The temperatures may be dropping in New York City but the party circuit is still hot. Valentino showed couture stateside and it brought about a bundle of stylish avid Valentino wearers. Stephanie Seymour proves she’s the definition of elegance and Carey Mulligan has a major red moment in Switzerland. Who gets your vote for best dressed?
1. Carey Mulligan at Gstaad’s 10th Anniversary Winter Weekend Gala in Gstaad, SwitzerlandPhoto: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com
2. Stephanie Seymour at Children of Armenia Fund Holiday Gala Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com
3. Lindsey Calla at WWD 10 of Tomorrow Event Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com
4. Coco Rocha at WWD 10 of Tomorrow Event Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com
5. Harley Viera-Newton at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney Museum Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
6. Olivia Palermo at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
7. Emma Roberts at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
8. Padma Lakshmi at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
9. Franca Sozzani at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
10. Katie Holmes at Valentino Sala Bianca 945 at The Whitney MuseumPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com
Coco Rocha stopped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” to give him a bit of schooling on the art of posing. In promotion of her new book, AStudy of Pose, Rocha and Meyers took suggestions from the audience to reenact some of the 1,000 poses from the book.
The poses, which are only given numbers next to the pictures, were given new names like “Sexy Jump to Grab the Last Apple” and “The Gym’s Not Really Working,” by Meyers. “We made [the poses] numbers so people like you would give them names!” Rocha said.
Personally, I think this sounds like a fun fashion drinking game to try out. Check out the video below!
The latest book out of the fashion world is a dictionary — but think gorgeous shapes and poses to communicate instead of endless words. In A Study of Pose, Coco Rocha demonstrates the art of modeling in a dictionary of 1,000 poses, all shot by Steven Sebring.
Rocha intended the volume to be a timeless reference to the study of pose, so styled the shoot herself, and wears only a simple leotard. “If we styled it, it would become dated. It’s a study of pose and the form of the body, not a study of fashion,” she told W magazine.
And…it’s a trend. Becoming the latest in a string of notables to do the same, model Coco Rocha took to everyone’s favorite platform, Instagram, to announce that she is pregnant.
The video she posted is not twee and squeal-worthy like Eva Chen’s mini-me accessories or customized and feminine like Tomasi Hill’s blooms but rather looks like it would fit in at a modern art exhibit. Rocha spins, in a nude bodysuit, but almost like a tiny ballerina in a jewelry box to a tune not unlike the ones you might remember from said boxes.
@JamesEdwardConran and I are absolutely thrilled to announce that after 4 years of marriage we are expanding our family and expecting our first child spring of 2015! – James & Coco
Coca Rocha is more than just a supermodel; she’s a performance artist. The 23-year-old fiery-coiffed bombshell from Canada not only poses like a pro, but homegirl can cut a rug, too. (Last year she notoriously raised $35,000 in one minute for charity just by doing the Irish gig.) One of Rocha’s many other hidden talents—and the reason why top photographers can’t get enough of her—is her ability to come up with exaggerated facial expressions that enliven every campaign and editorial she’s a part of. Case in point: Rocha’s fall campaign for Diesel, above. She’s got that Elvis Presley sneer and lip curl down pat, no? Five more memorable Rocha faces, right this way.
The "I’m So Excited to be Riding a Tandem Bike!" Face
● Joining the ranks of fellow actresses Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis has been named the new face of Christian Dior. [Fashionologie]
● 23-year-old model Coco Rocha says that she has "extended her career" by actively engaging with her fans on Twitter and other social media platforms. [Telegraph]
● According to Barneys creative ambassador and Gay Men Don’t Get Fat author, Simon Doonan says that "sushi may well be the gayest food on Earth" because of it’s dainty presentation and portion control. [Styleite]
● Prabal Gurung’s first line of T-shirts will set you back $200 to $300 a pop. [The Cut]
● First Proenza Schouler and now Jil Sander. Natasha Poly’s sweeping up those spring 2012 ad campaigns quite nicely. [Style]
● Despite continuous controversy, American Apparel’s sales raised 15% in December due to a partnership with Groupon, but the lifestyle brand is still around $161.6 in debt, which is nothing to shake. [Grazia]
Wearable tech has been abuzz among the tech, fashion, and consumer communities lately. Innovations in smartphones, smart watches, and other wearable accessories with technological purposes are beginning to infiltrate the market with interesting dynamics, as seen in a recent study conducted by the influence analytics firm Appinions. It seems companies like Google and Apple have much more planned for us – it’s just the beginning.
With the recent rollout of a campaign for the Galaxy Gear smart watch, Samsung impressed many with the functionality of its new wrist wear – but beyond the tech obsessed, will we really wear it? I need it to look better than that – I hardly turn my phone off enough as it is. Convince me, Samsung. Romance me.
Regardless of my opinions of the aesthetics of the watch featured in the video, it seems there may be another version in circulation. Oscar de la Renta’s PR star Erika Bearman recently Instagrammed a Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch belonging to Hannah Bronfman, so whether or not the design is stylish in itself, the functionality is taking precedence, at least for some influencers. To be fair, Hannah’s white and metal version out-fashions the other iterations on view in Samsung’s TV and YouTube spots – they’d be wise to showcase the best looking versions.
In regards to Google Glass, model Coco Rocha wasn’t too shy to voice her qualms about it when testing the product for PCMag (not a fashion magazine, obviously), not least of which the awkwardness of the glasses. They’re not exactly stylish, nor discreet. But Google is upping other cool factors, like the introduction of the music function interaction, and earbuds designed to work specifically with Google Glass, maybe to make up for it. They’re still frighteningly obvious as a piece of wearable tech, and not necessarily a fashion piece, so there’s still work to be done. Maybe Linda Farrow should swoop in and collaborate with Google on a truly stylish pair – Linda Farrow has already proven to play well with others, and Google could use a boost of chic.
Apple seems to have taken note of the need for wearable tech to also be fashion – after all, it scooped up execs from both Burberry and YSL in the past year, Angela Ahrendts and Paul Deneve, respectively and impressively. Though we haven’t seen the fruits of Apple’s wearable tech labor just yet, they’ve filed for trademark rights on the iWatch in Japan, so you can bet it’s coming, especially since Apple CEO Tim Cook finds the wrist “interesting.” It’s something he has in common with many a fashion designer, though perhaps for different reasons. Still, maybe they should have a chat. Personally I’m holding out for an iWatch that calls to mind the timelessness of a Tank or Ballon Bleu. So Apple, it’s like I told Samsung: Impress me. I love to be courted with pretty things.
One piece of wearable tech that caught on functionally and stylishly is Nike’s FuelBand – it’s meant to be sporty, so the appropriately sporty aesthetic is chic – it fits where it’s supposed to, especially in this time we’re in with sneakers (albeit the right ones) as appropriate footwear at, and not just to the office or drinks. We’re also so obsessed with our own stats; it fits right into society’s current interests and aesthetics. Right place, right time.
The most obviously fashionable of all tech collaborations has to be the CFDA’s eBay collaboration on USB bracelets with designers like Mara Hoffman, Michael Bastian, Milly, Rachel Zoe, and Shipley & Halmos. Though functionally simplistic, they are wearable tech, and fashion focused. We just have to get the high tech guys working with the high fashion ones.
I’m rooting for you, tech giants. In the words of Tim Gunn, “Make it work.”
Wednesday night at Milk Studios–the venue models lovethe most–dozens of tall girls got wet for a great cause: LakayPAM, a phenomenal nonprofit that helps orphaned kids in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The rain-soaked event featured an emotional short documentary entitled Letters to Haiti, about a post-quake tour of Haiti by supermodel Coco Rocha, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, and LakayPAM founder Cedrick Roche.
Canada-born Rocha introduced the film and gave background on the organization and her ongoing role in Haiti relief efforts, then urged guests to reach into their pockets to purchase B&W photos on display, taken by Prinsloo during the Haiti trip.
Often times at these New York philanthropic events, you get a lot of people there for the scene, and not so much for the cause itself. Not so at Milk. Perhaps because Roche has such a direct way of speaking about his homeland (he closed his comments with the frank “Visit Haiti. We need the tourism dollars”) or because it’s nearly impossible for even the most blasé scenester to not have a visceral response to a situation as urgent as the Haitian earthquake. Or because Haiti itself is in such dire straits. It was already the poorest country in the Americas prior to the quake.
I wound up sitting between a fashion photographer and a Haitian New Yorker who’d heard about the organization and showed up to learn more and support the cause. Both had tears in their eyes by the time the film had ended. You can learn how to help here.
● We’re off to the MAGIC, Pool, and Project tradeshows in Las Vegas next week to peep the latest and greatest in textiles, clothing, and accessories. Be sure to follow my tweets and the hashtag #MAGICLV to get in on the action (and exclusive parties). [Magic] ● Ah, the life of a supermodel. Coco Rocha recently hopped over to Venice, Italy, to work with Americana Manhasset on their Fall 2011 fashion campaign. Watch the enchanting short film from the project. [Tumblr] ● DJ turned model turned Chanel darling Leigh Lezark is collaborating with H&M to curate the Swedish retailer’s first-ever shop-in-shop at London’s Selfridges department store on August 25. [Vogue UK]
● Designer Thakoon Panichgul is donating 100% of the proceeds from his limited-edition Masai-print scarf to aid famine victims in Somalia. [Vogue] ● We’re loving actress Sean Young’s style inspiration in these recently discovered polaroids from Ridley Scott’s 1962 sci-fi film, Blade Runner. Hint] ● We didn’t see this one coming. Spanish fast-fashion retailer Zara is being investigated by Brazilian federal prosecutors for alleged slave labor practices. [Zara]