>> Late last week, Lacoste confirmed that creative director Christophe Lemaire, who was recently named as Jean Paul Gaultier's replacement at Hermes, will be leaving the brand after his last Lacoste collection — for Spring 2011 — is shown in September.
There has been speculation in the French press that Catherine Malandrino might replace Lemaire, but a representative for Lacoste says otherwise: “Catherine is not going to be the new designer at Lacoste. We are currently undergoing the search for a new designer, but don’t expect to announce a new designer until the end of the year."
Posts for June 2nd 2010
>> Jeffrey Monteiro to Make Bill Blass Debut Next Week —The little-known designer Jeffrey Monteiro, who was hired at Bill Blass last December to bring the high-end label back (it was shuttered in December 2008), will preview his first collection for the brand next week for the Cruise 2011 season. The collection will be shown next Thursday, July 10, during a presentation at the Bill Blass showroom. [FWD]
J.Crew launched its first bridal collection in 2004, and six years later the all-American retailer is upping its wedding focus with a two story, Madison Avenue destination for brides-to-be. The one-stop dream shop for the recently engaged offers more than a lineup of white evening dresses. There are bridal jewels designed by Dana Lorenz, Miriam Haskel, and Lulu Frost; headpieces by Albertus Swanepoel; limited edition nail polishes by Essie; honeymoon-ready lingerie by Cosabella; and a new collection of sparkling cocktail dresses that work just as well for guests as they do for bridesmaids. Future brides take note to schedule early—more than 350 appointments have already been booked in the private dress boutique.
>> The full Lady Gaga "Alejandro" video directed by Steven Klein won't debut until next Monday, June 7, but last night, Gaga unveiled a preview clip during her appearance on Larry King Live. She described the black-and-white video, in which she sports a pantsuit and a bowl cut, as a "celebration of my love and appreciation for the gay community, my admiration of their bravery and their love for one another, their courage and their relationships — it's something I have yet to nail on the head with a man."
Having already launched one eyewear collection this spring (under the designer label The Row, with Linda Farrow), Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen announced today they will also produce sunglasses for their contemporary brand, Elizabeth and James.
In a collaboration with Hong Kong-based Absolute Black Design, the Olsens are offering two eyewear looks for Elizabeth and James this season. The Hudson and the Fairfax are both oversize black frames, the former inspired by a classic aviator and the latter a cat-eye-style sunnie.
According to Jill Collage, president of Dualstar Entertainment, stand-alone retail boutiques and a handbag collection are also in the works for Elizabeth and James in the very near future
Abbey Lee Kershaw will play the tambourine with boyfriend Matthew Hutchinson's band, Our Mountain, this week at Pianos in New York.
Gant by Michael Bastian is launching a womenswear collection for spring 2011.
The fourth Gap and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collaboration (featuring designs by Sophie Théallet, Monique Péan, and Patrik Ervell) will be on sale June 3 at a pop-up store at 680 Fifth Avenue in New York.
Yi Fang Wan, Phillip Patterson, and Alex Mullins take the top prizes at the Central Saint Martins fashion show in London.
Some additional details surrounding the Olivier Theyskens deal with Andrew Rosen's Theory are finally out, and the seemingly unlikely pair are proving to have a lot more in common than one would imagine.
Since leaving Nina Ricci in 2009 (largely due to the house not feeling his collections were commercial enough), Theyskens has reportedly been searching for the opportunity to design more accessible fashion and was the one to initiate a meeting with Rosen.
“There is always a difference between how people perceive you — and I think image is very important in that regard — and the reality of the market,” Theyskens told WWD. He says an improvement in textiles and manufacturing added to his desire to create something more democratic. “It’s more that I see all the possibilities, and that’s very stimulating. I like things to be well thought out, to have a line, and I feel comfortable — I feel this is a very logical fit with what I’ve been looking for.”
Having only inked a deal two weeks ago, Rosen and Theyskens are still figuring out exactly how the partnership will evolve and what the upcoming collection might include. Two things the duo has confirmed—Theyskens will be based in New York, and the collaboration will be called Theyskens Theory. As for a release date, Rosen announced the line will be presented with showroom appointments in New York around the time of the Spring 2011 fashion shows this September.