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 BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The above shot of Nina Porter appeared in LOVE’s second issue, dedicated to young blood. Story by Anne Pringle.

Fresh faces
All three fresh-faced models in Burberry’s autumn/winter 2010 campaign are teenage high school students, two of whom posed for their first-ever shoot. Nina Porter, a 16-year old Brit, has worked with Mario Testino before, but is thrilled with her new job for the UK fashion house. The other two girls, Charlotte Wiggings and Sam Rollinson, were recently scouted by Select Models—and it didn’t take long for them to be snatched up by the a big name in fashion. Burberry is a pretty good score for a start-up gig: I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots more of these young up-and comers in the future. (Vogue UK)

Wu nails
Jason Wu has been busy: In addition to recently debuting his label’s new logo (the cartoon owl dubbed Miss Wu) and expanding his accessories portfolio, he just unveiled a collection of nail polishes in collaboration with CND. The collections features four shades plus one “effect” polish that can be layered over the others, which has tiny pieces of silk in it to add texture and depth. The colours include Miss Wu, a limestone-grey shade with a satin finish, Brigitte, a dusty rose, Veronica, a blood red, and Sophia, a dark mushroom. The entire set of five can be yours next spring for under $50. (WWD)

Fendi dream house
Fendi’s Silvia Venturini Fendi believes that industrial design and fashion design can learn a lot from each other, and has pledged to create several limited edition design objects for London’s Design Week later this month. The Roman fashion house will present works by five different designers, under the theme “In Every Dream Home.” The Fendi dream home includes a mahogany armoires covered in Fendi leather and a wall covering made with Fendi remnants. (WWD)

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 amazon.co.uk 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

 

Jessica Stam bring her quirky cool to Rachel Roy.  Story by Anne Pringle.

Stam + Roy
Canadian model Jessica Stam has collaborated with Rachel Roy to design a few pieces for her lower-priced line, RACHEL Rachel Roy. Stam was discovered in a Tim Hortons in her native Kincardine, Ontario and has tried her hand at design before – for a 60th anniversary pair of Repetto oxfords, as well as consulting for the Spring 2010 Rag & Bone collection. For the Rachel Roy collection, look for a quilted bag, an oversized belt and chunky sweater, and jeans with buttons at the ankles. (Fashionologie)

Prada controversy
Prada Japan finds itself in legal trouble – the company has been accused of discrimination by former employee Rina Bovrisse. Bovrisse alleges that she was fired because she was not attractive enough, having been told by a company exec that she didn’t have “the Prada look”. Prada struck back with its own lawsuit, countersuing Bovrisse for harming their image. This is sounding an awful lot like how the whole American Apparel scandal started… c’mon, Prada, you’re better than that! (NY Mag)

Pecheux for The Row
Tom Pecheux and M.A.C have teamed up with The Row, the fashion line designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The famed makeup artist and M.A.C will have creative control in designing runway makeup for their September 14 show (replacing last year’s Lancome). Maybe Pecheux is still feeling a blue vibe… like his recently released Blue Dahlia collection for Estée Lauder. (Style.com)

Cynthia Rowley Band Aids?
Diane von Furstenberg isn’t the only high fashion designer who is taking on unusual projects: Cynthia Rowley recently designed a line of pastel-printed diapers for Pampers, and has now come out with Dress Up Band Aids. For $10 apiece, you can choose from the traditional Band Aid shape in multi-coloured sequins, textured fabrics and graphic prints, or the square Band Aid shape that look like oversized diamonds in clear, blue, pink and green. What could possibly be next? (NY Mag)

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). (Style.com)

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)