Stefano Pilati will show at London Fashion Week with Tanya Ling.
Anna Wintour hates on reality TV.
Claire Danes stepped out in NYC on Wednesday night for the premiere of Taking Woodstock. Her usual red carpet sidekick, Hugh Dancy, was off promoting his own movie Adam, but she was joined by a few other leading men. Liev Schreiber and Sebastian Stan posed for photos without their own partners, Naomi and Leighton, while Emile Hirsch brought along his lady friend Brianna. Flowers were the accessory of the evening for the hippie-era flick, as the peace and love flowed right down the red carpet.
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>> Vogue staffers purportedly aren't allowed to wear flats to the office — although that might be changing now that Anna Wintour wears them to events — but she's standing firm in her stance against reality TV.
In The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion, out Oct. 5, advice on how to get into the industry from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Bruce Weber, and Patrick Demarchelier is featured; as for Anna's "words of wisdom":
"Don't go too fast. Because of reality television, everyone imagines they can just be a fashion designer, photographer, or model. That's not the way things go. Learn your craft."
She also doesn't want people going into fashion because it's the cool thing to do:
“Do your homework, go online, visit every museum, and intern. You just need to have a love for what you’re doing. It’s not about thinking that it’s the cool thing; it’s about really believing in it.”
>> Though a spokesman denies it, Vogue is rumored to be getting a revamp — but don't expect more black to play a part in the purported new look. In The September Issue, Grace Coddington wonders of a black leather jacket: "Will Anna [Wintour] like this one?" "It's black," an assistant points out. "That's true," Grace says. "You'd get fired for that."
Fashion insiders are notorious for their tendency towards all-black — Grace Coddington included — but for Anna, not so much. A quick flip through her ensembles in the past year reveal that she will wear a black coat, boot, or dress every once and a while, but it's always embellished or paired with color.
Her staff — Grace aside — is hardly known for its riffs on all-black the way Team Vogue Paris is.
>> This morning, the CFDA held its first town hall meeting, moderated by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg, to discuss whether Fashion Week is still relevant. Many attendees agreed with Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough, who voiced his concern: "There seems to be a disconnect. For us, the shows have become a press thing. It’s on blogs; magazines pull straight from the runways; and by the time it’s in stores, it feels sort of old."
Donna Karan, who has long been a proponent of selling and showing clothes in season, also wondered about the timeliness of the shows: "We are in a crisis. There's no question about it . . . We spend so much money on shows, but what is it getting us?”
>> Flats Get the Anna Wintour Seal of Approval? —Vogue has started pushing for a flats comeback — Andre Leon Talley posted a pro-flat treatise last month, and days later the staff gushed over oxfords — but when Anna Wintour starts wearing them to events in place of her usual Manolo Blahnik heels — like the slides she chose for the 2009 Hampton Designer Showcase over the weekend — it's worth taking note. We know from The September Issue, that if Anna wants jackets, designers and retailers give her jackets; surely the same can be said for flats. [Chic Report]
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The Sundance Channel is going behind the fashion seams with a 4-part fashion series called "The Day Before."
Anna Wintour is not pleased with the way Spring New York Fashion Week s shaping up.
>> The first official look at how Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week is shaping up will come Friday, when the first edition of the Fashion Calendar ships, but until then, we've got a few hints.
“There will be a lot more shows than last year," according to The Calendar's Ruth Finley, which means Anna Wintour won't be pleased. Last season, Anna said that "a lot of people before were having shows that simply shouldn’t have been having them," adding: "It’s much better to see them in the showroom or more of a low-key presentation. It’s more realistic." It seems like a number of designers didn't heed her advice — Finley says that this upcoming season, "There are a lot of new people [showing] you have never heard of."
>> Anna Wintour to Host The September Issue Premiere —Although the status of her big annual bash remains up in the air for next year, Anna Wintour will be making a splash at the premiere of The September Issue. She plans to host the opening and follow it all with a private dinner; Could this be Sylvana Soto-Ward's first big project? [FWD]