London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2009.
Posts for December 2008
This Spring 09 we fell in love with a long floral maxi skirt and slouchy cotton tank from designer Jenni Kayne. We find this look casual and elegant and especially attractive as it would work on a variety of body types and on women of all ages. Pair a long skirt with a masculine top in the winter and with a thin tank in the summer and you'll be chic and sophisticated. Some of our favorite examples, above. To see the Jenni Kayne Spring 2009 presentation, click here.
Fashion In 50 Seconds 12/30/08 A New Hotelier, Blackbird Goes E-Commerce, American Apparel Strips, Fall 2009 Predictions
Rumor has it Erin Fetherston is getting into the hotel business. A tipster revealed that Fetherston might like to do such things in Asia. Makes sense.
WWD reports on rampant conservatism in fashion. Fall 09 just got a whole lot less interesting. Well...there's always Paris.
There's something about the Marc Jacobs Spring 2009 collection that calls to mind New Year's Eve and the accessories make it hard to deny. Glittering, tasseled, layered, and multi-textural---these are bang-for-your-buck statement pieces that call to mind confetti and champagne cocktails. If only for inspiration, check out the accessories from the Marc Jacobs Spring 2009 collection below. They might not hit stores in a few months but there has to be a DIY opportunity in there somewhere.
>> THE MODELIZER —Breaking news: Gisele Bundchen may or may not be engaged to quarterback boyfriend of two years Tom Brady. Rumors floated around that he proposed on a private flight Christmas Eve with her parents present, but Gisele's twin sister and Tom's father denied the reports. Gisele was later photographed, sans ring, but some sources still seem to believe in the engagement. The two were supposedly ring shopping recently . . . [Boston Globe, Boston Herald, E! Online]
>> Bill Blass has had a long, bumpy history since its namesake designer left in 1999, the latest setback coming two weeks ago when owners NexCen closed the brand entirely, laying off 60 employees — some of which had been with the label for almost 40 years — with no severance.
After months of trying to sell the brand to no avail, NexCen has finally found a buyer for Blass — midtier apparel manufacturer Peacock International Holdings, who nabbed the great American sportswear label for a steal — $10 million, compared to the $25 million NexCen was looking for in September.
Although few expected Peacock to revive the Bill Blass Couture line that Peter Som left in October with no successor and for which NexCen declined to produce a Spring 2009 collection, the new owner has plans to bring the ready-to-wear back "within nine to 12 months." Peacock already has some designers in mind to restart the collection but won't name names, noting that they will be choosing carefully: "You need somebody with a vision that really ties in to the Bill Blass DNA — and you need consistency, someone who will be in place beyond a year or two."
The number of times we've typed the brand name 'Bill Blass' with zero intention to discuss clothing kind of annoys us. Alas, there is news to be reported! The company has sold to Peacock International Holdings LLC for 15 million dollars less than NexCen Brands hoped for. Ouch. The shell of Bill Blass will presumably sit in the offices of Peacock until the dress shirt and neckwear company figures out what to do with the thing. Or so it is suggested. We say, good idea! Let the economy strengthen and then do what Americans do best and reinvent yourself!
In other news...Beyonce gives Pugh's creations a home for the holidays. See his Spring 2009 collection right here.