What's New, What's Hot

Apr

01
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Old Navy's Non-Chanel Tweed Jacket, A Pucci Book (Finally)

 

Old Navy Tweed Jacket
Clearly anything from Old Navy shouldn't be compared to a classic Chanel piece. That said, the retail chain is debuting a tweed cardigan jacket that will sell for $40 and is only available for six weeks. But Old Navy is insisting that the tweet jacket is not inspired by the classic tweed jacket that has become synonymous with luxury fashion house Chanel. Michael Ingram Jones, Old Navy's global senior vice president of design said in an interview with WWD, " I don't think there was any intention for it to look like anything. We have seen a lot of great-looking women wearing tweed cardigan jackets." He makes a good point; there certainly are lots of tweed jackets available and not all of them are Chanel. But isn't it safe to say that all of them were inspired by the iconic Chanel jacket?

Pucci
Pucci, the Italian fashion house known for its beautifully colorful patterns, is finally becoming a book! Next month, publisher TASCHEN  will release the 416-page tome, titled Pucci, which gives fashion lovers a closer look at the eye-catching prints that have become synonymous with the label. The book has a fabric-bound cover featuring one of four of Pucci's rainbow-colored prints, with the name Emilio written across each one, a nod to Emilio Pucci, the Florentine fashion designer who founded the label. Besides hundreds of no-doubt glorious photos, sketches, scarf prints, and candid pics of the Pucci family (the company is still family-run), the book also documents how the Pucci label became an empire. And if that's not enough, there are full-page spreads of pop-culture icons like Marilyn Monroe and Barbie draped in the famous Pucci prints.

Mar

25
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Beyonce for H&M, Patrick Robinson Signs on at Armani Exchange

Beyonce for H&M
H&M's Summer 2013 ad campaign is not to be missed--the fast fashion retailer worked with Beyoncé for the television and print ads, shooting the superstar in the Bahamas!  The print and outdoor billboard photos were shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and the commercial was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, with both featuring pieces from the H&M summer collection .  The singer, who is also wife to rap megastar Jay Z and mother to their daughter Blue Ivy, is introduced in the ads as "Beyoncé as Mrs. Carter" to suggest that women can be strong, vulnerable, sensual, maternal, fun, and flirtatious. "H&M’s summer campaign starring Beyoncé is an epic fantasy, with glamour, drama and also a sense of paradise," H&M Creative Director Donald Schneider said. "The campaign is the essence of Beyoncé, and also the essence of H&M this summer." The ad above is clearly hot, hot, hot--we can't wait to see the rest of them!

Patrick Robinson
Patrick Robinson is back to working with a big brand again, having just signed on as Creative Director for Armani Exchange. The former Creative Director for Gap, who was considered "too high fashion" for the denim-and-khakis-centric chain, will be responsible for product development and creative direction in marketing areas, among other things. This will be the first time in the label's history that it will have a name other than Giorgio Armani's  behind it.  Robinson is no stranger to the Armani aesthetic--he was previously a design director for Giorgio Armani back in the 1990s, and helped the company's "Collezioni" line become more profitable. Congrats to Patrick!

Mar

18
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Anna Wintour Got Promoted, 25 Most Powerful Stylists Named, Meet the New Holly Golightly

Anna Wintour
Anna Wintour is already one of, if not the, most famous and influential woman in publishing, and now the Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Teen Vogue editorial director is surely one of the most powerful, having just been named Artistic Director of Conde Nast. As in, Artistic Director of the entire publishing house. Sixty-three year old Wintour, who's held the title of EIC of Vogue for 25 years, told the New York Times, "It is something I do a lot anyway in my role at Vogue. I advise all sorts of people in the outside world, and really, I see this as an extension of what I am doing, but on a broader scale." As artistic director, Wintour will oversee all of Conde Nast's fashion titles, which include Glamour, Lucky, W, and WWD, but also general interests mags such as Architectural Digest and The New Yorker. David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, said in an interview with the Times, "I have asked her advice numerous times and always been grateful for it. She’s a great editor. Period."

THR's Most Powerful Stylists
The Hollywood Reporter has just released its third annual Stylists Issue and named the twenty-five most powerful stylists in Tinseltown. There are four different covers of the magazine, featuring Hollywood A-listers and their respective dressers: Taylor Swift with her stylist Joseph Cassell (number thirteen on the list), Zoe Saldana with Petra Flannery (number two), Julianne Moore and Leslie Fremar (number one on the list), and Jennifer Lopez with Mariel Haenn and Rob Zangardi (number eight). Other tastemakers who made the list include Rachel Zoe (number three) who stars in her own reality show and now has her own fashion empire; Kate Young (number four), whose capsule collection for Target launches next month; and Brad Goreski (number twenty-two), who also stars in his own reality television show and is the Brand Stylist for Kate Spade NY.

Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly
Let's face it, there will never be another Audrey Hepburn. That said, Emilia Clarke, the English actress who plays Daenerys in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, is reprising Hepburn's famous Holly Golightly character for a Broadway adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. The show starts March 20 and features a jet-black-wigged Clarke. There will be twenty-five costume changes, including  a nod to Hepburn's iconic black dress and pearls ensemble, and six different pairs of shoes, with a pair of Louboutins thrown in, natch.

Mar

11
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Michael Kors Awarded by Couture Council, Kate Young for Target Campaign Revealed

 

Michael Kors
Fashion Designer Michael Kors has been named this year's recipient of the Artistry of Fashion award given by the Couture Council at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Kors, the most searched for American designer online, had a monumental year last year, bringing in almost $2 billion, establishing an annual scholarship at FIT (aptly named the Michael Kors Scholarship), opening his largest store, and taking his company public. In an interview with WWD, Kors said, "I'm always happy to wave the flag that design is not strictly haute couture, but that there is something about American sportswear that is such a part of global dressing now." He also had advice for students studying fashion: work in retail to learn how clothes are made, how they fit, and the many types of women who buy different fashion. Congratulations Michael Kors!


Kate Young for Target
Images for the Kate Young for Target campaign have been released and the internet is all abuzz! The ads, which look more like shots taken on the red carpet for the launch of the collection, rather than the campaign for the actual collection, were shot by Terry Richardson and feature the fresh, young faces of tastemakers DJ Leigh Lezark, models Lily Kwong and Hailey Gates, and actress Nathalie Love in front of a Kate Young for Target step-and-repeat.  Look for the capsule collection in stores on April 14.

Feb

25
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Rihanna for MAC Cosmetics, USPS to Design Fashion Line

Rihanna
Hot on the heels of launching her fashion collection with River Island, singer Rihanna has inked a deal with MAC Cosmetics. The deal includes four collections under the name RiRi [Hearts] MAC, and will include a signature bright red lip color called RiRi Woo which will launch in May, as well as eye shadows, lipsticks, false lashes, and a special holiday lineup. "When you think of makeup, the brand that pops into your mind—for something legit—is MAC," Rihanna said in an interview with WWD. "I have always loved makeup, and I always said that if I do it, I want to do it with a credible brand." The 25-year old pop star went on to say how much she's learned about makeup since working with the cosmetics brand. "Every little detail is important," she said. This is the first time MAC has collaborated with a celebrity on a breadth of makeup products instead of just a one-off.

USPS
The United States Postal Service is branching out in a decidedly unexpected direction: designing a line of clothing. The USPS has linked up with Cleveland-based clothing company Wahconah Group to license a line called "Rain, Heat & Snow." The line will feature heavy duty coats, jackets, footwear, and clothing, all inspired by mail carriers. But don't worry, according to Wahconah marketing chief Bob Carlston you won't look like you're on the payroll at your local post office. "We don’t want people to look like mailmen," he says. "We’re looking to incorporate iconic elements of their long and rich history of delivering the mail for us." What you may have to worry about, though, is the price; Carlston predicts that a pea coat will retail for around $500, with the USPS receiving a small percentage of the sales. "Think of a pea coat with really nice brass buttons from an old historic postal service uniform," he says.

Feb

18
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Rachel Zoe's Blow Dry Bar, Marc Jacobs' Diet Coke Cans

 

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If it seems that we have a report on Rachel Zoe every week it's because the celebrity stylist turned fashion designer is one busy lady; her newest venture, a blowout and hair salon called DreamDry. The 2,600-square foot salon, which opened in New York City this past Valentine's Day, has a unique approach to catering to its clientele. For starters, DreamDry will have a loyalty program for customers, as well as a DreamDry Dossier to keep track of clients' loyalty points and style histories. But that's not all. Every client will be given an iPad to check out their styling options, and when their session is completed a photo will be taken and kept in the iPad for future reference. The styles clients will choose from include the hottest Hollywood trends as well as classic styles inspired by such icons as Audrey Hepburn and Farrah Fawcett. "The styles at DreamDry are inspired by my personal muses and fashion icons," said Zoe. "DreamDry is all about making glamorous hair an everyday reality." And for those clients worried about long waits at such a posh salon, they'll be happy to know DreamDry has extra-long hours: 6:30 am to 10 pm.

Marc Jacobs for Diet Coke
Marc Jacobs, who was recently named Creative Director for Diet Coke, has unveiled three stylish new cans for the soft drink, each inspired by the eighties, nineties, and aughts, respectively (the last one features a look straight from his Spring 2013 runway). The cans, which were designed with female empowerment in mind, are part of the diet cola brand's milestone anniversary in Europe dubbed "Sparkling Together for 30 Years." In addition to the cans, Jacobs helped design three bottles and three ad campaigns, at least one of which features a shirtless Jacobs himself. The first cans and bottles will hit European stores starting next month.

Feb

11
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Marchesa to Launch Contemporary Line, a New Zac Posen Line, Nemo Crashes Fashion Week

 

Marchesa Spring 2013
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
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.

Nemo blizzard
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.

Feb

04
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Jason Wu to Launch Cosmetics Line, An Elizabeth and James Bag Line

 

Jason Wu
It's safe to say that fashion designer Jason Wu is one of the industry's current "It" boys. The First Lady chose his design (again) for the Inaugural Ball, he had a wildly successful collaboration with Target last year, and his is among the most anticipated shows at Fashion Week. Now Wu has announced that he's partnered with Lancôme to launch his first makeup collection. "Beauty has always been extremely important to the Jason Wu label and I’ve made it an integral part of my fashion shows," Wu said in an interview with WWD. There's no doubt about that; Wu is known for having bold and colorful beauty looks at his runway shows.  The limited edition makeup collection will be available in September, but both Wu and Lancôme are staying mum (for now) on how many pieces there will be or what they'll look like. But many fans of the designers are hoping that this one-off collection for Lancôme is the gateway for a full Jason Wu makeup line. How fun would that be?

Elizabeth and James
As celebrities-turned-fashion designers, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have had enormous success with their Elizabeth and James line, and now the famous twins are launching the first handbag collection under the label. "We’ve always wanted to do handbags, but we really wanted to understand the market first and what was missing from the market and what’s already existing on the market," Ashley told WWD. Of course, this won't be the girls' first foray into the handbag world; you'll remember the über expensive backpack from The Row that came with a $39,000 price tag, and that wasn't even the priciest bag in the collection! This time around though, the designers are aiming to actually sell bags, so the price points will be far more reasonable. "We wanted these bags to be affordable," said Ashley. The line, which has been in the works for 18 months, will include satchels, shoppers, messenger bags, backpacks, crossbody bags, clutches, pouches, and wallets, with prices starting at around $125 and going up to $625, depending on the material used and the type of bag. But don't think a smaller price tag means the Olsens have scrimped on style or luxury. "In this market, I think it’s important to offer color and special materials," Mary-Kate told the magazine. Look for the Elizabeth and James handbag line in stores this July.

Jan

28
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Coach to Launch Clothing Line, Kate Hudson to Design for Ann Taylor

 

Sandra Hill
It's official -- Coach, the label known for logo-splattered handbags,  small leather goods, and accessories, has hired a designer and plans to launch a line of womenswear. Sandra Hill, who has done stints at Bonobos and Paul Smith, has been brought in to design the collection for the label, though they plan to remain "accessories-centric." In addition to the inaugural clothing line, Coach also plans to expand its non-handbag accessories offerings to include more shoes, scarves, wallets, and other small leather goods. No word yet on when the clothing line will be available, what the collection will include, or what the price points will be, but stay tuned!

 

Kate Hudson for Ann Taylor
Kate Hudson has been the face of Ann Taylor since the label's Spring 2012 campaign, and now the actress has not only re-signed for another campaign, but has also designed a capsule collection for summer. Her first foray into fashion designer, Hudson worked with Ann Taylor creative director Lisa Axelson to create the looks, which are inspired by her own red carpet looks.  "Working with Ann Taylor has been a great creative experience, and there is a really wonderful connection," said the actress. "[The company] is great at creating iconic wardrobe staples and updating them season after season. I love that Lisa Axelson is designing clothes for real women." Look for the new spring campaign featuring Kate Hudson this February, and the Hudson-helmed capsule collection in stores in May.

Jan

21
2013

What's New, What's Hot: PPR Buys Christopher Kane, Alber Elbaz Partners with Lancome

 

Christopher Kane
PPR, the company that owns such labels as Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney, has announced that it has acquired a controlling stake (51%) of British fashion label Christopher Kane. The Paris-based company plans to expand the Christopher Kane brand, which was started in 2006 and only distributed by third-party retailers, by distributing in Asia and opening Christopher Kane stores next year. There are also plans to expand the label's offerings to include accessories and another ready-to-wear line.  Of the acquisition Kane said, "PPR understands and appreciates our creative independence, but at the same time has the experience and expertise to be able to help us grow our business globally. PPR felt like the most natural fit." And PPR Chairman François-Henri Pinault agrees. "In just a few years, he has built a very distinctive and exciting brand with a unique DNA," he said of Kane. "We thus have great ambitions for the brand and will enable it to benefit from our expertise and know-how, while providing the space for it to further develop its own creative identity."

Alber Elbaz for Lancome
Lanvin Creative Director Alber Elbaz has partnered with French beauty giant Lancôme to create a limited-edition collection that is set to launch on June 15 of this year. This is the first foray into the beauty world for the fashion designer, who has been at the helm of Lanvin since 2001. "Alber Elbaz is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. But beyond that, he is also the most talented," Youcef Nabi, President of Lancôme International said in a statement to WWD. "His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity, and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancôme. We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is set to channel his universe in the world of makeup for the very first time.." It'll be a long wait until we can get our hands on the collection this summer, but we've no doubts it'll be well worth it.

Jan

14
2013

What's New, What's Hot: Rachel Zoe Named Chief Stylist for Shoe Dazzle, Beck for Saint Laurent

 

Rachel Zoe
Rachel Zoe is a very busy lady, but that hasn't stopped her from adding more to her already full fashion plate. The celebrity stylist/reality television personality-turned-fashion and accessories designer just took on the role of Chief Stylist for ShoeDazzle, the online shoe and accessory store co-founded by another reality TV star, Kim Kardashian. "It is really taking things to the next level in terms of elevating the brand of ShoeDazzle and some of the other offerings we are going to be having soon," Brian Lee, the site's CEO, said in an interview with WWD. Other offerings? We have to wonder to what Lee was referring. We also have to wonder if Zoe will be bringing her signature glam 70s aesthetic to ShoeDazzle--our fingers are definitely crossed. One thing that is clear though, is why ShoeDazzle would chose Zoe for this role. "I don’t think there is anybody else in the world who understands trend as well as Rachel," confirmed Lee. "I think we are bringing in the very best, and I think that elevates the style aspect of ShoeDazzle."

Beck for Saint Laurent Spring 2013
We wouldn't typically think of singer Beck as our first choice to be the face of a luxury brand like Saint Laurent, but that's exactly what he is--the fashion house's creative director Hedi Slimane chose the 42-year old "Let's Get Lost" singer landed the Spring 2013 campaign. Shot in Los Angeles last October, Slimane shot and styled the photos, which feature a shaggy-haired, but rather dapper, Beck donning the label's suits. Beck is the second musician to be the face of Saint Laurent; Slimane shot Christopher Owens for the first ads he did for the house. What do you think of the ads featuring Beck?

 

Dec

10
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Proenza Schouler Expanding Shoe Business, Dwyane Wade's Fashion Line, and a Pizza Hut Fragrance

 

Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler is following in the footsteps of Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Chloè, Michael Kors, and Nina Ricci by inking a licensing deal with Iris SpA to manufacture and distribute the label’s shoes. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez previously held a shoe licensing contract with Vicini SpA (the company founded by shoe designer Guiseppe Zanotti) when they first launched the Proenza Schouler footwear line in 2008. This new deal is a sort of relaunch of their shoe line, and a clear indication that McCollough and Hernandez are looking to expand their footwear empire--good news for fans of the label.

Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade has talked about launching his own fashion line for awhile  (years apparently), but now the stylish basketball star is finally ready to get things going. Called, WADE, the clothing line is a collaboration with Wade and Li-ning, a Chinese sportwear label, as well as shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo. No word yet on what exactly Wade plans to include in his collection, but according to Ingelmo a "lifestyle/basketball cultural sneaker," which we'll see at New York Fashion Week in February.

Pizza Hut perfume
This is, um, different, but clearly Pizza Hut knows about a target market we don't because the fast food joint has plans to launch a pizza-scented perfume. What started out as simple question on the Facebook page of an advertising firm that works with Pizza Hut Canada ("Do you love the smell of a box of Pizza Hut pizza being opened? We thought so. If that smell was a perfume, what would it be called?"), has culminated in Pizza Hut moving forward with actually creating the fragrance. It will be available in limited quantities, however, Pizza Hut will continue to make pizzas, so if you want that fresh baked pizza smell you can always just order a fresh baked pizza.

Dec

03
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Alexander Wang for Balenciaga, Net-a-Porter to Launch Print Mag

 

Alexander Wang
After the sudden and unexpected departure of Nicolas Ghesquière, and the consequential speculation about who would take the reins of the French luxury fashion label, WWD is reporting that Balenciaga is set to announce that Alexander Wang is their guy. Known for his edgy and modern sportswear, Wang has earned high marks in the fashion industry, and there's not a single tastemaker or celebrity who doesn't tout his now famous T-shirts (you'll remember he made rapper/singer Azealia Banks the face of his jersey line T by Alexander Wang). Given that his predecessor had a more couture-like aesthetic, Balenciaga's decision to put Wang at the helm could possibly mean the label is looking to open up to a broader audience. Regardless, Wang will have some rather large shoes to fill, as Ghesquière had an outstanding 15-year career with the label. But if there's any doubt about Wang's capabilities, just remember he launched successful womenswear, menswear, leather goods, and jersey knit lines all before turning 30! We're pretty certain that this young, ambitious, and wildly talented designer will fare rather well in his new role. Congratulations and best of luck to Alexander Wang!

Netaporter magazine
Ecommerce/fashion editorial site Net-a-Porter has plans to launch an actual print magazine. Mark Sebba, the company's CEO, made the announcement at a recent Business  Leaders Network's Making It Mobile event, saying, "Traditional publishers always say that we are lucky for being born in a digital age and don't have a legacy of print. But we still see it as important. It isn't a secret that Net-a-Porter  will be publishing a major fashion magazine within the next twelve months or so." The move into the publishing world makes sense for Net-a-Porter; founder Natalie Massenet has always considered the site to be a magazine that sells clothes, rather than a retail site that offers a few editorial blurbs. And since the site's inception twelve years ago, more and more editorial features have been added. The recent hire of former Harper's Bazaar UK Editor-in-Chief Lucy Yeomans has no doubt had a heavy influence on the increased editorial content (she holds the title of EIC at Net-a-Porter as well).  For now the company is keeping mum on further details, so stay tuned.

Nov

26
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Yoko Ono Designing for Opening Ceremony, Miranda Kerr Replacing Kate Moss for Mango

 

Yoko Ono
As fashion collaborations go, we never in a million years could have seen this one coming: Yoko Ono is designing a menswear line for Opening Ceremony. That's right, the musician/artist/wife of the late John Lennon has partnered with the clothing retailer to create a limited-edition, eighteen piece collection. But while the collection, which hits stores this week, is big news in the fashion world, it's over forty years in the making for Ono; apparently she sketched the designs (called 'Fashions for Men') and gave them to Lennon as a gift for their wedding in 1969. "I was inspired to create 'Fashions for Men' amazed at how great my man was looking," she told WWD. "So, I made this whole series with love and gave it to him as a wedding present." Ono's collection includes jersey pants, jersey blazers, mesh tops, hoodies, and wool suits (trousers and blazers), as well as two styles of boots, one of which is a thigh-high design with an open toe.  Look for the collection in U.S. and London stores starting November 30, and in the Tokyo flagship on December 9.  And be prepared to empty your wallet; Yoko Ono's pieces come with price tags ranging from $75 to $750.

 

Miranda Kerr for Mango
Kate Moss, out; Miranda Kerr, in for fast fashion retailer Mango's Spring/Summer 2013 ad campaign, which will be shot by fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The Australian model and Victoria's Secret Angel will join the ranks of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Claudia Schiffer, along with a host of other famous faces (and bodies) that have posed for the Spanish retailer. There's been no word on exactly why Kate Moss has been replaced (she's been the brand ambassador and face of Mango for several campaigns), but it's not uncommon to see fashion brands and design houses to replace one famous face with another. Congratulations to Miranda Kerr! We think she looks great in the shot above and can't wait to see the rest of the campaign come spring.

Nov

19
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Nina Garcia is Marie Claire's New Creative Director, Versace Designing for Lady Gaga Tour, Shopbop Launching Menswear Site

 

Nina Garcia
We all know Nina Garcia as Fashion Director of Marie Claire magazine (we've heard Heidi Klum make the announcement week after week on Project Runway, where Garcia sits on the judge's panel), but from now on the title of Creative Director will be next to Nina Garcia's name on the masthead because she's just been promoted. The women's glossy has seen several changes this year, including a new Editor-in-Chief after the spot was vacated by Joanna Coles and the departure of Creative Director Suzanne Sykes (filled by Garcia). Garcia seemed a natural choice for the role, and we couldn't be happier for her.

Lady Gaga
It pays to have friends in high places, like when you're planning a huge North American concert tour and you need to outfit yourself. Such is the case for Lady Gaga, who has announced that for her Born This Way tour she has recruited her fashionable friend Donatella to design her wardrobe. You'll remember Lady Gaga was one of two people to don the infamous Versace safety pin dress (first seen a million years ago on Elizabeth Hurley), and let's not forget the countless other outrageous looks she's worn to award shows, various red carpets, and even in the airport.  We can't wait to see what her gal pal, Donatella, puts together for what is sure to be an awesome concert tour.

Shopbop to sell menswear
It's always thrilling when one of our favorite online shopping sites makes a big announcement, so we were beyond excited to learn that Shopbop has revealed plans to launch a menswear site next year. According to a report from WWD, a Shopbop spokesperson said the new site will be "both approachable and serve as a destination to educate and engage guys on fashion and style. While others are serving the fashion converted or the super straightforward, we believe there is an opportunity to serve the guys who live in between these polarities." No word yet on which labels will be sold (although the Alexander Wang sweater above does hint at the new site's coolness).

Nov

12
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Nicholas Ghesquiere Leaving Balenciaga, M.I.A. to Design for Versace

 

Nicolas Guesquiere
 In a "joint decision" that sent shock waves through the fashion industry, Balenciaga and Nicolas Ghesquière announced the end of their working relationship, effective November 30. Ghesquière, 41,  has been with the French luxury brand since 1997, but has apparently felt a lack of support and funding for the brand over the past several years.  François-Henri Pinalt, chairman and CEO of Balenciaga's parent company PPR, had this to say about the celebrated designer, "With an incomparable creative talent, Nicolas has brought to Balenciaga an artistic contribution essential to the unique influence of the house. Cristóbal Balenciaga was a master, a genius whose avant-garde vision dictated fashion’s greatest trends and inspired generations of designers." No word yet on who will replace the designer, loved by celebs like the Olsen twins, Nicole Richie, and Kristen Stewart, but they will certainly have big shoes to fill.

M.I.A.
It seems this year we've seen (and reported on) more major fashion collaborations than ever before, and the list just keeps going on. Now we're finding out that "Paper Planes" singer M.I.A. is designing a collection for Italian fashion label Versace. Yep, you read that right: M.I.A. and Donatella! Apparently the Sri Lankan rapper, known as much for her outrageous style as her music, and fashion designer Donatella Versace were keeping the collab under wraps, but while interviewing with Spin magazine, M.I.A. revealed several folders on her computer's desktop with labels reading "Versace outlines," "Versace prints," and "bootleg Versace." No word on what the files contained (sketches? notes? color swatch ideas?), but the musician reportedly wore gold, baroque-print boots, floral trousers, and a navy pajama top with Peter Pan collar for the Spin interview, so...

Oct

29
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Emma Roberts for Snapette, Kate Spade's Saturday

 

Emma Roberts for Snapette
Actress Emma Roberts has played some interesting characters in her career, but her most recent role as Fashion Advisor for social shopping app Snapette will probably be her most stylish, or at least style-related. The star will be a featured user on the location-based app, which launched in 2011, and will also discuss her favorite trends and must-haves on the Snapette.com blog. In an interview with WWD, Roberts explained what she loves about the app, "I’m always the kind of person that’s like, ‘Where did you get that?’ You can upload photos like on Instagram, but then it’s also like Yelp in a way — that you can find what stores are nearest to you, which is awesome." Snapette, available for free on iTunes and Android, has partnered with big name designers including Diane von Furstenberg and Vince Camuto. Roberts' favorites: Otte, Curve, and Steven Alan.

 

Kate Spade Saturday
Kate Spade has confirmed the launch of a new, lower-priced label called Saturday, coming this spring. According to a statement released last week, the new lifestyle brand will include clothing (think dresses, denim,outerwear, knits, casual separates, and swim), accessories (bags, jewelry, shoes, and eyewear), beauty products, home goods, and tableware; in a word, everything! And as you can see from the image, Saturday will be every bit as colorful and stylish as its big sis brand, with prices ranging from around $25 to $90. "Through ongoing research, we saw an opportunity in the market to engage a new customer base—one that aspires to be a part of the Kate Spade New York brand," CEO Craig Leavitt said. "Kate Spade Saturday is born from the core values of Kate Spade New York, but is realized in a new and exciting way for this younger customer." We're certainly excited about this new line; after all, who doesn't love Saturday?

Oct

22
2012

What's New, What's Hot: A New Show for Rachel Zoe, Target Collabs with Nate Berkus

 

Rachel Zoe and Roger Berman
Now that Rachel Zoe has conquered the fashion world with clothing, accessory, and jewelry lines, she's got her eyes set on  taking over your television. Already the star of her own reality show (The Rachel Zoe Project), Zoe is currently developing an autobiographical sitcom. The show, which has yet to be named, will be a thirty minute, single camera comedy about the designer's life and will air on NBC. This could explain why Zoe and her hubby, Roger Berman, started their own television production company earlier this year; the pair are set to be executive producers for the comedy. Also on board, actress/writer/producer Aseem Batra (Scrubs), who will write the pilot, and Todd Holland (30 Rock), who'll direct. But the big question remains: will Zoe find time to do the wardrobe styling for her new show?

 

Nate Berkus for Target
Just when you thought Target's designer collaborations couldn't get any more fabulous (they did, after all, just work with Neiman Marcus on an amazing holiday collection), the department store went and partnered with interior design's 'It' boy Nate Berkus. The Nate Berkus Collection, which launched yesterday, October 21, will make decorating with style more affordable to the masses with over one hundred and fifty interior products, including ikat accent pillows, jute rugs, and herringbone window treatments, all ranging from $5.99 to $149.99. "I created this collection for Target with my philosophy that homes should evoke a feeling, not a theme," said Berkus. What do you think of the Nate Berkus Collection? Will you be redecorating with it some time soon?

Oct

15
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Jennifer Lawrence Named Dior's Muse, Maison Martin Margiela + H&M Ads Revealed

 

Jennifer Lawrence for Miss Dior Handbags
Actress Jennifer Lawrence has been pegged as the new face of Dior, joining fellow thespians Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, and Mila Kunis as ambassadors for the luxury fashion house. Lawrence, best known for starring in action films such as The Hunger Games, will take on a much softer role in the Miss Dior Handbags campaign, to launch in early spring of 2013. "I'm very excited at the idea of working with Dior and wearing Raf Simons' new creations," Lawrence said. "His debut ready-to-wear and haute couture have distilled all the glamour of Dior into the modern era." Of his decision to work with the 22-year old, Dior head Raf Simons said, "Her youth and her classic beauty, but also her force of character and the complexity she's capable of embodying at such a young age, are, for me, both unique and very moving." This is the first luxury brand to snag the young starlet, but we doubt it will be the last.

Maison Martin Margiela + H&M
The Maison Martin Margiela + H&M ad campaign photos were released last week and the buzz surrounding them was off the charts. According to WWD, British artist Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the photo shoot (shot in Paris, natch) as well as a series of short films, which are set to launch on November 8. "Working with such an anarchic house as Martin Margiela alongside a high-street brand was a challenge that creatively became a crazy, fun project," Taylor-Johnson said about working on the ad campaign. "I wanted to create an atmosphere that was both quiet and still." The looks, which are completely deserving of the buzz they've generated, scream Martin Margiela--they're avant garde with just the slightest touch of dark glamour.

Oct

08
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Lena Dunham's First Fashion Spread, Candie's Launches Beauty Line

 

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Lena Dunham, aka star, creator, director, producer, and writer of HBO's hit series about girls called Girls, may have landed on a few worst dressed lists for her Emmy look a couple of weeks ago (she chose a lacy, full-skirted Prada number) but the Emmy-nominated actress has just done her first fashion spread, and it's really cute. Featured in the November issue of ASOS magazine, the British online retailer's editorial/advertorial publication, 26-year old Dunham sported her new, short haircut (yes, the same haircut that created an insane internet buzz) and a super glamorous red lip. The "It" girl of the moment also dished on her enormous success, saying "I worked as hard as I could and sort of faked it until I made it."

Candie's Beauty

Candie's, the fashion and accessory label that's been around for ages, just got a little sweeter with the addition of a beauty line, which launched last week. The line, available exclusively at Kohl's, includes perfumes, lip glosses, nail polishes, and bath products with sugary themed names like Sugarplum Blossom, Strawberry Creme, and Vanilla Bon-Bon. Glee actress Lea Michele, who is featured in the brand's fall campaign, couldn't be more excited about the sweet new products. "I'm so happy to be a part of a brand so accessible to my fans."

Oct

01
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Conde Nast Names First African-American EIC, Anna Dello Russo Fetes H&M Launch

 

Keija Minor
Brides magazine finally named its Editor-in-Chief last week, after former EIC Anne Fulenwider left to take the helm at Marie Claire, which was vacated by Joanna Coles, who left to take over at Cosmo. (Did you get all that?) But the real story here is that Keija Minor, the bridal glossy's former executive editor and new EIC, is the first African-American in the 103 year history of publisher Condé Nast. Minor worked as a corporate lawyer for four years before transitioning to the publishing world, where she held titles at Los Angeles Confidential, Gotham, and Uptown before joing Brides just one year ago. As for her plans for the magazine, Minor said in an interview with Fashionista.com, "What I want to do is continue to build on the content that we have and the mission that we’ve always had which is to provide inspiration and great ideas for our readers. My focus is on giving the readers an abundance of ideas they can make their own for their wedding." Congratulations and best wishes to Ms. Minor!

Anna Dello Russo

 

When Anna Dello Russo throws a party, you'd better believe it's gonna be unforgettable; that's exactly what she did and exactly what it was. Vogue Japan's editor-at-large celebrated the launch of her upcoming accessories line for fashion retailer H&M with what may have been the biggest and most extravagant party of Paris Fashion Week. Besides the bevvy of models and fashion designers (Liya Kibede, Karlie Kloss, and Theory's Olivier Theyskens, to name a stylish few) an army of Dello Russo look-a-likes, clad in accessories from the line, were on hand "for the sake of something unexpected," according to the original ADR. Guests were also treated to a performance by It artist Azealia Banks, as well as, what else, a cabaret show. None of this was too over-the-top for ADR, who said, "Excess for me means success." If this is true, then her excessively fabulous (and gilded) H&M line should be wildly successful. Look for it in stores starting October 4.

 

Sep

24
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Lea Michele Signs with L'Oreal, Fergie for Wet 'n' Wild

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Glee actress Lea Michele has something else to sing about, having just signed a deal to be the new face of beauty brand L'Oreal Paris and joining the ranks of songbirds Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwen Stefani.  The singer, who looks stunning in the ads, stated in a press release, "Growing up on stage, I was introduced to makeup at a young age and I will never forget the first time I tried on a L'Oreal Paris iconic lipstick — it was instant glamour and I've been hooked ever since." Scoring a contract with a beauty giant like L'Oreal is no doubt the "take that!" moment Michele has been waiting for, after facing rejection for not being a conventional beauty. The star told Harper's Bazaar "How many managers told me, ‘Get a nose job. You’re not pretty enough’? But I proved them wrong." We couldn't agree with you more, Lea. Congratulations!

Fergie
Singer Fergie may already have a full plate--successful singing career, handsome hubby Josh Duhamel, and a hot shoe line, to name a few--but that's not stopping her from piling on more. Now the Fergilicious singer is set to launch a color collection for makeup brand Wet 'n' Wild. "My creative energy has to go somewhere," the pop star, whose real name is Stacy Ferguson, said in an interview with WWD.  This isn't Fergie's first foray into the beauty industry; she released two best-selling fragrances with Avon, Outspoken and Outspoken Intense. "It's time to transition to color," she said. She was named global brand ambassador for Wet 'n' Wild in March (the company's first) and her 21-product line called Fergie for Wet 'n' Wild will launch in February, with prices ranging from $3.49 to $5.99. "It was important to me that my line is affordable to my fans but I wanted to give it a luxury spin," the singer stated. "It’s that extra little limited-edition feel of fashion."

Sep

10
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Joanna Coles Wants Cosmo in the Front Row, Lanvin + Laduree

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One of the biggest stories in fashion news last week was the announcement that Marie Claire EIC Joanna Coles was moving over to take the reigns at Cosmopolitan, leaving many to wonder who would take the lead at MC (it was later confirmed that Brides EIC Anne Fulenwider is taking the job), but also, what changes will Coles make at Cosmopolitan, a less fashion-focused mag than Marie Claire. Without divulging too much, Coles told WWD some of her plans for Cosmo. She wants to change the way the magazine covers fashion, stating that she'd like "front-row representation at New York Fashion Week." She added, "I have some ideas for partnerships and leveraging some of the brand and expanding various bits of it. Opening it up more editorially." Coles officially takes over as Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo today, and we think she's as excited as we are. "I relish the chance to put my stamp on Cosmo and make it the young woman’s ultimate playbook for confidence, choices and navigating change," she said.

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We love fashion and we love sweets, so when the two combine we're eager to report on it. Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz has paired with macaron maker Ladurée (the must-have of all macarons) to create a stylish new box of the dessert, also known as girl's best friend. The whimsical box features sketches and doodles done by Elbaz on red Ladurée boxes, and ties closed with a big red bow. Inside are eight, delectable, bubblegum flavored macarons in multiple colors. The Lanvin for Ladurée boxes due to go on sale in Paris on September 25, in the New York, Great Britain, and Japan Ladurée stores on September 28, and will be available to the rest of the Ladurée shops on October 1.

Sep

04
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Celebs Take on NY Fashion Week, Nicole Richie Debuts Fragrance

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York kicks off next week, and dozens of fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Zac Posen, and Diane von Furstenberg will show off their Spring 2013 collections. While tons of A-listers will be taking it all in from their coveted seats in the front row, a handful of Hollywood celebs are taking on Fashion Week as designers, and it's a very big deal. Here's why: fashion people--from designers to interns, magazine editors to bloggers--take their craft very seriously, so when a celebrity chooses to show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, rather than merely attaching their name to a clothing line without so much as lifting a pencil to sketch a look, it shows that they (kind of) desire to have that same level of seriousness. Heavy-hitters like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have already proven themselves to the fashion world with their Elizabeth & James and The Row labels, and Victoria Beckham's and Rachel Zoe's labels are wildly successful. It's reality stars like Real Housewives of Orange County's Gretchen Rossi and Jersey Shore's Samantha "Sammi" Giancola, both showing for the first time, who will have a lot to prove in this arena. And if things don't work out for these stars in the fashion world, they'll always have their fame to fall back on, and we'll no doubt have a new crop of celebrities-turned-fashion designers to watch at next season's fashion week. 

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Nicole Richie has added perfumista to her resume, launching her first fragrance last week. The fragrance, called simply Nicole, contains notes of blackberry, Moroccan rose, sugared patchouli, cashmere, and sandalwood, and was inspired by the Winter Kate designer's personal style, as well as her mother. "I was inspired by the scents of my childhood. I knew exactly what I wanted to do because my mom would combine different oils and lotions, and the blend of scents became very special to me," Richie explained. She also turned to her own personal style when it came to designing the bottle, which has elements of art nouveau. "It’s very much a reflection of my individual style — a spiritual balance of femininity and bohemian," she said.

Aug

27
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Alexa Chung to Launch a Clothing Line, a Nars Andy Warhol Collection Coming Soon

 

Alexa Chung
Fashion darling Alexa Chung has confirmed that she is launching her own clothing line. Chung is no stranger to the fashion world; the former model has designed collections for contemporary store Madewell, has a Mulberry bag named after her, and hosts the fashion design TV show 24 Hour Catwalk, not to mention the fact that her own signature style has been the topic of countless best dressed lists, fashion how-to articles, and trend reports. The Peter Pan collar-wearing It girl reportedly talked about her upcoming clothing line in an interview with Numéro Japan, saying "I’ve got nothing to lose, it’s a bit of fun. I sketch everything myself. So if it sucks I can say I had nothing to do with it, and if it’s really good I can say ‘Here are the drawings, it’s all my own work!"

Nars Andy Warhol collection
Nars is already a favorite among cosmetics fans for its edgy, innovative concepts (The Multiple, a multi-tasking makeup stick, changed the game), and now the beauty brand is appealing to lovers of art with an Andy Warhol-inspired makeup collection for holiday. But don't expect a collection that merely draws from Warhol's bold use of color (which it does)'; no, this collection, from the colors to the names to the packaging will be screaming "Warhol!" That's right, Nars is straying from its signature black packaging in favor of splashing Warhol's famous images of muses Debbie Harry, Edie Sedgewick, and CandyDarling on everything. Harry will be featured in the Pop Art line, which will be sold exclusively at Sephora starting in October; Sedgewick and Darling show up in the Warhol's Factory line, which will be in department stores starting in November.

Aug

20
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Nicole Richie for Macy's Impulse, Los Angeles the Next Fashion Capital

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Just when we thought we couldn't love her any more, Nicole Richie, the brains behind two of our favorite labels, House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate, goes and designs a super cute, super affordable, and all-around amazing capsule collection for Macy's Impulse. The designer, who wore one of the pieces at the launch dinner party for the new line, due in Macy's stores and on the website September 12, describes this collection as "fun, eclectic and effortless." The line features 1970s-inspired jackets, dresses, leggings, and skirts ranging in price from $49 to $149. But don't expect this line to be around for long. "It's only a 25-piece collection that's out for six weeks," Richie confirms.  In other words, run, don't walk, to Macy's on September 12.

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Here at FIDM Los Angeles we've always loved our city, and now it seems the rest of the fashion world is noting just how fabulous the City of Angels is as well. A recent article on Fashionista.com examined the evidence that suggests Los Angeles is the next fashion capital. Several industry insiders were interviewed for the article, including Elle Creative Director Joe Zee, who had this to say, "I think for so long LA was the land of t-shirts and jeans but designers like Rodarte and Band of Outsiders definitely changed that perception and it’s really upped the momentum of the LA fashion scene." Who What Wear co-founder (and former New Yorker) Hillary Kerr, added, "I think it’s worth pointing out that we already have a tremendous amount of talent here. In addition to Hedi Slimane and John Galliano moving here—which is unquestionably exciting—we already have a number of LA-based design visionaries (like Kate and Laura Mulleavy, George Esquivel, and Tom Binns, to name a few), in addition to some of the world’s most noteworthy photographers, makeup artists, stylists, and hair stylists." We've known all along that Los Angeles is pretty amazing (Just one look at the FIDM Street Style page says it all!) and we couldn't be more proud.

Aug

13
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Tavi Gevinson Lands a Movie Role, Pink Scores a CoverGirl Contract, Solange for Madewell

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If you thought 16-year old Tavi Gevinson was going to stop at blogger-cum-online magazine editor/Fashion Week fixture you were wrong -- the fashion prodigy just signed with Hollywood agency UTA and has already landed a role in writer-director Nicole Holofcener's yet-to-be-titled film. The movie is about an only child (Gevinson) who is basically ignored by her parents and forced to grow up a little faster than her peers. Although her real parents are anything but neglectful (her dad has even accompanied her to fashion shows), we can't help but think Gevinson might be able to relate to growing up faster than other kids her age. She has, after all, launched a webzine, been profiled in The New York Times, and is considered muse to a number of fashion designers.

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Beauty brand CoverGirl announced last week that singer Pink is joining the ranks of fellow celebrities Queen Latifah, Taylor Swift, Drew Barrymore, and Sofia Vergara as the new face of their brand.  "Pink is a powerful and provocative role model, who has always been an advocate of individualism and making no apologies for who you are,"  says CoverGirl Vice President and GM Esi Eggleston Bracey on their decision to add the "So What" singer to their roster, adding, "We love the energy and confidence that she radiates, and the fact that inside and out she’s as cool as she looks. She’s an awesome addition to our CoverGirl family." Look for Pink in CoverGirl ads this fall.

Solange

Solange Knowles may be the younger sister of megastar Beyonce, but the Brooklyn-based DJ and singer is certainly holding her own when it comes to stardom. Already the face of beauty brands Rimmel London and Carol's Daughter, Knowles has just signed on as the face of contemporary store Madewell, her first major clothing campaign. The 26-year old will be featured in the store's Fall 2012 campaign, called "Mix Well. Madewell," a title that is apropos of the star's DJ skills, as well as the store's new fall pieces, which can be mixed and matched to create custom looks. Of their decision to include Knowles in their fall campaign, the company "Solange’s great style mix-matched perfectly with Madewell’s aesthetic."

Aug

06
2012

What's New, What's Hot: SJP+Anna Wintour+Glee, Jonathan Adler to Design Women's Accessories, Rachel Zoe Launches Jewelry

 

SJP and Anna Wintour
Set your DVRs because Sarah Jessica Parker is guest starring on Glee for its fourth season! SJP will play a Vogue editor on the show (actually Vogue.com), and Anna Wintour herself will be dressing the star (the two are close friends in real life).  Glee creator Ryan Murphy confirmed to Access Hollywood that SJP will guest star on a few episodes and later tweeted, "Guess who’s helping us with Sarah Jessica Parker’s costumes on GLEE? The Amazing Anna Wintour!" We can't wait to see the looks Lady Wintour puts together for the show.

Jonathan Adler accessories
If you're a fan of Jonathan Adler's designs (and really, who isn't?), than you'll be as thrilled as we are that he is moving into the world of women's accessories. Adler has inked a deal with LF USA--who also has licensing agreements with Vena Cava, Rachel Roy, and Ellen Tracy--to create a line of handbags, totes, belts, scarves, hats, and leather goods (we're hoping there's an iPad cover in there somewhere). The collection will be available online and in Jonathan Adler stores next spring, and prices start at $195 for handbags, and under $200 for smaller pieces. "It’s amazing to go from being a production potter to expanding into a zillion different categories," Adler told WWD. He also confirmed that a jewelry line is in the works. We're looking forward to it, Mr. Adler.

Rachel Zoe jewelry
Fashion designer and stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe is expanding her empire yet again, to include a line of jewelry. The debut collection features 14K plated necklaces, cuffs, and earrings, all of them dazzling with Swarovski crystals, colored quartz, or black and cream enamel, and will be sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus and NeimanMarcus.com. In an interview with Racked, Zoe explained exactly who she had in mind to wear her pieces. "It's for the effortlessly chic girl that loves to look glamorous but still wants to have fun." That sounds exactly like us!

Jul

30
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Azealia Banks for T by Alexander Wang, Nina Garcia Gives JCPenney a Boost

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Earlier this year rapper/singer/lyricist Azealia Banks was Alexander Wang's date to the Met Ball (photo above), and speculations about a possible collaboration between the two abounded. Now the designer has named her as the face of his jersey line, T and released a video featuring Banks in pieces from the T Fall 2012 collection, singing her hit "Van Vogue."  The 21-year old follows in the footsteps of Santigold, Spank Rock, and Die Antwood, all of whom had the role for previous campaigns. In an intervierw with Style.com, Wang said, "She exudes a certain rawness that makes her a very unique talent…I loved working with her on this video for T Fall 2012, and think the collaboration captures a collision of energies."

  Nina Garcia

It's the tweet heard 'round the fashion world. A little more than a week ago, retailer JCPenney announced that they were joining forces with Marie Claire Fashion Director Nina Garcia to revamp the store's image and breathe new life into the JCPenney brand. Fast forward a few days when Garcia tweeted, "I’m @jcpenney’s HQ. Thank you Ron Johnson for the walk through of JCP’s prototype. Get ready to shop! Its going to be a game changer!" After that tweet, and this is not a joke, JCPenney's stock jumped nearly 10 percent! In 140 characters or less, Nina Garcia caused a noticeable shift in the stock market. Now that's what you call influence, people.

Jul

23
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Lana Del Rey is Face of H&M, Miss Wu at Nordstrom

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Lana Del Rey may have more than her (fair?) share of critics, but the "Video Games" singer isn't letting any of them stop her from receiving some major props from the fashion world. First there was the Mulberry handbag that was named after her, and now H&M has named Lana Del Rey the face of their Fall 2012 campaign. The images, which are stunning and have a slight retro feel to them, feature the singer in a soft pink angora sweater and matching pants, with dramatic chandelier earrings and big, '60s hair, and were shot by photography team Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. "We were looking for a style icon and singer to model our fall collection," says H&M Public Relations Manager Chloe Bowers. "Lana Del Rey was the perfect choice."

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If you missed out on the Jason Wu for Target collection earlier this year, don't fret, the beloved designer is making his clothes available to the masses at Nordstrom now. The 40-piece Miss Wu collection at Nordstrom will be available starting this November and features Mod dresses and fun prints. Wu says he was inspired by 1960s style icons Marianne Faithfull and Jane Birkin. "Miss Wu is my personality," he told WWD. "It was really fun to explore that facet of who I am—slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude."

Jul

16
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Topshop Coming to Nordstrom & More

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The British are coming! Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom is introducing British fast-fashion chain Topshop and men's brand Topman to fourteen of its stores this September, as well as Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom has been exploring new avenues of retail sales (they acquired flash-sale site Hautelook.com and brought e-commerce site Bonobos into stores), but this new addition is a first because the store has never carried a fast-fashion line. Merchandise will include women's and men's fashion of course, as well as shoes, bags, makeup, and grooming products, and will be delivered to the Nordstrom stores every week. "That speed is appealing," says Pete Nordstrom, the store's President of Merchandising. While the selection at Nordstrom will be smaller than that of Topshop stores, styles and patterns exclusive to Nordstrom will be offered. And if you're worried about the quality of the Topshop brand as compared to some of the other labels Nordstrom carries, fear not. "Fast fashion implies cheap, and that’s not what we’re after," Nordstrom assures. "It’s about how we deliver credible new fashion to the customer."

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We've seen inspired eye shadow palettes before, usually in some form of flora or fauna, but beauty lovers are buzzing about YSL's new Facebook-inspired eye shadow palette. The limited-edition palette features packaging that closely mimics the Facebook logo (is Facebook Blue a color?), with eye shadow hues to match. You can score one of the 1,650 "Pure Chromatics Devoted To Fans" palettes when they become available on July 19 by going to, where else--YSL's Facebook page.

Jul

09
2012

What's New, What's Hot: The Louboutin Glass Slipper Unveiled & Tavi Gevinson

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When we first told you that Christian Louboutin was designing a real-life, Cinderella glass slipper in conjunction with the re-release of the Disney classic this fall, we had no idea what to expect. How could the designer pull off such an iconic shoe? We were wrong to question the shoemaker's talents, as his version of the glass slipper was unveiled in Paris on July 4, and it is positively exquisite. Louboutin used white lace and tons of sparkling Swarovski crystals to create the "glass" slipper (solid glass is perfect for animated princesses; not so much for real women), along with, of course, that signature red sole. The shoe looks delicate and light, exactly what we'd expect from fairy tale footwear, but somehow they're even more breathtaking than we could have imagined. Of creating the celebrated shoe, Louboutin said, “Cinderella is not only an iconic character when it comes to beauty, grace and fairy-tale love, but also shoes. Her character and her story dictated the design to me, it was all there in the pages and the words of this tale.”

What do you think--do you love the Louboutin glass slippers?

 

  Tavi Gevinson

Blogger and editor-in-chief of RookieMag.com Tavi Gevinson has revealed that a print version of Rookie magazine is in the works. The young fashionista gave more details about the project in her editor's letter in July's RookieMag.com, saying, "[It's] the best of the best of Rookie's content from the school year, starting in September 2011 and ending in May 2012, plus a few extra goodies, including a paper crown by Meadham Kirchhoff, a 45" flexi-disc, and more previously unseen contributions from Rookie friends." Gevinson, wise beyond her teen years, knows that many readers will be hesitant to pay for a book when they can see the same content for free online, so she offered this assurance, "We had to really take advantage of the print situation and make sure it's SUPER GOOD-LOOKING AND SPECIAL. I promise that looking at all this stuff in print is a different experience from reading it online." Rookie Yearbook One will be available this fall for $29.95, which we think will be money well-spent.

Jul

02
2012

What's New, What's Hot: SJP & Victoria Beckham Teaming Up?

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We're always excited to bring you news of a major fashion label partnering with a discount retailer, or of two amazing labels teaming up to create a capsule collection, but no collaboration has thrilled us more than the news that two of Hollywood and fashion's biggest style icons are working together on a clothing line--that's right, Sarah Jessica Parker and Victoria Beckham are reportedly designing a women's line together. Can you just imagine? Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we've put together a list of facts in favor of the rumored collaboration: 1) Sarah Jessica Parker is one of America's (and the world's) biggest fashion icons and she has already expressed an interest in doing a clothing line, 2) Victoria Beckham is one of England's (and the world's) biggest fashion icons and she already has a wildly successful clothing empire, 3) the two have expressed mutual admiration for one another (Beckham once said, "I am so Sarah Jessica Parker;" while SJP has been spotted wearing Beckham's designs), and 4) we want this to be true so very badly we can hardly stand it!

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Here's another rumor we're super excited about--Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have couture on the brain. The design duo, who have never presented a couture show, are said to be staging their first this July. The show will be a test for the Dolce & Gabbana label, as the designers want to see if adding a couture collection would be a good business decision. Um, can we just add our two cents here...YES, yes, it would be a fantastic business decision!

Jun

25
2012

What's New, What's Hot: YSL Hold the 'Y' & Blake Lively

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So here's a thought: what if YSL was just SL? Would you, could you love it the same? Well, like it or loathe it, you may have to get used to it because the luxury fashion label's new creative director, Hedi Slimane, is rumored to be considering taking the Yves out of Yves Saint Laurent. Slimane is apparently looking to shake things up and give the iconic label a fresh, modern feel.
UPDATE: It's official! Under the direction of YSL's new creative director, Hedi Slimane, the fashion house is dropping the Yves and rebranding the Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear collection as Saint Laurent Paris. The iconic YSL logo will remain on handbags, shoes, and yes, our favorite lipsticks, but no word yet on whether it will be used beyond that.

 

M.A.C. Nail Polish
We're a little embarrassed to admit this, especially given our obsession with nail art, but we've never really noticed that M.A.C Cosmetics doesn't many options for nail lacquers. Imagine our surprise when we read the headline, "M.A.C. to Launch 65 New Shades of Nail Polish." Huh? Don't they already have loads of nail polishes. Well, no, they've only about eight shades that are permanent; all the other colors have belonged to limited edition collections. So now the makeup brand is launching thirty permanent shades this summer, with another thirty-five seasonal colors coming soon. That's enough nail color for even the most serious of nail artists.

 

Blake Lively
If you feel like you're starting to see Savages actress Blake Lively everywhere lately, you are. And you can expect to see more of the young starlet, as Gucci has just made her the face of their upcoming fragrance for women, Gucci Première. The actress is featured in a short film for the fragrance, which will debut this September at the Venice Film Festival, as well as a print campaign. Gucci creative director Frida Gianinni said in a statement, "In conceiving this fragrance I was inspired by timeless Hollywood glamour and the iconic leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era. Blake’s unique style and charisma brings that allure to life in a very contemporary way."

Jun

11
2012

What's New, What's Hot: The Little Black Jacket, Karl Lagerfeld & Shu Uemura

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The House of Chanel is commemorating its iconic black tweed jacket with a touring exhibition called The Little Black Jacket, so a huge party to celebrate the opening was in order, natch. Among the endless roster of stars in attendance were former Vogue France EIC Carine Roitfeld, models Linda Evangelista and Joan Smalls,  and designer Olivier Theyskens (all of whom are featured in a book by Chanel head, Karl Lagerfeld about the classic jacket ), as well as Penn Badgley, Zoe Kravitz, Pharrell Williams, and countless others. Afterwards, Lagerfeld hosted a small dinner party, where more celebrity friends were treated to a performance by Theophilus London. The Little Black Jacket, which showcases 120 different ways the tweed jacket was reinvented and reimagined, is open to the public at 18 Wooster Street in New York City from June 8 to 15, before it continues on its tour.

And in other Karl Lagerfeld news, the kaiser is launching a makeup line. We'll it's not actually a brand new line, but Lagerfeld has partnered with Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura to create a limited-edition holiday collection that will be available this November. There are seventeen products in the line, which features packaging and shades designed by Lagerfeld. No doubt the collection will be amazing -- apparently Kaiser Karl hand-paints his sketches with cosmetics because he thinks the colors are more beautiful than regular old paint, a clear indication the man knows a thing or two about good makeup. We're keeping our fingers crossed (and we implore you to do the same) that the collection will be available online because Shu Uemura shuttered its freestanding U.S. stores back in 2010. 

Jun

04
2012

What's New, What's Hot: The Devil Wears Prada Pt. 2

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If you're like us and have been wondering what ever happened to Andy Sachs after she ditched Miranda Priestly (and that annoying phone) in Paris, you'll be happy to know that The Devil Wears Prada, the 2003 best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger, is getting a sequel. Ten years after the original release of the debut novel that ultimately became a cult fave film, Weisberger is shedding some light on Andy and her life after Runway magazine in a new book titled Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. The new tome picks up eight years after green Andy and impeccable, steely, and demanding Miranda parted ways. Andy is no longer working for Miranda at Runway, obvi, and is now at a hot bridal magazine. But as the title suggests, Miranda will somehow return to haunt her. We can't wait to get our hands on this book, available next April.

Disney2The holiday season may be a full half year away, but that's not stopping Barneys New York from planning their highly-anticipated holiday campaign. You'll remember last year the luxury retailer worked with Lady Gaga to create Gaga's Workshop (a nod to a certain red suit-wearing, jolly fellow who also has a workshop); but this year Barneys is taking holiday fun to magical, new heights and making dreams come true with a Disney partnership! Word is, the House of Mouse and Barneys are creating a fashion film that will feature "moving art." The store has been reaching out to different fashion designers, photographers, editors, and insiders to appear in the film, which will presumably feature Disney's most stylish characters as well. We can't wait to see what else Barneys has in store for this holiday campaign!

May

28
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Michael Kors Unveils World's Biggest Lifestyle Store, Is Versace Seeking Investors?

Michael Kors Madison Ave storeMichael Kors has created an enormously successful lifestyle brand and now the American fashion designer has unveiled a store to match--an enormous Michael Kors store, the largest in the world to date. Located on New York City's Madison Avenue, the new store occupies two floors and is a whopping 6,655 square feet. The huge space houses shoes, handbags, glasses, and watches, as well as the MICHAEL by Michael Kors ready-to-wear collection. But Kors' in-house design team didn't stop with the loads and loads of accessories and fashion on the sales floors; they took advantage of the space above the shoppers too (the ceilings are 22 feet high, after all). There's a custom feature wall with the Kors logo etched in glass and an 18-foot-high screen where the brand's videos will be highlighted.  Versace

After the success Prada and Ferragamo have had with the stock market, family-owned Italian fashion house Versace is looking to stay competitive and may seek outside investors to make that happen. The company first entertained thoughts of making an IPO to help further its growth at the time of founder Gianni Versace's death in the summer of 1997, but has remained rooted in family, namely sister Donatella, brother Santo, and Donatella's daughter Allegra, since he was tragically killed. Now rumors are swirling that the high-fashion brand may be looking at outside options for expansion and will possibly partner with financial giants Goldman Sachs to stay competitive in the global luxury market. CEO Gian Giancomo Ferraris said in a statement, "The Versace brand has great potential for growth in existing, as well as new markets, even if expansion is slow in the global market for luxury goods." Stay tuned!

May

21
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Victoria Beckham to Open a Store, Mark Zuckerberg Sheds Hoodie for a Day

Victoria BeckhamTastemaker Victoria Beckham's fashion line is wildly successful (it's one of the only celebrity fashion lines we've actually seen other celebrities wearing on the red carpet), so a store opening is a sensible next step for the designer. The former Spice Girl sat down with CNN's "Talk Asia" and had this to say, "People say, Am I going to have my own store?" Well? "I would love to. That's what I'm working on at the moment." Beckham said a store in London would probably be her first choice, but eventually a store in Hong Kong would be a possibility. She also  said she's working on e-commerce right now as well.  What she didn't say was when consumers can expect a brick and mortar shop to open, or even when Victoria Beckham dresses will be available for purchase on her website.  But Beckham isn't feeling any pressure to rush things. "I just want to take baby steps, build this business at a steady pace," she said. "I don't want to run before I can walk." One thing's for sure, when the doors to a Victoria Beckham store do open, shoppers seeking chic duds will be running.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had a huge week -- his company went public and he married Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chanhis longtime girlfriend, Dr. Priscilla Chan. Guests were surprised when they arrived at the couple's Palo Alto home to discover that they weren't celebrating Chan's recent graduation from med school, but in fact the college sweethearts' nuptials. But perhaps most surprising was that Zuckerberg ditched the hoodie he notoriously wears everywhere (even to his pre-IPO meeting with Wall Street investors) for an actual suit! Zuckerberg has been under attack by many in the fashion and business world for his choice of clothing, so his navy suit and crisp white shirt were a sartorial win for the billionaire. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Zuckerberg!

 

May

14
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Brad Pitt is New Face of Chanel No. 5, A Louboutin Beauty Line

Brad PittChanel No. 5 has a new cover model, but it's not some gorgeous rising starlet like Leighton Meester or Dianna Agron. Nope, for the first time ever the House of Chanel has commissioned a male to help sell what is possibly the most famous perfume in the world, and that male is none other than Brad Pitt. The Academy Award-nominated actor follows in the footsteps of Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tatou, and Ali MacGraw, who have all represented the fragrance, and will start to shoot his first ad in London this week. Chanel made the announcement on Twitter (@CHANEL), saying "CHANEL has selected world renowned actor Brad Pitt to be the face of the upcoming advertising campaign for Chanel No. 5." There's no way to know how sales will be affected just yet, but we imagine that if Brad Pitt is selling it, woman all over the the world will be willing to buy it.

For years we've thought Christian Louboutin's signature red would make a sensational lip color or Christian Louboutin heelsnail lacquer, and now we may actually see this fantasy realized. That's right--the French shoemaker is venturing into the world of beauty with an eponymous beauty line. Louboutin has partnered with Batallure Beauty (the company that has helped develop brands like Ambercrombie & Fitch, Marchesa, and Sephora) to launch Christian Louboutin Beaute in late 2013. No word yet on whether the line will feature makeup, skincare, or bath and body products, but a statement released by the company hinted that there will be "luxury beauty products across a number of classifications." Fingers crossed we'll be swiping the signature Louboutin red across our lips and nails by the time the holidays roll around next year.

May

07
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Another H&M Collab, Vogue Promises Healthy Models

Anna del Russo for H&MWe've gotten used to H&M collaborating with top designers (seems we report on a new collab on an almost-weekly basis), but each time we hear of a new one, a sort of childlike giddiness radiates throughout our office. This week, we're super excited to report that the amazing, incomparable, and insanely stylish Anna Dello Russo is partnering with the fashion retailer to launch a line of accessories. The collection will include jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags, and, wait for it, a chic little trolley to cart all your wares home. This will be the first time H&M has done a collab with someone who isn't an actual designer, but rather a style icon, or taste maker if you will. But don't think lack of design experience will stop Dello Russo. The Vogue Japan Fashion Director-at-Large says, "I can tell much more interesting things through clothes than through word. This is my language, this is my alphabet." Vogue

Vogue magazine has made a pledge to ban the use of photographs of underweight and underage models in the pages of its nineteen international editions. Specifically, the editors announced they will not picture any models under the age of sixteen or any model who they believe to have an eating disorder. The editors also vowed to provide healthy snacks and drinks for models backstage at fashion photo shoots and shows; encourage fashion designers to reconsider their extremely small sample sizes which can only be worn by extremely thin models; and make sure agencies only send models that are sixteen and older. In a statement, the collective editors said, "We will work with models who, in our view, are healthy and help to promote a healthy body image." We say, brava!

Apr

30
2012

What's New, What's Hot: A Louboutin Glass Slipper, Glamour UK's Best Dressed

Disney's CinderellaShoe designer extraordinaire Christian Louboutin is bringing Cinderella's famed footwear to life, designing a real, wearable glass slipper, complete with his signature red sole, in conjunction with the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Disney's Diamond Edition of Cinderella this fall. The designer told WWD, "I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon who is so emblematic to the shoe world as well as the dream world." No word yet on how much the glass slippers will retail for, but given the $600+ price tag that comes with his other designs, these Louboutins will cost a pretty, princess penny.

Glamour UK released its Best Dressed Women 2012 list (although the year isn't even Kristen Stewarthalfway through) and, as expected, many of fashion and entertainment's most famous faces were featured. Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, Beyonce, and Lauren Conrad made the cut, although they may have slipped down from their previous posts on the list of fifty, while Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, and Zooey Deschanel were listed for the first time. But beating out everyone for the number one slot, including the ever-stylish Jessica Alba, Alexa Chung, and Lady Gaga: the Twilight Saga's Kristen Stewart. "Whether she's working body-con Monique Lhuillier on the red carpet, or dressing down in jeans and a T-shirt, Kristen is always effortlessly on trend," says the mag. "Her evolution from awkward teen to style queen has made the Twilight star a fashion icon every girl can relate to."

 

Apr

23
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Lady Gaga's Armani Musical Instruments, Victoria Beckham Designed a Car

Giorgio Armani for Lady GagaNews broke this week that the always outrageous Lady Gaga is working closely with Giorgio Armani on costume designs for her Born This Way Ball tour in Asia. Given that the "The Edge of Glory" singer has worn meat as a dress, fashion editors and bloggers have been wondering how the designer, known for classic silhouettes and clean lines, would dress the super star. We now know he's created four, avant-garde costumes, including a bodysuit made of dismembered musical instruments,  alien-inspired headwear, and three pants-less looks, which will no doubt make all that dancing she does much easier.

When Posh Spice Victoria Beckham teams up with one of the world's top luxury car companies to create a custom automobile, you know it will be nothing less than spectacular and chic. That's Range Rover Evoque by Victoria Beckhamexactly what she did, and exactly what it is. The fashion designer has been working on a custom design for Range Rover, called the Range Rover Evoque, for the past eighteen months and the custom car was just unveiled in Bejing. "I looked at yachts, luxury jets, and classic cars," Beckham said of how she researched for the project. The new Evoque features a rose gold-plated interior, hand sewn leather seats, and a bespoke four-piece luggage set. Like we said, nothing less than spectacular and chic.

Apr

16
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Francisco Costa for Macy's, a More Contemporary Marchesa

Francisco CostaCalvin Klein's Francisco Costa is celebrating his homeland with a Brazil-themed capsule collection for Macy's. The new collection, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, is inspired by Brazilian architecture and the country's gorgeous sunsets, but will maintain the fluid lines and super wearable fabrications that the Calvin Klein brand is known for. "This fresh, youthful line of dresses reflects both my roots and the modern, yet timeless spirit of Calvin Klein," Costa said in an interview with WWD. Expect to pay from $135 to $180 for the limited edition pieces, which will only be available for two months starting May 15, in about 80 Macy's stores and online. Marchesa

Known for the type of gowns that are seen gliding down the red carpet, sauntering up to a podium at a highly-televised award show, or floating down the aisle toward an awaiting groom, Marchesa is now rumored to be launching a contemporary line. According to a report in WWD, Georgina Chapman's and Keren Craig's high-end label is said to be discussing a contemporary offshoot with LF USA, the same company that is reviving the Vena Cava label. No word yet on when an official announcement will be made, we're hoping it's soon.

Apr

09
2012

What's New, What's Hot: A Marc Jacobs Makeup Line, A New Shoe Line for Topshop (sort of), Raf Simons for Dior

Marc JacobsAfter testing the waters with several wildly successful fragrances, including his latest, the much-buzzed about Dot, Marc Jacobs is finally taking the full plunge into beauty with a color cosmetics line. The fashion designer is working with Sephora on the collection, but has yet to determine a launch date. Said the designer, "The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner — it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy." And Jacobs will no doubt enjoy making some choices himself as he figures out exactly what he wants to do with his makeup line. "We currently are working on defining what Marc Jacobs cosmetics will be, what they’ll say, what makes them distinctive. I think that will take some time." We're hoping it won't take too much time.

 

Okay, this one is tricky so try to keep up. Topshop's head honcho is Sir Phillip Green, and he has a CJG shoesdaughter named Chloe, who also happens to be best friends with supermodel and Topshop collaborator Kate Moss. Well she, Chloe Green not Kate Moss, is launching a line of footwear called CJG (the initials of her full name, Chloe Jade Green), and while the shoe line is a completely separate business from Topshop and will be sold on its own website (which has not officially launched yet), it will also be sold on Topshop.com. Despite any confusion all of this information may have initially caused, we totally get it now, and are actually pretty excited about the collection (we're a bit obsessed with the jade green soles). Check them out on Topshop.com when they debut May 17, 2012.

BREAKING: We, along with the rest of the fashion world, learned mere minutes ago that Belgian designer Raf Simons will be taking the helm at the House of Dior, replacing the controversy-stricken John Galliano. Simons' first collection will be revealed in July at the haute couture shows. In an interview, Dior's new artistic director said, "The first time I heard about the Dior position, I thought, ‘This feels right.’" American fashion designer Marc Jacobs and Lanvin's Alber Elbaz were among the names mentioned at the start of the search for Galliano's replacement, but after months and months of talk, it was Simons who won the title. Simons was most recently at Jil Sander, but was fired when the label's namesake returned to take the reigns. Congratulations to Raf Simons!

Apr

02
2012

What's New, What's Hot: & Other Stories by H&M, Fashionable April Fool's, Patricia Field's New Gig

H&MLast week we told you about a rumor that über affordable fashion chain H&M was going to launch a more expensive luxury line, but this week we can confirm that the Swedish retail giant is actually opening up a new store altogether. The new brand of stores, called "& Other Stories," will in fact have higher prices than the H&M brand and will feature a more premium line of clothing. The new freestanding stores are scheduled to open in 2013...

Yesterday was the first day of April, or April Fool's Day, and Pashion Sensethe fashion industry (as glamorous as it is) was not immune to the various pranks that marked the day. From a faux dating website geared toward the fashionable at heart, to a report that Tom Ford was confirmed as H&M's next designer collaboration, the industry made it clear that fashion people do have a sense of humor. And, while an H&M/Tom Ford collab does sound too good to be true, we're crossing all our fingers that the phony announcement will spark an interest in the designer.

Patricia FieldPatricia Field (pictured with shoe genius Christian Louboutin) helped to make Sex and the City one of the most fashionable television series to date, and now the costume designer is taking her creative style and brilliant accessorizing to another TV show, Americana, starring Twilight's Ashley Greene. Greene plays a fashion designer, so we can already bet that Field will do some amazingly imaginative styling. "She took a vintage coat and turned it inside out and then belted it," Greene said. We seriously cannot wait to see this!

Mar

26
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Is H&M Planning a Luxury Line?; An Airline Launches a Lipstick

H&MFashionistas, particularly those on a budget, love H&M, not only for its super inexpensive clothing and accessories, but especially for its designer collaborations that make high end fashion labels like Versace, Jimmy Choo, and Marni more affordable. But rumors are swirling that the clothing retail giant wants to give luxury a shot, launching its own line of high end fashion. The new collection would obviously be more expensive than the $20 dresses and $3 earrings shoppers are used to seeing from the store, but we imagine the new designs would be just as achingly covetable. H&M has yet to confirm whether the rumors are true, but a rep said in an interview with WWD, "We are constantly looking at new ideas; it's a natural part of our work."

We can't say if it's because of the outrageously glamorous-looking adverts, the fact that they serve Upper Class Red by Virgin Atlantic passengers Belgian white chocolate truffles, or that their in-flight shopping magazine is called Retail Therapy (isn't that far more chic than Sky Mall?), but somehow it makes perfect sense that Virgin Atlantic Airlines is launching a lipcolor.  Created in collaboration with Bare Minerals, the color, a makeup version of the airline's signature red, is aptly named "Upper Class Red" in celebration of the redesigned Upper Class Cabin.

Mar

19
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Johnny Depp is CFDA's Fashion Icon, Rihanna Wants a Fashion Label, Amanda Brooks Leaving Barneys

  Johnny DeppJohnny Depp is among Hollywood's most celebrated actors; a permanent fixture on just about every Hottest Male list; and now the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Fashion Icon of 2012. The Pirates of the Caribbean star, known for his eclectic red carpet looks (see picture at left), joins the ranks of Lady Gaga, Iman, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

It seems yet another musician has caught the fashion design bug. After designing a capsule collection for Emporio ArmaniRihanna (and starring in the brand's denim and lingerie ads), singer Rihanna has expressed an interest in starting a clothing label. The 23-year old told Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview that she's working with several different designers and fashion companies, no doubt to learn the ropes from reputable labels before launching her own. "I want people to really trust me before I just say, 'Buy it, because it's mine,'" she said.

Amanda BrooksAmanda Brooks has almost become synonymous with Barneys New York; when you think of one, you think of the other. But the fashion director of the luxury retailer has announced that she is making her exit to relocate to England with her family. In a statement to WWD, Brooks said "To be the fashion director of a store with such a unique and inspiring vision has always been a dream job. I have had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented team. I will miss working with the Barneys team.” Brooks was responsible for the complete overhaul of the brand's retail identity. No word yet on who will replace her.

Mar

12
2012

What's New,What's Hot: Rodarte to Design for NYC Ballet, Agyness Deyn for Dr. Martens

Mulleavy sisters and Natalie PortmanAfter designing the dance costumes for the Oscar-winning Black Swan, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the brilliant sisters behind Rodarte, are back to creating ballet costumes, this time for the New York City Ballet's Spring Gala. Acting as honory chair of the May 10 event -- Natalie Portman, the star of Black Swan. And of course no ballet would be complete without dancing, so New York City Ballet dancer Benjamin Millipied will be choreographing one of the performances. Millipied also choreographed and had a small role in, you guessed it, Black Swan. Oh, and he's engaged to Agyness DeynNatalie Portman. We're seeing a theme here...

 

Model Agyness Deyn is taking her relationship with British label Dr. Martens to the next level (she's starred in their last two seasonal ad campaigns), with plans to design a capsule collection for the brand. The collection, launching this fall, will feature clothes, shoes, and accessories.

Mar

05
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, Mango Drops Prices

Lady GagaLady Gaga isn't shy or ashamed when it comes to speaking out against bullying, and she's encouraging  teens and young people to follow suit. The singer was at Harvard last Wednesday to launch her Born This Way Foundation, which she says is not to just combat bullying, but also to empower youth and promote bravery. Before a crowd of more than a thousand people, the "You and I" singer said, "When you see someone being negative to somebody else, it’s okay to intervene and stand up for someone that needs it… I don’t believe that one person can change the world. I believe that humankind, as a whole, can change the world." Among the eleven hundred attendees marking the foundation's launch, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

With all the economic uncertainty surrounding us, fans of high street retailer Mango will be hapKate Moss for Mangopy  to know the company has announced it will drop it's prices by 20%. The Spanish fashion company said in a statement it has decided to lower its prices to "adapt to the new global economic situation." Shoppers can even expect prices to drop on the store's current campaign featuring supermodel Kate Moss.

Feb

27
2012

What's New, What's Hot: Joan Smalls on the Cover of Vogue Italia, Jil Sander for Jil Sander

Joan Smalls Italian VogueModel Joan Smalls is on the cover of the March issue of Italian Vogue, which debuted today. The big deal? Besides the fact that this is Smalls' first time on the cover of Vogue Italia, it is also the first time a Black model has graced the cover of the magazine in four years (the last time a Black face fronted the mag was in 2008 with the now famous "all Black" issue). The cover features Smalls in a colorful Dolce & Gabbana top, wild nail art, and brilliantly designed eye makeup, along with a single and, given the color and drama of the image, completely appropriate headline: #overthetop.

It's kind of funny to announce that a designer is returning to Jil Sanderdesign for their own label, but that is in fact what we are announcing. Fashion Designer Jil Sander is returning to her eponymous label after an eight-year absence, and she couldn't be more thrilled. "I am very happy and excited to be back. It feels like coming home after a brief journey," she said. Sander is replacing the current Creative Director of Jil Sander, Raf Simons, and is very hopeful about her future with the label. "I am convinced that the moment is as favourable as could be wished," she said. "I will do my best to, once again, join the choir."

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