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Posts for January 19th 2010
>> Kate Moss and Jamie Hince: Engaged? —Although she wasn't wearing a ring at London's Gatwick Airport today, reports are that Jamie Hince surprised Kate Moss in Mustique, where she was working, on her 36th birthday Saturday with a diamond engagement ring. The ring was supposedly chosen with the help of Topshop head Philip Green, although Jamie and Kate were spotted looking at jewelry together in London last month. [Daily Mail, PopSugar]
>> In the Golden Globes aftermath, Cathy Horyn was left less than impressed. "The new decade certainly didn’t announce itself with a bang on the Globes red carpet last night, and it had nothing to do with the rain," she blogged yesterday. "Where was that single, game-changing dress that people would talk about?"
Most of the dresses last night offered little more than a paper-doll variation on styles of the past few years. A preponderance of blush pink or one-shouldered styles doesn’t point to a trend so much as reveal an ongoing problem with mediocre design. Maybe the best designers now prefer to stay away from the awards shows, and the actresses, worried about bad publicity, don’t know the difference anymore. They don’t know what it means in fashion to be playful and truly relaxed. So the dresses keep wearing them.
>> Couture Catfight: Giorgio Armani Upset By Dior —If nothing else, Giorgio Armani wants to prove that he's still kicking. The designer himself sent out a note today indicating that his Armani Prive couture presentation next Monday is being moved back from 7:30 pm to 9 pm due to what he calls an “unexpected and unjustifiable” time change by Christian Dior. He goes on to call Dior's move “indicative of a lack of respect for other people’s time and labor.” Dior has yet to respond. [ Style File]
>> Tom Ford helped Gucci Group acquire Balenciaga in 2001, particularly because of the interest in Nicolas Ghesquiere's design talent. It seems Ford's feelings haven't changed much — the two designers chat in the February 2010 issue of Interview and he admits to Ghesquiere: "I want to say that you are my favorite contemporary designer." Ford conducted the entire phone interview nude: "I stay this way pretty much 24 hours a day. Richard [Buckley, Ford's boyfriend] is very funny. He is usually completely dressed. He does not like to be naked. So he is in the house; we are having dinner. I am sitting there naked; he is sitting there completely dressed."
Nicolas on his design future »
>> The Row to Show at New York Fashion Week; Derek Lam Downsizing —Just a day after she stepped out of her usual red carpet uniform — The Row — and instead wore Erdem for the Golden Globes afterparty circuit, Ashley Olsen and her sister Mary-Kate announced that they will be joining the New York Fashion Week scene next month with a presentation for The Row. Derek Lam, meanwhile, is going for a more intimate runway show at the Capitale ballroom in the Lower East Side for Fall 2010 — the venue can only accommodate half the number of people he hosted last season. [WWD]
>> Edun has finally ended their search for a creative director, annointing Sharon Wauchob with the task of infusing more fashion into their offerings. As brand cofounder Ali Hewson put it, "Sharon was the one that stuck with us more so than anybody else, due to her thoughtfulness, her obvious talent and just a feeling she is really growing into something. This is her time. She’s of the 21st century in a big way.”
Wauchob will continue to design her own line, and her first Edun collection — which LVMH took a 49 percent stake in last year — will be for the Spring 2011 season. In the meantime, she will be traveling extensively between New York and Paris, as well as Africa and Peru — the latter two to work with factory workers, as Edun was founded with the intension of creating trade opportunities for developing areas of the world.
Alexa Chung has signed on to design a collection for J.Crew's Madewell, telling Vogue.com “I want to bring back forties tea dresses, sixties mod dresses. . . . I want to bring cute back.”
Tom Ford interviews Nicolas Ghesquière in the February issue of Interview magazine, on newsstands January 26. Among topics of conversation—golf.
Edun names Sharon Wauchob creative director. She will continue to design her 10-year-old signature collection.
The best of Proenza Schouler's pre-fall accessories—the low wedge combat boot, navy and black glitter open-toe platform sandals, and a brown leather paper-bag tote.