6 Things You Need to Know About the New Gucci, Premiered Today at Milan Fashion Week

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1) Gucci showed its fall collection today in Milan — the first for new creative director Alessandro Michele, previously accessories director, who replaced Frida Giannini, ousted earlier this year shortly following the firing of Gucci’s CEO Patrizio di Marco, also Giannini’s partner and father of her child.

2) News recently surfaced that di Marco and Giannini, and particularly the former, did not leave quietly. In fact, it’s come to light that di Marco gave a speech that he also sent out in a memo to the company in which he stated that,

“Against my will, I leave my cathedral uncompleted.”

Grand words, and many of them. He also called other members of Gucci and parent group Kering “nani,” or dwarfs, for plotting against him. The speech clocked in at nearly 3,000 words.

3) When Michele was announced, many were surprised to hear that this unknown would be taking over for a house like Gucci. Names like Riccardo Tisci, Joseph Altuzarra, and even Tom Ford had been thrown in the mix as speculation.

4) So today, the fashion world watched Michele make his debut. First to give us a hint of the new direction? Salma Hayek, wife of Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault, arrived at the show in a preview of the collection — she sported a beret.

5) Let’s talk about the clothes — words like “romance,” “librarian chic,” “military,” “girls will be boys,” and “boys will be girls,” were used to describe the show on social media — a continuation of the floaty gender delineations seen at Michele’s men’s show for Gucci earlier this year.

6) There were also majorly furry backless loafers…gucciloafers
Photo via @telegraphfashion on Instagram

It’s a vast departure from the Gucci of yore. What do you think?

Manolo Blahnik Says Today’s Actresses Are ‘All the Same’

We know who won’t be wearing Manolo Blahnik heels at this Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards. In a recent Q&A for the March issue of Interview, the iconic footwear purveyor quips that the starlets of today are difficult to disinguish. " I don’t even know Amanda Seyfried or whatever—they’re all the same! I try to remember—the only one I remember is Julia Roberts because she’s particular. Anne Hathaway… Pretty? Yes. Wonderful actress? Yes. But, I mean, I don’t even remember her. What is it about her?" Ouch.

Blahnik goes on to say that Hathaway was really good as Cat Woman in The Dark Night Rises but he just doesn’t remember her. So, who are the stars that Manolo does like? "I almost fainted on that girl, the tiny woman from France, no, from Mexico… Salma Hayek," he tells Tim Blanks. "But she’s a sweet girl, beautiful. I love that. This is what I really love: Where are those girls? I was looking the other day, Lara Flynn Boyle in Twin Peaks and that other girl Sherilyn Fenn—they’re old-school girls like Elizabeth Taylor, and I think that’s so fabulous." Peep the complete interview here

A Mystifying Look at Mexico City

Mexico City is mucho elusive. What goes on there? Salma Hayek sightings? Sombreros? Guacamole? Gangs? It’s not the eternally chic Cabo, nor the rough and tumble Tijuana.  No. Mexico City is it’s own unique land.

As a first time visitor on a three-day tour, I was stunned to discover the capital’s countless features; North America’s largest city has a lot to offer––glamorous nightlife, vibrant culture, mouth-dropping architecture––and nothing falls short of spectacular.

Located in the high plateaus of south-central Mexico well over 7,000 feet above sea level, if crowds don’t affect your equilibrium, the altitude might. This is not so much a warning as a self-affirmation. I personally worried very much about being plagued by dizziness…but the culture’s positive energy outweighed any such issues.

At every corner, there’s colorful, animated old streets, lush with live music, laughing children and an abundance of magnificent museums and galleries––it ranks second to Paris in number of museum options. And the food! Let’s put it this way: if you don’t love Mexican food, you are no friend of mine…

We stayed at the Hotel Condesa DF, a quirky hang, with a wind-up vintage car that works like a music box at the entrance. Offbeat and stylish, the hotel is on a triangular block amid wide, tree-filled streets in the Condesa neighborhood––often referred to as Barrio Magico or Magical Neighborhood. It’s a picturesque location, with lovely parks and fountains nearby.

I liked my room, which was clean, if a bit cramped. The killer complimentary breakfast comes with quesadillas, which I accepted with great joy. The hammam and outside grounds were sun-drenched and divine during the day. Evening noise, however, was an issue. The hotel welcomes a very happening nightlife. Good for the single ’n’ mingle set, not great for sleep!

EATS
On our first night in Mexico City, we ate at Don Chui, a fun, vacay-friendly Chinese-fusion restaurant fifteen minutes from our hotel. Out of this world. There, we were gastronomically spoiled rotten.

The next day, we refueled in an open-air restaurant at the impressive, 17th-century palace, Azul Historico. Set underneath mighty laurel trees and fringed by balconies, we felt like royalty. We inhales warm fresh bread, sipped mescal served out of dried bowls made from fruit and ate dishes like mole Filete de res servido con salsa de chile chipotle––filet mignon with chipotle sauce. Make sure to try the ensalada de pera con queso Roquefort, the supermodel of all Mexican greens.

Pre-dinner cocktails were at La Terraza at Hotel Habita––a tropical, South Beach-esque haunt with hypnotic views of the castle of Chapultepec and Espana Park. Downstairs, in the lobby restaurant, I ordered the Veracruz-style mahi mahi; otherwise known as the best fish dish I’ve ever had in my life. (Fact!).

The next day, we tried Tori Tori in the Polanco neighborhood, widely considered the best Japanese restaurant in Mexico City. With an exterior made from steels, it looks more like an urban art gallery than a high-end food establishment. A truly special place, for the VIPs and in-crowds. I highly recommend the Gyu Tataki (cold sautéed beef with secret sauce).

MUSEUMS
The Palacio de Bellas Arts, or Palace of Fine Arts, in the central square, is said to be the most notable cultural center in the area. Even if you have no attention span for museums, this is the one must-see. The exterior of the building is simply awe-inspiring. Inside, massive murals depicting different scenes from Mexico’s history take your breath away.

For history buffs, Templo Mayor is an imperative stop on the itinerary. The temple was nearly destroyed by the Spaniards until a telephone repairman stumbled upon the site in 1978. Since then, its excavation has uncovered numerous findings like jewelry and bones––just last month, it was reported that 50 skulls were discovered at one sacrificial stone.

My favorite is Museo Rufino Tamayo, situated in the peaceful Chapultepec Park, which primarily showcases the private collection––about 300 paintings––of artist Rufino Tamayo. Other paintings, sculptures and installations from artists like Picasso are on display as well. It’s worth having a museum tour guide walk you through each painting, as the art reflects so many details in Tamayo’s fascinating life. By the end, you feel so connected to him personally that you actually feel like you knew him.

In the end, I grew to understand what makes Mexico City so magnificent. It’s the richness of character in everybody and everything! Vibrancy cloaks you; from the second you step off that plane. And when you leave, you take some of that effervescence home in your heart…wrapped carefully in a wool tapestry of history, honor and humanity.

Links: Miley Cyrus Rips a Bong on Video, Salma Hayek Was an Illegal Immigrant

● Miley Cyrus celebrated her 18th birthday by taking a hit of (supposedly) salvia, the semi-psychedelic herb that is legal in California, from a big bong. The band Bush plays in the background and she is wearing red lipstick. And it is on camera. On. Camera. [TMZ] ● Ryan Gosling and Blake Lively were “inseparable” at the premiere of his new film, Blue Valentine, but let’s go ahead and say they look too much alike for this thing to ever work out. [People] ● Chelsea Handler says Jennifer Aniston is “irreverent and hilarious, and she sends me really, really funny e-mails.” Probably with cats. [Glamour]

● Salma Hayek told a magazine that she lived in the United States to study acting after her visa expired, making her a dreaded stealer of American jobs, but she’s beautiful so no one really needs to be mad, not even Republicans. Or they could boycott or whatever. [E! Online] ● James Franco watched a gigolo have sex with a man to prepare for the movie Sonny, and also to continue to play with gender roles and sexual norms so that people keep writing about him. Also, rabbits turn him on. [HuffPo] ● Taylor Swift’s 21st birthday will be Christmas-themed, duh. [People]

Links: Salma Hayek Hates Snakes, Lady Gaga is the Worst Sister Ever

● Salma Hayek’s reaction to the giant snake that crashed her promotional interview certainly makes a case for a reboot of the Anaconda series. Listen to her scream! [Vulture] ● Whitney Houston has been performing “looking bloated and sweating profusely,” giving the impression of “a person who doesn’t have many years left to live.” [Sun Times] ● A new David Beckham comic comes just in time for Americans to keep not caring about soccer. [People]

● So it’s supposed to be your big day—finally getting out of that hellhole that is high school!—and, of course, it’s just like your sister, Lady Gaga, to show up and steal the show by wearing a lampshade and bellbottomed pantyhose. [TMZ] ● A newly married couple going through old family photos discovered that both were at Disney World at the same time—and in the same photo—decades prior to meeting and eventually marrying. But are we sure this isn’t a Disney commercial? [Boing Boing] ● “Dedicated to the solitary soldiers keeping the grind alive.” What could it be? Videos of people dancing alone to Ginuwine’s “Pony.” So serious. [Dancing Alone to Pony]

Links: Halle Berry as Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt vs. Hillary Duff

● Prince may have a little crush on Salma Hayek. His new song is named after her daughter Valentina; in it, he sings “Hey Valentina, tell your mama she should give me a call.” Smart man to go through the daughter first, except she can’t quite speak yet. [Spinner] ● Halle Berry looks a lot like Jennifer Lopez on the cover of the new Harper’s Bazaar. [JustJared] ● Did you notice Britney Spears’ slimmer figure in those new Candies ads? That’s no diet; the signer called in the airbrush pros. [E&Sb]

● Now that Sam Ronson and Lilo are over, what high-profile lesbian should Sam go out with next? The L Word’s Katherine Moennig? Or maybe bi-curious actress Elisha Cuthbert? [TheFrisky] ● Turns out True Blood costars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are dating, and unlike their characters, they actually can go out in the sun. [JustJared] ● Are Jennifer Love Hewitt and Hillary Duff in a feud? Duff recently shot an episode on J. Love’s The Ghost Whisperer and was getting too close to J.Love’s boyfriend-of-the-month, Jamie Kennedy. [NationalLedger]

Links: Kate Moss Tantrum, Salma Hayek Engaged

● TMZ caught up with Project Runway winner Christian Siriano outside of Fashion Week to get his oh so necessary opinion about Chris Brown and Rihanna. His feeling? She’s a bit of a diva, so must have done something! [Youtube] ● It’s official: Model Coco Rocha is a fashion correspondent for E! She reports on her blog that it’s nice to prove that she’s one of those models who can walk and talk. [OHSOCOCO] ● Kate Moss threw a bit of a fit at the Roberto Cavalli ad shoot, demanding some beer and downing pint after pint. So is she not pregnant? Maybe’s it’s just a model beer belly? [Page Six]

● Massive wipe-outs at the Herve Leger show — 15-year-old models in 5-inch heels and wood floors don’t mix. [TheCut] ● It was a very special V-day for Salma Hayek. She married PPR head and billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault in Paris. Now we know Hayek’s recession plan. [People] ● Victoria Beckham showed her new high fashion collection. Perfect wares for the Madonna-esque cougar-in-training elite. [WWD]

Links: Sarah Jessica Parker + Britney Spears, Nina Ricci vs. ‘Twilight’

● If Rodeo Drive looks a little empty these days, it’s because Rock & Republic, Lisa Kline, Sergio Rossi, and Ron Herman are all either leaving or downsizing their stores. Where are Bev Hills housewives supposed to shop now? [WWD] ● Elle magazine has hired talent agency CAA to help raise their profile. Because being a part of Project Runway, Stylista, and Ugly Betty wasn’t enough. [Variety] ● Sarah Jessica Parker seems to think it’s a great idea to bring Britney Spears in as her cousin for the next Sex & the City film. [MTV]

● After being pointed out by countless blogs, Nina Ricci is finally suing the makers of the film Twilight for copying their red apple perfume bottle. [NowSmellThis] ● Francois-Henri Pinault, a.k.a. Salma Hayek’s baby daddy and owner of Gucci, is denying that he fathered another child with the wife of a French cabinet member. [BritishVogue]