THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Oh, Tom Ford. We’ve missed you. Story by Anne Pringle.

Ford for women
2011 will be the first in six years that former Gucci creative director Tom Ford will return to womenswear design. The designer (and A Single Man director) was adamant about keeping the highly anticipated Spring 2011 collection a secret for fear of overexposing the designs, but things this exciting are hard to contain. Photos were leaked before the show, revealing a diverse cast of models including Julianne Moore, Beyonce and Lauren Hutton. Says the designer, “I want to concentrate on real women and the real consumer. [The collection] is all about individuality, individual style, different body types, women who have their own style.” (Vogue UK)

Tell Her About Love
The name for John Galliano’s newest fragrance has just been revealed as Parlez-moi d’Amour (Tell Me About Love), starring seventeen-year-old Taylor Momsen as the face of the campaign. To those who wondered what a teenage girl might know about love, Galliano consented that while he is targeting a younger audience, he believes “there is no age limit for true love.” That, or maybe it’s a hint that any teen who sports stripper shoes and pantsless outfits needs someone to tell them about love (and the difference from lust). Just saying. (NY Mag)

Stella Jr.
Stella McCartney is about to launch her first capsule collection of childrenswear under her namesake brand. She reported that the line will reflect the company—which staffs many working parents—meaning affordable clothing that is both fun and wearable. The collection, which will include both boy’s and girl’s designs for up to age twelve, will feature practical designs in gentle fabrics, like organic cotton onesies, quilted field jackets and rubber boots. Have some kids to shop for this holiday season? The line will be available beginning November 3 on stellamcartneykids.com. (Vogue UK)

Rast + Target
Justin Timberlake’s clothing line, William Rast, may have been absent at New York Fashion Week, but it gave him and co-founder Trace Ayala a chance to relish Fashion’s Night Out with two events in Cali last week. The brand’s new eyewear and footwear lines were revealed, as well as plans for a collaboration with Target this winter, which won’t be hard to miss—he collab collection will be available for a limited time in December, backed by a TV, print and billboard campaign. (WWD)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Adam Levine’s obsession—Ann Demeulemeester’s menswear line—leads to some questionable ambitions. Story by Anne Pringle.

Rock out
Adam Levine, the front man for Maroon 5, Adam Levine, will reportedly debut his own fashion line. The line, named 222 for Levine’s lucky number, is inspired by the musician’s love for high-fashion—including his brief “obsession” with Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester, and Margiela. You can expect leather jackets, jeans and ripped tees—so while he may be inspired by fashion greats, it still sounds like the stylings of a rock artist to us… (Style File)

Costume couture
Simon Doonan, the creative director of Barneys New York, has collaborated with Target—not for the next expected run-of-the-mill high/low line—but for a collection of Halloween costumes. Doonan, whose birthday falls on All Hallows Eve, said that the project really clicked with him; he’s a believer that “the holiday is huge and it’s growing.” The Costume Couture collection will feature outfits such as the “Diva Witch” and the “Glamour Ghost”. Trick or treat anyone? (WWD)

Urban success
Urban Outfitters Inc. has been thriving lately—not only do they own Anthropologie, Free People and Urban Outfitters, they’ve also launched new Leifsdottir footwear, have plans to open several dozen new stores, and will soon be opening a first-ever accessories-only Anthropologie. Their chief executive officer Glen Shek claims they are also thinking about opening a wedding store in the future. Ready thyselves, hipster brides! (WWD)

Lingerie stars
The judging panel for Triumph International’s design competition this fall is particularly impressive: It includes Matthew Williamson and the renowned photographer Rankin. Ranking knows of what he judges: He has collaborated with supermodel Helena Christensen to model a shortlist of his own lingerie designs. (Vogue UK)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

DSquared’s Dan and Dean Caten, bringing Canadian wilderness to the world. Story by Anne Pringle.

Oh, Canada
DSquared, the label designed by Dean and Dan Caten, continues to expand internationally, with the opening of three new stores in Monte Carlo (Monaco), Athens and Thessaloníki (Greece). The Toronto natives are designing the interiors in mock of the brand’s Milan flagship—in a Canadian-wilderness theme. Think deer antler chandeliers, tree trunks coming out of the floor and beaver rugs. (WWD)

High-low throw-down
Looks like Target is going to have some competition for inexpensive “high”-fashion: Kmart is set to debut a re-vamped collection with a stronger focus on being fashion-forward. For the new design team, they’ve hired former employees of reputable fashion brands, like the Gap, Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco. (Plus, the senior designer apprenticed at Yves Saint Laurent!) The new collection for Fall 2010 will include items such as a military-inspired A-line peacoat, a fitted, zipper-detailed bomber jacket, and a skinny cargo pant… all for  under $100 (and most under $50)! (Style File)

Royal fashion
Maha al-Sudairi, the Princess of Saudi Arabia, recently visited New York with a fashion agenda: She shopped, sure, but she also hired fashion consultant Malcolm Harris to help her invest in high-end American fashion brands. Her list included Narciso Rodriguez, Yigal Azrouel, Alexander Wang, Tory Burch and Phillip Lim—with the idea that finding common ground in fashion could “bridge the cultural gap”. Why not? (New York Post)

Lancôme + L’Wren
Lancôme will soon release its holiday 2010 collection, which has been created in collaboration with designer L’Wren Scott (whose designs have been worn by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker). The former model, costume designer and fashion stylist makes her debut in cosmetic design with a collection that includes a red lipstick, lip gloss, gunmetal grey nail polish and grey eye palette. (WWD)