- The fashion elite is not content with merely being written about by the media. Now, they want to BE the media. First Chanel decides to make their own magazine. Now, Anja Rubik and her boyfriend (hereafter known as "The Luckiest Man on Earth") have overhauled 25 Magazine. The Spring 2010 issue debuts in February. Speaking of Anja, what is your favorite editorial featuring the willowy blond?
- Now men too can enjoy Rodarte's loosely-spun knits of mohair, wool, silk and alpaca. Sold in Opening Ceremony stores as well as their online shop, the crewneck sweaters and cardigans go for $2,760 a pop. If this is a little out of your price range then you can always try to fit your boyfriend, brother, father or grandfather into one of those Rodarte for Target dresses. Men have been wearing skirts since Marc Jacobs donned a kilt. (N)ine, Commes des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier and Rick Owens have even put their male models in skirts so dresses on men are just a natural progression. Comment below and link to a street or runway photo of a man in a skirt. Tell us whether it works and whether you like it or not.
- Chanel has introduced transfer tattoos to the fashion world. You all remember the inked jewelry on Karl's models at Chanel's Spring 2010 show? If you were too focused on the hay, the menage a trois, Prince in the front row, Lily Allen, or Freya Beha who is known to turn straight women into lesbians with one passing glance, then I forgive you. The tattoos will be available on Chanel's website in mid-February for $75 for 55. Would you wear them?
- Chanel has given us some very interesting accessories over the years (i.e. Baptiste Giabiconi, the tweed ipod helmet from the Fall 2009 collection). Which Chanel accessories are your favorite (regardless of whether you can afford them)?
JEREMY SCOTT, PETER JENSEN
- Jeremy Scott, whose conceptual pieces have shown in London and Paris, is returning to New York to show his Fall 2010 collection at MAC by Milk Studios. Peter Jensen will also show his collection at Milk Studios instead of London. What do you think about the existence of two distinct fashion weeks in NYC? Do you think that this shows a greater divide between old and new fashion? Or do you think that this shows a greater recognition of the expectations and realities of young and established designers?
- Lady Gaga was made for every screen: TV screens, phone screens, Mac and PC screens, and of course, camera screens. Yes, Lady Gaga has been named the Creative Director of Polaroid. I just hope she designs a camera that erupts in flames when the film runs out. Or a camera made of red latex. Or cameras that match Alexander McQueen's 12-inch heels. What sort of camera do you want Lady Gaga to create?
- Lady Gaga has taken collaborations to the next level. She collaborated with Francesco Vezzoli and the Bolshoi Ballet at MOCA. She routinely collaborates with Stylist Nicola Formichetti. She has collaborated with photographers Araki and Mario Testino. She's collaborating with Polaroid. And now, she's collaborating with fashion model Lara Stone. Maybe. According to Fashionologie, Lady Gaga wants Lara Stone (she of that infamous French Vogue blackface editorial), to be the face of her new music video, "Alejandro." So, after listening to the song who would you cast?
- First Carmen Colle accuses Chanel of copying a crochet design. Then Balenciaga sues Steve Madden over their Lego heels after Alexander McQueen sues Steve Madden over their "Faithful" bootie. Then NYPD shuts down 31 knockoff shops on NYC's infamous Canal Street. Now Lindsay Lohan is joining the trend. She has been accused of copying designs from Jen Kao and James Lillis for her slowly-expanding line, 6126. In Lindsay's defense, she claims a friend copied the designs without her knowledge. Do you believe Lindsay?
- Vita Prada, Fashion Journalist Gian Luigi Paracchini's unofficial biography of Miuccia Prada, is a bestseller in Italy. If you don't know Italian or aren't interested in reading America's bestselling biography, Going Rogue, then you should buy Michael Gross' Modelwhich was a bestseller when it was published in 2008. Model is just as revealing and voyerustic as Vita Prada. So, what fashion books are on your bookshelf?
- Remember that TIMESONLINE article about how every girl wants to be a fashion stylist? Well, Stylist Venetia Scott (who you might recall is the Creative Director of Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs), has much to say about stylists, magazines and advertisers' influence over them. After reading her commentary, every girl will want to be everything but a fashion stylist. What are your thoughts after reading her commentary? If you work or intern with a fashion stylists be sure to tell us what it's really like.
- Until Jan. 14, Versace is auctioning off an internship for college students on charitybuzz.com. See? Fashion DOES have a conscience. We do not know what charity the money will be donated to so what charity would you give the money to?
- Shots, shots, shots, a video and more shots from V Magazine's much-buzzed Size Issue have been "leaked" giving us almost no reason to buy the issue when it arrives at newsstands on Jan. 14. I said almost. By the way, what are your thoughts on V Magazine's Size Issue?
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