THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Alexander Wang (tent not pictured). Story by Anne Pringle.

Tent style
If anyone knows how to travel in style, it’s sure to be Alexander Wang. This week the American designer visited us here in Toronto, holding a trunk show at Holt Renfrew’s flagship on Bloor Street. He came packing… in a tent! The tent has been deemed a “mini installation for [the] brand”, and currently houses fluorescent lights and a flat screen TV, with a plan to add things along the way. What’s next? Inflatable bar stools and benches that will resemble the leather ones in his TriBeCa offices (keeping in mind that everything needs to pack and collapse)?! (WWD)

Carré creations
Any change that takes place at Hermès usually feels subtle and organic, which is why it’s exciting to hear they are trying something (slightly) new. The high-end French retailer is launching an exclusive collaboration with Colette this fall, which will include an update of their famous carrés, their square silk scarves. Think bold contrast colours and mash-up pattern prints. Find them online later this summer at www.jaimemoncarre.com. (Style File)

White House no-show
The elegant Michelle Obama hosted a lunch at the White House earlier this week to announce and present the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion to the winning Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte. Unfortunately, the designers did not attend, due to a “family obligation”. Family should come first, but wouldn’t yours want you to meet the First Lady and accept an award? Just saying. (Vogue UK)

The “shopping diet”
We tweeted about this earlier in the week, but wanted to share more details about the internet challenge called Six Items or Less, which has been deemed a “shopping diet”—the premise of which is to wear only six items for a month. The items must already be in your wardrobe, and shoes, underwear and accessories are excluded. The idea is to cut back on spending, and raise awareness about the environmental impact of mass clothing production. We’ll admit the message is a good one, but only six items? The energy saved from mass production will be nothing compared to that wasted on all the laundry you’d have to do—that amount wouldn’t even last a week! But, if you had to, what would your six items be? (New York Times)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Rodarte’s designer sibs. Story by Anne Pringle.

And the winner is…
Congratulations to Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who have won the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design. The tough competition included Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez from Proenza Schouler. Michelle Obama is the honorary patron of the awards gala, which will take place mid-October. (WWD)

Philanthropic fragrance
Hanae Mori is releasing its second “green” fragrance, No. 2, which was created using renewable energy sources. About 10 percent of the power used to produce the perfume came from hydroelectric and other renewable sources. Bonus: A portion of the sales will go to American Rivers, a nonprofit organization that works to restore and protect rivers in the U.S. The eau de toilette features woody notes of amber and cedar—an appropriately natural scent for a nature-supporting product. (WWD)

Contact design
You can buy designer anything these days, from $20 Chanel cotton makeup pads to Louis Vuitton iPad cases. The latest crazy designer creation? Christian Dior contact lenses. They are flecked with gold and even sport a tiny CD logo on the side. What will they think of next? (The Gloss)

Eco shoes
Moschino has collaborated with design company Kartell to create a new line of plastic ballet falts. The lightweight “BowWow” shoes are made entirely of interwoven plastic and are 100 percent recyclable. They come in a wide range of bright colours including bright yellow, peach, navy and green, and are all topped with the iconic Moschino bow. Find them in stores January 2011! (Vogue UK)