>> Marc Jacobs president Robert Duffy, who is in the midst of a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Marc Jacobs executive — the plaintiff Patrice Lataillade alleges that he was “subjected to a discriminatory environment” which included the display of gay pornography, and that he was “fired in retaliation for objecting to that environment” — doesn't seem to be worried about the allegations, even though the lawsuit is still very much under way. A video was posted on the official Marc Jacobs YouTube channel today, showing Duffy in the stock room, "working up a sweat" and stripping down to his briefs.
>> Tilda Swinton has played muse for Viktor & Rolf and Haider Ackermann — she met both, as well as Alber Elbaz, Stefano Pilati, Phoebe Philo, and Raf Simons (who designed her wardrobe for the 2010 film I Am Love) — through her close friend Jerry Stafford, the creative director of a French production company, who she works with in place of a stylist. “He’s my playmate,” she says. “It’s a game, and we have great fun with it.”
Swinton cites David Bowie and her father, Major General Sir John Swinton, as her style icons, and says of working with friends on what she wears for the red carpet: “For someone to know what you need to make you comfortable, they need to know who you are. Having them make clothes for me is like being cooked for by someone who knows what you like to eat.”
For the one-sleeve black Lanvin sheath she wore to the 2008 Oscars, for instance, she told Elbaz she wanted “to attract as little attention as possible and to feel as comfortable as if I were wearing pajamas. Little did I know that the really simple, chic dress one might have worn in Paris or Berlin would stick out like a sore thumb in Los Angeles.”
Stafford also creative directed Swinton's cover story for the August 2011 issue of W (left) — together they created a mood board for the shoot.
>> For Resort 2012, Eddie Borgo's signature spikes and studs lighten up in sunny yellow, tropical blue, and aqua pave. Inspired by ancient rulers' historic penchant for turquoise — and its supposed protective properties — Borgo turned to the legendary gemstone, adding it to tribal shapes such as anchor pendants, spike necklaces, and arrow medallions. “I’d wanted to work with turquoise for a long time,” he explained. “Resort gave me an opportunity to rethink the classics.” Here's a peek at the entire tropical adventure-ready collection, now available for pre-order on Moda Operandi.
>> Lara Stone graces Emmanuelle Alt's fourth Vogue Paris cover — Alt has yet to feature anyone other than a model on one of her covers — for August 2011, wearing Fall 2011 Haider Ackermann in a cinematic shot. A peek at Stone's new Calvin Klein Collection campaign for Fall 2011 also just came out, which means that despite her recent stint for Tom Ford, her exclusive contract for the brand must still be going strong.
>> Jean Paul Gaultier will offer swimwear alongside his second lingerie collection for La Perla, available in January for Spring 2012. Presented during last week's couture shows in Paris, the new collection features a wearable — and sexy — assortment of bandeau bikinis, bondage-inspired one-pieces, and cut-out tank suits. A pool-ready palette of pale turquoise, sand, orange, and black gets a dose of JPG's trademark femme-fatale fierceness via lattice detailing, draped necklines, and sheer panels, while side-laced mini skirts and draped-back halter dresses make appearances in the form of cover-ups.
>> LVMH has appointed Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the 36-year-old co-founders of Opening Ceremony, as creative directors of Kenzo, effective immediately. They replace Antonio Marras, who joined Kenzo in 2004, and will show their first Kenzo collection in October for Spring 2012.
Under Leon and Lim, Kenzo is to be repositioned in the contemporary sector, with prices expected to range from 200 euros to 1,500 euros ($285 to $2,135).
"It’s great to bring this young, contemporary generation into Kenzo,” said Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and CEO of LVMH’s fashion division. “They’re really embracing what was the origin of Kenzo — that Jungle spirit.” Roussel interviewed a wide range of both young and experienced designers for the position, he said, but was struck by the “360-degree vision of the fashion industry” Leon and Lim have. He added that Marras had been “respectful of the heritage of the brand . . . What we need now is something which has more energy, which is looking forward in terms of addressing a new generation.”
While the pair are not trained as designers, they expect to “build an exciting team” of designers to realize their vision for Kenzo. Leon said that while he sketches ideas, “we’ve always worked in a team community.”
They plan to continue with Opening Ceremony, and split their time between Paris and New York.
>> The family-owned house Sonia Rykiel may be selling a minority stake in order to speed up its expansion, its president Nathalie Rykiel confirmed. Rykiel has hired Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance to explore the possibility.
“I have not taken any decision,” Rykiel noted. “I have only just started analyzing the possibility. I don’t know if it’s something I want to pursue, but I want to develop the brand. It has huge potential, in Asia obviously, but elsewhere also." She added that the brand is capable of continuing development without any outside partners: “I know that I can go much faster and further with outside help, but I am not even at the stage of contemplating whether the partner should be French or international."
Sonia Rykiel posted sales of 89.6 million euros ($118.9 million) in 2010, which were roughly flat compared to the company's 2009 sales, Rykiel said.
>> On Saturday, 18-year-old Karlie Kloss and 21-year-old Joe Jonas were spotted watching Prince William play a charity polo math at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club together, prompting dating rumors. Although the two arrived at the event separately, they posed for photo booth pictures together, attended a luncheon, and were later spotted "chatting it up in the stands" — Celebuzz has candid pictures. [People, Us]
>> Now that Kate Middleton has wrapped up her North American tour, Good Morning America had Rachel Zoe on this morning to deliver her verdict on Middleton's fashion choices. Zoe, who pointed out Middleton's navy lace Erdem dress as one of her favorite looks from the tour — "[it was] just beyond chic" — added: "I'd love to see her wear a very tailored tuxedo, like a beautiful white tuxedo look would be really, really chic on her. But she's stunning. She looks good in everything."
Zoe's full commentary in the video below.