Posts for November 24th 2009
>> Christian Restoin, longtime partner of Carine Roitfeld (and father to Julia and Vladimir), launched shirt collection Equipment in 1976, eventually selling the company in 1998. But for Spring 2010, he's back in business — Equipment is being revived by Serge Azria, CEO and creative director of Joie and Current/Elliott, and Restoin has signed on as a creative consultant. “Christian and I have been friends for many years,” Azria told WWD in September. “We always talk about shirts and fashion and, of course, being in fashion, so this was a natural decision for both of us.”
Also involved in the design process, according to Azria, are “a highly respected team of international editors from Paris to Los Angeles,” whose names he declined to say. The new line — which has been picked up by Barneys — will draw from the Equipment heritage look: tailored silk menswear-inspired styles with two flap pockets, 135 style options total. Disneyrollergirl has a few snapshots of the offerings here, and many suspect that the silk shirt Carine sported during Paris Fashion Week in October is from the line.
>> Did W Use Anja Rubik's Runway Torso for Demi Moore's Cover? —W's December 2009 cover of Demi Moore has had its fair share of Photoshop controversy already — enough to prompt both Moore and W to comment, the latter stating to Jezebel: "[photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott] did not do anything unusual or out of the ordinary on Demi Moore for the photo." Now, a Balmain runway photo of Anja Rubik superimposed over the cover seems to imply that Anja's torso was spliced in on Demi for the cover. [ONTD]
Urban Outfitters' less grungy and more grown up label, Leifsdottir, is expanding for spring 2010. The new collection will be sold in over 150 doors including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and Bergdorf Goodman and outside the U.S. for the fist time at Hold Renfrew in Canada and Selbu in Hong Kong.
Leifsdottir—loved for its reasonably priced collections with unexpected boning, crinoline and corset-type details—will hang near labels like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth and James, and Diane von Furstenberg.
Fans of designer Johanna Uursjarvi's romantic, Old World looks will rejoice in the online store opening next January, followed by an expansion into shoes and handbags in 2011.
For a look at the spring 2010 collection, click the gallery below.
>> Despite her critically panned debut collection for Ungaro Spring 2010 — which caused the label to be dropped from Neiman Marcus and Net-a-Porter (Barneys and Saks haven't carried it for a few seasons) — Lindsay Lohan will be continuing as artistic advisor, Ungaro president and CEO Mounir Moufarrige said earlier today. "Yes (she's staying on), she has a job to do."
Moufarrige told Reuters that the collection is selling well but not as much as expected: "There is more buzz definitely but we are in a recession." He added of the media snipes: "The criticism was harsh. I am sure we can do better in the collection to be honest but I think it was harsh . . . But it did sell well."
As for future collections from Lohan and design partner Estrella Archs, he needs them to "more tight, more identity driven." And of Emanuel Ungaro, who was recently quoted calling Lohan's collaboration "a disaster," Moufarrige quipped: "Mr. Ungaro has his views, he can keep them. I have no comment.".
Colette is popping up in East London at the Old Truman Brewery from November 26 - January 3!
Before you lucky Londoners get too excited, there is a catch. It's impossible to simply show up and shop at said pop-up holiday store. For the luxury of purchasing Colette-edited gifts one must first get on the guest list by either applying online—which British Vogue reports is not as easy as it sounds—or tracking down store sponsored Nissan Cube cars cruising through London and asking the driver for an invite (and hopefully a ride).
Those lucky enough to enter the store will find a number of Japanese inspired lifestyle products for sale (including the Nissan Cube car), live music, fashion presentations, and art installations.
Sounds lovely, but it might actually be easier to hop on the Eurostar and visit the real deal in Paris.
Source: Vogue.com UK
The Costume Institute's American Women show (open next May 5) will highlight style through American archetypes—the heiress, the flapper, the suffragette, and the screen siren.
The battle between Gucci Eyeweb and Burberry's Art of the Trench has a clear winner.
A sneak peek at renderings for Mayor Bloomberg's Fashion Incubator space.
Verdura remakes limited edition sets of Coco Chanel cuffs.
More uncensored and unretouched images from Terry Richardson's Pirelli calendar shoot.
Stella McCartney celebrated the illumination of her Bruton Street store in London last night with a performance by Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding. "We're going to give Christmas a gothic slant," said the actor/comedian. "Think black snowmen and Santa with eyeliner." McCartney and friends drank champagne and Guinness, while an exuberant Fielding entertained guests—wearing a printed mini dress from McCartney's spring 2010 collection.
London 11/23/09 WireImage