THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Double-take: Pierre Hardy’s Gap collab really is that great. Story by Anne Pringle.

Gap + Hardy
The Gap’s latest collaboration with a high fashion designer is about to debut next week—Tuesday, October 19, to be precise. The merchandise is a pair of shoes created by famed French designer Pierre Hardy. The former Hermès creative director was reportedly supposed to create three additional fall 2010 styles for the Gap, but only the one pair being released ever made it to production. The one pair won’t disappoint, however: Think black suede wedges with leather detailing and laces, for under $200. (Fashionologie)

Burberry going strong
Burberry Group has reported a rise of over 21 percent in their first-half revenues (which translates to roughly $975 million), and it’s not even due their new technological ventures (like their new interactive website and 3-D runway shows). Burberry’s CEO Stacey Cartwright claims the increase is in thanks to “high-quality sales – from main line stores rather than outlets—and there were fewer markdowns than in the past.” In short, while the recession may seem to be doing a double-dip, the luxury market is still going strong. The most popular items sold from the British label this season? Aviator jackets, shearling boots and sling bags. (WWD)

Creative mishap at Chloé
The new ad campaign for French fashion house Chloé has just been released, and features Brazilian supermodel Raquel Zimmermann as the face of their newest fragrance, Love, Chloé. Zimmermann has starred in dozens of high-fashion campaigns (including Balenciaga, Chloé, Fendi and Lanvin, to name a few), and the ads were shot by Dutch photographer duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (known for their work at labels like Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent and Narciso Rodriguez). Sound like a recipe for the perfect campaign? Well… Somewhere along the way, a mistake was made in creative, and Zimmermann appears wearing a head-to-toe Chloé outfit, save the belt, which is YSL. Oops! (WWD)

Wu for Shiseido
There’s no sign of Jason Wu slowing down—earlier this week, he continued his trip across the Orient to China, where he unveiled his new makeup collection in collaboration with high-end cosmetics company Shiseido. The line, Supreme Aupres, includes eyeshadows that come in a silky soufflé formula and are available in a variety of jewel tones. Wu gushed excitedly about his new project, “They’re like the icing on the cake. These are dessert cosmetics!” (Into the Gloss) via (NY Mag)

THE BUY: Best of back to school

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Jacket ($49.50, at Dynamite), inspired by a certain Clueless character.

After a summer of sandals, sundresses, and socializing, September is the perfect time to reset and get serious.

This week on The Buy, we’re going all the way back to school. Whether you’re starting your year at university, college, high school (or you just like to look smart), fall’s best fashion is collegiate chic with a grungy twist. (Think cardigans paired with combat boots.)

We checked in with our favourite students of all time, from Blair Waldorf to A.C. Slater, to bring you their best back-to-school styles, with all items available in Toronto.

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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

An ad from Burberry’s Fall 2010 campaign starring actor Douglas Booth (second from right) and Rosie Huntington-Whitely (far right), the British model who recently split from Ronnie Wood’s son, Tyrone. (Thank you, Daily Mail.) Story by Anne Pringle.

Ad innovation
Many fashion brands are embracing technology as a new way for customers to appreciate their pieces, from last week’s virtual Akris trunk show to Burberry’s 3-D runway show in February. What’s next? Burberry has just launched a new digital interactive ad campaign. The ads feature model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actor Douglas Booth, and allow clients to engage with the models and the merchandise online. Check it out on Burberry.com. (WWD)

Beauty news
NARS is taking inspiration from their world-renowned blushes by launching a line of matching lip glosses. You’ll now be able to find shades like Albatross, Luxor, Oasis, Luster, Angelika, and their best-selling Super Orgasm (yes!) for your lips. (NY Mag)

Check it
Last week, only three days after Australia appointed its first female prime minister, the country unveiled what is being called the first body image initiative in the world. Youth Minister Kate Ellis revealed a voluntary code of conduct, which will award the relevant magazines, modeling agencies and fashion groups with a “body image friendly” logo. It’s like a food Health Check Symbol, but signals the brand promotes healthy body image.  (WWD)