>> Sally Singer Officially Named Editor of T —Rumors have been swirling for weeks — and many thought Sally Singer wouldn't take a presumed pay cut to move from Vogue's fashion news and features director to become editor of T — but that's just what she did. This morning, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller sent out a memo that Singer, 45, will take over at T on July 5. “We were looking for someone with the imagination and taste to envision the next generation of this extraordinary franchise, and the experience to make it happen . . . As her resume — and her successes at Vogue — will testify, [Singer] has the combination of aesthetic sense and intellectual curiosity suited to a style magazine that wears the name of The New York Times.” [NY Times]
>> The first peeks at Stefano Tonchi's stamp on W will come with the magazine's July issue, and a full redesign is planned for the September issue, but it's the August issue that will provide the first look at a Tonchi-overseen W cover: he's reportedly gone with Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall (costars in Ben Affleck's upcoming crime drama The Town)
It's not unheard of to have a couple cover at W — see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or, more recently, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston — but the Hamm-Hall duo is shorter on mass appeal than past W cover choices — an interesting decision for a W that's said to have a more general-interest lifestyle directive under Tonchi. Also interesting: Hall was just featured on the cover of T last August, when Tonchi was editor of that magazine.
>> Video: RJ Cutler's "The Met Ball" Short Film —Vogue posted a short video on the planning of this year's American Woman-themed Costume Institute Gala, but if you're looking for a more in-depth peek behind the scenes, The September Issue's director RJ Cutler produced a short film, The Met Ball, leading up to and covering the 2007 Paul Poiret-themed event, which was just posted online in its entirety. Among the highlights, Hamish Bowles trying on a robe at Tom Ford, which he calls "a bit too queeny for me," and Sally Singer summing up the event as such: "It's one of those evenings where there's no real inherent value to the meal -— it's a fashion dinner so there's never an inherent value to the meal; the whole point is to go to the bathroom a lot to keep looking at people as you go in and out of the bathroom, and see who's in the bathroom." [Part 1, Part 2]
>> Vogue's Sally Singer Emerging as Frontrunner for T Editorship —It sounds like it could be another month before the New York Times decides on or announces T's new editor, but the current likely successor is being pinpointed as Sally Singer, Vogue's fashion news and features director. Singer, who joined Vogue in 1999 from New York and is reportedly a finalist for the position, didn't respond to an email seeking comment. A Vogue spokesman said, “We are very pleased that Sally is here at Vogue, and we understand that she feels pleased to be here.” [WWD]
UPDATE: On the flipside, Grazia fashion features editor Melanie Rickey Tweets, "My source says Singer unlikely to leave US Vogue; she is 'major Vogue property' and possible [Anna Wintour] successor. T apparently less money too.." [@fashedatlarge]
Jenna Lyons and Vogue's Sally Singer hosted the launch of Fenton/Fallon for J.Crew last night at the J.Crew shop in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Guests including Jennifer Creel, Olivia Chantecaille, Meredith Melling-Burke, Mary Alice Stephenson, and Taylor Tomasi Hill sipped pink lemonade and vodka cocktails and listened to Harley Viera-Newton DJ while previewing Dana Lorenz's exclusive collection for J.Crew. Available online and in J.Crew stores now, the lineup of multi-strand necklaces and bracelets are complete with signature Fenton/Fall design elements—dripping in chains, studs, crystals.
Natalia Vodianova's spring 2010 campaign for Etam is, of course, gorgeous.
Selima Salaun's Noho boutique hosts a Cutler and Gross pop-up shop through April with over 400 styles from the London-based eyewear label.
Sally Singer fetes Helmut Lang's Nicole and Michael Colovos at the Hotel Chelea in New York.
Annie Leibovitz poses in front of the camera for Louis Vuitton's latest core values campaign.
Louise Goldin is awarded the British Fashion Council's Fashion Forward prize for 2010.
Scarlett Johansson is back as the face of Mango.
Models.com talks male nudity in advertising, working with Nick Knight, and what makes models super with the genius photographer, Sølve Sundsbø.
>> Last night, with the help of keynote speaker Alber Elbaz, who doled out gems on the perils of success — "It's like a bottle of perfume. You smell it, you don't sniff it or drink it" — Alaia veteran and Michelle Obama favorite Sophie Theallet took home the 2009 Vogue/Fashion Fund prize of $200,000 and a year of mentoring. Fellow nominees Patrik Ervell and Monique Pean were named runners-up, and received $50,000 each plus a business mentor.
In her speech, Anna Wintour said that in addition to the US, Italy, and the UK — which just started a similar talent-nurturing program — she just met with the French minister of culture about mirroring the contest there. "And Brazil, India, Russia, and China aren't far behind."
"The money and the mentoring will help Ms. Theallet because she needs to be able to offer more range in her collection, as well as expand her production options. She has such a distinctly feminine eye, and the skills, that I’ve often wondered why a big retailer doesn’t ask Ms. Theallet to design some blouses and summer dresses for them, using the store’s resources and manufacturing connections."
Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger and Eva Mendes Attend the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Runway Show in Los Angeles
Vogue's Lisa Love and Sally Singer hosted a tea party and the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runway show Friday in Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont. Guests including Mary-Kate Olsen, Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendes, Jasmine Shokrian, Lily Collins, and Jeremy Scott watched the Frederic Fekkai-sponsored fashion show featuring the ten 2009 finalists. The event was followed by dinner at Bouchon in Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles 10/30/09. WireImage
>> Vogue Cover Possibility for Rachel McAdams? — Is an upcoming Vogue cover — perhaps the January 2010 cover — in order for Rachel McAdams? She sat next to Anna Wintour at Alexander Wang today, then between Sally Singer and Virginia Smith at Altuzarra before heading to Boy/Band of Outsiders. Her next big movie, Sherlock Holmes, comes out Dec. 25, so a January 2010 cover would be right if it's in the cards . . .
>> Despite screening in January at the Sundance Film Festival, details on Vogue documentary The September Issue — with the exception of a short clip — have been kept largely under wraps. A group of British fashion insiders who have seen the 90-minute special are under strict embargo not to discuss it until it is screened at the Edinburgh festival on June 22, and the movie doesn't hit theaters until September 11, but Fashion Week Daily got their hands on a screener and has plenty of details on the film, which features Anna Wintour, the "pope" as Style.com's Candy Pratts Price calls her, and creative director Grace Coddington, or "without question, the greatest living stylist there is," according to fashion news and features director Sally Singer. The highlights, as relayed by FWD:
Anna's apparently not a fan of black . . .
"I wonder if Anna would like this one?" Grace Coddington muses, flipping through pieces. "It's black," someone points out. "That's true," Grace says. "You'd get fired for that."
. . . And perhaps not Stefano Pilati, either?
We watch her drop in for walk-through with Karl Lagerfeld and Stefano Pilati, with whom she is surprisingly (not so surprisingly?) short. What, no color in this collection, Stefano? No evening?
But she pushes for more Olivier Theyskens/Nina Ricci representation in the magazine.
Mario [Testino]'s film from the cover shoots comes back, and Anna is not pleased. There aren't enough clothes, there isn't enough Nina Ricci, and where are the Colosseum shots? She looks through the cover options, and leaves a note on one, where Sienna [Miller] is flashing a grin: "like this best, but teeth."