Sundance Channel To Premiere Full Frontal Fashion today. The Sundance Channel is moving into fashion. The TV channel that’s known for airing movies and independent films announced today the network plans to develop a multiplatform fashion and style franchise. Today, Sundance will launch Full Frontal Fashion, a stand-alone digital magazine, helmed by Editor-in-Chief Kelley Culp, former fashion editor for JANE and Page Six Magazine. Under Culp’s direction, FullFrontalFashion.com will feature “what insiders and enthusiasts love about fashion and will inspire users to live a colorful life every day,” according to a press release from Sundance. The launch of Full Frontal Fashion coincides with New York Fall Fashion Week. The Full Frontal Fashion premiere includes season two of The Day Before, a show that brings viewers the final hours before major runway fashion shows, featuring Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Nina Ricci, Versace and Narciso Rodriguez. Following The Day Before is Girl on the Run, a show that follows top French fashion journalist Mademoiselle Agnès as she dashes to and from Paris runway shows, from Chanel and Céline, to Manish Arora and Olympia Le-Tan. Girl on the Run also shows Mademoiselle Agnès’s take on fur fights, Vogue editors Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld’s efforts to save the French fashion industry, and, of course, the must-have wardrobe picks for Winter 2010/2011.
Martha Stewart Talks Her Big Move To The Hallmark Channel Martha Stewart, author, television host, and all-around media mogul and lifestyle guru, is packing up her daytime talk show and moving it to the Hallmark Channel. If there’s anyone who you can trust to relocate their things in perfect condition, it’s Martha Stewart. Stewart debuted her Emmy Award-winning “Martha” back in 2005 which, across its past five seasons, has featured more tips than a needle factory. Her daily edutainment program provided audiences all the cooking and crafting wisdom she’s filled books, magazines, and the heads of millions of eager fans with thirty years ago. For the show’s sixth season, “Martha” is heading to the Hallmark Channel, along with a whole slew of Stewart-branded programming. But Stewart says that for her new home on Hallmark, there’s not much redecorating needed to be done. “There’s no reason to make changes other than total evolution of the show,” Stewart told our source. “We want to be the same wonderful, informative show that we’ve always been with some very exciting new twists.” For half the day, Hallmark essentially becomes the Martha Stewart Network, along with episodes of “From Martha’s Kitchen,” “From Martha’s Home,” and “From Martha’s Garden,” as well as “Everyday Food,” and the new “Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn,” Executive Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnivision. She’s even bringing daughter Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt along for the ride. The two Sirius radio personalities, who also hosted the Stewart-skewering show “Whatever Martha,” will head the not-your-mother’s-talk-show “Whatever with Alexis and Jennifer.” But the new franchise Stewart is even more excited about is “Martha Stewart Presents,” a new interview program that will give audiences even more reason to wonder if Stewart and Diane Sawyer are the same person. Stewart will sit down with some of the most fascinating people in entertainment, politics and culture. First up is “The Women Who Dress America,” which features Martha sitting down with female fashion icons Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Tory Burch and Jenna Lyons. “The four designers are fantastic talent and also very interesting women and I think they come across as such on the program,” Stewart said of the special, which premieres September 19th on Hallmark. “I think they’re going to be pleased and I think their fans are going to be very pleased. They’re presented in a way that you really haven’t seen them before.” With the Hallmark Channel now becoming the home of Martha Stewart, the 69-year-old (can you believe it?) is as confident as ever as she caps off her year with more illustrious projects than ever. Also to look forward to this year are two brand new holiday specials from Stewart featuring the seasonal entertaining tips she’s known for. Who knew about brining your turkey and what a cheesecloth was before Martha? For her two new specials, Stewart takes on Halloween and Christmas with all new craft and cooking ideas. “We just finished our Halloween special and Halloween is one of my very, very favorite times of year,” Stewart said. “I can’t tell you who’s in it but it is the perfect celebrity for Halloween and the stuff we do is just extraordinary and it’s going to be a smashing hit.” “We’re also already working on our Christmas special which you will adore,” Stewart says. “It’s really great and it’ll get you through those holidays.” Don’t whatever Martha. She knows exactly what she’s talking about. “The Martha Stewart Show” debuts on the Hallmark Channel on Monday, September 13th.
Donna Karan, Kelly Ripa, InStyle To Host Super Saturday 13. Fashion designer Donna Karan, InStyle editor Ariel Foxman, and Kelly Ripa will be hosting Super Saturday 13, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s 13th annual celebration, on July 31. The event will include the highly anticipated fashion garage sale. Super Saturday 13 will be set up to benefit OCRF. It will be a family-oriented, daylong fundraiser that will feature kids’ carnival and activities, a luxury raffle and gourmet treats. The fashion garage, once dubbed the Rolls Royce of garage sales, will include merchandise from over 200 renowned designers and brands such as Donna Karan, theory, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Ronson, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Ralph Lauren, and Giorgio Armani. The special Super Saturday Accessories Salon will feature luxury accessories. Past designers who participated included Emilio Pucci, Tory Burch, and Louis Vuitton. Stylist Rachel Zoe is also set to open her booth, Designers A to Zoe, for the third consecutive year. It will feature merchandise from Chloe, Derek Lam, Temperley London, Judith Leiber, Kara Ross, Giuseppe Zanotti, Oscar de la Renta, and Stella McCartney.Tickets are priced at $450 each for regular passes, $650 for preview for adults, and $150 for kids ages 5-16. Kids under 5 are admitted free.
CFDA Names Beyonce As Official Face Of Fashion For Haiti Shirt. Beyonce has been named the official face of The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s “Fashion for Haiti” t-shirt. The benefit tee is the U.S. fashion industry’s response to the Haitian earthquake. Beyonce said, “Join me and the fashion industry by buying and wearing the Fashion for Haiti t-shirt. Together we can send a message of hope by raising much needed funds for the people of Haiti.” Fashion designers Betsy Johnson, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Kenneth Cole, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, and more join the campaign to promote the $25 shirt. Von Furstenberg, CFDA President, said, “The tragedy in Haiti has affected everyone and most of us individually have given money for relief. However, I think it is important to send a message and create a channel for funding from fashion as an industry.” The white shirt bears a black and lime graphics designed by Peter Arnell. The sleeve will have the Fashion for Haiti slogan and the inside color will have the CFDA print. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. It will hit retailer stores across the US country on February 16. The complete list of retailers carrying the t-shirt is listed on the CFDA website.
Pop star Lady Gaga, whose fashion sense has garnered as much attention as her hit songs (cue “Poker Face” for the umpteenth time, please), will receive the Stylemaker Award from designer Marc Jacobs at the 13th annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards. The event, which takes place Monday at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, also pays tribute to Diane von Furstenberg, Zappos.com, Burberry and, um, Barbie, who will receive the Fashion Icon award for, one supposes, providing such a realistic image of the feminine form to young girls for decades. Other presenters at the event include Calvin Klein, Betsey Johnson, Molly Sims and “Gossip Girl” designer Eric Daman. A full list of honorees is after the break, but … Barbie? Really?
Leighton Meester is ‘The Girl with Kaleidoscope Pants’ Gossip Girl starlet Leighton Meester is featured in the April 2009 issue of The New York Times in a vibrant editorial entitled, ‘The Girl with Kaleidoscope Pants.’ Wearing a fire-red lipstick shade, Leighton is captured by Terry Richardson who recently shot her alongside fellow “Gossip Girl” stars for Rolling Stone. Leighton explains in the interview that her style is very different than that of her character on the show: “Her style is a little expensive for my taste, but it loudly communicates that she is who she is and that she does what she does. I find that admirable. And she’s always dressed appropriately, which I can’t always say about myself.” In this editorial, Leighton Meester wears colorful creations from Alexander McQueen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jonathan Saunders, Roberto Cavalli, and Gucci.