Coca-Cola undergoes yet another makeover—this time, with primo designers for charity. In order to benefit young women affected by the earthquake in Italy’s Abruzzo region, Coca Cola Light asked eight female designers to come up with fashion-branded bottles for a money-raising auction taking place in Milan later in the month. The results, like Missoni‘s signature print, Blumarine’s rose petals, or Marni’s geometric designs, are a bit mesmerizing to look at. Other designers and fashion houses involved in the project include Donatella Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Etro, Fendi, and Moschino.
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The day you’ve all been waiting for is imminent: Anna Sui‘s “Gossip Girl”-inspired line for Target is available to the public this Sunday. We weaseled our way into a sneak preview this week though, and we’ve got the lowdown on how the collection looks in real life. As is to be expected, there are a handful of hits and a few definite misses.
We loved a bunch of the Blair-esque pieces with their sweet but restrained detailing. While Vanessa’s clothing group was mostly far too ’70s and polyester-y for us and Serena’s was rather cute, even if most of it didn’t look much like Serena’s style at all. (One Serena-inspired dress appeared to have teeth around the neck. We were scared.) Finally, the Jenny stuff ranged from adorable (like the dress at left) to tacky (check out the over-ripped, synthetic leggings after the jump and you’ll know what we’re talking about).
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When athletic brand Puma recently took on high fashion designer Hussein Chalayan as creative director, it was clear that Puma’s future collections would up its taste level—Chalayan is known for being overtly edgy through dressing eccentric characters like Bjork as well as incorporating crazy hijinks into his designs like remote-controlled layers and LED lights. Here’s a first look at “Urban Mobility,” the first collaboration between Chalayan and Puma, due out next spring, and wow, is it ever high-fashion. Looks like you can count on track jackets with graphic details and creative construction as well as pared down sneakers. While this preview of the campaign makes the line look about as far from athletic wear as possible, we’d expect that in real life, the pieces do show off their functionality more. Question is: Would you want to go running in stuff like this? [HighSnobiety.com]
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Singer Estelle will collaborate on a jewelry line with fashion designer Rachel Roy, whose clothing is demure and beautiful yet also alluring. Roy announced the deal via Twitter saying, “I am excited to work with @EstelleDarlings on a jewelry collection, which will debut in Spring 2010.” No details are available yet because the collection is still in its early development stages, says Roy’s spokesperson. We’re curious how the duo will merge Estelle’s high-glam, in-your-face style with Roy’s mysterious and refined aesthetic. But if you can’t have fun with your jewelry and accessories, then what’s the point of getting dressed? Estelle will be on hand to host the launch party for Roy’s pop-up shop, which opens Sept. 10, during New York Fashion Week. (You may remember that Estelle has honed her design skills during her collaborations with shoe designer Jonathan Kelsey and H&M.) Although Roy’s marriage to Damon Dash has failed, this collabo and the launch of Rachel Rachel Roy at Macy’s in August are spelling success for her brand. [WWD via Sassy Bella] Keep reading »
Our friends over at Refinery 29 usually have pretty impeccable taste, but this headline, “New Pierre Hardy for Gap Shoes Send Us Into Cardiac Arrest, Almost,” gave us pause. When Amelia sent me the link, I was practically salivating: This shiz is gonna be AH-MAY-ZING! (I had plenty of time to anticipate this due to an unusually slow internet connection this afternoon, but I digress…) The post opened and can we just say, UN-DER-WHELMED? Yikes! While I’m glad that the Refinery editors are loving this moment so much, we’re not feeling the same way on this end. In fact, these shoes are taking us back to late ’90s prom (those crappy-looking heels!), and the boots are waaay too Jenny from the Block, like in a really bad way, before J.Lo’s whole style evolution. Plus, the combination of sweaty-looking, fold-over wool and outrageously high platforms will make you look that much sillier when it’s snowy out and you topple over in these heinosities. I rarely rip collabs (nothing good to say, don’t say it), but I can’t not speak up here. Looks like yet another case of designers cashing their big checks and dropping the ball on producing something we’d actually like to wear. Anyone? Am I taking crazy pills here or are these major no bueno? [Refinery 29]
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Vivienne Westwood has released a line of limited-edition, postage-stamp pendants to commemorate her partners in London, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Only 300 of the individually numbered “precious keepsakes” have been made. The pendants are meant to infuse the history and culture of each place with Westwood’s design aesthetic, but the traditional scalloped-edged, polished silver stamp pendants fall short. Not only is the idea of using stamps to signify travel rather trite, but the pendants also look like something I could pick up in any museum gift shop. Keep reading »
For the man on a Missoni: Converse, the iconic old-school kicks, are about to get a major designer upgrade thanks to a collaboration with Missoni. The collection, “Premium Chuck Hi Missoni” for Spring 2010 takes the basic hi-top and slaps the classic zig-zag print on them to create two varieties—one with black laces and purple-grey material, the other with white laces and an earthier pink-brown combo. The news leaked when Tai Missoni spotted wearing a pre-released pair. Now, when will we get the ladies’ version, please? [HighSnobette, WWD]
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Designer collaborations these days are a dime a dozen, but here’s one you might actually purchase: luxe shoe label Jimmy Choo will be coming out with a collection for H&M in November. In the lineup are women’s shoes, bags, and also clothing (interesting! Hopefully it won’t be a literal interpretation that includes bedazzled leopard jackets or something). Choo will also create a line of men’s shoes, accessories, and bags (murses!). We’ll be interested to see how this project turns out; H&M’s past collaborations have relied more on celebrity (Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue), and less on luxury, and the results haven’t always lived up. If Jimmy Choo manages to produce a lust-worthy line, it might mean that you’ll be able to actually afford a pair of pumps that are hot, but don’t look like knockoffs. [LA Times] Keep reading »