One style of shorts we forgot to mention in yesterday's roundup are the loose, satin shorts we've been seeing around lately. These shorts appropriate the lingerie trend perfectly and could easily be worn now with opaque tights and layers. We recommend this look to the gals who like the bloomer trend but are not quite eager to have an elastic band around their thighs (cough, us). The pairs above in three beautiful colors and all quite reasonably priced!
Posts for January 2009
Isaac Mizrahi has finally arrived at Liz Claiborne after spending six years designing for Target. The brand has been waiting for almost a year to have Mizrahi come on board...and it must have been a long one. Back in January of 2008 Claiborne's Chief Executive told USA Today, "It is certainly no secret that the brand has been lacking a clear and cohesive vision and has languished as a result.".
Tracy Feith will be Target's 15th Go International guest designer. The range will include approximately 60 styles, making it much larger than most capsule collections at Target.
The Observer reports that women have stopped wearing form fitting sweaters in favor of security blanket-like cardigans and wraps. The story is about a thousand words too long if you ask us, but yeah.
>> Sasha Pivovarova has been a busy girl — in 2008 alone, she took 168 flights, such was the demand for her trademark stony expression, which the model describes as "cold and unreachable, like the stare of a sniper." The latest subscriber to her work? Giorgio Armani, who cast Sasha for his Spring 2009 mainline campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in eery, ambient black and white. But Armani isn't Sasha's only alliance — when she's not in the air or posing for the camera, she's working in her artist's loft in Brooklyn — her primary residence — on a book for Prada, which she hopes to have done this year: "It will be in the form of a scrapbook and include drawings, photography, and collages."
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>> INSIDER WIRE —The closer to New York Fashion Week we get, the higher the toll of designers dropping their runway shows goes — two more joined the list today. Leave it to Oscar de la Renta to buck the trend: he's adding a runway show in February, bringing his total to two, and verifying what the designer said in December: " has a been good year for me. While some businesses faced tough times, I actually added 15 employees to my company. Sales-wise, the last three months have been solid for us." [FWD]
>> There was a little confusion yesterday over how new Bill Blass owner Peacock International Holdings was going to resurrect the Bill Blass Couture line as planned, since they didn't purchase the Couture line as part of their deal.
As Scott Patti, Peacock's executive vice president of licensing and sales explains, the company chose not to purchase the couture line because "it wasn't healthy." Peacock did, however, buy the right to use the Bill Blass name for any future couture and ready-to-wear lines. The bankruptcy filed yesterday was just to clear the way for the new ready-to-wear line, which is still expected to be in place within the year.
>> THE MODELIZER —Catherine McNeil popped up in Sydney last week sporting crutches and a wrapped ankle, but according to her agent, it shouldn't interfere with her runway time like exhaustion did last season; It's "just a bandage, torn ligaments trekking with family in Queensland, she won't miss the shows." [Frockwriter]
Kiss and Makeup makes a case for purple frosted lipstick as seen in the Zac Posen Spring 09 show. Not fully convinced, but we like the positivity!
>> The future of Bill Blass doesn't look so good, but another troubled house may be on the rise: Paco Rabanne.
The label's ready-to-wear line was closed in 2006, leaving designer Patrick Robinson to take his current position as executive vice president of design for Gap. Now, Rabanne owners Puig have just appointed a new vice president who is looking into following what Gibo is doing to resuscitate Rochas — licensing out the ready-to-wear.
The plan isn't runway-ready just yet — the new strategy is expected to be under review for up to four months — but Paco Rabanne fragrances have been taking off recently, and expanding into fashion seems the next logical step. Paolo Melim Andersson, with his love of disk shapes and graphic designs, could be the right man for the job.
>> THE MODELIZER —Agyness Deyn's antics last year were polarizing (her engagement, plus her attempts to sing and act), and now they've earned her a new title: The number one spot on BBC's list of the 100 "most annoying" people of 2008. The main reasons Agy tops the list? Her ubiquity and her eclectic style. "She is just everywhere, you can’t get away from her,” one commenter explained. [Lancashire Telegraph]