Trippy, geometric prints dominated the spring runways—appearing in black and white oversized checks at Junya Watanabe, pastel digitally-printed cubes at Peter Pilotto, thick stripes at Marni, and psychedelic patterns at Givenchy.
Posts for November 12th 2009
>> One week from today, this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will be taping in New York City — so who's stepping foot on the runway?
In addition to nine Angels who are walking (not including Heidi Klum, who just had a baby and is hosting, and Adriana Lima, who is still pregnant), Modelinia has confirmed that Izabel Goulart, Isabeli Fontana, Erin Heatherton, Shannan Click, Caroline Winberg, and Flavia Oliveira are all returning from last year, Caroline Trentini is making her first appearance since the 2006 show, and Lyndsey Scott, Aminata Niaria, Lily Aldridge, Liu Wen (and new Angel Chanel Iman) are all walking for the first time. Liu's appearance marks the first by an Asian model since Ujjwala Raut walked the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
>> Bill Blass May Have a New Designer Soon —After the whole Peter Som/bankruptcy debacle which has been ongoing for the past year, Bill Blass may finally be ready to start anew. Originally, a Spring 2010 collection was supposed to be shown, and Richard Chai's name was thrown around for Blass's new creative director, but neither happened. Now, it sounds like Jeffrey Monteiro, who was design director for Derek Lam before starting his own collection for Fall 2008, may be the man to revive Blass next. Owner Peacock International Holdings declined comment except to say that news about Blass will come in the next few weeks. [WWD]
Susan Woo believes in blending high design with environmental and social consciousness, which to her credit means more than using organic fabrics—although, yes, she does that as well. Her spring 2010 collection, the second to come from New York-based Woo, follows her philosophy to source fabrics from companies that have made positive commitments to the environment, ensure her everyday operations are energy-efficient, and produce garments using fair labor practices.
However, don't let the style ethics stance fool you. Woo is designing chic, modern—dare we say sexy—cocktail dress and tuxedo jackets that might finally convince fashionable consumers evironmentally friendly doesn't have to mean safe or simple.
Photos: Geordie Wood
Louis Vuitton president almost confirms Lara Stone will replace Madonna in the spring campaign.
The new Prada book contains a chapter which reproduces comments of people selling Prada merchandise on eBay.
InStyle magazine launches a trippy December cover and video ads.
Net-a-Porter and Neiman Marcus—two of the only major shopping destinations to carry Emanuel Ungaro—have dropped the line for spring 2010.
Alexander McQueen considers organizing a charity auction to sell his 10-inch alien shoes from the spring collection.
Stuart Weitzman's million dollar shoe is commemorated on a Spanish postage stamp.
Fabien Baron is working on a coffee table book with Madonna—"a massive retrospective of the queen of reinvention as photographed over the years by everyone from Herb Ritts to Steven Klein."
Last night Banana Republic opened its 18,000-square foot prototype store in New York's SoHo. Guests including ELLE's Joe Zee and Robbie Myers, Vogue's Meredith Melling Burke, and Vanity Fair's Alexis Bryan Morgan walked through the gigantic two-level store, which has been divided into smaller boutiques based on occasion (city weekend, evening out) and category (accessories, vintage). Down the street, the former men's Banana Republic store is turing into a Gap.
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Jason Wu will design a limited edition capsule collection in partnership with Tse for fall 2010. The line—15 pieces for women—will debut during New York fashion week next February.
"In many ways I'm probably the last expected designer to do this, because Tse's aesthetic is so different from my own, but that's the reason I wanted to do it," explained Wu. For the colletion, he plans to combine woven and knitwear and introduce the cashmere label to color and pattern. Tse's CEO Christina Peng-Gerschultz hopes it will be an ongoing collaboration.
Wu's second creative outlet—cooking—also has him in the spotlight, having recently shot a story for Food & Wine magazine with François Payard teaching the young designer how to make the perfect macarons. “They heard that I’d been wanting to perfect it for a long time and they said, ‘How would you like him to teach you how to make it?’ And of course, I’m not going to turn that down.”