THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Mugler + Formichetti (who styled the above shoot) = elegant solution. Story by Anne Pringle.

Mugler’s amazing new hire
French fashion house Thierry Mugler has hired a new creative director of women’s and men’s wear, hoping to bring a new, young energy to the brand. They certainly didn’t go for bland when they chose Nicolas Formichetti, best known as stylist to Lady Gaga, fashion director of Vogue Hommes Japan and contributing editor to V Magazine. He has also styled other celebs, including include Chloë Sevigny, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes. (WWD)

Kors heads East
Michael Kors has just released its latest financial summaries, revealing that the brand has broken the $1 billion threshold in annual sales. In light of their success, they are about to undergo a substantial expansion plan into the Asian market, with plans to open half a dozen free-standing stores and another 50 shops-within-shops in Japan over the next three years. Their plans in China are similar: Their first Chinese store will be Shanghai flagship, followed by dozens of other shops around the country. (WWD)

Wang + Deyn
Model Agyness Deyn claimed that she was not going to appear in any runway shows this season, yet she showed up in Alexander Wang’s spring 2011 show. The reason? Deyn owes Wang a favor after he reportedly killed a cockroach in her house at Coachella. So Deyn walked the runway on Saturday in a white, flowing, deep V-neck jumpsuit. Wang claimed he wanted to “turn it upside down this season”, which meant veering away from his usual dark and urban style, and featured models in light colours, with no makeup and bleached eyebrows. (NY Mag)

The Row cancellation
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s second New York Fashion Week presentation of The Row was scheduled to walk today, but had to be cancelled at the last minute due to sample delivery. The twins told the press that “production and delivery of our samples is delayed by a few days and thishas cast us our of the New York schedule.” But not to panic—you won’t miss the collection for long. The designers will present the show during Paris Fashion Week, which starts at the end of the month. (Fashionologie)

FASHION WEEK: Thumbs down

Overall, The Style Notebook team thoroughly enjoyed Fashion Week. The collections were strong and the crowd was fun. (Read our thumbs up here.) But we didn’t love everything…

DOLL PARTS

What sly mind first put forth the idea that Barbie is a style icon? An icon of childhood, sure, of feminist ire, absolutely, but of fashion? It isn’t just the Toronto scene who has fallen under Barbie’s perfectly proportioned spell—last year to celebrate her 50th anniversary, 50 American designers (Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg among them) created outfits inspired by her singular influence. This season at the Toronto shows, in addition to a (good) collection inspired by Barbie and created by David Dixon, there was an eight-foot-tall, hot pink box in which you could pose as if you were Barbie herself. And people did.

—Laura

RED-FACED SNAPPERS

We love technology (we are on the interwebs after all) but just because everyone has a rad digital camera and a blog does not make it cool for audience members to be flashing away at their favourite looks. It’s distracting and likely a pain for the photographers in the pit. A little etiquette s’il vous plait—we may be at the Ex but Fashion Week is not a carnival.

—Emily

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