Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Models falling over: Fashion for Relief edition

Not one but THREE models fell during Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief charity fashion show at Cannes yesterday, including 17-year-old model-of-the-moment Lindsey Wixson (last model with her back to the camera).

Watch if you dare.. it made me clutch my ankles in horror!

Of course, let us not forget one of the most famous falls in catwalk history: Naomi Campbell herself walking for Vivienne Westwood in 1993..

More soon.

Fashion for Relief video from telegraph.co.uk

2011 Met Gala red carpet!

Forget the Oscars, the Met Gala is the most glamourous event on the social calendar. Undoubtedly the most important red carpet event of the year, American Vogue's Anna Wintour annually invites the fashion elite to the opening of the latest exhibition at the Costume Institute at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year's retrospective, Savage Beauty, honoured man-of-the-moment Alexander McQueen fresh off the heels of that royal wedding dress.

Just like your high school prom, it's all about who asks you to be their date. Bonus points always go to the lucky young ingénues chosen to be dressed by and accompany designers to the soirée as their date. This year saw Erdem choose supermodel Lily Donaldson, Jason Wu chose Diane Kruger, Yves Saint Laurent's Stefano Pilati picked Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine fame, and Karl Lagerfeld took faux New York society brat, Gossip Girl's Blake Lively.

McQueen was well represented on the red carpet as well as in the exhibition:

Woman-of-the-moment, Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton wearing McQueen.

Longtime friend to Lee McQueen, Daphne Guinness wore a Spring/Summer 2011 Alexander McQueen creation.

Another longtime friend of the designer, supermodel Naomi Campbell opted for a couture Alexander McQueen gown.

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen wore an Alexander McQueen gown from Autumn/Winter 2005, with husband Tom Brady.

A previous date of McQueen to the Met Ball, Sarah Jessica Parker also wore a dress from Alexander McQueen's Autumn/Winter 2005 collection.
Salma Hayek showed off her curves in couture Alexander McQueen. Hayek is married to Francois Henri-Pinault, chairman of PPR which owns the McQueen brand.

US Vogue's Hamish Bowles wearing Autumn/Winter 2006 Alexander McQueen.

American model Hilary Rhoda in McQueen.
Actress Chloe Sevigny in McQueen.

Here is a selection of the best outfits of the evening:

Lily Donaldson wearing one of my favourite looks from Erdem's Spring/Summer 2011 show, accompanied by the designer himself.

Fashion's latest darling Elle Fanning wearing Autumn/Winter 2011 couture Valentino.

Lara Stone in Calvin Klein.

Alexa Chung in next season Christopher Kane.
A contender for my favourite look of the night - model Doutzen Kroes looked stunning in Giambattista Valli.

Model Miranda Kerr in Marchesa and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, with husband Orlando Bloom.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Topshop Unique! (I couldn't believe it was Topshop either, it looks amazing!)

14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld obviously got the memo and wore the most popular designer of the evening, Stella McCartney. With Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.

Shockingly one of Stella M's besties, Liv Tyler, opted for Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 haute couture.

Diane Kruger in Jason Wu, accompanied by the designer.

Leelee Sobieski in Vionnet.
Blast from the past Lucy Liu in Vionnet. Seriously where has she been hiding?!

Karolina Kurkova in Jean Paul Gaultier.
Jennifer Lopez in Gucci.
Possibly my favourite look of the evening - Dakota Fanning in Valentino.

Emma Stone in Lanvin.

Florence Welch in Yves Saint Laurent, with the designer Stefano Pilati also in YSL.

One would be forgiven for thinking the exhibition was honouring Stella McCartney as it appears her designs were overwhelmingly represented on the red carpet by the likes of Madonna, Colin Firth's Vogue-blogging wife Livia, Gwyneth Paltrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, her soon-to-be-step-mother Nancy Shevell and Kate Hudson to name a few..

Gwyneth Paltrow in Stella McCartney and Christian Louboutin shoes.

Eva Mendes in Stella McCartney.
Naomi Watts in Stella McCartney.

More soon.

Forbes' Super-rich Supermodels!

Forbes magazine has released it's annual list of the world's highest-earning supermodels. Predominantly made up of Victoria's Secret models, the top three is unchanging but there are a few new faces that have broken their way into this year's list. Just one question; where's Naomi and Freja?

Gisele Bündchen - $45 million
A gorgeous American football quarterback husband, a new baby AND more lucrative modelling contracts than you can shake a stick at. The woman is untouchable. Need I say more?
Heidi Klum - $20 million
Longtime Victoria's Secret model and television presenter Klum has become a celebrity personality as well as a model, often seen on the pages of gossip magazines as well as attending red carpet events with her musician husband Seal. She is currently the host of the highly successful, Germany's Next Top Model.
Kate Moss - $13.5 million
Queen of London cool, Kate Moss the brand continues to thrive even post-Topshop. Currently the face of Dior beauty, Moss also has her own line of bags with Longchamp as well as her longstanding contract with London high street beauty brand Rimmel.
Adriana Lima - $8 million
Becoming a household name after her guest appearance on Ugly Betty, this Victoria's Secret model is branching into high-end as one of the faces of both Givenchy and Loewe this season.
Alessandra Ambrosio - $5 million
Yet another Victoria's Secret model, Ambrosio is also one of the faces of both Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino this season.

Daria Werbowy - $4.5 million
Appearing in what seems like every campaign going this season (including two of my favourites below) this Polish-Canadian model also has a longstanding contract as the face of Lancôme.
Lara Stone - $4.5 million
After a breakout last year being touted as fashion's new It-girl, Lara Stone signed an exclusive contract with Calvin Klein for this year. The Dutch model has already appeared on the cover of Vogue three times and is married to British comedian David Walliams.
Carolyn Murphy - $4.3 million
At 37 (WOW she looks good!), Murphy is the oldest on the list along with Miss Moss. She has long-standing contracts with megabrands Estée Lauder, Tiffany and Tom Ford, and is a four-time Vogue covergirl.
Natalia Vodianova - $4 million
It's no secret that Natalia is my personal favourite. Having been a supermodel for more than a decade, 29-year-old mother-of-three Vodianova has appeared on the cover of Vogue a staggering 9 times. She has been the face of countless high profile brands most notably Calvin Klein and Guerlain. These days Vodianova focuses more on her charity, the Naked Heart Foundation, which builds playgrounds for children in deprived areas in Russia.
Candice Swanepoel - $2 million
Replacing fellow Victoria's Secret Angel, Miranda Kerr on the list, Swanepoel is the face of denim brand True Religion and has appeared on the pages of Italian Vogue.
More soon.
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