>> Last week, due to a miscommunication (mea culpa), we reported that Gap was not producing the platform boots at left. Turns out that the retailer is, in fact, selling the boots (which are part of Gap's main line, not a Pierre Hardy design for the retailer) — and the black Pierre Hardy for Gap wedges — in select stores in New York, Chicago, and Houston, starting on Monday, Oct. 25, and in Los Angeles and San Francisco starting on Thursday, Oct. 28, according to a new press release. Both will retail for $195. As for our personal favorites, the platform bootie version of the boots at left, and the other wedge booties (which can both be seen here and are also part of Gap's main line), no set launch date or price point has been released, but they will hit stores — in December.
Posts for October 22nd 2010
>> Newcomer Daphne Groeneveld was widely reported by a number of reputable sources to have scored Vogue Paris's November 2010 cover, but it seems that Carine Roitfeld changed her mind. Givenchy has long been a favorite at the magazine, so much so that Natasha Poly, who opened Tisci's Spring 2011 lineup, is back in the show's bleached eyebrows and tightly-braided minipigtails on the Vogue Paris November 2010 cover, as captured by Mario Sorrenti. The shoot went down earlier this month — we wonder if it happened right after the show? [Women Management]
We're still crushing over the caped crusader movement — especially after peeping Holli Rogers donning one during Milan Fashion Week — and this Fall, retailers are giving us a robust selection to choose from. Our top four picks highlight textures and prints, from an abstract art print version from Lindsey Thornburg to a classic check and leather-trimmed creation from Cooper & Stollbrand for Asos.
Lindsey Thornburg Pendleton Cloak ($1,300), 3.1 Phillip Lim Quilted Cape ($795), Sandro Murmure Cape ($630), Cooper & Stollbrand for ASOS Checked Cape ($337)
>> Patrick Robinson popped up in a well-lit central London basement on Wednesday evening to show off his Spring 2011 direction for Gap. But it wasn't just about showing off the the pale-palette duds; Robinson had plenty to say about the collection, too: “It’s really what modern means in America today, for a 25- to 35-year-old. That’s what we export. Not anything ‘heritage’ or referenced in the past. Today.” He continued: "Heritage doesn’t turn me on — it’s about America today. Let’s face it, a 28-year-old wants more fashion in his or her wardrobe."
Robinson is all about pants for 2011, more so than skirts or dresses: "We have some dresses and skirts, but somewhere around August or September, I started noticing girls were wearing more pants. So we’re right there with it, building on the foundation of what we already started with the eight pants fits we worked on earlier this year. Even the denim we have for spring is more of a trouser than a five-pocket jean.”
And speaking of denim, Robinson said he's ramping that up, too: “I’ve built a new team, based in LA, so they can be closer to all the wash-houses and generally hang out in the denim world.” His main goal is to make sure that Gap is more tightly edited, "no longer a table with one sweater in 30 colors." He continued: “My biggest hurdle has been to change the mind-set of the Gap customer in the US who grew up with the brand and automatically thinks of basics. What I want to offer are interesting essentials — fashion, excitement, newness. But the challenge is: how quickly do you walk the traditional customer toward this, how do you push their minds in that direction?”
>> W's new creative director Jody Quon has resigned after three full issues and six months at the magazine. "It was a mutual decision, and her position won't be filled," confirmed a W spokesperson. Quon's exit leaves design director Joseph Logan as editor Stefano Tonchi's top creative. "Everyone's position will be staying the same," the spokesperson added. Previously, Quon spent six years as New York's photo director, where she was known for her eye-catching covers with newsstand appeal; as The Daily noted, all four of Tonchi's covers so far have been served up on gray backgrounds. [DFR]
>> Azzedine Alaia can be press-shy about both himself and his collection, but his Spring 2011 offering, which includes sheer micro-dot lace dresses can be seen here. The accompanying trellis-like heels can be seen up close here. And he had Olivier Zahm, Laetitia Casta, and Terry Richardson to his Paris studio for a steak dinner last night, which means there's sure to be plenty of photographic evidence of the event. That includes a couple of portraits of Alaia's beloved dog, Dine Dine.
This week, we're jonesing for neutral pieces with an edge like this Vanessa Bruno mohair sweater, Isabel Marant fringed leather skirt, and Urban Outfitters Navajo-print tunic. Snap up a pair of Madewell suede booties in an unexpected stone hue. And for accessories – a raw citrine ring and copper bracelet further our natural color palette.
Left to right: Urban Outfitters Navajo Tunic ($48), Vanessa Bruno Mohair Sweater ($1,106), Allison Schiller Raw Citrine Silver Ring ($395), Isabel Marant Leather Fringe Skirt ($1,735), Madewell Leather Booties ($198), Ben-Amun Brass Bracelet ($350)
>> Matthew Williamson has been making the rounds, promoting his new namesake Rizzoli book, but next week, he says: "I’m going on holiday! I’m going to the Maldives. I genuinely really need a break. [I]’ve been flat-out for a good year and a half working on various projects." That includes his new diffusion line, Muse. So will we be seeing that on the runway when it launches next season, a la Zac Posen's Z Spoke? "Oh, God no. You’re making me draw my champagne at the thought! Not initially, anyway. We’ll have agents selling it, and we’re hoping it will have kind of a global presence, and then who knows? We’ll see how it goes." [DFR]
We spotted this scarf-centric ensemble at Milan Fashion Week and couldn't wait until the weather got chilly enough to try it out ourselves — love the way the sweet pastel hues contrast with the edgier army green jacket. We're all about utilizing scarves for a little outfit color — and texture — contrast; peep our top scarf picks — ranging from a vivacious Yves Saint Laurent leopard print version to a textural olive green fringed version from Topshop — to emulate the same look now!
Left to right: Milan Fashion Week Street Style, Yves Saint Laurent Leopard Print Cashmere Scarf ($995), Topshop Fringe Snood ($36), Adam Chunky Cable-Knit Sweater ($125), We Are Owls Cashmere Bird Scarf ($245)
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Anna Dello Russo's fragrance, "Beyond," hits Yoox.com exclusively in December and comes in a gold shoe-shaped bottle, reminiscent of Cinderella's slipper. “For 20 years no one noticed me," the 47-year-old stylist says. "I worked like Cinderella at the bottom of the pile. Finally, I’ve been invited to the ball.”
When news first broke that Dello Russo was developing Beyond, stores including Selfridges, Colette, Lane Crawford and the Japanese retailer Restir contacted Dello Russo. But she decided to sell only online: “I was born online and want to stay online, plus Yoox believed in me at the beginning." (A line of T-shirts featuring her image sold out in three hours on the retailer’s site.)
The bottle, which retails for $25, is meant to reference a Christmas ornament; a loop on the shoe's heel will allow it to be hung from a tree. “My fragrance is a gadget; it’s a mass-market toy," Dello Russo says. "I wanted to create something pop."
Speaking of pop, Dello Russo has received a flurry of commercial offers, but she says: “I want to do a record next. Everyone expects me to do a clothes line. It’s too obvious. I want to do the opposite.”