John Patrick layered together the many light-as-air pieces in Organic's Spring 2013 collection to create a series of natural and easy-to-wear looks. Soft-shouldered jackets, button-downs, and sleeveless tops drifted over short skirts or wide-legged trousers effortlessly. Part of the ease comes from a subdued color palette of white, black, cream, brown, and navy blue, but the rest owes to Patrick's soft tailoring and focus on the body. This collection's long, sheer t-shirts and skirts in navy linen strike that chord perfectly.
Now, except in the case of shoes that are red all over, Louboutin will be able to defend itself against shoemakers who copy its red soles. Armed with the new protection, Louboutin's lawyers will next square off against attorneys for Yves Saint Laurent. The parties have been engaged in a legal battle concerning a pair of red-soled YSL pumps for over a year.
Louboutin asked a New York court to prevent YSL from selling its own all-red, red-soled shoes last April. YSL pushed back in court papers, arguing that Louboutin's trademark on red soles, which it has held since 2008, should never have been granted in the first place. The judge agreed and asked Louboutin to prove it deserved the trademark.
Today's decision will undoubtedly vindicate Louboutin himself, whose lawyers have said he was ready to "fight like hell to the end." Late last month, the designer referred to the case as being "very much a double standard."
Photo via Christian Louboutin.
Could rumors about declining sales of Rachel Zoe's clothing label be related to concerns about the future of her Bravo reality show? Some sources say the line isn't selling as well as expected — despite indications from her business partners that they're "very happy" with its performance.
The show was an important promotional tool for the clothing, but so far it hasn't been renewed for a fifth season, and uncertainty about its future has been in the air for months. Last December, Zoe's husband Rodger Berman told Fashionista it was "still unclear" whether the show would return for a fifth season. This February, Zoe — who had at that point started her own television production company — told WWD, "After four years, maybe there's something to be said for starting something new."
That may explain why unnamed sources told Page Six Monday that Li & Fung — the Chinese retailing firm that backs Zoe's collection — "is panicked" about the future of the line, and that consumer interest in her wares has hit its peak. Alan Chartash, Li & Fung's chief strategy officer in the United States, said that was not the case.
"We're very happy. Apparel launched a year or so, and since that time, we've launched footwear, handbags and we're launching a line of jewelry exclusively with Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman," Chartash said. "We're supportive of Rachel and the continuation of the brand. Like any clothing line, it ebbs and flows, but we're very happy with the apparel sales."
Representatives from Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue, which also sell Zoe's clothing, had not responded to requests for comment as of this post.
Update: Bravo announced today that it has picked up The Rachel Zoe Project for a fifth season that will follow the stylist as she oversees her expanding business and family. Zoe herself said today during the Lucky Fabb conference that rumors of her business suffering are untrue. "My business is up significantly. Just launched jewelry, things are going well," she said. "None of those points from the NY Post article were true and it got picked up by everyone. Our retailers didn't even blink, though, because they know the truth."
Around the time editors and buyers alight on Paris Fashion Week, Lanvin will introduce a special box of bubblegum-flavored macarons at Ladurée.
Alber Elbaz himself created doodles for the box the confections will be sold in, which captures the playfulness of women of all ages enjoying the sweets.
Real women will have to wait until Sept. 25 to buy the multicolored confections in Paris. Ladurée's stores in New York, Great Britain, and Japan will start selling them on Sept. 28. The rest of the world will have to wait until Oct. 1 to savor the treats.
For now, a look at the whimsical packaging here in the gallery.
Photo courtesy of Ladurée.
The frenzy of Spring 2013 Fashion Week has barely just begun, but for models, bookers, and casting agents, the flurry of the season has been going strong for weeks.
Nowhere is there more evidence of that than in the season's show packages. Those glorious sets of model cards that each agency meticulously selects and designs — often with the help of a talented artist or graphic illustrator — to showcase who among their roster of girls will be available to walk the shows. The packages go out weeks before the presentations start, and not only do they serve as a way to introduce new models, they also set the tone for the whole season.
So which among them are our favorites for Spring 2013? Well, there's the quirky take on patriotism from One Model Management, the brightly hued, bloom-filled offering from Trump, and a whimsically drawn selection from IMG — complete with video featuring the contributing artist, Danny Roberts — for starters.
A peek at all those — plus the packs from Marilyn, Fusion, and more — here in the slideshow.
Kloss has not yet commented on the switch, but it will undoubtedly push her to the next level of her already stellar career. She will reportedly now share a manager with the world's highest-earning supermodel, Gisele Bundchen. IMG's women's board also includes Kate Moss, Liya Kebede, Lara Stone, Miranda Kerr, Sasha Pivovarova, and several other highly visible models.
"Karlie has an immense and loyal following, and we welcome the opportunity to help expand her relationships through endorsements as well as our global network that reaches beyond fashion," said Ivan Bart, IMG Models' senior vice president and managing director.
The 20-year-old model has already begun to widen her impact outside of the industry. On Fashion's Night Out, she'll introduce a line of cookies called The Perfect 10 at the DKNY store in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Proceeds from the cookies will provide school meals for hungry children across the globe.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- "As soon as I met Alexandra, I fell in love with her look and once I heard her sing, I was blown away by her incredible talent," says Erin Fetherston of singer Alexandra McDermott, who will perform at her Spring 2013 presentation and stars in Fetherston's Spring lookbook. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- Gucci is sponsoring a tribute to David Bowie's style at London's Victoria and Albert Museum that will open next March. The exhibit, called David Bowie is, will feature over 300 objects, including costumes, handwritten notes, set designs, and album artwork, among other items. [The Daily Telegraph]
- Just in time for New York Fashion Week, WWD has released an iPhone app designed to "deliver the news in whatever form our audience needs," says the paper's editor in chief Edward Nardoza. [WWD]
- The theme of Tommy Hilfiger's Spring 2013 collection is American optimism. Fitting, as he'll be showing on the same day and at the same time as another big name, Chado Ralph Rucci. [WWD]
- H&M will provide a free shuttle service in New York City on Fashion's Night Out. Double-decker buses will pick up and drop off passengers at four locations: 51st Street at Fifth Avenue; 59th Street at Lexington Avenue; Broadway at Prince Street; and 34th Street at Seventh Avenue. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- Hermés announced Tuesday that it sued LVMH in July, accusing the luxury conglomerate of insider training and manipulating stock prices in its acquisition of Hermés stock. [Styleite]
"Cosmopolitan is an iconic brand that resonates with women worldwide," Coles said in a statement. "To be able to take over the flagship edition is both a huge challenge and an incredible opportunity. I relish the chance to put my stamp on Cosmo and make it the young woman's ultimate playbook for confidence, choices and navigating change."
Coles, who has filed stories everywhere from the BBC to New York Magazine, introduced Marie Claire to the world of reality television. In 2008 she produced Running in Heels, a competition show set in the magazine's offices. She also got the brand's name on Project Runway when she hired Nina Garcia as Marie Claire's fashion director the same year.
White had been editor of Cosmopolitan for 14 years. She left to pursue her own writing and speaking engagements.
Update: Coles's office at Marie Claire will now be occupied by Anne Fulenwider, who served as the magazine's executive editor for two years until she became editor in chief of Brides in late 2011. "I have such a strong attachment to the brand and what it delivers to the savvy, stylish women who read it," Fulenwider said about her homecoming. "I look forward to contributing to its continued success on every front — from print to digital to television."
Photo via Joanna Coles.
"When something is consuming your thoughts, you suddenly notice it everywhere," writes Carine Roitfeld in the editor's letter for the first issue of CR Fashion Book. "When I learned that my daughter, Julia, was expecting, I immediately began seeing babies and new mothers on planes, at fashion shows, in New York and in Paris. Birth and rebirth all around. I became obsessed."
That explains why the seminal issue of the new magazine, which has been teased with videos and photographs, is "filled with both images and ideas about birth, pregnancy, and family." A black and white picture of a pregnant Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, belly exposed by an unzipped leather jacket, accompanies the online version of the editor's letter.
Evidence of this obsession is readily available on the magazine's revamped website, which launched on Tuesday. An editorial starring Marie Piovesan called "Lullaby," for example, features the model posing with a baby doll.
A focus on the industry's new talents will continue in issues to come. "I've edited the magazine to be a who's who of the next generation, as well as an ode to fashion's legends and icons," Roitfeld writes. "Created with humor, joy, grace, and always a dash of irreverence."
A look at the birth of Roitfeld's new magazine, which will hit newsstands on Sept. 13, here in the gallery.