The very elegant Chelsea Clinton, with straw hat perched atop her practice-run matrimonial up do', entered Vera Wang's showroom to meet her mother, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, yesterday - upping the estimates that she will wear custom Wang (vs. Oscar de la Renta) for the ceremony this Saturday. Reports also had the Mother of the Bride visiting the showroom of the Clintons' close friend de la Renta yesterday. There are conflicting rumors as to whether Chelsea also attended the Oscar visit.
I originally assumed Chelsea would wear custom Oscar, given the family's closeness with Oscar and Annette, but my current guess is that Chelsea and the bridal party will wear Vera and Hillary will wear Oscar (as she always does).
Either way, it will be a magical wedding for a very special woman. Best wishes, Chelsea!
Courtney Love is the picture of Upper East Side perfection on the way to get her hair done at the John Barrett salon at Bergdorf Goodman, in a Celine dress, Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes and an Hermes Birkin.
I love the idea of Givenchy's forgoing a couture runway show for these gorgeous portraits by Willy Vandeperre and a private showing of the garments on mannequins for the customers and editors who actually need to see them in person (and who are the only people who ever would anyway). You can click on the link above to see a front and back closeup of each look - supposedly they were inspired by Frida Kahlo and the human skeleton. They are sublime.
Big-bang fashion shows are really just marketing tools to create buzz among those who might splurge on a handbag or other accessory from the label (and rarely the clothes actually shown in a show). Most of the buzz is created by photos of the shows, anyway, so Givenchy isn't really losing out here. In couture, this notion is especially acute.
Not that I'd like to see Karl do away with his 5 or 6 outlandish spectacles a year.
I loved this photo that Cathy Horyn posted on her blog, of the fabulous Daphne Guinness leaving the Chanel Couture show via chauffeured motorcycle.
Speaking of Mme. Guinness, you must read her eloquent, heartfelt piece in the Financial Times about her decision to stop the Christie's sale of the late Isabella Blow's fashion collection and to purchase the whole lot herself.
A dazzling couture presentation from Karl. This felt a lot more out of the box than Chanel usually does to me. I always enjoy Chanel, but each collection tends to strike me as a cheeky (sometimes tired!) reinvention of the classic tweed. I guess couture is a different ballgame, and I loved it.