Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the designers behind Marchesa, are known for creating red carpet-ready gowns, but now the design duo is announcing the launch of a contemporary line. Marchesa Voyage will consist of work and play-perfect separates, but don't expect the comfy tees and jeans you might find from other contemporary labels. This is still Marchesa after all, and the shift dresses, harem pants, silk tops, collarless jackets, and forty-five styles of shoes will all have the Marchesa touch--sparkling embroidery, fur trims, and scarf-inspired prints. "We felt like we needed it to have personality," said Chapman of the new line. "There would have to be a reason for someone to buy it." With price points ranging from $150 to $750, Marchesa Voyage falls right in line with other contemporary labels and will no doubt be a hit when it debuts later this year.
Zac Posen is staying pretty busy these days, not just with his new role as judge on Project Runway and two fashion labels, but also with a new contemporary label called Zac Zac Posen by Zac Posen. The new line of "dressed up looks" will have a higher price point than Posen's Z Spoke label, but that's exactly how Posen wants it. "In building into such strict price requirements for Z Spoke, we started to learn that with a slightly higher price point, you can get a lot more out of the product," he said in an interview with WWD. More translates to more money; Zac Zac Posen will include cocktail dresses with a price tag of just under $700 and evening gowns selling for $1,690. The new label will be in stores in time for pre-fall.
Nothing, not even what is being touted as "a blizzard of potentially historic proportions" can stop Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Despite winter storm Nemo threatening to shutter the bi-annual event, IMG released the following statement to WWD: "In consultation with the CFDA, as well as our other partners, we have decided not to close Mercedes Benz Fashion Week early this evening." The snow storm, which left Jenni Kayne stranded in Los Angeles while her collection presented in New York, and caused Marc Jacobs to reschedule both of his shows, caused a noticeable shift in the usual fashion week street looks: showgoers clung to each other for dear life rather than posing for street style photos and vampy heels were traded in for more practical, if slighter less glamorous, shoes. But, as Kayne's publicist stated, the show must go on! Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York concludes this week on Valentine's Day.