You don’t just take Kate Moss’s best-dressed crown and walk away unharmed. Moss, a clotheshorse legend, has spurred some of the most influential trends: menswear-inspired vests, leopard-print jackets, and of course, skinny jeans. So when Agyness Deyn won Tatler magazine's best-dressed award, a trophy Moss has won the past two years, fashion’s collective eyebrow most definitely raised.
At Paris’ end, designers were divided between punctuating their shows with brand-new faces versus brand-name stars. Raquel Zimmermann, who began walking major shows in 1999, continues to be a Lagerfeld favorite and closed Chanel. Sasha Pivovarova, forever Prada’s darling, closed Miu Miu. Olga Sherer and Anabela Belikova looked formidably untouchable opening and closing Lanvin. But Paris’s spotlight has been fixed squarely on Amanda Laine. Opening Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu, plus closing Louis Vuitton, the young Canadian has made a huge splash in her first season. Paris was hers, and we're giving her the week's win.
By the end of Paris Fashion Week, models are beyond frazzled. They’ve strutting up and down catwalks for four weeks now, traveling like crazy and … well, we won’t even touch on their eating habits. After a hectic month of shows, the girls' minds might not be as sharp as they were at the beginning of February. They're tired, they're confused, they're prone to error. So at Miu Miu, Miuccia gave the girls a hand by putting their initials on each of the outfits, just to prevent any backstage dressing-area confusion. Always stylishly err on the side of caution, right?
Breaking news, people. Brace yourselves — we want you to remain calm. Are you sitting down? Okay, good. Now, deep breaths. If you need to picture your happy place, go ahead and do that. Whatever you need. Alright, here goes: Jessica Stam appears to have dyed her hair.
After winning the V magazine and Supreme Model Management’s “V a Model!” (get it??) contest, official new girl Amanda Laine has surprised everyone by quickly popping up on Milan runways. That's right — it seems possible to win a modeling contest and actually have a high-fashion career thereafter! Who knew?
The AP is reporting that tempestuous supermodel–cum–GQ reporter Naomi Campbell has been hospitalized in São Paolo and is "being treated by one of Brazil's top specialists in infectious diseases," according to the reps at Sirio Libanes Hospital, where she's currently staying. No further info, and no further dry observations on our end. Scary stuff. More as we know it.
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?
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 following information may be hard to swallow — especially if you paid to see Fair Game in theaters — but one of our favorite catwalkers may have made a successful transition into the dicey model-slash-actress category. Gemma Ward appears in the upcoming film Black Balloon, which won Berlin Film Festival's Crystal Bear prize, a best-feature honor awarded by young panelists.
>As promised, the status of Sasha Pivovarova, who's been all but absent from the catwalks this season, is in. An IMG rep explains, “Sasha was under the weather this season and thus unable to go to the shows so far. She is sorry she missed them, but decided to rest up and is already looking forward to next season.”
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.
Models are supposed to blend into the background and let the clothes grab the attention. But after yesterday's mini-kerfuffle, in which it was discovered that some glazed-over soul at Style.com had confused photos of Chanel Iman for those of Jourdan Dunn, we were reminded that perhaps mannequins do the job a little too well and fashion insiders can't tell the girls apart. For shame!
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.