THE IT: Alessandra and Lily

Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge, Victoria’s Secret Angels, touched down at the Eaton Centre last week. Story by Caitlin Agnew. Photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling.

Last Thursday marked the opening of Canada’s fourth Victoria’s Secret store and the first in downtown Toronto. Located at the Eaton Centre, the occasion brought two very special visitors to our city: Alessandra Ambrosio and Lily Aldridge.

When asked if I was interested in meeting with the Angels to chat about Victoria’s Secret, I jumped at the chance—as did my (male) photographer. Who wouldn’t want to check out these mythic creatures in person?  When we arrived for the interview, the door was flanked by two massive security guards.  I wondered if they were hired to protect the models or the $2 million bra on display.

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THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A disappearing Crystal Renn in the now-infamous Passion for Fashion ad. Story by Anne Pringle.

Weight fake
There has been much speculation about Crystal Renn’s possible weight loss circulating on the web, largely due to photos of her wearing the Fashion for Passion charity T-shirt (above), in which she looked very thin. The plus-size model has now revealed that the photos were likely heavily retouched, and that she was shocked when she saw the pictures. She claimed “everybody retouches, but don’t make me into something I’m not.” And that’s why we love her. (NY Mag)

Bananas for Mad Men
Banana Republic is teaming up with AMC’s television series Mad Men for the second year in a row, for the “Mad About Style” campaign. The ads will launch next week, and will feature images of the Emmy-award winning actors with classic looks from the retailer. To learn more about the campaign, check out the video blogs created by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and BR creative director Simon Keen on both AMC’s website and BR’s Facebook page. (WWD)

Dorchester design
The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize has been narrowed down to the semifinalists, by a veteran panel of judges including Giles Deacon, Daphne Guiness and Manolo Blahnik. The semifinalists include promising up-and-coming design talents such as Chau Har Lee, Hermoine de Paula and Thomas Tait. Just how promising are these emerging designers? Blahnik claimed that Tait was able to create “things that I’ve never seen before, so very rare. I loved it.” The winner will be announced in November. (WWD)

Moschino model
Despite the unfortunate (and unnecessary) retouching Crystal Renn experienced, it does seem like curves are coming back—which has been great news for the slightly more curvaceous Victoria’s Secret models, several of whom have been booked for high-fashion runways this season. This includes the gorgeous Alessandra Ambrosio, who recently walked Prada, Giles and Louis Vuitton, and has now landed the Moschino campaign, styled by Anna Dello Russo, the fashion director at Japanese Vogue. (NY Mag)

Hot wheels
Victoria Beckham isn’t the only designer venturing into creation for the auto industry: Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole have collaborated with Mini to create three new car designs for charity. DVF’s design is covered with lips in pinks, reds, oranges and yellows, Calvin Klein’s is (not surprisingly) more minimalistic in charcoal grey, and Kenneth Cole’s convertible design is covered in silver studding, inside and out. (Vogue UK)