THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The muse and the master, in the ’80s. Story by Anne Pringle.

Chanel + de la Fressange
Many fashion brands have attempted to diversify their model cast this season. Take, for example, Chanel, which has just (re-)recruited Inès de la Fressange to walk in its October 5 runway show. Fifty-three year-old Fressange, the face of Chanel in the Eighties, will also appear in the brand’s Spring 2011 ad campaign, along with modelling stars from the two ensuing decades, Stella Tennant and Freja Beha Erichsen. The hotly anticipated campaign shoot will take place in the south of France. (WWD)

Think Pink!
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness month, Ralph Lauren is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Foundation. The brand enlisted 100 fashion bloggers to photograph themselves in the latest Pink Pony polo in order to promote awareness of the disease among the online fashion community. If you’d like to donate to the cause, text PINKPONY to 501501 to instantly donate $10. (Style List)

Kenzo turns 40
After its Spring 2011 show this Wednesday, October 5, Kenzo will showcase a special performance of fashion, sculpture and art. The feature presentation is in celebration of the brand’s 40th anniversary. Other anniversary highlights include: lifelike sculptures made of famous Kenzo pieces, the release of a commemorative archive book, and a special edition patchwork bag. (Vogue UK)

Punk style
We’ve seen the reemergence of preppy with Tommy Hilfiger’s brand refresher, Ralph Lauren’s big anniversary, and lots of nautical and sportswear influence on the runways. Maybe good trends come in opposites, because many of the Spring 2011 fashion shows have featured a punk edge. The trend popped up all over the place, from ripped denim shorts with lace-up boots and studded leather jackets at Balmain to motorcycle jackets at Balenciaga to fake nose piercings at Alexander Wang and Hakaan. There’s something for everyone this season. (Style.com)