THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Sofia and her Vuitton SC bag. Story by Anne Pringle.

Coppola + Vuitton
Sofia Coppola has had a busy year. She finished directing her newest film, Somewhere, which won top honours at Venice, and stars Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, and Elle Fanning (Dakota’s sister). Coppola added a new member to her family with the birth of her second child. And she’s also expanded her popular handbag collection in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. She’s added new colours and silhouettes to the line, including a luxe version of her signature SC bag in crocodile. (Fashionista)

The Gucci Masters
Gucci will sponsor the international horse-jumping show known as the European Equestrian Masters, or the Gucci Masters, set to take place during the Paris Horse Show in early December. Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said of the prestigious competition, “The Gucci Masters provides a perfect link to Gucci’s values, prestige and culture. As we approach the house’s 90th anniversary in 2011, it is an event that perfectly symbolizes the traditions we proudly carry forward.” The brand has always held ties with the world of horse riding through their use of equestrian symbols and prints such as the bit or the striped girth strap. (WWD)

Philo’s Céline
British Fashion Award nominee and minimalism master Phoebe Philo claims that she was drawn to the brand Céline because it was a little-known name on the runway scene. Philo became creative director of the French fashion house in 2008, and brought a strong vision with her. “It’s really not relevant to me what Céline has been or where it has been. It will be whatever I make it for the time I’m there,” the designer claimed. She added that the line was inspired by what she wanted to wear and how she wanted to live – clothes that were “quite simple and very real.” (Vogue UK)

McQ soon to be McQueen
Fashion house Alexander McQueen will take full control of diffusion line McQ, which is under a soon-to-expire contract with SINV SpA. After the final SpA collection for Spring 2011, the label will be handed over to an internal McQueen team fronted by creative director Pina Ferlisi (who has designed for Generra, Coach and Marc by Marc Jacobs). Jonathan Akeroyd, president and CEO of Alexander McQueen said, “Over the past five years, McQ has established itself internationally with its young, renegade but always signature McQueen style, and we are ready to take it to the next stage in its development.” Of course, Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton will oversee the whole operation. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Sofia Coppola’s latest Dior project is a family affair. Story by Anne Pringle.

Copppola + Dior, take 2
Famed director Sofia Coppola directed a noteworthy fragrance commercial for Dior a few years ago, which now looks like it won’t be her last. Coppola was spotted filming for Dior again in Paris a few weeks ago in the beautiful Parc Monceau. The film will feature Natalie Portman, who signed to be the face of Parfums Christian Dior last month, along with Coppola’s cousin Robert Schwaartzman, one of the stars of the director’s upcoming Somewhere, and half brother to Jason. Small world… big commercial. (Fashionologie)

The sweet scent of Nine West
Nine West is known for quickly translating runway styles into affordable handbags, footwear and accessories, which is a good sign for things to come: They’ve just inked a deal with the Jones Apparel Group to create a line of fragrances. The brand’s CEO Richard Dickson said, “Like the perfect pair of shoes, a woman’s fragrance is the sensual completion to her look by providing an inviting and intimate expression of her directly.” Sounds (and smells) good to us! (Style List)

Naomi Watts amps up Ann Taylor
We told you about Ann Taylor’s successful start to a brand re-vamp—remember that white lace dress Milla Jovovich modeled that was going for three times its price on eBay? Well, the brand isn’t stopping there: They’ve  hired big celeb name Naomi Watts for their Fall 2010 campaign, which will be shot by big fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh and break in all the major September issues (think ELLE, Glamour, Vogue…) (WWD)

Kate’s evil spirits
Kate Moss has reportedly hired an exorcist to perform a ceremony in her London home in an attempt to rid it of so-called “evil spirits”. Perhaps her recent run of bad luck has something to do with the haunting suspicions: Her home was robbed in May (the thief stole a valuable piece of Bansky artwork), followed only days later by a sewage flood that caused the supermodel over $160,000 in damage. Even a skeptic might give exorcism a try after that headache! (Vogue UK)