>> Just last week, Roksanda Illincic signed on with British fast fashion chain Whistles (whose chief executive Jane Shepherdson, is credited with transforming Topshop into a place for the style savvy) to do a set of seven cocktail dresses to hit stores in early September. If her Cruise 2010 collection is any indication of what that collaboration will turn out like, expect shift dresses with shoulder pads, sculptural bows, and layers of ruffles: "I was inspired by the idea of transforming cocktail and evening dresses into something more approachable in terms of fabric," the designer explained.
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>> INSIDER WIRE —Loic Prigent, director of cult fashion documentaries Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton and Signe Chanel, has been enlisted by the Sundance Channel for four-part original series The Day Before, following four different designers in the 36-hour period leading up to their runway shows. The series, to air on four consecutive nights starting Sept. 10 at 10 pm, covers Sonia Rykiel’s 40th anniversary celebration in Paris in October 2008, Proenza Schouler in New York in February 2009, Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld in Milan in March 2009, and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2009 couture show in Paris in July of this year. [Glamour]
>> On Friday, it was announced that Vogue's director of special events, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, had resigned with no replacement named. Today, Fashion Week Daily reports that insiders are buzzing about the future of the Costume Institute Gala — Winston Wolkoff organized the event for the past decade.
According to one source, "Events budgets have been slashed across the board at Conde. The Costume Institute has got to be the company's most expensive event, and Stephanie built it into what it is today. It makes no sense to pass it off to someone else."
This year's event brought in $2 million less than the previous year, with a number of fashion brands declining to sponsor tables due to the economy. At this time last year, we already had clues about the designer co-host and theme for the upcoming Costume Institute Gala, but so far, there has been nothing about the 2010 event. FWD suggests that "perhaps just cocktails are in order," but the Gala is still Anna Wintour's party, and it doesn't seem like her to let go without a fight.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Over the weekend, Riccardo Tisci flew into Milan for the day to attend his first Versace menswear show, setting off questions as to what the trip might mean, especially just a week before his own menswear show in Paris. He told the New York Times at Donatella Versace's private dinner at her palazzo that he came to demonstrate his support for the designer, who he compared to “the flag of Italy.” [NYTimes, Tommy Ton's Twitter]
>> Last time we checked in with Christian Lacroix, he was remaining optimistic about his bankruptcy situation, and that hasn't changed, despite the fact that he needs to find an investor in the next two weeks or jobs are going to start being cut (possibly including his own). He's taken the opportunity to give up wine and chocolate, he tells the Telegraph UK: "Actually losing a few pounds and having this battle to fight makes me feel that I am undergoing a renaissance."
And fighting he is: "Don't tell anyone, because I'm not allowed to do this, but we absolutely are going to have a show in mid-July, during Fashion Week — and it won't be a funeral: it'll be a fightback."
>> INSIDER WIRE —It seems like Bill Blass's new owners aren't in as much of a rush to get back in the game as they initially appeared to be. When Richard Chai's name was tossed around for the head job back in March, owner Peacock Holdings said they would announced the new creative director within a month, but months later, still only a "we're talking to people, but there's nothing I can divulge" response to inquiries. A Spring 2010 show in September is becoming less and less likely . . . although the official word is: "We're still figuring things out, so we'll keep you updated." [FWD]
>> Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been quick with the Internet recently: They just launched e-commerce and uploaded both Fall 2009 Dolce & Gabbana and D&G campaigns over the weekend. The former, shot by Steven Klein, features Mariacarla Boscono, Edita Vilkeviciute, and Heidi Mount — who in one shot takes a simian pose — at a casino, and the latter, shot by Mario Testino, features a younger group: Katie Fogarty, Sara Blomqvist, Stephanie Rad, Hanna Rundolf, and Ragnhild Jevne.