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 MOMENT: The Hermès scarf

For this weekly column, writer Mishal Cazmi highlights an iconic piece and explore its influence on style and pop culture. Above, a Spring 2010 Hermès scarf.

If fashion is the realm of covetable things, the Hermès scarf is the pinnacle of all fashion desires. It’s synonymous with luxury and refinement. Women who can afford it wear it as easily as its equally famous (pricier) sibling, the Birkin bag. The women who save up for it deem it an investment piece. To an outsider, it’s a square piece of cloth, no more, no less. To the fashion world, it’s a piece of treasure to cherish and to love.

The Hermès scarf made its debut in 1937 in Lyon, France. Since then, the fashion house has created over 2,000 silk scarves in an assortment of patterns and an exhaustive palette of colours. Marked by Hermès’s signature craftsmanship, the scarves are also hand-printed and the hems hand-stitched.

The scarf is nothing if not resourceful. Grace Kelly famously used a Hermès scarf as a sling for her broken arm. Madonna wore one as a wrap-around top in Swept Away. Sharon Stone made naughtier use of it for a bondage scene in Basic Instinct.

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