Posts for December 30th 2008
>> IN PRODUCTION —Natalie Massenet, founder of Net-a-Porter, has been promising her off-price "outlet for Net-a-Porter” site, The Outnet, since April. She's been coy with details so far, except to promise designer goods at heavily reduced prices, but it looks like we've finally got a launch date: February 2009. Until then, the site is up for those who want email updates. [Telegraph UK]
>> Back in October, Giorgio Armani didn't seem very keen on pulling a Valentino and retiring — especially since he had no heir in line — but at 74, he's still looking into other contigency plans for his privately-owned label. In fact, odd as it may seem, he explored — unsuccessfully — a merger with Hermes, in hopes to unite the companies’ strengths in clothes and accessories. If it had gone through, he maintains, the deal “could have been something fantastic. Hermes has such class, such prestige.” The dealbreaker, according to Armani, was that there were too many Hermes family shareholders to reach an agreement.
The alternatives left include going public with a stock market listing — which Armani ruled out, and acquisition offers from other bigger companies, which Armani has so far turned down. As for an heir, he's still looking, but without much success: "If I’m no longer the one that takes a bow at the end of the fashion show, then we’ll find another solution, though it’s hard to imagine what that might be. I keep trying to find people who can do things for me. In the end I am always the one who does them.” In the meantime, he's giving more responsibility to his relatives — niece Roberta Armani handles celebrity relations for the company, and nephew Andrea Camarena sits on the board and runs marketing and licensing.
If your Facebook picture is four haircuts old we suggest you pick up these pieces from Topshop and have yourself a 2009 photo shoot with the gals. The shoes are so Miu Miu, the suit is a great basic, and the cap, well, the cap could come in handy in a million other ways. A few amazing Halloween costumes come to mind. Topshop is winning us over one outfit at a time, as you can see.
>> INSIDER WIRE —What's the plan for 2009, aside from cancelling runway shows and other portents of doom and gloom? Alexander Wang, known for stopping by McDonald's post-show, will be giving up junk food, Lakshmi Menon wants to ward off "the consumerist frenzy of our times," and Erin Wasson, who was recently relieved of thousands of dollars of designer clothing, will be replacing the holes left in her home by going on a "crusade," devoting herself to "saving and adopting more animals." [The Pipeline, Style.com]
You know when you look at pictures of yourself from middle school and you're all flushed and happy and your hair is wild and your outfit kind of...whatever? There's something about Isabel Marant that reminds us of those days. Her signature slouchy, separates and boyish jackets often call up the 1980's and 1990's--but with Marant it's more juvenile than what we see from her Dynasty-evoking contemporaries. Like House of Holland or Alexander Wang there is something about the irresponsible playfulness that is just. so. good.
Check out the Isabel Marant Spring 09 collection right here and feel young again.
Fashionologie just reported on the Chanel Spring 2009 ad campaign and we're delighted to see these first shots. We're not going to lie, we've never been Chanel girls. We don't really understand the undying fascination with Karl Lagerfeld and we definitely don't look good in tweed. Alas, there is a slick, handsome side to Chanel that we do fall for and this campaign perfectly captures it. White tights?! We love them--especially when styled with coattails. Get the look now with bloomers or a black and white mini-skirt.
Our gals at GeekSugar spotted a Goyard laptop case that, at $830 a pop, is rubbing some people the wrong way. Gizmodo posted their frustrations with Geeksugar's excitement but we think someone needs to remind them that this is just par for the course. We're talking about a company that has, since 1892, produced leather goods for pets. We're talking about custom-sized dog collars and traveling water bowls and Gizmodo is up in arms about laptop cases? Puhlease. Geeksugar, we feel your enthusiasm. That is one snazzy, albeit pricey, leather good.
*Also, we're pretty sure it's just a document case that Vogue poised as a laptop case but that's beside the point.
>> After Chanel's bow bootie, flowy skirted Spring 2009 ad teaser appeared earlier this month, the big reveal is finally here, and Resort 2008 face Heidi Mount is continuing her house reign. It's a fitting choice, since she opened and closed the Spring 2009 show. The campaign also gives us our first look at the interior of Karl Lagerfeld's newly purchased Vermont home, though unfortunately it looks like it was photographed pre-furniture installation.