Posts for April 2010
>> "Estrella Archs announces that she has left her job as chief designer of Emanuel Ungaro due to irreconcilable differences related to the creative direction of the brand," a spokesperson for the designer confirmed today. Archs's departure corroborates news that Ungaro is looking for a new designer.
Giles Deacon, who was spotted having lunch on Friday with Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah, has emerged as a likely possibility, although Ungaro declined comment. As of yesterday, sources told WWD a contract with a new designer had yet to be signed.
The brand is reportedly looking to have a more solid design direction and aims to achieve sustainability by 2011; a new designer would mark the fifth creative director for the brand in as many years.
Re-imagining the classic tee, designers Richard Chai and Jeremy Scott have teamed up with Alternative Apparel founder Greg Alterman on a capsule collection. Sold exclusively at Refinery29, the lineup features a hooded minidress, long sleeve bodysuit, and turtleneck dress by Scott and ruffle-adorned tops by Chai—all in Alternative Apparel's signature, perfectly soft cotton jersey.
Dree Hemingway is the face of Ferragamo's new fragrance, Attimo. Craig McDean will photograph the advertising campaign.
Melbourne-based TV presenter Ruby Rose and Catherine McNeil are engaged.
"He made me a better editor. He was always in my head…. Irving’s gifts to us will not end.”—Anna Wintour during a Pratt Institute tribute to Irving Penn.
"I moved to London to go to uni at the same time she got scouted, and she’d come and stay in my hall of residence. When you cohabit in your early twenties it’s like being married but without the sex. We still call each other husband and wife."—Henry Holland on model pal Agyness Deyn.
>> Erin Wasson Wants to Style Britney Spears —Erin Wasson aims to create a whole "lifestyle niche" — "I'm focusing on my Low Luv jewelry line right now and doing more accessories" — but before full-out designing, she tried her hand at styling. Currently, she says the person she would most like to style is Britney Spears: "I'd love to pull out her hair extensions and fake lashes and get her in her own skin for once—something raw and beautiful. Call me up, Britney." [Teen Vogue]
>> Models, designers, and style fixtures alike pulled out their cut-offs and rompers and descended on Indio, California over the weekend for the Coachella music festival. Agyness Deyn palled around with Henry Holland sporting her new crew cut, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stayed chummy with Jason Statham, and Chanel Iman tried her hand at a few games in between shows. Alexander Wang, Hilary Rhoda, and Sophomore's Chrissie Miller, too, partook in the festivities.
>> Dolce & Gabbana Shooting Campaigns Right Now in New York; Madonna Back for Fall 2010? —Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are currently in Manhattan, and according to their PR, they are photographing the Fall 2010 men's campaign at Mulberry Street Bar in NoLita right now. No word on the women's campaign, but Madonna may be back — Dolce and Gabbana are also reportedly working with Steven Klein on shooting the pop star for a Dolce & Gabbana commercial in the same neighborhood. [@jimshi809, @PeterDavisNYC]
The spring looks filed under ruffled and frilled (Valentino's frothy tops and dresses come to mind) might not work for those of us less inclined to dress like a box of pastries, but thankfully some favorite, harder-edged designers (think Isabel Marant and Thomas Wylde) have provided a tougher way to wear ruffles. In a season full of candy-colored pastels, we're especially grateful for the options above in black, gray, and teal.
>> Azzedine Alaia Blames Lack of "Freshness" in Fashion on Designer Fatigue —In the new issue of Flaunt, Azzedine Alaia speaks out against the current fashion system: “There’s a fatigue in fashion, I think. Designer fashion is different now. Designers cannot create so many collections — cruise and pre-fall, accessories — when normally two-a-year is more than sufficient. A designer simply cannot invent something new every two months or so. It takes six months of research and work to build a new silhouette. I work until very late every morning since I do many things by myself. Personally, I know it’s not possible. That’s the reason why fashion today does not change very much. There is no time to think, to invent something new. You can no longer be excited or surprised. Rarely is there any freshness.” [Fashionista]
>> Over the weekend, Karl Lagerfeld was snapped in the Saint Tropez harbor, where he was shooting the short film for the upcoming Chanel Cruise 2011 show on May 11. Last week, it was confirmed that Heidi Mount would star in the minimovie with French actor Pascal Greggory, but also appearing on set were Karolina Kurkova, Magdalena Frackowiak, Leigh Lezark, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Abbey Lee Kershaw. Lezark Tweeted yesterday, "2nd day of shooting in st. tropez! @ Karl's Villa, volcano ash cloud: please never go away!"
*image: Bauer-Griffin Online and WENN.com