THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news


Jessica Stam bring her quirky cool to Rachel Roy.  Story by Anne Pringle.

Stam + Roy
Canadian model Jessica Stam has collaborated with Rachel Roy to design a few pieces for her lower-priced line, RACHEL Rachel Roy. Stam was discovered in a Tim Hortons in her native Kincardine, Ontario and has tried her hand at design before – for a 60th anniversary pair of Repetto oxfords, as well as consulting for the Spring 2010 Rag & Bone collection. For the Rachel Roy collection, look for a quilted bag, an oversized belt and chunky sweater, and jeans with buttons at the ankles. (Fashionologie)

Prada controversy
Prada Japan finds itself in legal trouble – the company has been accused of discrimination by former employee Rina Bovrisse. Bovrisse alleges that she was fired because she was not attractive enough, having been told by a company exec that she didn’t have “the Prada look”. Prada struck back with its own lawsuit, countersuing Bovrisse for harming their image. This is sounding an awful lot like how the whole American Apparel scandal started… c’mon, Prada, you’re better than that! (NY Mag)

Pecheux for The Row
Tom Pecheux and M.A.C have teamed up with The Row, the fashion line designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The famed makeup artist and M.A.C will have creative control in designing runway makeup for their September 14 show (replacing last year’s Lancome). Maybe Pecheux is still feeling a blue vibe… like his recently released Blue Dahlia collection for Estée Lauder. (

Cynthia Rowley Band Aids?
Diane von Furstenberg isn’t the only high fashion designer who is taking on unusual projects: Cynthia Rowley recently designed a line of pastel-printed diapers for Pampers, and has now come out with Dress Up Band Aids. For $10 apiece, you can choose from the traditional Band Aid shape in multi-coloured sequins, textured fabrics and graphic prints, or the square Band Aid shape that look like oversized diamonds in clear, blue, pink and green. What could possibly be next? (NY Mag)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

British Vogue’s current September issue featuring Kate Moss(left); and our personal favourite cover from their long history of being beautiful together. Story by Anne Pringle.

Vogue hearts Kate
The September issue of British Vogue is out this week, and superstitious supermodel Kate Moss is featured on the cover. This marks the 30th time she has appeared on the magazine’s cover (and the 6th time she has appeared on the all-important September cover in the past 10 years). The magazine’s editor, Alexandra Shulman, claims the two biggest trends this fall will be “the Fifties”—think fitted tops with fuller, womanly skirts—and “minimal cool”. Like Kate Moss in nothing but a gorgeous navy Burberry pea coat. (Vogue UK)
(Plus: Check out The Cut’s slideshow of their favourite Kate Moss covers.)

Fashion’s Night Out goes international
Speaking of Alexandra Shulman, she is pairing up with designer Giorgio Armani to host Fashion’s Night Out in London this September. The stylish duo will host a cocktail reception at the Emporio Armani store on London’s Bond street on September 8th. Fashion’s Night Out will take place in 16 countries this year, including Australia, Japan, Russia and China. (WWD)

Blue smoke
It’s not just fragrance companies that have been taking their inspiration from the colour blue: Estée Lauder has just released its new cosmetics collection, Blue Dahlia Pure Color makeup. Highly esteemed makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who is also the brand’s creative director for cosmetics, designed the collection. The five-colour Blue Dahlia eye palette is definitely a highlight, and is meant to “bring an edge to the classic smoky eye [with] a touch of bright blue,” said Pecheux. Shipping to Canada is now available at (Vogue UK)