Karen Elson gearing up to publish autobiography

Karen Elson is set to publish her autobiography in October.The model/ singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the release of her first book, titled The Red Flame. “To say I’m proud and excited is an understatement!” she wrote in th…

Karen Elson is set to publish her autobiography in October.

The model/ singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce the release of her first book, titled The Red Flame.

“To say I’m proud and excited is an understatement!” she wrote in the caption. “Along with pages of iconic imagery from the past 25 years, I wrote my implausible story of a quirky Northern English girl and my tumultuous journey into fashion.”

The book’s cover features an image of a nude yet artfully posed Elson set against a white background. She is depicted twisting a braid of her signature red hair.

The British star was scouted in Manchester, England at age 16 and catapulted to international fame in 1997 when she was snapped by renowned photographer Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia.

Accordingly, Elson has promised to give fans an insight into the various aspects of her career and noted that the book is a “deep-sea dive into my past as a model and I talk about some hard truths along the way”.

Aside from modelling, the 41-year-old has made moves into the music industry, releasing The Ghost Who Walks in 2010 and Double Roses in 2017.

The Red Flame is to be published by Rizzoli Books, and will include images by Craig McDean, Annie Leibovitz, as well as Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. There will be written contributions from Tim Walker and Grace Coddington.

“I am eternally grateful to everyone who sparked the flame and helped bring this book to life. It’s not lost on me at all. The process has been an absolute labour of love,” Elson concluded her post.

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Thakoon Panichgul unveils HommeGirls fashion magazine

Thakoon Panichgul has unveiled a fashion magazine aimed at women who shop in the “men’s department”.The designer founded his label in 2004, with his feminine garments quickly garnering a following among the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, an…

Thakoon Panichgul has unveiled a fashion magazine aimed at women who shop in the “men’s department”.

The designer founded his label in 2004, with his feminine garments quickly garnering a following among the likes of Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Panichgul put his fashion company on hold in early 2017 in order to undertake a major restructure, with the label set to relaunch later in 2019, but in the meantime, he has developed and self-funded HommeGirls magazine.

“It’s a passion project,” he told Vogue.com. “Thinking about fashion, where I want to be, and what my interests are during my sabbatical, I kept on going back to cool, stylish women like (stylists) Brana Wolf and Grace Coddington. I asked myself, ‘Why do I like these women?’ And it came down to the fact that they wear simple clothes.”

Described as a publication “for girls who like boys’…boyfriends’…and the men’s department,” the first issue of HommeGirls contains portfolios from Othilia Simon, Cass Bird, Vanina Sorrenti, and Ben Grieme. There is an accompanying Instagram page containing street style inspiration, too, while former Harper’s Bazaar writer Panichgul also wants to start a HommeGirls label featuring collaborations with other brands.

“This is where I can have some fun, and be experimental,” he told the publication. “But the clothes will still be usable and wearable.”

The debut issue of HommeGirls is priced at $10 (£8) and is set to be published four times per year.

Thailand-born Panichgul studied at Parsons School of Design and unveiled his first-ever ready-to-wear line during New York Fashion Week in September 2004. His success quickly gathered momentum, as in 2006, he scooped the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and was nominated for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Best Emerging Womenswear Designer.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere talks Hedi Slimane’s Celine debut

Nicolas Ghesquiere has shared his thoughts on Hedi Slimane’s controversial debut for Celine.The French designer succeeded Phoebe Philo at the fashion house, who served as creative director for a decade and was widely praised for her attention to the fe…

Nicolas Ghesquiere has shared his thoughts on Hedi Slimane’s controversial debut for Celine.

The French designer succeeded Phoebe Philo at the fashion house, who served as creative director for a decade and was widely praised for her attention to the female gaze and collections of laid-back, practical tailoring.

Slimane faced much criticism for the spring 2019 collection he presented during Paris Fashion Week in September (18), as his offering was far from Philo’s vision and more aligned to the rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic he championed during his tenure at Saint Laurent. However, Louis Vuitton head Ghesquiere has explained why he wasn’t surprised by Slimane’s decision.

“When you are the artistic director of a house, the most important thing is style and to have someone with a true vision and that does something that is very recognisable,” he said as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Atelier with Alina Cho conversation series, as reported by Fashionista. “I think this is the case with Hedi at Celine.”

Ghesquiere was joined on stage on Monday (22Oct18) by Grace Coddington, who recently teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create a cat-inspired collaboration set to launch next month.

Pieces from the collection were unveiled during the label’s cruise 2019 presentation, in which the label’s signature monogram pattern was jazzed up with illustrations of Coddington’s two cats, Pumpkin and Blanket, and Ghesquiere’s dog Leon.

“I’ve always admired the very personal style of Grace over the years,” he smiled. “She has this particular English taste, which is so eccentric.”

“To be sitting with him in his office with a table covered in handbags and to be discussing what we’re going to do with it and where we’re going to take it was fun and exciting,” Welsh fashion star Grace added.

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Marc Jacobs closes NYFW with frothy fashion fanfare

Marc Jacobs helped New York Fashion Week go out with a bang with his frothy spring/summer 19 collection on Wednesday night (12Sep18).Stuffed with frills, feathers and ruffles, Jacob’s line harked back to a bygone time, with ‘60s icons Barbra Streis…

Marc Jacobs helped New York Fashion Week go out with a bang with his frothy spring/summer 19 collection on Wednesday night (12Sep18).

Stuffed with frills, feathers and ruffles, Jacob’s line harked back to a bygone time, with ‘60s icons Barbra Streisand and Lee Radziwill serving as inspiration for the hairstyles.

Proceedings kicked off more than hour later than scheduled, though the U.S. designer made up for the tardiness with a style spectacle.

Kaia Gerber, a regular on the 55-year-old’s runways, looked as though she’d stepped straight out of the ‘60s in a matching yellow raincoat and bonnet tied primly under her chin, with white netted gloves and a vintage looking cream handbag finishing the look.

As well as trends borrowed from the swinging ‘60s, styles from the ‘80s also folded into the collection.

Adwoa Aboah, the face of Marc Jacobs Beauty, modelled a dramatic look reminiscent of the era, with two oversized roses adorning her peachy pink outfit; one tied around her neck and the other tied around her waist. Her buzzed bleached hair had a pink tinge to it, something colourist Josh Wood replicated on other models who shaved their hair off especially for the show.

“This is the biggest colour project that I’ve ever worked on, so it’s a very proud moment for me,” Wood said backstage. “Marc signed (off on) every single colour. “He wanted the hair colours to) have history and look vintage.”

Pastel hues also dominated the collection, with the pretty shades working perfectly with the frothy line.

The front row was packed with celebrities and fashion stars, including Anna Dello Russo, Karen Elson, Nicki Minaj, Christian Louboutin, Emily Ratajkowski and Grace Coddington.

Fashion Week moves to London on Thursday.

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Brie Larson didn’t let rain put dampener on Rodarte’s NYFW return

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend G…

Brie Larson braved the rain to take in Rodarte’s New York Fashion Week show on Sunday (09Sep18).

Sitting front row with an umbrella, Brie looked chic in high waisted red chequered trousers, teamed with a frilly blouse.

Whoopi Goldberg, fashion legend Grace Coddington and actress Rachel Brosnahan, the niece of late bag designer Kate Spade, also didn’t let the wet weather put them off sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s spring/ summer 19 presentation, which was held at a cemetery on the Lower East Side. The show marked Rodarte’s return to the Big Apple after showing in Paris for the last few seasons.

Later on Sunday, Prabal Gurung showed off his latest line, with the Nepalese-American designer also attracting an A-list crowd.

Among the celebrity guests was the cast of smash hit film Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan and Henry Golding, Tiffany Haddish and Kelly Rowland. Camila Mendes, Karrueche Tran and Indya Moore also took in the new season trends.

Opening Ceremony was one of the last brands to show on day five of New York Fashion Week, with design duo Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, who presented their latest Kenzo collection via a short film on Friday, tapping Christina Aguilera to perform a surprise gig as models strutted their stuff.

As well as Christina belting out tunes, Lim and Leon also enlisted the help of drag artists, including RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Sasha Velour, Jiggly Caliente and Miss Fame for their show, which was watched by Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko.

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Karl Lagerfeld’s cat gets claws out on seventh birthday

Karl Lagerfeld’s famous pet Choupette has dished out some catty advice on her seventh birthday.The white-haired Birman was given as a gift to Lagerfeld in 2011 by Baptiste Giabiconi following a stay with the Chanel designer while the French model was a…

Karl Lagerfeld’s famous pet Choupette has dished out some catty advice on her seventh birthday.

The white-haired Birman was given as a gift to Lagerfeld in 2011 by Baptiste Giabiconi following a stay with the Chanel designer while the French model was away.

Choupette has since gone on to become a star on her own, with her dedicated Instagram page, run by Ashley Tschudin, garnering over 110,000 followers since launching in 2012.

And to celebrate her seventh birthday this week (begs13Aug18), Tschudin has shared a humorous message on behalf of the fancy feline.

“TO MY DAHHHLINGS FOR MY BIRTHDAY. At the wise age of 7, I would like to impart some wisdom on you humans I may be “7” but I don’t look a day over 5,” she began, alongside a photo of the cat stretching out on a white leather chair.

Tschudin’s post then went on to clarify a number of aspects of Choupette’s life and shared that she is constantly pampered by maids, her “cold heart” still melts for Giabiconi and that she is the original Instagram “influencer”.

In addition, her hobbies include sunbathing, pawing at the latest Chanel collections, eating caviar, catnapping on clothing sketches at “completely inappropriate” times as well as “stalking” celebrities such as Grace Coddington and Chrissy Teigen on social media.

“My dream job besides becoming the next @lindaevangelista is to write a satyrical (sic) fashion commentary series for @vogue, @elleusa, or @harpersbazaarus. Holler at your girl!” the kitty noted, before taking aim at a certain reality TV star: “My annual salary and net worth are none of your business unless it’s @forbes calling to put me on their next cover. Move over @kyliejenner!”

To conclude the post, Tschudin clarified that it was not Choupette in a Swiffer cleaning products commercial and the cat’s eyes are “naturally blue”.

Over the years, Lagerfeld has featured his pet’s image in a number of fashion items and in 2013 he exclaimed that he would even marry Choupette if he could.

“There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat,” he told CNN’s Fashion Week: Backstage Pass.

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Louis Vuitton brings ‘eccentricity’ to cruise 2019 show

Louis Vuitton showcased mismatched fun for its cruise 2019 presentation.The French fashion house took over the Louvre museum in Paris on Monday (28May18) for the catwalk extravaganza attended by the likes of Emma Stone, Jennifer Connelly and Justin The…

Louis Vuitton showcased mismatched fun for its cruise 2019 presentation.

The French fashion house took over the Louvre museum in Paris on Monday (28May18) for the catwalk extravaganza attended by the likes of Emma Stone, Jennifer Connelly and Justin Theroux.

And in a collection full of bold prints and futuristic lines, creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere was keen to play with the idea of individuality in the brand’s latest offering.

“This cruise show is about eccentricity for me. It’s about how an individual can have his own proper style and can start a movement. I love this idea of someone eccentric that mixes things in her own way,” he explained to WWD.

Spacey silhouettes and spliced sleeves were given a modern edge thanks to the addition of thigh-high leather boots, which reprised the chunky soles of the fashion mogul’s Archlight sneakers.

Other key features included oversized pleats, large lapels, ruffled necks, statement eyewear and chunky jewellery, while a couple of models also displayed a painted flame-like ‘third eye’ on their foreheads.

The runway debuted pieces from a collaboration with Grace Coddington too, in which she jazzed up the label’s signature monogram pattern with illustrations of her two cats, Pumpkin and Blanket, and Ghesquiere’s dog Leon.

“My collaboration with Nicolas and his team at Louis Vuitton has been so much fun,” the 77-year-old shared in a statement. “I hope it will be a dream come true for Pumpkin, Blanket, and Nicolas’ dog – it certainly is for me. It started with our love for animals, it’s where Nicolas and I really connect beyond fashion.”

Coddington is also teaming up with the brand to release a range of items including ready-to-wear, leather goods and handbags in October.

Louis Vuitton’s show followed on from Dior’s resort presentation on Friday (25May18), where creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri served up a bold collection inspired by Mexican female rodeo riders called escaramuza, who were invited to open and close the runway on horseback at France’s Chantilly Stables.

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Grace Coddington to host talk show on streaming channel

Grace Coddington is gearing up to host a talk show on fashion channel Made to Measure (M2M).The Welsh star is one of the most recognised names in the industry, having started her career as a model before taking on senior creative roles at both British …

Grace Coddington is gearing up to host a talk show on fashion channel Made to Measure (M2M).

The Welsh star is one of the most recognised names in the industry, having started her career as a model before taking on senior creative roles at both British and American Vogue magazines.

Now, Coddington is to put her knowledge of the fashion industry to work in Face to Grace, a six-episode talk show series that is to be broadcast on streaming service M2M in September (18).

“It’s about having funny, not slapstick funny, but amusing conversations… funny can take up a lot of time,” she said of the concept, according to Business of Fashion. “It’s nerve-racking because I’ve never been on TV in this capacity. I’ve been interviewed, but not the one who is in control. But I’ve chosen people who are easy to talk to on purpose.”

Coddington’s first guests will include Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for womenswear, Nicolas Ghesquiere, as well as Baby Driver actor Ansel Elgort, who happens to be the son of her Vogue collaborator, photographer Arthur Elgort.

She will conduct the talk show at one of the Mr Chow restaurant’s in New York, with the venue owned by Michael Chow, whom she was briefly married to in the late 1960s.

Backed by IMG, M2M was launched two years ago and provides fashion-based content, including films, original programming as well as runway shows.

Speaking about the new project, M2M’s executive content director Susan Hootstein explained that Coddington was a natural choice.

“We’ve wanted to do something with her for quite a while,” she shared. “She fits in perfectly with our line-up. Everyone knows her and loves her, and the format is fascinating. There’s a reason late-night talk shows have been so popular for so long.”

Coddington worked alongside Anna Wintour at U.S. Vogue as creative director from 1988 until 2016, where she was heavily involved in the styling and production of the issue, a fact that was highlighted in the acclaimed 2009 documentary called The September Issue.

She has since partnered with companies such as American fine jeweller Tiffany & Co. on various projects, fashion brand Comme des Garcons, and has even released her own fragrance, a scent named Grace by Grace Coddington.

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Alexander Wang paid homage to the Big Apple with final NYFW show

Alexander Wang drew on his career beginnings for his “sentimental” final New York Fashion Week show.The American designer, who recently announced plans to adopt a new biannual schedule in June and December, rather than in February and September, showed…

Alexander Wang drew on his career beginnings for his “sentimental” final New York Fashion Week show.

The American designer, who recently announced plans to adopt a new biannual schedule in June and December, rather than in February and September, showed his fall 2018 collection in the Big Apple on Saturday (10Feb18) at the old Vogue office.

It marked a stark contrast from his last show in September, where he staged pop-up catwalks across New York, and took his model army to each location via a party bus.

“Here we are, fall 2018, it’s the last time I’ll be a part of New York Fashion week, I guess,” he said in a video for Vogue. “It’s an exciting show, we’re going to 4 Times Square. This actually has a lot of sentimental value to me, because I essentially started my career there, interning at Vogue and Teen Vogue.”

Talking about his interning years, Wang shared he had fond memories of Vogue heavyweights Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour and Camilla Nickerson.

And it was powerful women like his former colleagues who inspired the fall line, which is made up of tailored looks, shoulder pads, and athleisure pieces.

“Being in that environment, there was so much energy, all the editors always were working on different stories… it was a really impactful period of my life.

“The whole collection is really around this idea of a female CEO, (the) silhouettes (are) much more controlled and focused than previous seasons. We’re really showing much more about one idea.”

Kaia Gerber was among the models walking on Saturday, though Wang opted to cast more unknown faces, with 30 to 40 per cent being from Asian descent, a move the designer called “exciting”.

“It’s definitely a 180, I think from what we did last season. There was a lot of conversation about New York Fashion Week, and where it was going and I really wanted it to be a love letter to New York, it’s been a city that’s supported me since day one,” he added with a smile.

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