After appointing the train wreck that is Lindsay Lohan to be artistic director, the people behind Emanuel Ungaro have come to their senses. Now, rather than banking on tacky celebs, they’re investing in real talent in the form of British designer Giles Deacon. Giles regularly rocks our world with his eponymous label, so we’re excited to see what he’ll bring to the table as creative director at Ungaro. If his previous collections offer any clues, we’re expecting awesome tailoring and interesting details galore. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
After founding a company that bears her name and spending six years developing the brand, Devi Kroell is leaving … sort of. Devi will no longer be CEO but she’ll be involved as a shareholder and member of the board of directors, so we can assume the breakup is an amicable decision between the designer and company. But still, it’s a surprising move given her popularity with the fashion crowd. Since the brand launched, she not only gained the approval of editors with her fashion-forward, exotic skinned bags but also won the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Accessory Design at the 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards. While we wonder what’s next on the career path for Devi, here’s a look at a few other designers who’ve left their own namesake companies. Keep reading »
“I feel that some celebrities think that because they are famous, they can do fashion. Imagine if I want to be now a dancer. Trust me, I can’t. I can’t jump. I can’t even limp from one point to another. I feel that there is this kind of confusion. Everybody wants to do everything, everybody needs to do everything, and everybody feels that he can. And I’m still feeling that a dancer should dance and a chef should cook and a singer should sing and a designer of clothes should do clothes. Because the moment we try to do everything for ourselves, we’re becoming very mediocre in what we do, and we don’t go to extremes and we don’t touch excellence. And I prefer to touch excellence.”
—Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz on the continuing trend of celebrity designers [Style.com] Keep reading »
Maybe it’s just my generation, but I don’t ever remember a time when Tommy Hilfiger was considered cool. I was aware that in the not-too distant past, TH designs were pretty classy, but by the time I was style-aware, the brand had already become cheapened into patriotic logo fashions. Basically, no one was going around bragging about their hot Hilfiger handbag. As the designer says himself, “The large logos and the big red, white and blue theme became ubiquitous … It got to the point where the urban kids didn’t want to wear it and the preppy kids didn’t want to wear it.” In fact, I even remember a scene from the MTV reality series “Rich Girls” in which 16-year-old Ali Hilfiger is recruited by her dad to come in and review his collection. It was both no surprise and heartbreaking as she went through every piece, not really liking anything, and suggesting massive changes as a team of pissed-off designers and her obviously disappointed dad looked on. Not that Ali has turned out to be some huge style icon, but Tommy probably could have benefited from an overhaul along the lines of her suggestions back then. Keep reading »
After reading the New York Times‘ recent “Critical Shopper” piece on Lilly Pulitzer, it occurred to me that unless you were raised in a privileged household on the Eastern seaboard and use “summering” as a verb, as a 20- or 30-something woman who grew up in the grunge generation, you might not be too familiar with Pulitzer’s maniacally colorful prints. As someone who wears black most of the time, I hadn’t really thought much of the brand myself. A few months back I did go on a market appointment to a Lilly Pulitzer showroom, though, and I left feeling a bit intrigued by the whole “lifestyle.” Keep reading »
First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Designers work for months on their collections, searching for inspiration, creating looks, and pouring their hard work into the clothes shown to editors and press during Fashion Week. Said shows last a total of maybe 10 minutes. It shouldn’t be hard to keep your mouth shut and just watch during that short amount of time, right?
Apparently not. On the second to last day of Fashion Week, I was patiently waiting for a specific designer’s show to begin and the women behind me were particularly chatty. Fair enough — pre-show anything goes. But once the first models started to walk down the runway, the chatter continued. Keep reading »
As of today, Fashion Week is officially underway, but with the snow and cold temperatures, getting around in New York City is simply treacherous. This weather makes you want to sit on your couch in PJs and catch up on daytime television, doesn’t it? Thankfully, 12 designers (so far!) have plans to embrace the internet during Fashion Week and will livestream their shows online, which means not only is it possible to stay at home to see the new fashions, but for those whose invitation got lost in the mail, it’s still possible to attend. You can watch Marc Jacobs’ celeb-free show on his website, catch Rodarte and Alexander Wang thanks to ShowStudio, and preview the G-Star looks on their Facebook page. It’s fashion meets the tech world, and it’s much, much warmer in here. [My It Things] Keep reading »
February 11th marks the kick-off of fall fashion week, but with almost 100 shows no one has the time (or energy) to see them all. NBC put together a list of the designers you’ve gotta watch, so fine tune your runway radar to these 10 talents prepared to set NYC ablaze in a stylized fire.
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Last week at an event introducing Tory Burch’s eyewear line, Annika and I had a chance to talk to the designer herself. While it was interesting to hear about the clothes and accessories from the woman who created them (and pick out a pair of glasses to take home), we were most excited to learn that part of the reason Tory wanted to start a company was so she could eventually have a foundation to help other women. Now, she’s made that dream a reality with the recently launched Tory Burch Foundation. Keep reading »
For seemingly inexplicable reasons, the fashion industry has always been a bit of a boy’s club, despite the fact that women are the main consumers. But Sarah Mower of the Telegraph recently issued a bold statement by claiming that all of the designers to watch right now are women, and in doing so, she name drops quite a few powerful ladies: the Rodarte sisters (Kate and Laura Mulleavy), Phoebe Philo of Celine, as well as the new brood from London — Mary Katrantzou, Joanna Sykes, Holly Fulton, Louise Gray, Natascha Stolle and Hannah Marshall. Of course, we have to agree with her as we swell in pride for our fellow lovely ladies. But there are more! Keep reading »