>> Stefano Tonchi dedicated an entire two page spread in the September issue of W to one extra large picture of Lindsey Wixson's lips, captured by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. As it happens, those two are not the only photographers enamored with Wixson's gap teeth and Clara Bow lips: photographer Gabrielle Revere, who shadowed Wixson through last season's castings, fittings, and runway shows for a Life portfolio, is back with an exhibit of Wixson images, "I Remain, You Desire," at Sotheby's in Manhattan from Sept. 1 through 21. "She was just so stunning, and different than all the other girls," Revere said of meeting Wixson. "She's got something, she's got that thing that defines people." A selection of the series of images can be seen below.
Posts for August 27th 2010
>> IMG Fashion Settles New York Fashion Week Union Dispute — Picket lines during New York Fashion Week — from the Lincoln Center stagehands union, anyway — have been avoided. IMG Fashion, which produces the shows at Lincoln Center, and the union have settled their labor dispute. Both parties released a statement today confirming their agreement: “The agreement, which runs through the February 2013 event, will ensure IMG Fashion’s ability to present this premier event using world class talent from the New York theatrical industry. We are pleased with the outcome and will continue to coordinate efforts as the event gets underway in September." [WWD]
>> Burberry continues to position itself as the leading fashion house for all things digital. Last season, the brand was the first to livestream its show in 3-D, and afterwards, they offered up select pieces — 20 outerwear garments and all bags — on Burberry.com for customers to purchase right off the Fall 2010 runway, making them the first luxury house to take an e-commerce step of that magnitude.
Although Burberry declined to reveal sales results from that February online offer, it sounds like they're readying to do it again. For the upcoming Spring 2011 season, they just announced that even more of the runway collection (beyond just outerwear and handbags) will be available for immediate online purchase after the Prorsum show on Sept. 21 during London Fashion Week. Instead of waiting months for the items to be in stores like usual, customers who purchase during that time will receive their orders six to eight weeks later.
>> There Are Now Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington Dolls —In celebration of Fashion's Night Out, Barneys commissioned Brooklyn artist Andrew Yang to create one-of-a-kind, hand-painted doll versions of Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour. They took two weeks to make: “I had to special-order Anna’s wig and cut it myself to get the bob right. And Grace’s hair was the right color, but it needed a perm,” Yang says. The dolls will be auctioned off on charitybuzz.com beginning August 31, with the proceeds benefiting The New York City Aids Fund. [The Moment]
>> For Fall, Peter Pilotto has joined forces with sporty Belgian bag brand Kipling. The product? A capsule line of eleven bags and five accessories — all in the label's signature galaxy and machine digital prints. The collection, which runs $26 to $98, will be at Kipling outlets and online beginning the third week of September. And Kipling has confirmed that Pilotto and his design partner Christopher De Vos are already working together on a followup Spring 2011 collection.
We've been seeing slim, slouchy gray sweatpants on the runway for the past couple of seasons, and it seems designers have not yet grown tired of the luxe loungewear look. As part of her recently released pre-fall collection, Stella McCartney offers a gray cashmere version as well as a disco-ready sequined pair in navy. Madewell presented athletic-inspired sweatpants with a washed button down shirt, and Alexander Wang (who first featured the look in his designer spring 2009 collection), just released a lower-priced alternative in his T by Alexander Wang lineup.
>> See Zoe Saldana's Calvin Klein Underwear Commercial —While Joe Zee, who started filming his new show this week, is taking a stab at Emmys red carpet reporting on Extra, E! got dibs on breaking Zoe Saldana's new Calvin Klein Underwear commercial — she joined the brand as a face last month — pre-Emmy Awards Sunday night. A preview of the video, which Saldana ends suggestively, in true CK form, with the words, "Calvin . . . or nothing at all," below — and more are available on nothingtohide.com and cku.com. [Fashionista, WWD]
>> Pierre-Yves Roussel, CEO of LVMH's fashion division, has been spotted sitting in Rodarte's front row every season as far back as February 2009. At the most recent show in February, he would only say of his presence: “We still love what they do.”
Now comes word that LVMH and Laura and Kate Mulleavy have held on-and-off discussions about an acquisition since Spring. The talks have reportedly recently trailed off, with no deal currently in the works, and neither party was available for comment.
Rodarte does tend to be more about buzz than strong financial incentives: the brand reportedly has estimated annual revenues of less than $2 million and is incurring losses.
>> Sally Singer's First T Issue to Hit in December —Sally Singer is rounding out her fashion department with a number of former Vogue staffers, who also happen to have famous last names, in true Vogue tradition: Sara Moonves, daughter of CBS chief executive Les Moonves and former assistant to Vogue executive fashion editor Phyllis Posnick, and Vanessa Traina, daughter of Danielle Steel who has assisted Vogue contributing editor Marie Amelie Sauve, have both been hired as freelance fashion editors. Ethel Park, associate fashion editor at Vogue and longtime assistant to Tonne Goodman, is joining T as senior fashion editor on Aug. 30. “They see the link between fashion and the larger question of what’s relevant in our culture,” Singer said of her recruits. “They’re also quite connected with the generation of emerging designers, not only in the States, but abroad, as well.” Singer added that her first issue of T will be the Holiday issue, out Dec. 5. [WWD]