Posts for September 8th 2011
>> For Spring 2012, Rachel Comey was feeling a bit introspective. "I was trying to capture this moment when I have my hat or sunglasses on and am able to wander around the city and look inward," she explained backstage after yesterday's show at Pier 59. "I was kind of creating this character that is maybe exploring traveling, getting away, or in some way has stuff on her mind — she's thinking things through."
Physically, this reflectiveness translated into relaxed silhouettes, textural layers, and lots of innovative prints. Knitwear stitches were photographed and printed onto chiffon skirts and tops for a trompe l'oeil effect, while large-scale prints by artist Rosemarie Auberson and photographer Gus Powell adorned crisp sheaths and silky frocks. "I wanted to play with depth, layers, and different levels of opacity," Comey commented.
>> Julie Gilhart, who exited her long-held Barneys fashion director role last November, is joining Amazon.com as consultant to the company's fashion group, which includes Amazon Clothing Store, Endless and MyHabit. She is expected — in a role similar to her responsibilities at Barneys — to help shape the group's fashion point of view and the assortment of designer brands. “Her ability to identify fashion trends, support emerging designers and work with established brands will help us provide excitement and new talent for Amazon’s growing fashion businesses,” said Maria Renz, CEO of MyHabit and Endless, and VP of shoes and jewelry at Amazon. [WWD]
Galliano, who as expected was absent from the today's hearing, was ordered to pay 13,500 euros ($19,031) in civil damages to three defendants, and was given suspended criminal fine of 6,000 euros ($8,443) — the latter he must only pay if he repeats the crime within the next five years. Prosecutor Anne de Fontette had called for a fine of no less than 10,000 euros ($14,100), while Galliano’s lawyer Aurelien Hamelle argued that his client should be acquitted. The maximum penalty in France for insulting someone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race, or ethnicity is six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros ($32,000).