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>> Rachel Zoe has "no idea" what annual sales might be for her new eponymous collection, which hits a long list of stores in July: Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Intermix, Selfridges, Kirna Zabete, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Shopbop.com. But she says she went numb when she heard who had bought the line: “It was this dream that I never thought would be reality because I was petrified — I was. I feel so complete now becoming a designer and having my son. I’m that happiest that I’ve ever been in my life.”
Neiman Marcus, for one, is launching Zoe's sportswear, handbags, and shoes at all 41 of its doors, plus online and at Bergdorf Goodman; "The rollout across the entire Neiman Marcus Group is a rare endorsement of a fledgling brand," WWD notes. Why the decision? "She is a real talent,” Ken Downing, SVP and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, notes of Zoe. “She understands the customer and she’s brought an effortless chic to the collection. The clothes are going to appeal to women of many ages. And, she’s got an amazing name.”
Next up for Zoe? The fourth season of The Rachel Zoe Project, which will begin airing on Bravo in July; and jewelry for Fall 2012. “I wish it were for spring,” Zoe says. “I am dying to do jewelry. I’m gagging.”
>> Pamela Love's much-anticipated collaboration with Topshop (her first collaboration ever) just hit the retailer's site online in limited quantities — in some cases, only 50 or 100 pieces were made. Many of the jewels are hidden within Topshop's "Secret Store," which also features limited-edition creations from Ann-Sofie Back, Michael Van Der Ham, Tom Scott, and Meadham Kirchhoff.
>> To celebrate its official launch, London agency Viva Model Management has released a series of its talent — including Natalia Vodianova, Raquel Zimmermann, and Maryna Linchuk — captured without any makeup or hair styling, and sans any kind of retouching. Scott Trindle shot the collection of black and white images over the past year in his Dalston flat, when each model was visiting London.
"[Trindle's] images stood out because it was just so interesting and rare for us to see the girls like that; he shot them with no additional hair, make-up or styling," Viva's director Natalie Hand explained. "They were shot exactly as they were in person, exactly how they were when they walked through his door. And they looked really beautiful. The blemishes added to their charm. And you could definitely learn something about the model's real character from the pictures."
>> ASOS was all femme, all the time for its Spring 2011 in-house collection, but for Fall the collection can be summed up in three words: "Color. Coats. Clashing." Inspired by British shores and the Americas, the goods feature white-soled cobalt oxfords, a textural green-neon miniskirt, and a mustard pleated dress. The full collection, in the slideshow.
>> Launched in February during New York Fashion Week, Lauren Santo Domingo's online trunk show site, Moda Operandi, is now raising its second round of venture capital funding, co-founder and CEO Aslaug Magnusdottir confirmed yesterday. Magnusdottir declined to say how much was being raised, but noted that she had been approached by several investors as interest in online luxury retailers grows. "The recent successes of Gilt [Groupe], Rue La La, and Net-a-Porter being sold has really made this a much more interesting sector for a lot of investors," Magnusdottir said, referring to recent deals. MO received its first round of funding last year from Boston-based venture capital firm New Atlantic Ventures, and is expected to be profitable by the end of 2012, Magnusdottir said. She hopes that the site's membership will hit 100,000 by the end of this year, up from 15,000 now. [Reuters]
>> Not to say you shouldn't show off that amazing one-piece swimsuit or cute bikini, but for those times when you're out of the pool and not yet ready to put on real clothes, we suggest you elevate your postswim ensemble with options such as a silk printed cover caftan from Mara Hoffman, a bonny yellow dress from Vix, or a fancier bright teal dress from ASOS. The options are endless, but we edited it down to our 12 favorites — peep them all in the slideshow.
>> Erin Wasson's new collaboration — the Erin Meets Zadig line, done with French luxury lifestyle brand Zadig & Voltaire — is set to be introduced during Paris Couture Week in July. The presentation will have a strong musical element, according to Zadig & Voltaire founder Thierry Gillier, which comes as no surprise — when Wasson designed her RVCA line, those presentations often had a live band performance; the last two involved Gang Gang Dance and Yeasayer.
But the similarities between her RVCA and Zadig & Voltaire collaborations stop there, Wasson says: “Zadig & Voltaire is a sophisticated French brand. I was aware of this difference [from RVCA] when we started developing the collection. We worked with more luxurious fabrics and materials.” Erin Meets Zadig was inspired by “life, classic cars, and Rod Stewart,” Wasson adds: “The collection feels almost sensual. I wanted it to be about basic shapes with subtle texture."
Wasson features in the Zadig & Voltaire Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 ad campaigns, as well as the lookbook for Erin Meets Zadig, shot by Fred Meylan in the Hamptons (a few images in the slideshow). Gillier notes: “Erin’s capsule is really different from what we are doing today. It allows us to offer an even more distinctive product. We are rock ’n’ roll, but Erin is even more rock ’n’ roll.”
The 15-piece offering, which includes a studded suede jacket, leather pants, a cashmere jumpsuit, and a python bag and boots, ranges from 90 euros ($120) for a cotton tank to 1,050 euros ($1,400) for a foal skin coat. It will be launched exclusively on Net-a-Porter in September, before rolling out in 80 Zadig & Voltaire stores worldwide. Though it was originally intended to be a one-off, the capsule collection could evolve into another type of project in coming seasons, Gillier said: “We are already exploring different ideas to do something new next season with her and with other people.”
>> Estella Warren, a former Victoria's Secret model and face of Chanel No. 5, was arrested Monday night in LA for driving under the influence of alcohol. "Warren hit three parked cars in what was considered three separate collisions," according to a rep for the LA sheriff's department. The 32-year-old model failed to stop for police when they tried to pull her over near her home and later physically assaulted an officer. "She was uncooperative and demanding," the rep says. "She removed her handcuffs and fled the police station. She was captured and transported back." Warren — who appeared as Little Red Riding Hood in a series of Chanel No. 5 television commercials directed by Luc Besson in 1998 — was booked on a $100,000 bail following her arrest for hit and run, felony escape, and DUI. [People, Vogue UK]