THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Step into Fall 2010 with Christian Louboutin and Selfridges. Story by Anne Pringle.

Shoe heaven
Last week, London’s upscale department store Selfridges opened what is now known as the biggest shoe department in the world. The 35,000 square foot “Shoe Galleries” will house over 4,000 shoes from over 120 brands including Gucci, Topshop, and Uggs. The department will also include 11 architecturally designed “apartments” to house select big name brands like Louboutin and Chanel.  (WWD)

The LOVE Machine
Having the biggest shoe department in the world isn’t the only innovation Selfridges can boast about—it has also recently teamed up with Katie Grand, LOVE magazine’s editor-in-chief, to create a fashion vending machine. The “LOVE machine” will be available in London’s St. Martins Lane hotel lobby for all of London Fashion Week. Thanks to Grand’s hand-picked selections, customers will be able to purchase items such as Rick Owens sneakers, an Alexander Wang dress, Diptyque candles, Comme des Garçons wallets, and one vintage Rolex watch—all at the push of a button. (Vogue UK)

Fashion show plus
The first-ever plus-size fashion show walked on Wednesday, during New York Fashion Week (but unfortunately not as an official part of it). The show was organized by the company, an online mall that sells plus-size brands, and which had applied to be an official part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Their application was denied, but that didn’t stop them. The show walked off-site and was a great success, featuring models in pastel-draped dresses, cargo cropped jackets and bouquet ruffle blouses. (Wall Street Journal)

Butterfly comeback?
The latest celebrity to jump aboard the “celebrity slash designer” bandwagon will be Mariah Carey, who is set to launch a lifestyle collection in collaboration with shopping cable network HSN. The collection will include jewellery, footwear, and a limited edition of Carey’s Luscious Pink fragrance. The collections will be largely butterfly-inspired (you probably could have guessed), with the design showing up on everything from jewels to shoe prints to packaging. While it may seem that Carey has overused the girlish theme by now, it just might work after seeing all the ’70s-inspired designs during New York Fashion Week. (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse bouche of fashion news

Crystal Renn’s proudest modelling moment. Story by Anne Pringle.

Crystal + Chanel
Crystal Renn is back in the spotlight—and not for being “plus-size”, or losing weight, or being subject to massive photo retouching (remember the Passion For Fashion photos?). She stars in Chanel’s newest campaign for the reopening of the brand’s SoHo store. The model claimed that “working with Chanel has been my dream forever… this campaign is the proudest moment of my life.” (Fashionista)

Victoria’s Secret Toronto
Limited Brands is the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and our Canadian La Senza—a reason why it was always rumoured that VS had no plans to move to Canada… until now. Our country’s first-ever Victoria’s Secret store will open this Thursday at Yorkdale. Better get in line now… (Toronto Life)

Selfridges scandal
U.K. department store Selfridges will no longer carry Dolce & Gabbana, claiming that they as they are constantly updating the store, they are “unable to accommodate [the brand] going forward”. Word on the street is that Dolce & Gabbana execs were unhappy that the two collection’s locations had been moved within the store. The news doesn’t seem to have put a damper on Selfridges, who will likely have hoards of people coming in to see this week’s exhibition of over 200 Vivienne Westwood shoes. (WWD) and (InStyle)

Material Girl lawsuit
Madonna collaborated with her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes to launch a new clothing line, Material Girl, which has become the subject of a lawsuit due to its name. California clothing company LA Triumph claim that they have been selling “similar clothes in similar retail outlets at similar price points under the Material Girl brand since 1997.” LA Triumph may be fighting an uphill battle—after all, Madonna did coin the phrase in the 1985 song. (Vogue UK)