>> 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]
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>> 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.
>> Full Proenza Schouler for J Brand Collection Now Available Online —Until now, there has only been a smattering of Proenza Schouler's buzzed-about Fall 2010 graffiti print jeans, made in collaboration with J Brand, available for pre-sale online. Now, however, the complete six-piece collection — in three colors, and in both high-waisted and a low-rise cut that wasn't shown on the runway (left), is ready for buying at ProenzaSchouler.com. Each pair is hand-painted and retails at $550.
>> 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.
>> 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.