>> Karlie Kloss was just in her hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, where she revealed that while she's on the catwalk, she can often hear front rowers' entire conversations. But yesterday, she was back on set in New York, shooting with Patrick Demarchelier and Anna Jagodzinska for Donna Karan's Fall 2010 campaign — which marks the brand's 25th anniversary — against a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
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>> Oscar de la Renta on the Question of Retirement —Oscar de la Renta said Tuesday that during a Toronto trunk show last week, he tallied sales of over $1 million in 48 hours. “For me, luxury never left. Although business was not as strong last year, we were not struggling.” He also addressed the question of his retirement: “People always ask me how much longer I am going to do this, and I say the day I learn everything is when I should stop. I am a curious person, so every day is a learning process. There has never been a time as challenging as now to create clothes. Back in the Sixties, my customers only got their clothes from one place. Today, that loyalty doesn’t exist as women want to project their own individuality through fashion. It’s about understanding the needs and aspirations of professional women that makes it so exciting.” [WWD]
>> In addition to a one hour special on CBS, Fashion's Night Out is now getting a public fashion show — billed the largest of its kind to be held in New York — on Sept. 7, three days before the global shopping event on Sept. 10.
The show, an extravaganza with 200 models including Karlie Kloss, Chanel Iman, Raquel Zimmermann, and Daria Werbowy, will be held at Lincoln Center and produced by Vogue and SPEC Entertainment. It will focus on Fall clothes in stores at the time. “We felt it is important for people to see what wonderful fashion will be in stores at that moment,” explained Anna Wintour. “This show will focus on the key trends we’ve identified for fall so that shoppers will have plenty of inspiration to join the fun during Fashion’s Night Out.”
The show will be filmed for the CBS special, airing the following week. Tickets to the 1,500 available seats will go on sale this Summer through the Lincoln Center box office; a spokeswoman for the event said the prices had not yet been figured out.
Loomstate for Barneys V-neck tees (made of 100 percent organic cotton and available in six colors) are selling for $40 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Eviana Hartman, the designer behind eco-friendly label and Ecco Domani winner Bodkin, has signed on to design a capsule collection for Hessnatur, a German clothing company known for its use of 100 percent natural fibers.
>> Is Michael Roberts Gone from Vanity Fair? —Yesterday, WWD posted an item headlined "Michael Roberts Out at Vanity Fair" and beginning "After much speculation, it appears that Michael Roberts is officially on the way out of Vanity Fair." However, the item has since been taken down from both WWD's Twitter and the website. Roberts joined Vanity Fair as fashion and style director from the New Yorker in 2006. [WWD, @jyotika, @LibertyLndnGirl]
Frida Giannini was in London last night to fete the opening of her Gucci pop-up sneaker shop in Covent Garden. The 820-square-foot space will be open for three weeks, offering limited edition Gucci sneaker styles (two of which were designed by Giannini's co-host, Mark Ronson). Each piece is exclusive to the store, but after its stint in London, the shop will move to Tokyo this June. Click below for images from the in-store event and afterparty hosted by Jefferson Hack at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club.
>> As suspected, it appears that Madonna is back as the Fall 2010 face of Dolce & Gabbana — she was snapped shooting for the brand yesterday in Harlem. The singer, who has a line of sunglasses coming out with Dolce & Gabbana next month, was originally reported to be filming a commercial with Steven Klein for the brand, but based on Stefano Gabbana's stream of tweets yesterday, it seems that the campaign was part of the deal, as well: "I'm going on the set of woman campaign..... The shooting is going very well!!!! She's beautiful.... End of the shooting... Madonna.....she's always the BEST!!!! A lot of paparazzi during the shooting!!!"
*image: Bauer-Griffin Online
>> The First Wave of Costume Institute Gala Intel —Gap may be sponsoring this year's Costume Institute Gala on May 3, but Patrick Robinson won't be dressing co-chair Oprah Winfrey — Oscar de la Renta is doing those honors. Instead, Robinson is focusing on other initiatives — Gap is working with past collaborators Thakoon, Rodarte, and Alexander Wang, plus Sophie Theallet, to "dress the evening's brightest stars," reports Vogue. "Expect to see guests like Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba, and M.I.A taking in the 'American Woman' exhibition in tulle-trellised and crystal-adorned creations, which will be auctioned afterward at Gap's White Space concept store to benefit the museum." Gap is also launching three shirts in May — the Heiress (and hourglass shape), the ruffled Flapper, and the draped Screen Siren — to coincide with the American Woman theme. [Fashionista, WWD, The Cut, @jimshi809, @jimshi809]
In what Vogue is calling "the largest public fashion show in New York City history," the magazine will host a runway event at Lincoln Center on September 7 as part of the 2010 Fashion's Night Out initiative.
Showcasing current, fall 2010 runway trends to entice consumers to shop during Fashion's Night Out events (only three days later on the evening of Sept. 10), Vogue promises over 200 top models will walk in front of "nearly 1,500 guests."
"We felt it is important for people to see what wonderful fashion will be in stores at that moment," said Vogue editor Anna Wintour. "The show will focus on key trends we've identified for fall so that shoppers will have plenty of inspiration to join the fun during Fashion's Night Out."
Undoubtedly, Vogue's runway extravaganza will also be part of CBS's hour-long Fashion's Night Out special airing at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15.