Today’s Fashion Headlines: January 9, 2013

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Roitfeld might help on Alexander Wang’s debut Balenciaga collection, Kate Lanphear starting at T Magazine, Caroline Herrera debuts Spring 2013 campaign and Polaroid rolling out new concept retail stores.

Roitfeld to Style for Wang?

Alexander Wang is rumored to have asked Carine Roitfeld to join Balenciaga as his in-house stylist, but so far there’s been no confirmation of the news.

In fact, Grazia, the first news outlet to report on the pairing, has since taken its post down, but that hasn’t stopped other sites from picking up the story. If the rumors hold water, Roitfeld would replace Balenciaga’s longtime stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé, who worked with Nicolas Ghesquière during his tenure at the brand. Wang took over for Ghesquière at the end of December and will present his first collection for the house in February.

Lanphear Joins T Magazine

Kate Lanphear has found a new job after leaving her position as Elle‘s style director in November. Journalist Jim Shi tweeted on Monday that “Lanphear has joined T: The New York Times Style Magazine as style director. She’ll be at the upcoming women’s shows with Team T.” The Times’ official communications account later confirmed the news by tweeting, “Welcome to Kate Lanphear, new Style Director of @TMagazine.”

Carolina Herrera Unveils Collection

Carolina Herrera’s spring ad campaign shows a sleight of hand, thanks to photographer Nathaniel Goldberg. Model Jacquelyn Jablonski is pictured in an orange gown leaning on what appears to be a bright yellow sculpture, but that piece was actually a post-production illustration. The mirrored stacked cubed piece next to the canary-colored one is actually real. Toying with the concept of trompe l’oeil, Goldberg created a surreal composition without detracting from the main attraction — Jablonski.

The designer tapped stylist Giovanna Battaglia (who did the honors for her September show). The L’Uomo Vogue editor and W contributing editor knows all about the art scene, but she didn’t call in any favors from her art dealer boyfriend, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld. Modernistic as it is, the campaign was shot in a New York photography studio. Hairstylist Shon and makeup artist Gucci Westman were also on set to help make sure Jablonski looked picture-perfect for the ads, which will break in select fashion and lifestyle mags next month.

Polaroid To Open Concept Stores

This year, Polaroid will launch a new experiential retail concept in 10 locations across the country calling them Polaroid Fotobar. The stores will allow customers to take their everyday photos from their devices and turn them into physical, museum quality pieces. The first store is opening in Florida next month. Additional stores will be New York, Las Vegas and Boston among others which may include Chicago, though has not been officially announced. The stores will allow customers to wirelessly locate and transmit their best photos to the workstations and edit them, part iPhoto/Lightroom style with simple image correction techniques, part Instagram style with filters. The photos can then be printed traditionally or onto metal, bamboo, canvas and experimental materials of the like.

- Taneisha Jordan

Sources: Fashionologie; WWD; Racked
Photo: WWD

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  • I hope Carine Roitfeld tells Wang to make the heel height of his shoes a little lower! Love his shoes but obviously he never wore them!

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