THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The glamorous trio, on location in Rome. Story by Anne Pringle.

D&G for Martini Gold
Dolce & Gabbana are about to release their new video ad campaign for Martini Gold, which will star actress Monica Bellucci, and even a cameo of the designers themselves. The film stayed true to the brand’s Italian roots and was shot entirely in Rome by famed director Jonas Akerland (who has worked with celebs like Lady Gaga and Madonna). The scenes follow Bellucci from behind, as many heads turn in her direction, until she stops to meet her friends Dolce and Gabbana for a martini, when her identity is revealed. (Vogue UK)

Margiela lenses
French design house Maison Martin Margiela and art deco-inspired Cutler and Gross will team up to create a line of eyewear. The collection is to be handmade in Italy, and feature two groups: Anatomic, which will feature large, enveloping shapes, and the other called Wrong Size, comprised of quirky, ill-fitting lenses. The eyewear will hit counters in November, but we might catch an earlier glimpse at the Margiela fashion show on October 1. (WWD)

Gap + Valentino
And in case that collab is going to fall a bit out of your price range, here’s an exciting high-low partnership: The Gap is celebrating its first Italian store with a capsule collection designed by Valentino. The collection will reportedly use “iconic Gap pieces” as its foundation—meaning we can probably expect classic shapes and a little prep. The line is set to debut at the end of November (around the same time as this season’s other exciting high-low collaboration: H&M and Lanvin). Get out your holiday wish list! (WWD)

DVF gets judicial
The Fashion Law Institute has now officially launched under the watch of Fordham Law School and former professor Susan Scafidi, who came up with the concept. The CFDA contributed $50,000 for the start-up of the institute, which aims to educate lawyers and designers on fashion-specific legalities (think copywriting and green initiatives). CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg is also showing her support: She matched the Council’s donation and officially “opened” the Institute by striking a gavel. (NY Mag)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A trench is no longer just a trench. Story by Anne Pringle.

Burberry Retail Theatre
At the end of June, we told you about Burberry’s advertising innovations, like their 3-D runway show in February, and their interactive digital ad campaign. The brand isn’t stopping there: They have now unveiled a new Retail Theatre concept with virtual trunk shows, allowing interested customers to buy live from the Spring 2011 show. The Retail Theatre will broadcast the label’s runway show directly into 25 worldwide flagship stores, after which lucky customers will be able to browse the collection on iPads—where they can buy the pieces directly. (Vogue UK)

Miss Wu
Jason Wu, the recent 2010 CFDA winner, has just unveiled his house’s new logo: a round, cartoonish owl with Lady Gaga-like doe eyes dubbed “Miss Wu.” The new logo will appear on ready-to-wear pieces, knitwear, eyewear and accessories. Wu reported that Miss Wu had been in development for a while, but they didn’t feel it was time to unveil the brand’s logo until the collection was fully developed. Now complete, Miss Wu is sure to woo you into the collection of dark leather belts, tailored jackets and camel-coloured crew neck sweaters. (NY Times)

Aquariva by Gucci
Gucci has just released the latest high-end designer item that isn’t part of your wardrobe (but will definitely make you more stylish): In collaboration with famed boat maker Riva, it has created the made-to-order Aquariva by Gucci speedboat. The speedboat was unveiled at the Cannes, France boatshow, showing off a Guccissima print for the seats and sundeck, the classic green-red-green logo to pipe the boat, mahogany interiors and a 20-coat customizable glossy white paint. All this can be yours for a whopping $750,000. If that’s a little out of your snack bracket, catch a glimpse of the masterpiece when it is presented on September 22 in Milan during Fashion Week. (WWD)

J Brand + Kane + Erdem + …
Famed denim label J Brand (and personal favourite of both Kate Moss and myself) has teamed up with five different designers to launch a new project called 5 x 5, in which each designer creates their own unique interpretation of J Brand style. Creative minds on the project include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Meadham Kirchhoff, Peter Pilotto and Richard Nicoll. The jeans were unveiled last night as part of Fashion’s Night Out. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Heidi Klum means (more) business. Story by Anne Pringle.

Klum + New Balance
Heidi Klum is launching her first-ever fashion collection—and it’s surprisingly practical for the mother of four. She will design a sportswear line in collaboration with New Balance, targeting busy women who are on-the-go but still want to look “stylish, comfortable and hip,” according to Klum. The collection will be available exclusively on beginning October 7. (Vogue UK)

Bookmarc open for business
Marc Jacob’s first bookstore has officially opened up in New York’s West Village, kitty-corner to the brand’s women’s collection store. Robert Duffy, the MJ company president, claimed that they have been eyeing that spot for years, and added that the brand has “always had a mix of books in our stores, so it was my dream to eventually one day have a bookstore on Bleecker Street.” Think art, photography and coffee table books—according to Duffy, the only bestsellers on offer would have to be written by a friend of his (or perhaps of Marc’s!). (WWD)

Lagerfeld’s cancellation
Karl Lagerfeld has suddenly cancelled the runway show of his signature collection during Paris Fashion Week. Instead of preparing for the show that was scheduled to be shown on October 3, Lagerfeld is reportedly preparing a new “masstige” ready-to-wear collection to be sold online. Lagerfeld himself helped ignite the masstige movement of high-end low-lines when he collaborated with H&M in 2004 (a collection that sold out within hours)! Sigh, I guess it is the way of the future (and good news for our bank accounts), but we’ll still miss seeing his runway creations. (WWD)

Donna Karan’s milestone
Donna Karan is about to celebrate her brand’s 25th anniversary, having launched her namesake label in 1985. When asked about a possible anniversary celebration, the designer answered: “I think I really acknowledged it with the fall collection. It was a time to say, okay back to the basics. Here’s the black, here’s the system of dressing.” Sounds like we can expect dark colours, minimalism and classic shapes for the silver anniversary. (Globe and Mail)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Karlie Kloss hits the small screen. Story by Anne Pringle.

Karlie’s TV moment
And the famous cameos on Gossip Girl continue—after appearances by Vogue’s Meredith Melling Burke, Chanel Iman and Michael Kors—model Karlie Kloss will appear in the “Fashion’s Night Out” episode airing next Monday, September 13. In the fictional rendition of Fashion’s Night Out, Lily Van Der Woodsen and Eleanor Waldorf are on the planning committee. Kloss reportedly plays herself—and even has a speaking part! (Fashionologie)

Brit fashion stars
The nominations for the 2010 British Fashion Awards have been revealed! For designer of the year, it’s a race between Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu and Phoebe Philo for Celine. For designer brand of the year, nominees include Burberry, Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland and Victoria Beckham (nice one, Posh!). For the Isabella Blow award for fashion creator, there’s Nick Knight, photographer Rankin and stylist Nicola Formichetti. Results will be presented December 7 at London’s Savoy Hotel. (WWD)

Target audience
Swedish label Acne has signed on for an unusual collaboration with Candy magazine: To design a new collection targeted for transvestites and cross-dressers. Acne’s creative designer Jonny Johansson claimed, “This collection is a playful collaboration and a celebration of diversity.” The capsule collection will include three androgynous shirts based on the classic Western shirt, and are made in silk crepe and Italian denim, and come either stonewashed or bleached. (Vogue UK)

Keira in camel for Chanel
Keira Knightley first appeared in Chanel campaigns in 2006 when she was adopted as one of Karl Lagerfeld’s muses. She is back in the house’s ads this season, having been spotted shooting in the Place de la Concorde in Paris on a vintage-looking motorcycle. Knightley was looking very biker chic sporting a freshly chopped bob and wearing this season’s best neutral, camel, in the form of a fitted leather biker suit. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Happy birthday, Claudia! (Or: Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag…) Story by Anne Pringle.

Model milestone
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer turns 40 today! One of the most recognizable faces in the fashion industry, Schiffer has covered a lot of ground in her career. After being discovered in a Düsseldorf disco at 17, she was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld as the new face for Chanel in the early 90s, and walked the runway for Versace, Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Valentino. She has also been the face (and body) of Guess? and Mango, and appeared in ads for Pepsi and Fanta (where she danced with a cartoon Mickey Mouse). She’s also made cameos in over a dozen movies, including Zoolander and Love Actually. (In Style)

New Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier will reportedly launch three new labels for spring through a licensing deal with Group JS International. For 14 years Lhuillier has been famous for her wedding gowns, and as the creator of a ready-to-wear line. The designer claimed, “After all these years of selling wedding dresses, people wanted me to do the entire wedding party.” She answered the demand with a bridge collection of eveningwear and cocktail dresses called ML Monique Lhiullier as well as two bridesmaid collections, one high-end and one low.  (WWD)

Madonna + Miu Miu
Madonna has a lot on her plate—not only did she and her daughter Lourdes just launch her their line Material Girl (and have to deal with the unfortunate legal issues we told you about yesterday), but she also directed Miu Miu’s fall television ad campaign. Apparently, she requested to do the job—and came out with a fast-paced, colourful video featuring four models with slicked-back hair, bright pastel eyeshadow, and oversized sunglasses. They are sporting nude heels and yellow and purple appliqué dresses (including the one that mistakenly appeared on the cover of several major magazine’s August covers)! (In Style)

AA bankrupt?
American Apparel just can’t seem to catch a break: Rumour has it that the company is close to liquidation and bankruptcy, after the company issued a warning that there is “substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue.” Stock has fallen 70 percent since January—15 percent of which was this week alone, and has racked up losses up to $7 million. I guess those leaked company hiring policies (which included head-to-toe examinations) and discrimination accusations really turned people off the brand. (Toronto Life)

THE BITE: An amuse bouche of fashion news

Crystal Renn’s proudest modelling moment. Story by Anne Pringle.

Crystal + Chanel
Crystal Renn is back in the spotlight—and not for being “plus-size”, or losing weight, or being subject to massive photo retouching (remember the Passion For Fashion photos?). She stars in Chanel’s newest campaign for the reopening of the brand’s SoHo store. The model claimed that “working with Chanel has been my dream forever… this campaign is the proudest moment of my life.” (Fashionista)

Victoria’s Secret Toronto
Limited Brands is the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and our Canadian La Senza—a reason why it was always rumoured that VS had no plans to move to Canada… until now. Our country’s first-ever Victoria’s Secret store will open this Thursday at Yorkdale. Better get in line now… (Toronto Life)

Selfridges scandal
U.K. department store Selfridges will no longer carry Dolce & Gabbana, claiming that they as they are constantly updating the store, they are “unable to accommodate [the brand] going forward”. Word on the street is that Dolce & Gabbana execs were unhappy that the two collection’s locations had been moved within the store. The news doesn’t seem to have put a damper on Selfridges, who will likely have hoards of people coming in to see this week’s exhibition of over 200 Vivienne Westwood shoes. (WWD) and (InStyle)

Material Girl lawsuit
Madonna collaborated with her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes to launch a new clothing line, Material Girl, which has become the subject of a lawsuit due to its name. California clothing company LA Triumph claim that they have been selling “similar clothes in similar retail outlets at similar price points under the Material Girl brand since 1997.” LA Triumph may be fighting an uphill battle—after all, Madonna did coin the phrase in the 1985 song. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Six covers from the Fall issue of LOVE —possibly the best fashion magazine right now—on sale August 23. Story by Anne Pringle.

Gorgeous Covers
LOVE is about to release its “Gorgeous” issue, in which they have chosen seven women to represent the different sides of beauty. Gisele plays the bombshell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks very Jessica Rabbit playing the siren, Lauren Hutton represents the heroine, and Agyness Deyn is the rebel (of course). LOVE editor Katie Grand said, “To my mind each of these women are perfect… I’d happily wake up with any of them (or failing that Miuccia Prada, but that’s another story—and maybe another cover.” (Vogue UK)

FNO Polish
Fashion’s Night Out is almost two weeks away, and Chanel will debut a new limited-edition line of nail polishes just in time. Star makeup artist Peter Philips fronted the creation of the khaki-inspired line, which includes Khaki Brun (an earthy gray-brown), Khaki Rose (a muted, dusty terra-cotta), and Khaki Vert (a mossy green reminiscent of last fall’s polish hit Jade). (

Digital Fashion Week
This year, New York Fashion Week is going digital. Instead of formal paper invites, many fashion houses are choosing to send e-mail invitations with bar-coded confirmations. This means that upon arrival at the show, there will be no more frenzied chaos around a clipboard—seating assignments will be designated by airport-style kiosks. We like the idea not only because it should boost organization and efficiency, but because it also saves some trees! (Wall Street Journal)

Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes’s style has become more sophisticated in the past few years, but she will never lose that “girl next door” vibe, which has stuck to her ever since Dawson’s Creek. In case you were worried about her preppy innocence diminishing, her appearance in a J. Crew ad should solidify the label for life. She poses for her latest film campaign, The Romantics (which was outfitted by J.Crew), alongside co-stars like Josh Duhamel, Malin Åkerman and Adam Brody. (NY Mag)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Adam Levine’s obsession—Ann Demeulemeester’s menswear line—leads to some questionable ambitions. Story by Anne Pringle.

Rock out
Adam Levine, the front man for Maroon 5, Adam Levine, will reportedly debut his own fashion line. The line, named 222 for Levine’s lucky number, is inspired by the musician’s love for high-fashion—including his brief “obsession” with Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester, and Margiela. You can expect leather jackets, jeans and ripped tees—so while he may be inspired by fashion greats, it still sounds like the stylings of a rock artist to us… (Style File)

Costume couture
Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys New York, has collaborated with Target—not for the next expected run-of-the-mill high/low line—but for a collection of Halloween costumes. Doonan, whose birthday falls on All Hallows Eve, said that the project really clicked with him; he’s a believer that “the holiday is huge and it’s growing.” The Costume Couture collection will feature outfits such as the “Diva Witch” and the “Glamour Ghost”. Trick or treat anyone? (WWD)

Urban success
Urban Outfitters Inc. has been thriving lately—not only do they own Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters, they’ve also launched new Leifsdottir footwear, have plans to open several dozen new stores, and will soon be opening a first-ever accessories-only Anthropologie. Their chief executive officer Glen Shek claims they are also thinking about opening a wedding store in the future. Ready thyselves, hipster brides! (WWD)

Lingerie stars
The judging panel for Triumph International’s design competition this fall is particularly impressive: It includes Matthew Williamson and the renowned photographer Rankin. Ranking knows of what he judges: He has collaborated with supermodel Helena Christensen to model a shortlist of his own lingerie designs. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

You oughta be in pictures…Story by Anne Pringle.

Lagerfeld retrospective
This September in Paris will be all about fashion, with the usual much-anticipated Fashion Week, and a choicely timed photography exhibit of Karl Lagerfeld’s photography. The exhibition will be held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and will showcase Lagerfeld’s snaps from his editorial days at Harper’s Bazaar andVogue to his ad campaigns for Chanel and Fendi. The exhibition runs from September 10 to October 15. (Vogue UK)

Lezark’s fashion connections
DKNY has had some pretty iconic women fronting their ads, including Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe. The newest face of the brand will be Leigh Lezark, the American DJ-turned model, who will appear in the label’s Fall/Winter 2010 campaign. Lezark, the founder of New York-based DJ group the Misshapes, appears in “personal snapshot” style photos for the campaign, capturing her and friends in action. Lezark is also the face of Moon, the new line that launched at the Bay last week (stay tuned for our pics and report from the event!) (Vogue UK)

Zero waste fashion
Many fashion brands have gone green by using more sustainable packaging and improving transportation efficiency—but that’s just the “vegetarian” eco option. The latest and more extreme trend (the “raw-food vegan” eco option) is now known as zero waste fashion. The aim: For there to be not a scrap of material left over on the cutting room floor, eliminating what amounts to literally tons of garbage a year. Parsons, the New York design school, is even offering the world’s first fashion course in zero waste this fall. (New York Times)

DVF powers ahead
Is there anything Diane Von Furstenberg doesn’t do? We’ve told you about her clothes for New York’s Radio City Rockettes, her hotel room decor at London’s Claridge’s, and her design of a BMW Mini for charity. Her latest project is perhaps the most unexpected yet: She has collaborated with the Cleveland Clinic to create hospital gowns. DVF tweeted that the team had worked hard on the gowns and they hoped they “will make patients happier!” (Fashionista)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Is this what a fashion lawyer looks like? We second the motion! Story by Anne Pringle

Fashion law
This September, a new legal institute will open in New York—with a specific focus on fashion law. The Institute of Fashion Law was established by a Fordham University professor Susan Scafidi, and in collaboration with the CFDA. The aim is to provide legal education and support for designers in copyright laws, employee issues and sustainability efforts. Scafidi hopes that the institute will not only provide legal help education for fashion designers, but also establish fashion as a legal category, as well as educate a generation of lawyers. As she put it, “So! Three tiny goals to achieve in the next year.” (Vogue UK)

Schouler’s debut campaign
The suspense is over: Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2010 ad campaign (its first one ever) has been released. The shots feature Argentine supermodel Tati Cotliar (who has walked for Prada, Versace, Marni, and Chanel, to name a few), as well as newcomer model twin sisters Ann and Kirby Kenny. The three girls are all tousled hair and wine-stained lips against a white backdrop, sporting pieces from the fall collection (think leather dresses, curved-heel boots, and thigh-high socks). (NY Mag)

Couture creepers
Last month, several mega retailers in New York— Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret and Hollister—reported bedbug infestations. The stores had to be temporarily closed for extermination procedures—a potential loss that Bergdorf Goodman hopes to eliminate with new, unconventional measures. BG has recruited a team of beagles who are trained to patrol the store and sniff out the unwanted critters. (WWD)

Seven’s arty collab
Upscale denim brand Seven For All Mankind has collaborated with photographer Mika Ninagawa to create a capsule collection of T-shirts and jeans. The colourful line takes its inspiration from Ninagawa’s photographs, which often feature lush still lifes of flowers and landscapes. The collection will include printed jeans, distressed denim shorts with colorful hang-out pockets, and bright T-shirts with prints that have a layered collage feel. (WWD)