It takes a strong walk to carry the runway's boldest designs, but when merely a strut won't do, designers are left with only one option: dance. This season music took the catwalk by storm, and the choreography was as eclectic as the clothing itself. From Jean Paul Gautier's judges panel to Moschino's twirl through the label's archives, these runways got us in the groove.
Supermodels, supermodels, and more supermodels — the week was filled with them. Victoria's Secret models Candice Swanepoel and Bregje Heinen, for example; the duo made quite the pair in two sets of corresponding dresses at the launch of Body by Victoria at the SoHo store in New York.
Coco Rocha was out and about in New York as well, where she walked the red carpet at the premiere of Total Recall. In a slim black dress with gold beaded sleeves and little black ankle booties, Rocha was (as usual) the picture of laid-back glam.
But the most exciting supermodel sightings of all? Carol Alt and Pat Cleveland. The legendary stunners turned heads at several events around New York in honor of the new documentary About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, in which both appear. At the very intimate Rose Bar screening of the film at the Gramercy Hotel, for example, the two were just as chic as ever: Alt in a curve-hugging shift dress and an arm full of beaded bracelets and Cleveland in an incredible ivory column dress with an asymmetrical neckline.
All those — plus Devon Aoki, Joan Smalls, and the many Total Recall premiere ensembles of Jessica Biel — here, in the slideshow.
Andre Leon Talley Adores Zac Posen, Anna Cleveland, and Says Anna Wintour Was "Thrilled" with 60 Minutes
>> Andre Leon Talley has been eliciting remarks for the rose-hued Prada coat and "raspberry velvet" custom-made Manolo Blahnik sandals he's been wearing around town to the resort shows — Diane von Furstenberg's and Oscar de la Renta's among them — but he had some remarks of his own on the 60 Minutes profile of Anna Wintour.
"I was really impressed with their research," Andre told Mediabistro yesterday, adding that he found reporter Morley Safer to be "a bit dismissive" of fashion and its players, particularly when he likened Karl Lagerfeld to Dracula — "He's had that look for eight years!" As for Anna's thoughts on the piece, Andre said that she was "thrilled. It's 60 Minutes — she was on the same show as Secretary Gates. It was fabulous."
>> Good news: that July 2008 Vogue Italia? It's still resounding — and not just on the covers of other magazines. Today, one of the Vogue Italia stars, Tyra Banks, taped an episode of The Tyra Banks Show on West 26th Street in New York celebrating black models of the past and present in honor of the Vogue Italia "Black Issue." Joining her and voicing first-hand accounts of their industry experience were Chanel Iman, Beverly Johnson, Noemie Lenoir, and Pat Cleveland. I'm not usually a big fan of the show, but this episode — which airs Sept. 11 — I will have to watch.
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>> What a way to ring in a new day . . . and hopefully a new age. The first photos from the much-hyped July 2008 "black issue" of Vogue Italia have dropped. The cover looks to be a four photo foldout, with vets Liya Kebede and Naomi Campbell joining up-and-comers Jourdan Dunn and Sessilee Lopez for top honors.
From the cover teaser words, expect more of the same mix of the experienced (Alek Wek, Alva Chin, Gail O'Neil, Iman, Kiara Kabukuru, Karen Alexander, Tyra Banks, Veronica Webb, Yasmin Warsame, Pat Cleveland) and the new blood (Arlenis Sosa Pena, Chanel Iman, America's Next Top Model contestant Toccara Jones) inside.
Enjoy your first peek in the gallery below.