Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were on The Martha Stewart Show yesterday to tie-dye scarves and show off select looks from their spring 2010 surf-inspired collection. Today, the Proenza Schouler designers released a limited-edition tie-dye racer tank available exclusively at ProenzaSchouler.com. The hand-dyed tops are all unique and — compared to their collection counterparts above — are very reasonable at $275 a pop.
Posts for April 2010
Longtime Elle Publisher Carol Smith Leaving for Conde Nast — Perhaps In an Audition for Vogue Publisher Role?
>> Carol Smith, Elle's senior vice president and chief brand officer, is leaving Hachette Filipacchi after eight years with the company to join Conde Nast, where she will act as vice president and publishing director of two non-fashion brands: Bon Appetit and Gourmet (the latter which folded as a magazine last October).
Smith, who leaves Elle at the end of the month, will report to Tom Florio, Vogue's senior vice president and publishing director, causing speculation that Smith is auditioning for the Vogue publisher position while Florio prepares himself for a move up within the company.
“Carol Smith will oversee business developments for the brands that will include TV, books, and online opportunities,” said a Conde Nast corporate spokeswoman.
Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava are launching a fall collection of lower-priced cotton basics. Called Viva Vena, the lineup will chart new territory in the crowded market of oversize, burnout tees with all-over hand-drawn print and photo collages.
Produced in Los Angeles, the collection will included tees, tanks, and dresses. Viva Vena will retail for under $200 and be available this July in Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York and online at Shopbop and LaGarçonne.
Eva Herzigova is the latest model-turned-designer, launching a collection for the fast-fashion chain 1.2.3 in Paris this Thursday.
Cast a vote for your favorite American designer in the CFDA Fashion Awards Popular Vote category and enter to win two tickets to New York Fashion Week.
"I think so long as your face looks all right everything else can be Photoshopped. I don't think anybody minds being slimmed down a bit or taking off the odd spot."—Elizabeth Hurley's secret to modeling at 44.
Hearst names Stephen Drucker new editor of Town & Country, and after eight years at Elle group, Carol Smith is moving to Conde Nast where she will be vice president and publishing director of Bon Appetit and Gourmet.
>> Documentary in the Works on Stylist and Fashion Editor Polly Mellen —The wealth of recent fashion documentaries continues to grow — Bill Cunningham New York, a project ten years in the making on the original street style photographer just premiered recently in New York, and at the end of this month Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, a documentary look at Halston (and whose director looked to Andre Leon Talley for guidance on who to interview and what to research) will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. And it doesn't stop there: last night at the WFIT Elle panel, in talking about his first job assisting Polly Mellen (who worked for 28 years as a fashion editor at Vogue and eight years as creative director at Allure) Joe Zee revealed that he was interviewed this week for a forthcoming documentary on Mellen.
>> Eight weeks or so after she gave birth to son Benjamin, Gisele was joined by David Sims for a Colcci campaign shoot in Boston — her first post-pregnancy shoot. A reporter on set at the time noted that Bundchen appeared "in shape as always," but Gisele said that after taking a break from modeling for four months, she was "pretty worried about if I still could do everything . . . For the first picture I was feeling lost. After the second picture there were no problems anymore, I’m starting to feel comfortable with my body again." The full campaign just hit the web, for your viewing pleasure.
Over 70,000 people worldwide have pledged to participate in Toms One Day Without Shoes event this Thursday, April 8. Asking people to go barefoot for the day (or just for one minute of the day), is Blake Mycoskie, founder and mastermind of Toms one-for-one shoe campaign.
Mycoskie says of his goal in creating One Day Without Shoes, "It's important to experience the impact a simple pair of shoes can make in a child's life. I think sometimes we forget all that we have, and occasionally we should remind ourselves."
People around the globe — from the US to Australia — will unite together on April 8 to bring awareness to the need for shoes in many parts of the world. Those who can't (or won't) go shoe-less for the cause yet want to participate can do so virtually by changing their Facebook profile photo, status, or Twitter avatar on the One Day Without Shoes website. As for Blake, he'll be with friends, family, and the team from Toms leading a barefoot walk in Venice, CA, and welcomes you to join him.
>> Unpaid Fee Lawsuit Filed Against Annie Leibovitz —Annie Leibovitz reached an agreement with creditors Art Capital over a lawsuit last September, but yesterday she was hit with another lawsuit: private investment firm Brunswick Capital Partners alleges that she owes them more than $800,000 in unpaid fees, in part for facilitating a $40 million loan by equity firm Colony Capital last month to help her sort out her debts. Leibovitz has declined to comment. [Page Six, Reuters]
Straw Fedoras From Eugenia Kim and Colorful Platforms From Cynthia Vincent Hit Target Stores April 18
Two highly anticipated accessory collaborations with Target will be available in stores and on Target.com Sunday April 18. Eugenia Kim's summer collection of straw fedoras (we're loving the mint green above), a woven cloche, printed bucket hat, and oversize sun hat each include sweet details — a tiny parrot, embroidered flowers, or printed ribbons — and are a complete steal at $19.99.
Cynthia Vincent's footwear collection for Target features the designer's signature thick straps and chunky wedges in bright colors and ethnic prints. With each style under an affordable $30, there's no reason not to go for standout pieces like the sunshine yellow wedge or a bright pink flat. Click through both look books in the gallery below.
Alexander McQueen's spring 2010 runway show, held on October 6, 2009, in Paris, will be remembered for a number of reasons — most importantly as the last collection McQueen was to see finished, but also for the show's technology-meets-fashion components like robotic movie cameras and the surreal video of Raquel Zimmermann lying naked wrapped in snakes (both courtesy of Nick Knight). Pieces from the critically-praised collection, titled Plato's Atlantis, are starting to land at retailers and online — reptilian patterns and digital prints which now have a place in history and certainly in the fashion archives.