Though she debuted at last year’s Calvin Klein show alongside Karlie Kloss and Toni Garrn, Canadian Taryn Davidson has remained more under the radar. One could attribute this merely to her being Canadian — our northern neighbors tend to lie low. But Taryn's creating a stir in Paris: Usually catwalk bookings are confirmed the day of, but Davidson’s already snagged spots this week at Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, and Balenciaga. And she’s also blowing up off the runway, having shot an upcoming Italian Vogue editorial with Nathaniel Goldberg. Not too shabby, eh?
Earlier we mentioned how designers can't use everyday technology like computers and cell phones. And now we've some choice visual proof — fresh from Milan, no less! — of designers' frightening inability to modernize. Pictured, Roberto Cavalli's ginormous cell phone seen resting on a table at the designer's after-party. Well. If Zack Morris could get ahold of Cavalli, we're sure he'd ask for his phone back.
Some of our favorite new catwalk staples are Asian beauties, and upbeat newcomer Emma Pei is our fave du jour. So let's welcome her to the esteemed club of runway rulers that is our Model Manual, shall we?
• The inane glories of the red carpet: Atonement's 13-year-old Saoirse Ronan doesn't care what people think about her outfit, George Clooney's date seemed restless, and Steve Carell claimed to wear $14,000 Spanx. [WP]
• Most Oscar dresses were boring and many red-carpet walkers' "behavior could have used a little refinement," like Jessica Alba who chewed gum the whole walk down. [WWD]
If you haven’t been flown over to soak in the twinkling excesses of Milan Fashion Week, here’s what you’ve missed. Clockwise from top left: An exhausted Anouck yawned in line at Prada. Carine looked fab in front-row fur at Missoni. Hamish Bowles waited at Jil Sander with a camera-shy Virginia Smith.
Until the end of the week, the front rows of the Milan shows were a lovely reminder celebrities exist in nationalities other than American. Just because we don't know who they are and Us Weekly doesn't explain why they're "just like us" doesn't mean they're not famous
em>Wherein batty, catty New York editors treat you to their totally unsolicited yet utterly insightful thoughts on the stuff they can't stop looking at.
Amina I don't want to scare you but...Versace is pretty.
Jessica Uh oh. How pretty?
Amina I want to buy some of the coats.
Jessica Ooooh boy. Okay, looking now... leather biker-cum-blazer is something I might kick some serious ass in.
The Milan shows are almost over and we are still waiting for that "molto sexy" glitzy thing to rear its Swarovski-ed head. Soon, oh yes, we can feel it. But in the meantime, many of these collections, would be great for a super posh camping trip of sorts.
• Trussardi showed earth tones and bright shower-curtain frocks.
Are you the kind of person who hears the words "economy" or "emerging markets" and immediately thinks, Economy eshmonomy, emerging markets cookie whatever? If so, and you care about fashion, now is the time to change your tune. The economy does indeed affect what you wear (crap), because designers create their wares based on what you're in a position to buy.
• Dolce & Gabbana showed "anti-party" clothes, which was especially ironic since Lindsay Lohan was in the front row. Also, because pelts alone are never enough, Karl Lagerfeld puts real gold in his Fendi furs.
Here's what you probably understand about the Milan collections so far: Prada's black lace was fabulous, Jil Sander showed some really fierce coats, and the Gucci collection was "bohemian." Now, we'd say the Gucci line was more caveman chic than anything else, but we suppose that's why we don't write fashion reviews for the big papers. But sometimes isn't "caveman chic" just the simple, fun way to sum up some high-minded reviewer's purple prose?
You know what? We're just going to go ahead and say it: Clearly some Europeans are hinting at war with Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Yesterday we learned Giorgio Armani said he was "indifferent" to her Bobness while he was standing onstage right next to her during a press conference for the Costume Institute Gala's "Superheroes" exhibit.
• Cathy Horyn thinks diversity on the runway is really important, especially since emerging markets like Russia, China, and Brazil are quickly becoming significant consumers of designer clothes. Horyn also writes of the Gucci collection, "It’s clear we can’t expect world-creating fashion from Frida Giannini." Ouch. [NYT]
Miuccia made our job easy today, since the Prada’s casting is the one to watch. And as the designer frequently does, she broke a star: Natalia Chabanenko, a pouty brunette who bookended the lineup and clenched today’s win.
Get your fashion while it's hot — from the Milan runways, we mean. Please do indulge in today's latest shows; they're calorie-free, of course.
• Have you heard about the black lace at Prada? Everyone is raving, and with good reason.
Milan is off to a lithe, pretty-faced start! Edita Vilkeviciute, who appears in the spring campaigns for D&G and Pringle of Scotland, pulled off surprise opener and closer at Burberry, more or less ousting the label's reigning queen, Agyness Deyn, from the glory roles.
• Cathy Horyn is in love again! She finds the black lace on Prada's coats, pants, and dresses "fascinating" in Milan. [NYT]
• Suzy Menkes likes Prada's black lace too, calling it "original" and "intensely Prada in its mix of the prim and the perverse." [IHT]