>> It was hinted earlier this month that Tom Ford was actively recruiting for his womenswear design team; now comes word that he has hired Caroline Tixier, a women’s ready-to-wear designer at Givenchy, and Pablo Coppola, an accessories designer at Alexander McQueen, although neither a Tom Ford spokeswoman or Ford's business partner Domenico De Sole would comment to confirm.
Speculation out of Europe sets Ford's return to womenswear for just less than a year from now during the Fall 2011 season. The designer is said to be thinking of starting up again with a presentation instead of a runway show, set in either New York or Milan. He's also reportedly in the process of squaring away launch exclusives with top retail partners.
Posts for March 2010
Inspired by four actresses from Maggie Cheung's films ("Hero," "In the Mood for Love," "Clean," and "Heroic Trio") Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy created the four handmade dresses seen in this Wing Shya-directed video to benefit UNICEF at auction. And, it pays to watch . . . for every click of the short film on YouTube from now until March 31, the retailer Joyce will donate HK$1 to the charity.
The Rodarte sisters also recently announced they have designed ballet costumes for Darren Aronofsky's film, "Black Swan," a thriller starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as competing ballerinas. The movie includes dances from "Swan Lake," for which the Mulleavys designed the stage costumes.
>> Moises de la Renta Wants to Be "Slightly Under the Radar" For the Time Being —Moises de la Renta says his collection of ten embellished tees for Mango, which arrives in stores next month, was the product of him approaching the brand, not vice-versa. And despite the fact that Michelle Obama wore a red sheath dress from his MDLR collection last August, Moises says he'd like to remain “slightly under the radar,” for a while — until New York Fashon Week, at least. In the meantime, he's working on adding e-commerce to his website and jewelry and fur to his offerings. [Fashionista]
Lara Stone is said to be the face of not only Calvin Klein collection (replacing Monika "Jac" Jagaciak) but also Calvin Klein Jeans for fall 2010, taking over from Eva Mendes, who has appeared in the sexy denim ads for the past two seasons along with Jamie Dornan.
In other fall ad season news, Karl Lagerfeld is in New York photographing the Fendi and Chanel campaigns with Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw (both seen wearing Chanel in front of Lagerfeld's camera yesterday in the Lower East Side of Manhattan).
>> A week ago, Coco Rocha Tweeted about meeting with Zac Posen to discuss wedding designs; she has since confirmed to Elle Canada that Posen will be making her dress.
Rocha, who is marrying interior designer James Conran on June 9, also describes the proposal: "He took me to a beautiful castle in France and he proposed there. We’re actually going to be married there as well." But the extravagant location doesn't dictate a subsequently large ceremony: "We’re only having about 60 people so it's not going to be too big at all."
She also mentioned that she hopes to debut her line, Rococo, at the end of the year.
Rachel Zoe launches her spring 2010 collection for QVC this week, and no piece is over $200. Some of Zoe's favorites — which she shares with FabTV in the video above — include a leopard tuxedo jacket (that she layers under a matching trench coat), zipper-covered biker jackets (available in tan, black, and gray), a classic "every girl needs one" black blazer, and colorful spring scarves in peacock prints. Our pick? The update to fall's faux fur vest — a lighter-weight version with a satin back in dove gray and off-white.
>> Confirmed: Karl Lagerfeld in New York to Shoot Fall 2010 Fendi, Chanel Ads —Yesterday, Karl Lagerfeld was spotted shooting Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw in Chanel around New York's SoHo and Lower East Side neighborhoods; today, Andre Leon Talley confirms that Lagerfeld is in New York to shoot both the Fall 2010 Chanel and Fendi campaigns. Apparently, Karl is also already at work on his next short film, which will debut along with the Chanel Cruise 2011 collection in St. Tropez in May. [Vogue, ajchen.com]
Dree Hemingway styles herself for i-D magazine. Photographs taken by Sean Thomas in her great granfather's home.
Philip Treacy is the star of SHOWstudio's latest installment of LiveStudio. The milliner takes up one-day residence at Nick Knight's space to design a one-of-a-kind headpiece to be sold in the website's shop.
Designers and retailers are embracing Twitter, while still figuring out its rules . . .
Eric Wilson looks back at "the McCarthey era" as Patrick McCarthey steps down from his helm at W and WWD.
Whitney Port is being sued by Adrienne Baravetto, who claims she helped Port design her line in 2007.
Pour la Victoire's David Giordano and Jay Adoni set out to create an innovative footwear line inspired by hard-edge European design houses at an affordable price point in 2008. Encouraged by the immediate success of their shoe collections (highlighted in French Vogue editorials, sold at Bergdorf Goodman), the duo has decided to expand into the handbag market for fall 2010.
With the same dedication to style-meets-quality-at-a-reasonable-price that catapulted their footwear business into the limelight, Brooklyn-based Giordano and Adoni designed individual yet practical (lightweight!) bags for fall. There are cross-body chain-strap styles with buckles, oversize bucket totes with studded bottoms, and slouchy love-worn shoulder bags — all made with rich, textured leathers in shades of black and gray. The collection, which has been named after rock legends (the"Dylan" and "Bowie" are our personal favorites), will retail from $400-$600. At those prices, we might just have to splurge on more than one . . .
>> The Spring 2010 issue of i-D features Dree Hemingway photographed by Sean Thomas in her first self-styled shoot, on location at her great-grandfather Ernest Hemingway's home in Cuba. With the spread comes an interview, in which Dree runs over some of her favorites . . . and not-so-favorites. On London: "It's my favorite place. I should probably just move there." On walking in Milan: "No thank you." On catalog shoots: "I feel trapped! Smile and pose with the bag but it's too cheesy. I can't handle it! It's unnatural!" And on her best job: "The first shoot with Inez and Vinoodh for W and every other shoot with Alasdair McLellan. He's amazing."