The September Wars

September is a very significant month for the fashion industry. It is a month where designers launch their collections for the new season and display them in the multiple fashion weeks that are held in in the big fashion capitals of the world. However September also represents a month when magazines launch their reviews of these shows and their forecasts for the upcoming year’s trend. It is no coincidence that this is every publications thickest issue and also the issue with the most expensive ad space. Most reputable fashion publications compete to outsell the other, and their tactic is very simple: the magazine with the best cover has the best odds of winning this game. Lets see who will be covering the September Issue of your favourite fashion glossy this year.

Glamour: Victoria Beckham.

Elle: Katy Perry

W: Penelope Cruz

Vanity Fair: Jessica Chastain

Vogue: Lady Gaga

Cosmopolitan: Lucy Hale

Harper’s Bazaar: Gwen Stefani

Marie Claire: Miley Cyrus

In Style: Jennifer Lopez.

Let the September wars begin!

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I once again need to apologize for my prolonged absence. I have been traveling with my family and haven’t had much of a chance to access my computer. Can anyone guess where I will be spending the rest of the summer?

Place Vendome- By ME

Pretty Flowers- By ME

Louvre- By ME!

Paris- By ME

That’s right, I will be spending the rest of my summer in the magical city of PARIS. All the pictures displayed in this post were taken by none other than yours truly.

Foreign Concept Girl.

Saint Laurent sans Yves

It’s understandable for a new creative director to want to make a few changes at his new label–wouldn’t that kinda be why he was hired in the first place? But we just heard a rumor about a major change new YSL creative director Hedi Slimane is considering–and it’s pretty drastic.

A reliable source tells us there may be talks within the company of having the “Yves” taken out of Yves Saint Laurent. We hear the issue was brought up by Slimane in the interest of giving the brand more of a fresh, modern feel as he begins his tenure there. Thus, our source said, the iconic YSL logo shall be no more. (Though we suspect, if this really ends up happening, YSL SL will come up with something better than the above.)

Of course, this is nothing more than a rumor, but could you imagine? Calling the brand Saint Laurent won’t be too much of a stretch, as people already call it that, but will we really call it SL (for SLimane?) for short? What about all the stores and beauty products and that iconic logo? Won’t changing everything be incredibly expensive and confusing? Would the value of vintage or pre-Slimane YSL then go up?

We also wonder if YSL co-founder Pierre Bergé, who has worked tirelessly to keep Yves Saint Laurent’s memory alive with expansive archives and a foundation, would approve of such a huge change.

If true, this is a surprising statement for Slimane to make, given his past at YSL (he designed menswear from 1998-2000) and the fact that Bergé, who has been quite critical of previous creative directors, seemed pleased to have him on board and called him “a member of the YSL family.”

Then again, perhaps the company had already been considering it. It’s not at all uncommon for storied fashion houses to go by their founding designer’s last name: Chanel, Versace, and Armani are just a few examples. We can also understand Slimane wanting to distance himself from the label’s inimitable founder, whose legacy, as some of Slimane’s predecessors have expressed, can be difficult to live up to.

We’ve reached out to YSL (if that’s what it’s even called) for comment and will report back when we hear more.

What do you think? Could Yves Saint Laurent just be Saint Laurent?

Update: This is really happening!! An Yves Saint Laurent spokesperson has confirmed to WWDthat Slimane plans to change the name of the house to Saint Laurent Paris. And that’s not all.

Slimane’s inspiration for the house’s branding makeover reportedly comes from 1966, when the company first introduced its ready-to-wear line under the name Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. He plans to use similar fonts and wording from that time. However, the Yves, along with the iconic YSL logo, won’t disappear entirely. The full Yves Saint Laurent name will continue to be used for “institutional purposes” and the logo will remain the same. So, basically the only change will be to the read-to-wear line, which will now be called Saint Laurent Paris. Phew!

The changes are being positioned by YSL as “restoring the house to its truth, purity and essence – and taking it into a new era” while “respecting the original principles and ideals,” according to the trade. The new branding is expected to be introduced by the time Slimane’s spring 2013 collections hit stores

Wearing nice clothes makes you feel better about yourself

Proof Positive: What You Wear DOES Affect How You Think

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As people who wear many hats (literally), we know that we feel differently when we’re wearing a beautiful outfit, and when we just climb into what’s the most comfortable…and now, we have proof. Scientists part ofThe Journal of Experimental Cognition have been researching the effect that clothing has on the way we think and act, a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition”…and here’s the magical part: You have to be wearingthe clothes for it to take effect. According to the New York Times, if you wear someone else’s white coat and believe it came from a doctor, your ability to pay attention dramatically increases, but nothing happens if you think it came from a painter. “You have to wear the coat, see it on your body and feel it on your skin for it to influence your psychological processes,” Dr. Galinsky said, before he went on to explain how dressing like a pimp on Halloween made him feel more self-assured. We’ll pass on the feather boa and walking stick, thanks — but we’ll go ahead and get those Carven heels now, thank you very much! (NYT)

I know who I want to take me home

One of the things that disappointed me the most about Boston, is the fact that at 2.00 am all the clubs, bars and nightclubs turned on their lights on and kicked everyone out. After living in Venezuela and Paris where parties last until the next day, I felt that being kicked out at 2.00 am was literally interrupting the party at its peak and asking you to leave. However something that never ceases to make me smile, is people’s reactions when the lights are turned on. Some people react as if their parents had caught them doing something bad. Others get really angry because they are not quite ready to leave. But the most common reaction is to look around you to see if you can find someone to continue the party with. And if you haven’t found anyone by 2 o’clock it is very likely that you’ll settle for pretty much anyone.

But this song describes it better than I will ever be able to.

A little more Cannes for your eyes

Some days I wish I was a Princess so I could wear ball gowns everyday and not look ridiculous. Just not today.

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Doutzen Kroes.

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Cara Delevigne’s leg.

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Diane Kruger.

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Carine Roitfeld, former Redactrice en Chief de Vogue Paris.

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Paris Hilton.

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Kirsten Dunst.

Karolina Kurkova.

Images retreived from: Fashionista, Fashion Salade and Just Jared.

Newsflash (continued)

As eventful as the month of may was, nothing caused more controversy than President Barack Obama declaring himself in favor of gay marriage. Many believe he did so in order to gain popularity among members of the gay community, others believe it was just a publicity stunt. Whatever the reason, I’m glad this country has a president who acknowledges people’s right to love whoever they want.

 

Another important- and possibly overlooked- event that took place in May was the death of Vidal Sassoon. Many may wonder why is this man so important? Well he changed the lives of girls everywhere by inventing the handheld blow dryer, saving women time and money while allowing them to have salon looking hair. Men may roll their eyes at the thought of him being so important, but in reality they benefited just as much as women from Sassoon’s creation.

Among other big news, Facebook went public. What sounded like a good idea was actually a disaster for the stock market and left many investors either disappointed or enraged over their losses. However not everything has been bad for Mark Zuckerberg this May, since he married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chen in a small ceremony in their house in California. Congratulations Priscilla, you are officially the queen of Silicon Valley.

If the Met Ball did not satisfy your desire to see celebrities in their fines outfits them I’m sure the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival can provide you with an even more exquisite selection of dress and suit clad celebrities for your viewing pleasure. Here are a few of my top picks.

"Cosmopolis" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

The ever beautiful Lily Donaldson showing us that when it comes to elegance, less is always more.

"Cosmopolis" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Anja Rubik’s hipbone.

"Cosmopolis" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

I guess Kristen Stewart wasn’t too thrilled to be there, care to trade places?

"The Paperboy" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Nicole Kidman

"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Paz Vega.

"De Rouille et D'os" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Marion Cotillard. La plus belle du monde.

"De Rouille et D'os" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Eva Longoria. Speechless, this dress is too gorgeous to be true.

"De Rouille et D'os" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

I wanna have the body Jane Fonda has at 74 at 21.

Opening Night Dinner - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Minty fresh Diane Kruger.

"De Rouille et D'os" Photocall - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Can you tell I have a girl crush on Marion Cotillard? French girls just do it better.

Opening Ceremony and "Moonrise Kingdom" Premiere - 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Lana Del Rey.