>> After a failed transaction with Samsung, Gianfranco Ferré might have another savior on the horizon. A Milan-based source revealed that Paris Group, a Dubai-based fashion distributor and franchisee in the Middle East, has submitted an offer for the bankrupt brand: “This is a real offer, they are very keen,” said the source. Paris Group, founded by Abdulkader Sankari, operates more than 250 stores in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia for brands such as Versace, Cerruti, and Ferré.
Posts for January 2011
>> Designers, like Dries Van Noten, Monique Lhuillier, Celine, and Derek Lam, have reverted back to the wide-leg pant for Spring, and there's no need to wait until warmer weather to try out the trend. A crisp cotton version is ideal for a casual day at work, while silkier options add panache for a night out in the town. Shop our fantastic finds from Adam, Gap, Vince, and Marc Jacobs to get the look now.
>> New York Fashion Week is just over two weeks away, and to ring in the impending Fall 2011 runway season, we're kicking it off with a contest giving you the opportunity to come along for the ride! We have partnered with our sister site, ShopStyle, to send one very lucky reader to experience New York Fashion Week in person with a Fashionologie editor. The trip includes roundtrip airfare for the winner and a guest to New York City, two nights' accommodation at one of Morgans Hotel Group's stylish properties in NYC, and a ticket to a top runway show as a special guest of Fashionologie. To enter to win, all you have to do is create a look — using ShopStyle’s Stylebook feature — which shows us what you would wear to a New York Fashion Week show. Then, enter your look(s) — yes, you can enter more than once — into the NYFW 2011 Style Contest group. We can't wait to select a winner! For more information, check out the NYFW 2011 Style Contest group. Here are the official rules. Good luck!
>> Miu Miu is celebrating Valentine's Day with an extra girly touch this year. Its capsule collection, launching nationwide this week, features ruffled patent clutches, satchels, iPad cases, and for the extra femme at heart, flower applique jewels. Check out the slideshow for the complete collection.
>> Whether it's for the fame or fortune, Hearst has sealed the deal, purchasing Elle from Lagardère for $885.6 million for its international magazine business. Hearst now owns 102 titles and a master license agreement for the Elle trademark in 15 countries. Lagardère, however, will retain ownership of the Elle trademark to oversee brand consistency.
>> After much speculation regarding who would be crowned Barneys' fashion director, the retailer has finally announced its golden girl: Amanda Brooks. “I have long admired Amanda and her effortless blend of luxury and individual style. Her unique perspective on fashion mirrors what Barneys represents and we feel very fortunate to have her join the team,” said Daniella Vitale, chief merchant and executive vice president of Barneys. Brooks, who most recently was director of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, and in the past, former creative director at Hogan and Tuleh while writing for Vogue, Men’s Vogue, and The New York Times, will officially begin her time at Barneys as the Women's Fashion Director, VP starting February 7.
>> The pajama-inspired trend, as seen on Michael Kors, Vena Cava, and Alexander Wang's Spring runway, offers a languid approach to both daytime and nighttime dressing. If you're looking to add a languid touch to your wardrobe, outside of your boudoir, try out these pieces from the designers above, plus more from Walter, Thakoon, ASOS, and Topshop.
>> If purple is your pleasure, check out this street-snapped cutie in her high-contrast getup. The statement piece, a purple pullover, is paired with a white button-down shirt, black sweater coat, leather mini, and leopard print footwear, creating an edgy chic look. Emulate the same outfit with our picks from Fendi, Topshop, Falke, and French Connection.
Left to right: Old Navy Boyfriend Sweater ($20, originally $30), Falke Soft Merino Tights ($65), French Connection Shiloh Shirt ($28, originally $98), Fendi Leather Leopard Booties ($956), White + Warren Boucle Sweater Coat ($199, originally $295), ASOS Classic Trench Coat ($76, originally $95)
Photo courtesy of the Style Scrapbook
Check Out Rag & Bone's DIY Ad Campaign Featuring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Edita Vilkeviciute, Sasha Pivovarova, and Lily Aldridge
>> Instead of hiring a professional photographer to shoot their ad campaign, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville handed Abbey Lee Kershaw, Edita Vilkeviciute, Sasha Pivovarova, and Lily Aldridge a digital camera and asked them to take pictures of themselves in Rag & Bone clothes — with full creative freedom. “We have always been very inspired by the girls who do the show,” said Wainwright. “Rather than do what every other brand does and have a high-end photographer take very polished shots, we thought, ‘Let’s flip it on its head to get the girls to take over.’ We wanted it to be very real.”
Wainwright and Neville are hoping the guerrilla ad campaign, which included plastering more than 1,000 posters on walls and against deli boards below 14th St. in NYC, will lure fans to their new e-commerce site, which features social networking elements such as a blog and videos. The duo also enlisted Elettra Wiedemann, Details magazine’s Eugene Tong, Marie Claire’s Taylor Tomasi Hill, V’s Jay Massacret, Julia Frakes of Bunny Bisous, and Sean Sullivan of The Impossible Cool to submit their own images for the site, which will be showcased later in a gallery. “It’s about real people and real clothes, clothes that we want people to wear and feel good in,” said Neville.
>> This weekend, we're in the mood for a little romance. A pretty pale-hued bomber from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney lace panties, Tocca candle, and red silk Equipment blouse should put you in the mood. Also, a sweet flowering twig pencil to write all of your sweet nothings . . .
Left to right: 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Bomber Jacket ($995), Stella McCartney Knickers of the Week Set ($195), Tocca Candle ($36), Anthropologie Flowering Twig Pencil ($5), Wouters Single Diamond Ring ($325), Equipment Red Washed Silk Shirt ($190)