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Items Du Jour: Louis Vuitton F/W 2014, Cara’s Narcolepsy, Lupita for Lancome

Charlotte Gainsbourg for Louis Vuitton Fall 2014+ As promised, Louis Vuitton's Fall 2014 campaign was a collaborative effort by famed photographers Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz and Juergen Teller, featuring models Charlotte Gainsbourg, Liya Kebede, Freja Beha Erichsen and Jean Campbell.

+ A Vogue reporter attempted to interview model Cara Delevingne, only to have her fall asleep on her - twice! The reporter later discovered from fashion photographer Tim Walker that Cara once fell asleep "for seven hours on one Mulberry shoot."

+ Former creative director of Gap, Patrick Robinson, has left his position at A|X Armani Exchange. Despite gossip that he left due to plagiarism issues, a representative assured Page Six that Robinson left the brand amicably.

+ 12 Years a Slave star-turned-fashion darling Lupita N'yongo has landed her first Lancome ad - naturally, she looks amazing.

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Nicola Formichetti Exits Thierry Mugler

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Nicola FormichettiAccording to WWD, Nicola Formichetti has parted ways with Thierry Mugler "by mutual agreement" after holding his post there for two years as creative director of both men's and women's lines.

"With his talent for communication and understanding modern imagery and design, Nicola has been instrumental in attracting a new audience which is undeniably crucial for the future strategy of the house. He will be a historical part of the Mugler legacy and known as the force that catapulted us forward," Joel Palix, president of Clarins Fragrance Group and director general of Mugler, said in a statement.

There is no word yet from Formichetti, whose close relationship with Lady Gaga helped to garner attention for the brand's shows, as she not only contributed towards their soundtracks but also walked in them. Formichetti also serves as the creative director for Haus of Gaga.

As for Mugler, WWD quotes Palix as stating that the company plans "[to build] on its highly successful legacy in fragrance and its new momentum in fashion."

Read More | WWD via The Cut

Balenciaga Replaces Ghesquiere with Alexander Wang

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Alexander WangUpon Nicolas Ghesquière's last day as creative director of Balenciaga, the Spanish fashion house has named American designer Alexander Wang will succeed him.

WWD reports that the label has confirmed Wang's appointment and will soon be making an official announcement. Neither Ghesquière nor Wang could be reached for a comment.

Previously, it was thought that Scottish designer Christopher Kane - who has collaborated with Italian brand Versace - would succeed Ghesquière, who held the creative director position for fifteen years.

Wang graduated from New York's Parsons School of Design in 2005 and launched his ready-to-wear eponymous label in 2007. He was the recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award in 2009.

Read More | Vogue

Kate Lanphear to Leave ‘Elle’

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: News, Rumors,

Kate LanphearAfter spending six years at Elle - four of which she held the coveted Style Director title - Kate Lanphear is parting ways with the magazine.

"Kate is an extraordinary talent and we thank her for her many contributions during her six years at ELLE. We wish her the best of luck in her next chapter," a spokesperson for the magazine said.

There's no word yet as to where Lanphear will be headed next, although she is rumored to have been called in for an interview at The Wall Street Journal. Then again, a humorous Twitter post from Debbie Needleman perhaps suggests that Lanphear may be headed over to join her at T.

Which editorial chair do you think Lanphear will end up?

Read More | Elle

Nicolas Ghesquiere Leaves Balenciaga

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News, Rumors,

Nicolas GhesquièreFashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière has announced that he will be leaving his post as creative director of Balenciaga.

The news comes as a shock to many, as there was almost no word previously that the French designer was planning to part ways with the fashion house he's headed for fifteen years. Fashion critic Cathy Horyn, however, has a theory that Ghesquière's departure may have something to do with Yves Saint Laurent's new creative director Hedi Slimane.

An official statement from the company stated that the decision was made jointly by Ghesquière and PPR, the group which owns Balenciaga. There was no additional information offered from the company.

Ghesquière's work at the Paris label has received numerous praises, attracting celebrity fans like Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Connelly.

Read More | NY Times

Alistair Carr Leaves Pringle

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Alistair CarrAlistair Carr is leaving Pringle of Scotland.

The sartorialist - who had previously worked at Balenciaga - was appointed the British label's design director last March following the departure of Clare Waight Keller, but has decided to move on. Pringle of Scotland's future collections will be created by its existing in-house team.

"I want to thank Alistair for all his great efforts and contributions at Pringle. We will miss him, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said the brand's CEO Jean Fang.

Fang described Carr's departure as a "mutual decision," and also said Pringle will show its forthcoming ready-to-wear offerings via presentation rather than on the catwalk. Carr will still art direct the brand's Fall/Winter 2012-13 campaign and will show his Spring/Summer 2013 menswear collection in mid-June.

The designer joined the brand in March 2011, having also worked at Marni, Cacharel and Chloe. He also showed his own label at London Fashion Week for three seasons. His next move is not yet known.

Derek Lam Parts Ways with Tod’s

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Derek LamDerek Lam has left his post as creative director at Tod's.

The San Francisco-born designer joined the brand in 2006, one year after he first created a capsule collection for Tod's, but according to WWD his fall collection, presented during Milan Fashion Week last month, was his last for the Italian leather goods house.

While it is understood that his Tod's contract would have been up in September, it is unclear why Derek has left the company six months early.

Speaking on his appointment to the company in 2006, Derek revealed his hopes to inject a "sense of youthfulness" into the brand: "I think it was a matter of being comfortable with how each of us, as individuals, work - getting more familiar with what the Tod's world is and spending much time with Diego [Della Valle, Tod's chairman and chief executive officer] and understanding his vision for the brand going forward. I hope to inject a sense of youthfulness and new ideas with fabrics and colors. I have a strong point of view about what a customer wants from a luxury brand: It has to be witty, unpretentious and stand or the heritage of beautifully made product."