>> Kate Moss has been doing collections for Topshop since 2007, and her 14th collection, out on Oct. 25, will be her last full collection for the brand, Sir Philip Green confirmed. The October release will include a few pieces from Moss's first Topshop collection which are still in demand.
Sources close to Moss described her existing Topshop contract as having “reached its natural conclusion." Green noted, "Kate has done 14 collections with us. It has been fantastic for us and fantastic for her, but they take more and more time and she cannot do this full-time any more." Earlier this year, Green had already decided to downsize the number of Kate Moss of Topshop collections from six to two.
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>> Candy Pratts Price Named Creative Director of Vogue.com —Candy Pratts Price, who was laid off last year from her position as executive fashion director of Style.com, has been named the new creative director of Vogue.com. Pratts Price — who Anna Wintour dubbed "Queen of the Internet" in 2008 — has been a contributing editor at Vogue in recent months. Vogue.com is expected to relaunch on Sept. 7, and Pratts Price's appointment is certainly notable, now that Style.com and Vogue.com are expected to co-exist and compete. [@womensweardaily]
>> Miranda Kerr hinted that she had an upcoming Vogue Italia cover in the pipeline, and of all the issues to score, she landed the September 2010 issue. The collaboration with Steven Meisel comes as no surprise, considering how frequently the two have been linked together recently.
The cover (which features Kerr and her Yorkshire terrier Frankie) and accompanying editorial spread — which was likely shot when Kerr was around two to three months pregnant — is part of Vogue Italia's September 3D theme. The issue comes with a pair of 3D glasses, as another editorial inside is also 3D: The Scent of the Future shot by Tim Walker. Vogue Italia is not the first Vogue to try out the 3D concept — Isabeli Fontana appeared in 3D in Vogue Mexico's April issue.
Gucci Rolls Out "Luxury Digital Flagship Store" That Frida Giannini Has Been Working on for 18 Months
>> While some luxury brands are just now getting on the ecommerce train (and some still have yet to do so), Gucci, which launched its US ecommerce site in 2002, is now taking its online shopping experience to the next level — creating what it terms a "luxury digital flagship store."
Frida Giannini has been working on the newly rolled-out experience for the past 18 months, and Gucci president and CEO Patrizio di Marco says: “The destiny of the gucci.com digital flagship store is that it will become our highest-volume store in the world.”
>> Todd Selby Moving Into Film —Todd Selby is making his way into high fashion editorial — last week he shot Vanessa Traina in furs for what sounded like Harper's Bazaar — and now, it sounds like he's going into film, too. He revealed last week that he's been working on his first film, which he hopes to enter into The Sundance Film Festival. "I've been working for a long time on figuring out a way to translate my photo and book projects and The Selby, into a moving image." And today, he Tweeted: "I am directing my first short film tomorrow, wish me luck!" [Interview, @theselby]
>> Erin Fetherston's name is typically associated with super feminine designs, but on the set of Paper's recent shoot, which captured women like Fetherston (below), Bergdorf Goodman SVP Linda Fargo, and Rachel Roy in menswear and mustaches, she admitted: "I've started to wear pants a lot, having been a dress-only girl for so many years. It's interesting to have a balance." Jenny Shimizu, who also took part, told Paper she's working on something new as well: a book of her life experiences, particularly "carousing around" in the '90s supermodel scene.
>> Jane Mayle Returning with Pop-Up Shop, Sigerson Morrison Collaboration —Cult favorite designer Jane Mayle shuttered her 10-year-old contemporary line, Mayle, and closed her Manhattan boutique in February 2009, citing the accelerating fashion calendar as the cause. A year and a half later, it sounds like she's edging her way back — late last week, a message was sent out to her email list: "I wanted to let everyone in on a little secret. Jane Mayle is making a comeback in the form of a pop-up shop in late September. It will last for about 3 weeks. Dresses, coats, tops, handbags, shoes, and boots. A full collection for Fall 2010! Along with this Mayle pop-up, Jane is also collaborating with Sigerson Morrison (uptown) with shoes/boots, and they will also be carrying select pieces from the line." [The Enablers via A NY in PDX, A NY in PDX]
>> H&M has launched a guessing game for its upcoming designer collaborations. Yesterday, the retailer posted a video titled "Designer Collaboration 2010" of a male designer, his face obscured and speaking in accented English, on their official Facebook page. One commenter posted, "It's Tomas Maier I did a close up on his hands at a bottega veneta show and they are exactly the same...plus the shoes he is wearing in the commercial have the signiture bottega veneta woven leather." H&M responded to that commenter today with, "Good eye there!" and another video, this time an obscured female designer. Some have pinpointed her as Carolina Herrera. The retailer expects to announce the designers' names Sept. 9.
While Isabel Marant's ready-to-wear gets most of the — well deserved — press, there's something to be said for her understated and reasonably-priced jewelry. This season there's a bevy of sparkly silver goodies with chain and mesh detailing. It's all available at Net-a-Porter, so pick your poison.
>> Corinne Day, the photographer who was credited with discovering Kate Moss — together they produced Day's most famous photo set, of 16-year-old Kate in black and white for The Face — passed away on Saturday at 45, after struggling with brain cancer, Vogue.it reports.
Day's raw, documentary-like style made her among the first photographers to react against the glossy images of the '80s, and she often collaborated with Moss — when Day captured Kate in her own flat for a 1993 cover of British Vogue, the image became associated with defining the waif look of the '90s.
Day has been suffering from cancer for the past decade, and last August, her friends, including Moss, organized a limited edition auction to raise money for further treatment. The treatment was reportedly unsuccessful, and as of February, Day's friends have been in talks with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London about doing a retrospective of her work.
A gallery of Day's images over the years, below.