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The latest with Dolce and Gabbana
Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce will make a cameo in the last instalment of Woody Allen’s three-part film, To Rome With Love. The news was leaked this week via twitter, with a photo depicting the designers hard at work on set, posing as spectators of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s lyrical opera “Pagliacci” at the Argentina Theater in Rome. As well as Dolce & Gabanna, the film’s cast includes Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Penelope Cruz. To Rome With Love will premiere in Rome on April 13.
Dolce & Gabbana have also made news for filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against a gift shop called “Dolce & Banana” in Cape Town, South Africa. The store, which sells jewellery made of driftwood and shells, has since changed its name to “Banana”, but the designer duo are still demanding that the store’s owner, Mijour Beller, reimburse cost of legal fees. No small feat: Beller is looking at paying roughly $13 195.
Andre Leon Talley gets ready from prime time
US Vogue’s editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley is getting ready for prime time. After a guest-judge stint on America’s Next Top Model, the larger-than-life Talley — and his bevy of capes — is set to star in a new show on Bravo. The show, tentatively titled Fashion Stories of NYC, will see Talley in a mentor role of sorts. According to the press release it will “follow four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers…The mission to ‘create, show and sell’ is clear for emerging designers striving to build a business in New York City, which remains the heart of the fashion industry.”
Dries Van Noten's Fashion Talk
As part of a Fashion Talks series, Dries Van Noten spoke at the French Institute Alliance Francaise earlier this week. Self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet” Iris Apfel introduced the Belgian designer, praising him for his “love and respect” for fabric, and the fact that he’s never been plagued by “trend-itis.” Van Noten spoke candidly with moderator Pamela Goblin about Antwerp’s Royal Academy in the seventies, and how he often feels like he has “post natal depression” after a show finishes. You can read the highlights from the interview over at The Cut.
Vivienne Westwood's chocolate collection
Easter is just around the corner, and to celebrate, Grand Dame Westwood has collaborated with Fortnum and Mason on exclusive chocolate collection. The designer Easter eggs are filled with rose and violet creams, and Marc de Champagne truffles. Available from Vivienne Westwood stores, they come in a quilted silk box that Westwood calls “a cocoon of luxury.”
Madonna's controversial ad
In between maintaining abs of steels, and being a girl gone wild, Madonna has managed to concoct a scent — and star in a controversial ad to promote it. The commercial for her new perfume, Truth or Dare, came out this week, and sees Madge writhing about in leotards, fishnets and corsets. It’s since come under fire from the ABC for being “too risqué”. Apparently the network will only broadcast the ad either after 9 pm or during The View. As for the scent, it’s inspired by Madonna’s mum. "She always smelled like gardenias and tuberose,” the press release reads. “It’s an intoxicating mixture — feminine and mysterious."
Prada's new spring campaign
In this behind-the-scenes video of the Prada spring campaign, Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt is suitably swoon-worthy. He strums a guitar, looks brooding in glasses, and greases his hair back in the very best Buddy Holly-esque way. Shot by David Sims, the images “explore the language of male role models from the rock star to the playboy, from the self-reflective introvert to the engaging and humorous farceur.”
Marcus Lupfer's new video
Marcus Lupfer’s new video is also pretty great. The London-based designer releases a clip every season to accompany his collections, and he always chooses some offbeat, and awesome, pop culture reference as a starting point. Last season it was 60s mockumentaries; this season it’s J-pop. Starring East London girl group “Huge Tiny Zoo,” it's ridiculously cute and kitsch. Think: colourful wigs, inflatable penguins and bubbles. Lots of bubbles.