Hairstylist Kenneth Battelle’s career history reads like a movie script. After a colleague called in sick one day in 1954, he styled then-newlywed Jacqueline Kennedy and soon became her mane man. Just eight years later, he coiffed regular client Marilyn Monroe for her now-infamous “Happy Birthday Mr. President” serenade to Jackie’s husband, JFK. Today, society women and celebrities (including Mary Louise Parker) frequent the Kenneth salon inside New York City’s famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel for some star treatment. “I just think about what Halston told me a long time ago,” Battelle has said of his success. More
Just-released images of Louis Vuitton’s latest ad campaign reveal where Madonna got her outfit inspiration for this year’s Costume Institute Gala. Madge was photographed by Steven Meisel in key pieces from the ’80s-inspired Fall/Winter 2009 collection including the buzz-worthy thigh high boots and bunny ears she donned earlier this year. ”After the fun we had with the Spring/Summer campaign, and the amazing reaction to it, all of us—Madonna, Steven and myself—were eager to get back together,” said the brand’s Artistic Director Marc Jacobs More
Spotted: Leighton Meester on the set of Gossip Girl (after a 2-month-long hiatus) wearing an Alice + Olivia floral print halter dress and yellow patent belt—so fitting for Blair’s new role as the bella donna of NYU. The episode won’t air until the show returns September 14th, but you can get the retro-style dress now and enjoy it all summer long.
Dress, Alice + Olivia, $440; visit chickdowntown.com.
Coach is giving us one more reason to love the label with their new wallet-friendly Poppy Collection. The range includes “playful edgy pieces that are versatile and more affordable,” according to President and Executive Creative Director, Reed Krakoff. “We mixed sequins and patent touches with Pop Art-inspired prints and there’s quirky hardware and retro shapes for bags and jewelry.” Gossip Girl’s Michelle Trachtenberg was already spotted carrying a black patent bag from the line.