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)

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

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)