Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gucci's new scent

James Franco is hot hot hot....and he's Gucci's new man! Finally a brand who knows what's hot. The actor is perhaps best known for playing Harry Osborn in the Spiderman movies but first came to everyone's attention when he played James Dean back in 2001. He is the new spokesperson for Frida's second Gucci fragrance, the first Gucci by Gucci came out last year and was promoted with an ad by director David Lynch. No details yet on what the scent's profile will be but it has been developed with the P&G Prestige Products division of Procter & Gamble and will come out in fall. I can only hope Franco shaves off that bad mustache before the photo shoot.

Garcia's way

Nina Garcia might be heading over to Bazaar after all, as she has been spotted in the Hearst Tower on Tuesday. But strangely the Elle split still hasn't really been confirmed!!

Apparently she was recently let go as fashion director following a 13-year tenure. Garcia, who is said to be in negotiations with Elle over a possible editor-at-large title (which would only keep her on through September), downplayed any speculation that she is mulling a possible position at Hearst, though she did admit, without giving any details, that she was doing some "freelance work."
Back in July 2005, Garcia was being aggressively courted by Glenda Bailey to replace outgoing fashion market director Amanda Ross at Bazaar. Garcia was said to have been offered a director's position at the title, but she ultimately stayed put. Stay tuned......

Time 100

Karl Lagerfeld does it once again. He's made it into Time magazine as one of this year's 100 tastemakers. Architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the French fashion house's Mobile Art container that is currently traveling the world, praised the 69-year old Lagerfeld for pushing the boundaries of what is possible.
"The brand's identity has always been crystal-clear," she wrote. "Before Karl, we all looked to couture for inspiration and direction. Now, through his work, fashion originates from the street, the media--anywhere. This has resulted in exciting collections that are provocative and sensual. His unrelenting experimentation in fashion, art and photography offers us endless possibilities, yet is always grounded and relevant. There are no simple formulas, no global solutions, and little repetition."
Lagerfeld is featured alongside French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, whose intro was penned by former Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane. "She has an innate ability to mix street culture and society, always avoiding the caricatures that can define both worlds and always recognizing the mix of both worlds as the only catalyst of energy and creativity," Slimane wrote. Takashi Murakami, featured in the Artists & Entertainers section, was lauded by none other than Marc Jacobs.
Time's annual gathering of the 100 honorees will be held on May 8 at Jazz at Lincoln Center. According to a magazine spokeswoman, none of the fashion honorees are expected.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Head to Toe with Tom Ford

I love this magazine! It is from Hong Kong, but it still brings us world exclusive interviews revealing stuff we've never heard before. Last month it was Karl, this month it's the man himself, Tom Ford. Again Stephen Short interviewed the legend who revived Gucci and YSL and who now has his own bespoke line. He tells Prestige Hong Hong how he wants to dress Barack Obama and raise a child. How's that for some insider news! One of my favourite quotes is...."When you're standing in a room, your effect on that room is the same as a chair's effect, or a sculpture. You're part of someone's view." So you better dress up guys, you don't want to ruin someone's view now, would you!?

Check out the full interview here!

Karl the Kaiser

This is the best interview I've read in a while! Karl Lagerfeld unrated!! The Kaiser sits down with Prestige's Stephen Short to discuss skinny models, love, Chanel and how he hates kids. The solar system exclusive interview goes behind the scene and shows Karl in a way we've never seen him before. Check out the whole interview here. It's very good, hmm!