Of the many contenders for Fall's must-have bag — and there are many — Marni's just-released Sculpture bag makes a pretty strong case . . . literally. Its lines are lean, its colors pure, and — with its structured shape and sleek metal handle — it falls right in line with the season's forward-marching mood. Priced from $1,050 to $2,160, the line is available at Marni stores and Marni.com now.
Those stories and more in our daily news profile.
- Bill Blass Limited has dismissed its women's designer Jeffrey Montiero and his entire design staff. The brand also canceled its Spring 2013 runway show, for which about 90 percent of the work had been completed. [Styleite]
- Salvatore Ferragamo will sell its Fall 2012 collection via an online trunk show. The offering goes online Tuesday and will be modeled by Lily Kwong. [The Cut]
- Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini — the duo behind Kirna Zabete — have revealed a glimpse of their 100-piece capsule for The Shops at Target, which hits Sept. 9. [Teen Vogue]
- Victoria Beckham has added eyewear to her ever-growing line. [WWD]
- Speaking of Victoria Beckham, a series of her tweets has some observers convinced that she and the rest of the Spice Girls will wear Giles Deacon to perform at the Olympic closing ceremony. [The Daily Telegraph]
- A bronze statue depicting model and former French first lady Carla Bruni as a worker in peasant clothing has been covered up after criticism aimed at her husband, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. [Vogue UK]
For example, the Frank Gehry-designed cafeteria on the fourth floor of 4 Times Square is, according to a story about Newhouse in The New York Observer, starting to look a little worse for the wear. "That was the symbol of the luxury of the place," one employee told the paper, who added that the food served there had also become less appealing. "I think they just stopped caring. I think something happened where they were like, 'I'm not spending any more money.'"
That something may be the downturn in the print advertising money the company used to enjoy, which has forced Condé Nast executives to examine other ways of making ends meet. Lucky Magazine, for example, will launch its own ecommerce site called myLucky on Aug. 17. (Vogue is still partnered with Moda Operandi, while GQ has a deal with Nordstrom.) Late last year, the company set up an entertainment division tasked with developing "television and online programming based on Condé Nast personalities, articles, and general brands."
But those new initiatives haven't started to make up for advertising revenue lost. One employee told the Observer that as a result, people who used to apply to the magazine in droves have started looking elsewhere for jobs.
"You do sense that maybe one of the weird by-products of the 'Death of Print' is that girls in sundresses don't all flock here quite as much," he said. "You sense a little bit the loss of that swagger, the feeling that 'I'm working in some special place.'"
Photo: Si Newhouse with Anna Wintour on Fashion's Night Out in 2011.
PPR has partnered with Yoox to help build an ecommerce platform for the fashion group's luxury brands — including Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Bottega Veneta — that its CEO Francois Henri-Pinault says will create websites "at the level of the shopping experience in store."
"The idea was to build a new business division at the group level, linked to me, to have a 360 degree vision of the digital world," he explained in an interview with Business of Fashion. "The team here is more about sharing experiences and making sure that the basics of e-commerce are fulfilled for every brand, whatever the size. We are benchmarking all the sites against the best practices in the world and we also have consumers testing our brands and using the sites."
Pinault said he decided to partner with Yoox — which currently powers ecommerce sites for Alexander Wang, Valentino, and Jil Sander, among others — because the retailer is the "best player when it comes to ecommerce and logistics platforms in the world of luxury and technology." While all the brands will build their sites from the Yoox base, each brand will have control over the way its site is designed.
The company hopes to have the other sites live and ready to deliver products to 100 countries by mid 2013. Pinault has even toyed with the idea of adding personal touches — like in-home tailoring — to go along with his efficient, up-to-date fleet of websites.
"Two considerations, your customer is close to a store, so at least you should have a service for making appointments and being received on time, or if you're not close to a store, why don't we think — and it's not done yet — of a network of professional tailors that come to your home, based on an appointment online to do the alteration for you?" he said. "This is the type of service that will be completely inaccessible for mainstream brands, but will make the difference between a luxury brand and an accessible brand."
Photo: The finale of Alexander McQueen's Fall 2012 show.
"It is interesting to see how much reaction this retro branding has created," Slimane said. "Clearly, this period of the history of the house was not well-known, which I trust was a surprise for Pierre Bergé. I went back to 1966 — just before the events of 1968 [when 11 million workers revolted against the conservative politics of then-President Charles de Gaulle — the biggest general strike in history], but the awakening of youth was in the air, and Yves Saint Laurent wanted to dissociate himself from the clientele of haute couture and embrace this new generation."
Since Slimane announced the name change in June, Arizona Muse, Karl Lagerfeld, and Bergé himself have publicly voiced their support for the change. When the house revealed an image of the new branding on Facebook last month, its followers were not as enthusiastic. One called the new name and logo "an act of disrespect" against the house's founder.
Saint Laurent, who would have turned 76 last week, was considered a pioneer in ready-to-wear when he founded Saint Laurent Rive Gauche in 1966, but he continued to design couture until he retired from fashion in 2002.
Supermodels, supermodels, and more supermodels — the week was filled with them. Victoria's Secret models Candice Swanepoel and Bregje Heinen, for example; the duo made quite the pair in two sets of corresponding dresses at the launch of Body by Victoria at the SoHo store in New York.
Coco Rocha was out and about in New York as well, where she walked the red carpet at the premiere of Total Recall. In a slim black dress with gold beaded sleeves and little black ankle booties, Rocha was (as usual) the picture of laid-back glam.
But the most exciting supermodel sightings of all? Carol Alt and Pat Cleveland. The legendary stunners turned heads at several events around New York in honor of the new documentary About Face: Supermodels Then and Now, in which both appear. At the very intimate Rose Bar screening of the film at the Gramercy Hotel, for example, the two were just as chic as ever: Alt in a curve-hugging shift dress and an arm full of beaded bracelets and Cleveland in an incredible ivory column dress with an asymmetrical neckline.
All those — plus Devon Aoki, Joan Smalls, and the many Total Recall premiere ensembles of Jessica Biel — here, in the slideshow.
Those stories in our daily news roundup.
- Terry Richardson stepped in front of his own camera in a new ad for jeweler David Webb. Richardson stars in the ad with model Eniko Mihalik. [Fashionologie Inbox]
- Isaac Mizrahi will make his first foray into the fragrance business with his new scent Fabulous. [WWD]
- Nine West's Runway Relief Program — which raises money for the CFDA's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer charity — will add new garments to its lineup this Fashion Week, including sunglasses, a drawstring backpack, and a newsboy cap. [Modelinia]
Congratulations are in order for Lacoste, which just became one of a handful of fashion brands whose Facebook profiles have received over 10 million "likes." But what about the other brands in this pantheon of likability, and where do other labels that are beloved in the real world rank in the digital standings?
Converse currently leads the pack of clothing and apparel brands on Facebook with a whopping 32.4 million likes. Adidas is second with 15.2 million, and Zara makes for a close third at just over 14 million. Then comes Burberry with 13 million. Levi's, H&M, and Lacoste all follow in close succession.
While some of the world's biggest luxury brands sit comfortably above the 5 million "like" mark, others fall beneath it. For its part, Lacoste is reported to have taken a more active role in managing its Facebook page in September 2010, when its "likes" numbered 1.6 million.
A look at where some other brands stand, here in the gallery.
"I was born Aug. 3, 1992, and Jourdan was born Aug. 3, 1990. We're birthday twins," Karlie Kloss told i-D . While Karlie has other ideas in mind for her celebration (this being her 21st, the model told Lucky that plans for her first legal drink include, "a margarita. Frozen. With a little umbrella.") we can think of no better way to fete their birthday (AKA "National Jourlie Day") than with 21 seriously stunning snaps of the model pals.
— Additional reporting by Christina Perez
For its Pre-Fall 2012 covers, i-D Magazine asked Terry Richardson to photograph a group including Cara Delevingne, Kelly Mittendorf, and Charlotte Free. The issue is billed as a "celebration of what it means to be young today," and editors at i-D selected these three to represent the young people who will shape the future of the world. But the magazine notes that youth isn't an age — it's a state of mind. "Feeling youthful is finding joy and pleasure in everything you do, whatever your age," its editors write. Let's see who'll join the youthful models on the magazine's additional covers. For now, a glimpse at these bright young things in the gallery.