File this under Summer clothing we can't wait to wear: the Keds Spring 2012 apparel collection is filled with peg-leg pants, colorblock knits, sporty tank dresses, and gauzy Swiss dot blouses — all with a slightly vintage, prepped-up spin. In other words, exactly the kinds of easygoing separates that make warm-weather weekend dressing a snap. Priced from $70 to $300, these supercute pieces are available now — but only at Opening Ceremony stores. See the entire lookbook here.
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- Barneys unveiled elements of its website redesign on Thursday and will launch the new site's full features on Monday. Next week, customers will be able to "favorite" products — similar to "liking" a page on Facebook — and share their favorites through social media channels. "We are not changing the DNA of Barneys but reviving the way we communicate with customers," said Barneys' chief merchant Daniella Vitale. [Barneys]
- Rodarte has partnered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create costumes for an upcoming production of Don Giovanni. "The costumes are the kind of thing that you want to lift the music — you don't want to compete or kill it," said Kate Mulleavy. [Styleite]
- Istituto Marangoni, the Milanese fashion school where Domenico Dolce learned his craft, is planning to open an outpost in Shanghai. "We are proud to accompany the developing process of the fashion system in China," said the new school's director, Tim Borgmann. [Material World]
- A California judge granted class action status to a lawsuit against L'Oreal in which plaintiffs complain the brand didn't warn consumers that its Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum is flammable. Almost 10 million units of the serum have been sold in the United States since February 2008. [Fashion Etc.]
- Net-a-Porter has turned out to be a good investment for Richemont, the luxury conglomerate that owns Cartier, Chloé, and Alaia. The brand's sales helped boost Richemont's profits by 43 percent to $1.9 billion in 2011. [Vogue UK]
- St. John is looking for a new owner. The American brand, which is known for its suits and which has counted Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet among its spokeswomen in recent years, has been owned by Vestar Capital Partners since 1999. [WWD]
Photo: Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet during London Fashion Week Fall 2012.
Tomoko Ogura was promoted to senior fashion director of Barneys on Thursday.
A spokeswoman for Barneys told Fashionologie that the position is newly created, adding that Ogura won't replace former fashion director Amanda Brooks, who left the retailer in March. Ogura had been the women's fashion director of Barneys Co-op since April 2010.
In her new role, Ogura will report to Daniella Vitale, Barneys' chief merchant, executive vice president, and general merchandise manager for women's merchandising and Barneys.com.
Photo Courtesy of Barneys.
Distressed boyfriend jeans and a faded denim jacket may not automatically spring to mind when one thinks of jewelry designer Pamela Love, but that's exactly what's on offer as part of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up's highly-anticipated capsule for J.Crew.
"The collection was inspired by what my friends and I wear almost on a daily basis," Love explains. Sure enough, the three-piece limited-edition selection — which also includes a belt, another first for Love — captures exactly the kind of downtown irreverence that has made Love's tribal-influenced jewelry, and Love herself, such a favorite. "I'm a big fan of mixing bold statement pieces with more subdued vintage classics, and I think that blend is pretty well reflected in the collection," Love says of her aesthetic. "I definitely pull a lot of inspiration from the American Southwest and Mexico and South America — I try to travel as much as I can."
See the entire capsule — available now at Jcrew.com and priced from $135 to $295 — here, in the slideshow.
Armani is sponsoring Penn's fundraising dinner Haiti: Carnival in Cannes, which Penn will host on Friday with model Petra Nemcova. The dinner's proceeds will be donated to Penn's Haitian Relief Organization, Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund, and Artists For Peace and Justice.
"I am proud to stand alongside Sean Penn, a man cut from a very rare cloth," Armani said. "It is an honor to be a part of Sean's remarkable life of service by joining his humanitarian efforts for the people of Haiti."
In the past, Armani has supported charities like UNICEF, amfAR, and the Global Fund. In 2002, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees.
Congratulations are in order for Julia Restoin Roitfeld, the newest mother in the fashion industry.
Derek Blasberg tweeted that Julia gave birth to her child today but offered no details about the child's gender or name. "Congratulations to proud Momma @RestoinRJulia! (And thus, the chicest grannie ever: Carine Roitfeld!)" he wrote. "Can't wait to meet the beautiful baby!"
The new son or daughter will no doubt be beautiful: Julia once modeled for Lancome and recently posed for the Summer 2012 cover of i-D magazine. The baby's father is Swedish model Robert Konjic, who has been dating Julia for the past few years.
And while Julia's mother, Carine, is surely proud of the new addition to her family, she's already decided that she doesn't want to be called "grandmother." When her daughter announced that she was pregnant last November, Carine said, "I will be called 'Madame.'"
Update: Julia's publicist Katy Moseley revealed the gender and name of the new baby, Romy Nicole Konjic, to Vogue UK on Thursday. "We are delighted to confirm that Julia and Robert have had a healthy baby girl," Moseley said. "Both mother and daughter are doing very well and resting at home."
Photo: Julia Restoin Roitfeld photographed by Mario Sorrenti for the Summer 2012 issue of i-D magazine.
Kirstie Clements, who had been editor in chief of Vogue Australia for 10 years, was let go and replaced by Harper's Bazaar Australia editor Edwina McCann on Wednesday.
News reports called the staff change sudden and attributed it to an overall shift in the culture at Rupert Murdoch-owned NewsLifeMedia, which publishes Vogue and other magazines in Australia. Clements was one of three senior executives at the company let go recently. The firings came in the wake of Kim Williams's appointment as CEO of Australian media conglomerate News Limited, which runs NewsLifeMedia, last December.
McCann had been editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar Australia for three years but had worked at Vogue Australia previously. She starts her new job in July.
"I am very excited about returning to work for the world's most powerful fashion media brand," she said. "The opportunities for this formidable brand online and in a social media landscape are endless and our future is very bright indeed."
Nicole Kidman and her daughter Faith on the June 2012 cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia. Photo by Will Davidson.
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Jason Wu and Karlie Kloss will cocaptain a team for the annual New York AIDS Walk. The designer and the model, who attended the Met Gala together, will be joined by family and friends in an effort to raise money to fight the disease. "I'm so excited to be participating, and to be teaming up with Jason and all of our friends for such an incredible cause," Kloss said. [Modelinia]
- Some of Karl Lagerfeld's most memorable quotes have been turned into a t-shirt for the designer's eponymous line. English design agency I Love Dust formed quotes like "Sunglasses are like eyeshadow: They make everything look pretty and younger" into the shape of Lagerfeld's iconic face. [Refinery29]
- The veiled maroon beanie Stephen Jones designed for Raf Simons's second-to-last Jil Sander collection is now for sale on the Jil Sander website. The inventive topper goes for $440. [Racked]
- A new study conducted by model agent Ben Barry found that using very thin models in advertising can make women not want to shop. "Women will buy fashion when models convey a realistic, attainable image and make them feel confident," Barry wrote. [Fashion Etc.]
- Kelly Cutrone tweeted this week that one of her former assistants will be arrested for stealing from her public relations firm People's Revolution. Cutrone aimed this message at a private Twitter account. "@HussyChildPlz you better run cause you are going down CLOWN." [Styleite]
Carine Roitfeld will stage the Cannes Film Festival's first ever fashion show next week, and all the clothes coming down the runway will be black.
Roitfeld will present the show, which reflects her ideal all-black wardrobe, during the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 24. And after the models leave the runway, the entire collection will be auctioned off in a single lot. Fashion houses that have contributed looks to the show include Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, and Versace.
Photo: Carine Roitfeld wears Givenchy Haute Couture at the 2012 Met Gala.
Singer Jean-Roch asked Karl Lagerfeld to play a heavenly father in his new music video for "Saint-Tropez."
At the very beginning of the clip, Roch approaches Lagerfeld — clad in all white, floating on a cloud — and asks him if he's in paradise. "You were never told that Saint-Tropez is paradise?" Karl asks in response. Roch and rapper Snoop Dogg then proceed to explain why the tropical island is heaven on earth. Take a look at the video below.