Around the Design World in 180 Words: Fashion, Cake, and Lotus Flowers Edition

  • After a decade at the helm of Paris Vogue, Carine Roitfeld will bid the magazine adieu at the end of January. “It is impossible to overstate Carine’s powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing,” said Jonathan Newhouse, ceo of Condé Nast International. Among her likely successors? Fashion director Emmanuelle Alt.
  • Isaac Mizrahi is fresh off his run as the narrator of “Peter and the Wolf” at the Guggenheim (our six-year-old companion for yesterday’s final performance pronounced Mizrahi “hilarious”) and popped over to The Martha Stewart Show today to whip up a festive cake. After forgetting to dust one of the layers with peppermint, he remedied the problem by backtracking, a trick learned from boyfriend Arnold Germer. “He has been known to re-ice cakes,” said Mizrahi of Germer’s talent for culinary correction.
  • And in whimsical textile news, Loro Piana is developing a fiber made from lotus flowers. According to WWD, the Italian company has signed agreements with the Burmese natives who gather the aquatic flowers and weave them into yarn. Expect whisper-light pieces packaged in special lacquered boxes.