The founder and patriarch of the Italian knitwear brand passed away at his home in Italy on Thursday.
Ottavio Missoni, who founded the Italian knitwear company with his wife in 1952, died on Thursday at 92. He was the patriarch of the Missoni family, an Italian dynasty with a fashion and lifestyle empire.
The logo of a Canadian brand called Plain Jane Homme is a silhouette of a naked woman with underwear around her ankles. But thankfully, Soraya Roberts writes, people are getting sick of sexist merch.
"Who the fuck is Plain Jane?" reads a T-shirt from the Spring 2013 collection by Montreal lifestyle brand Plain Jane Homme. Next to the question stands the silhouette of a naked woman, her back turned, with panties around her ankles. This is the logo of a Canadian clothing company that purports to be inspired by "the ultimate gentleman." Originally only appearing on T-shirts, the image is reminiscent of the infamous 1970s mud-flap girl favored by long-haul truckers and now adorns hats, jackets, and pants sold across Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
Clockwise from top left, designs from Plain Jane Homme, Forever 21, Topman, Madhouse.
System, out this week, covers the connection between the fashion industry and contemporary culture—and its first cover features former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière.
This week a new fashion magazine hits the stands—and it’s bound to be a good one.
System, a new publication run out of London, has a very imposing masthead. Alexia Niedzielski and Elizabeth von Guttman of Ever Manifesto (and, up until recently, Industrie magazine), Jonathan Wingfield, the former Editor of Numéro, and Thomas Lenthal, art director and publisher of cult French art/fashion bible Paradis, have all joined forces to launch the biannual magazine.
The French EDM duo tell Sky Ferreira about their friendship with Hedi Slimane.
Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book has photographed the reclusive electronica duo Daft Punk in anticipation of the group’s forthcoming studio album, Random Access Memories (out May 21). Shot by Mathieu César in custom Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent sparkling suits, the French DJs talk to fellow Slimane muse Sky Ferreira about their rebooted careers—which, save for creating a Disney soundtrack, have been on hiatus for eight years. “Hedi is a longtime friend of ours,” the group, comprised of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter told Ferreira of their relationship with Slimane, who specially envisioned their comeback wardrobes. “We share a lot of the same tastes in art and music.”
Comes, of all places, from Robin Williams.
The last person you'd expect to weigh in on the Givenchy dress Kim Kardashian wore to the Met Ball? Robin Williams. But oh, it is good: on Tuesday, the actor tweeted a picture of himself in drag as the best character of all time (Mrs. Doubtfire) next to a pregnant Kardashian, in her body-con sofa-printed dress at Monday's Met Gala. "I think I wore it better!" he wrote.
Depite all the ridiculous things people have said about the dress, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci defended his creation on Wednesday: "To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers," he told WWD. "I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.”
The designer has teamed with Paperless Post to create invites directly inspired by his fall collection.
Can’t afford anything from Oscar de la Renta’s last collection? Now might be your chance. The designer has teamed up with online-invitation behemoth Paperless Post to create a line of stationery, based on the exact prints from his fall collection. The range of invitations will be available both online (and, of course, on the company's mobile platforms) as well as in real paper stock. The collaboration will launch with 50 original wedding designs and then expand into general invites (including some for kids) later this year. Remember de la Renta’s fall collection featured input from John Galliano after the designer apprenticed in de la Renta’s studio.
and Kanye West's Met Ball performance was reportedly a screecher.
Tisci Defends Sofa Dress: Kim Kardashian’s custom Givenchy Met Ball dress received mixed reviews for it’s sofa-type floral print and built-in matching gloves. But the dress’s designer Riccardo Tisci is still keen on his creation. While reflecting on the event with WWD, Tisci said: “I have dressed many pregnant women in the past. People can say what they want. To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers. I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.” [WWD]
Chris Christie's Meta Fleece: Hot off of news of his lap band surgery, Chris Christie has released a meta 7-minute video that chronicles a fictitious search for his famous fleece. Featuring cameos from Alec Baldwin, John Bon Jovi, SNL’s Bobby Moynihan, and James Carville, the hilarious spoof is an admirable Internet move. [Political Wire]
The formidable fashion journalist sits down for a candid discussion with Fern Mallis as part of the ‘Fashion Icons’ discussion series at the 92nd Street Y.
As part of her “Fashion Icons” discussion series, Fern Mallis has already gone tête-à-tête with big fashion names like Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, and Michael Kors, but last night at the 92nd Street Y, the former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America switched gears and put a journalist in the hot seat.
“I’m not sure what drugs I was on when I thought, what about Suzy Menkes?” Mallis candidly told the mostly female audience.
The esteemed fashion school has cancelled the course due to curricular disagreements with the disgraced designer.
On Tuesday evening, news broke of another setback in John Galliano’s mounting comeback. Last month it was announced that the disgraced designer, who’s 2011 anti-Semitic rant had him fired from the helm of Christian Dior as well as his own namesake label, would teach a master class series at Parsons: The New School for Design called “Show Me Emotion.” Now, Parsons has cancelled the three-day course.
Confirming the news to The Daily Beast on Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for Parsons issued the following statement: “An important element of the planned workshop with John Galliano was a candid conversation about the connection between his professional work and his actions in the world at large. Unfortunately, we could not reach a consensus with Mr. Galliano on the conditions of this conversation, and the program could not move forward.”
and Soulcycle to debut a kids' fashion line.
Lena Dunham's Punk Puppy: Of all the on-air live stream interactions at last night’s MET ball, Lena Dunham and designer Erdem Moralioglu’s chat with Hilary Rhoda might be the best. Not one to persecute babbling women, Dunham embraced Rhoda’s rookie hosting skills, channeling her awkward fumbles into a sing-songy hilarious conversation. She showed off her dress’s built-in “tattoo window” and admitted that her dress only embraced the punk theme because “my dog ate a safety pin during the fitting…which is punk!” [ELLE UK]
WSJ's Makeup Push: Reporters at The Wall Street Journal have been told to neaten up, per an internal memo circulated at the paper. Managing editor Chris Cramer and video department head Matt Murray sent an email to staffers that frequently appear on the publication’s WSJ live video channel. It stipulates that “neat and professional dress, combed hair and a quick visit to our resident makeup artist on the 6th floor is encouraged,” before reporters appear on-camera. “We want to remind those appearing on camera that you should take into consideration your appearance both in terms of journalistic content and on-air presentation…People are watching—and they are watching you.” [New York Observer]
and The Wall Street Journal offers tips for Google Glass etiquette.
Keira Knightley Marries in Chanel: Keira Knightley married James Righton, keyboardist of British indie rock quartet Klaxons, at a low-key ceremony in the south of France on Friday. The bride, who is the face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume, wore a white Chanel tulle dress--which looks strikingly similar to the one she wore to the BAFTA Awards in 2008--and a matching Chanel jacket. Of the reported 11 guests in attendance, according to The Telegraph, some wore flip-flops. [Telegraph]
Neiman Marcus For Sale?: During a time when department stores are falling apart at the seams, one may be offering its entire company up for sale. According to a report from Bloomberg News, private equity firms TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus, who purchased luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in 2005 for $5.1 billion, are looking into a sale or public offering of the Neiman Marcus Group. According to Bloomberg, the firms are looking to hire the Credit Suisse Group to assist with the sale. A spokesperson for the bank declined to comment, as did representatives from Warburg, Neiman Marcus, and TPG. [Reuters]
British handbag designer says bags are getting smaller again because of Kate's love of the clutch
The Kate effect has caused a significant shrinkage in the capacity of ladies's purses, according to British bag designer Lulu Guinness.
Lulu says that as a result of Kate's penchant for being seen out and about with smaller-sized clutch bags, she herself is shrinking the size of her handbag designs to keep up with the inevitable shift in taste.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's new costume exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, tries to pay homage to the gritty, subversive, late-1970s movement. But has punk-inspired high fashion added to its legacy-or destroyed it?
Makeup for men is on the rise—and it’s no longer a taboo. Alessandra Codinha reports.