>> Thakoon Panichgul may be tiny, but his designs pack major punch. His lower priced line, Thakoon Addition, just hit stores last week and is already selling like hotcakes, with a number of editors sporting the line at the Cruise 2010 shows. As for his own Cruise 2010 line, Thakoon was all about texture — twisted dresses and tops and plenty of pleats. Prints ranged from bright watercolors to faded florals, with some tie-dye mixed in for good measure. The designer knows how to take care of a woman — when his Costume Institute Gala date Magdalena Frackowiak broke her heel in the middle of dinner, he missed Rihanna's performance to go grab a replacement.
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Bruce Weber popped up Tuesday to be honored alongside Liya Kebede at a gala in memory of former Vogue photographer Gordon Parks, marking his first time in New York after an extended absence. “I’ve been traveling on the road a lot and this is my first time back in the city, so I’m a little in shock. I have six dogs so we’re traveling and I’ve met some real American characters.” He was apparently in a jovial mood, and expressed his adoration for Kate Moss: “I photographed her when she first came here. It was her first job, and we’ve traveled a lot together. I really love her as a friend.” [Modelinia]
>> As Alexander Wang prepares to go head-to-head with Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul at the CFDA Awards in a couple of weeks — and maybe have his impression done by the night's host, Tracey Ullman — he took some time to present his Cruise 2010 collection.
There were a few of his greatest hits — the sweatshorts, the denim and black leather jacket — done in lighter colors, plus his take on classic American sportswear. And it seems like he was influenced by working with khaki for his impending collaboration with Gap — the 41 piece collection included a couple of variations on the trench, plus a khaki skirt and pant.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Now that Elle has signed on for the second season of The City, cameras are already rolling within their offices — last week, they apparently filmed a scene which included yelling in the fashion department, but editor-in-chief Robbie Myers feels like it's a good fit: “They actually blend in really well. It’s been interesting to see who embraces it and who runs from the cameras.” In the spirit of new endeavors, the magazine published two different versions of the June 2009 cover, featuring Megan Fox, as part of a test concept — one of Fox in a typical Elle pose, and one with Fox in a more provocative pose. [The Cut Twitter, WWD]
>> After weeks of speculation, Versace CEO Giancarlo Di Risio, who has been with the company since 2004, is expected to hand in his resignation at a board meeting on Friday. Despite the fact that Di Risio worked closely with Donatella Versace to make her collections less flashy and returned the house to profit, the company has been under strain from declining sales, and its board recently approved a restructuring plan which effectively sidelines the chief executive.
Di Risio is said to have clashed with Donatella on a number of levels — he disagreed with her lavish lifestyle, according to recent articles in the Italian media, and pushed her to simplify her designs so that the house could introduce accessories and clothes with lower prices.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Peter Copping is busy preparing his first collection for Nina Ricci — a capsule resort collection, which is expected to be unveiled later this month — and in the meantime, the house is trying to clear out all trace of Olivier Theyskens. On Friday, its holding a major one-off sale in Paris, with catwalk pieces and ready-to-wear spanning several seasons, as well as shoes and accessories going for as little as 40 euros ($55). [WWD]
Andre Leon Talley Adores Zac Posen, Anna Cleveland, and Says Anna Wintour Was "Thrilled" with 60 Minutes
>> Andre Leon Talley has been eliciting remarks for the rose-hued Prada coat and "raspberry velvet" custom-made Manolo Blahnik sandals he's been wearing around town to the resort shows — Diane von Furstenberg's and Oscar de la Renta's among them — but he had some remarks of his own on the 60 Minutes profile of Anna Wintour.
"I was really impressed with their research," Andre told Mediabistro yesterday, adding that he found reporter Morley Safer to be "a bit dismissive" of fashion and its players, particularly when he likened Karl Lagerfeld to Dracula — "He's had that look for eight years!" As for Anna's thoughts on the piece, Andre said that she was "thrilled. It's 60 Minutes — she was on the same show as Secretary Gates. It was fabulous."
A perfect compliment to the Prada Resort 2010 collection, Miuccia Prada got sporty with Miu Miu this season. As was the case with the Prada collection, mixed prints were a major theme while skirts in both collections were short and flirty. Miu Miu, always the more accessible of the two lines, showed paler colors and offered, overall, more fluid silhouettes.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Carine Roitfeld dedicated the entire February 2009 issue of Vogue Paris to Lara Stone, and now it sounds like an upcoming issue of Vogue Paris will be dedicated to Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin — they are photographing the entire thing, cover to cover. Recent rumors have placed the duo shooting Jacquetta Wheeler with Shalom Harlow and Sessilee Lopez with "the fastest rising new Asian star on the scene" and a recent VP cover girl for the magazine — perhaps it's all for this issue? [TFS, The Imagist, The Imagist]