THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Daisy Lowe, the sexy new face of Biba. Story by Anne Pringle.

Biba’s back
The fashion brand Biba, which at its peak in the ’60s and ’70s catered to celebs like Princess Anne and Twiggy, is soon to be reborn. It has been purchased by House of Fraser, one of Britain’s largest department stores, whose aim for the brand is “fashion clothing at an affordable price… the ethos of luxury and glamour that Biba embodied, [brought] up to date.” The face of the brand will be Brit model Daisy Lowe, who will represent a collection featuring tailored jackets with pinched waists and puffed shoulders, drapey knitwear, embellished evening gowns and five different styles of jeans. (WWD)

Liquid fabric
Have you ever joked that a pair of jeans looked so tight they could be sprayed on? Well, thanks to Paul Luckham and Manel Torres, they actually could be. The particle engineer and designer duo combined cotton fibres, polymers and solvent to create Liquid Fabric, a material that is sprayed onto the skin. Don’t worry about the waste—once the fabric has dried, it can be removed and worn again. (Fashion Indie)

Model bookworms
Need some inspiration for fall reading? Take a page from the book of one of New York Fashion Week’s wonderfully well-read models. Last week, models backstage were shot reading everything from Lord of the Flies to The Great Gatsby. Model Nimue was reading Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and Katharina from Supreme was reading a German translation of William Faulkner’s A Fable Model Polina. Nothing like a little light Faulkner while you have your hair and makeup done… (Racked)

New + Crew
New Balance has obviously been looking to branch out, beginning by boosting their fashionable collaborations. We told you about the line Heidi Klum will be designing for them, and it has now been announced that they will create an exclusive line of footwear for J.Crew. Think versatile, stylish sneakers that can be worn jogging, with jeans, or with something dressier. The line will debut at the beginning of November and will be available on jcrew.com. (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Heidi Klum means (more) business. Story by Anne Pringle.

Klum + New Balance
Heidi Klum is launching her first-ever fashion collection—and it’s surprisingly practical for the mother of four. She will design a sportswear line in collaboration with New Balance, targeting busy women who are on-the-go but still want to look “stylish, comfortable and hip,” according to Klum. The collection will be available exclusively on amazon.co.uk beginning October 7. (Vogue UK)

Bookmarc open for business
Marc Jacob’s first bookstore has officially opened up in New York’s West Village, kitty-corner to the brand’s women’s collection store. Robert Duffy, the MJ company president, claimed that they have been eyeing that spot for years, and added that the brand has “always had a mix of books in our stores, so it was my dream to eventually one day have a bookstore on Bleecker Street.” Think art, photography and coffee table books—according to Duffy, the only bestsellers on offer would have to be written by a friend of his (or perhaps of Marc’s!). (WWD)

Lagerfeld’s cancellation
Karl Lagerfeld has suddenly cancelled the runway show of his signature collection during Paris Fashion Week. Instead of preparing for the show that was scheduled to be shown on October 3, Lagerfeld is reportedly preparing a new “masstige” ready-to-wear collection to be sold online. Lagerfeld himself helped ignite the masstige movement of high-end low-lines when he collaborated with H&M in 2004 (a collection that sold out within hours)! Sigh, I guess it is the way of the future (and good news for our bank accounts), but we’ll still miss seeing his runway creations. (WWD)

Donna Karan’s milestone
Donna Karan is about to celebrate her brand’s 25th anniversary, having launched her namesake label in 1985. When asked about a possible anniversary celebration, the designer answered: “I think I really acknowledged it with the fall collection. It was a time to say, okay back to the basics. Here’s the black, here’s the system of dressing.” Sounds like we can expect dark colours, minimalism and classic shapes for the silver anniversary. (Globe and Mail)