>> Jil Sander's Contract with Uniqlo Runs Three More Years —It was reported in April that Jil Sander, whose first collection dropped for Uniqlo last October, would be designing for the chain indefinitely. Now, it comes out that Sander's contractual obligations are shorter than forever — in April, she signed up for three more years with Uniqlo, bringing her to age 70. Sander currently takes trips to Tokyo almost every month, but hopes that she can develop her former showroom and in-town office in Hamburg to cut down on travel. Her upcoming Fall collection for the brand will go on sale in September and includes "a shapely ginger coat with pockets curving over the hips; or a stylish cornflower blue parka teamed with a blue coat — both set to retail at under €120, or $150," Suzy Menkes reports. [IHT]
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>> This Winter brings Chloe Sevigny's third collection to Opening Ceremony. The concept? Five dresses — a baby doll, a puff-sleeved minidress, an empire-waisted shift, a Peter Pan-collared frock, and a boxy dress — in five different prints — leopard, polka dot, paisley, houndstooth, and floral.
"I was just thinking about my closet and how I buy the same thing over and over again. I will buy one dress and want to have it made with different fabrics, so I thought why not try different silhouettes with different patterns, so people can choose a silhouette and have it in a variety of prints," Sevigny explained, adding: “These are prints that I always come back to.”
There are also leather shorts, jeans, T-shirts done with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, square-toed boots reissued by NaNa Shoes ("I wore those combat boots growing up," Sevigny said), sunglasses by Barton Perreira, and tights printed by Fogal to match the dresses.
More images of the collection can be seen here.
>> Zac Posen Officially Showing in Paris —Last month, Zac Posen hinted that he may be taking his show on the road to Paris Fashion Week for Spring 2011, but then backtracked on his statement. Now, it's official, he confirmed at his Resort show today — he will be showing on the second day of shows in Paris: "It's important to take risks." Speaking of moves, London designer Jenny Packham announced today that she will be showing in New York for the upcoming season. [@styledotcom, Vogue UK]
In her third season working with Opening Ceremony, Chloë Sevigny's design concept was focused on five dresses with five different prints. “These are prints that I always come back to,” said Sevigny. “It’s kind of a selfish collection, really.” The five looks—from Empire-waist shifts to baby doll dresses—are done in leopard, polka dot, paisley, houndstooth, or floral prints. In a series of mini collaborations within the Opening Ceremony collection, Sevigny also created t-shirts with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, boots with NaNa Shoes, sunglasses by Barton Perriera, and printed tights with Fogal.
The summer edition of Muse debuts with three covers featuring Gisele Bundchen, Isabeli Fontana, and Angela Lindvall.
Jenny Packham is headed stateside; the British designer will show at NYFW this fall.
More changes at Vogue. After 12 years, Patrick O'Connell, Vogue's director of communications, is leaving the magazine. Fashion writer Florence Kane also reportedly resigned to become senior editor at C Magazine.
Designers like J Mendel, Oscar de la Renta, and Billy Reid are using nutria fur, which comes from the bayou water rat in Louisiana. Yves Saint Laruent used the skin for fur hats in the '60s.
>> Sally Singer, who was reportedly a contender for the T editor position back before Stefano Tonchi was chosen to launch the magazine in 2003, took the position yesterday, replacing Tonchi and moving on from Vogue, where she had been since 1999.
The announcement came a month after the New York Times originally expected to name a replacement — a delay which could be attributed to the fact that according to insiders, Singer vacillated between moving to T and staying at Vogue; for a while there, T's fashion director Anne Christensen was said to have thought in the last few that she had bagged the position.
Oscar de la Renta welcomed new technologies of the twenty-first century in his resort runway show, live-streaming the collection online and sending a handful of models out with iPads in neat leather covers. As for the clothes, de la Renta stayed true to what his loyal clients love, offering retro-style short suits and cropped jackets, prints and embroideries galore, and of course, the beaded and corseted ball gowns that consistently place Hollywood starlets on the best-dressed list. Check out all the looks in the gallery below.