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Posts for October 2009
Inspired by a recent photo of Kate Bosworth rocking her buckled ankle boots from Chloé's fall 2009 collection (she also wore them in red last winter), we found six current season styles that match the look. Topshop offers a near replica of Chloé's studded flats in white, Dolce Vita adds a Victorian lace-up front to their version in brown leather, and Proenza Schouler designs a double buckle option with silver zipper detail. Our favorite for fall? Sartore's jodhpur style in gray.
>> Renzo Rosso Expects To Name New Margiela Designer Shortly —It was only recently finally confirmed that Martin Margiela is no longer involved with the designing at Maison MM, but the brand's majority stakeholder Renzo Rosso, according to The Moment, says he's "thisclose to naming a new designer at Martin Margiela. Rosso stressed that Martin Margiela will continue to be involved with his namesake label, albeit at a distance." [The Moment, @themoment]
>> Earlier this week, Claudia Schiffer and Karl Lagerfeld were snapped on the Chanel Spring 2010 campaign shoot in and around Buenos Aires; Freja Beha Erichsen and Baptiste Giabiconi, who are also supposed to be in the campaign, were not so easily spotted. On Tuesday, Lagerfeld and Schiffer were on location just outside Buenos Aires in Monte Grande, where local media reports they stopped for a lunch of "rich barbeque." Then on Wednesday, they started production in Buenos Aires's oldest neighborhood, San Telmo, before they had to stop because of rain.
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The Council of Fashion Designers of America welcomed its newest members yesterday during a party at New York's Four Seasons restaurant. The 31 recent inductees—including Alexander Wang, Christina and Swaim Hutson, Erin Fetherston, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Chris Benz, Jenna Lyons, Lyn Devon, Koi Suwannagate, and Maria Pinto—were welcomed by CFDA president, Diane Von Furstenberg, who promised "I am your mother, mentor and leader."
The topic of conversation ranged from saving the garment district—as many of the young designers produce the majority of their collections in New York—to memories of childhood design projects. Alexander Wang remembered copying a Versace shoe for a fifth grade papier-mâché project, Albertus Swanepoel draped fabrics on dolls' heads as a child, and Irene Neuwirth started making her first jewelry with oven-baked Shrinky Dinks. Click here to see the photo gallery.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen rumored to be designing a juniors' collection for JCPenny.
Philip Crangi will offer fine and costume jewelry as well as incense, sculptures and home objects in his New York store, opening today.
The New York Vintage store where fashion designers find inspiration and celebrities shop for one-of-a-kind finds.
Vogue.com selects the best long-stap handbags of the season.
Queen Elizabeth II honors Vidal Sassoon, Natalie Massenet, and Christopher Bailey for their services in the fashion and beauty industries.
Abercrombie & Fitch opens in Italy—just steps from Via Montenapoleone in Milan.
Shopping online feels as natural as purchasing in-store, but buying clothes from a TV-based retailer still seems a little unconventional. Designers, however, are increasingly venturing onto the small screen to hawk their wares. Isaac Mizrahi, always one to explore new ways of getting products to customers, inked a deal with QVC over the Summer, while Naeem Khan is set to debut his premiere collection for HSN on October 28. We took a quick look at some HSN and QVC products that are available now, from established designers like Erin Fetherston and Kenneth Jay Lane.
>> Rumor Mill: The Face Relaunch; LVMH Looking to Acquire a Designer? —It circulated earlier this year that Bauer Media is aiming to revive The Face sometime next year in a new format — digital-only, a free magazine, or a subscription-only title. It was never confirmed, but now supposedly rumors are picking back up. Also food for thought: a LVMH executive just Twittered, "Dinner with a designer who we might acquire." [@jcreportglobal, @edojao]
Jenna Lyons, SVP of Design for J.Crew, presented her spring 2010 collection yesterday in New York at the company's downtown headquarters.
A mix of utilitarian sportswear and cheerful sequined separates, the spring line combined camouflaged military jackets and khaki anoraks with pastel ruffled mini skirts and paillette-covered tunics. There were pops of bright coral, mint green, and pale blue set against a neutral palette, most notably in a striped floral shift—which Lyons told us was created by cutting strips of the printed fabric and inserting thin silk georgette panels in between.
Accessories included gold and silver metallic desert boots and boat shoes, ecru lace-up Oxfords, and oversized leather handbags. Models were dripping in jewelry—an increasingly important category for J.Crew—sparkling in oversized crystal drop earrings, layered charm necklaces, and stacked jeweled cuffs.
Greeting guests in one of fall's most popular hooded army jackets, Lyons talked about reinventing sportswear and her dedication to optimistic clothing—for that (and for the price points) we are forever grateful.