THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Nicolas Ghesquière, superstar. Story by Anne Pringle.

Deserved accolades
Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière has just been awarded The Fashion Group International’s Superstar, which will be officially awarded at the end of October at FGI’s Night of Stars. FGI president Margaret Hayes gushed enthusiastically about the designer, claiming “Nicolas Ghesquière defines the word ‘superstar’… said to be one of the most intriguing and original designers of his generation, he has reinvented the House of Balenciaga and endowed its legacy with a cool, modern edge.” (Vogue UK)

Marc’s new space
And in other award news: The new Marc Jacobs Collection flagship building in Tokyo—which doesn’t even open its doors until November—has already won an award. The three-storey, 2,800 square-foot store was designed by the renowned Stephan Jaklitsch Architects and has been given an Architectural Award of Excellence. Jacobs has used Jaklitsch for other architectural projects all over the world, but this was the first time he had the full reigns of control. Probably won’t be his last, either! (WWD)

Dress duplicate
It seems that there was a favourite designer piece among stylists and editors for the August issue—the same dress appeared on next month’s covers of British Vogue, ELLE UK, and W. The appliquéd Miu Miu dress was shown in tangerine on Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen for Vogue, in bright yellow on Eva Mendes for W, and in lavender on Lily Allen for ELLE. Love the dress, but could do with some mag cover variety. (Fashionista)

Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway, a website that allows members to rent designer dresses and accessories, has grossed over $15 million dollars…since last November! The business, launched only eight months ago, had modest origins (think shared space with a dry cleaner’s), and was started by ladies with not-so-modest backgrounds (both former Harvard Business school students). They carry brands like Proenza Schouler, Matthew Williamson and are adding Calvin Klein, Nina Ricci, Missoni and Moschino (among others!). (WWD)

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