Insta-Critic: Bold Color Defines the New Hermès

The debut of a new creative director is always a much anticipated affair. Today’s, from Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, formerly of The Row and Céline, had Hermès fans breathing a sigh of relief: the house’s reputation for refined elegance is still in good hands. Vanhee-Cybulski sent out a decidedly covered-up collection of long sleeves, high necks, and long skirts. Still, there was a move to reinvigorate old classics with pops of yellow, red, and blue. And even the classic Hermès equestrian blanket got reimagined as a luxe cashmere poncho coat, complete with the modern touch of a sporty racer stripe.

Beautiful color at Nadége Vanhee’s Hermes debut! #pfw

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A parade of rich reds

Bright pops of primary colors

The striped blanket coat for fall

So #chic it’s calming me… Bravo Nadege @hermes #hermes

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Luxe textiles stay refined yet modern

STYLE SCOOP: An Anna Wintour Christmas, Macaroons, and Kim K’s George Condo Birkin

What does the boy get the girl who has everything? Kanye West commissioned artist George Condo (the same artist Jay Z rapped about and who did the explicit art for Ye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) to paint an original on a Birkin for to-be-wifey Kim Kardashian. How do we know? She ‘grammed it, of course.

This tweet from Women’s Wear Daily may be all you need to know about beauty this year:

And in the grinchiest news of all: Vogue‘s Anna Wintour threw out her family’s Christmas tree before the 25th for being too messy.

FashionFeed: A Cow Goes Couture, Cartier Goes CGI

 

● To further prove their standing as the world’s leading French luxury brand, Hermès has launched a million-dollar handbag made of gold. [Financial Times]

● For their first foray into film, Cartier took viewers on a CGI journey around the world with their iconic panther. The piece apparently took two years to make, with six months dedicated to editing. [Styleite]

● Following her divorce from British artistocrat Justin Portman last year, model Natalia Vodianova rolled to the Dior show today on the arm of LVMH founder Bernard Arnault’s son. [Modelina]

● Say it ain’t so! Freja Beha Erichsen’s agency said that she’s not walking Paris Fashion Week this season. [Modelina]

● French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino’s photos of French cow Hermione in high-fashion hats can now be viewed at the aptly-titled Milk Factory in Paris. [The Gloss]

● If you’re missing the name Phoebe Philo now that Celine is officially not showing this PFW, read this interview in which the designer talks about her maternity, creating the perfect wardrobe, and those Philophiles. [NYT]

Fashion News You Need to Know

What happened in fashion this weekend? Let’s catch up:

The makeup at Givenchy took Pat McGrath 12 hours to complete. 12 HOURS.

Guess who’s back, back again? Maybe? After the most talked about hiatus since, ever, word on the street (and WWD) is that Nicolas Ghesquière may be heading to Louis Vuitton when Marc Jacobs’ contract runs out at the end of October. But nothing is confirmed. And Marc’s time may not be up. Anything could happen.

In case you had no idea, Chanel is worth, like, a lot. The company was valued at $18 billion.

Looking to get holiday shopping done way early this year? Hermès is popping up a Silk Bar at the Time Warner Center for the entire month of October. Get those hundred dollar bills in order.

If philanthrophy is more your jam and you happen to be in London, check out the Breast Cancer Care gala coming up on October 2nd, fashion show included.

Storied fashion house Schiaparelli confirms that Marco Zanini will design for the label, after his name spent some time flying around the air. Zanini comes from Rochas, and he reportedly had very little to do with the spring collection that just showed in Paris. Zanini’s first show for Schiaparelli will be couture in January.

 

Taking Zanini’s place at Rochas is designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua.

 

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Happy Monday, y’all.

Daughter of Clint Eastwood Burns $100,000 Handbag Just for the Hell of It

19-year-old Francesca Eastwood is a burgeoning reality TV star–her show, Mrs. Eastwood and Company, airs on E!–and, most notably, the daughter of screen legend Clint Eastwood. She’s also dating celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. Oh, and: she just bought, and then promptly destroyed, a $100,000 handbag. All for a stupid photo shoot!

The victim, a $100,000 Hermes Birkin bag, was purchased by Francesca recently and then featured in a photo shoot, shot by Shields, in which she cuts the bag in half with a chainsaw before setting it on fire (just in case it hadn’t lost all of its value yet). Blah blah blah "art" something something "free expression" something blah blah shut up.

Hey, Francesca! Guess what! You’re a ridiculous person. I don’t care that your father is worth more money than God–a sizeable portion of which must have magically (and by "magically," I mean "nepotistically") found its way to your privileged, over-indulgent little hands–and I don’t care that your boyfriend is a cool photographer who shot you doing this. You don’t go buy a $100,000 handbag–in general, but also–just to destroy it moments later so that you can get the attention you so clearly and desperately crave. $100,000 is a lot of money, in case you forgot, and to throw it away so cavalierly is a slap in the face to people who actually struggle to make a living for themselves and their familes. 

You know what else would’ve gotten you some attention? Donating the money to a charity, you knob.

Love the pictures, though! Xo [via TMZ]

FashionFeed: Zac is Back, Hermes Returns

● After presenting his mainline collection in Paris for the past two seasons, designer Zac Posen will show at Lincoln Center on September 11. [Style] ● The Hermes semi-annual sample sale returns to Soiffer Haskins on September 22 through 25. [Racked NY] ● Enter to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles for the American Music Awards when you purchase a Swag Like Us tee from Neiman Marcus. [NMdaily]

● Next spring’s Costume Institute exhibition at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the work of fashion designers Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. We can’t wait to see what that means for the annual Met Ball. [WWD] ● Behold the latest eyewear collection from Linda Farrow, in collaboration with lingerie aficionados Agent Provocateur. Highsnobette] ● Ever the digital age supporter, designer Prabal Gurung has revealed a new online-only campaign. [Fashionista]

One Scarf, Fifty Ways

For the few of us lucky enough to own an Hermes scarf, you already know about Knotting Cards. Each scarf comes with a card, which instructs on a way to wear your giant silk scarf. The entire set consists of 50 cards, with tips on folding your scarf into a variety of uses, including a bag and a wrap dress (some require more than one scarf). Unfortunately, Hermes no longer sells the full set, but with the magic of eBay, you can still purchase the cards for a reasonable price.

Perfect for the enterprising and craft-loving girl in your life, the cards are beautifully designed (did you expect anything less from Hermes?) and a perfect stocking stuffer. But don’t forget the Hermes scarf to go with it!

Photo via A Lovely Being.

Cheers to the Best Fashion Campaigns of 2010

I remember specifically where I was when I first saw the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 campaign featuring Raquel Zimmermann. Sprawled across a huge billboard above the McQueen boutique in LA, the vivid colors and striking details were so enchanting that I immediately pulled over, got out of my car, and walked up as close as I could to get a better look. It was just so beautiful and still gives me chills to this day, especially now that the designer is no longer with us. But McQueen’s art will live on forever, and it’s campaigns like these that capture the pinnacle of fashion just right, reminding us why we love this industry so damn much. And while not all 2010 fashion campaigns had as much impact, there were definitely a handful that hit it out of the park. Fashion Gone Rogue has done an ace job of rounding up the best of the best spring/summer and fall/winter campaign ads, which you can see here and here. Check out our absolute favorites after the jump.

Spring/Summer 2010

image Chloé, featuring Raquel Zimmermann

image Miu Miu, featuring Lindsey Wixson

image Hermes, featuring Karlie Kloss

image Prada, featuring Rasa Zukauskaite

Fall/Winter 2010

image Calvin Klein, featuring Lara Stone

image Valentino, featuring Freja Beha Erichsen

image Versace, featuring Iselin Steiro and Anna Selezneva

image Kenzo, featuring Lily Donaldson and Sasha Pivovarova