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Alexander Wang Evolves With Sportswear-Centric Spring 2010 Collection

>> Alexander Wang hinted recently that he was ready to evolve, telling W's September 2009 issue: "As soon as people get used to what you’re doing, you have to change direction."
Alexander Wang Evolves With Sportswear-Centric Spring 2010 Collection

>> Alexander Wang hinted recently that he was ready to evolve, telling W's September 2009 issue: "As soon as people get used to what you’re doing, you have to change direction."  And evolve he did for Spring 2010: the look of his last few collections, with their body-clinging shapes and primarily black palettes, was replaced by a generally looser silhouette and all shades of khaki, tan, olive, and gray.  He told WWD that Spring 2010 for him "is very much about classic American sportswear," and the idea is visible in pieces like a sweatshirt dress with football pad detailing (below) and all the shinguard-like socks cut out at the back of the calf.

But Wang didn't give up the sexy side of his label — there were plenty of bra tops, crop tops, and and lingerie-style shorts to go around.  The house was unsurprisingly packed, with Katie Grand (Wang's after-party co-host), Terry Richardson, Olivier Zahm, Diane von Furstenberg (Alex's CFDA-appointed mentor), Erin Wasson, Devon Aoki, Liya Kebede, and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin all front row.  Frankie Rayder, Angela Lindvall, and Iselin Steiro walked, newcomer Mirte Maas opened, Karl Templer styled, and Wang's three styles of sunglasses debuted.

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>> Kate Moss Leads September 2009 Cover Count at Five; Anna J., Sasha, and Jamie Bochert Score September 2009 Vogue Italia Covers— Not that we're counting, but Kate Moss still has the fashion editor vote for carrying a September issues — she's scored five major September 2009 covers now, Another Magazine, V, British Vogue, Vogue Russia, and W among them.

>> Kate Moss Leads September 2009 Cover Count at Five; Anna J., Sasha, and Jamie Bochert Score September 2009 Vogue Italia Covers— Not that we're counting, but Kate Moss still has the fashion editor vote for carrying a September issues — she's scored five major September 2009 covers now, Another Magazine, V, British Vogue, Vogue Russia, and W among them.  Anna Maria Jagodzinska and Sasha Pivovarova, meanwhile, remain Steven Meisel favorites: he photographed each of them  — plus Jamie Bochert — for the three Vogue Italia September 2009 covers, marking their second appearances this year on the front of Franca Sozzani's book: Anna's first was January, Sasha's May. [IMG Models Blog, Models.com]

Jeffrey Chow

New York Fashion Week Tidbits: Zac Posen Downsizes Venue; Karl Lagerfeld to Make an Appearance?

>> New York Fashion Week is just about two weeks away, and the tidbits are flowing freely — a compilation of those so far: Venue Changes Zac Posen, who usually shows at the largest Bryant Park venue in Fashion Week's last evening slot, has switched to a 9 am slot at the much smaller Altman Building [Fashionista] Organic, but not vegetarian: John Patrick is showing his eco-friendly Organic line in an upstairs speakeasy at iconic New York steakhouse Keens [FWD] Alexander Wang bags a top-tier stylist »

>> New York Fashion Week is just about two weeks away, and the tidbits are flowing freely — a compilation of those so far:

Venue Changes

  • Zac Posen, who usually shows at the largest Bryant Park venue in Fashion Week's last evening slot, has switched to a 9 am slot at the much smaller Altman Building [Fashionista]
  • Organic, but not vegetarian: John Patrick is showing his eco-friendly Organic line in an upstairs speakeasy at iconic New York steakhouse Keens [FWD]

Alexander Wang bags a top-tier stylist »

Alexander McQueen

>> Karlie Kloss Snags Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 Campaign, Celebrates 17th Birthday at Disneyland —A preview of Karlie Kloss's impending Fall 2009 Alexander McQueen campaign, styled by Karl Templer, is up on the designer's website; the model celebrated her 17th birthday over the weekend by taking her family, agents, and friends to Disney World; Vogue UK has pictures.

>> Karlie Kloss Snags Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 Campaign, Celebrates 17th Birthday at Disneyland —A preview of Karlie Kloss's impending Fall 2009 Alexander McQueen campaign, styled by Karl Templer, is up on the designer's website; the model celebrated her 17th birthday over the weekend by taking her family, agents, and friends to Disney World; Vogue UK has pictures. [Next, Vogue UK Blog]

 

Elle

>> Erin Wasson Styles for Elle Again; Karl Templer to Style Alexander Wang Spring 2010?

>> Erin Wasson Styles for Elle Again; Karl Templer to Style Alexander Wang Spring 2010? —Alexander Wang moved on from Erin Wasson's styling a couple of seasons ago, going with Alastair McKimm instead.  A smattering of seasons later amid rumors that Wang is going with a heavyweight name for his Spring 2010 show, Calvin Klein stylist Karl Templer has emerged as the likely candidate. As for Erin, she just clocked hours in the studio styling her second editorial for Elle. [WWD, Joe Zee Twitter]

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>> INSIDER WIRE —Even more shifts are happening at Interview in the wake of Fabien Baron's comeback: editor-in-chief (and V alum) Christopher Bollen, left, is to be editor-at-large, and executive editor Stephen Mooallem, who has been at the magazine for six years, is to be installed as editor.

>> INSIDER WIRE —Even more shifts are happening at Interview in the wake of Fabien Baron's comeback: editor-in-chief (and V alum) Christopher Bollen, left, is to be editor-at-large, and executive editor Stephen Mooallem, who has been at the magazine for six years, is to be installed as editor. Meanwhile, Karl Templer's return as creative director is still said to be imminent. [WWD]

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>> INSIDER WIRE —Fabien Baron may be back at Interview, but it sounds like creative directors Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M Paris and fashion director Joe McKenna, who both came on after Baron left the magazine in January, are on their way out.  Karl Templer, who served as creative director under Baron the first time, is expected back imminently — official announcements are expected within a week.

>> INSIDER WIRE —Fabien Baron may be back at Interview, but it sounds like creative directors Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M Paris and fashion director Joe McKenna, who both came on after Baron left the magazine in January, are on their way out.  Karl Templer, who served as creative director under Baron the first time, is expected back imminently — official announcements are expected within a week. [FWD]

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Marc Jacobs Gets Bunny Ears, Jason Wu Wears a Dress for 2009 CFDA Journal

>> This year's CFDA Awards are coming up on June 15, and for the accompanying CFDA Journal, which is handed out at the ceremony and showcases all the nominees, Craig McDean and Karl Templer enlisted all 21 designers to model their own work (last year, Raquel Zimmermann did the honors).
Marc Jacobs Gets Bunny Ears, Jason Wu Wears a Dress for 2009 CFDA Journal

>> This year's CFDA Awards are coming up on June 15, and for the accompanying CFDA Journal, which is handed out at the ceremony and showcases all the nominees, Craig McDean and Karl Templer enlisted all 21 designers to model their own work (last year, Raquel Zimmermann did the honors).

Womenswear Designer of the Year nominees Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte go rosy-cheeked, International Award winner for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, sports a pair of the bunny ears from his latest show, Accessory Designer of the Year nominees Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez wear their handbags like boxing gloves — perhaps a cheeky nod to recent events — and Swarovski Womenswear Designer nominee Jason Wu layered one of his evening gowns over a suit, playing on the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers duality of himself and his designs.

While the Journal won't be available for public consumption, the CFDA has introduced a Popular Vote Award this year, so that anyone can nominate their favorite designer to win until June 9.

Karl Templer

>> BLOWING THE COVER —M/M Paris's revamp of Interview, complete with new handwritten logo (influenced by the one used in the '70s) and new layout (which supposedly includes less model-heavy fashion editorial), debuts with the April 2009 issue featuring Zac Efron.  There seems to be no hard feelings between Fabien Baron and one half of M/M Paris, Michael Amzalag, but the graphic design duo, together with newly-named fashion director Joe McKenna (who replaces Karl Templer) have their work cut out for them: ad pages dropped 27 percent in 2008, and another 38 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

>> BLOWING THE COVER —M/M Paris's revamp of Interview, complete with new handwritten logo (influenced by the one used in the '70s) and new layout (which supposedly includes less model-heavy fashion editorial), debuts with the April 2009 issue featuring Zac Efron.  There seems to be no hard feelings between Fabien Baron and one half of M/M Paris, Michael Amzalag, but the graphic design duo, together with newly-named fashion director Joe McKenna (who replaces Karl Templer) have their work cut out for them: ad pages dropped 27 percent in 2008, and another 38 percent in the first quarter of 2009. [WWD]

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Cost Cutting, Mainstream Pressure Caused Fabien Baron's Interview Exit

>> Now that the news of Fabien Baron and Karl Templer's departures from Interview has had a chance to sink in, a little background on the breakdown.  According to sources close to the magazine, Baron, who also owns agency Baron & Baron, spent too little time in the office and too much money on shoots.  Fabien's co-editorial director, Glenn O'Brien, seems to confirm these reports: "Fabien is a busy man.

>> Now that the news of Fabien Baron and Karl Templer's departures from Interview has had a chance to sink in, a little background on the breakdown.  According to sources close to the magazine, Baron, who also owns agency Baron & Baron, spent too little time in the office and too much money on shoots.  Fabien's co-editorial director, Glenn O'Brien, seems to confirm these reports: "Fabien is a busy man. We haven’t seen him a lot up here.  We have to have our needs met here.”

That, in addition to the fact that "he comes with a big price tag," especially in a time of falling ad pages, did not bode well.  His pricy fashion spread expenditures did not mesh well as Interview's bottom line went lower than expected, and supposedly, Baron began to feel pressure from Brant Publications to cut costs, "take the magazine more mainstream, popular, and Hollywood."  Although Baron hung up on WWD when asked for a comment, he and Templer, who chose to leave when Baron was pushed out, "tried to come to terms and were very disappointed at having to leave."

According to Glenn O'Brien, the parting wasn't so pretty: “In any creative enterprise, there’s always screaming."  But until April, when M/M Paris take over creative direction of the issues . . .
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