Posts for March 2009
Kate Spade's Fall 2009 clothing range was inspired by London and Paris in the 1960's, as is her signature.
A commenter claims that Hermès incinerates their leftover product in New Jersey after their sample sales.
The opening of the Los Angeles Chloè flagship is delayed by a couple of days and it is found newsworthy.
Colette will host photographer Todd Selby in a pop-up space where he will show his first film and sell his coffee table book.
The great thing about second hand, vintage and recycled clothes is that the pieces have a story to tell. While the silhouette might be updated, the history of the garment is preserved. Combined with the fact that recycled fashion is a sustainable practice, this niche industry is gaining recognition on a global scale.
In honor of the upcoming bridal season and in an effort to commend designers who consider the environment in their practice, we want to mention Julia Barbee of Frocky Jack Morgan. This Portland-based designer produces formal clothing and accessories by deconstructing recycled and vintage pieces. The dresses are fit for a fairy tale and incorporate intricate details and embellishments. Barbee uses extraordinary antique garments and old couture hems in her work. You can learn more about the designer right here.
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Speaking of ethical fashion, Ali Hewson addressed rumors about LVMH taking a financial interest in Edun last night — "Everyone keeps asking us that. I wish it were true." Which begs the question: Who else would Bernard Arnault have been hinting at? Edun seems to fit the bill perfectly . . . [Style File]
>> Stella McCartney is synonymous with vegan fashion — she's a member of PETA and has been known to get upset when her pieces have been used in conjunction with fur. Next Monday, she's being honored in New York with an environmental award, because her commitment to ethical fashion goes beyond just a stance against animal cruelty, as she explained recently to Suzy Menkes:
Well I don't do leather and I don't do fur and it's not just because I don't eat animals or that I think that half a billion animals a year shouldn't be killed for the sake of fashion. It's because I also believe very much in the connection between fur and leather and the environment. There's a huge connection. Now, I think more and more people will start to take notice of that — the use of water for tanneries, the chemicals that are used — there's a huge impact environmentally.
>> ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL —Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent both seem to be sticking to their single model formulas for Fall 2009, and likewise, Gucci is staying true to their multi-girl mentality. Frida Giannini is said to be upping the ante for Fall — word comes from London that nine models have been cast for Gucci duty. [The Imagist]
>> Since that serendipitous night in January when Michelle Obama wore his gown, Jason Wu has, in his own words, "gone from being a designer known just by those in the know in New York to a global name." Since then, he's apparently been offered a number of tell-all book deals and even a reality show, but he's turned down everything to focus on more pertinent projects, like an expansion into shoes and makeup.
They'll appear within the next two seasons, Wu says, but he wouldn't reveal who he's collaborating with on either, only hinting that it wouldn't be Manolo Blahnik, who did the shoes for his Fall 2009 runway, because he wants both to be commercial ranges.
And ultimately, that's what his brand is about. "I've never been trendy and I don't design trendy things. I design for real women, older women with feminine bodies. And I want my pieces to be relevant in 30 years' time," adding "I’ll never be about the $20,000 phantom dress that no one wears. I try to walk that fine line between commercial, editorial and runway looks.”