>> Marc Jacobs and his longtime business partner Robert Duffy have a unique relationship, which while the two chat in the September 2010 issue of Interview, Jacobs describes as thus: "I think anything that affects you [Duffy] affects me. I am Marc Jacobs by birth, but we are Marc Jacobs by the company we built."
Jacobs also speaks to what has worked his mind recently — perhaps there's some potential Spring 2011 inspiration in there? "I don't know much about classical music, but I've been enjoying listening to it lately. I find it very calming and with my energy not being as high as it often is, I guess I've just been enjoying the beauty of different composers. In terms of visuals, contemporary art stimulates me the most, although in working on the new [West Village] house, I've been antique shopping, looking at rugs and fabrics for interiors, and so I've been looking at a lot of interior magazines. I find gorgeous rooms to be extremely arousing at the moment."
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>> Garance Doré Moved to New York! —Garance Dore announced yesterday that she has left Paris for the Big Apple. Perhaps the move was to be closer to her Manhattan-based beau, fellow streetstyle photographer Scott Schuman? "It’s awesome," she blogged, adding that she's been keeping busy: "I worked on twelve things at the same time, did my first project where I was the artistic director, shot some editorials, some ads, and worked night and day on illustrations." [Garance Dore]
>> Is Jessica Stam taking the Erin Wasson route to design? Just like Wasson first got exposure to the design process while working with Alexander Wang (and has since launched LowLuv and her short-lived RVCA collaboration), Stam has been dipping her toes into design, creating a pair of Repetto oxfords for the brand's 60th anniversary in 2008 and then consulting with Marcus Wainwright and David Neville on their Spring 2010 Rag & Bone collection.
Her latest endeavor — four pieces for Rachel Roy's lower-priced line, RACHEL Rachel Roy — launches this month at Macy's. "I had full creative control," Stam told Marie Claire of her designs, which include a boxy checked sweater, a pair of jeans with buttons at the ankles, a quilted bag, and a belt. "But Rachel really stressed that whatever I made should be something I'd want to see my friends in." As for whether she might design her own collection in the future, Stam remained coy: "No comment."
Oscar de la Renta embraced new technologies in his recent resort runway show, live-streaming the collection online and sending a handful of models out with iPads in neat leather covers tucked under their arms. The iPad clutches seen on Oscar's runway are available now and sold exclusively on the Oscar de la Renta website. We've also found chic iPad carrier alternatives in the budget-friendly category, namely a natural cork cover and Moleskine-style case, which are $27 and $50 respectively. For those of you still lugging around laptops, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Valextra make our favorite fashionable computer cases.
>> Nina Garcia: Editors Should Be On TV, "Whether You Want It or Not" —Nina Garcia, who's been on Project Runway for eight seasons now, was skeptical about being on a reality TV show at first: “I’m really very shy when it comes to being out there, so my initial reaction was: ‘No, I’m not going to be part of the show, it’s crazy. Who cares about fashion? Who’s going to watch it?’” But, she says: “The fashion editor as it used to be has changed. Now you have to wear many hats, and whoever tells you differently is wrong. Now you’re on TV, whether you want it or not.” Garcia, 45, who is due in December with her second son, is now tackling a different challenge — the prospect of dressing for Fashion Week while seven months pregnant. “That,” she said, “will be a vexing situation.” [NY Times]
>> The latest artist to collaborate with Pop on a cover under Dasha Zhukova's reign is Takashi Murakami, who art directed Britney Spears as a manga character — complete with with wedding dress and veil (image here), schoolgirl backpack, Hello Kitty cell phone, and ankle socks — for the magazine's multiple Fall 2010 covers. Spears, who was photographed by Todd Cole for the occasion, told Grazia that pre-shoot, "We looked at a lot of characters and artwork before we shot, so I could get a feel for what [Murakami] was looking for."
>> Kelly Cutrone Working on Scripted, Fashion-Based Show with MTV? — Kelly Cutrone's Bravo reality show Kell on Earth hasn't been picked up for a second season yet — a Bravo spokesperson confirmed the jury was still out, although the show's ratings were small, with the series premiere bringing in under 300,000 viewers. It seems that Cutrone's not holding her breath: word has it that Cutrone might be heading back to her old digs at MTV for a new project. "Who has a new deal at MTV? Hmmmm, could it be Kelly C ?!!!! I think so," Tweeted Cutrone on Sunday. While an MTV rep declined comment, insiders confirm that Cutrone and MTV are in discussions, and from Cutrone's tweets yesterday, it sounds like she's veering out of reality TV: she's set to be in Los Angeles at the end of the month to pitch a pilot for a scripted, fashion-based show she's teamed up with Fake Empire, the executive producers of Gossip Girl, for. "Fiction is the new Reality," she Tweeted. [Vulture, @peoplesrev, @peoplesrev, @peoplesrev]
>> Effective Sept. 1, Mark Lee will take the helm of Barneys as chief executive officer, a position that hasn't been filled since 2008, when Howard Socol (who held the position for seven years) resigned after apparent disagreements with Barneys parent company Istithmar over plans to open stores outside the United States.
Lee had been in negotiations for the job previously (when he stepped down as president and CEO of Gucci Group in 2008, speculation was ignited that he was Barneys-bound), and talks resumed several weeks ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. His appointment follows well-recorded struggles for the retailer: rumors surfaced of a bankruptcy filing or sale after Barneys recorded a loss last year.