THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Coming soon to a computer screen near you: Abbey Lee Kershaw (seen here backstage at Alexander Wang Spring 2010). Story by Anne Pringle.

Alexander + Abbey

Alexander Wang will unveil his first-ever women’s campaign video tomorrow, starring Australian supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw (who has starred in campaigns for Gucci, D&G, Chanel, Chloe, Fendi, Mulberry, and Calvin Klein… to name a few). Wang claimed he wanted a more global way to represent the line, and that the video is “[a] way to sum up the season in a different light other than the show.” Craig McDean did the video honours. Tune in tomorrow at noon on or WWD to watch the subtly Wall Street-inspired collection come to life. (WWD)

Loewe’s creative It bag

Famed designer Stuart Vevers (who has previously created for Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Mulberry) is in charge of re-launching Loewe, the Spanish leather goods brand, which is owned by LVMH. Vevers has begun the line with an interesting concept, by designing a bag that is the opposite of an “It” bag: a lightweight leather version of an ordinary paper grocery bag. The price to be a paperbag princess? $1,045! (Wall Street Journal)

New shoes

Urban Outfitters Inc.—the company that brings you Free People, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie—is launching a new line of footwear as part of its Leifsdottir line. The collection will be available at high-end specialty boutiques and department stores between $225 and $295 this fall. The line of shoes will include a mix of architectural wedges, platform pumps, ballet flats and sandals made from classic and patent leathers with metallic accents. (WWD)

Jimmy Choo selling?

The owners of Jimmy Choo are reportedly seeking the help of investment bankers for “strategic options”… why? They are considering selling the label— for roughly $815 million. Apparently, we’ll know the brand’s fate by the end of the summer. We won’t panic as long as they keep making shoes. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Abbey Lee Kershaw in Alexander Wang’s resort 2010 collection. (Eeny meeny miny mo….) Story by Anne Pringle.

Wang’s essentials
Alexander Wang’s resort collection debuted on Tuesday, along with the news that he will be launching a new line of “essentials.” The line was inspired by the brand’s carry-over business, and will focus on the pieces that customers go back for again and again. Think crisp leather blazers and tailored pants—the perfect mix of urban and classic. Sigh.  (WWD)

Picture perfect
Lou Doillon’s resume is already stacked: daughter of director Jacques Doillion and actress Jane Birkin, half-sister to Charlotte Gainsbourg, film actress and Givenchy model. The style icon now adds another talent to the list: photography. Her first-ever solo show, featuring shots taken at Disneyland Paris, opens next week at Galerie W. in Montmartre. (Dazed Digital)

Best foot forward
Last week at the White House, President Obama and former President Bill Clinton attended a send-off event for the American soccer team competing in the World Cup. Surprisingly, the buzz from the day was not about sport, but shoes. The entire team was outfitted with Cole Haan’s caramel Caper oxfords, which caught the attention of the former and current presidents. Clinton joked about joining the team to get his own pair, and Obama reportedly said, “This is the best-dressed soccer team I’ve ever seen.” (WWD)

Gant girls
Michael Bastian has announced that he is going to try something new— the Gant menswear designer will try his hand at a new womenswear collection, which will appear in a coed runway show at this fall’s New York Fashion Week. While the men’s inaugural collection is sporty and lacrosse-themed, Bastian says he sees the women’s line as less preppy and more fashion-forward. (Style File)