Posts for August 26th 2009
>> After his Spring 2009 footwear debut had a waitlist of 900 at Opening Ceremony, Alexander Wang is going full speed ahead with accessories, he tells W. Eyewear will debut for Spring 2010, and he's expanding his T collection to include more than just cotton tanks and T-shirts, but the concept will still incorporate the “T-shirt culture of throwing something on and running out of the house.”
With increasingly more attention, Wang is careful about getting to schticky: "I’ve seen so many designers fall into that trap. The fun part is being able to evolve and challenge yourself . . . If you get too comfortable, it’s not invigorating. I’ve always remembered something Marc Jacobs said in an interview: As soon as people get used to what you’re doing, you have to change direction.”
>> Hutson Skipping New York Fashion Week —Swaim and Christina Hutson, who cobbled together a new label, Hutson, and collection just in time for Fall 2009 New York Fashion Week after they had to abruptly shutter Obedient Sons & Daughters (due to an investor's insufficient funds), are not showing during Fashion Week next month. They will, however, have "a small series" available for Spring 2010 ready later in September. [Meenal Mistry Twitter]
>> Kate Moss was supposed to be on Gossip Girl last season, Blake Lively told The Cut, "but it ended up not working out." That missed chance aside, Kate's collaboration with Topshop is still working out — her 11th collection comes out Aug. 31, and focuses on the grunge look, according to Kate: “This season’s grunge is all about being creative about how you put your look together, and not necessarily spending a fortune. It’s about being a little bit surprising and very creative. I love the glamour of adding some vintage to my look, and have done for years, as it keeps things original."
One of her favorite pieces from the collection, captured by Josh Olins below, is a black leather pencil skirt, she told the Times UK: “The shape is really lady, but the leather gives it a real grungy, cool, rock’n’roll feel, especially if you wear it with shredded tights and lived-in leather army boots."
>> Carine Roitfeld Credits Tom Ford with Her Icon-Making Style — Carine Roitfeld says she's over the big, shaggy fur coat she has worn repeatedly the past 12 months, but she's re-embraced handbags and is looking for a "a black, belted, slightly military coat, just below the knee; a black cape — 'not too fantastical'; and a velvet pencil skirt ('always on the knee, no one has ever designed the perfect velvet pencil skirt')" this season, the Times UK writes. So who helped her hone her look? "It wasn’t until I started to work for Gucci in the Nineties that it started to become clear to me. And that’s because Tom Ford was pushing me to do the dark eye make-up, to wear high heels and to keep things very simple and lean.” [Times UK]
>> Fashion's Night Out September 10 will see 250 models scattered around the boroughs of New York City and Arthur Elgort on hand at the 57th Street Dior boutique to photograph any customer who spends at least $2,500, but starting today, the public service announcement Seamless and Unzipped's director Douglas Keeve filmed free of charge will be all over network TV, taxis, and online. Anna Wintour flips her bob and giggles, Daria Werbowy waves her arms, plus Alexander Wang, Ashley Olsen, and Karlie Kloss all have their two cents.
>> Cathy Horyn Chats with Mary-Kate, Ashley Olsen about The Row —Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were recently inducted into the CFDA, a watershed moment for an industry that typically shuns celebrity lines, and now Cathy Horyn writes that she interviewed the Olsens for a New York Times piece on The Row, coming out tomorrow: "I was strangely pleased to discover that their two-room production office on W. 39th looked like a storage closet, it’s so crammed full of scuffed furniture, sketches, dress racks and plastic-sheathed bolts of fabric." Ashley's take: “I think people would be surprised that all the product is produced from the five people who work here,” Ashley said. “I think that would be shocking—that the brand seems much bigger than the actual process is.” [On the Runway]