Fashion Alert: The Federation Tweets, Couture news, Toledo and Burrows for Target, and Hot Vintage Pics

We love to see the holy grail of fashion wearing vintage to the shows. It makes sense: Vintage is the only way to ensure you won’t be wearing someone else, vintage is independent minded and, as these pictures prove, freaking chic. [Jak & Jil] [Hanneli Mustaparta]

Today’s couture shows: Franck Sorbier, Elie Saab, Gualiter, Rabih Kayrouz and Valentino. Drool…  Oh, and the Federation Francaise de la Couture is on Twitter now. Get on that, if you speak French. [Mode à Paris]

Want to keep up with the couture shows but can’t manage the mass of information coming in? T Magazine’s scorecard has the roundup. [NYT]

Riccardo Tisci lets his couture collection for Givenchy speak for itself in an intimate Parisian apartment showing of just 10 looks. We can’t help wishing we could see the fringed dresses on the move, though. [Fashionologie] [On the Runway]

In a match made in heaven, Dita von Teese makes a cameo on JeanPaul-Gaultier’s runway. How did these two not hook up sooner? [Elle blog]

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The couture shows kicked off today in Paris with Christian Dior. The cellophane heads are a witty touch. Click here for story  [AP] and pics [Now Fashion] and [Frockwriter].

The shows are just in time, apparently. The fashion mill reports that “couture is back” and “rumors of its death have been exaggerated.” Wishful thinking; its been the same old story for the past 40 years. [The Independent]

But for a broader perspective we suggest reading Cathy Horyn’s terrific 2007 Q&A with Alber Elbaz on the subject of couture; both reporter and subject make for a really fascinating article. [On the Runway]

In art news, Mario Testino’s “Kate Who?” exhibition—featuring intimate photographs (for sale) of Kate Moss by “the ultimate fashion photographer”—opens today at Phillips de Pury & Company gallery in London [Phillips de Pury & Company]

Gala Darling dissects women, shopping and money. Part One. [Gala Darling]

Itching for a dose of Mad Men? Catch a preview of the costumes at [Racked]

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Daily Fashion Alerts!

There’s a great little primer on the history of American wearable-art jewelry on Objects Not Paintings. Read it: [Objects Not Paintings]

Get inspired and get in the perfect summer romper! [Glamoursplash and Glamoursurf]

AnOther Magazine interviews continental slash-man Derek Peck for AnOther Lover. His favorite thing: MJ’s dancing shoes. Indeed, we love them, too. [AnotherMag]

Jezebel calls out fashion mags on the curvy model “trend.” As with “ethnic models” and “older models,” why not just use…models? [Jezebel]

Babies today…so spoiled. You mean you don’t remember your first designer diaper? Cynthia Rowley’s new flashy, disposable Pampers for Target just seems like a, ahem, waste of Rowley’s talent. [Luxist]

Cobbler Charlotte Dellal opens a stunning Charlotte Olympia boutique in London, making her stamp with signature spiderwebs. We’re predicting her shoes will be the next must-have statement soles. So long, Louboutin. We always misspelled you anyway. [StyleFile]

Diesel new “Be Stupid” line of ads have been banned in the UK for indecency. We’re cool with nudity and emphatically support free speech but encouraging women to “be stupid” while half-naked makes our skin crawl. Bad, Diesel. [StyleList]

Fashionista compares two tween bloggers: Tavi—already a blogging legend—and Lourdes, who has blogged once. Too soon, you think? It’s still a fun read: [Fashionista]

There is just beautiful style inspiration on Style Like U today: “I want to have a return to clothing that speaks for itself. With technology, we are losing our primitive instincts and our ability to communicate. Clothing is a vehicle for inspiration and conversation.” Check it: [Style Like U]

Photo: by Henry Leutwyler for AnOther Magazine

Fashion Statement: Coco Chanel

“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.” —French couturier, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. To read more fabulous Fashion Statements, click here. To read how Chanel overthrew a strike of her seamstresses and tricked them back to their sewing machines, read the Story Behind the Style.

Fashion Statement: Yohji Yamamoto

“I’m not a couturier; I’m a cutter.”  —Yohji Yamamoto
Radical Fashion by Claire Wilcox (V&A Museum, 2003), To read more fabulous Fashion Statements, click here.

Designer Yohji Yamamoto

Yamamoto design; V & A Museum

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