Tis the year whence highbrow meets mainstream designers, when Rodarte collaborates with Target, when all of Jimmy Choo’s fans can have a piece of his cheaper art. Walking into H&M on November 14, for the price, two months down the line, you shouldn’t curse the Chinese laborers and H&M execs when the heel or weave snaps or frays respectively, especially when, “Choo had a hard time creating nice things at an H&M price point.” [The Cut] The collection features shades of suede, neck-to-knee sequins (and all things shiny), fringe, faux hair and lots lots of (genuine) leather Jimmy Choo shoes. Take a look for yourself after the jump.
Before capitalists understood the value of Chinese labor, the garment industry was fruitful with fabric makers to tailors to seamstresses during the 70s to 80s. Fast forward to 2009, when only 5% of clothing is manufactured in the United States — down from 75% in the mid-60s. What’s the moral of the story? The Garment Industry is desperate to conserve its nearly depleted oxygen. ‘Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags,’ on HBO Monday night 9pm EST, documents and educates fashionistas about this failing industry with a brief glimpse through New York City’s Garment District history.
Anna Wintour pioneered celebrity cover shoots and with ebbing ad sales, what’s better than an opportunity to ask not one, but four beautiful celebrities to grace the November issue of Vogue? Banking on the success of movie musicals (from left to right) Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson, stars of ‘Nine,’ strut the shorelines of California in shades of red, shot by Annie Leibovitz and assures us a glimpse into the set of ‘Nine.’ If you’re a fan already, and want to catch Nicole Kidman’s last act before retirement, ‘Nine’ is set to hit theaters on Christmas day. Vogue, where on the cover is Fergie?
Finally, the highly anticipated invite to The Box (and a special performance by Lady Gaga) celebrating Out‘s September Issue came in my email! I blacked out some details because well, I’m not allowed to tell you. I can tell you it’s in several days, but it’s too bad I’m restricted to a solo appearance unless I get special approval.
Frick. Plane tickets are expensive.
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Ah, the one day hyped up almost as much as Fashion Week itself has finally arrived, and Mo will be there taking some candids of the shopping chaos that will inevitably ensue. Will she catch Justin Timberlake signing autographs, or Anna Wintour bobbing her head to the musical, Hair, or will she snag a Zac Posen painting at Bergdorf Goodman? Check back later tonight and tomorrow for exclusive photos! Cheers!
Do you remember this Lady Gaga cover (top)? To celebrate the September Issue of Out, now that I’m allowed to divulge this piece of info that I’ve been itching to leak for the past month, I can now tell you that Lady Gaga will be performing at The Box — yes the cabaret that charges 10k for a seat — a day after the Marc Jacobs after party. I’m just waiting for the company invites.
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I’ll be away for the day as I’ve been invited to peruse Southern designer’s collections at the Metroplitan Hotel in NYC. Rumor has it that a certain Gossip Girl is going to be stopping by. I’ll take pictures and post them up for viewing later later tonight (hopefully). Oh, and it looks like my editor wants me to freelance for a little $$. I still haven’t heard back from Esquire (it’s been a week) and I’ve sent a follow up email not too long ago. I don’t have a good feeling about this, but oh well. I can always go back to school. It’s a good idea to keep in contact with your editors and do a good job for obvious reasons, but I’ll get into that later. I will try to have content from today’s event ASAP, and of course I’ll try to snap a few celebrity candids.
— Francis Bea