Well it has officially happened. Hearst bought Elle magazine. I hope it is for the best.
From The Cut:
After a month of exclusive negotiations, Lagardère has sold all 102 of its international titles, including its fifteen international editions of Elle magazine, to Hearst Corporation for 651 million euros in cash (about $885.6 million). It’s still unknown to what degree Lagardère will retain editorial control over Elle, per their requests during the negotiations, but WWD reports that Lagardère “retains ownership of the Elle trademark and plans to oversee brand consistency.” The deal is expected to close within months.
Lagardère Sells International Magazines to Hearst [WWD]
Earlier: Lagardère Wants to Keep Editorial Control of Elle After They Sell It to Hearst
Look at this hot male models. I’m casting my vote today!
This season Perry Ellis is expanding the digital reach of its fashion show with a model contest that puts Facebook fans in the role of casting director.
The Most Wanted Model contest, which is hosted on http://www.Facebook.com/PerryEllis, will feature nine of the newest faces in men’s modeling. Fans of the brand will be able to vote on their favorite and the winner will get to walk in the show, scheduled for Friday, February 11 at 11:00 AM.
The Most Wanted Model contest launches on Thursday, January 27 on Perry Ellis’s Facebook page with a short video featuring each contestant demonstrating why they deserve to win. Perry Ellis’s Facebook fans can vote for their favorite model until February 7. The top three models, based on preliminary voting, will be announced on February 8 and the winner will be announced live at the Perry Ellis fall 2011 show by Crocco minutes before the lights go down and the models strut their stuff. Viewers can watch the show live from their couches at http://www.PerryEllis.com and http://www.facebook.com/PerryEllis. Let the model voting begin!
American Express is letting cardholders buy tickets to special New York Fashion Week shows. Some people think fashion shouldn’t be open to everyone, but I believe this is a great experience. Seriously, what’s a great way to boost the sale of designer clothes? What is a better form of advertisement? This is great. You guys better jump on this.
American Express Presents The CVFF Cardmember Only Show on February 10 at 8 PM
For the first time ever, American Express is bringing together the winning and finalist designers of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund over the past seven years for a memorable runway show experience exclusively for Cardmembers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Hosted by a surprise fashion notable and featuring looks from designers including Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Derek Lam and many more, the one-of-a-kind runway event will showcase over 60 looks from the alumnus’ current collections available in store. The unforgettable runway spectacle will serve as a kick-off to a full week of fashionable activities for American Express® Cardmembers.
“On behalf of the CFDA, we are extremely grateful for the longtime support from American Express to help cultivate emerging talent in the fashion industry,” said Steven Kolb, Executive Director, CFDA. “The event will fully showcase the results of American Express’s steadfast commitment through an authentic fashion experience that will be unlike any other show this season.”
Also, Platinum® and Centurion Card Members that buy packages to sit front-row will be able to join industry notables for an exclusive backstage cocktail reception following the runway show. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF), a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), in addition to American Express’ overall $250,000 donation to the CVFF.
American Express Presents Cardmember Experiences at MAC & Milk
This February, American Express is proud to offer new ways for Cardmembers to get unparalleled access to the fashion industry through a new partnership with MAC & Milk. For the first time ever, American Express Cardmembers can purchase packages for a wide variety of runway shows and presentations at the Meatpacking District destination featuring designers such as Vena Cava, Peter Som, Richard Chai, Erin Fetherston, Jeremy Scott and many more.
In addition, Cardmembers will also get unparalleled access to the industry including backstage meet-and-greets with designers, intimate dinners with some of the industry’s boldest names, makeup sessions with MAC specialty artists, private sessions with the esteemed team from notable Pipino Salon, entry to select after-parties and more. For a complete list of show access and packages, visit americanexpress.com/entertainment.
This is the last Blogger Bad Bish for awhile. It was actually only supposed to be a month long series, but it was really fun to do. You can see the rest of the posts here. The last Blogger Bad Bish is Jessie of Adore Daily. I found a of picture of her on Tumblr showcasing her unique, urban, ethnic, eclectic style. From there, I found her blog. It is full of neat little style musings from her and her equally stylish friends. Check out Jessie of Adore Daily
OMG!!! H&M will open a US webstore at the end of 2011. I can’t wait. What does this mean for those of you who, like myself, live hours away from the nearest H&M? Well… it means empty wallets. I wonder if we will be able to buy the designer collaborations online. That would be amazing because the nearest H&M is three hours away from me. I wish they would get online sooner.
Spring 2011 Couture shows roll on with Elie Saab, John Paul Gaultier, and Givenchy.
Elie Saab’s show was so beautiful. The light colors of pastel pinks, purples, and reds combined with the intricate detail work on the dresses reminded me of a secret garden. I can see a lot of red carpet moments with these gowns. The Oscars are a few days away… let’s see if anyone will get a special dress flown in.
A trend for the past few seasons was the return of the professional career woman. Along with a minimalist bent, fashion has been sobering up and (in some circles) is becoming much more conservative, mature, and refined.
From January 27th to February 6th for every $750 purchased from the Fall Winter collection you will receive $100 Gift Card redeemable on any Spring Summer collection piece (Gift Card expires March 31st).
Begins Feb. 1st – All Fall Winter coats are 40% off and the Fall Winter collection is 60% off
People have been claiming that couture is dead because couture clients have been dwindling down and most rich people just buy ready to wear clothes that look like couture. I think this season is showing that couture is alive and kicking. The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture has even added some new members in recent years. Couture will be here for awhile.
One of the local bloggers from my hometown is trying to get the adventure of a lifetime aka New York Fashion Week. Mikelle Street from The Musings of a Gallivanting Boy is trying to get to New York. The Unemployed Editor is thankfully sponsoring a trip to NYFW for 10 bloggers. All you have to do is click on the ads on the side of the The Unemployed Editor’s Blog or donate some money or both, so these individuals can get the experience of a lifetime.
Here is the information from The Unemployed Editor NYFW Internship Placement Program:
The New York Fashion Week Internship Placement Project (February 9-17, 2011) is an effort to inspire, educate, and help groom students and emerging talent for success in the fashion and beauty industries. Recognizing the increased difficulty with the state of the economy to break into these already notoriously selective industries, [Editor] embarked on this effort last fall to place deserving students and industry newbies with seasoned and respected industry professionals and experts in their fields of interest for the equivalent of fashion bootcamp. Those selected will have an eye-opening and preparatory experience working with these insiders in NYC during the “Superbowl” of fashion and will also be privileged to intimate group dinners with other industry influencers, providing the opportunity to gain more insight through honest and candid discussions.
Advertising on http://www.theunemployededitor.com, group fundraising, and events in Atlanta and New York will cover the cost in full for this project, meaning those selected will have an expense free week. Additionally, surplus funds will be used to offer summer internship stipends for successful members of this first cohort.
The total cost of the effort includes transportation to and from NYC, hotel housing, transportation in and around New York City, meals, and a small per diem for incidentals. Donations can be made via 1) PayPal (donation button at the top right), 2) directly to the group’s PayPal account (firstname.lastname@example.org), or 3) directly to the PayPal account of a student or artist (email address associated with the account provided by them). All funds will be used for the benefit of the cohort and the student or artist who raises the most individually will be rewarded with a few special perks.
Gwen Stefani is L’Oreal’s new spokeswoman. She stars in a new commercial that was just released this week for the 10 Hour Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick, which I saw in Walmart and seriously want to try but couldn’t because they were all sold out. I think the commercial is a little cheesy for her in some parts, but really fun. You can’t go wrong with “Hollaback Girl”. Do you like the commercial? Do you think Gwen has what it takes to be a L’Oreal girl?
Photo from The Cut and Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Behold Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen Resort 2011. For the past few weeks, I have been doing Blogger Bad Bish posts on Fridays, but this week I had to do something different. I mean look at this dress. It is gorgeous. She looks so amazing at the State Dinner for the Republic of China. Amazing. I love her in purple and green jewel tones, but now I think I adore her in ravishing red.
Check out the Chloe Sevingy for Opening Ceremony commercial directed by Spike Jones. In it you can find a a cardboard stand up of Chloe Sevingy, the real Chloe Sevingy, and Opening Ceremony founder Humberto Leon dancing.
You know how much I love to talk about trends. Trust me, anything new that comes out I’m all over it like an umbrella.
But let’s be honest. I’m a college student (read: so broke, it’s not even funny) so I can’t afford to jump on every trend bandwagon out there. Who has the money to replace their wardrobe every season?
Plus, there can be too much of a good thing. Trend + trend + trend+ trend = a wtf outfit. Outfits are like a culinary dish. Trends are the spices on top of your basic potatoes, and a girl cannot subsist off of pepper alone.
So this post is just to celebrate those classic, perfect pieces which, when you think about it, really are the foundations for effortless style.
Eb from Make Me Over Eb came up with the idea for doing Columbia’s version of the Fashion Police for the 2011 Golden Globes with the Midlands Red Carpet Review. I had a lot of fun doing this. I hope we can do this again since we all had such great chemistry. Check out the review here.
The panel included:
Teowonna Clifton – She is a blogger (thatteowonna.com) and events reviewer, seen weekly on MyMetroTV on WACH Fox 57, every Saturday at 5:30 am. Otherwise, catch her ‘out and about’ as she experiences all the MetroCity has to offer!
Anne Postic – She is a local blogger for TheShopTart.com. She may not want to borrow your dress, but she will defend to the death your right to wear it.
Brian Maynor – He is a stylist and wardrobe consultant, and host of “QuickChange” an online video series dedicated to changing Columbia’s wardrobe and reflection, one woman at a time. He is also the creative director for (covet), an online magazine.