THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Sofia and her Vuitton SC bag. Story by Anne Pringle.

Coppola + Vuitton
Sofia Coppola has had a busy year. She finished directing her newest film, Somewhere, which won top honours at Venice, and stars Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, and Elle Fanning (Dakota’s sister). Coppola added a new member to her family with the birth of her second child. And she’s also expanded her popular handbag collection in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. She’s added new colours and silhouettes to the line, including a luxe version of her signature SC bag in crocodile. (Fashionista)

The Gucci Masters
Gucci will sponsor the international horse-jumping show known as the European Equestrian Masters, or the Gucci Masters, set to take place during the Paris Horse Show in early December. Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said of the prestigious competition, “The Gucci Masters provides a perfect link to Gucci’s values, prestige and culture. As we approach the house’s 90th anniversary in 2011, it is an event that perfectly symbolizes the traditions we proudly carry forward.” The brand has always held ties with the world of horse riding through their use of equestrian symbols and prints such as the bit or the striped girth strap. (WWD)

Philo’s Céline
British Fashion Award nominee and minimalism master Phoebe Philo claims that she was drawn to the brand Céline because it was a little-known name on the runway scene. Philo became creative director of the French fashion house in 2008, and brought a strong vision with her. “It’s really not relevant to me what Céline has been or where it has been. It will be whatever I make it for the time I’m there,” the designer claimed. She added that the line was inspired by what she wanted to wear and how she wanted to live – clothes that were “quite simple and very real.” (Vogue UK)

McQ soon to be McQueen
Fashion house Alexander McQueen will take full control of diffusion line McQ, which is under a soon-to-expire contract with SINV SpA. After the final SpA collection for Spring 2011, the label will be handed over to an internal McQueen team fronted by creative director Pina Ferlisi (who has designed for Generra, Coach and Marc by Marc Jacobs). Jonathan Akeroyd, president and CEO of Alexander McQueen said, “Over the past five years, McQ has established itself internationally with its young, renegade but always signature McQueen style, and we are ready to take it to the next stage in its development.” Of course, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will oversee the whole operation. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The many faces of Kate. Story by Anne Pringle.

Moss + Green 2.0?
Kate Moss is reportedly teaming up with Chloe Green, daughter to Philip Green, British billionaire and owner of some of the UK’s largest retailers, including Topshop. The 19-year-old heiress claimed that she and Moss “talked about doing something together in the spring, collaborating on a collection.” Chloe said Moss has offered her good advice on the retail and design business, and thinks a collab would work because “[Kate] is really really into vintage and I love clothes that are a bit modern, so I think it will be an interesting mix.” (Vogue UK)

Oscar de la Renta’s new hires
Oscar de la Renta is in the process of revamping its footwear department, something the brand hopes will become a $50-million entity in under five years. They’ve started with two exceptional new hires: Annelie Hofstrom as executive vice president and Alexia Aubert as director of footwear design. Both have impressive resumes: Hofstrom spent over a decade at Manolo Blahnik and Aubert has designed for Pierre Hardy and Christian Louboutin. Can’t wait to see what those two minds come up with as the new and improved de la Renta footwear! (WWD)

Burberry lawsuit
On Friday, Burberry filed a lawsuit against cell phone case maker Body Glove, alleging that they ripped off their pink tartan design (which is copyrighted!). The “copied” cell phone case design is so popular that it has sold out in many AT&T stores. In their defense, Body Glove didn’t try to market it as a “Burberry” phone case, but the check pattern does look a little too familiar. If found guilty, the phone company will have to halt productions of the cases and cover the design house’s legal bills. (She Finds via NY Mag)

Understocked Vuitton
File it under problems most fashion companies dream of: Louis Vuitton is reportedly having trouble keeping up with customer’s demands, which is leading to concerns about whether they will have sufficient stock for the holiday season. According to financial analysis, the brand simply wasn’t prepared for an estimated 20 percent growth in sales this year alone. Chanel encountered a similar dilemma, which may explain why the price of its signature bag has gone up 20 percent. Vuitton’s answer to the under-stocked problem? Closing the doors to their Paris stores an hour earlier than usual in attempt to sell fewer products. The fashion house hopes to resume normal operating hours next month.  (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The man responsible for MJ’s tattoos is bringing his talents to LV. Story by Anne Pringle.

All tatted up
Louis Vuitton has been branching out into new areas this year, from designing a trophy case for the World Cup to creating protective cases for iPads. Their latest edgy design move is to commission celebrity tattoo artist Scott Campbell to design the bags for next week’s men’s runway show in Paris. Campbell has inked everyone from Sting to Marc Jacobs, who was apparently his LV connection. (ELLE)

Spring soles
Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti has been enlisted by French fashion house Vionnet to collaborate on a new line of shoes. The spring pre-collection debuted yesterday, and consists of 25 pieces made with leather and silk in block-colour patterns. Don’t miss the gorgeous strappy nude heels with wrap ankles. (WWD)

Italian power
And in other strange collaboration news, Italian design house Missoni has teamed up with San Pellegrino. Pellegrino’s sparkling water will now come in bottles printed with the signature Missoni print on both the label and  bottle covers. Maybe the World Cup buzz is inspiring fellow countrymen to join forces—even unconventional ones. (Nylon)

Toronto TopShop
In case you’ve been in a land far, far away, Toronto’s first-ever TopShop is now officially open! Find it inside Jonathan and Olivia, 49 Ossington Ave. Get the goods before they sell out! (Remember when they opened the first New Zealand TopShop?) (Toronto Life)