Mrs Cruise is on the latest cover of Spanish Vogue, and her new look has the fashion world buzzing – not necessarily for the right reasons.
Holmes spends the shoot in dominatrix-inspired gear, lace catsuits, leather military caps and gloves.
Insiders agree she looks divine, but can’t quite fathom the reasoning for the styling. Holmes’s own line, Holmes + Yang, is as far from dominatrix-chic as you can possibly go, yet there isn’t a single piece in the shoot.
Perhaps, with a new Mission Impossible coming out, Holmes saw the need to emulate her husband’s action-hero persona?
Image from the cover of Spanish Vogue.
Helena Christensen Once Stranded In Shark-Infested Waters For Shoot
Helena Christensen is one of the rare supermodel veterans who’s blossomed since her modelling days, working as a photographer and helping to found Nylon Magazine.
However, the Danish bombshell revealed to Vogue UK that being an 80s supermodel wasn’t as glamourous as it seemed.
Said Christensen, “I was once stranded in a broken-down boat in shark-infested waters in the middle of the Indian Ocean for five days before we were rescued while doing a Vogue shoot. We ended up shooting the story on our way to the airport on the last day.”
She does, however, insist that she and the other supermodels are still friends, regularly talking and reuniting for shoots.
Personally, Rescu. would take sharks over pre-anger management Naomi Campbell any day.
Christian Louboutin Attempts To Copyright Red Soles
The red-soled shoes that define Louboutin’s success are under threat – and the company is suing.
From a cheeky teenager who sold red soles to stick onto ordinary shoes (to give them that ‘Louboutin look’) to Yves St Laurent, Louboutin is fighting for its trademarked red soles on all sides.
However, now Valentino’s business partner has entered the fray, and is pretty unimpressed.
He points out that the Italian designer, who was renowned for his scarlet designs, used red-soled shoes in 1969 and 1983, whereas Louboutin didn’t start using them until 1992.
Copyrighting a shoe sole colour may seem bewildering to fashion insiders, but Louboutin is determined to protect its brand – even if Valentino got there first by over 20 years.
Gone With The Wind Dress Ruined
It’s the dress you loved if you were the kind of romantic who watched old movies as a kid – Vivien Leigh’s green velvet gown from Gone With The Wind, which according to the story was made from curtains.
Yet poor conservation practises and accidents have left the gown faded to brown and unlikely ever to recover its former glory.
After decades of mistreatment – dry-cleaning, disinfectant, exposure to strip-lighting and other misfortunes, it and four other Gone With The Wind dresses have now come into the hands of the Harry Ransom Centre in Texas, who have now put them in temperature-controlled storage.
The green dress’s discolouration is due to disinfectant which bleached it in sections to something nearing mustard yellow.
However, the Ransom Centre refuses to redye or interfere more than is necessary, because “these gowns are part of history.”
If you want to see it in its full glory, best get Gone With The Wind on DVD.
Are Elle Fanning & Hailee Steinfeld Too Young For Fashion?
Elle Fanning, 13, and Hailee Steinfeld, 14, are fashion’s new darlings – Steinfeld is the face of Miu Miu – but fashion pundits worry they’re growing up too fast.
Along with Chloe Moretz, the 15-year-old star of Kick-Ass and Let Me In, the teens are in campaigns, on red carpets, and in the front rows of fashion shows – often dressed more stylishly than people twice their age.
However, certain members of the fashion industry are raising the issue that, in fashion’s continual pursuit of the Younger, Younger, Youngest, they might be compromising the youth of their young stars.
Models under 16 are prevented from entering fashion shows in several countries, and there are now calls to restrict the age of celebrities in fashion shoots in a similar way.
Certainly seeing Moretz and Fanning dressed up like 25-year-olds is an unnerving experience. It’s a very long way from the home-ripped jeans and ill-advised Kmart make-up of normal teen years.
Image of Hailee Steinfeld for Miu Miu 2011 Campaign.