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

Six covers from the Fall issue of LOVE —possibly the best fashion magazine right now—on sale August 23. Story by Anne Pringle.

Gorgeous Covers
LOVE is about to release its “Gorgeous” issue, in which they have chosen seven women to represent the different sides of beauty. Gisele plays the bombshell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks very Jessica Rabbit playing the siren, Lauren Hutton represents the heroine, and Agyness Deyn is the rebel (of course). LOVE editor Katie Grand said, “To my mind each of these women are perfect… I’d happily wake up with any of them (or failing that Miuccia Prada, but that’s another story—and maybe another cover.” (Vogue UK)

FNO Polish
Fashion’s Night Out is almost two weeks away, and Chanel will debut a new limited-edition line of nail polishes just in time. Star makeup artist Peter Philips fronted the creation of the khaki-inspired line, which includes Khaki Brun (an earthy gray-brown), Khaki Rose (a muted, dusty terra-cotta), and Khaki Vert (a mossy green reminiscent of last fall’s polish hit Jade). (Style.com)

Digital Fashion Week
This year, New York Fashion Week is going digital. Instead of formal paper invites, many fashion houses are choosing to send e-mail invitations with bar-coded confirmations. This means that upon arrival at the show, there will be no more frenzied chaos around a clipboard—seating assignments will be designated by airport-style kiosks. We like the idea not only because it should boost organization and efficiency, but because it also saves some trees! (Wall Street Journal)

Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes’s style has become more sophisticated in the past few years, but she will never lose that “girl next door” vibe, which has stuck to her ever since Dawson’s Creek. In case you were worried about her preppy innocence diminishing, her appearance in a J. Crew ad should solidify the label for life. She poses for her latest film campaign, The Romantics (which was outfitted by J.Crew), alongside co-stars like Josh Duhamel, Malin Åkerman and Adam Brody. (NY Mag)