watch this: barneys celebrates 20 years of christian louboutin

Christian Louboutin: Celebrating 20 Years and the Launch of the Book from BARNEY'S NY/ Michelle Chu on Vimeo.

As if you weren't already convinced that the Barneys visual department is genius, check out this behind-the-scenes video of how the New York store's current windows, celebrating 20 years of Christian Louboutin and the launch of the designer's new book, were created. Absolutely brilliant.

newsflash: v's next cover star isn't a celebrity

Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem

For the first time in two years, V Magazine has replaced its usual celeb cover stars with models, WWD reports. There are four different covers to drool over, featuring the beautiful faces of Candice Swanepoel and Joan Smalls, Daphne Groeneveld and Saskia de Brauw, Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, and Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Lindsey Wixson.

Carine Roitfeld, who styled the shoot, had this to say about the covers:
"It's a big moment of change in fashion. In some cases, you feel like it’s the end of an era. I have been feeling this with cover subjects, and especially models. These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanaa is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion."
Seeing as it's for The Model Issue, which hits stands November 8, it only makes sense for V to feature actual models on the cover, but let's hope it's not just a one-off. Models are models for a reason - they know how to create a narrative on a camera, showing off the clothes to their best advantage. Every person involved with a shoot - the photographer, model, stylist, hair stylist, makeup artist - are integral in the success of a shoot. Without all working together at the top of their game, a shoot will fall flat. 

I'm not saying that a celebrity can't capture that same magic on film, but it's not their first and foremost craft. Plus, does anyone else feel weird tearing out pages from a celebrity shoot and hanging them on your wall? Yeesh, Tiger Beat flashbacks…

See all of V's model-rific covers after the break.

i heart heather huey

Many seasons ago, before she was adorning the likes of Mia Wasikowska, Lara Stone, and Kristen McMenamy for publications like Interview, W and Vogue Italia, I met couture milliner Heather Huey at a party she was throwing during fashion week. An absolute sweetheart and total doll, Huey is also brilliantly creative. Known for exquisite headpieces and incredible cages (seriously, how does she make those beautiful things?), Huey has taken the fashion world by storm, and it's been fun to watch her star rise. Earlier this week, The Cut ran a slideshow of some of her best work to date, which you can see here. Also be sure to check out her site, www.heatherhuey.com, to see more creations so beautiful they'll make you cry.


watch this: diving for mcqueen

Diving for McQueen on Nowness.com.

I am obsessed with this video of New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn talking with Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton about the house's breathtaking, marine-inspired Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The detail the camera catches is exquisite - when shot in extreme close up, the clothes look like living, breathing creatures. You really see the level of craftsmanship that goes into creating each and every piece. And how amazing is the Alexander McQueen atelier? So pristine, the perfect incubator for otherworldly fashion.

It's also fascinating to listen to Horyn and Burton talk about the next generation entering the fashion profession. They are from two ends of the fashion world spectrum, but they both seem to be saying the same thing: Everyone wants the glory - to sit front row, to be the designer - but no one wants to put in the actual work to get there.

Thank the fashion gods there are people like Burton and the genius she succeeded who took the time to learn the craft and become true artists - without them, fashion would be just a sad, commercial mess.

scent of a woman: lubov azria on bcbg's haute new fragrance

From cutting-edge runway looks to feminine party dresses, BCBGMAXAZRIA creates gorgeous clothes and accessories for women from all walks of life. Earlier this fall, the fashion house made its first foray into fragrance with a chic signature scent. To find out more about the fragrance, paper + cloth turned to BCBGMAXAZRIA chief creative office Lubov Azria. In the blog's first guest post, Lubov breaks down the scent's intoxicating elements and curates some truly chic looks that embody its essence:

When developing the BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance, the goal was to create something that would truly embody the spirit of the BCBGMAXAZRIA woman. Our woman is both trendsetting and timeless. She does it all, and the BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance embodies that appeal, making it perfect for every woman. We worked with rare ingredients, such as the orris flower and lily of the valley from the south of France, to achieve a sophisticated yet flirty fragrance jewel. 


the hunt: perfect parkas

UPDATE: Hey, it's 2012! Want a parka to wear this fall? Check out 

When you live in Michigan (or anywhere else with schizophrenic fall/winter weather), your outwear wardrobe deserves just as much attention as your regular wardrobe. With the temperature dropping, I find myself craving the comfort of a warm, cozy jacket that will help me transition from the golden days of autumn to the gray days of winter. Fortunately, lots of labels have been updating a utilitarian classic: the parka. The best come with (faux or real) fur trim and extra special details. Here are some of my faves:


1/ Madewell Fairbanks Parka
With a removable sherpa lining, this hooded parka with removable faux fur trim is warm and versatile.

$298, Madewell

wish list: alexander mcqueen zipper tweed knuckle-box clutch

I am a huge fan of Alexander McQueen's Knuckle-Box Clutch, and I am DYING for it in black and white tweed. The zipper details make this version truly special, and who can resist the Swarovski crystal skull ring clasp?


around the world-wide-web: tom ford, alexander wang, carine roitfeld and more

Set your DVRs - a documentary on designer/film director/fashion god Tom Ford is airing October 23 on OWN. (Marie Claire)

The LA Times jumps on the Alexander Wang train. (LA Times)

How does Carine Roitfeld stay in such svelte shape? Ballet! (Huffington Post)

Preview Madewell's spring collection. (The Cut)

Tavi interviews Lula editor-in-chief Leith Clark (NOWNESS)

Anyone looking for super fancy, $19,000 shoelaces? Yeah, I didn't think so. (Fashionista)

newsflash: doo-ri chung for macy's

Yep, it's official - Doo-Ri Chung is the next guest designer in Macy's series of collaborations for its Impulse line. Slated to hit stores on February 15, 2012, the Doo.Ri for Impulse, Only at Macy's collection will preserve the artisanal draping, knits and prints that have made her signature line a success.

Chung, who recently dressed First Lady Michelle Obama in a purple jersey gown for a state dinner in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, told WWD that she didn't water down her design aesthetic for the mass market:
"The customer is very different from whom we've catered to before, but I really didn't have to adapt. Macy's wanted to keep the design level high. I didn't feel the challenge was very different," Chung said in an exclusive interview.
 "We wanted her to keep to her DNA," added Nicole Fischelis, Macy's Inc. group vice president and fashion director. "It’s about her soft sinuous draping, how she works with jersey, her colorblocking. She has a very sensuous approach to clothing. It's modern couture for the new millennium customers."
The fifth designer to collaborate with Macy's, Chung is in good company. Karl Lagerfeld's line for the retailer bowed earlier this fall, and Giambattista Valli's collection debuts next week.


the hunt: borrowed-from-the-boys shoes

Menswear-inspired shoes are a sure-fire way to add some interest to an outfit. Replace your standard ballet flats with a pair of mens-y loafers or oxfords, throw on a feminine dress, and you've got the perfect take on the perennial girl-meets-boy trend. Or go all out androgynous and wear them with a sharply tailored suit or tuxedo for an unexpected - but still very sexy - evening look.

1/ Alexander McQueen Skull-Embellished Velvet Loafers
The new loafer is sleek and modern, and when rendered in black velvet, they're super luxe too. This fab pair from Alexander McQueen is also a little dark and irreverent thanks to the silver skull embroidery.


beauty buzz: alexander wang + sally hansen

Thanks to fashion wunderkind Alexander Wang, our nails will be plenty chic this spring. That's when the collection of nail polish he created in collaboration with Sally Hansen for his S/S 2012 show will hit stores. Including three shades - Oxblood, a deep aubergine, Parchment, a milky neutral, and Petrol, a blue black - the collection is dark, moody and will go with everything in your wardrobe.

Into the Gloss got the details from Sally Hansen's Jin Soon Choi backstage at Wang's show:
"Sally Hansen and Alex worked together on a nail collaboration—they come out in April. There’s three shades: Parchment, Petrol, and Oxblood, and they were completely inspired by him. He gave them his fabric swatches from the collection. Today we used Parchment, and only one coat, no base or top coat, because he doesn’t want to have a really high gloss. I think it’s going to be cool to mix dark colors with bright colors for spring: hands bright, toes dark…I think it will be very very cool."
Also, check out a behind-the-scenes video of the collection and interview with Wang after the jump.


shop talk: monika chiang opens in la

The Monika Chiang store in Los Angeles, photographed by Stefanie Keenan for WWD

Designer Monika Chiang now has a home for her tough-yet-polished collection of womenswear. The clothing and accessories - marked by leather, studs, spikes and lots of black - are displayed in an uber-femme boutique on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.

“I want people to feel like they are walking into their dressing room,” Chiang told WWD of the boutique, which was designed with Space Architects using a dreamy palette of blue, gray and white and chic brass chandeliers.

The LA store is Chiang's retail debut, with a New York store slated to open early next year.


wish list: reed krakoff boxer bag

Boxer in haircalf and leather, $1,390

My favorite bag to obsess over at the moment is Reed Krakoff's Boxer bag. The structured, polished satchel with a signature looped strap comes in a rainbow of colors and materials, ranging from uber luxe exotic skins to rich saddle leather to utilitarian duffle. Check them all out at www.reedkrakoff.com.


newsflash: jason wu for target

Jason Wu s/s 2012
As reported by WWD, Jason Wu has been tapped for Target's next designer collaboration. Wu, who is known for creating feminine, classic looks and rose to stardom when Michelle Obama wore one of his gowns for her husband's inauguration, had this to say about his collection for the mega-retailer:
“This partnership offers an exciting opportunity for me to interpret my aesthetic into a collection made for a broader market,” he said. “It was very interesting for me to translate my signature touches into a more affordable collection without compromising quality, design and sophistication. My collection for Target features clothes and accessories that are easily convertible from day to evening — sophisticated, feminine dresses, mix-and-match separates and playful accessories all with a bit of charm and dressed-up attitude.”
The collection will be available February 5 through March 6, 2012 at most Target stores and Target.com. Prices will range from $19.99 to $59.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $49.99 for handbags and scarves.

UPDATE: Watch a video of Jason Wu talking about the collection after the jump.