In addition to the standalone space, the French fashion house has also signed a long-term lease for four other units in the arcade which will house lingerie label Eres, milliner Maison Michel, watchmakers Bell & Ross and the knit label Barrie, all of which it owns.

"Our goal is to provide the highest-quality tenants," said Melissa Gliatta, executive vice president at Thor Equities which owns Burlington Arcade, said. "No matter who you are when you walk through the arcade there's something for you, and I think that's important to us to make sure we have a nice mix."

Kate Moss Turns Director

Kate Moss has turned film director exclusively forVogue's September issue. In her very first foray into filmmaking, Moss styles and shoots Lara Stone bonding with the beautiful British Lupines on the shoot which was photographed by Mario Sorrenti.

Echoing her supermodel credentials, Moss shot the film on Super 8, giving the short an authentic quality that adds to Sorrenti's moody and mystical stills. Who better to provide the soundtrack than her husband  Jamie Hince´s band, The Kills, whose Goodnight Bad Morning lends to the gentle haunting of Moss's debut.

Why American Models Rule The World

Bow down Brazil: American models are in charge this year, with seven of the 21 models named on Forbe´s annual supermodel rich list hailing from the United States. Britain and Brazil boast three girls each; followed by a rainbow of other nations - Holland, Australia, China, Russia, Poland, South Africa, Puerto Rico and Canada - with one representative each.

Victoria´s Secret is another marker of desirability this year, with almost every model on the list having a link with the brand. Perhaps to alleviate the boredom of the same old top 10 (Gisele on top, again, no question), Forbes has released a longer list this year, charting the younger models whose earnings are now bordering on super - and all but four of the 21 names have modelled in some capacity for the lingerie giant.

Gisele Budchen
Another must is a lucrative beauty contract, with a large percentage of those named appearing in a campaign over the past year - from Bobbi Brown and L'Oréal to Estée Lauder and YSL Beauty.

While the first 10 are very familiar faces (and bodies), there are a few interesting developments in the chart - including the arrival of Kate Upton in the top five. The line-up is also more diverse than in previous years - with Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Liu Wen making the list.

Farhi: I'll Never Return To Fashion

Nicole Farhi is very firmly a former fashion designer, and the London-based creative - who left her eponymous label a little over two years ago - couldn't feel further removed from her old world.

"No. Never. Never," she asserted of the possibility of a return to fashion. "I don't look down on what I've done - for 40 years I was a fashion designer, and every day I enjoyed what I was doing. But I don't want to spend time thinking about fashion. I don't find it important - that important. I haven't shopped since I left two years ago. I haven't bought one T-shirt."

Nicole Farhi
Now a sculptor about to unveil her debut exhibition,From The Neck Up.Farhi has adopted a spirit of pleasant indifference to the brand she once helmed, reminiscent of another time in her life.

"It has been bought again - I don't know the people who own it; they never contacted me," she told The Sunday Telegraph."It's my name though, I know. But when I was 18 and a student living in Paris, all over the city there was this hairdresser called Nicole Farhi. So my name was out there. I always thought, how odd! It's my name, but it's not me. And that's exactly how I feel now. 

If I pass a shop that is called Nicole Farhi with clothes in the window that I haven't designed, it's not me any more. They're not doing what I used to. I have no connection with that Nicole Farhi over there. Me, I'm the sculptor now."

Be A Barbie Girl

Barbie has captured the imaginations of generations of little girls, but now the doll's creator, Mattel Inc, is hoping that she will inspire a whole new age group with its trilogy of ready-to-wear collaborations.

American brands Lord & Taylor, Wildfox and Forever 21 have all signed up to create collections inspired by the perennially chic and coordinated fashion icon's wardrobe from the Fifties, Eighties and Nineties respectively.

"We have fans of Barbie of all ages, and many girls that once played with them have grown up," Jessica Dunne, Mattel's general manager and senior vice president, told WWD. "We really wanted to make sure that we put together consumer approaches that reached all ages."

Available from September 6, the collections reaffirm what we already know: Barbie just doesn't get old.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fashion Scout Winner

Gyo Yuni Kimchoe has been named as Fashion Scout´s Merit Award winner for the spring/summer 2015 season and will showcase at September's London Fashion Week with a fully sponsored catwalk show.

"We are so honoured to be selected as the winner. The Merit Award is the best opportunity for new designers to show their vision and creativity," said the duo behind the label, Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe.

Both from Korea, they met while Kim was studying at Parsons School of Design and moved to London in 2011, both then going on to study at Central Saint Martins.

Gyo Yuni Kimchoe
Previous winners of the industry accolade have included William Tempest, Hermione de Paula, David Koma, Eudon Choi and Phoebe English - who was also on this year's judging panel. She noted of the pair: "Very original with an exciting approach, you can tell they really enjoyed making their collection."

Fashion Scout will showcase during London Fashion Week at the Freemason's Hall in Covent Garden from September 12 to 16. For further information, visit

Are You Ready For Rihanna Inc?

It feels like such an obvious development that it's almost not news, but we'll tell you anyway: Rihanna may be launching a clothing empire. The singer - who has previously collaborated with key fashion and beauty players to lend her name to products - has  filed trademark documents in her surname, Fenty, Swagger New York reports, for categories including apparel, lingerie, cosmetics and swimwear.

Perhaps it's a move reminiscent of Beyonce and Jay Z´s attempt to protect their daughter  from having her name used to sell someone else's product - rather than any particular plan for expansion - but we can't help but wonder what a Rihanna line would look like.

Her previous collaborations with River Island and with MAC have been nearly-naked and fantastically colourful respectively - and we can presume she won't aim to rival Oscar de la Renta when it comes to modesty if her own style is anything to go by. Previous singers-turned-designers including Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani have had mixed results with their own lines, but a certain Spice Girl is now one of the world's most famous and, crucially, credible designers - so we certainly can't write off anyone with Ms Fenty's style and influence.

Could Supermodels Be A Thing Of The Past?

Gisele Budchen´s hair, Karlie Kloss´s legs, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley´s pout and Kate Upton´s curves make companies pay millions to utilise their looks - but could they soon be replaced by a digital alternative? Make way for Ava - not Eva Herzigova, she's an entirely different supermodel - Ava the avatar.

Originally created as a way of "recording the motion of ballet dancers for both performance analysis and corrective coaching", researchers reveal that "the techniques used to produce the avatar could have applications within a range of disciplines, including performing arts, sports and fashion". Led by two scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University, the move could mean, "the end of the fashion world as we know it," according to Science Daily. Not so fast, science fans.

We're delighted that such innovations could improve sizing standards across the garment industry - by creating a uniform size 10 avatar, that every brand fitted on - or help dancers and sports people improve their accuracy and performance, but a Chanel show without Cara Delevingne´s cheeky grin and a Victoria´s Secret show without Adriana Lima´s smouldering strut?  No thanks.

Erin: I'm Glad McQueen Pushed Me

Erin O´Connor has spoken about her part in one of the most famous catwalk shows in history: Alexander McQueen´s spring/summer 2001 Voss show, which was set in an asylum. O'Connor wore a white column dress, embellished with white razor-clam shells, which did not make it to the end of the show in one piece.

"It's probably the most exciting show I've ever done, in my career," O'Connor told photographer Nick Knight as part of his series, Subjective, focusing on the role of the model in fashion photography. "To me, it defines why I love my job. When McQueen made this dress for me, it was done in such painstaking detail; I was really involved in the story. It was made of razor clams, and before the show - we'd never really get a rehearsal, we'd get some kind of vague guidance, which was always shaky territory - this time he said, 'So, you're in a lunatic asylum. I need you to go mental, have a nervous breakdown, die, and then come back to life. And if you can do that in three minutes and just follow the crescendo of the music.' 

Unlike actors and actresses, we're not directed, we're not given a rehearsal, and you have free reign to do what you think is right and how you think you should represent something. So, before I go out, he grabs me by the clam and says, 'I want you to rip the dress off,' and I had worried that it looked that I was in some way a victim of being in that mind-set - but it was completely the opposite of that. It looked like I was stripping away the pain and the armour and just going 'Here I am.' He pushed me, and I'm glad."

"My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were thousands of razor-clam shells," McQueen told WWD in 2000. "They were so beautiful, I thought I had to do something with them. So, we decided to make [a dress] out of them... The shells had outlived their usefulness on the beach, so we put them to another use on a dress. Then Erin [O'Connor] came out and trashed the dress, so their usefulness was over once again. Kind of like fashion, really." 

Erin O´Connor
The models - including Kate Moss, Karen Elson and Jade Parfitt - walked inside a mirrored box and couldn't see the audience as they sat in a dimmed seating section surrounding it; perhaps explaining their willingness to completely let go and assume their respective roles. The audience sat facing the mirrored box when they first arrived; forced to look at themselves - or as Knight remembers, their feet - until the inside of the box was illuminated as the show began.

"Mum and Dad came to that show, and they sat with Isabella Blow," O'Connor revealed. "When my dad saw me, he didn't see me at all; he saw some woman that he had never expected to see, nor had he identified with, and he cried. He cried really hard. He couldn't believe that I had it in me to want to express like that. But those shows were real emotion; there was nothing gimmicky about it."

See more videos from the series at

Thursday, August 7, 2014

How To Grow A Supermodel

In this very special film, shot by Bruce Weber, we see the true roots of supermodel stardom as Naomi Campbell visits Brixton and shops for chilli sauce with Azzedine Alaïa.

Watch as Campbell puts away a greasy pizza at a Brixton market stall and demonstrates how to test for a ripe melon, with a delighted audience of regular shoppers going about their daily lives.

Delving into Campbell's past, Weber brings out her old school reports and class photographs, coupling this with footage of her on the shoot for Vogue´s September Issue, cuddling on set with her godson and dancing (there's lots of dancing) with her family and friends to an ever-present Bob Marley soundtrack

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Could Tiffany Lose Its Famous Blue?

Certain things in fashion are untouchable - Chanel's interlocking double-C logo, the red sole of a Christian Louboutin shoe, the pale grey walls of Christian Dior's boutiques - but one of fashion's most recognisable creations: Tiffany & Co´s pale blue box, could be up for a makeover. The company's new creative director, Francesca Amfitheatrof, told the September issue of Vogue that she's not afraid to make her mark by changing the famous packaging.

Francesca Amfitheatrof
"I might do limited editions, maybe in a pattern," she revealed, to the relief of anyone who feared it might be a permanent move. "I do love a mixture of patterns."

A graduate of Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, and with design stints at Gucci, Chanel, Marni and Fendi under her belt, Amfitheatrof has been enlisted by the house to work across all of its objets - from $100 silver keyrings to the multimillion-pound haute joaillerie made in its Fifth Avenue worshops. Undaunted by the task ahead, she reveals how it feels to buy bowls full of diamonds, and to helm a company of 10,000 staff, in the new issue.

Victoria Beckham Opens Her Wardrobe

Victoria Beckham is selling off more than 600 items from her own wardrobe in aid of charity Mothers2mothers. In association with The Outnet - and with the support of Christie's, which valued the items - the sale will take place from August 20 to 25, if the pieces last that long.

Victoria Beckham
"I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children," Beckham said. "A lot of the clothes have been specially designed for me by the most talented designers and I've loved wearing them, however I now feel it's someone else's turn to enjoy them. We approached The Outnet as they have an incredible global reputation and are the perfect partner for us to build awareness and raise as much money as possible for Mothers2mothers."

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Paris's Brit Boy Goes To NY

British designer Gareth Pugh is taking his Paris fashion Week show to New York this season instead - and he's hoping to cause some "disruption". Described by the designer as an "immersive live performance" that will include dance, his Big Apple arrival will shake things up after six years in Paris, Pugh hopes.

"There's a point at which old archetypes need to change," he said. "Fashion is very stuck in its ways, and I wanted to present something that would make people think, and maybe move the needle a bit."

Pugh referenced the late Louise Wilson - course director of the Central Saint Martins MA course, from which Pugh graduated in 2003 - as one of the inspirations for the switch.

Gareth Pugh
"[She] used to talk about the importance of how clothes are presented," Pugh told  The New York Times, "and how that had been lost, and everyone just did the same thing. This is a chance to change that."

The Chambre Syndicale has agreed to hold his Paris Fashion Week slot, allowing him to return next season.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Blocks Of Style - Streets Ahead

So, right now we are in the dizzy heights of summer. Every where you look the stripe is out  in a force greater than the sun.

A traditional pattern with a strong maritime connection and coastal heritage (both perennial trends in their own respect) stripes have sanctioned their place within the modern gent´s spring / summer wardrobe for decades.

However, for the latest installation, this season the designers have taken a slightly different approach; they are bigger, they are brighter and now they are in block form.

This trend ignited the runways (from the spring/summer 2014 collections) where the designers applied them in a variety of ways, colours, styles and textures. From Valentino´s sober installments in navy´s and monotones, these key elements were paired effortlessly with over sized jackets in striped denim, tailored trousers and flip flops. 

As a softer contrast, military style khaki jackets with cream stripe detailing are at this moment allowing men to use stripes as an accent rather than a statement from the major style hubs of Barcelona to Paris.

Onto the ateliers here, Wooyoungmi is offering a more casual interpretation on this explosive trend by throwing vibrant hues of turquoise and indigo into the equation.

Speaking of vibrant, Moschino´s block stripe spectrum once again showcased the adventurous end of Italian fashion. Utilising bright, bold shades like orange and purple, vivid prints in contrasting panel effects were married up with scenes from night skies, floral, red flames and desert dunes. Ambitious and vivid, this was not a collection for the faint of heart.

From the high street to the pages of GQ´s style file the over sized checks and bold stripes are now adorning every corner of fashion land under the balmy mid day sun. The prediction of stripes being a ´menswear staple where bold colours could be re interpreted to give a modern new look´ was given attention and action.

 “Whether full-body colour-blocked or spread over the chest, bold stripes could be seen across the board at the runways and trade shows. Not only does a hefty stripe bring to mind athletic endeavours, it also visually broadens a guy’s frame, making him look like he’s been hitting the gym hard – whether or not that’s true.”
GQ Jim Moore creative Director

As vertical stripes create an illusion of length, correspondingly horizontal stripes can broaden the upper body and form that classical inverted triangle shape many men desire.It’s important to remember that this effect is a widening one, so handle all stripes with care if you are already of a larger  or fuller build.

With  designers continually referencing  the past for inspiration, we are seeing more and more classical pieces and patterns being brought right up to date for the current trends.

Block stripes offer an enhanced and dynamic take on a perennial spring/summer trend, helping breathe life into your mid summer wardrobe. Just make sure you stand out as opposed to blending in, especially as the sun goes down.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Watch Agent Provocateur's Raciest Film Ever

You may have seen the teaser, but 15 seconds of desert landscape and glimpses of a group of girls in no way prepares you for this: L'Agent by Agent Provocateur's most provocative film yet.
Agent Provocateur
Directed by Penelope Cruz to celebrate the launch of the brand's new website, the film follows a dying man in the desert (played by model Jon Kortajarena) as he observes a gaggle of girls as they strip off and work out in their underwear - treating the water that might keep him alive in a desperately cavalier manner. Was it real, or just a mirage? Watch below to find out.

Miranda Focuses On Her Main Talent

While the rest of the world is obsessing over her love life, Miranda Kerr is shutting out the noise by focusing on what she does best: modelling.

The former Victoria's Secret Angel teams lingerie with jeans for the 7 For All Mankind campaign, released today, for which one image shows her lying on a bed while male model Jon Kortajarena playfully bites her stomach. In another picture, Kerr wears a white shirt with a black ribbon tie.

Miranda Kerr
Rumours of a fight - said by tabloid sources to be over her - between her estranged husband Orlando Bloom and singer Justin Bieber have not been addressed by the model, who yesterday Instagrammed a picture of her walking hand-in-hand with her three-and-a-half-year-old son, Flynn.

Christian Dior Links With Princess Grace Foundation

Christian Dior is linking up, not for the first time, with Monaco's royal family: signing a three-year partnership deal with The Princess Grace Foundation-USA.

The French luxury label, worn many times by the princess throughout her life, will be the sole presenting sponsor of the foundation's forthcoming awards galas in Los Angeles, Monaco and New York over the next two years,WWD reports. The agreement will raise the profile of the foundation - established by Prince Rainier after the death of Princess Grace in 1982 - which provides scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships to emerging performing arts talent.

Dior staged its pre spring/summer 2014 show in the principality last May, attended by Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, while its LVMH stablemate, Louis Vuitton, did the same for pre-spring/summer 2015. 

Keeping Up With Kendall

Kendall Jenner has some choice words for anyone who thinks that she has only secured appearances in catwalk shows for labels from Chanel to Givenchy because of her famous family. If anything, she asserts, it's in spite of them.

"I was like, 'You know what? I want to be high fashion. I want to be taken seriously," she told Love. "People think that this [success] just came to me. But it didn't. What I have has almost worked against me. I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn't take me seriously as a model because of the TV show. I went on castings and some people weren't feeling me because of my name. But it was great when people didn't recognise me. I was like, 'Thank you. Please don't recognise me.'"

Big sister Kim Kardashian also tells the magazine - which features Jenner on one of several covers, along with Adriana Lima, Christy Turlington and Amy Adams - that she is "so proud" of the 18 year old.

Kendall Jenner
"She had to work extra hard to gain this respect and to fight for people to see she's serious. Marc Jacobs gave her a real shot and treated her like any other model," the middle Kardashian sister asserted. "He believed in her and opened the door for her. Then Riccardo and Karl gave her a chance and she has proven that she is the real deal. Her hard work paid off, and that makes me so proud."

But Jenner seems keen to avoid the Kardashian Fashion Week circus in a bid to become just another working model.

"Kim was invited to a lot of the shows that I was in," she said. "She called me before and was like, 'Hey, I was invited to the show, I just wanted to let you know. Do you want me to come?' and I was like, 'No.'"

Being Westwood's Girl

For Next Model Management's latest signing, Cora Corré, the fashion world is nothing new. As the granddaughter of Vivienne Westwood and daughter of Agent Provocateur founders, Joseph Corré and Serena Rees, there is little that she will encounter as a model that she hasn't seen - or at least heard of - before.

"I walked with Veruschka when I was four years old for my grandma and just recently at her autumn/winter show which was really cool," she told us. "I've grown up surrounded by a lot of great creatives and a few extreme characters, so I feel like I understand some of it."

However, despite it being in her blood, it wasn't her aspiration and her parents' counsel has always been to maintain perspective.

"Modelling wasn't something I was planning. It feels pretty exciting and because I have been so lucky to work with really amazing photographers already, it feels quite natural to be doing this," she said. "My parents are pretty cool and let me make my own choices and stand on my own two feet. Their main advice is 'just don't get wrapped up in it'."

Cora Corre
As they would be for any 17 year old, however, the perks of her new job are very exciting.

"I just shot something with David Bailey which was an unbelievable experience," she said. "I study photography so it's interesting to be a part of that creative process, and obviously I like the amazing crazy clothes and accessories that I might not normally get to wear."

For now though, school's out for summer and Corré plans to enjoy it.

Pejic Undergoes Gender Surgery

Andrej Pejic has undergone sex reassignment surgery, the model has revealed.

The surgery, which Pejic has often spoken about having in the past,  took place earlier this year in America, and has made the celebrated androgynous model "more comfortable than ever".

"About a year-and-a-half ago, I re-evaluated things. I was proud of my gender non-conforming career, but my biggest dream was to be comfortable in my own body," Pejic told People. "I was happy the moment had come - as happy as you can be before a surgery. It was about three months before I felt like myself again."

Pejic has made history on the catwalk and in countless campaigns, including having been the first male model to have fronted a womenswear underwear campaign, being Jean Paul Gaultier´s couture bride, and being slated to star in Sofia Coppola's forthcoming adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

Andrej For John Paul Gaultier
The model, who will now be known as Andreja, also revealed the first time that surgery became a possibility, at the age of 13 while still in school.

"I went into the library and typed 'sex change' into Google and my life changed. The search results for the now-antiquated term yielded a flood of information and relief. The internet gave me the sense that there were words to describe my feelings and medical terms."

"Every day is like a new revelation," the model concluded. "I'm more comfortable than ever. I feel 100 per cent."

Another Armani Cultural Offering

Hot off the heels of  financing an exhibition dedicated to the life and works of Renaissance artist and architect Donato Bramante in Milan,Giorgio Armani is about to embark on the creation of a new gallery located in front of his company's headquarters in the city.

It comes as no surprise that it will offer a platform for the promotion of new and emerging fashion designers, with learning spaces including classes and a library. Armani is a well-known supporter of young Italian talent, offering an up and coming designer his Armani Teatro space to show their collection during Milan Fashion Week each season. The gallery - a former Nestlé factory - will also host a permanent exhibition of Armani's archive designs and sketches.

Giorgio Armani
"Milan is the city where I decided to live and work, and which has been a tough, loyal teacher to me. It taught me that you don't obtain anything by chance, but that you reach the most difficult goals with daily involvement," Armani told WWD. 

"That's why I've decided to put the fruits of my work, which doesn't include only clothes, but also textile explorations and experience, at the disposal of my city. I thought it could be interesting for everybody, in particular for the young generations approaching the fashion and design worlds. They will be able to find inspirations to mature new ideas and create the companies of the future. That future which we have to learn to build day by day."

DVF Wastes No Time

Diane Von Furstenberg has wasted no time since her term as president of the CFDA was extended earlier this week. The organisation announced today that it has acquired the Fashion Calendar that it hopes will streamline the running of New York Fashion Week.

Founded by Ruth Finley in 1945, the calendar has been responsible for organising all of the shows and events at NYFW (as well as events throughout the year) for more than 60 years, and with one of the most dense schedules of all four fashion capitals that is no easy feat. With the integration, von Furstenberg hopes to create one single destination for all enquiries, making the planning of diaries more streamlined for all involved - and ensuring that minimal clashes occur.

"The Fashion Calendar has been one of the foundations of our industry, ensuring that the press, retailers and designers are able to come together in an efficient manner," von Furstenberg told WWD. "Now that it is part of the CFDA, we are prepared and excited to take it into the new world."

CFDA President
For Finley, she is happy that her life's work is being continued. "Years back, my original thought was to keep my business in my family, but it turned out I didn't have any granddaughters who were interested in doing it, therefore, as a family business, it wasn't going to work," she said. "That basically changed the whole approach. I felt the CFDA was the ideal solution for keeping it going and I hope it goes on for another 65 years."

The changes are slated to come into play in full for the autumn/winter 2015 shows in February, so as to not disrupt any planning that has already taken place for this coming September.

Pirelli 2015: The Supermodels Revealed

The Pirelli calendar is much talked about, rarely seen - you can't buy it in a shop, or order it online, it is "sent" to the select few, no one knows who. The mystery behind the annual 12-page celebration of the female form creates anticipation and hype that most marketers could only dream of; and the whispers have started for 2015's already.

Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Carine Roitfeld, the calendar eschews previous representations of what is sexy - from Dematchelier and Lindbergh´s trouserless supermodels to Karl Lagerfeld´s monochrome goddesses - in favour of some good old-fashioned fetishism. Appropriately in the year that Fifty Shades of Grey is being made, Meisel and Roitfeld rounded up some of the world's most beautiful women and strapped them into some latex bustiers. What else?

With inspirations ranging from Brigitte Bardot to Jerry Hall to Catwoman, the shoot featured models including Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Raquel Zimmermann, Joan Smalls, Sasha Luss, Karen Elson, newcomer and Tom Ford face Gigi Hadid, and plus-size model Candice Huffine. "My presence on this set - the most glamorous in the world - is a sign that things are really changing," she said.

Pirelli Calendar
"I'm becoming Raquel Welch, with the whip and cowgirl pants," Isabeli Fontana, who appears in the calendar for the eighth time, told Italian Vanity Fair.Meanwhile, Natalia Vodianova left the confines of new motherhood for the unmissable shoot in May.

"I gave birth a few days ago to Maxim, my fourth child," Vodianova added. "I left him at home, in Paris, and I flew here to New York - even if only for a few hours - because I know what it means to work with Steven. It's a magical experience.

The Must Have You Never Knew You Needed

Although the very antithesis of a look-at-me dress or glossy It-bag, Rails's slouchy plaid shirts are spotted on fashion's favourite girls as often as any brand could hope to be. Super-soft and uniquely colourful, the shirts have been pictured on everyone from  Gisele Budchen to Taylor Swift, Kate Moss to Olivia Palmero and - while you may not be able to put your finger on what's covetable about that image - chances are you'll want to be that girl.

Jeff  Abrams
"Since the beginning we have had a strong following among celebrities and fashion trendsetters," founder Jeff Abrams explained. "I remember shortly after I began designing the shirts, Kate Moss was spotted wearing one, and I really felt like I had arrived! Now I get more enjoyment from seeing more anonymous girls wear them in their everyday life. Whether they are just passing me on the street or enjoying their weekend out with friends, it's exciting to see the Rails brand connecting with so many people."

Celebrity  Following
Born, like Abrams, in LA, Rails has grown from a small label - started with just one style of hat - into a fully fledged womenswear offering with a wealth of international stockists, including Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Liberty in the UK. And the global expansion certainly doesn't stop there.

"Each season we are expanding the women's collection and introducing new categories, silhouettes, and fabrics," Abrams told us. "We have some great design collaborations in the works for 2015 and will be expanding our distribution throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. Next month we are launching our menswear collection and childrenswear line, Little Rails, and are planning to open our first retail store at the end of next year."

Baldwin's Sisley Love Triangle

Tasked with the relaunch of contemporary Italian brand Sisley in 2013, creative director Pier Davoli hasn't wasted any time. In the past two years, the former Cerruti 1881 and CK by Calvin Klein employee has attempted to turn the Italian fashion house from a high-end denim label into a premium bridge brand, redefining it as an edgy destination by way of campaigns featuring the likes of Georgia May Jagger and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld.

"I'm not a fan of choosing models just because of their great looks," Davoli told us. "What is really important for us is who they are: they need to have great, strong personalities and be real people. We choose them because they perfectly represent the Sisley woman: sensual, unconventional, modern, confident and cosmopolitan."

He has certainly filled that quota for autumn/winter 2014, tapping best friends Ireland Baldwin and Tom Ford favourite Gigi Hadid to front a risqué campaign that tells the story of two girlfriends on a road trip who encounter a sexy cowboy - Simon Nessman - before a debaucherous love triangle ensues. Demanding a strong female lead, it was a role that secret karate-brown-belt Baldwin relished.

"This was the first job where I truly had a blast," Baldwin told us. "To work with your best friend made everything easier, comfortable and more fun. We laughed, we joked around, and we gave each other advice. I love what the brand represents and stands for. It is very much in line with my personal style which made it totally easy for me."

So what is said style? "No matter what the fashion trends are, you will always see me in great boots, a motorcycle jacket, and a pair of jeans or leather trousers - I'm a true Californian girl who loves to be laid back."

One can see why Davoli, who describes his vision for Sisley as "affordable, luxurious, well-designed pieces made with refined fabrics, paying great attention to the cut and details" - picked the young starlet.

Diane von Furstenberg Keeps CFDA Presidency

Diane Von Furstenberg has had her term at the helm of the Council of Fashion Designers of America extended for another year. The CFDA's members unanimously voted to retain her in the role of president through to 2016, which will be her 10th year at the top.

"The board's unanimous decision to ask Diane to stay on as president is a testament to the great growth the CFDA has had under her leadership," CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb told WWD. "An additional two years will make it a decade of Diane with the time spent on strengthening the board and organisational development."

Diane Von Furstenberg
As well as Von Furstenberg's extended tenure, 30 other designers were added to the organisation's membership, including  model Liya Kebede for her label Lemlem. The other 29 are: Tim Coppens; Carlos Campos; Jonathan Simkhai; Marc Alary; Paige Novick; Johnny Talbot of Talbot Runhof; Edun's Danielle Sherman; Veronica Beard's Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard; Kristy Caylor of Maiyet; Whit's Whitney Pozgay; Linda Balti of Amour Vert; Arielle Shapiro of Ari Dein; Raan Parton and Shea Parton of Apolis; Ashley Pittman; Ben Burkman and Doug Burkman of Burkman Bros; Selima Design's Virginie Promeyrat; Clare Vivier; Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi of LA Eyeworks; Ernest Sabine of Ernest Alexander; Eva Fehren's Eva Zuckerman; Jussara Lee; Ulla Johnson; Ruthie Davis; Cynthia Sakai of Vita Fede, and Sharon Khazzam.