THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Beauty from tragedy, courtesy of Mira Becker. Story by Anne Pringle.

Designers take on the oil spill
About five months after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the leak has finally been capped, but oil is still causing damage along a 965-kilometer stretch of coastline. Many fashion designers have turned their talents to supporting this environmental disaster, such as high-end Brooklyn footwear designer Bed Stü, who created a limited-edition line of faux-oil stained “Gulf Coast Cleanup Shoes.” Kenneth Cole released T-shirts reading “I clean up well. Support the Gulf”, and German designer Mira Becker recently debuted two silk, ribbon-strapped cocktail dresses patterned with digital prints of the actual spill. The proceeds from the frocks will go to the U.S. National Wildlife Federation. (Wall Street Journal)

H&M on the Champs-Elysées
This week H&M opened the doors to its newest flagship store on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris. The building holds address number 88 and was designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. It all sounds very impressive, but success came only after a small battle for the third-largest retailer in the world: There was some debate as to whether the store would be in keeping with the posh feel of the avenue. In the end, the fact that the H&M will be carrying its collaborative line with French fashion house Lanvin as of November 23 (46 more sleeps!) probably helped its cause. (WWD)

Kanye’s model melody
You know high fashion has gone mainstream when… Kanye West raps about it. In case you haven’t heard it, his new song “Christian Dior Denim Flow” drops the names of 21 models in a single verse. Among those mentioned by the style-savvy musician are Lara Stone, Jessica Stam, Coco Rocha, Alessandra Ambrosia, Abbey Lee and Doutzen Kroes. (MTV)

The Fashion Show
Bravo had such success with the launch of Project Runway that they attempted to re-create the hit series with The Fashion Show. After just one season, the show failed to produce a lot of buzz, so they’ve stepped it up for season two. Former judge and host Kelly Rowland is being replaced by the more experienced Iman, and will be joined on the panel by designer Isaac Mizrahi and Laura Brown from Harper’s Bazaar. Sounds promising so far… (NY Mag)