Posts for August 2010
>> There's more TV coming up from Joe Zee. In addition to his regular appearances on MTV's The City, Zee is getting a new show, All On the Line, to be aired on the Sundance Channel in 2011.
Each of the show's eight episodes will portray a new fashion designer in crisis, with Zee stepping in to provide "tough love" and "make or break [the designer's] dreams," according to the Sundance Channel. Zee, who will serve as a mentor to the designers and host of the show, will help the designers fix the problems with their collections and prepare to present for a buyer. “It’s about helping them get to the next level,” Zee said. “I will be here to lend my expertise." The program is in the middle of casting, according to Zee, who will also serve as a producer for the show.
>> Scott Sternberg Debuting Lower-Priced Women's Line in September —Prices for Scott Sternberg's coveted menswear-inspired women's line, Boy., currently hover in the range of $135 for a tee to $1,750 for a boyfriend blazer. In March, Sternberg told the Wall Street Journal he was working on a second women's line, girl., which would be less expensive and with a more feminine bent. It sounds like girl. will be shown during New York Fashion Week — The Business of Fashion reports that the line will make its debut in September. [BOF]
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Is 2010 the year of Tommy Hilfiger?
Calvin Klein wants to ignore meaningless trends.
Topshop opens second Tokyo store September 16.
Marc Jacobs tells Calvin Klein why he's a kilt and white t-shirt kind of guy.
>> Is Tamara Mellon heading toward a sale of Jimmy Choo? Mellon, who founded the brand with shoe designer Choo in 1996, is rumored to be in talks with banking advisors about a possible sale of the brand — which would bring an estimated £450m and £500m (approx. $715m to $795m) — or an initial public offering.
Choo sold out of the brand in 2001, while Mellon remains president and holds a just under 18 percent stake. The majority shareholder is private equity group TowerBrook Capital Partners, which bought its stake in 2007, with the intention to transform Jimmy Choo into a £1bn business within five years. Both TowerBrook and Mellon declined to comment on the rumors.
>> Loewe Trying to Break Into US Market After 10 Years' Absence—When Stuart Vevers joined Loewe in 2007, he was known for creating it bags at Mulberry. At Loewe, however, he wanted to do simple, classic bags — a concept that he says the brand's executives initially struggled to grasp: "I think there was some confusion as I was explaining that it was time to move on." Now, however, Loewe chief executive Lisa Montague says she "strongly believes in Stuart's ability and his sensitivity to understand the evolution of the market." Pared-down bags are certainly in demand at the moment, and now Loewe — which wasn't sold in US stores for at least 10 years, is trying to reestablish a presence. Since the brand lacks a big ad budget, the strategy has been to place bags in the hands of the likes of Angelina Jolie. So far, three US stores are signed up to sell Loewe: Bergdorf Goodman, Jeffrey, and Hirshleifer's on New York's Long Island. [WSJ]
>> Stefano Tonchi's W revamp involves a new italic logo; a new tagline — "it’s not just women’s fashion, but the world of style and, more exactly, our five Ws: the who, the what, the where, the when and the why in the world of style"; and a new direction — "It’s more about fashion in the context of contemporary culture."
The September 2010 issue, which gives a first look at Tonchi's front to back W makeover, features up-and-coming actresses Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Thor), Jessica Chastain (Terrence Malick's upcoming The Tree of Life), Yaya DaCosta (The Kids Are All Right, Tron: Legacy), Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone, the upcoming X-Men: First Class), Emma Roberts, and Zoe Kravitz in three triple-page foldout covers, which according to Tonchi the magazine has never done before, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The main cover headline reads "Great Expectations" because Tonchi "wanted to have some self-irony, because there are so many expectations about what this W will be," and Lynn Hirschberg's name is listed on the cover because Tonchi "want[s] to put writers’ names on the cover. The content — the writers — are going to have a strong place in the magazine."
Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen's cult fashion line The Row is launching e-commerce today.
"Yohji Yamamoto: My Dear Bomb," a book of short fiction written by the designer is due out this fall.
Dsquared is opening three new stores this month—in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Athens and Thesaloniki, Greece.
London based footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood is partnering with Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos on a capsule collection of fall shoes. The lineup of two styles will make their debut at the Peter Pilotto spring runway show during London Fashion Week this September. Kirkwood has been creating footwear for Peter Pilotto for two seasons, but this marks the first collection that will go into production. Kirkwood has also worked with Rodarte and Erdem on recent shoe collections.