>> Pre-Fall is the collection that Marc Jacobs steps back from and lets Louis Vuitton design director Julie de Libran drive, so what did she turn out? A polished Pre-Fall 2011 collection, originating with her recent trip to Venice to view the “Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works” exhibition, and resulting in what de Libran called a "liberated wardrobe for a woman who goes out to conquer the world." It's far from the campy Spring 2011 collection Jacobs turned out for Vuitton, but since when does Vuitton strike a note for more than one season, anyway?
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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen "Had a Lot of Fun with Skins and Fur" for The Row's Pre-Fall 2011 Collection
>> Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have always maintained a streamlined approach for The Row and their Pre-Fall collection only nails down that very notion. "But we nipped everything a bit,” said Ashley, “and made things sexier.” Injecting a '70s feel from looking at old images of Bianca Jagger, the duo created silky blazers complete with oversize lapels and maxi gowns; leather skinnies added a modern flair. And: "We had a lot of fun with skins and fur," Ashley added. The ultimate throwback touch? Dresses were paired over pants, flared trousers in this case, to evoke an upscale daytime look.
The Tom Ford Influence—Alberta Ferretti Employs Real Women as Models for Pitti Show; Erin Wasson Has a New Design Collaboration
- Alberta Ferretti took a page out of Tom Ford's book and had the likes of Camilla Belle, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Poppy Delevigne, Paz de la Huerta, and Marisa Berenson walk in place of models as part of her Florentine show to open Pitti Immagine Uomo last night, for which she created an exclusive 30-piece collection [Style.com, Fashionista]
- The Costume Institute received a donation of $10 million from Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch to create a new gallery space; although this gift was the "tipping point" to start construction next year, fundraising for the project started several years ago and has been helped in large part by Anna Wintour and the Costume Institute Gala benefit [NY Times]
- Gucci Group parent company PPR just created a new business unit dedicated to developing online retail. CEO François-Henri Pinault called e-commerce a "strategic priority," adding: “My goal [is] to increase our digital presence and accelerate our growth in online sales, which should reach 10 percent of Gucci Group and Puma’s consolidated revenues over the next few years” [WWD]
- Bibhu Mohapatra, Pamela Love, Mandy Coon, The Lake & Stars, M. Patmos, and Study NY were all awarded $25,000 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation grants to put toward their upcoming New York Fashion Week shows [WWD]
- Erin Wasson is designing a capsule collection for Zadig & Voltaire [ElleUK]
- W's February 2011 cover features a first look at sweet-looking Rooney Mara's transformation into punky Lisbeth Salander for David Fincher's upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film [W]
- Instead of pouting across the board as in seasons past, models have notably been captured smiling in both the Valentino and Chloe Spring 2011 ad campaigns [Garance Dore]
- Jessica Stam's left arm is in a sling after she sprained and fractured it while snowboarding in Montana over the holidays [Modelinia]
- Using the same technology that made the Death Star explode in Star Wars, Loewe blows up its Amazona bag over and over in a new brand video [Style File]
>> Maxi dresses come in all colors and sizes but we're especially loving the ones that hit right above the ankle. Take cue from this street-snapped, Janis Joplin-channeling groovy girl, and rock a black version with a cool printed jacket, wedge boots, and funky jewels from Aldo, Forever 21, and Warehouse. And, don't forget to top off your look with a trilby hat from Nixon.
Left to right: Warehouse Knitted Maxi Dress ($52, originally $86), Forever 21 Silver Stud Necklace ($7), Nixon Trilby Hat ($30), ASOS Stone Ring ($26), Aldo Billie Wedge ($110), Vila Waterfall Frill Animal Print Blazer ($41, originally $52)
Photo courtesy of the lookbook.nu
>> Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon prefers to do a noteworthy lookbook instead of a full-fledged runway show for his house line, so he enlisted Terry Richardson to shoot Lindsey Wixson in his trademark style — against a white studio background — for the Spring 2011 Opening Ceremony lookbook. And how did he snag Richardson for the gig? “I’ve been friends with Opening Ceremony for years, and we’ve always wanted to work together,” Richardson explained. “The idea was really simple — it was about having fun with the clothes, and Lindsey Wixson was the perfect fit.”
>> Two colorful campaigns for two colorful collections — but the approach for each is markedly different. The full Spring 2011 ad sets are out for both Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton; while Willy Vanderperre shot a pink-haired Daria Strokous against a washed-out white background, part of her face obscured in many of the images while the clothes take on a watercolored feel, Steven Meisel captured Kristen McMenamy, Raquel Zimmermann, and Freja Beha Erichsen in an environment of opulent excess.
>> Eight photos from Balenciaga's Pre-Fall offerings were revealed last week — and now the complete collection is available for perusal, all against a faded floral background. The collection features updated renditions on archival Edition pieces, like a black trapeze coat dress Cristobal Balenciaga designed for Spring 1966, his take on athletic "wellness wear" — including sneakers — and even a few lengthier hemlines. “It’s really the first time I have done that length — longer, oversize,” Ghesquiere noted.
>> In the past few seasons, Riccardo Tisci has been something of a patron saint for leopard print. But for Pre-Fall 2011, he's putting it away in favor of a digitalized armadillo print — because, as he says, “Everyone is doing animal prints these days." Tisci also gave one of his favorite colors to work with a rest: "I didn't touch black on purpose. Brown is the new black." The resultant collection, full of the aforementioned brown, along with purples and creams, was shot on three of Tisci's current favorites — Lea T., Saskia de Brauw, and Izabel Goulart — with a snowy West Village street serving as their background.
Peep the Latest Pre-Fall 2011 Shoes, Bags, and Accessories From Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Givenchy, Celine, and More!
>> The unveiling of Pre-Fall collections is still going strong, and we have the latest batch of shoes, bags, and accessories for you to check out — up close and personal. From a leather and plaid Celine bag, left, to a pair of over-the-knee lace-up boots from Givenchy, peruse the slideshow to see more of our favorite shoes, bags, and accessories from the likes of Lanvin, Rochas, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, and Nina Ricci.
>> We saw Abbey Lee Kershaw in Tom Ford's Spring 2011 eyewear campaign right at the beginning of the New Year, but now that Ford has a womenswear collection afoot, she gets to pull double duty: Next Models snapped Kershaw on a Beverly Hills billboard, getting dipped by Ford himself. [@nextmodelsnyc]