Sophia Amoruso’s Move, Gemma Ward’s Return (!): The Fashion News You Need to Know

Sophia Amoruso. Photo: David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

1. Sophia Amoruso: Still a #GIRLBOSS, but not CEO

Sophia Amoruso wrote a book this year, dubbed a major hit of a hashtag, and dressed Lena Dunham for the entirety of her book tour, all while continuing her duties as CEO at NastyGal. In her book, she discusses the way the brand grew from an eBay shop run out of her home and with the assistance of friends, into a brand that made her a millionaire. Now, she’s announced that the company’s president Sheree Waterson will step into her role. Waterson was previously the chief product officer at Lululemon. Sophia’s still staying on full-time as an executive chairman, and she’ll continue to servce on the company’s board. 

2. Reed Krakoff: Also no longer CEO

In similar news, Reed Krakoff has hired Harlan Bratcher, formerly of A/X Armani Exchange, as CEO beginning immediately. Krakoff will remain the creative director of the brand. Furthermore, the brand plans to restructure with an expanded focus on accessories and a larger variety in price points–meaning maybe you won’t have to mourn your lack of a boxer bag forevermore. 

3. In very poor taste…

Someone on Etsy decided to sell t-shirts printed with Kurt Cobain’s suicide note. They’ve been taken down, but eesh, why would one need to be told what a bad, disrespectful idea that is?

4. Cressida for Mulberry

Cressida Bonas is proving herself more than just Prince Harry’s ex with a short film made for Burberry. British actor Freddie Fox, and Bonas’s rumored boyfriend, co-stars, and the film was directed by Ivana Bobic. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the video’s release in March.

5. Gemma Ward is back with a Steven Meisel lensed Prada campaign

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The campaign also features models Julia Nobis and Ine Neefs, of   whom photographs are positioned adjacent to portraits of delicate, perfect Prada items strewn among messier accoutrements of womanhood–the flowers on the floor, the coat in the sink, and the shoe halfway off the radiator. The result is gorgeous, and leaves one dreaming of being the kind of woman whose Prada bag ever goes near her bathroom sink. Oh, to be so nonchalant.

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

Prada’s Spring 2011 Campaign Looks Like a Blast From the Past

After weeks of speculation, the first images of the Prada Spring 2011 campaign surfaced yesterday. Rumors that Mariacarla Boscono would appear were spot-on, with models Arizona Muse, Kinga Razjak, Zuzanna Bijoch, and Tati Cotliar joining her in the Steven Meisel-shot ads. And while we all saw images of the colorful collection on the Milan runway, we were never too sure if the campaign would turn out more baroque or retro.

The theme no doubt turned out to be the latter, evident in the bold color-blocking, accentuated stripes, and minimalist poses that appear to salute classic ’60s fashion ads, with the exception of striped boas that feel less Twiggy and more Cheshire Cat. The frame bags and clutches are the perfect size and refreshingly vibrant, while the denim and nylon bags leave a bit more to be desired—perhaps they’d look better in leather. The campaign could use some more Boscono too, but this is just a preview after all.

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Why Louis Vuitton’s New Lara Stone Ads Look Familiar

Rumors were right: the voluptuous Lara Stone has been handpicked to follow in Madonna’s footsteps as the face of Louis Vuitton SS10. The two newly released ads are nearly identical. Shot by Steven Meisel, they capture Stone laid out in a grassy field, limbs splayed in different directions. The only difference: one features a slightly more animated series of three doves and each highlights a different outfit. The choice of size 4 Stone is surely noteworthy, not to mention the fact that Marc Jacobs opted for a model as opposed to a celebrity (as he did with Marc Jacobs’ SS10 ads as well — these feature model Jamie Bochert). But the most shocking thing about these images is how familiar they are.

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In fact, they look especially similar to two separate fashion editorials from Mert and Marcus that hit stands in August and September via W and Vogue respectively. All three images feature a supermodel (in W’s case, Doutzen Krous; and in Vogue‘s case: Natalia Vodianova) sprawled out on the floor of a fairytale forest. While there’s no denying most images and silhouettes and fashion are recycled, the similarities prove a bit uncanny considering how recent the two Mert and Marcus editorials were published. Regardless, if a masked animal shows up in the series. then look out.

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Lara Stone Follows in Madonna’s Footsteps

Despite the fact that Lara Stone may see her curvaceous, size-4 frame as “fat” when compared with her stick-thin runway mannequin counterparts, the model’s rapidly rising star is showing no signs of slowing. Having opened numerous high-profile shows, an entire issue of Paris Vogue dedicated to her (not to mention reappearing recently in the rag sporting blackface and spawning loads of controversy), and gracing an enviable collection of magazine covers, Stone has now caught the eye of Marc Jacobs. According to Women’s Wear Daily, Stone will be following in Madonna’s footsteps and appearing in the next series of ads for Louis Vuitton.

“Word has it the Dutch model has been booked to feature in Louis Vuitton’s spring-summer fashion campaign, to be lensed by photographer Steven Meisel in New York,” adds WWD. Considering Eres likewise booked the model for its FW09 ad campaign (after she starred in their SS09 lingerie ads), and she appears (as a brunette) in the new ads for Sonia Rykiel’s lingerie collection for H&M, there’s no shortage of a scantily clad Stone on billboards this season. The fashion industry may still be unhealthily obsessed with a size-zero ideal when it comes to women’s bodies, but if fall ads (e.g. Stone’s resume) are any indication, no one is tiring of seeing one of fashion’s most “realistic” mannequins in as little clothing as possible.

Calvin Klein Designers Defend Controversial Billboard

Calvin Klein has been stirring up a fair bit of controversy recently thanks to a particularly salacious billboard on Houston Street. The image is from a Steven Meisel-shot ad campaign that debuted in January as an especially racy (and subsequently banned) television commercial, which can best be described as a denim-clad orgy. While tut-tutting New Yorkers have filed complaints against the advertisement, Calvin Klein’s own designers think the racy billboard should stay put.

New York magazine caught up with both Calvin Klein’s menswear designer Italo Zucchelli and womenswear designer Francisco Costa at the CFDA’s annual awards ceremony Sunday night (the former took this year’s honor of Menswear Designer of the Year, while Costa took the same title for Womenswear last year) and found out that both stand behind the sex-charged ad. Zucchelli sees it as totally on point with Calvin Klein’s image: “I think it is a fantastic campaign. That is what Calvin Klein Jeans is supposed to be. Everyone needs to be scandalized and screaming. That is what we want.” And in Costa’s opinion, it can only help the brand’s image … especially with tourists: “I think they’ll see that and walk right into our store. I think tourists have great sensibility. That’s why they’re tourists. They’re voyeurs.”

Calvin Klein’s Sexy Couch

Every sartorial sign of late seems to be inscribed with the same set of directions — in times of recession, stick with what you know. Dior did it, channeling its most theatrical, classical self on a Paris catwalk earlier this week. Then there’s the recent resurfacing of trends from decades past — from the 80s (a bandwagon carrying everyone from Beth Ditto to Topshop) to Hollywood’s golden age and the Joan of Arc. Not to mention supermodels are back and bigger than ever. Now you can ad Calvin Klein to the “new nostalgia” bandwagon.

The brand’s latest ad campaign for its denim line reeks of the sexually charged, envelope-pushing advertising with which the brand is synonymous (from Brooke Shields nude in the 80s, the heroin chic of the 90s, and Eva Mendes’ too-hot for TV ad that debuted last year). In fact, that latest denim-clad campaign, which focuses on a variety of group sex scenarios all taking place on a nondescript couch, “is so provocative it initially was banned from even late-night cable TV,” says WWD. See the NSFW Steven Meisel-shot video for yourself here.

Steven Meisel’s (NSFW) Dogging Spread

Vogue Italia is far from your mother’s fashion magazine. Helmed by Franca Sozzani, the rag isn’t afraid to push some buttons (the all-black issue for example, and a fashion editorial inspired by plastic surgery). Nor does it shy away from nudity. So when the magazine refused to run “Steven Meisel’s recent shoot inspired by ‘dogging’, the British term for engaging in sexually explicit acts in semi-public places, like cars or movie theaters,” says New York Magazine, it immediately became obvious this spread was bound to raise some eyebrows (among other appendages). Fortunately, rather than be lost to Meisel’s archive, V Magazine will debut the titillating shots in its upcoming issue. And, even more auspiciously, NYM has a sneak peek at the racy spread (“pseudo-cunnilingus shot included!”). See for yourself, here.