THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Hang on to your luggage, ladies. Story by Anne Pringle.

Fashion Week Theft
If you’re attending a big name fashion show during New York Fashion Week amid a sea of well-dressed, designer handbag-carrying models and celebs, you’re probably more worried about what you’re going to wear than being pickpocketed. But think again—during this Wednesday’s Michael Kors show, a photographer and his assistant were robbed of their cash, credit and metro cards. Model Rumi Neely also tweeted that her fur Theory handbag was stolen at the Style.com party. Keep your friends close, and your Chanel bag closer. (Styleite.com)

D&G Multibrand Boutique
Dolce & Gabbana have announced that they will open a store under a new “multibrand” concept, intended to support the styles of emerging designers from around the world. The new Spiga2 store will open in Milan this weekend, and will feature pieces by up-and-coming designers that have been hand selected by Stefano and Domenico themselves. Among the talent showcased: Behnaz Sarafpour, Sophie Theallet and Yigal Azrouël. (WWD)

Hermès is Shang Xia
Hermès is tapping into one of the fastest growing luxury markets in the world: China. The upscale French brand has just unveiled a new brand created specifically for the country, called Shang Xia, which literally means “up down” in Chinese. The brand’s artistic director, Jiang Qiong Er, explained that their styling philosophy draws on the ancient Chinese philosophy of ying and yang—the concept that opposites can in fact create harmony (hence up/down, men’s/women’s, etc.). Think simple, balanced, and timeless pieces. (WWD)

Sexy Shoe Contest
Sometimes nothing can make a woman feel sexier than the perfect pair of leg-lengthening, ankle-flashing, stunning high heels. With that in mind, Footwear News has teamed up with Saks Fifth Avenue to bring you the “Sexy Shoes” contest, in which the public can vote on the sexiest designer shoes of 2010. Go online to footwearnews.com/sexyshoes within the next month to vote from a selection of shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Chanel and Christian Louboutin… to name a few.  (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

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 BUY: Military chic

Story by Caitlin Agnew.

For Fall 2010, designers sent their troops marching down the runway—literally—in military-inspired getups. From Balmain to Burberry, never has there been an army so stylish. Crisp details and muted colours are perfect for back-to-school fall chic and also lend some much-needed structure after a summer of lace and free-flowing maxi-dresses.

Military style also allows for versatile fashion strategies. Channeling your inner Napoleon?  It’s brass buttons all the way. Take back the uniform and make it your own, mixing pieces from all eras of combat and fashion.

Here are our favourite military-inspired pieces, from $8 to $4,900, and all available in Toronto.

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