>> Olivier Theyskens No Longer In Talks with Christopher Burch, Exploring Other Options —There had been speculation that Olivier Theyskens was working with Tory Burch's ex-husband Christopher Burch on a new retail concept, but it sounds like the deal is no longer an option — the talks reportedly ended last month and Burch's company confirmed that they are no longer in discussion. In the meantime, Olivier will be making an appearance in New York next Thursday for the Barneys-hosted launch of his The Other Side of the Picture book with Assouline; he's also said to be in talks with several different unspecified groups about a hopefully impending comeback. [WWD]
Posts for February 2010
The always insightful Fashion Informer catches up with pint-sized Chicago blogger Tavi and chronicles the whirlwind sequence of events—from an 11-year-old Style Rookie to Pop and Love cover girl and that Stephen Jones hat—which controversially landed her square in the middle of the fashion spotlight.
Tavi talks slumber parties and Barbie shopping carts, and we learn how she cried while looking at online images of Rei Kawakubo's Comme des Garçons fall 2009 collection. She loves Bob Dylan and Doc Martens, would buy spring 2010 Miu Miu and a copy of Visionaire if $15,000 magically appeared in her possession, and is adorably self-aware of her name dropping when recalling favorite fashion week memories—Lagerfeld, Galliano, Kawakubo, Mulleavy!
As for the future, she would like to have a band and a magazine, be in movies and act on stage. So it seems this little fashion ubiquity is not going anywhere anytime soon, and we all might as well get used to it. Click here for more from the source.
Fashion in 50 Seconds 02/05/10 Surf Lodge Lands at Milk, Sandra Bullock Most Likely to Sell Red Carpet Look
Olivier Theyskens will not be entering a new retail venture with Christopher Burch, as previously reported.
As fashion week begins and our eyes are bombarded with unattainable bodies, Crystal Renn will be on ABC's Nightline discussing her happier, healthier model story.
When Sandra Bullock wears a gown on the red carpet, it sells. Carey Mulligan not so much.
Giorgio Aramani launches a new digital home for his seven brands, which hosts company news, shopping links, and a new twitter account.
Recently appointed creative director of Cheap Monday, Anne Sofie-Back hasn't ignored her own namesake collections. She presented the fall 2010 lineup for her diffusion line, Back, in Stockholm this week, showing everyday wearable pieces in black, white, and gray. The fabrics used for her slighly askew basics—an oversized wrap coat wiht bell sleeves, padded-knee trousers, cropped jackets, and cutout capes—were soft and slouchy, comfortable fashion.
For her mainline Anne Sofie-Back collection, which will debut during London Fashion Week, Back took inspiration from her Second Life avatar—an unsuccessful, lonely stripper. Dazed Digital has more on both collections.
>> Giancarlo Giammetti and Valentino Garavani are no strangers to disparaging Valentino's successors, and after current Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli presented their Spring 2010 couture collection last month, Giammetti turned to Facebook.
Valentino's longtime business partner posted on his Facebook page that he was “just speechless,” continuing, “not sad…just surprised.…We have always supported the new designers and we love them, but this time we have to distance ourselves from this ridiculous circus.”
Giammetti eventually deleted the comments after the reaction he received, but told WWD yesterday that both he and Garavani “are always supportive of the designers of Valentino, even if we don’t approve of their effort to be cool at all costs.” The house of Valentino declined comment.
>> Nathalie Rykiel Partnered with H&M Because They Were Copying Her —If you can't beat H&M, join them, is Nathalie Rykiel's attitude. Nathalie, currently in New York to launch the Sonia Rykiel for H&M knitwear collection, admitted when prompted that H&M, before their partnership, had used her designs. "Yes, of course! They copy me all the time! Finally I said, 'Look, if you want your girls to wear Sonia Rykiel from H&M, let's let them have the real thing!'" The collection's launch is tonight at Bobo in the West Village, with Chanel Iman making her DJing debut on deck. When WWD asked Chanel about her favorite workout song, she replied: "I don’t work out." [Nylon, WWD]
>> On Valentine's Day, Nathan Jenden will take his last runway bow as creative director of Diane von Furstenberg before shipping off to focus exclusively on his own collection, launched in 2006.
In his stead, von Furstenberg has hired Yvan Mispelaere, who was a member of Phoebe Philo's design team at Chloe and took a runway bow after her exit. He then left Chloe to join Gucci under Frida Giannini in 2006.
Jenden has been with von Furstenberg since 2001; she invested in his eponymous line when it launched and will continue to do so after Jenden leaves her company. “I have an interest in his company and I have an interest in his future, and if he wants to show in New York, then I will help him as the president of the CFDA,” von Furstenberg explained.
Jenden admitted he might show in New York in the future; he has been showing in London to give him time between von Furstenberg's show and his own. He also has plans to expand his collection into resort and accessories in the near future.
>> Former Prada Model Nick Snider Offers Police Oral Sex For Release After Arrest —After yesterday's Fashion Week-crashing scandal courtesy of two high school-aged hackers who added their names to the list for Alexander Wang's show (and who have been successful in the past at shows like Derek Lam, where one sat front row next to Suzy Menkes), here's another doozy for you. 21-year-old former Prada model Nick Snider was arrested in Arkansas Monday morning for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct; when deputies approached the intoxicated Snider, he stated, "I am a very famous model." After his arrest, Snider offered the deputies and jailer oral sex in trade for his release. [The Smoking Gun]
Zac Posen, As a Non-Advertiser, Would Have Had to Pose with a Muppet to be Featured in Harper's Bazaar
>> Last April at a dinner celebrating Cartier's 100th Anniversary, Zac Posen took a seat next to Harper's Bazaar editor and the evening's hostess, Glenda Bailey. Posen, offended that Bazaar, which rarely featured his clothes, had asked him to appear in a spread next to Sesame Street Muppet The Count, confronted Bailey in front of her guests. “I didn’t want to model with the Count,” Mr. Posen told the New York Times this week. “She said that was the only way my clothes could be in the magazine as a non-advertiser. I think she was surprised I wouldn’t take the part, but I stood my ground and I still do.” Last September, Glenda Bailey did not attend Posen's show, although a Bazaar spokeswoman said the magazine had always supported Posen.
Giles Deacon interviews Victoria Beckham in the spring "Fashion Icons" issue of Love. The 336-page magazine will be available next Monday.
Charlotte Ronson agreed to move her NYFW runway show at Bryant Park to accommodate Naomi Campbell. Campbell is hosting a Fashion for Relief event to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Tickets to which will be available to American Express cardmembers tomorrow.
Stylist Amanda Ross has been named fashion director of W Hotels.
Zac Posen's company is in survival mode but that doesn't mean the designer will agree to pose in Harper's Bazaar next to Count Dracula.