The dewy days of summer still have us hiking our hems. But fall is just around the corner, bringing reflective surfaces, severe contrasts and enough animal imagery to drive a girl wild. In this photo shoot from our August 2013 issue, model Alyssah Ali uses the setting of Toronto’s gritty underpasses and alleyways to show the urban jungle who’s boss.
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From the August 2013 issue: Get your first taste of fall’s fierce furs and animal prints in this photo shoot starring Alyssah Ali
Just when we thought the world had enough (or one too many) celebrity clothing lines, Rihanna decided to give us another one. Yes, the Barbadian singer took to On Air with Ryan Secreast to announce her intentions of launching a fashion line of her own.
While RiRi doesn’t actually have any design chops of her own (then again, when has that ever mattered before?), she intends on earning the respect of the fashion industry by working closely with designers:
“This is also a road that I want to earn it. So I’m working with designers. Designers that I respect, and [fashion] companies that I respect. I want people to really trust me before I just say ‘Buy it, because it’s mine.’” Hmmm, is this starting to sound suspiciously like Kanye West part 2 to anyone else?
To be fair, Rihanna does have some serious commercial power behind her. After being spotted on the Jonathan Ross Show in head-to-toe Boy London, UK retailer Selfridges saw sales of the brand soar 45 per cent overnight. And then there’s her two-year-strong “design collaboration” with Emporio Armani (though the word “collaboration” has literally lost all meaning to us ever since Lindsay Lohan pastied Ungaro).
Maybe we’ll be eating our words in a year’s time, but we’re not too optimistic. While the singer has had some major fashion wins of late (think: her “self-designed” Armani Grammy gown) sometimes her taste is just a tad questionable. Remember her Thug Life tattoo? We do. And frankly, we’re not #overit.
First Phoebe Philo, now Ralph Rucci. Luxury line Chado Ralph Rucci announced today that it is cancelling its upcoming Fall 2012 runway show, and opting for more intimate showroom appointments instead.
The designer (who you may remember from his diva-esque cameo on Kell on Earth) was set to show on February 12, during the same time slot as Tommy Hilfiger (an undeniable NYFW staple). Of course, this has people questioning whether the Rucci camp moved the show to avoid press and buyer competition with Hilfiger.
Of course Rucci’s sister, Rosina Rucci, shot down all those rumours, telling WWD, “Tommy’s audience is decidedly not ours.”
Others are speculating that this is all about finances, citing Ungaro’s recent decision to cancel its Pre-Fall and Fall shows. But given that Ungaro also sent models with heart-shaped nipple pasties down the runway at the behest of Lindsay Lohan, we find it hard to compare the two.
We hope this isn’t a sign of difficulties (monetary or otherwise) in the Rucci camp. Whatever the reason may be, we just hope we can see snaps of the collection online. We love us some American couture.
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On the eve of Sienna and Savannah Miller’s departures from Twenty8Twelve, we look back at the top 10 best and worst celebrity fashion lines
We were shocked to hear that one of the first (and few) celebrity lines to succeed, Twenty8Twelve, announced today that notoriously stylish Sienna Miller and her designer sister Savannah Miller have left the label. Come fall, the label will change its name from Twenty8Twelve by s. miller to Twenty8Twelve London. Despite the loss of the two co-creative directors, the brand will still show at the upcoming London fashion week, and has plans to expand into e-commerce and open a new store in New York (in addition to their successful London stores and sales in department stores worldwide).
This news about one of the most prominent celebrity lines got us thinking about celebrity status and fashion-line success. We revisit 10 of the best and worst celebrity fashion lines out there and give you our verdicts.
Fashion news: Stella McCartney is pregnant, Giles back in London and Jonathan Saunders for Toy Story 3
Stella McCartney is expecting her fourth child later this year. Congrats! [Vogue UK]
While the New York Post referred to Lady Gaga‘s outlandish appearance at her sister’s graduation as her way of “getting back at the bitches who mocked her lust for stardom,” a recent article in WWD suggests it’s more of a once-an-attention-seeker-always-an-attention-seeker kind of thing. Apparently she was no different in high school, though she didn’t have Giorgio and Miuccia on her side back then. [WWD]
Fashion news: Isabella Blow biopic, blogger inspires Zara and how the economy affects the height of heels
Though Isabella Blow‘s wardrobe will be auctioned off this September, hat-designer Philip Treacy has revealed that a film about the fashion editor’s life is in the works. John Galliano will play himself and for the thus unconfirmed lead role, Andre Leon Talley promises “Treacy has a great trick up his hat, and it’s going to rock the world.” [Fashionologie]
British designer Giles Deacon is going to be a very busy bee. Aside from running his eponymous line and working with retailer New Look, he has just been declared creative director of Emanuel Ungaro. [Racked] Read more »
Fashion news: Is it over for Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone? Plus, more trouble for Ungaro and Aggy’s sis does tees
We hope this rumour isn’t true: Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone have reportedly ended their relationship. It’s hard to tell at this point what’s real and what’s not, but both Jacobs and Martone have declined to comment. But they had such a great wedding cake… [The Cut]
Jacobs’ business partner, Robert Duffy, got married in Rhode Island last week. [NYTimes]
The dusty Ungaro drama is far from settling, with the announcement today that Estrella Archs leaving the label. “Estrella Archs announces that she has left her job as chief designer of Emanuel Ungaro due to irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand,” a spokesperson for the designer confirmed. [Vogue UK]
Anna Wintour spoke at the Pratt Institute last night in a tribute to Irving Penn, and we got a glimpse into the softer side of the Vogue editor-in-chief, calling Penn a “seductive” man who she immediately had “an intellectual crush [on].” She concluded her speech quite emotionally, saying “He made me a better editor. He was always in my head…. Irving’s gifts to us will not end.” [Fashionista] Read more »