>> Angela Missoni said just after the party began. See the collection for yourself when the pop-up store“I love this collection. We really pushed Target for maximum quality — more than they’ve ever done,"
>> Rachel Comey's wood-heel clogs and flat-soled oxfords are cult favorites, so at yesterday's presentation we couldn't wait to see what styles the designer had in mind for Spring 2012. We spotted so many covetable styles — ankle strap peep-toes, leather flatforms, wood-heeled loafers, and more. Shiny straw bucket hats and super-dark shades rounded out the rest of the accessories, and Elle Fanning was perched in the front row. Click through to see all the snaps from backstage.
>> For Spring 2012, Rachel Comey was feeling a bit introspective. "I was trying to capture this moment when I have my hat or sunglasses on and am able to wander around the city and look inward," she explained backstage after yesterday's show at Pier 59. "I was kind of creating this character that is maybe exploring traveling, getting away, or in some way has stuff on her mind — she's thinking things through."
Physically, this reflectiveness translated into relaxed silhouettes, textural layers, and lots of innovative prints. Knitwear stitches were photographed and printed onto chiffon skirts and tops for a trompe l'oeil effect, while large-scale prints by artist Rosemarie Auberson and photographer Gus Powell adorned crisp sheaths and silky frocks. "I wanted to play with depth, layers, and different levels of opacity," Comey commented.
>> Julie Gilhart, who exited her long-held Barneys fashion director role last November, is joining Amazon.com as consultant to the company's fashion group, which includes Amazon Clothing Store, Endless and MyHabit. She is expected — in a role similar to her responsibilities at Barneys — to help shape the group's fashion point of view and the assortment of designer brands. “Her ability to identify fashion trends, support emerging designers and work with established brands will help us provide excitement and new talent for Amazon’s growing fashion businesses,” said Maria Renz, CEO of MyHabit and Endless, and VP of shoes and jewelry at Amazon. [WWD]
Galliano, who as expected was absent from the today's hearing, was ordered to pay 13,500 euros ($19,031) in civil damages to three defendants, and was given suspended criminal fine of 6,000 euros ($8,443) — the latter he must only pay if he repeats the crime within the next five years. Prosecutor Anne de Fontette had called for a fine of no less than 10,000 euros ($14,100), while Galliano’s lawyer Aurelien Hamelle argued that his client should be acquitted. The maximum penalty in France for insulting someone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race, or ethnicity is six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros ($32,000).
>> Jenni Kayne summed up her Spring 2012 vibe as "country club chic with a hint of athleticism," expounding that she was taken with the 1972 surrealist film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie — "proper, feminine dressing with a twist" — and "the idea of a girl in the city going on her weekends to play tennis and hang out with her friends at the country club." A fitted peach blazer was colorblocked black near the bottom hem, and ankle-strap heels meshed metallic leather and suede, while Kayne called out a bubblegum pink short suit as one of her favorite looks. There was no last-minute scramble for this mother of two young children: "I'm a Virgo so we were actually done on time — we shot the lookbook on Friday in Los Angeles."
>> For Spring 2012, designer Lisa Salzer culled inspiration from a childhood spent on sunny Montauk beaches and the 1960s surf-travel movie Endless Summer. These influences were evident not only in the way the collection was presented — retro-suited models lounged amongst surf boards and driftwood strewn with exotic flowers — but in the materials used in the jewelry as well: rough-cut stones, oversized pearls, and burnished metal. Amongst the glittering layers of statement necklaces, vintage-tinged cuffs, and mixed-media earrings was another accessory of note — one that's been popping up somewhat regularly elsewhere as of late: anklets. Here, they were plentiful and plenty intriguing — undulating leaf-chains crawled up the leg, while rock-adorned styles draped to the toe. Click through to see these, plus more pics snapped at the presentation.
>> In lieu of a runway show or presentation this season, Vena Cava's Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock hosted an intimate dinner at MPD in the Meatpacking District, dressing friends like Tennessee Thomas, Stephanie LaCava, Kate Young, Nora Zehetner, and Lily Kwong for the occasion. “We really design for our friends so we thought this was a great way to do that and have a nice evening,” Buhai explained.
See Vena Cava's Spring 2012 collection here.
>> How does Tom Ford decide which pieces from his womenswear collections to produce? He makes Whitney, his PR, try on everything, and Carine Roitfeld, his former collaborator at Gucci, do the same when she's around. "If they don't wear it, it doesn't go into production," Ford says. "It's not about youth. Ninety percent of looking good is about being slim and limber — and how you move around." [Telegraph UK]