>> Giles Deacon Returning to London Fashion Week? —Giles Deacon, who moved his signature collection show from London to Paris for the past two seasons after winning the ANDAM Award, may be returning to London Fashion Week for Spring 2011. Hilary Alexander Tweets: "Giles Deacon may return to show his own collection at London fashion week in September as he shows his 1st collection for Ungaro in Paris." Deacon was named the new creative director for Emanuel Ungaro last month. [@HilaryAlexander]
Posts for June 17th 2010
Mark Fast, the London-based Canadian-born designer of skintight knitwear, is launching a collection for Topshop on June 25.
Inspired by his own spring 2009 collection, Fast created five looks for the high street retailer—four dresses (three in black and one lilac) and a skirt in pale pink. In signature Fast fashion, each knitwear look is intricate and skin-revealing, with some new detailing—the piece at left features rubberized beading, and the lilac dress has tiny moth-like holes.
Prices may seem high at $300 until one remembers Fast's similar-looking hand-knit main line can retail for as much as $3,500. For those looking for something more in the middle range, Faster by Mark Fast, the designer's luxury basics label, is also available for the first time this season.
>> Haider Ackermann was invited to present a Pre-Spring 2011 collection — even though he does not typically do pre-collections — as part of Pitti W, the womenswear portion of Pitti Uomo currently going on in Florence. He promised Style.com that "my friend Jamie Bochert will be playing piano and singing" at the show, and that's just what happened yesterday.
Chandeliers were hung from the ceiling at the Palazzo Corsini, where the show took place, and Bochert was the first model out, walking in silence before taking a seat at a grand piano. She opened the the show with a piano medley, which included a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and was accompanied by a violinist and a cellist. Garance Dore, who captured the show, described the proceedings: "I’ve never heard her voice and I was absolutely blown away. It was soft, suave, and dreamy, like a summer night. Then slowly, to her music, the models started out. After a few sublime songs, Jamie got up. The show was over."
A video of Bochert's performance, below.
>> Tom Florio Leaving Conde Nast, Where Does That Leave Carol Smith? —Conde Nast SVP and publishing director Tom Florio, who was just promoted to the former position in November of last year, is leaving the company at the end of June. Florio has been at Conde Nast since the early '90s and moved to focus on Vogue in 2002, where he masterminded the launches of Teen Vogue, Men's Vogue, and Vogue Living. A successor for Florio has yet to be named, but certainly it's worth noting that longtime Elle SVP Carol Smith moved to Conde Nast in April, where she is currently overseeing the Bon Appetit and Gourmet brands. [WWD, DFR]
Peter Lindbergh photographs his first editorial for U.S. Vogue in 18 years. The July spread features Natalia Vodianova and Ewan Macgregor.
Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced that Rodarte has won the 2010 National Design Award for fashion.
For the first time since opening in 1941, New York bridal institution, Kleinfeld, is selling custom-made tuxedos and suits for the groom.
Nancy Gonzalez will debut her first collection of men's crocodile-covered bags for the holiday season.
An auction for Gianfranco Ferré was launched this week. The Italian fashion house filed for bankruptcy in February 2009.
After eight years of creating women's clothing, Haider Ackermann took his first pass at a men's collection as Pitti Uomo's guest designer in Florence. Ackermann is quick to explain his showing last night was not a menswear launch, rather taking advantage of an opportunity given to him by Pitti. The show was also the debut of his women's spring pre-collection.
Guests filed into the courtyard of the Palazzo Corsini where Ackermann's friend Jamie Bochert was performing. As for the clothes, Haider Ackermann's women were dripping in draped silks with hems hitting the floor, and his men were dressed in pajama-style silk harem pants with layers of untied open robes on top. His colorful slippers and her flat sandals added to feeling this couple was not unlike nomadic travelers. "My man had a life, whatever it is," said the designer a couple of days before his show. "He had a past. He’s been living, and he’s coming to peace now. But he had a highly coloured life."