>> For the second time in six months, reports of luxury conglomerate Richemont (think Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chloe) taking a stake in Prada have surfaced. Both times, Prada has vehemently denied the possibility — first in August and again today — but if the union were to take place, as the New York Post suggested, it could create quite the competitor for Richemont rival LVMH.
Prada has long expressed interest in going public and rejected past private equity offers, but its current debt — $1.7 billion worth — has prevented company expansion. If Richemont acquired one-third of the company as reports imply, with the possibility of an eventual majority investment, Prada would be much better equipped to take on emerging markets. But again, Prada "categorically denies any negotiation whatsoever to sell any share to Richemont." And although a Richemont spokesman says the company doesn't comment on rumors, a source close to the company told WWD of the story: "just silly. I don't know where they got it, and clearly it's a quiet time for news."
Posts for January 5th 2010
>> Coco Rocha Foraying Into More TV Work as Grammys Correspondant —Coco Rocha is taking her television career — which started out with her interviewing celebrities front row and backstage at last February's New York Fashion Week for E! Canada — a step further. She just been confirmed to cover red carpet fashion and celebrities as ET Canada's Grammys correspondant at the end of the month. [@Oh_So_Coco]
Sporting Prada crystals, Marc Jacobs tartan, Miu Miu pin-up prints, and headpieces made from small toys—Barbie legs, miniature cars, little army men—Natasha Poly appears in a new V magazine editorial shot by Glen Luchford and inspired by Courtney Love. Girly has never looked so grunge.
The charming Jean-Pierre Braganza took us through his technology-obsessed spring 2010 collection recently at an event sponsored by the London Centre for Fashion Enterprise. The theme of Braganza's latest collection —"a hybrid of humans and machinery, like machinery wrapped around the human form"— is best expressed through structural folds, angular leather panels, and graphic black and white patterns.
Continuing his love affair with custom digital prints, Braganza layered black and white photographs of a ferris wheel in Berlin with graphic images of skulls to create this season's technology-inspired symmetrical print used for a pair of skinny trousers, a molded mini dress detailed with black origami folds, and a strong-shouldered, scoop-neck tee. Braganza remains inspired by the future, yet firmly planted in the moment.
>> There were rumors that Marc Jacobs and fiance Lorenzo Martone were planning on getting married while vacationing in St. Barts on Dec. 31, and now Guest of a Guest is reporting that they did indeed tie the knot — though no date was given — in a private St. Barts ceremony. The wedding featured a cake topped with likenesses of Marc — all tattoos and signature skort — and Lorenzo in tuxedo, surrounded by Marc's bull terrier Daisy and daisies, symbolizing the designer's love for The Great Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan. Jacobs and Martone became engaged in March, and reportedly celebrated the wedding at a private dinner hosted by Larry Gagosian. Also in St. Barts over the holidays were Patrick Demarchelier, Rachel Zoe, and Dasha Zhukova — all likely wedding attendees.
UPDATE: A representative for Marc Jacobs says reports of the designer marrying Lorenzo Martone are "not true. Someone had a party for them, but there was no wedding. They are still engaged." Word is the event in the pictures was just a "rehearsal" wedding, and the actual wedding won't be happening for several more months. [Us Magazine]
>> Preview Inside Olivier Theyskens's Upcoming Book —Olivier Theyskens: The Other Side of the Picture, the book the aforementioned designer has been working on in his designing downtime based on a collaboration with backstage photographer Julien Claessens, is out next month. Publisher Assouline has just published a preview of images from the book, which viewers can "leaf through" on their official website. [Assouline, @AssoulinePub]
Emma Watson is back as the face of Burberry, posing alongside her younger brother, Alex, in the spring campaign photographed by Mario Testino.
Opening Ceremony will open a fourth store in New York's Ace Hotel along with Project No. 8.
Coco Rocha will host red carpet coverage of the Grammy's for ET Canada.
Kelly Cutrone urges young working girls to "gather up your courage like an armful of free clothes at a McQueen sample sale," in her new book, "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside. . . And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You."
Tokyo's fashion designers are much admired (and copied) but find it hard to break into international markets.
>> The trend of using uniform, indistinguishable models has been taken one step further this season: a couple of prominent brands have chosen to crop their models' heads out of ads, eluding any recognizability. Two out of three Prada Spring 2010 ads out so far show a model, the upper half of her head lopped out of the picture, with bag swung over her shoulder; the third ad finally shows her full face, revealing her to be Rasa Zukauskaite. And in Phoebe Philo's first campaign for Celine, shot by Juergen Teller, the first photo out includes four bodies, but no heads or feet at all. Perhaps further down the line the faces of Lisanne de Jong, Carmen Kass, Jacquelyn Jablonski, and Valerija Kelava — all said to be Celine Spring 2010 faces — will be revealed?
Ann-Sofie Back's latest collection for Topshop is trashed and destroyed, just the way you like it. The mostly black, always shredded lineup includes sweaters, long sleeve tees and jersey dresses with strategically-placed rips and asymmetrical edges that work hard to look like they don't care. Get the dove gray tank (for $100 online January 6 and in Topshop stores January 27) and think of it as spring Balmain with one less zero on the price tag.
>> Rodarte Sticking to Solely Womenswear For Now —Despite all the hubbub about the four cobwebbed men's sweaters Laura and Kate Mulleavy made for Opening Ceremony which OC co-founder Humberto Leon says have been "selling fast," don't expect an expanded offering anytime soon. A Rodarte spokesman confirms: “There are no plans for any other Rodarte men’s wear items at this time.” [WWD]