THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Giorgio Armani’s sketch for Lady Gaga’s Grammy dress, and the dress itself. Story by Anne Pringle.

Armani + Gaga
Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani gained iconic status in the Eighties with its perfectly tailored power suits that ended up defining corporate America (and Richard Gere in American Gigolo). With that in mind, the brand developed a somewhat conservative, traditional reputation… but not for long. A recent partnership with eccentric trendsetter Lady Gaga has put Armani in a new creative spotlight. Armani has created several outfits for the performer, including the cosmic hoop dress with orbiting rings she wore to the Grammy Awards, the bondage-style black leather costumes in her “Alejandro” video, and the black rubbery dress with spikes Gaga wore to the MTV Music Video Awards. Armani is also set to design the costumes for Lady Gaga’s upcoming concert in Italy this December. As Mr. Armani put it, “It wouldn’t be possible to give Gaga a look from the collection because she wears pieces of art. It’s theatrical.” (Wall Street Journal)

Intern inspiration
The 2008 CFDA winner Alexander Wang has a reputation for edgy designs. This is good news if you happen to be an Alexander Wang intern—Wang reportedly used one if his intern’s drawings as the print for some pieces in his Spring 2011 show. Apparently, he had his interns sit and doodle whatever they felt like for several minutes, and ended up using the scribbles in his show on pieces like a white jacket and free-flowing cropped pants. (Nylon)

Walker memorial
Catherine Walker, longtime friend and designer to Princess Diana, has sadly passed away after a long battle with breast cancer at the age of 65. Originally born in France, Walker moved to London as a young woman and began her career in fashion in 1976, a year after her husband passed away. She worked as a tailor and dressmaker for many high society women in London, and made over 1,000 dresses for Diana, including the black dress the Princess was laid to rest in. A memorial service has been scheduled for next month. (Catwalk Queen)

Clothing by Claudia
Claudia Schiffer is having a momentous year—after giving birth to her third child, Cosima, in May and turning 40 at the end of August, she has decided to get back to business. While sitting in the front row at the Salvatore Ferragamo show this past weekend, the supermodel spilled the beans that she will be launching her own fashion line at “an event” next month. (Fashionologie)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Happy birthday, Claudia! (Or: Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag…) Story by Anne Pringle.

Model milestone
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer turns 40 today! One of the most recognizable faces in the fashion industry, Schiffer has covered a lot of ground in her career. After being discovered in a Düsseldorf disco at 17, she was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld as the new face for Chanel in the early 90s, and walked the runway for Versace, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Valentino. She has also been the face (and body) of Guess? and Mango, and appeared in ads for Pepsi and Fanta (where she danced with a cartoon Mickey Mouse). She’s also made cameos in over a dozen movies, including Zoolander and Love Actually. (In Style)

New Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier will reportedly launch three new labels for spring through a licensing deal with Group JS International. For 14 years Lhuillier has been famous for her wedding gowns, and as the creator of a ready-to-wear line. The designer claimed, “After all these years of selling wedding dresses, people wanted me to do the entire wedding party.” She answered the demand with a bridge collection of eveningwear and cocktail dresses called ML Monique Lhiullier as well as two bridesmaid collections, one high-end and one low.  (WWD)

Madonna + Miu Miu
Madonna has a lot on her plate—not only did she and her daughter Lourdes just launch her their line Material Girl (and have to deal with the unfortunate legal issues we told you about yesterday), but she also directed Miu Miu’s fall television ad campaign. Apparently, she requested to do the job—and came out with a fast-paced, colourful video featuring four models with slicked-back hair, bright pastel eyeshadow, and oversized sunglasses. They are sporting nude heels and yellow and purple appliqué dresses (including the one that mistakenly appeared on the cover of several major magazine’s August covers)! (In Style)

AA bankrupt?
American Apparel just can’t seem to catch a break: Rumour has it that the company is close to liquidation and bankruptcy, after the company issued a warning that there is “substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue.” Stock has fallen 70 percent since January—15 percent of which was this week alone, and has racked up losses up to $7 million. I guess those leaked company hiring policies (which included head-to-toe examinations) and discrimination accusations really turned people off the brand. (Toronto Life)

TOP 8: The ’90s supermodels

Who was more fun than the Trinity? Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington shot to fame in the ’90s, and, with the help of photographers like Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh and Arthur Elgort, quickly became the faces of fashion. Along with their million dollar paycheques, they earned a rep for glamorous debauchery—Linda and Christy were snapped frolicking on a swing in a New York nightclub; Naomi dated controversial stars like Robert DeNiro and Mike Tyson.

Eventually their superstardom eclipsed what they were selling (“We don’t vogue, we are Vogue,” Evangelista told a reporter), and a new era of models marched in. The Trinity, along with their peers—Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer—still mattered, but they were no longer the only game in town.

But lately the original supers have been making a comeback. The latest example? Christy Turlington stars (with Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova) in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2010 ad campaign. That inspired us to create the following photo gallery of our top supermodel pics. There is an amazing pool to choose from, so we’ve had to add some qualifiers. So here it is: These are our favourite 1) black and white photos of 2) ’90s supermodels, 3) in which they are posing together. (Phew.)


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