Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fashion News Roundup


*Sourced and Edited by Dayana Sobri

Rumor: MTV Has Canceled The City


Rumor has it that MTV has canceled (seemingly) successful scripted reality series The City.

The City, a spin-off of the The Hills, which was a spin-off of Laguna Beach, documents the “life” of Whitney Port, a young designer trying to make it in New York. It mostly takes place at real-life fashion industry companies, including Kelly Cutrone’s public relations firm People’s Revolution and Elle magazine, where main characters Erin Kaplan and Olivia Palermo “work.” (Kaplan does indeed work full time at Elle, Palermo does not.)

In general, it's a surprising news.

The City seems genuinely popular, and even if it doesn’t pull in ratings equivalent to those of The Hills (which is also ending this season), it’s much buzzier. For a brand like MTV, it seems like it’d be worth sacrificing some ratings for press.

But guess that’s not the case in this circumstance. The masses were also guessing that, Palermo, who has become a celebrity outside of her work on The City, is “over” the show, as is Whitney Port, who is very serious about her fashion career, even if the rest of the world isn’t.

At Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, Brits Fight for Equal Opportunity


PARIS–English fashion still thrives on a history of fine bespoke tailoring originating from London’s Savile Row. Also known as The Row, off Regent Street in the center of town, the legendary street is known for its high concentration of old-school, blue-blooded suits.

Yet, despite the dozens of shows during London fashion week, many of The Row’s best are left behind–including key old-school masters.

To coincide with Paris Men’s fashion week, Esquire UK selected seven designers who don’t show. Ever. But who should–according to editor-in-chief Jeremy Langmead and co. The mag went on to organize a fashion show for each.

On Friday at Paris’s Bristol Hotel, Esquire threw its “7 Brilliant Brits” event. In every corner of the room, a screen showed a film of each designer’s catwalk, along with explanation booklets about each collection.

The selection included Richard James, who won Bespoke Tailor of the Year at the British Fashion Awards; Domingo Rodriguez, who has a penchant for white seamless cuts (think Kanye goes to Berlin); E Tautz, whose clothes evoke a garden party in the British country side; Oliver Spencer, the man with a definite cheeky Brit pop twist; Gieves and Hawkes, one of the oldest, located at number one Savile Row, with a look ready for hopping on a yacht; and last but not least, Baartmans and Siegel, who put forth a series of dark dandies.

It is not surprising for a magazine such as Esquire to favor classical tailoring. After all, Langmead has oft praised the values of Savile Row craftsmen. As he once wrote in British newspaper the Guardian, “What man doesn’t—whether he admits to it or not—appreciate a good photograph of himself looking hot in a smart suit? And Savile Row seemed the best place to turn to for help…because a bespoke tailor specializes in cutting a suit to fit the wearer’s body shape.”

The good news is, all these multiple expressions of British masculinity are no longer a secret to French men. And they have Esquire to thank.

Lindsay Lohan’s Leggings Collection is Alive and Kicking


If you haven’t yet tuned into Bravo’s new reality series Double Exposure, you might want to. Tweetin’ fool Lindsay Lohan will guest star, all in an effort to promote her leggings collection 6126.

The stars of Double Exposure, photogs Markus and Indrani, shot Lohan’s most recent marketing campaign for the label, which surprisingly still exists.



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