>> Summer's obsession with neon brights doesn't seem to be fading before Resort season, based on the collections that have previewed so far. Scuba, too, seems to have taken an early lead — we hear scuba plays a part in Alexander Wang's Resort 2012 collection; Michael Kors just showed neoprene zip dresses; and McQ (which is creative directed by Pina Ferlisi and overseen by Sarah Burton), too, is rife with scuba-inspired minidresses, bodysuits, jackets, and pants for Resort 2012. The collection also introduces McQ's first ever handbag collection — think bright bags in leather, vinyl, denim, and neoprene.
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>> As Prada prepares for its initial public offering in Hong Kong later this month, details that were once kept private about the company are now being filed publicly. Last week, we learned that Prada is estimated to be worth some $15 billion; Now, thanks to a 450-page document released today by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange website, we know that Miuccia Prada earned 9.7 million euros (approx. $14.1 million) last year, while her husband and Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli made 10 million euros (approx. $14.6 million) in the same period of time — making them "two of fashion’s best-paid stars," as WWD points out. [WWD]
>> Sydney, Australia and its carefree beachside city lifestyle are the inspirations behind Michael Kors 2012 Resort collection — rife with tank dresses cut to look like wetsuits, scuba-style utilty belts, and eveningwear with swimwear style cutouts. “James Bondi Girl!” “Surf Jackie!” “Urban Beach!” Kors quipped as each look came out. Acid green and hot pink panels stood out against black and white solids, while zebra print and gold boucle added a bit of sophisticated versatility to the mix.
>> Yves Saint Laurent's Resort 2012 collection — which Stefano Pilati hopped the pond to show yesterday at Haunch of Venison art gallery in New York — started with a poppy motif pulled from a 1971 Saint Laurent collection. “There was a shoe with a poppy on the ankle,” Pilati explained. “I’ve always been kind of obsessed, but I thought I’d never use it for a fashion show. But then I had a book, which had a lot of poppies, and I went to the [Italian] countryside and there were a lot of poppies.”
Couple the floral prints with traditional cruise elements — starfish, gold buttons, ropes, and anchors — and you have the gist of the navy and red-filled collection. As Pilati put it: "You know, why not dress like I’m going on a yacht when, in fact, I’m going to the office?” But some pieces are primed for seaside wear, too — the giant rubber necklaces, for example, “can be worn swimming,” he explained.
>> Take a cue from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chloe, and Jil Sander Spring 2011 collections: wood-soled shoes look chic in every incarnation. From architecturally-stacked heels to vertiginous wedges and everything in between, we've rounded up the very best of the season. Click through to see our picks.
3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2011 backstage, image courtesy of Greg Kessler
>> We've already got Carine Roitfeld's retrospective and Grace Coddington's memoir to look forward to, and now there's another Vogue-pedigreed autobiography on the horizon. Hamish Bowles revealed last week: "You’re the first to know. I’m about to start working on a more autobiographical book about my adventures in fashion and at Vogue.” [AVENUEInsider]
>> Rumor has it that Kate Moss is collaborating with John Galliano and his longtime boyfriend Alexis Roche on her wedding gown, but Jamie Hince has denied in the past that his fiancee plans to wear a Galliano dress. It's doubtful that we'll know which is right before the July 2 wedding date, but one thing is true: Moss has already had heaps of past white dress moments already. We take a look back at our favorites — and perhaps they'll provide a clue to the dress Moss will wear . . . one dress in particular from the slideshow she wore to the CFDA Awards in 1995 and then again to Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball in 2004.
>> Since we're doing Kate Moss wedding-related flashbacks — and Mario Testino is set to be Moss and fiance Jamie Hince's official wedding photographer — we wanted to share: Testino has actually captured Moss as bride once before, for the Burberry Spring 2000 ad campaign. Perhaps they provide a preview at what Moss's actual wedding pictures will turn out like (minus all the Burberry check, of course)?
>> It's one short month until Kate Moss marries her fiance Jamie Hince, and as the wedding day nears, Brides UK dug up some images of Moss modeling wedding dresses way back in 1991, when she was 17. The five-image photoshoot aimed to show off the year's best bridal fashions priced at under 500 pounds.