>> INSIDER WIRE —At Louis Vuitton, there is never a shortage of monograms or trinkets — and Sunday's show was no exception. Marc Jacob's business partner Robert Duffy mentioned backstage that the models had on pretty lingerie, and Raquel Zimmermann and others flipped up their skirts to reveal LV-monogrammed underpants. Meanwhile, after the show, Marc handed out the shoes straight off the runway to his favorite editors — Francesca Burns from i-D and Victoria Young of POP among them. [NYT, On the Runway, Style File, Jak & Jil]
Posts for October 7th 2008
London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009.
We're generally of the opinion that sequins are always a good thing; even if you don't indulge in more than one piece for the entire season. Given the economy and the fact that these are the flashiest of Fall trends, we say pick a piece you really like and stop there. Trench coats, crisp denim, tennis shoes, and cotton basics are the only items that need to be bought over and over again. The sequins, on the other hand, should be given a little special attention. For runway examples from the Fall 08 season, check out our trend gallery: http://content.coutorture.com/1920253.
>> Two years after Procter & Gamble shuttered the ready-to-wear portion of Rochas, leaving Olivier Theyskens temporarily without a job, they're ready to open back up for business.
The company has signed a licensing agreement with Italy's Gibo SpA — owned by Japanese apparel maker Onward Holdings Co., which has also produced clothes for Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors — to produce Rochas ready-to-wear once again, with the first collection debuting in March 2009.
There is no designer attached yet — at least not publicly, but one has to wonder: A new opportunity for Alessandra Facchinetti? And why would they resurrect the brand now, in this economic climate, when it was shut the first time around because it was losing too much money? Not that it's not exciting to see it back . . .
Like to spend a preposterous amount on cultural signifiers that people outside of your subcultural find at best strange and at worst socially irresponsible? If you have a thing for flaunting convention, hate being part of the mainstream, and have a tendency to roam for months at a time each year then you might just be a fashionista. Or a Harley Davidson customer. The similarities between the cultural is really quite something isn't it?
>> INSIDER WIRE —After the "confirmed" reports yesterday that Kate Winslet would be playing Vivienne Westwood in an upcoming biopic, it looks like someone spoke too soon. Today, the designer's team is denying the claim: "The script has not even been finished yet, let alone casting. Kate Winslet was just one of many names that were mentioned as possibles to play Vivienne, but this whole thing has been blown completely out of proportion." Winslet's publicist also said the reports were "not at all true." [Off the Rack]
All of the fiddly bits on display at Louis Vuitton's Spring 2009 show are liable to give minimalists a heart attack but for those that like a little ornamentation it was great inspiration for Fall. One of the best styling tricks was the incorporation of tassels in unexpected places. While you can't buy the collection for a few months you can certainly get a head start on the tassel trend right now. We have taken the liberty of suggestion a few options.
Jonathan Saunders is having a heck of a high low October with his collection for Target's Go International launching and next week's release at Kabiri of his new collaboration with Atelier Swarovski. The British designer has developed an exclusive Swarovski pointillage technique in which crystals are embedded into a ceramic-like material. For AW08, Saunders has created a nine-piece graphic collection including cylindrical and circular pendants, rings and leather bracelets. The collection is both architectural and industrial and would go great with his own line, his Target line or even his line for Pollini
Concerns over diminished consumer spending is increasing as economists predict doom and gloom if buyers cut back further on their spending than strictly necessary. Sure maybe going for a $900 pair of patent leather booties is a little silly right now but if economists say you need to spend maybe go in for a nice smaller purchases like say a scarf? With a wink and a nod we enable you and the economy to feel better.
Procter & Gamble Co has found a way to reopen the Rochas fashion house thanks to a licensing agreement with Italian manufacturer Gubo.Co SpA to produce ready-to-wear apparel under the Rochas brand. The announcement was just confirmed by WWD who says the first collection will be shown in March 2009. Olivier Theyskens, Rochas' former designer is currently at Nina Ricci.
We always thought Diane Von Furstenberg was more of a Marvel Comics girl than a D.C Comics girl but now we may have to reconsider. With “Be the Wonder Woman You Can Be, Featuring the Adventures of Diva, Viva & Fifa, one of the stories revolves around who Diva finds herself in a downtown bar to celebrate a male colleague’s successful leveraged buyout and his pending promotion. It turns out, however, that Diva was the brains behind the project. You go Girl! However, D.C has traditionally been the more fantastical of the two comic book houses as Marvel sets its universe in present America. And we all know successful leveraged buyouts are a thing of the past. Guess its a good thing DVF went with D.C Comics.
Frette is feeling a little worried about its image announcing that it has a new line of more affordable yoga and loungewear to go with its $1,500 sheets.
Roberto Crivello and Savania Davies-Keiller’s new 2,500-square-foot DDCLab flagship at 7 Mercer Street in SoHo highlights the designers’ use of high-tech fabrics and performance design