>> Miuccia Prada applied a beachy influence to her Prada Cruise 2010 collection, and the same pervaded the Miu Miu resort collection, this time in the form of haltered maillots, bodysuits, and sheer sarong-like dresses. The two-tone tops that were at Prada were also present here in paler colors and paired with sportswear-inspired pieces: tennis skirts and heeled boxer-like boots. In a nod to recessionary times, the jeweled bag and ankle straps are detachable and can be worn as a necklace or bracelets.
Posts for June 3rd 2009
>> INSIDER WIRE —Karl Lagerfeld has consulted on costumes for a couple of upcoming Chanel-related films — Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky and Coco avant Chanel — but in another film, he's taking on a different kind of role. For the first time, Karl is lending his voice for animation: In the French animated action movie Totally Spies, based on the hit TV series, he will play the story's antagonist, Fabu. The film hits French theaters July 22. [Hollywood Reporter]
>> Christopher Kane teased his upcoming collection for Topshop a month ago as "nothing like any other work I've done in the past." Today, the designer held the press preview at the St Martin's Lane hotel in London, and while he watched nervously, Grazia reports, "The fashion pack were so bowled over we left hearing numerous conversations about which pieces they'd be snapping up . . . in September!"
Unfortunately, Topshop has forbidden the posting of any descriptions or pictures, so all we've got to go on is that there are 39 pieces with shoes and bags, the prices run £40-£160, and it will be available in New York. Style Bubble skirts around specific details with: "All the Kane type touches you would want and not at all watered down in quality . . . I defy people NOT to find something they like." Grazia adds: "Think classic Christopher Kane — edgy, fierce but also supremely wearable. The designer . . . wasn't telling lies when he said there would be ‘embellishment' — or that the girls would go crazy for it."
>> THE MODELIZER —New modeling faces are rolling into New York, trying to make a dent in time for resort season, and one girl who's been getting a lot of attention, particularly because she's new on the Prada rotation — she's said to have shot an upcoming (presumedly Fall 2009) Miu Miu ad campaign with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and just closed Prada's resort show yesterday — is 18-year-old Hannah Holman from small town Utah. [Models.com]
>> Francisco Costa was busy playing host Monday night at Calvin Klein's joint party with Visionaire, but today he sent out the label's diaphanous Cruise 2010 collection, without a bikini or caftan in sight. The resort season has been noticeably growing in scope this time around, and though Cathy Horyn was a fan of Costa's semi-sheer fabrics, WWD cautioned:
A long-standing argument against such [formal runway] presentations for resort is that inevitably, some designers will crossover to the too-editorial side . . . Francisco Costa went too far with the clothes in a season endlessly touted as all about dressing for reality — nearly every piece was transparent . . . almost everything needed an underpinning, and anyone wanting to know what Calvin Klein resort will look like in the stores needs a trip to the showroom.
>> Despite telling WWD a week ago that he was having doubts about selling a stake in his company — “I’m not so sure I want to sell in the end” — and saying that negotiations with potential buyer, Milan-based private equity firm Clessidra, were far from finished, Roberto Cavalli told Il Sole 24 Ore yesterday that he has signed a letter of intent to sell with the firm.
Cavalli had been negotiating to sell 20 percent of his company when he talked to WWD, but said Tuesday that the percent agreed on rose to 30. He has until Sept. 30 to decide on the price of purchase, and expects the valuation of his company to come it at over 300 million euros (approximately $420 million) in light of a recent improvement in sales, but hopes the deal could be completed "perhaps before the end of June."
Once that is taken care of, the first projects with Clessidra would include finding a chief executive, with four names on the short list — apparently most top managers at major Italian fashion houses have been approached for the post — and a renewal of the Cavalli eyewear license.
>> THE MODELIZER —Jamie Bochert has experienced a career resurgence since Marc Jacobs picked her to open his Spring 2009 show, but she doesn't love it, as her fiance, actor Michael Pitt, tells it — she'd rather be recording her upcoming album: "She pays her bills doing print work, as a model, and, you know, she’s lucky to be able to do that — even though she f*ckin’ hates the business, we both hate it. It makes the music industry and the film industry and every industry look like a walk in the park. And when it comes down to it, she’s able to make money and not work in a bar and put it into her music and sustain." [NY Observer]
>> Fashion magazines' latest obsession: capturing models in their natural habitat. Vogue recently captured Lakshmi Menon in her hometown of Goa, India, and now British Vogue sent David Mushegain to photograph Angela Lindvall and her two sons, Dakota and Sebastian, in their hometown of Topanga, California for its July 2009 issue. Angela and her husband William Edwards have a four bedroom, Mediterranean-style compound on 7.5 acres in the bohemian community near Los Angeles, complete with equestrian ring and pool.