>> “People think of someone like Alexander Wang and know him for his clothes and for his life as an ‘It’ boy,” Michael King, co-founder of the new website The Food Life, explains. “But no one really knows that he spends three nights a week eating family meals at home." As such, the site visited the designer at his brother's home on one of those evenings to partake in — as Wang put it — “my version of comfort food”: grilled Chinese sausage with sliced garlic, braised beef noodle stew, and the like. “It's like the one thing that still hasn’t changed since I was little," Wang explains of his nights in. "No matter how busy or how little we see each other, cooking always brings us back memories of growing up.” [The Food Life]
>> Helmut Lang seems pretty set about not coming back to fashion — he recently shredded the remains of his archives for an art exhibition — but that doesn't mean he isn't still being pursued. Apparently, after Jean Paul Gaultier decided to leave Hermes in May 2010, Lang was the firm favorite to replace Gaultier as Hermes creative director, W reports. But: When Hermes courted Lang, he refused — he wanted to continue his newfound career as an artist instead of returning to fashion — and the job instead went to Christophe Lemaire.
While Hermes womenswear contributes less than 10 percent of the brand's annual turnover, it does have a symbolic significance in the media and how the brand is viewed. And speaking of views, another Hermes family member has spoken out about Bernard Arnault and the threat of an LVMH takeover. Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the company's group artistic director, tells W: “Hermes has grown out of a family culture with a set of values that we all believe in. I am convinced it would disappear if the family dimension was taken away or diluted. You know, there have been a lot of very good, small restaurants in Paris that have been bought by big chains over the years, usually in the name of better management. But somehow their clients have stopped going, because they have lost their souls ... This whole situation has been an incentive to work even harder. I have told everybody, ‘Listen, guys — it’s time to be more Hermes than ever.’”
>> With Jil Sander's last +J collection for Uniqlo hitting stores this Fall, the retailer has announced a new designer partnership with Undercover's Jun Takahashi. Both Uniqlo and Takahashi have declined to comment on the details or scope of the collaboration, which was inked June 1, but the first collection will hit stores for Spring 2012. According to a release, the details of the collaboration will be announced "as they are determined." [WWD, Honeyee]
>> With Sarah Jessica Parker, Harvey Weinstein, Marios Schwab, and now board member Tamara Mellon no longer involved with Halston, and rumors of clashes between the remaining board members, brand owners Hilco Consumer Capital are looking for a strong figure to help rebuild the brand, which is now focusing solely on the contemporary Halston Heritage line.
Max Azria put in a bid for Halston when a sale or additional investment was being considered by Hilco, and although neither panned out, the dealings may have provided the leader Halston is looking for: Ben Malka, who has been president of BCBG Max Azria Group since 2001, is said to be close to joining the brand to head up the Heritage business — and he may be bringing Marie Mazelis, creative director of Herve Leger and Max Azria, with him. Mazelis has confirmed that she plans to leave BCBG Max Azria Group, but would not comment on her next move: “I haven’t made a final decision yet.” Malka, for his part, denied that he was joining Halston on Friday.
>> In April, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted exiting Coach headquarters with company creative director Reed Krakoff. Soon after, Coach confirmed that Paltrow was set to serve as brand ambassador for an international campaign to mark Coach's 70th anniversary this Fall and next Spring. Krakoff called Paltrow “a natural choice . . . She embodies the spirit, energy and elegance of the Coach brand.”
>> The iconic little dot. A favorite of the fashion set since in the mid-1700s (when it was worn by late-Rococo aristocracy), spotted prints were christened "polka dots" in the 1840s as polka music captivated the world. Since then, the popularity of the graphic little dots has only grown; in 1940, the print was so omnipresent that The Los Angeles Times remarked, "You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you'll never regret it this season." One won't regret it this season either — especially when it comes to pants. In every incarnation from palazzos to clam-diggers, dotted bottoms have been showing up on runways steadily for the last three years. Here, we track the trend from Louis Vuitton's 2009 slouchy silk versions (precursors to today's popular pajama dressing perhaps?) to recent sightings on the Resort 2012 runways.
>> Mara Hoffman's embroidered aztec-print bikinis earned themselves a cult following this Summer, and based on the swimwear-heavy Resort 2012 collection she debuted in Miami over the weekend, there's more where that came from. Although she didn't entirely let the tribal prints go — colorful geometric prints dubbed "Tiki" or "Totem" popped up on a maxi dress or two — Hoffman also veered into the land of Egypt, sourcing sarcophagi and and evil eyes for her maillots and minidresses.
>> Anja Rubik wed longtime boyfriend (and fellow model) Sasha Knezevic over the weekend at a church in Deia on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Peter Dundas (who designed Rubik's custom Pucci wedding dress), plus Maryna Linchuk and boyfriend Salvatore Morale, were all in attendance for the intimate festivities.
>> Like Christian Louboutin and his red soles, a Charlotte Olympia shoe is instantly recognizable by its two-inch front platform. As such, the label's Resort 2012 collection is rife with platform pumps — updated in colorful satin, leopard, denim, dots . . . and there's even an espadrille style. But for those who like to feel the ground under their feet, there are a couple of options sans platforms — and even one pair of leopard-print flats. The whole collection, in the slideshow, is now available for pre-order on Moda Operandi.
>> Marios Schwab's fate at Halston didn't sound promising yesterday, and now it's been determined: his contract, which expired, will not be renewed. It sounds like the Halston designer collection, too, is no longer: The brand will reportedly not produce a Spring 2012 collection, and it sounds like it's unclear as to whether the Fall 2011 collection will be delivered to stores.
Harvey Weinstein, who has had an equity stake in Halston for the past couple of years, has also officially split from the brand. As WWD notes, he brought high-profile attention to the brand with his name attached, but: "His role was essentially that of a figurehead with little or no operational responsibility."
Despite all the departures, Halston is still said to have full confidence from parent company Hilco Consumer Capital, which recently invested $7.5 million in the brand more after seeing recent growth at retail. The focus going forward is said to be on the secondary Halston Heritage line.