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See those fabulous high waisted jeans in our [Summer] In The City photo shoot? Well, feast your eyes on Australia's newest denim incarnation, Denim & Thread. The label, borne in 2006, sticks with a classic 25 weight gauge thread to create a fit that rivals your mom's sick 70's denim. These jeans are not flimsy, they don't rip by the inseam, they're solid, sturdy jeans like the good 'ol days. Creating a 'classic' fit, however, doesn't mean the label's manifesto is stuck in the past. Denim & Thread is mostly created from organic cotton by way of sustainable farming and their distressed denim is hand sanded so that distressed doesn't eventually equal unwearable. The jeans featured in our editorial are part of the Fall collection but check out the brand's Spring 08 offerings, with everything from high rise to acid washed. Denim & Thread is run by designer Ron London and denim technician Alex Lambousis. In New York, they are sold at OAK boutique.
An original editorial by Coutorture.com. Photographer Robert Malmberg, Fashion Editors Megan Zanke and Julie Fredrickson, Makeup Julie Fredrickson, Models Nana Keita and Stang Disayanon from Red Model Management, Clothing by Karen Walker (navy dress, red floral dress, tie-dye trousers), Catherine Holstein (yellow trousers, yellow/navy dress, velvet blouse), Jets Swimwear (navy stripe suit), Denim & Thread (jeans).
The Opening Ceremony of Paris, Colette, is closing its doors in light of a renovation. All merchandise will be available on the store's website during the time the shop is closed (a true testament to those Colette dedicated but e-commerce shy customers). The renovations are said to take up the Summer and our guess is they'll open up again when the big Fall deliveries start rolling in (August 30th).
The BA (Hons) Fashion Students at Central Saint Martins showed their collections last night in London. Among them was Alithia Spuri-Zampetti's graphic illustrations atop body skimming garments which won the designer the L'Oreal Professional Award and a nice head-start after college. Among the 40 students who showed their final collections, we're sure many of them will be recruited by design houses with or without the award.
Proenza Schouler is poised to design shoes for Giuseppe Zanotti starting this Resort season and carrying on to Spring 09. The range will be carried in Proenza Schouler in New York, Paris, and MIlan, among other places--surely buyers won't shy away from this pairing of design talent.
There's more drama from the NexCen/Bill Blass story. NexCen insists that its business model is sound (they've acquired, among others, pretzel and cookie companies along with Bill Blass) in focusing on companies with strong licensing revenues. Shareholders, promised millions in profits, are losing a lot of money and between the 30 million dollar invoice from Great American Cookies (which must be paid by October 17th), there are thoughts that the NexCen Brands Inc. might fold all together.
>> Here's one that's almost as bad as the Marc Jacobs scarf debacle of February 2008. Martin Margiela created an emphasized-shoulder cotton t-shirt with an esoteric horse graphic as part of his Spring 2008 collection. The shirt has been sell-out, even at a whopping $1,395 a pop.
Problem is, the image on the tee is nearly identical to an image painted by British artist David Penfound in 1998, which also covers t-shirts . . . thatretail for $19.95. Margiela's reps say their graphic is a "collage of nostalgic images compiled in-house," but you can jump to your own conclusions. Let's just put it this way: When asked about the similarity, Penfound said he planned on contacting Margiela.
>> Naomi Campbell often appears to have a larger than life personality, and now, Nick Knight is working to make appearance reality.
The photographer is using 3-D scanners to create a series of 30-foot tall Naomi sculptures.
So far, he has scanned Naomi "straddling the barrel of a large tank" to form one sculpture, and another is envisioned as a "circle of three Naomis, like The Three Graces." No word on what material will be used to fashion the final product — alabaster and fiberglass are both being considered — but Mr. Knight hopes to have the sculptures ready by the end of the year.
As for the flesh-and-blood Naomi, she has to return to the Heathrow police station by the end of this month to hear whether she will be charged with assaulting a police officer aboard a British Airways plane . . .
»Lily Donaldson dropped $2.2 million on a two bedroom apartment in Manhattan last week [NY Observer]
»Vogue intern Sean Avery still hasn't had to fetch a cup of coffee, but he has attended a Steven Klein shoot [NY Magazine]
»Anna Wintour is not a big fan of the Miami humidity [Page Six]
»Colette is about to close for renovations, so the store's entire contents will be uploaded to its web site [WWD]
»Paolo Roversi's son Francesco is following in his father's footsteps [Of the Minute]
»Jezebel's anonymodel is back to talk about makeup artists [Jezebel]