>> Fall is the perfect time to invest in a decadent bag, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a ton to look like a million bucks. Thanks to designers such as Rachel Comey, See by Chloe, and APC, we have proof that smart shopping doesn't have to cramp your style. After scouring the virtual shelves, we found 10 bags — ranging from this Winter perfect embellished bag from Antik Batik to a rad crackled white leather backpack from A.Ok — all under $350.
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>> When Brian Atwood announced last month that he is rolling out a contemporary line, B Brian Atwood, next season, he also hinted that ready-to-wear for his high-end Brian Atwood line could premiere as early as next year. In a new interview with WWD, Atwood reveals that he's also eyeing handbags, men's shoes, jewelry and sunglasses for his signature collection:
"Ready-to-wear is very high on the list. I'm all about the glamour and the sexy part of dressing women. It would have some gorgeous dresses and maybe a fur and great leather jackets, things that women wear and love to be dressed in. And I would like to get into handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. If it fits and makes sense to the brand, then we should be open to doing it . . . I've even played around with doing a men's collection, but men aren't like women, so it's a little more complicated, but so much fun. If I get really excited about something, I want to do it . . . I'd want to [launch new categories] with the core collection first, so [if we're going to do additional categories with B Brian Atwood within three years], we have got to move on this."
Atwood, who started out at Versace and then designed for Bally until last year, also mentioned that he doesn't plan to design for another fashion house again: "No. It's now about building [Brian Atwood]."
>> Just as Whitney Port announced today that The City is kaput, another former MTV star — who also happens to be Tommy Hilfiger's daughter — revealed that she's getting into the design business. Hilfiger, who has styled Nary Manivong's collection for the past two seasons, is teaming up with the designer to create a brand-new line, Nahm. “It’s all shirtdresses of different fabrics, lengths and cuts,” said Hilfiger, who plans to introduce the line for Fall 2011 and manufacture it entirely in New York. [WWD]
Anna Wintour Recommends Getting Fired, Says She Turned Down British Vogue Because "London Felt Smalltime"
>> Over the weekend, Teen Vogue held its annual Fashion University in New York for budding fashion industry followers, and Anna Wintour gave a seminar in which she was surprisingly frank. A few highlights, relayed from the Twitterverse:
When previewing the cover of the "Vogue's Best Dressed" bookazine, which is out in November and features Blake Lively in a gold dress, she shed some light on why Vogue cover subjects tend to repeat: "We pick girls we can go back to. It was hard to ignore Blake when she came on the scene . . . I told Tonne [Goodman, Vogue fashion director] to 'Vogue her.' We did her hair, gave her glamorous clothes . . ."
On the controversial Lebron James and Gisele Bundchen April 2008 Vogue cover: "It got me in a lot of trouble. Uh, that was an interesting experience."
On turning down jobs: "I was offered the editorship at British Vogue. But London felt small-time."
And, on losing jobs: "I worked for American Harper's Bazaar . . . they fired me. I recommend that you all get fired, it's a great learning experience."
>> Chanel travels every year to show its Pre-Fall metiers d'arts collection: last year, it was held in Shanghai, and previously, the collection has been themed to the tastes of Moscow, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Monte Carlo, and London (and shown in those locales, with the exception of the Moscow collection, which was shown in Paris in late 2008, at the height of the economic crisis). But the collection, which was originally established to showcase the skills of the house's couture ateliers, will instead be shown on Dec. 7 at the house's Rue Cambon couture salons, taking it back to where it started in 2002. [WWD]
A hat can add the perfect finishing touch to a Fall outfit — so do yourself a solid and stay toasty in one of our top five choices. The downtown girl can sink her head into a floppy, fedora, or trilby style from Rag & Bone, J.Crew, or La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau, while the uptown lady can don cute cloche cuts from Brooks Brothers or Stella McCartney.
Left to right: Rag & Bone Floppy Fedora ($115), J.Crew Trilby Hat ($150), Stella McCartney Felt Cloche ($345), Brooks Brothers Rabbit Felt Cloche ($298), La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau Fedora ($280)
>> Condé Nast Digital isn't going to have Style.com and Vogue.com as friendly competitors, as was envisioned in August, after all. Style.com and its staff of about 15 are moving from under Condé Nast Digital to Fairchild Fashion Group, the publisher of WWD. Gina Sanders, president and CEO of Fairchild, said she proposed the move a few months ago, because with Style.com, Fairchild will be able to “speak to both business executives and consumers obsessed with fashion." Style.com's editorial team, including editor Dirk Standen, will now report to Fairchild editorial director Peter Kaplan. [WWD, WSJ]
>> Over the weekend, LVMH announced that it's agreed to buy a minority stake (17.1 percent for 1.45 billion euros, or $2 billion) in the family-controlled Hermès. The luxury conglomerate stifled any takeover speculation by saying it has “no intention of launching a tender offer, taking control of Hermès nor seeking board representation … The objective of LVMH is to be a long-term shareholder of Hermès and to contribute to the preservation of the family and French attributes which are at the heart of the global success of this iconic brand.”
But, as WWD points out, "few observers expect Arnault — who famously won control of Vuitton and LVMH in the late eighties by pitting family member against family member and ultimately launching a hostile takeover bid — will be content with a silent minority holding." And when Arnault bought a 5 percent stake in Gucci Group in 1999, he said that LVMH didn't intend to acquire any more of the company — but he ended up increasing his holding to 34 percent within a month.
A spokesman for LVMH declined to comment on the seller of the stake. Late Sunday, Hermès issued a statement saying that it was informed of LVMH’s purchase and affirming that its family shareholders “are fully united around a common business vision” and “have confirmed that they are not contemplating any significant selling of shares.”
>> Although she'll still continue to design for Topshop in a smaller capacity, Kate Moss's last big collection for Topshop — her fourteenth with the brand — debuts Nov. 2. “When we started the project we didn’t have an end in mind but I’m really proud of all 14 collections,” says Moss. “I’ve learned a lot about the design and development process; experiences that I’d only ever seen informally through being a model.” A video sneak peek of the collection, which includes sequined dresses, hot pants, a tweed cape with faux fur collar, and vintage-inspired floral day dresses, is above, featuring Moss along with London girls Adwoa Aboah, Cara Delevigne, Genevieve Garner, Rosalyn Holman, Jessica Horton playing dress up in Topshop's Personal Shopping Suite. Moss’s favorite piece from the collection? “If I had to pick one I’d go for the pansy dress!” [The Moment, Topshop]
>> Olivier Theyskens, who began working with Theory in May, is strengthening his ties with the brand; he was just named artistic director and will take over design responsibility for the entire Theory brand.
Theyskens first began working with Theory on a capsule collection under the moniker Theyskens' Theory, which he debuted during New York Fashion Week in September. Now, in addition to designing the Theyskens' Theory label, which is launching for Spring 2011, Theyskens will also be designing Theory, with his first collection for the Fall 2011 season. In his newly-created artistic director role, Theyskens is expected to give Theory a fashion slant while still appealing to the brand's existing customer.