THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Margiela’s important message. Story by Anne Pringle.

Margiela for AIDS
Every Maison Martin Margiela collection since 1994 has included a variation of their celebrated AIDS T-shirt, the newest addition being the Japanese version. The text on the shirt is obscured intentionally, appearing on both the front and the inside back (so that the message is whole when the shirt is not being worn), which is meant to prompt discussion, and thus raise awareness, about HIV/AIDS. The shirts will be released on December 1, World AIDS Day, with a percentage of the sales being donated to AIDES, a French organization. The message, which will reportedly appear in different languages with every following year, says, “There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this t-shirt but it’s a good start”. (Hint Fashion Magazine) via (Style.com)

Klum + Taylor
We told you about Heidi Klum retiring as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, a tough decision made so that she could focus on other things, such as her newly appointed role as the face of Ann Taylor. Following in the footsteps of Milla Jovovich and Naomi Watts, Klum is the newest addition to the brand’s new look since pulling a total revamp a few seasons ago. Klum will reportedly make her debut for the label in Ann Taylor’s holiday 2010 campaign, which will be shot by famed British photographer Rankin. (NY Post)

Isla Moda
Karl Lagerfeld has his hands in a totally new kind of design project—designing his own island. The “Isla Moda” will reportedly be inspired by the floating palaces of India and cruise ships, and is being created in collaboration with Miami-based architecture firm Oppenheim and the KOR hotel group. The manmade island will be situated just 20km off the coast of Dubai, and will include a resort complex with three luxury hotels, 150 residential villas and several Karl-picked boutiques. The fashion-lover’s Eden is set to launch in 2014. (Vogue UK)

Muse by Matthew Williamson
British designer Matthew Williamson has been busy lately: We already told you about his jewel-toned handbag collection for Bulgari, set to launch in 2011, and now he is about to release his debut diffusion line. Muse by Matthew Williamson, the line’s working title, is meant to be the “younger sister” to the designer’s signature collection, and with a (slightly) more affordable price range. Prices will start from $474 for a day dress and $790 for eveningwear. (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A hint of what’s to come at Ungaro? Giles Deacon, Spring 2009. Story by Anne Pringle.

Giles for Ungaro
Giles Deacon was appointed the new position of creative director for Ungaro this May, and this Monday, he’ll show his hotly anticipated debut collection for the Parisian house. He claims that the brand has “a romance to it and that feeling of Parisian glamour that people are attracted to around the world.” We can expect a fresh, light pastel palette with lots of black lace—in cocktail dresses for daywear, along with some evening gowns. (Vogue UK)

A little something from Tommy?
Tommy Hilfiger just purchased a $31 million, 15,000 square foot estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. Presumably so he could cut back on moving van miles (and to clear space for new furniture), Hilfiger held an online auction for 500 of his decor items, including Austrian hand-painted hutches, upholstered French settees, an antique Victorian desk, signed Picassos, Louis XIV-style armchairs and a Ralph Lauren sideboard. Sound alright? Apparently, Hilfiger is planning another auction with “even better merchandise” in late November. (WWD)

Klum, Angel no more
After 13 years of modeling for Victoria’s Secret, Heidi Klum and the lingerie brand are parting ways. The 37-year old German American model is reportedly leaving the brand because she is busy with other things—like hosting Project Runway and designing clothing lines (not to mention being the mother to her four children)! Seeing as Klum held the position of “Head Angel” at Victoria’s Secret, the spot is now open. Will it be taken by Adriana Lima or Alessandro Ambrosio? Or perhaps it will be the next “It girl” Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? Stay tuned… (NY Mag)

Sander + Uniqlo
On Wednesday, we told you about Uniqlo’s new “Made for All” campaign, which promotes the retailer’s philosophy that clothing should transcend age, gender and nationality. Minimalist master Jil Sander is the perfect design house to collaborate on a universal clothing project, and has just released its third +J collection for Uniqlo. The line contains over 150 pieces, and boasts a palette of black, white, silver, grey, beige and, adding to the recent trend, all shades of blue—from “storm to sky.” There is a black wool and cashmere jacket, tight-fitted, high-waisted duffle coats in pewter wool, a silvery down jacket and leggings. (Fashionologie)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Daisy Lowe, the sexy new face of Biba. Story by Anne Pringle.

Biba’s back
The fashion brand Biba, which at its peak in the ’60s and ’70s catered to celebs like Princess Anne and Twiggy, is soon to be reborn. It has been purchased by House of Fraser, one of Britain’s largest department stores, whose aim for the brand is “fashion clothing at an affordable price… the ethos of luxury and glamour that Biba embodied, [brought] up to date.” The face of the brand will be Brit model Daisy Lowe, who will represent a collection featuring tailored jackets with pinched waists and puffed shoulders, drapey knitwear, embellished evening gowns and five different styles of jeans. (WWD)

Liquid fabric
Have you ever joked that a pair of jeans looked so tight they could be sprayed on? Well, thanks to Paul Luckham and Manel Torres, they actually could be. The particle engineer and designer duo combined cotton fibres, polymers and solvent to create Liquid Fabric, a material that is sprayed onto the skin. Don’t worry about the waste—once the fabric has dried, it can be removed and worn again. (Fashion Indie)

Model bookworms
Need some inspiration for fall reading? Take a page from the book of one of New York Fashion Week’s wonderfully well-read models. Last week, models backstage were shot reading everything from Lord of the Flies to The Great Gatsby. Model Nimue was reading Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and Katharina from Supreme was reading a German translation of William Faulkner’s A Fable Model Polina. Nothing like a little light Faulkner while you have your hair and makeup done… (Racked)

New + Crew
New Balance has obviously been looking to branch out, beginning by boosting their fashionable collaborations. We told you about the line Heidi Klum will be designing for them, and it has now been announced that they will create an exclusive line of footwear for J.Crew. Think versatile, stylish sneakers that can be worn jogging, with jeans, or with something dressier. The line will debut at the beginning of November and will be available on jcrew.com. (WWD)

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

Kate in her pre-Forbes days, by Peter Lindbergh. Story by Anne Pringle.

Cream of the crop
Forbes has just released its celebrity 100 list, their ranking of this year’s richest and most powerful celebs. Several models made the list, including Gisele at number 85, Heidi Klum at number 86, and Kate Moss at number 91. Lady Gaga blasted into position number 4, having not even made the list last year! Goes to show what a little eye-grabbing fashion can earn you these days. (Forbes)

Dreamy duds
Norma Kamali will be launching her first line of sleepwear, in collaboration with Wal-Mart, this October. Kamali is credited with having invented many popular designs over the years, including high-heeled sneakers and versatile poly-jersey dresses that don’t wrinkle and can be worn in several different styles. Kamali also created a collection entirely from silk parachutes, which is now on a part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York. Find her newest creations on walmart.com starting October 1. (WWD)

Track fashion
Sportswear label Nike is increasingly turning its focus onto fashion. Recently, the brand collaborated with six emerging designers to re-create and customize their N98 track jacket. The designers (including Tom Soar, Katie Eary, Felder Felder and Hannah Marshall) were each paired up with a British athlete as the muse for their design. For Katy Eary, working with all-muscular athletes evoked something serpentine in her, leading to her snake-print design of the jacket. (Vogue UK)