Fashion Cheat Sheet

04.04.13

Diesel Names Nicola Formichetti As Artistic Director; Lululemon Restructures to Prevent Against More Sheer Recalls

and Christopher Kane insists that he is resourceful.
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Nicola Formichetti. (Fairchild Photo Service/Conde Nast, via Corbis)

Nicola Formichetti in at Diesel: Nicola Formichetti has officially made the leap from Thierry Muger to a new job. On Thursday, he was named the artistic director of Italian sportswear brand Diesel. In an unconventional press release issued to The Daily Beast, Diesel proclaimed: “Hell, yes! Diesel ignites yet another firestorm by appointing Nicola Formichetti to be the commander-in-chief of the brave army that will spread Diesel’s marching orders far and wide.” In the same release, Diesel founder Renzo Rosso explained of the appointment: “I finally met somebody as crazy as I am. Nicola shares my vision and I find it incredibly inspiring to work with him: two creative planets are colliding to generate fresh, mad insane ideas.” Formichetti’s first collection will debut for fall 2103. [Fashion Beast Inbox]

Lululemon Restructures Following Recall: Lululemon is now taking internal steps to account for a recent recall of its black ‘Luon’ yoga pant, which the company says will cost them approximately $67 million in sales. Its chief product officer, Sheree Waterson, will depart on April 15 “as part of a reorganization aimed at tightening up processes that led to a recall,” reports WWD. The brand has set up “a new team with expertise in the areas of ‘quality, raw materials and production.’” Lululemon has also stationed employees internationally to oversee various production locations. [WWD]

Christopher Kane Insists He’s ‘Resourceful’: Style.com/Print has released an advanced peek of its upcoming fall/winter 2013 issue, which includes a lengthy profile of Christopher Kane. In the piece, he speaks to the hoopla surrounding his most recent collection -- which was much larger than his typical outings and included a larger variety of luxury materials, like fur. Many critics thought that the collection’s luxe veneer came courtesy of Kane’s recent investment from PPR, but Kane insists that was not the case. “Everybody had made out it was because of PPR we did 60 looks. It wasn’t!” he explained. “We were working to the same budget as we had for the show before—the investment hadn’t come through yet. We’re just very resourceful people! This time we just didn’t hold ourselves back. There were things and ideas we had kept back from shows before that we decided to do now. We just went for it.” [Style.com/Print]

Target’s Manatee Snafu: Target is now at the center of a controversy following one Twitter user’s discovery of a discrepancy in the store’s color names it uses to describe its jersey dresses. A twitter user named Susan Clemens sent out a tweet on Wednesday about one of the retailer’s Mossimo jersey dresses: “What the. Plus sized women get ‘Manatee Grey’ while standard sizes are ‘Dark Heather Grey.’” Target has since responded to Clemens on Twitter with: “@suZen We apologize for this unintentional oversight & never intend to offend our guests. We’ve heard you, and we’re working to fix it ASAP.” [Jezebel]