THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

CK One, responsible for some of the coolest ads of the ’90s, grows up. Story by Anne Pringle.

CK One clothing
Calvin Klein has announced they will launch a new global lifestyle brand inspired by its famous CK One fragrance. The hope is to both connect to a younger customer audience, and to make Calvin Klein clothing more affordable—about 15 to 20 percent more affordable than Calvin Klein Jeans and Underwear. The new collection will feature jeans, underwear and swimwear. Think slouchy, slim-fit denim, woven tops and knitwear and novelty printed undies. (Vogue UK)

End of minimalism?
The past couple of runway seasons (and Phoebe Philo’s mastery at Celine) have shown that minimalism is in—meaning lots of nude colours, scant accessories and prints, and classic, simple shapes. Miuccia Prada, for one, is “tired of minimalism”, and wanted to shake things up. Her Spring 2011 collection, recently shown at Milan Fashion Week, was termed “minimal Baroque” and received the highest praise from all corners of the fashion industry. The collection featured bright banana-printed skirts and blouses, neon fur shoes, and vivid stripes. After hearing the reviews (“what [Prada] has to say never seems useless or old”—WWD; “cheers rang out for this exceptional collection”—Suzy Menkes; “the almost confusing variety elicited audible pangs of desire in the front row”— Daily Front Row), it looks like minimalism may be on its way out… (NY Mag)

Comme des Garçons + Rabanne
Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, will lend her design talents to Paco Rabanne, the revered designer of the Sixties. Rabanne started his career in fashion by designing jewellery for Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga, and soon opened his namesake fashion house in 1966. He gained a reputation for being cutting-edge through his use of (then) unusual design materials, like paper, metal and plastic. Rabanne has enlisted the fresh perspective of Comme des Garçons to reintroduce one of his iconic handbag from 1969, which will feature (what else?) novel materials and textiles. (WWD)

Beyoncé’s temp tattoos
Beyoncé and Tina Knowles have teamed up with the airbrush makeup company Temptu to create a limited edition line of temporary tattoos for their label, Deréon. Tina, the label’s founder and creative designer claims their theme is “Sixties pinup girl meets futuristic biker-chick.” The tattoos will be available on November 1. The basic package will go for $16, at Sephora with eight designs on offer (think everything from Deréon’s signature fleur icon, to lightning bolts and chains, to jewels and spider designs). (WWD)