We all knew the day was coming when Miuccia Prada would try to corner more than just the designer handbag market. Now, it seems, she’s going after the written word. THE PRADALPHABET, a collaboration between Prada and M/M Paris, has arrived to kick the Times New Roman font’s butt. It will be released in May in a limited-edition series of T-shirts made to order and printed on demand. There’s also a cloth-covered custom box with a 64-page book option, if you want to spend mad money on pretty pictures of letters. [Style.com] Keep reading »
We’ve been a little bummed that we’re not obsessive enough to stay up all night in order to score pieces from Target’s recent designer collaborations, but J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons puts things in perspective. In an interview with Style.com, Jenna shared how she feels about designers doing “affordable” lines for mass retailers:
“What I appreciate about it is someone like Rodarte or Proenza Schouler maybe gets more mindshare from people who might not have known who they are. But I think it’s a little flash-in-the-pan, and the quality, a lot of times, is really not great. That, to me, is for the young little fashion girl who’s obsessed with Proenza and Rodarte and who can’t afford it. For someone who just wants to look good on a day-to-day basis, it’s not a strategy for how to dress.”
She makes a good point. Instead of racing to pick up pieces when Target, H&M, and other retailers join forces with high-end designers, we should focus on building a wardrobe without regard for whose name is on the tag. From now on, when the dress we’d been hoping to score sells out before we can snag one, we’ll just tell ourselves we aren’t looking for “flash in the pan” clothes. We want to develop our own style by purchasing quality items we love, rather than trying to pick up something that’s hot today but might not make it through one laundry cycle. [Style.com] Keep reading »
We may roll our eyes at $400 jeans, but here are some real high-fashion denim wares that have a (more) legitimate price tag. French couture house Lanvin has teamed up with the edgy denim label Acne to produce this impressive collaboration of cocktail dresses, skirts, tops, and jackets. After seeing “high-style” denim disasters from the likes of Britney and Jean-Paul Gaultier, we really didn’t think that anyone could use the material to make something gorgeous. We’re loving the sculpted details and oversized bows. Alas, we still can’t afford anything from the line, but we love to look. [AcneStudios.com via HighSnobette.com] Keep reading »
Despite the fact that she’s still technically “Artistic Director” of the label, Lindsay Lohan apparently had nothing to do with the new Ungaro collection that debuted this morning. Backstage at the show, Ungaro owner Asim Abdullah told a WWD reporter that Lohan was “not involved in this collection” and Ungaro designer Estrella Arches took the show-closing bow alone. While we can’t say that we weren’t highly skeptical about Lohan’s appointment in the first place, early images of the new, Lohan-free collection aren’t much more promising than the epically ill-advised sequined pasties La Lohan came out with last season. (Pics here). Weird polka dot jumpsuits and outfits that appear to have been made by destined-for-failure design school first-years marched the runway alongside sad silk dresses that look more like $100 on the BCBG sale rack than $3,000 on a high fashion runway. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
Jean Paul Gaultier‘s collection for Target arrived
today yesterday, but if you didn’t stay up all night, endlessly refreshing Target.com, or make an early morning trip to the store, you probably missed out. That’s because most of the JPG for Target clothes were gone before 9 a.m. on Monday morning.
I thought the point of high-end designers collaborating with mass retailers was to get their name out beyond the world of fashion insiders and to give those of us who can’t afford a real designer clothes a taste of our favorite labels. But design-for-all doesn’t seem to be the goal anymore. When the only people who can get their hands on the clothes are fashion insiders and crazy entrepreneurs who snap up as much as they can and sell the items for more than twice the retail prize, the original purpose is defeated. And I’m not alone in feeling annoyed with the exclusivity of these “democratic” offerings. Keep reading »
When a designer does a collaboration with a big retail chain the underlying assumption is often that they’re selling out, or they’re really in need of the extra profits. Maybe, however, it’s more about beating a copycat industry at its own game. In an exclusive interview with Nylon, Nathalie Rykiel implies that the teaming up of the Sonia Rykiel brand and H&M was almost a preventative measure:
Nylon: And before you paired up with H&M, did you notice any similarities between your style and theirs?
NR: Are you asking if H&M has used my designs?
NR: Well, yes, of course! They copy me all the time! Finally I said, “Look, if you want your girls to wear Sonia Rykiel from H&M, let’s let them have the real thing!”
Pretty smart thinking, huh? [NylonMag.com] Keep reading »