THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Step into Fall 2010 with Christian Louboutin and Selfridges. Story by Anne Pringle.

Shoe heaven
Last week, London’s upscale department store Selfridges opened what is now known as the biggest shoe department in the world. The 35,000 square foot “Shoe Galleries” will house over 4,000 shoes from over 120 brands including Gucci, Topshop, and Uggs. The department will also include 11 architecturally designed “apartments” to house select big name brands like Louboutin and Chanel.  (WWD)

The LOVE Machine
Having the biggest shoe department in the world isn’t the only innovation Selfridges can boast about—it has also recently teamed up with Katie Grand, LOVE magazine’s editor-in-chief, to create a fashion vending machine. The “LOVE machine” will be available in London’s St. Martins Lane hotel lobby for all of London Fashion Week. Thanks to Grand’s hand-picked selections, customers will be able to purchase items such as Rick Owens sneakers, an Alexander Wang dress, Diptyque candles, Comme des Garçons wallets, and one vintage Rolex watch—all at the push of a button. (Vogue UK)

Fashion show plus
The first-ever plus-size fashion show walked on Wednesday, during New York Fashion Week (but unfortunately not as an official part of it). The show was organized by the company, an online mall that sells plus-size brands, and which had applied to be an official part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Their application was denied, but that didn’t stop them. The show walked off-site and was a great success, featuring models in pastel-draped dresses, cargo cropped jackets and bouquet ruffle blouses. (Wall Street Journal)

Butterfly comeback?
The latest celebrity to jump aboard the “celebrity slash designer” bandwagon will be Mariah Carey, who is set to launch a lifestyle collection in collaboration with shopping cable network HSN. The collection will include jewellery, footwear, and a limited edition of Carey’s Luscious Pink fragrance. The collections will be largely butterfly-inspired (you probably could have guessed), with the design showing up on everything from jewels to shoe prints to packaging. While it may seem that Carey has overused the girlish theme by now, it just might work after seeing all the ’70s-inspired designs during New York Fashion Week. (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). (

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)