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

Armani’s blue period, Spring 2011. Story by Anne Pringle.

Bleu de Armani
We took note when Chanel released their fragrance “Bleu de Chanel” and Tom Peucheux came out with the Blue Dhalia makeup collection for Estée Lauder. Blue has now shown up on the runway in the boldest statement yet: Giorgio Armani’s Milan show featured only the colour blue in different shades and textures, and was inspired by the Tuaregs—nomadic desert people of North Africa. Think long, draped skirts, bold ethnic jewellery, silky scarves wrapped around the model’s heads and flat sandals—all in deep shades of blue. To top it all off, the models wore smoky navy makeup around their eyes. This colour is definitely having a moment. (NY Times)

Formichetti for Uniqlo
The most recently released ads for Japanese label Uniqlo were styled by Nicola Formichetti (stylist to Lady Gaga and newly appointed director of Thierry Mugler) and feature Orlando Bloom. The expectant father stars in Uniqlo’s “Made for All” campaign, which advocates the philosophy that clothing design should not be confined by labels. The pieces are made to transcend age, gender and nationality—in other words, made for everyone, everywhere. Think straight-leg jeans, v-neck sweaters and crew neck T-shirts.  (Uniqlo) and (NY Mag)

Burton’s New McQueen
Sarah Burton is the new successor of Alexander McQueen, having taken the reigns as creative director in May. The pressure mounts as she prepares to debut her first independent womenswear collection on October 5. The designer said she hopes to maintain the McQueen “spirit and essence”, but that there might be a few changes. She claimed that being a woman, the collection would perhaps have more a woman’s point of view and be a littler softer. But she won’t lose the McQueen edginess completely. As she aptly put it, “There’s always got to be some darkness, because otherwise you don’t appreciate what’s light.” We can’t wait to see what she’s come up with. (Vogue UK)

Williamson + Bulgari
British designer Matthew Williamson collaborated with Bulgari on a new line of handbags for the Spring 2011 season. The capsule collection of bags features beautiful hexagonal clutches that come in jewel tones like ruby, sapphire and emerald and giant totes with bright, kaleidoscope style prints. The collection will likely be out of most of our price ranges, but if you are, say, Sienna Miller (a close friend of the designer), you can buy them at Bulgari stores as of January 2011. (In Style)