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

A trench is no longer just a trench. Story by Anne Pringle.

Burberry Retail Theatre
At the end of June, we told you about Burberry’s advertising innovations, like their 3-D runway show in February, and their interactive digital ad campaign. The brand isn’t stopping there: They have now unveiled a new Retail Theatre concept with virtual trunk shows, allowing interested customers to buy live from the Spring 2011 show. The Retail Theatre will broadcast the label’s runway show directly into 25 worldwide flagship stores, after which lucky customers will be able to browse the collection on iPads—where they can buy the pieces directly. (Vogue UK)

Miss Wu
Jason Wu, the recent 2010 CFDA winner, has just unveiled his house’s new logo: a round, cartoonish owl with Lady Gaga-like doe eyes dubbed “Miss Wu.” The new logo will appear on ready-to-wear pieces, knitwear, eyewear and accessories. Wu reported that Miss Wu had been in development for a while, but they didn’t feel it was time to unveil the brand’s logo until the collection was fully developed. Now complete, Miss Wu is sure to woo you into the collection of dark leather belts, tailored jackets and camel-coloured crew neck sweaters. (NY Times)

Aquariva by Gucci
Gucci has just released the latest high-end designer item that isn’t part of your wardrobe (but will definitely make you more stylish): In collaboration with famed boat maker Riva, it has created the made-to-order Aquariva by Gucci speedboat. The speedboat was unveiled at the Cannes, France boatshow, showing off a Guccissima print for the seats and sundeck, the classic green-red-green logo to pipe the boat, mahogany interiors and a 20-coat customizable glossy white paint. All this can be yours for a whopping $750,000. If that’s a little out of your snack bracket, catch a glimpse of the masterpiece when it is presented on September 22 in Milan during Fashion Week. (WWD)

J Brand + Kane + Erdem + …
Famed denim label J Brand (and personal favourite of both Kate Moss and myself) has teamed up with five different designers to launch a new project called 5 x 5, in which each designer creates their own unique interpretation of J Brand style. Creative minds on the project include Christopher Kane, Erdem, Meadham Kirchhoff, Peter Pilotto and Richard Nicoll. The jeans were unveiled last night as part of Fashion’s Night Out. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Heidi Klum means (more) business. Story by Anne Pringle.

Klum + New Balance
Heidi Klum is launching her first-ever fashion collection—and it’s surprisingly practical for the mother of four. She will design a sportswear line in collaboration with New Balance, targeting busy women who are on-the-go but still want to look “stylish, comfortable and hip,” according to Klum. The collection will be available exclusively on amazon.co.uk beginning October 7. (Vogue UK)

Bookmarc open for business
Marc Jacob’s first bookstore has officially opened up in New York’s West Village, kitty-corner to the brand’s women’s collection store. Robert Duffy, the MJ company president, claimed that they have been eyeing that spot for years, and added that the brand has “always had a mix of books in our stores, so it was my dream to eventually one day have a bookstore on Bleecker Street.” Think art, photography and coffee table books—according to Duffy, the only bestsellers on offer would have to be written by a friend of his (or perhaps of Marc’s!). (WWD)

Lagerfeld’s cancellation
Karl Lagerfeld has suddenly cancelled the runway show of his signature collection during Paris Fashion Week. Instead of preparing for the show that was scheduled to be shown on October 3, Lagerfeld is reportedly preparing a new “masstige” ready-to-wear collection to be sold online. Lagerfeld himself helped ignite the masstige movement of high-end low-lines when he collaborated with H&M in 2004 (a collection that sold out within hours)! Sigh, I guess it is the way of the future (and good news for our bank accounts), but we’ll still miss seeing his runway creations. (WWD)

Donna Karan’s milestone
Donna Karan is about to celebrate her brand’s 25th anniversary, having launched her namesake label in 1985. When asked about a possible anniversary celebration, the designer answered: “I think I really acknowledged it with the fall collection. It was a time to say, okay back to the basics. Here’s the black, here’s the system of dressing.” Sounds like we can expect dark colours, minimalism and classic shapes for the silver anniversary. (Globe and Mail)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

 

Jessica Stam bring her quirky cool to Rachel Roy.  Story by Anne Pringle.

Stam + Roy
Canadian model Jessica Stam has collaborated with Rachel Roy to design a few pieces for her lower-priced line, RACHEL Rachel Roy. Stam was discovered in a Tim Hortons in her native Kincardine, Ontario and has tried her hand at design before – for a 60th anniversary pair of Repetto oxfords, as well as consulting for the Spring 2010 Rag & Bone collection. For the Rachel Roy collection, look for a quilted bag, an oversized belt and chunky sweater, and jeans with buttons at the ankles. (Fashionologie)

Prada controversy
Prada Japan finds itself in legal trouble – the company has been accused of discrimination by former employee Rina Bovrisse. Bovrisse alleges that she was fired because she was not attractive enough, having been told by a company exec that she didn’t have “the Prada look”. Prada struck back with its own lawsuit, countersuing Bovrisse for harming their image. This is sounding an awful lot like how the whole American Apparel scandal started… c’mon, Prada, you’re better than that! (NY Mag)

Pecheux for The Row
Tom Pecheux and M.A.C have teamed up with The Row, the fashion line designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The famed makeup artist and M.A.C will have creative control in designing runway makeup for their September 14 show (replacing last year’s Lancome). Maybe Pecheux is still feeling a blue vibe… like his recently released Blue Dahlia collection for Estée Lauder. (Style.com)

Cynthia Rowley Band Aids?
Diane von Furstenberg isn’t the only high fashion designer who is taking on unusual projects: Cynthia Rowley recently designed a line of pastel-printed diapers for Pampers, and has now come out with Dress Up Band Aids. For $10 apiece, you can choose from the traditional Band Aid shape in multi-coloured sequins, textured fabrics and graphic prints, or the square Band Aid shape that look like oversized diamonds in clear, blue, pink and green. What could possibly be next? (NY Mag)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Adam Levine’s obsession—Ann Demeulemeester’s menswear line—leads to some questionable ambitions. Story by Anne Pringle.

Rock out
Adam Levine, the front man for Maroon 5, Adam Levine, will reportedly debut his own fashion line. The line, named 222 for Levine’s lucky number, is inspired by the musician’s love for high-fashion—including his brief “obsession” with Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester, and Margiela. You can expect leather jackets, jeans and ripped tees—so while he may be inspired by fashion greats, it still sounds like the stylings of a rock artist to us… (Style File)

Costume couture
Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys New York, has collaborated with Target—not for the next expected run-of-the-mill high/low line—but for a collection of Halloween costumes. Doonan, whose birthday falls on All Hallows Eve, said that the project really clicked with him; he’s a believer that “the holiday is huge and it’s growing.” The Costume Couture collection will feature outfits such as the “Diva Witch” and the “Glamour Ghost”. Trick or treat anyone? (WWD)

Urban success
Urban Outfitters Inc. has been thriving lately—not only do they own Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters, they’ve also launched new Leifsdottir footwear, have plans to open several dozen new stores, and will soon be opening a first-ever accessories-only Anthropologie. Their chief executive officer Glen Shek claims they are also thinking about opening a wedding store in the future. Ready thyselves, hipster brides! (WWD)

Lingerie stars
The judging panel for Triumph International’s design competition this fall is particularly impressive: It includes Matthew Williamson and the renowned photographer Rankin. Ranking knows of what he judges: He has collaborated with supermodel Helena Christensen to model a shortlist of his own lingerie designs. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

You oughta be in pictures…Story by Anne Pringle.

Lagerfeld retrospective
This September in Paris will be all about fashion, with the usual much-anticipated Fashion Week, and a choicely timed photography exhibit of Karl Lagerfeld’s photography. The exhibition will be held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and will showcase Lagerfeld’s snaps from his editorial days at Harper’s Bazaar andVogue to his ad campaigns for Chanel and Fendi. The exhibition runs from September 10 to October 15. (Vogue UK)

Lezark’s fashion connections
DKNY has had some pretty iconic women fronting their ads, including Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe. The newest face of the brand will be Leigh Lezark, the American DJ-turned model, who will appear in the label’s Fall/Winter 2010 campaign. Lezark, the founder of New York-based DJ group the Misshapes, appears in “personal snapshot” style photos for the campaign, capturing her and friends in action. Lezark is also the face of Moon, the new line that launched at the Bay last week (stay tuned for our pics and report from the event!) (Vogue UK)

Zero waste fashion
Many fashion brands have gone green by using more sustainable packaging and improving transportation efficiency—but that’s just the “vegetarian” eco option. The latest and more extreme trend (the “raw-food vegan” eco option) is now known as zero waste fashion. The aim: For there to be not a scrap of material left over on the cutting room floor, eliminating what amounts to literally tons of garbage a year. Parsons, the New York design school, is even offering the world’s first fashion course in zero waste this fall. (New York Times)

DVF powers ahead
Is there anything Diane Von Furstenberg doesn’t do? We’ve told you about her clothes for New York’s Radio City Rockettes, her hotel room decor at London’s Claridge’s, and her design of a BMW Mini for charity. Her latest project is perhaps the most unexpected yet: She has collaborated with the Cleveland Clinic to create hospital gowns. DVF tweeted that the team had worked hard on the gowns and they hoped they “will make patients happier!” (Fashionista)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Carla uses her star power for good (très good). Story by Anne Pringle.

Bruni-Sarkozy + Gaultier
France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is fronting the “Born HIV Free” campaign and has recruited a fashion A-lister: Jean Paul Gaultier. The designer created a Breton-style short-sleeved T-shirt to help the campaign raise awareness. (Bruni-Sarkozy’s brother died of AIDS, and Gaultier said that many of his friends had suffered with the illness.) The shirts, which feature a single heart over one breast, will be sold with the French issue of ELLE magazine at the end of this week. (WWD)

Versace goes digital
If you try to be both tech-savvy and fashion-forward, you should probably start saving: Versace has just released their first cell phone, the Versace Unique. The device uses the latest touchscreen technology, is ceramic and lacquer coated, and is finished with Medusa-logo embossed calf’s leather… and can be yours for only $6,500. Oh, did we mention the pre-loaded ringtones play Donatella Versace’s favourite songs from recent catwalks? The things people pay for… (Style File)

Sykes on hold
Armani alum Joanna Sykes had great success with her signature label Sykes, so it was no surprise when she was appointed creative director at Aquascutum mid-May. Looks like she may have taken on too much, however, as she has now announced that she will temporarily halt production for her own line in order to focus her attention on Aquascutum. Sykes says she hopes to return to her namesake line again in the future—and so do we! (Vogue UK)

Lindsay bounces back
Lindsay Lohan has been all over the news for her 13-day stint in jail (and now court-ordered rehab) for violating the terms of her DUI probation, but it seems to be doing anything but putting a damper on her “career.” She appeared in a near-nude shoot in the August issue of German GQ, the August issue of Italian Vogue (which was shot by the esteemed Ellen Von Unwerth), and will appear on the September cover of Maxim. No such thing as bad publicity? (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Coming soon to a computer screen near you: Abbey Lee Kershaw (seen here backstage at Alexander Wang Spring 2010). Story by Anne Pringle.

Alexander + Abbey

Alexander Wang will unveil his first-ever women’s campaign video tomorrow, starring Australian supermodel Abbey Lee Kershaw (who has starred in campaigns for Gucci, D&G, Chanel, Chloe, Fendi, Mulberry, and Calvin Klein… to name a few). Wang claimed he wanted a more global way to represent the line, and that the video is “[a] way to sum up the season in a different light other than the show.” Craig McDean did the video honours. Tune in tomorrow at noon on Style.com or WWD to watch the subtly Wall Street-inspired collection come to life. (WWD)

Loewe’s creative It bag

Famed designer Stuart Vevers (who has previously created for Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Mulberry) is in charge of re-launching Loewe, the Spanish leather goods brand, which is owned by LVMH. Vevers has begun the line with an interesting concept, by designing a bag that is the opposite of an “It” bag: a lightweight leather version of an ordinary paper grocery bag. The price to be a paperbag princess? $1,045! (Wall Street Journal)

New shoes

Urban Outfitters Inc.—the company that brings you Free People, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie—is launching a new line of footwear as part of its Leifsdottir line. The collection will be available at high-end specialty boutiques and department stores between $225 and $295 this fall. The line of shoes will include a mix of architectural wedges, platform pumps, ballet flats and sandals made from classic and patent leathers with metallic accents. (WWD)

Jimmy Choo selling?

The owners of Jimmy Choo are reportedly seeking the help of investment bankers for “strategic options”… why? They are considering selling the label— for roughly $815 million. Apparently, we’ll know the brand’s fate by the end of the summer. We won’t panic as long as they keep making shoes. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

DSquared’s Dan and Dean Caten, bringing Canadian wilderness to the world. Story by Anne Pringle.

Oh, Canada
DSquared, the label designed by Dean and Dan Caten, continues to expand internationally, with the opening of three new stores in Monte Carlo (Monaco), Athens and Thessaloníki (Greece). The Toronto natives are designing the interiors in mock of the brand’s Milan flagship—in a Canadian-wilderness theme. Think deer antler chandeliers, tree trunks coming out of the floor and beaver rugs. (WWD)

High-low throw-down
Looks like Target is going to have some competition for inexpensive “high”-fashion: Kmart is set to debut a re-vamped collection with a stronger focus on being fashion-forward. For the new design team, they’ve hired former employees of reputable fashion brands, like the Gap, Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco. (Plus, the senior designer apprenticed at Yves Saint Laurent!) The new collection for Fall 2010 will include items such as a military-inspired A-line peacoat, a fitted, zipper-detailed bomber jacket, and a skinny cargo pant… all for  under $100 (and most under $50)! (Style File)

Royal fashion
Maha al-Sudairi, the Princess of Saudi Arabia, recently visited New York with a fashion agenda: She shopped, sure, but she also hired fashion consultant Malcolm Harris to help her invest in high-end American fashion brands. Her list included Narciso Rodriguez, Yigal Azrouel, Alexander Wang, Tory Burch and Phillip Lim—with the idea that finding common ground in fashion could “bridge the cultural gap”. Why not? (New York Post)

Lancôme + L’Wren
Lancôme will soon release its holiday 2010 collection, which has been created in collaboration with designer L’Wren Scott (whose designs have been worn by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker). The former model, costume designer and fashion stylist makes her debut in cosmetic design with a collection that includes a red lipstick, lip gloss, gunmetal grey nail polish and grey eye palette. (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

British Vogue’s current September issue featuring Kate Moss(left); and our personal favourite cover from their long history of being beautiful together. Story by Anne Pringle.

Vogue hearts Kate
The September issue of British Vogue is out this week, and superstitious supermodel Kate Moss is featured on the cover. This marks the 30th time she has appeared on the magazine’s cover (and the 6th time she has appeared on the all-important September cover in the past 10 years). The magazine’s editor, Alexandra Shulman, claims the two biggest trends this fall will be “the Fifties”—think fitted tops with fuller, womanly skirts—and “minimal cool”. Like Kate Moss in nothing but a gorgeous navy Burberry pea coat. (Vogue UK)
(Plus: Check out The Cut’s slideshow of their favourite Kate Moss covers.)

Fashion’s Night Out goes international
Speaking of Alexandra Shulman, she is pairing up with designer Giorgio Armani to host Fashion’s Night Out in London this September. The stylish duo will host a cocktail reception at the Emporio Armani store on London’s Bond street on September 8th. Fashion’s Night Out will take place in 16 countries this year, including Australia, Japan, Russia and China. (WWD)

Blue smoke
It’s not just fragrance companies that have been taking their inspiration from the colour blue: Estée Lauder has just released its new cosmetics collection, Blue Dahlia Pure Color makeup. Highly esteemed makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who is also the brand’s creative director for cosmetics, designed the collection. The five-colour Blue Dahlia eye palette is definitely a highlight, and is meant to “bring an edge to the classic smoky eye [with] a touch of bright blue,” said Pecheux. Shipping to Canada is now available at esteelauder.com. (Vogue UK)