>> L'Wren Scott Prepping Brand for Growth —Although she says it's too early to talk specifics, L'Wren Scott confirmed recently that she's positioning her brand, which focuses on dresses in the $1,500 to $3,000 range), for growth. A website that will eventually include e-commerce is in the works (the label is currently sold at CoutureLab.com and Net-a-Porter) and she would also like to open stores — “bricks and mortar are very important in getting your vision across” — and expand into the contemporary market. There's also a project with Lancome being hammered out. Scott currently owns 100 percent of the label, but she says she would consider changing that should the right investor come along. [WWD]
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>> Garance Dore has been experimenting more and more with video content on her blog, and there's a reason, she tells The Huffington Post in a recent interview: "My dream project is to do a movie . . . about girls and life and fashion. But it's really a dream project. I'm not even at the beginning of it."
But she says for now, "more realistic[ally]," there's television. Dore's boyfriend, The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman, hinted about a TV project at the end of last year, and Dore brings the subject up again:
We're working on a TV show with Scott. We don't know yet exactly what form it's going to have. It's the same thing: why would we do a classic TV show, when the world is changing? And the world of media is changing? So we are working on the concept. We want something that talks to the people very easily and that you can see on the Internet.
The Jil Sander Group announced today the creation of a lower-priced label, called Jil Sander Navy. The new line will be a casual, unconstructed counterpoint to the main collection's sharply tailored silhouettes (at left: spring 2010) consisting of loose outerwear, lightweight jersey and easy knitwear. The range includes T-shirts, dresses, pants, skirts, jackets, and jeans as well as a selection of accessories (handbags, footwear, and belts).
"I will continue to open up the Jil Sander brand by pushing its boundaries and introducing new elements to reinforce and widen the attraction to the house," stated creative director Raf Simons via press release. Simons also recently designed a collection of jewelry with Damiani.
Jil Sander Navy will launch globally in stores and online next January with a spring 2011 collection.
>> Michaela Kocianova Reportedly Dating Guy Ritchie —Over the weekend, 41-year-old Sherlock Holmes director (and Madonna's ex-husband) Guy Ritchie was snapped on a pub crawl in London holding hands with a "mystery woman." The woman has since been identified by Grazia as 21-year-old Michaela Kocianova, and this marks the first time she and Ritchie have been seen out publicly together. [News of the World, Grazia]
Karlie Kloss goes back to high school for British Vogue editorial.
Milan reconsiders last season's truncated, four-day fashion week calendar for the spring/summer 2011 collections, spreading out the shows from September 22-28.
Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris said that it was canceling its planned exhibition on the “Kate Moss myth” due to a lack of sponsorship.
Miriam Haskell's bridal jewelry collection for J.Crew launches in stores this May.
J.Crew is also opening a wedding boutique at 769 Madison Avenue in New York on May 27.
>> It's rare for a model to score an only-girl Teen Vogue cover —the most recent one that comes to mind is Gemma Ward's February 2006 cover for the magazine — but Karlie Kloss has done just that with the May 2010 issue of Teen Vogue. 17-year-old Kloss racked up more than more than 150,000 airline miles in the last year, scored the finale spot in Jason Wu's show for the last four seasons running — "She's my lucky closer," the designer says — and has been tapped by many as the next heir to the supermodel throne.
But Karlie is still "just Karlie," one of her friends from home in St. Louis says. She has made sweets for Teen Vogue's Amy Astley and Alexander Wang, the latter who says: "She baked me peanut butter cookies when she came in for her fittings." And she's always accompanied by an adult — her English teacher came with her to the Paris couture shows last Summer, and her Uncle Keith, who Karlie describes as a "big bodyguard" type, has traveled with her as well. "I need that support," Karlie told Teen Vogue. "I don't want to be on my own yet. I'm not ready for that."
Kloss idolizes Christy Turlington and eventually wants to get "some sort of medical degree. Something that would allow me to visit third-world countries and help children." But when it comes to what she looks for in a boyfriend, another supermodel's tastes come to mind: "If Tom Brady ever becomes single, or if he has a brother, or someone Tom Brady-ish . . ." She smiles and adds with a wink, "Don't tell Gisele."
>> Teen Vogue's Jane Keltner Weds —Saturday evening, Teen Vogue's fashion news director Jane Keltner married Giancarlo Valle, an associate at Stan Allen Architect, at the of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. Keltner will henceforth be known as Jane Keltner de Valle. The bride wore a dress designed by Jason Wu, a friend of the couple — Valle just worked on Wu's new New York headquarters. [NY Times, @StevenRojas]