>> After ten years of being based in London, Ann-Sofie Back got married, returned to Stockholm, and added a new design responsibility — not only is she doing her eponymous line, but she signed up to be creative director at Cheap Monday in May: "It was a happy coincidence that when I moved back to Stockholm to be with my husband this job should come up. Cheap Monday is a great brand and some things are just meant to be!" She's leaving the denim to founder Orjan Andersson, but was brought on to "create a stronger identity on anything that is not denim." On Monday in Stockholm, she unveiled her first collection for the brand — for Spring 2010 — with Caroline Winberg opening the show.
Posts for July 2009
>> Zandra Rhodes Crashes Car into San Diego Store —British designer Zandra Rhodes crashed her car through the front window of a hardware store in San Diego yesterday morning, injuring a customer inside. The woman was struck by a table hit by Rhodes's car, but did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. Rhodes, who lives part of the year north of San Diego near Del Mar, was not injured. No word on whether there will be charges. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
>> Consuelo Castiglioni's husband (and Marni CEO) Gianni Castiglioni showed off the first peek of his newest acquisition via Vionnet's Cruise 2010 collection yesterday, and today it's all about Consuelo's ladies who lunch-inspired Marni Cruise 2010 collection. Styled with loafers and clashing mannish dark socks, the goods are less about frills and more about her quirky cuts, crazy patterns, bug-eyed glasses, and a few contrast button-downs similar to those at Prada.
>> Donatella Versace Likes Shopping at Anthropologie and Abercrombie & Fitch —Donatella Versace is currently in New York to celebrate daughter Allegra's birthday and, as she blogged, "I need[ed] a change of scenery — somewhere to get some inspiration by taking in a wholly different culture." Furthermore, she writes, "I stay in the same suite in the same hotel every time I visit, and customize it with some Versace home cushions and scented candles and lots of flowers . . . I like to indulge myself at . . . Anthropologie at 375 West Broadway, which has an eclectic, vintage feel that is very different than what we have in Milan. I will also buy my son Daniel some jeans at Abercrombie & Fitch on Fifth Avenue and visit Barneys, which I like because it is just what a Manhattan department store should be." [The Moment]
>> Iris Strubegger is finding traction more traction than ever — Fall 2009 Givenchy and Valentino ads, an entire article in July 2009 Vogue dedicated to her cropped cut making her career. She told the magazine: "My hair makes me look more interesting, and it has given me more confidence." The confidence comes across in her new editorial in the upcoming July/August 2009 V#60, "A Touch of Class." The magazine isn't out until July 7, but a preview of the editorial, styled by Olivier Rizzo and photographed by Willy Vanderperre, shows Iris working the usual designer duds with a twist: a pair of fishnets worn on top. The V#60 cover features Cameron Diaz by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and inside are portraits by David Sims and a shoot with Lady Gaga.
So where is Iris's newfound confidence taking her next? She told Vogue she plans on spending her summer vacation camping in Croatia with Wolfgang, her boyfriend of seven years and a financier from her hometown in Austria.
>> Anja Rubik scores Balmain; First Look at Lily Allen for Chanel—It appears that Anja Rubik is increasingly becoming an Emmanuelle Alt favorite — the Vogue Paris fashion director recently styled Anja for her first major Vogue cover, and now Anja is appearing in the new Balmain Fall 2009 ads, as spotted in the brand's Paris boutique (Alt is Balmain's stylist). Meanwhile, Lily Allen's Fall 2009 Chanel handbag ads — for the launch of the new Chanel Coco Cocoon line — don't come out until October, but Chanel posted a photographic peek from the shoot, with Lily in crown. [Jak & Jil Twitter, Chanel]
The canvas tote — been there, done that. But here is a crop of fashion-forward styles that will undoubtedly lend laid-back chic to any outfit, any season. Whether you make one of these your go-to grocery bag or everyday purse is your call, but either way, they're not your typical It bags, and that's what makes them so cool in our eyes.