The Fashion Files: January 20, 2011

by Cary Randolph Fuller · January 20, 2011

    Today in your dispatch de la mode, we round up our favorite fashionable tweeters, reflect on the fabulous fifty-year career of Lauren Hutton, blow $80,000 in one weekend on beluga and edible gold leaf,  and learn that nothing says "Williamsburg hipster" like a beaded Valentino evening gown. Plus, Lady Gaga opens Paris Fashion Week with zombies in plastic bags!

    [photo via LATimes]

    1. WHO TO FOLLOW FOR PARIS FASHION WEEK: Here's our sartorial reading list. Follow! Follow! Follow!

    Derek Blasberg, Andre Leon TalleyGilt MAN, GQ Fashion, WWD, The Cut, Style Sighters, NY Times Style, Cathy Horyn, Jak & Jil, Coco Rocha, Daria Werbowy, Business of Fashion, and Chic Report.

    2. Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of JFK's inaugural address. Half a century later, Camelot style lives on. [Kennedys]

    3. More White House swag: Michelle Obama wore a gown by Alexander McQueen to last night's state dinner for Chinese president Hu Jintao. [Washington Post Style]

    4. Derek Blasberg sat down with the legendary Lauren Hutton for some Q.T. and conversation about her "enduring allure". "It's this singular combination of qualities - mondaine but earthy, hardy yet fragile, and optimistic in the face of major setbacks - that has kept Hutton, 67, at the top of the game for nearly five decades." [Harper's Bazaar]

    5. The amazing Michele Lamy bathed in light while being interviewed at Rick Owens's men's show for Fall/Winter 2011. [Business of Fashion]

    6. Ever wonder what college students in Indiana wear to class? Yes? Now you know: Vera Wang at Kohl's, Ralph Lauren, and short jeans with socks underneath. They also read The Sartorialist. Me too! [College Fashion]

    7. Looking at Alexis Mabille's Fall 2011 collection, which showed today at Paris Fashion Week, it is apparent that what the internet really needs is a blog about "woman-repelling" fashion. [The Fashionisto]

    8. A self-made master of prep, Muffy Aldrich presents a chart comparing "traditional prep vendors" representing stages of authenticity, from "crucible" to "iconic" to "company shell". Who gets five stars for authenticity and who fails (because their "Made In USA" gear is really stitched in China?!) This is actually quite useful information. [The Daily Prep]

    9. Euan Rellie and David Neville, two of our favorite dapper dudes, sit down together at Cafe Cluny for a chat about being dapper dudes. [Gilt MANual] Speaking of Cafe Cluny, Calvin Klein was spotted having breakfast there today. [WWD]

    10. According to WWD, Valentino and Christian Dior gowns are "hipster". At least they are when Michelle Williams wears them. Nope, still doesn't make sense. [WWD Eyescoop]

    11. Michael Kors conquered reality TV, and now he wants to make fast food fashionable. Just don't feed the models!!! (Kidding. Feed them please.) [LATimes via Sara Zucker]

    12. Olivier Zahm took the most glamorous train ride ever. Joining him was equally glamoureuse French star Josephine de la Baume. If only the Acela to Boston was so chic. See below. [Purple DIARY]

    13. Karmen Pedaru dons a mouthguard, cornrows, and tribal beads for Vogue Paris, and we LOVE it. The colors! [Fashion Gone Rogue]

    14. Gilt Man gave away Brook Brothers button-downs in a nod to its guided tour through the costume design of USA's hit "White Collar." Or to put it more simply, learn how to dress like a "master criminal-cum-FBI agent." [Gilt MANual]

    15. The weekend starts tomorrow, and we're prepared to drop some serious paper. $80,000, to be exact. On, among (many) other things, a penthouse, some caviar, and an $8,000 black feather dress by Rodarte for Opening Ceremony. Cha-ching! [Refinery 29]

    16. For the denim-loving dudes: a video of clip of Naked & Famous Denim founder Brandon Svarc discussing inspiration, creation, and reverse fade denim.[HypeBeast]

    17. Chicago-based Ryan E. Plett took the most amazing photos of stylish lads and lasses at Capsule. We are so taken by the way he captured so many provocative, elegant details. This is what makes Men's Market Week important. Seriously, these are frame-worthy. See below. [you_have_broken_the_internet]

    18. The infamous Man Repeller, she of dhoti pants, bow ties, and seventeen trillion layers in one outfit, hosted a party last night at What Goes Around Comes Around. [Man Repeller]

    19. Two new collections dropped today: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony and Eddie Borgo, "beloved by top-tier members of the fashion cognescenti." One is post-punk decadence, the other very Bowery-meets-Taxi Driver. [Who What Wear]

    20. Infamous man-repelling brand Madewell has tapped Dree Hemingway to be its face for their latest "it" fit denim. Does that mean Alexa Chung is out? Madewell, there are only so many hipster style icons to go around! [Fashionista]

    21. Yesterday we featured some stylish ladies of LAX airport, and today your dose of airport chic involves compressible carry-ons by a host of hot designers and one fantastic head of hair. (Those curls!) [Cool Hunting]

    22. The highly anticipated Matchbook Magazine is celebrating its launch with a party, and they got some big names to co-host: Coach, Rita Konig, Lela Rose, and demi-god of interior decor John Derien. Hope our invitation doesn't get lost in the mail! (No, seriously, we really want to be there.) [The Neotraditionalist]

    23. Oh my stars, this VALENTINO BAG. Vie is taking it to Sundance, of course. [Vie Society]

    Today's shoe shot is for the gents AND ladies: Pendleton Woolen Mills for Vans' slip-on and chukkas. Yes!!! [Because I'm Addicted]

    Did you miss the internet yesterday? Check out our Fashion Files for Wednesday, Jan. 19!