THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Mugler + Formichetti (who styled the above shoot) = elegant solution. Story by Anne Pringle.

Mugler’s amazing new hire
French fashion house Thierry Mugler has hired a new creative director of women’s and men’s wear, hoping to bring a new, young energy to the brand. They certainly didn’t go for bland when they chose Nicolas Formichetti, best known as stylist to Lady Gaga, fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan and contributing editor to V Magazine. He has also styled other celebs, including include Chloë Sevigny, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. (WWD)

Kors heads East
Michael Kors has just released its latest financial summaries, revealing that the brand has broken the $1 billion threshold in annual sales. In light of their success, they are about to undergo a substantial expansion plan into the Asian market, with plans to open half a dozen free-standing stores and another 50 shops-within-shops in Japan over the next three years. Their plans in China are similar: Their first Chinese store will be Shanghai flagship, followed by dozens of other shops around the country. (WWD)

Wang + Deyn
Model Agyness Deyn claimed that she was not going to appear in any runway shows this season, yet she showed up in Alexander Wang’s spring 2011 show. The reason? Deyn owes Wang a favor after he reportedly killed a cockroach in her house at Coachella. So Deyn walked the runway on Saturday in a white, flowing, deep V-neck jumpsuit. Wang claimed he wanted to “turn it upside down this season”, which meant veering away from his usual dark and urban style, and featured models in light colours, with no makeup and bleached eyebrows. (NY Mag)

The Row cancellation
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s second New York Fashion Week presentation of The Row was scheduled to walk today, but had to be cancelled at the last minute due to sample delivery. The twins told the press that “production and delivery of our samples is delayed by a few days and thishas cast us our of the New York schedule.” But not to panic—you won’t miss the collection for long. The designers will present the show during Paris Fashion Week, which starts at the end of the month. (Fashionologie)

THE BOULEVARDIER: The Vuittons

Every week, our Boulevardier, Marq Frerichs, considers matters related to men’s style. This week: The rise of a (sort of) new aesthetic for Toronto gents.

The corner of St. Joseph and St. Nicholas streets is not what it once was. Circa 1983, it was the nexus of Toronto’s alternative cultures. At one in the morning, Katrina’s, a super chic gay club, was packed with hot pant/mesh topped disco boys and drag queens. A line was forming to get upstairs to the Voodoo Lounge: mods, all suited and booted, glam-punks (not the punks of Kensington market), and the New Romantics. Across the alley was Club Zee, full of early hip-hop style and B-boys.

And then there were the Channels.

This clique brought the style level of the after-hours way up. Kings and queens of the five fingered discount—they must have been the bane of Holt Renfrew. The look? All designer, all the time. Shoulder pads, stir-up pants, Beatle boots or shabooties. A crisp white shirt with a pencil tie and clip, or perhaps a black lace bow. There were shoulder pads on the double-breasted suit, jackets always had two gold buttons—and did I mention the shoulder pads?

The Channels wore the subtlest of makeup: a little white face and eyeliner under their Wayfarer or Jackie O shades. I always thought they were the epitome of Grace Jones style. They carried a small box for a clutch, and pearls—a single strand on the neck or wrapped around the wrist. These boys worked the fine line of masculinity, lived in androgyny.

The androgynous male has a rich history, from St. Sebastian to Tony Curtis in Spartacus to early David Bowie. I’m convinced model Agyness Deyn stole my look, from when I was in my school uniform.

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