THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Margiela’s important message. Story by Anne Pringle.

Margiela for AIDS
Every Maison Martin Margiela collection since 1994 has included a variation of their celebrated AIDS T-shirt, the newest addition being the Japanese version. The text on the shirt is obscured intentionally, appearing on both the front and the inside back (so that the message is whole when the shirt is not being worn), which is meant to prompt discussion, and thus raise awareness, about HIV/AIDS. The shirts will be released on December 1, World AIDS Day, with a percentage of the sales being donated to AIDES, a French organization. The message, which will reportedly appear in different languages with every following year, says, “There is more action to be done to fight AIDS than to wear this t-shirt but it’s a good start”. (Hint Fashion Magazine) via (Style.com)

Klum + Taylor
We told you about Heidi Klum retiring as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, a tough decision made so that she could focus on other things, such as her newly appointed role as the face of Ann Taylor. Following in the footsteps of Milla Jovovich and Naomi Watts, Klum is the newest addition to the brand’s new look since pulling a total revamp a few seasons ago. Klum will reportedly make her debut for the label in Ann Taylor’s holiday 2010 campaign, which will be shot by famed British photographer Rankin. (NY Post)

Isla Moda
Karl Lagerfeld has his hands in a totally new kind of design project—designing his own island. The “Isla Moda” will reportedly be inspired by the floating palaces of India and cruise ships, and is being created in collaboration with Miami-based architecture firm Oppenheim and the KOR hotel group. The manmade island will be situated just 20km off the coast of Dubai, and will include a resort complex with three luxury hotels, 150 residential villas and several Karl-picked boutiques. The fashion-lover’s Eden is set to launch in 2014. (Vogue UK)

Muse by Matthew Williamson
British designer Matthew Williamson has been busy lately: We already told you about his jewel-toned handbag collection for Bulgari, set to launch in 2011, and now he is about to release his debut diffusion line. Muse by Matthew Williamson, the line’s working title, is meant to be the “younger sister” to the designer’s signature collection, and with a (slightly) more affordable price range. Prices will start from $474 for a day dress and $790 for eveningwear. (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Oh, those faceless e-boutiques. (Martin Margiela, Spring 2009.) Story by Anne Pringle.

Margiela e-boutique
Maison Martin Margiela is doing more to expand than simply adding a collaborative eyewear line—the Belgian design house is launching an e-boutique soon. The website, powered by web giant Yoox Group, will become available worldwide on October 1. Yoox founder and CEO Frederico Marchetti said, “We are creating the most visible store in the world for the ‘most invisible designer’”. (WWD)

McCartney for men
Stella McCartney has just released her latest collection of lifestyle wear for Addidas, which includes a men’s line, the first time she has designed for the opposite sex. Gaining experience in menswear design is important to McCartney as she prepares for her upcoming gig designing the uniforms for the 2012 Olympic Games. The line features simple, sporty styles—think hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, track pants for men and layered looks for women, such as gold capes over white studded tank tops. (Vogue UK)

McQueen memorial
On Monday, about 1,000 people gathered at London’s grand St. Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the life of Alexander McQueen. The memorial was somber and heavily dotted with celebrities, from designers like Stella McCartney to actresses like Sarah Jessica Parker to models like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. Also in attendance were heiress Daphne Guiness (and owner of countless McQueen pieces) and Vogue editor Anna Wintour,  who spoke at the memorial, saying, “Mr. McQueen was a man of profound contradictions.” (NY Times)

Stiletto stumble
Do you ever have trouble walking in six-inch heels and wonder models pull them off so gracefully on the runway? The secret’s out—hey’re hard for everyone, even Burberry models. The British label’s finale model in their Spring 2011 show for London Fashion Week toppled over during her walk. Yikes! (NY Mag)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The glamorous trio, on location in Rome. Story by Anne Pringle.

D&G for Martini Gold
Dolce & Gabbana are about to release their new video ad campaign for Martini Gold, which will star actress Monica Bellucci, and even a cameo of the designers themselves. The film stayed true to the brand’s Italian roots and was shot entirely in Rome by famed director Jonas Akerland (who has worked with celebs like Lady Gaga and Madonna). The scenes follow Bellucci from behind, as many heads turn in her direction, until she stops to meet her friends Dolce and Gabbana for a martini, when her identity is revealed. (Vogue UK)

Margiela lenses
French design house Maison Martin Margiela and art deco-inspired Cutler and Gross will team up to create a line of eyewear. The collection is to be handmade in Italy, and feature two groups: Anatomic, which will feature large, enveloping shapes, and the other called Wrong Size, comprised of quirky, ill-fitting lenses. The eyewear will hit counters in November, but we might catch an earlier glimpse at the Margiela fashion show on October 1. (WWD)

Gap + Valentino
And in case that collab is going to fall a bit out of your price range, here’s an exciting high-low partnership: The Gap is celebrating its first Italian store with a capsule collection designed by Valentino. The collection will reportedly use “iconic Gap pieces” as its foundation—meaning we can probably expect classic shapes and a little prep. The line is set to debut at the end of November (around the same time as this season’s other exciting high-low collaboration: H&M and Lanvin). Get out your holiday wish list! (WWD)

DVF gets judicial
The Fashion Law Institute has now officially launched under the watch of Fordham Law School and former professor Susan Scafidi, who came up with the concept. The CFDA contributed $50,000 for the start-up of the institute, which aims to educate lawyers and designers on fashion-specific legalities (think copywriting and green initiatives). CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg is also showing her support: She matched the Council’s donation and officially “opened” the Institute by striking a gavel. (NY Mag)