THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Oh, those faceless e-boutiques. (Martin Margiela, Spring 2009.) Story by Anne Pringle.

Margiela e-boutique
Maison Martin Margiela is doing more to expand than simply adding a collaborative eyewear line—the Belgian design house is launching an e-boutique soon. The website, powered by web giant Yoox Group, will become available worldwide on October 1. Yoox founder and CEO Frederico Marchetti said, “We are creating the most visible store in the world for the ‘most invisible designer’”. (WWD)

McCartney for men
Stella McCartney has just released her latest collection of lifestyle wear for Addidas, which includes a men’s line, the first time she has designed for the opposite sex. Gaining experience in menswear design is important to McCartney as she prepares for her upcoming gig designing the uniforms for the 2012 Olympic Games. The line features simple, sporty styles—think hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, track pants for men and layered looks for women, such as gold capes over white studded tank tops. (Vogue UK)

McQueen memorial
On Monday, about 1,000 people gathered at London’s grand St. Paul’s Cathedral to celebrate the life of Alexander McQueen. The memorial was somber and heavily dotted with celebrities, from designers like Stella McCartney to actresses like Sarah Jessica Parker to models like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. Also in attendance were heiress Daphne Guiness (and owner of countless McQueen pieces) and Vogue editor Anna Wintour,  who spoke at the memorial, saying, “Mr. McQueen was a man of profound contradictions.” (NY Times)

Stiletto stumble
Do you ever have trouble walking in six-inch heels and wonder models pull them off so gracefully on the runway? The secret’s out—hey’re hard for everyone, even Burberry models. The British label’s finale model in their Spring 2011 show for London Fashion Week toppled over during her walk. Yikes! (NY Mag)

THE IT: Stella’s knickers

Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week assorted pack ($195,

Wouldn’t it be fun to be this chic and organized? With Stella McCartney’s set of silk-blend briefs, every day of the week is taken care of—and noted in sweet-as-all-get-out floral embroidery. Bonus: The all-important Bits and Bobs drawer. Buy them for yourself or a stylish friend.

—Manjit Gill

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Halle Berry will reportedly grace the cover of Vogue’s all-important September issue, making her the first woman of colour ever to do so. Story by Anne Pringle.

The September Issues
Last year’s economic dire straits meant that figures were down for the September issues of all the big magazines including Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, In Style, Marie Claire and W. Well, this year the numbers are back on the rise: Vogue experienced an almost 25 percent rise in ad pages from last fall, to 532 this year. In Style reported 403 ad pages, a 16 percent raise, and ELLE is up to 382 ad pages, an 18 percent raise. They hit shelves in just a couple weeks—making it so much easier to say goodbye to summer. (WWD)

Model moment
Former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr is on a high-fashion streak, scoring two coveted Fall 2010 campaigns: Prada and Jil Sander. The Jil Sander ads debuted at the end of last week, and feature a studious and polished-looking Kerr in navy glasses with slicked-back hair. In other news, Kerr and Orlando Bloom got engaged last week—only to sneak away for a secret marriage the following day! There have been pregnancy rumours circulating, but she has continued to deny them; either way, those will be some attractive children. (Fashionologie)

Memorial for McQueen
Alexander McQueen’s decorative rose honouring thelate fashion icon Isabella Blow was unveiled only a few weeks ago, and now his time to be honoured has been announced. A private memorial service for the late designer will take place during London Fashion Week on Monday, September 20, at St. Paul’s Cathedral atop Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the historic British city. (WWD)

Animal activism
And in other UK news, British designer and animal activist Stella McCartney has been campaigning with PETA to have the famous tall bearskin hats worn by Buckingham Palace’s Royal Guards changed to synthetic materials. According to McCartney, “Initially the big bear fur hats were intended to make soldiers look taller as they marched over hills in battle, but they haven’t been worn in action for over 100 years.” The prototype of McCartney’s ethical alternative is currently under testing by the Ministry of Defense. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Olympic glory for fashion all-star Stella McCartney. Story by Anne Pringle.

It Brit
British designer Stella McCartney is using her talents to support her country: She will be collaborating with Adidas on the sportswear for the British Olympic team at the London 2012 Olympics. McCartney, who described the job as “an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”, will design both a lifestyle collection inspired by the GB athletes (available to the public) and the uniforms for the team. (WWD)

All jazzed up
Last night, Prada launched their new line of jazz-inspired eyewear at New York City’s Joe’s Pub, one of the Big Apple’s best-known jazz clubs. Dubbed the Prada Swing Sunglasses by Luxottica, the shades combine a feminine retro vibe and ‘90s minimalism (think soft, almond-shaped cat-eyes in white, black and tortoise). The sunglasses will hit stores in October. (WWD)

Art meets tech meets the Mulleavys
Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy have teamed up with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on a project called “Cell Phone Stories.” The venture involves reinterpreting the museum’s existing pieces, and then using smart phones to spread the images. The sisters have created several pieces, including a blue-green tile patterned dress inspired by a turquoise-encrusted Mexican skull. Starting today, you can text “LACMA” to 67553 to have the rest of the designs sent to your phone. (NY Mag)