And LVMH announces finalists for 'Prize for Young Designers.'
Cara Delevingne's Secret Mulberry Project: The rumor mill has been circulating that "It" girl Cara Delevingne has been working on a secret project for London-based luxury band, Mulberry. On Thursday, Mulberry confirmed that a collaborative "creative project" with the supermodel will be unveiled at a dinner at Claridge's on Sunday night during London Fashion Week. Delevingne, who is the current face of the brand, will host the event alongside House & Holmes's creative director Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Mulberry CEO Bruno Guillon. The brand is known for naming bags after major celebrities—think the 'Alexa' and 'Del Rey' purses named after Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey, respectively. Could the “Cara" be Mulberry's next big thing? [Vogue UK]
DVF Names New Art Director: After overseeing the design team of her namesake brand for the past few years, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg has named Bally Switzerland’s creative director Michael Herz to take over “the promotion, direction and design of the DVF brand.” Von Furstenberg told WWD, “as the company continues to grow—and we continue to expand our product categories—it is so important to have someone next to me who will ensure that all products with the DVF name remain true to our brand.” [WWD]
It’s not easy breaking into the fashion world. But three young new designers are doing just that, presenting fierce and sophisticated collections at New York Fashion Week.
Among the big names at fashion week—and the near 200 shows taking place there—it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Especially for new designers. In an already overexposed market, it’s difficult to carve out a unique spot. This season, however, three young labels have continued to amass a following that proves that they too have discovered their spot in the industry.
Although still under-the-radar when it comes to the general public, 28-year-old Rosie Assoulin (who was named one of Forbes’s 30 Under 30 in Art & Style) has already garnered a cult-like following within the fashion industry. She’s a favorite and close friend of ‘Man Repeller’ blogger Leandra Medine, fashion editor Taylor Tomassi-Hill (and many of her former Moda Operandi colleagues), and most recently, supermodel Lily Aldridge, who wore a white, billowing strapless gown by the designer to New York’s amFAR gala. Despite her youth and recent introduction to the industry (the designer introduced her debut collection for Resort 2013), Assoulin has found her niche in the market: producing sophisticated evening wear, cocktail dresses, and tailored suits, skills that could take, for even the most experienced designer, years to develop. For her Fall/Winter 2014 presentation, Assoulin showed a collection that was the right balance of structure and drapery, brightness and neutrality in an intimate space at Industria Superstudio in the Meatpacking District. Continuing to push her own creative boundaries, Assoulin presented a mix of daywear and evening gowns to create a collection that she described as somewhere “between the romantically fantastical and reliably practical.” The first look, a gold velvet crop top with a pair of yellow balloon pants that resembled a set of bananas, was the perfect indicator of Assoulin’s draping and voluminous shapes. The mix that followed—a structured grey wool coat, a cream cashmere sweats set, an army green tailored suit—were everything the Rosie girl needs and wanted to be.
And Topshop will host a "virtual reality" fashion show.
Michelle Obama Wore Carolina Herrera to State Dinner: For Tuesday night’s official state dinner in Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama chose a dramatic and voluminous gown by Carolina Herrera. A press release described the outfit as a “black hand-sewn beaded embroidery appliqué scallop-edged top over a liberty blue silk faille corset with a wide black velvet belt detail and liberty blue silk faille inverted pleat long skirt and train.” [The Cut]
Sports Illustrated Models Star in Flight Safety Video: “I love this in-flight safety video!” said no one ever. Air New Zealand has apparently caught on. Teaming with Sports Illustrated for its 50th anniversary, the airline has enlisted a slew of sexy models to make things a bit more entertaining and a lot more educational in their “Safety in Paradise” in-flight video. The “babes in bikinis” include Chrissy Teigen, Hannah Davis, Ariel Meredith, Jessica Gomes, and Christie Brinkley. [Fashionista]
The little sister brand to Marc Jacobs has gone through a difficult growth spurt over the past few years. But with a new design duo at the helm, the line seems to be recovering its edge.
Somewhere over the years since its conception in 2001, Marc by Marc Jacobs lost its identity. The line that was first established as the cool, relatively more affordable little sister to Marc Jacobs has had difficulty maintaining a strong runway presence over the years.
In May, Marc Jacobs announced that British fashion designers Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley would take the reigns of the brand, becoming creative director and head designer, respectively. With Jacobs planning to focus more attention on his own, namesake line, it’s no surprise that he brought in an experienced design duo to revamp the brand that got lost in the mix.
Designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy honored their favorite childhood movie—‘Star Wars’—in their latest collection, which was all about quirky nostalgia.
Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy translated their obsession with sci-fi and some of their most beloved childhood moments into what is being considered one of the brand’s most successful collections to date.
"It's kind of all our memories coming together in something that's expressive," Kate Mulleavy said. "So it wasn't about a specific place, 'cause I think memory is so disjunctive. It was more about kind of piecing together the things that we wanted to build this world out of."
For the next installment of Carine Roitfeld’s namesake magazine, Lindsey Wixson channels Drew Barrymore’s character in ‘E.T.’ for an issue that’s all about fairy tales.
“Many people in fashion live lives worthy of fairy tales,” Carine Roitfeld says of the upcoming issue of her namesake magazine, CR Fashion Book. That’s why it is no surprise that the world’s favorite gap-toothed model, Lindsey Wixson, is the next it-girl to grace the cover of the fourth issue.
Wixson’s unique look, with her bee-stung lips and sexy pout, thrust her into the spotlight at the age of 15, when she appeared in Vogue Italia for her first modeling job. Since then, she has booked campaigns for the likes of Versace, Miu Miu, Jill Stuart, and Alexander McQueen.
Carole Radziwill, one time princess, two-time Real Housewives star, debuts her first novel and talks about sex and dating.
The period after a break-up, divorce, or separation where individuals struggle to start again and re-enter the dating world is always a challenge. There is the timing, the comparisons to exes and an overwhelming feeling that nothing feels the way it should. But, finding your place after the death of your partner is a completely different story.
In the new comedic novel, A Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating, Claire Byrnes’ life is left in a bit of a mess after the unexpected death of her husband, a sexologist and well known author with a penchant for extramarital affairs. After leaving behind some unfinished business, Claire navigates her life with a newfound “widow virginity” and the necessity to discover who she is as an individual with the occasional help of multiple therapists, a psychic, and a botanomanist, and a set of rules she’s made for herself.
And Gilt Groupe to go public.
Peter Pilotto For Target Breaks Records: Teaming up with Net-A-Porter.com, Peter Pilotto’s much anticipated collection for Target became the website’s fastest selling collaboration. "The response has been phenomenal!" Net-A-Porter.com president Alison Loehnis told Vogue. "Peter (Pilotto) and Christopher (De Vos) worked with Target on creating a collection that was totally identifiable, yet different, and we knew this collaboration was going to be a hit from the beginning." Pilotto's line outsold similar collaborations by Karl Lagerfeld and Christopher Kane, with one order placed every second for an hour on Sunday. [Vogue]
Tory Burch Eyes Possible Men’s Collection: During Tory Burch's show at New York fashion week on Tuesday, the rumor mill was in high gear after the discovery that the designer had coaxed away Coach Inc’s creative director of men’s design Jeffrey Uhl. Uhl was one of the key members responsible for the rapid growth of Coach's men’s business. When he begins at Burch in a couple of weeks, he will allegedly be overseeing both men’s and women’s accessories. [WWD]
Thom Browne amazed again this year, not only putting on a spectacle worthy of the grandest altar, but also showing a collection with a strong couture craftsmanship and aesthetic.
The scene at New York-based fashion designer Thom Browne's Fall/Winter 2014 show included church pews, glowing crosses, and burning incense. Browne is best known for producing a spectacle, and this season was no exception. Last year, Browne's mental asylum included pieces of latex, Joker-like make-up, and medical gloves. This time, Browne took his audience to mass.
The show opened with alter boys—clad in green and white robes with a white lace, doily-like face cover—who took their positions around the room before kneeling—to worship, one would assume—alongside the runway.
Wait…all working women aren't besuited and perfectly made up?! A new partnership between LeanIn.org and Getty Images aims to supply stock photos that more accurately portray modern women.
Until now, stock images of women in the workplace and at home have relied on outdated stereotypes—pristinely dressed (and made up) women in power-suits at the office or at home juggling kids, household chores, and work on their laptops.
But this may not be the case any longer. On Monday, Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit LeanIn.org, along with stock image powerhouse Getty Images, announced the launch of an entire database of images dedicated to a new, more empowering representation of the modern working woman.
Fashionistas may be fighting for seats at the big-name shows, but the up-and-coming designers are the ones to watch, wowing with fresh and inspired collections this season.
Public School—the line run by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne—has been a brand to watch since the design duo won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in November. On Monday, the brand, which until this point has been recognized for its strong menswear designs, continued to push its boundaries by introducing women's clothing into its repertoire. For its fall/winter collection, Public School presented menswear pieces that were about "turning old menswear patterns on their head," Chow told WWD. This inspiration became obvious when wider, flatter top hats, modernized suits, and tweed moto-jackets began parading down the runway. Although their menswear was as successful as usual, it was Public School’s introductory womenswear line that had the audience on its toes. The duo delivered slick trousers, oversized knits, and structured button-downs, all layered with some variety of parka, cape, or oversized jacket. The dark-hued collection was an extension of Public School’s men’s line, with similar cuts, colors, and the same cool, urban aura. Chow and Osborne once said they would only debut a womenswear line if it was perfect; with this collection, they nailed it right on the head. Plus, with front-row seats filled by Anna Wintour, Swizz Beats, Kelly Rowland, and Joe Jonas, it seems that Public School has officially graduated from the “up-and-coming” designer category.
On Sunday night, another design duo failed to disappoint, turning Spring Studios into a modern-day, chic-version of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. After their fast and furious fashion week debut last season, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim had everybody wondering what they would come up with next for Opening Ceremony. Guests were greeted with blocks of Belgian chocolate upon entry, and the smell of the fresh sweet wafted through the open space. Inspired by a recent trip to Belgium and the folklore of Antwerp (which translates to ‘hand-thrown’), Leon and Lim showed a collection featuring zoomed-in fingerprints, hands, and other geometric prints on the streetwear designs that the brand has become recognized for. Male models took the runway first in athletic-inspired apparel—oversized sneakers, quilted clothes layered atop turtlenecks, and industrial-style outerwear. The women’s section, although a bit less cohesive, also delivered, with quilted sweatshirts (inspired by the pattern on a Belgian waffle), chic, updated versions of the fleece, and bright dresses with interesting cuts. As the models strutted down the runway, pounds of Callebaut chocolate poured down the backdrop. How sweet it was.
And Stephanie Seymour poses for 'Harper's Bazaar' with her boys.
Kanye West’s $16 Million Sneakers: Even though Kanye West ended his shoe collaboration with Nike months ago, the brand still had one last design in reserve. Opting for a single tweet as promotion, Nike launched the solid red Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” sneakers on its website on Sunday. The shoes sold out within ten minutes and soon began appearing on eBay, with one pair going for $16.39 million. Adidas must be feeling pretty good about their new collaboration with the designer. [Fashionista]
Coco Rocha Wants More Diverse Models: Weighing in on the ongoing issue of too-thin models, the face of Calvin Klein and Jean Paul Gaultier said she is tired of hearing them labeled as “plus-size” and wants more diversity within the industry. “Models are supposed to be a muse to you,” Rocha told Page Six. “Why is a muse always the same body type, the same look? It’s boring. It’s about time we’re mixing it up.” [Page Six]
A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.
Models are shown at a dream-like dinner party in a new video from CR Fashion Book entitled 'Entropy.'