Along with our desire for Simon Doonan to pretty please start Tweeting, I would also like to add having a drink and a chat with photographer Roxanne Lowit to my list for Santa. I've long been a fan of her celebrity portraits, her editorials and especially her nightlife shots. She's also been shooting backstage at show and is releasing a book, Backstage Dior. The Moment has a bunch of the amazingly gorgeous (and fun) shots. Plus they were lucky enough to sit down with Roxanne. Needless to say the girl crush level was upped by learning that she's had the good fortune to witness moments like Tom Ford grabbing a spray bottle from Orlando Pita and dousing Kate Moss with freezing cold water just as she walked onto the Gucci runway or Pat Cleveland dressed as the Virgin Mary at Mugler and things so scandalous they're not fit to print. Well, those and just about everything else she talks about in the interview. So, Santa--if the hang out thing can't happen, just know a copy of the book under the tree would still be just fine.
Behind the Scenes with Liya Kebede at the Shoot for Lem Lem's Resort Look Book
Earlier this month, I got the chance to escape the craziness that is the fashion schedule and kick it with Liya Kebede down in Montauk where she was shooting her latest look book for her line Lem Lem. And it was hard not to feel like I'd really escaped the city, seeing as how the set--Chandelier Creative's Montauk surf shack--was festooned with ten blow-up swans who were enjoying the ocean view along with the models. It was the perfect setting for a collection grounded in easy, beachy woven pieces--the look we've come to know and love from Lem Lem. This season, though, Kebede had more in mind than just the beach: "Now we’re making it more city with little shorts and dresses.” Lem Lem was established to save weaving artisan enclaves in Kebede’s native Ethiopia--but has since become a fashion industry favorite, even nabbing one of J.Crew’s coveted "In Good Company" partnerships. Still, at its heart, Lem Lem is all about empowering the Ethiopian artisans it in employs.