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Posts for March 4th 2010
>> After turning in a well-received Fall 2010 collection — Style.com thought the designs "marked a pivotal moment" between Aquascutum's heritage and modern design sensibility — womenswear designer Michael Herz and his menswear counterpart Graeme Fidler have handed in their resignations, Aquascutum confirmed.
The designers, who have been at the company since 2002 and 2000, respectively, have endured a rollercoaster of management changes — most recently, last Fall, when Aquascutum was purchased by BFC and Jaeger chairman Harold Tillman and chief executive Belinda Earl. WWD reports an industry source saying that both designers are angling to move on to new projects. "They've had a great time at the brand, but they want to move on, and we fully understand that," said Earl. "We wish them well, and the situation is amicable."
>> No Photos to Be Allowed at McQueen Presentation —The Alexander McQueen show was cancelled and replaced with a presentation/memorial on March 9 and 10 instead. Now, word comes that seeing the final collection McQueen worked on just got a little more difficult: photos have been banned from the presentation. [@BinkleyOnStyle]
UPDATE: Photographers are banned at the presentation, but photos of the collection will be provided to media outlets. [The Cut]
>> With Prince on the soundtrack, Christophe Decarnin sent out a river of gold: on sequins, brocade, slit-up-to-there dresses, fringe, and even those skin-tight pants. Cathy Horyn Tweeted, "Electric gold pinstripes on a Balmain pantsuit made me think, I'm sorry, of the Eiffel."
Decarnin is still stuck on big shoulders, but he did add in trouser suits with pussy-bow blouses and fur jackets this time around. Backstage, he explained: “I started from a standpoint of classical French couture, like a Cardin jacket and trousers from 1970; all very elegant — and then I moved to the Court of Versailles . . . This is pretty good substitute for Versailles, non?"
>> Alessandra Ambrosio to Walk Givenchy, Too? —Alessandra Ambrosio, who has walked at Prada and Giles already this season, is rumored to be walking for Givenchy tomorrow, as well. Don't be surprised if you see Alicia Kuczman at Givenchy, too — the Brazilian Jil Sander exclusive is said to have a Paris exclusive, too, and Givenchy seems like the right fit. [@modelwhispers, TI]
Interview magazine is loving Miu Miu spring 2010.
Eric Wilson generously played the video-game version of Project Runway so you won't have to.
Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler announce they are resigning from the creative helm of Aquascutum.
Diane von Furstenberg will be designing 20 rooms for Claridge's in London.
Lagerfeld's muse, Baptiste Giabiconi, is working on an album.
Alexa Chung is regularly the number one most searched-for name on eBay.
Halston announces plans to relaunch a menswear collection.