Style Scoop: Lana Del Rey Named GQ’s Woman of the Year, Joanna Coles is Cosmopolitan’s New EIC, & Candice Swanepoel is a Shoe In

By  September 05, 2012

As we all know, Fashion’s Night Out marks the beginning of a new season: fall trends rise from end-of-summer frenzy, fashion week takes over the sartorial world, and this year, it marks an NYC pop-up of the more colorful kind. United Colors of Benetton is opening a knit-themed SoHo store September 6th that will feature pieces from its Fall/Winter collection, installed by Fabrica. And word is, they’re be some kama sutra inspired art… oh Benetton, don’t make us blush! [ELLE]

When Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel isn’t sauntering around town in her wings, she’s fronting major campaigns for brands like Versace and Colcci. The latest notch in her top model belt? Brian Atwood’s Fall 2012 campaign shot by duo Mert & Marcus. Racy? But of course! Racy enough for the ad’s video to be banned from New York City taxis? You decide. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Bipartisanship aside — First Lady Michelle Obama was a style winner during her address at the Democratic National Convention last night. And proving that she is always one to wow with her wardrobe choices, she anted up Ann Romney’s power red Oscar de la Renta dress at last week’s Republican National Convention with a custom Tracy Reese one. Reese herself was wowed, tweeting, “We are all so grateful and honored to have dressed Mrs. Obama for such a momentous speech!!” [HuffPost Style]

Cosmopolitan has a new lady in charge. Joanna Coles, former head of fellow Hearst magazine Marie Claire, is set to take over as Cosmo’s new editor in chief. And, it makes sense: she’s upped Marie Claire’s fashion coverage, landed a role on “Project Runway All Stars,” and would only need to relocate four floors to her new Cosmo (corner?) office. [NY Times]

With Mulberry, H&M, ASAP Rocky, NEXT models, and a number one album behind her, it’s safe to say that Lana Del Rey is having the best year ever. Fittingly so, GQ is gushing over the New York native, and have crowned the former Sparkle Jump Rope Queen as its Woman of the Year 2012. Her Wayne Cooper gown, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch, and matching red pout-nail combo: American Dream. [GQ UK]

What’s next for Net-A-Porter’s Natalie Massenet? A new role as chairman of the British Fashion Council. The BFC has yet to confirm or deny, but an announcement is expected after its executive board meets tonight. [Telegraph]

Bergdorf Goodman makes 111 look good. And they’re sharing the wealth too. The luxury behemoth has curated a collection of 100 pieces by designers like Maison Martin Margiela, Prada, and Alexander McQueen to honor the store’s century-plus anniversary. The capsule looks will be in stores this Fashion’s Night Out, and are available online now. [Racked]

How does Whitney Port want to take on New York Fashion Week? Through crowd funding. The burgeoning designer is using Indiegogo, an online site used to create global fundraising campaigns, to kick off the first fan-supported runway show for her Whitney Eve. So far, she’s $7,200 down, about $42,000 and six days to go. [Indiegogo]

Days after China gave a life sentence to an Hermès counterfeiter, the French luxury house is filing a suit against LVMH for alleged insider trading and stock manipulation. It’s the latest addition in the two’s feud since LVMH acquired more than one-fifth of Hermès stock since 2010. [Reuters]

*Images via HuffPost Style and NY Mag’s The Cut.