THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

A hint of what’s to come at Ungaro? Giles Deacon, Spring 2009. Story by Anne Pringle.

Giles for Ungaro
Giles Deacon was appointed the new position of creative director for Ungaro this May, and this Monday, he’ll show his hotly anticipated debut collection for the Parisian house. He claims that the brand has “a romance to it and that feeling of Parisian glamour that people are attracted to around the world.” We can expect a fresh, light pastel palette with lots of black lace—in cocktail dresses for daywear, along with some evening gowns. (Vogue UK)

A little something from Tommy?
Tommy Hilfiger just purchased a $31 million, 15,000 square foot estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. Presumably so he could cut back on moving van miles (and to clear space for new furniture), Hilfiger held an online auction for 500 of his decor items, including Austrian hand-painted hutches, upholstered French settees, an antique Victorian desk, signed Picassos, Louis XIV-style armchairs and a Ralph Lauren sideboard. Sound alright? Apparently, Hilfiger is planning another auction with “even better merchandise” in late November. (WWD)

Klum, Angel no more
After 13 years of modeling for Victoria’s Secret, Heidi Klum and the lingerie brand are parting ways. The 37-year old German American model is reportedly leaving the brand because she is busy with other things—like hosting Project Runway and designing clothing lines (not to mention being the mother to her four children)! Seeing as Klum held the position of “Head Angel” at Victoria’s Secret, the spot is now open. Will it be taken by Adriana Lima or Alessandro Ambrosio? Or perhaps it will be the next “It girl” Rosie Huntington-Whiteley? Stay tuned… (NY Mag)

Sander + Uniqlo
On Wednesday, we told you about Uniqlo’s new “Made for All” campaign, which promotes the retailer’s philosophy that clothing should transcend age, gender and nationality. Minimalist master Jil Sander is the perfect design house to collaborate on a universal clothing project, and has just released its third +J collection for Uniqlo. The line contains over 150 pieces, and boasts a palette of black, white, silver, grey, beige and, adding to the recent trend, all shades of blue—from “storm to sky.” There is a black wool and cashmere jacket, tight-fitted, high-waisted duffle coats in pewter wool, a silvery down jacket and leggings. (Fashionologie)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Doutzen on-set and ready for her close-up. Story by Anne Pringle.

Holiday cheer
Pregnant Dutch supermodel (and current Flare cover star) Doutzen Kroes was just spotted in New York shooting an ad campaign. Even if she was showing already (it’s only been three months), it wouldn’t matter because she’s in a winter coat! The romantic ad is for Tiffany &Co.’s holiday campaign, shot by the legendary Peter Lindbergh. (Fashionista)

Tommy eyewear revamp
Tommy Hilfiger is about to release its first eyewear collection with Safilo Group. The brand previously collaborated on optical eyewear and sunglasses with Viva International, but they opted for a fresh start with a new company once their license expired. Tommy Hilfiger told WWD that the designs are “inspired by the preppy heritage of the brand with a modern, luxurious and sun spin.” (WWD)

Ugg’s new knits
Ugg Australia is on a roll: Last week we told you that they will collaborate with Jimmy Choo on a limited-edition boot, and now they have announced they will be launching a knitwear line. Collections for both men and women will be available this fall online at Look for the cashmere-wool line in chunky hand-knit V-necks, cardigans, Italian merino wool sweater coats, and cable-knit sweaters with hoods lined with full grain shearling. (WWD)


Cute boy, cute toque. TOMMY, the new, more affordable line from Tommy Hilfiger, previewed last night during a packed fashion show at the Gladstone. The brand is in the midst of all kinds of moving and shaking, and TOMMY seems certain to further up the ante. Look for it in stores this fall. Photograph by Marq Frerichs.

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Crystal Renn (centre) and friends for Gaultier Fall 2010. Story by Anne Pringle.

Leaked campaign
The Fall 2010 ad campaign for Jean Paul Gaultier was leaked on the web yesterday, revealing a refreshingly diverse group of facess: plus-size model Crystal Renn, Chinese model Ping Hue and French model Kelly Moirera. The pictures are stunning, but they may reintroduce questions about Renn’s possible weight loss or photo retouching that may have taken place. (NY Mag)

Unconventional ad
Tommy Hilfiger has released a new campaign featuring a dysfunctional family named “The Ultimate Tailgate.” The scenes feature a mother and father with cocktails in hand, a son who was kicked out of boarding school, and a foreign exchange student (among others). Customers can even follow the escapades of the family online on Facebook and Twitter. Guess Lacoste isn’t the only one reaching out to a younger audience. (WWD)

The scent of Gaga
The eclectic Lady Gaga may be further broadening her spectrum—not only with her line of hats with Philip Treacy—but with her own fragrance. Rumour has it that she will be partnering with Coty on the production. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! (Fashionista)