>> Now that you've seen the entire Lanvin for H&M collection in still pictures, it's time to check it out in motion. Watch the collection's campaign girls Natasha Poly, Hannelore Knuts, Tatiana Cotliar, Jane Schmitt, and Garance Dumont; the collection's lookbook model Irina Lazareanu; plus Leigh Lezark, Milagros Schmoll, and Tao Okamoto in the whimsical vid styled by Camille Bidault Waddington — complete with thought bubbles and an Alber Elbaz cameo.
Posts for November 2nd 2010
>> The little black dress is ever a staple and more so with the holiday season approaching. Our picks — from the likes of Jen Kao, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, and Rag & Bone — have you covered for every occasion, whether it's a swanky dinner party or a more intimate gathering amongst friends. Peruse the slideshow for our top 18 little black dresses of the season.
>> Last night, Alber Elbaz pronounced: "Some days I feel like a piano: kind of short, always in black & white, always expected to produce music." And produce music he did when it comes to his Lanvin Hearts H&M collection, which is in stores on Nov. 20. The collection runs the gamut from $9.95 for lipstick to $349 for a coat, with shoes, sunglasses, and of course, plenty of dresses, in between. In the gallery, we've got Irina Lazareanu in the lookbook; Natasha Poly, Hannelore Knuts, Tati Cotliar, Jane Schmitt, and Garance Dumont in the full ad campaign; plus individual images and prices for each of the 48 women's items in the collection.
>> Kate Moss's last full Topshop collection hit the floor today, but Philip Green reiterated that the connection isn't over. “I’m not going anywhere and neither is she,” he said. “This collection still works, and our relationship hasn’t ended. But we now need to go away for a while, and think about how to do things differently. This collection takes a lot of hard work — she wants to do other things and so do I — but our relationship is as strong as ever.”
He's said in the past that a series of smaller capsule Kate Moss for Topshop collections, comprising 12 to 15 pieces instead of the current collection's 109 styles, will still come out two to three times per year: "That will be easier for us, we’ll do something fun."
So what does "something fun" entail? A Topshop spokesperson sheds a little light: "It could be some special pieces in cashmere, for example, or some amazing vintage treasures Kate has uncovered. Basically, it will be whatever takes her fancy. We want Kate's collections to be always surprising, like her — not formulaic and tied to seasons, like a machine."
>> 71-year-old Veruschka modeled for Giles Deacon's Spring 2011 show last month, but it sounds like she didn't much enjoy it: "I didn’t like the makeup in the show, and didn’t think much of the dress." She says she felt like a gimmick, and added that designers no longer have the skills to dress women who are not children with bodies that look like ironing boards. When it was pointed out that her star turn in Blow-Up perpetuated the super-thin model look, she replied, "I was in my 20s when I made the movie and found success. We were women, not children. [Yes,] I was tall and I was thin. But just before shooting started I had been on a fashion assignment in Mexico and became terribly sick from drinking the water. I lost so much weight and was really ill and weak when I made the movie." [Daily Mail]
>> After years and years in the business, how does Michael Kors stay relevant? “I believe in the balance between consistency and change. I believe that repetition equals reputation," he explained yesterday at the WWD CEO Apparel and Retail Summit. "I believe that to have the love for your customer and understand who she is and what she wants to wear is essential. I meet my customers from all over. I’ve been able to talk to them and ask them how they live and what they think their needs are.”
He continued: “I truly grew up in department stores. Shopping was my after-school sport … I believe this love that I have for the store experience also shows in my work. I treat my retail customers and partners like personal friends, and being connected to your customers is essential to sustaining and growing a business. If you can’t think about and visualize what they want next, what they’ll need next, guess what? You’ve lost the game.”
These days, he advises young designers: “Unfortunately, it’s easy to get noticed for anything today — bad, good or in-between. And I think everyone’s in a huge rush. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Slow down, start small and then expand.”
Speaking of expansion, when asked if he was thinking of entering any other product categories, Kors stressed that his brand must feel authentic, or else consumers sense a fake, which is why he won't be doing hosiery — “since I’m still being blamed for putting women in bare legs and basically killing the hosiery business.” Kors is interested in the travel market, however: not hotel suites, but airport lounges, airplanes, and jet set-worthy clothes.
Gisele Bundchen Remains On Good Terms with Victoria's Secret, Is Slowly Choosing Other Priorities Over Modeling
>> Gisele Bundchen was spotted in New York late last week, prompting some to hope that she might be in town for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show fittings — after all, it seems like she and Victoria's Secret are still on good terms. Ed Razek, the brand's marketing director, asked Bundchen who her favorite client was for Vogue Brazil's October 2010 issue, and she replied: "I have had the opportunity to work with dear, special people. You are certainly one of them, Ed." A return to the Victoria's Secret runway doesn't seem likely, though — Bundchen put in seven years as an Angel, and when she left in 2007, she said: "I would like to have different chapters in my life. I mean let's be honest — I do this because it's my job." Besides, she recently told Vogue Brazil: "I think [I'll be] working on things I believe in until the day I’m no longer here, because that makes me want to wake up in the morning. So, I think I will never retire, I’ll be always working on something. As a model, I haven’t defined a work time, but slowly I’m electing other priorities." [TFS]