THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Double-take: Pierre Hardy’s Gap collab really is that great. Story by Anne Pringle.

Gap + Hardy
The Gap’s latest collaboration with a high fashion designer is about to debut next week—Tuesday, October 19, to be precise. The merchandise is a pair of shoes created by famed French designer Pierre Hardy. The former Hermès creative director was reportedly supposed to create three additional fall 2010 styles for the Gap, but only the one pair being released ever made it to production. The one pair won’t disappoint, however: Think black suede wedges with leather detailing and laces, for under $200. (Fashionologie)

Burberry going strong
Burberry Group has reported a rise of over 21 percent in their first-half revenues (which translates to roughly $975 million), and it’s not even due their new technological ventures (like their new interactive website and 3-D runway shows). Burberry’s CEO Stacey Cartwright claims the increase is in thanks to “high-quality sales – from main line stores rather than outlets—and there were fewer markdowns than in the past.” In short, while the recession may seem to be doing a double-dip, the luxury market is still going strong. The most popular items sold from the British label this season? Aviator jackets, shearling boots and sling bags. (WWD)

Creative mishap at Chloé
The new ad campaign for French fashion house Chloé has just been released, and features Brazilian supermodel Raquel Zimmermann as the face of their newest fragrance, Love, Chloé. Zimmermann has starred in dozens of high-fashion campaigns (including Balenciaga, Chloé, Fendi and Lanvin, to name a few), and the ads were shot by Dutch photographer duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (known for their work at labels like Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent and Narciso Rodriguez). Sound like a recipe for the perfect campaign? Well… Somewhere along the way, a mistake was made in creative, and Zimmermann appears wearing a head-to-toe Chloé outfit, save the belt, which is YSL. Oops! (WWD)

Wu for Shiseido
There’s no sign of Jason Wu slowing down—earlier this week, he continued his trip across the Orient to China, where he unveiled his new makeup collection in collaboration with high-end cosmetics company Shiseido. The line, Supreme Aupres, includes eyeshadows that come in a silky soufflé formula and are available in a variety of jewel tones. Wu gushed excitedly about his new project, “They’re like the icing on the cake. These are dessert cosmetics!” (Into the Gloss) via (NY Mag)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The Kaiser in denim. Whitewashed denim. Nous aimons. Story by Anne Pringle.

The age of jeans
In early September, we told you that Karl Lagerfeld had cancelled his signature runway collection from Paris Fashion Week, as he reportedly wanted to focus on his new “masstige” ready-to-wear collection (soon to be sold online). The legendary designer for both Chanel and Fendi believes in evolving as: “We live in the age of jeans. It’s funny for a person who has money to buy something inexpensive and it’s great for a person with not so much money to be able to get something by a designer… It’s the new snobbism.” According to Lagerfeld, masstige—making lower-priced designer items to be sold to the masses—is “the modern way to do it”. (WWD)

End of an era at Betsey Johnson
Chantal Bacon, Betsey Johnson’s chief executive officer and longtime friend to the designer, is leaving the company after 30 years. Bacon first joined forces with Johnson when the label was part of Andy Warhol’s underground scene in the Sixties. The former CEO has been slowly scaling back her day-to-day involvement in the company since April, finally terminating her position last week. Johnson said that she will miss having her friend by her side in business, but will go forward with the label doing what she does best—designing. (WWD)

Welcome home
Designer Jason Wu is going home to Taiwan for the first time in four years since launching his fashion business. What could call him away from the bustling fall fashion scene? His brother’s wedding, for which he designed the bride’s gown and bridesmaid dresses. He will be facing a new reality upon his return—apparently his star appeal is so big in his native land that he will need a private security team to follow him through the airport. Oh, the trials of being a fashion superstar. (WWD)

Flat-out comfort
Alber Elbaz, the artistic director of Lanvin, granted his models a boon at the fashion house’s runway show, allowing them to swap their stilt-like heels for flat sandals at the last minute. The gesture was in keeping with the attitude of the whole collection, to which he said, “The whole idea of fashion is to make women fly and make women beautiful, and to make women glamorous.” Or, maybe he just wanted to avoid a similar debacle to Burberry’s runway show at London’s Fashion Week…(Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The above shot of Nina Porter appeared in LOVE’s second issue, dedicated to young blood. Story by Anne Pringle.

Fresh faces
All three fresh-faced models in Burberry’s autumn/winter 2010 campaign are teenage high school students, two of whom posed for their first-ever shoot. Nina Porter, a 16-year old Brit, has worked with Mario Testino before, but is thrilled with her new job for the UK fashion house. The other two girls, Charlotte Wiggings and Sam Rollinson, were recently scouted by Select Models—and it didn’t take long for them to be snatched up by the a big name in fashion. Burberry is a pretty good score for a start-up gig: I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots more of these young up-and comers in the future. (Vogue UK)

Wu nails
Jason Wu has been busy: In addition to recently debuting his label’s new logo (the cartoon owl dubbed Miss Wu) and expanding his accessories portfolio, he just unveiled a collection of nail polishes in collaboration with CND. The collections features four shades plus one “effect” polish that can be layered over the others, which has tiny pieces of silk in it to add texture and depth. The colours include Miss Wu, a limestone-grey shade with a satin finish, Brigitte, a dusty rose, Veronica, a blood red, and Sophia, a dark mushroom. The entire set of five can be yours next spring for under $50. (WWD)

Fendi dream house
Fendi’s Silvia Venturini Fendi believes that industrial design and fashion design can learn a lot from each other, and has pledged to create several limited edition design objects for London’s Design Week later this month. The Roman fashion house will present works by five different designers, under the theme “In Every Dream Home.” The Fendi dream home includes a mahogany armoires covered in Fendi leather and a wall covering made with Fendi remnants. (WWD)

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)