Karl Schedules a Show for the Same Date as the Met Ball… So, Would You Rather: Chanel or Vogue?

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It’s a fashionista’s scheduling nightmare, and the morbid dream is coming to reality quicker than the stitching of a Chanel tweed suit. What happens when the matriarch and patriarch of the fashion industry, Anna Wintour of American Vogue and Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel throw events on the same day in different countries? We will soon find out, because apparently May 4th is fashion’s hottest date.

MOMA Film Benefit Presented by CHANELTilda Swinton creating a barrier between Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour, rightfully so. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center Exhibition Gala has been the hottest ticket in New York since Wintour first organized it back in 1995. But that ticket could soon lose its shine as Chanel’s always elaborate cruise show is being held in Seoul, the exact same day.

CHANEL DINNER CELEBRATING N°5 THE FILM BY BAZ LUHRMANNKarl doing his best at promoting Chanel. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Where will the editors go? What will the top models do? Will Rihanna be sitting front row in Korea or tripping in Tom Ford up the steps of the Met? Which one would you rather attend? The $25,000 a plate Met Gala or front row at one of the years hottest shows? Anna, if Kendall or Cara are too busy walking in the Chanel show I am always available to be a seat filler.

CR FASHION BOOK ISSUE 2 After PartyWhere will these fashion favorites be on March 4th? Karl Lagerfeld pictured with Carine Roitfeld, Stephen Gan and Kanye West. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Happy Holidays! Here Are the NSFW Pirelli Calendar Girls

The 42nd edition of the Pirelli calendar is here and it’s the product of a trifecta of high-fashion talents. Shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Carine Roitfeld with makeup by Pat McGrath, the calendar features a select 12 models, clad in latex and lace, and serves as a modeling who’s who.

This year’s ladies include an appearance by Candice Huffine, the only plus-size model in the gang, Gigi Hadid, Cameron Russell, Isabeli Fontana, Adriana Lima, Raquel Zimmermann, Karen Elson, Joan Smalls, Natalia Vodianova, Sasha Luss, and Anna Ewers.

You might want to save scrolling down for later if you work in a conservative office.

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Sexy Behind the Scenes Shots from the 2015 Pirelli Calendar

Just a few more months to go before the 2015 Pirelli calendar is finally bestowed upon us. The 2015 cal is lensed by Steven Meisel and styled by the queen of porno-chic, Carine Roitfeld. Mark your 2014 Pirelli calendars for November…

In the mean time, check out these sizzling behind the scenes photos from the Pirelli shoot. We bow down to you, Adriana, Raquel,  and Isabeli!

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Images from the backstage of 2015 Pirelli Calendar by Steven Meisel, images by Marc Regas

To Mule or Not to Mule?

2013 was a year of controversial shoes. 2013 saw the return of Birkenstocks, the persistence of flatforms and the why-won’t-you-go-away wedge sneaker. Ardent advocates, zealots and haters came out in numbers to share their thoughts on the hottest footwear of the season. However, no shoe regardless of how maligned created a comeback quite as big as the mule in spring 2014 collections.

Much like its mammal namesake, the mule is a hybrid of two different shoes, fusing the high heel of a pump with the open back of a slipper. Over the years the mule has been the favored heel of popes and pop stars alike. Once gracing the feet of ancient Egyptian queens and ladies of the French court, the mule is now synonymous with Hollywood starlets such as Marilyn Monroe. The mule of the ‘50s was dainty and oft feather-pompom adorned.

Despite their rich history the mule faced heavy adversity when they first started reappearing on runway collections back in 2012. Former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld condemned the shoes as a fashion blunder, really letting ‘er rip.

“I hate mules. I hate the noise when someone walks with mules. Clomp, clomp, clomp. I think it’s very not chic.”

Many on the mule opposition cite the impracticality of walking in a shoe without a secured heel. Also an overall distaste for the aesthetics.

However, after this spring’s runway collections there is no longer any denying that similar to its barnyard counterpart, the mule is stubborn, and despite vehement resistance, isn’t going anywhere soon. The shoe found its way onto Celine, Chloe, The Row, and Altuzarra runways.

This season’s mule is modernized with a higher vamp that offers improved stability, and even the dreaded clomp, clomp, clomp is eliminated. Technology!

The more covered versions are less girly and less dainty, the higher heel feels cooler, sleeker, and more modern. These spring stunners are fresh, young and truly chic. Best worn with just below the knee skirts and dresses or heck, even cropped pants, they look flirty, fun and carefree. They have the support of the young (Ashley Olsen) and the older (Anna Wintour). Mademoiselle C recently said that she loved them.

Here’s the Scoop on Carine Roitfeld’s New Magazine

Although Carine Roitfeld resigned from her post as editor-in-chief of French Vogue back in 2010, the influential style star has done an impressive job staying in the spotlight. In addition to stacking up high-profile styling gigs for the likes of V and Barneys, she’s released a memoir, made the rounds at fashion weeks across the globe and has received a lengthy profile in The New York Times. Now, it’s time to get ready for Carine Roitfeld: the magazine.

Yesterday she revealed to WWD some exclusive details about the new fashion rag, aptly-titled "CR Fashion Book." Key deets:

– CR will be published by Fashion Media Group LLC, the NY-based company that publishes Visionaire, V and VMan.

– The magazine’s office will be based in The Standard hotel in East Village.

– There will be approximately 50,000 copies published, with distribution in Europe, Asia and the US.

– The first issue is a hefty 288 pages and will cost $9.95.

– The biannual publication will launch in September.

Regarding themes, Roitfeld notes that CR will celebrate "fashion and creativity" and a new theme will be featured each month. Will you be reading?

FashionFeed: ‘Hunger Games’ Nail Art; Carine Roitfeld’s New Magazine

● A round-up of the best Hunger Games-inspired nail art out there. Fashionista

● The controversial fake Abercrombie & Fitch site perpetrators have been caught. WWD

● Carine Roitfeld is launching her new magazine in September. Fashionologie

● Here’s a peek at the decorative goods that will grace Kate Moss’ new London mansion. Modelina

● Huge news! French fashion havens Sandro and Maje are set to open side-by-side boutiques on Prince Street. Racked NY

● Calling all LA art aficionados: Next Saturday, March 31, Maximillian Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel is hosting an exhibition that explores the evolving street art moment. Featured artists include Smear, Blinky, Septerhed, DeeKay, Gregory Siff, Andy Appleton, 2wenty, Free Humanity, Andrea LaHue, 2wenty, and Birdman. MG

Met Gala Fashion: Second to Prada, Givenchy Ruled the Carpet

The day after the Met Costume Institute Gala is always a blur of best-dressed lists and gossip. We watched the red carpet arrivals live yesterday (you can see a replay of it here) and—save for a few high slits and sheer numbers—guests played it sartorially safe for the most part and opted to provide a proper salute to the night’s honorees, Schiaparelli and Prada. Speaking of Prada, we saw a lot of it: Carey Mulligan rocked a glitzy gold and silver halter dress, Gwyneth Paltrow graced a blue embroidered number, and Kate Bosworth wore a sassy bordeaux ostrich feather mini. There was one other designer that shared equal time on the carpet this year: Givenchy.

Arriving arm-in-arm with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, Rooney Mara killed it in a Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci black one-sleeve lace dress with laser cut leather lace. A few more Tisci-designed winners:

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From left: Gisele Bundchen, Carine Roitfeld, Liv Tyler, and her highness Beyonce.

Photos via Givenchy, Getty, Vogue

FashionFeed: Nina Garcia Joins Moda Operandi, Leo DiCaprio Snags Erin Heatherton

● Marie Claire style director and Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia, has officially joined the advisory board of Moda Operandi. [The Cut]

● After dating Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, and Blake Lively, Leonardo DiCaprio has now moved on to Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton. How does the man do it? [Telegraph]

● Supermodel Lara Stone thinks young models should at least finish high school before they dive into the business.  [Styleite]

● If you have one last person on your gift list, Style.com rounded up a great last-minute list of fashion coffee table reads to pick up at a bookstore near you today. [Style]

● Business of Fashion just released a list of their top 10 articles of 2011, which features this controversial profile on Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. [BoF]

● Carine Roitfeld on no longer talking to her former Vogue Paris colleagure, Emmanuelle Alt: "Maybe this was not supposed to be a friendship […] I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner.” Burn! [NYT]