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

Armani’s blue period, Spring 2011. Story by Anne Pringle.

Bleu de Armani
We took note when Chanel released their fragrance “Bleu de Chanel” and Tom Peucheux came out with the Blue Dhalia makeup collection for Estée Lauder. Blue has now shown up on the runway in the boldest statement yet: Giorgio Armani’s Milan show featured only the colour blue in different shades and textures, and was inspired by the Tuaregs—nomadic desert people of North Africa. Think long, draped skirts, bold ethnic jewellery, silky scarves wrapped around the model’s heads and flat sandals—all in deep shades of blue. To top it all off, the models wore smoky navy makeup around their eyes. This colour is definitely having a moment. (NY Times)

Formichetti for Uniqlo
The most recently released ads for Japanese label Uniqlo were styled by Nicola Formichetti (stylist to Lady Gaga and newly appointed director of Thierry Mugler) and feature Orlando Bloom. The expectant father stars in Uniqlo’s “Made for All” campaign, which advocates the philosophy that clothing design should not be confined by labels. The pieces are made to transcend age, gender and nationality—in other words, made for everyone, everywhere. Think straight-leg jeans, v-neck sweaters and crew neck T-shirts.  (Uniqlo) and (NY Mag)

Burton’s New McQueen
Sarah Burton is the new successor of Alexander McQueen, having taken the reigns as creative director in May. The pressure mounts as she prepares to debut her first independent womenswear collection on October 5. The designer said she hopes to maintain the McQueen “spirit and essence”, but that there might be a few changes. She claimed that being a woman, the collection would perhaps have more a woman’s point of view and be a littler softer. But she won’t lose the McQueen edginess completely. As she aptly put it, “There’s always got to be some darkness, because otherwise you don’t appreciate what’s light.” We can’t wait to see what she’s come up with. (Vogue UK)

Williamson + Bulgari
British designer Matthew Williamson collaborated with Bulgari on a new line of handbags for the Spring 2011 season. The capsule collection of bags features beautiful hexagonal clutches that come in jewel tones like ruby, sapphire and emerald and giant totes with bright, kaleidoscope style prints. The collection will likely be out of most of our price ranges, but if you are, say, Sienna Miller (a close friend of the designer), you can buy them at Bulgari stores as of January 2011. (In Style)