>> Just a few short days after showing his Spring 2012 collection for Vionnet, Rodolfo Paglialunga has left the brand. “Rudy is a talented designer who has allowed us to restart a sleeping brand,” co-owner Matteo Marzotto said, noting that the decision was consensual. Marzotto added that he has big plans to further grow Vionnet and extend its product offering. Italian twin sisters Barbara and Lucia Croce have been tapped to replace Paglialunga, who joined Vionnet in February 2009. [WWD]
>> The event schedule was jam-packed, the weather was unseasonably warm, and the super-chic were out in full-force — here's a look at some of the knock-out street style spotted during Day 5 of Paris Fashion Week. Click through to see Anna Dello Russo in three different eye-catching ensembles — complete with matching headgear; Julia and Carine Roitfeld, Liv Tyler, and Leigh Lezark rocking this season's panther prints at the Givenchy afterparty; and Chanel Iman stepping out in the Giuseppe Zanotti-designed booties from Kanye West's debut collection. All this, plus more in the slideshow.
>> It's in the jeans. Full-on denim looks were all over the runways for Spring 2011 — Jason Wu, Celine, Stella McCartney, and Chloe all offered up the style — and it looks like the trend is continuing for Fall. Over the past few weeks, we've spotted denim-on-denim on a handful of Fashion Week street style regulars — Lauren Santo Domingo even sported two separate versions of the look at recent shows. While the record-breaking high temperatures in Europe have no doubt made this breezy style work well now, there's no reason the look can't be worn straight through Winter with the addition of some key styling pieces. Click through to see street-snapped double-denim inspiration and shop all the looks, here in the slideshow.
Photo courtesy of StyleSight
>> Yesterday, Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim welcomed editors and buyers to view their first, contemporary-slanted Kenzo collection — for Spring 2012 — at company headquarters. Giant, brightly-colored block K, E, N, Z, and O letters were lying about, a remix of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was playing on the loudspeaker, and their friend Chloe Sevigny closed the parade of models in a blue jumpsuit.
“We kind of put our feelers out that we were available to do something,” Leon said of how they got the job — they were two of 30 candidates interviewed. “We wanted to do a big project that felt ——” “—— creative and exciting,” said Lim, finishing his sentence.
And it seems that they succeeded, according to Style.com: "Reactions at the presentation and afterward leaned toward raves." Added WWD: "The knowingly hip outfits probably missed the duo’s ambition of designing for 'all different types of bodies and ages,' as Leon said, but they delivered enough of a jolt to successfully reposition Kenzo as a more accessible contemporary label." Most of all, sounds like Lim and Leon will be sticking around a while — LVMH executive Pierre-Yves Roussel, who interviewed all 30 Kenzo candidates, noted of the collection: "It was exactly what we wanted."
>> The new Pierre Balmain diffusion line launched Sunday in Paris, bringing with it lots of easy-wearing rock-tinged classics — moto jackets, skinny jeans — for Spring 2012. Priced from $172 (for tops) to $1,300 (for eveningwear), the collection is much more accessibly-priced than the main line — a Balmain T-shirt costs around $1,500 — and includes clothing for both men and women. Also accompanying the launch of the collection is a third — and final — Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin-directed video, which features a grunged-up Abbey Lee Kershaw on the run around Manhattan with her band, Our Mountain. See the video below, then click through for a peek at the entire Pierre Balmain collection, hitting stores in December.