THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A disappearing Crystal Renn in the now-infamous Passion for Fashion ad. Story by Anne Pringle.

Weight fake
There has been much speculation about Crystal Renn’s possible weight loss circulating on the web, largely due to photos of her wearing the Fashion for Passion charity T-shirt (above), in which she looked very thin. The plus-size model has now revealed that the photos were likely heavily retouched, and that she was shocked when she saw the pictures. She claimed “everybody retouches, but don’t make me into something I’m not.” And that’s why we love her. (NY Mag)

Bananas for Mad Men
Banana Republic is teaming up with AMC’s television series Mad Men for the second year in a row, for the “Mad About Style” campaign. The ads will launch next week, and will feature images of the Emmy-award winning actors with classic looks from the retailer. To learn more about the campaign, check out the video blogs created by Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and BR creative director Simon Keen on both AMC’s website and BR’s Facebook page. (WWD)

Dorchester design
The Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize has been narrowed down to the semifinalists, by a veteran panel of judges including Giles Deacon, Daphne Guiness and Manolo Blahnik. The semifinalists include promising up-and-coming design talents such as Chau Har Lee, Hermoine de Paula and Thomas Tait. Just how promising are these emerging designers? Blahnik claimed that Tait was able to create “things that I’ve never seen before, so very rare. I loved it.” The winner will be announced in November. (WWD)

Moschino model
Despite the unfortunate (and unnecessary) retouching Crystal Renn experienced, it does seem like curves are coming back—which has been great news for the slightly more curvaceous Victoria’s Secret models, several of whom have been booked for high-fashion runways this season. This includes the gorgeous Alessandra Ambrosio, who recently walked Prada, Giles and Louis Vuitton, and has now landed the Moschino campaign, styled by Anna Dello Russo, the fashion director at Japanese Vogue. (NY Mag)

Hot wheels
Victoria Beckham isn’t the only designer venturing into creation for the auto industry: Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein and Kenneth Cole have collaborated with Mini to create three new car designs for charity. DVF’s design is covered with lips in pinks, reds, oranges and yellows, Calvin Klein’s is (not surprisingly) more minimalistic in charcoal grey, and Kenneth Cole’s convertible design is covered in silver studding, inside and out. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Rodarte’s designer sibs. Story by Anne Pringle.

And the winner is…
Congratulations to Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who have won the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design. The tough competition included Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez from Proenza Schouler. Michelle Obama is the honorary patron of the awards gala, which will take place mid-October. (WWD)

Philanthropic fragrance
Hanae Mori is releasing its second “green” fragrance, No. 2, which was created using renewable energy sources. About 10 percent of the power used to produce the perfume came from hydroelectric and other renewable sources. Bonus: A portion of the sales will go to American Rivers, a nonprofit organization that works to restore and protect rivers in the U.S. The eau de toilette features woody notes of amber and cedar—an appropriately natural scent for a nature-supporting product. (WWD)

Contact design
You can buy designer anything these days, from $20 Chanel cotton makeup pads to Louis Vuitton iPad cases. The latest crazy designer creation? Christian Dior contact lenses. They are flecked with gold and even sport a tiny CD logo on the side. What will they think of next? (The Gloss)

Eco shoes
Moschino has collaborated with design company Kartell to create a new line of plastic ballet falts. The lightweight “BowWow” shoes are made entirely of interwoven plastic and are 100 percent recyclable. They come in a wide range of bright colours including bright yellow, peach, navy and green, and are all topped with the iconic Moschino bow. Find them in stores January 2011! (Vogue UK)