>> INSIDER WIRE —Phoebe Philo's first designs for Celine will be unveiled in June for the pre-Spring and cruise seasons — she's focusing on "investment pieces" for her first outing — "part of it [will be] based on iconic pieces." Ignoring rumors that she was already clashing with management, causing her first runway show to be pushed back from March to October, Phoebe says she deliberately decided to sit out next month, as a way to “give the brand a bit of a break” and not succumb to fashion’s “fast and furious” pace. [WWD]
Posts for February 9th 2009
>> Designers may be pulling their belt tighter this Fashion Week, but hardly any are pulling out of the rat race altogether — the attention is too valuable. "You kill a thousand birds with one stone, because you get that many people there in an hour and you're getting one message across to them," says Scott Sternberg of Boy and Band of Outsiders. "They're writers and photographers and culturally indulgent people with loud mouths."
Instead, designers are saving by hosting presentations instead of runway shows (Monique Lhuillier, Temperley London, and Carmen Marc Valvo), inviting fewer guests (Marc Jacobs and DKNY, who's slicing her usual 1,000 down to 400), sending email invites instead of by mail (nearly everyone), or showing fewer looks to save on fabric and sample-making costs.
>> Lily Cole took a break from school in Cambridge over the weekend to promote the premiere of one of two movies she has coming out this year — Rage — at the Berlin Film Festival. The low-budget film — a offbeat murder mystery set in the contemporary New York fashion world — stars Jude Law as a cross-dressing model named Minx and Judi Dench as an acerbic fashion writer; Lily appropriately plays a young model named Lettuce Leaf, although her natural red hair which made her name has been replaced with a bleached blonde bob for the role.
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Mercedes-Benz, Mattel, and McDonald's — three brands you would never hear in the same sentence, and yet here they are, all three major sponsors of Fall 2009 New York Fashion Week. Mercedes-Benz has been sponsoring the longest — Mattel joined in November for three years and will be putting on a Barbie runway show, and McDonald's just announced their partnership to push its McCafé specialty coffee drinks. Like it or not, Fashion Week is going mass in these money-anemic times — but that doesn't mean editors and models won't still head to the Starbucks across the street from Bryant Park, business as usual. [AdAge]
>> Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana recently said that they expected a new Dolce & Gabbana campaign showing men on their knees praying to be interpreted as "offending religion. Instead it could be read as a return to values. And there is a need for that at this time."
It looks like they took that return to religion seriously — the designers were photographed last week in Rome, filming a cameo in Rob Marshall's highly-anticipated film Nine as priests, clad in long black gowns. This is the second time they've acted together — in 1995, Domenico played a farmer and Stefano a photographer in L’Uomo delle stelle.
>> THE MODELIZER —Although she has let reports to the contrary stand for quite some time, Agyness Deyn says she lives alone in her East Village apartment, not with boyfriend Albert Hammond Jr., and that she and Albert aren't engaged. Something seems fishy, since Vogue just featured the couple in their February 2009 issue — the intro paragraph to the spread identifies Hammond, Jr. as her fiance, and quotes Albert saying, "We had been dating a month or two when she asked me to move in with her. I would've done anything she wanted the night we met." Maybe they've decided to take some space? Regardless, Agyness will be doing Fashion Week — that is, unless for the third season in a row, an illness does her in. [NY Mag]
As caught up as we might be with the Fall 2009 season, we can't help but notice all of the best Spring 2009 pieces appearing online. Particularly noticeable are the bad girl frocks that appeared on the Spring catwalks by way of transparency, cut-out details, and body-con silhouettes. Judging by the House of Holland number M.I.A. wore to the Grammy's this weekend, and the $12,000 dollar white Balmain frock which is already sold out on Net-a-Porter--we're pretty sure we're not alone in our love for this trend.