>> Now that Edun, Ali Hewson and husband Bono's socially conscious label, has the support of LVMH — which took a 49 percent stake in the company earlier this year — they're hiring a creative director to take Edun to the next level.
“We were so keen on our mission that we made compromises that maybe we shouldn’t have made with respect to our customer and the fact that they should have great clothes,” Hewson told WWD. "Without great clothes, we don’t have a business, so it’s important to get that end right.”
Hewson wouldn't let loose any details of the creative director search, but WWD reports that Alexander Wang and Sharon Wauchob are among those who have been approached. Hewson anticipates the designer being named “within a season” — in time for the Spring 2011 season — and will be someone who can “grow with the brand.” In fact, she says, Edun will "most probabably have a runway show for Spring 2011, likely in New York.
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Earlier we shared our favorite ski vacation gear. Now—for those of you jetting off with Marc and Lorenzo to St. Barths or to Turks and Caicos with Donna over the holiday break—we present our favorite buy now pieces from the latest resort collections. For maximum style on the beach, you can't go wrong in a Zimmermann bikini and Jil Sander sunnies with Missoni's knit dress thrown over for lunch and an afternoon cocktail.
>> Isabel Marant To Be Available Online for First Time, The Row Sunglasses In Stores Soon —Isabel Marant is opening her first US outpost in Manhattan this February, but there's good news even if you're not in the area: despite the fact that Marant has kept her wares off the Internet, word is Net-a-Porter will be stocking her Spring 2010 collection. And in light of things being available, sounds like Barneys has an exclusive on The Row sunglasses, and will start stocking them sometime between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. [@KatherinePower, Racked]
>> Those already clamoring for another dose of Jil Sander's +J collaboration with Uniqlo won't have long to wait — drop dates for the Spring 2010 collection start Dec. 23 for Japan and Asia, Jan. 7 for the UK, Jan. 14 for the US, and Jan. 20 for France, with two further deliveries for each later on.
The new campaign features Iselin Steiro, shot in black and white by David Sims, and the collection's palette focuses on white, ivory, pastels, and "chalked out acids" in a range of fabrics — waterproof ultrafine cottons, high-tech satins and “sumptuous wools” included.
“The season introduces fresh perspectives on volume, teamed with perfect harmony in fiber, color, optics and touch. Experimentation is essential, but subtle, leading to new interplays of material and motion,” Uniqlo said. Prices run $10.50 to $149.50 for outerwear — more details here.
As Edun founders Ali Hewson and her husband Bono realized their social messages were taking importance over the actual product, they looked to LVMH to help grow the brand and to put in place new creative and business teams.
“Without great clothes, we don’t have a business, so it’s important to get that end right," Hewson told WWD.
The new focus is evident in the brand's pre-fall collection, showing now in the company's TriBeCa headquarters, along with a capsule collection created for the FIFA World Cup championships next summer. A jeans and T-shirts collection will follow later in the year—made in Africa from organic cotton and including an initiative to support 1,200 families to grow the fibers.
>> Jourdan Dunn Has Given Birth —Hot on the tails of Dasha Zhukova and Gisele Bundchen, Jourdan Dunn has also given birth to her baby boy. Her son's birthday was Tuesday, Dec. 8, and she has not yet decided on a name. According to her agency, Storm, "Jourdan is really well and super happy. She is due to get home from the hospital with her little boy today." No word on if Jourdan will be back on the Fall 2010 catwalks, but word is she's already received offers to be photographed with her new baby. [Vogue UK]
>> Last night's British Fashion Awards provided a forum for all kinds of announcements — Christopher Bailey, who accepted both BFC Designer Brand of the Year for Burberry and BFC Designer of the Year, confirmed that Burberry will show in London again for Fall 2010; and Victoria Beckham said she's planning to take an active role in the BFC that in which she would mentor young designers or serve as an ambassador.
Christopher Kane was awarded BFC British Collection of the Year, Kate Moss won the publicly-voted London 25 Award, Peter Pilotto nabbed the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for Ready-to-wear, and Georgia May Jagger took the BFC Model of the Year award — "Thank you so much to the BFC for picking me. I'd just like to say [fellow nominees] Daisy [Lowe] and Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] are amazing girls and amazing models. Thanks to my mum for being the biggest inspiration."
But the model who really stole the night was Karen Elson, who, when onstage to present Grace Coddington with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, walked straight into the orchestra pit and fell four feet out of sight. She emerged minutes later, ”I am the clumsiest person on this earth. I cannot believe I just did that. That is the worst fall I have ever had. I might have broken a rib, but I’m fine.” After presenting, she took to the emergency room to see about her injuries — including a sprained thumb.
Karl Lagerfeld produced his second calendar for the Italian edition of Marie Claire, photographing two of his favorite subjects—actress Anna Mouglalis and model Baptiste Giabiconi—in a combination of recent cruise collections, couture and Fendi furs. The calendar, with images referencing iconic moments in Italian cinema, hits newsstands along with the January issue of Italian Marie Claire on December 16.
Maybelline's limited edition 2010 calendar features Julia Stegner, Erin Wasson and Emily DiDonato posing with oversized beauty products.
Burberry Prorsum will show again during London Fashion Week in February.
Five books for the design obsessed.
The inevitable Tavi backlash—editors aren't taking the pint-sized writer's fashion advice seriously.
Victoria Beckham plans to take an active role in the British Fashion Council, mentoring young designers.
Pamela Love teams up with True Blood and HBO.
The Sartorialist Scott Schuman reveals he is working on a television show and a clothing collection.
Source: Refinery 29
Launching today in Topshop stores and next week online, Topshop's Sno collection of functional (and of course quite fashionable) ski wear is the perfect solution for mountain-bound snow bunnies like us who don't feel like spending thousands of dollars on gear we (might) use once a year.
The collection has been streamlined since it's launch in 2008 and now includes ski pants, jackets, an adorable fur-trimmed ski suit ($210), and all the accessories you'll need to look like you know what you're doing on the slopes.
The jackets—which have fleece-lined interiors, a pocket for your goggles and an internal, waterproof pocket for your cell phone—are a steal at $180.
Now all you need is a fabulous fur gilet and thick, knit leggings for apres ski hot toddies.
Click through the gallery below for images of the collection.