>> Is MIA Performing at Alexander Wang's After-Party? —Courtney Love performed at Alexander Wang's after party last September, and the designer has been known to bring MIA to red carpet events — this year's Costume Institute Gala included — so the rumor that the Sri Lankan rapper will headline Wang's parking lot-set after party this season is unsurprising. But is it true? "It's a rumor," Wang's spokeswoman says. "MIA's publicist called me and asked, 'Did plans change?' after seeing the rumors." So it's not happening? "All I'll say is it's a rumor." Meanwhile, word is Wang's show will have a "staging surprise." [Imaginary Socialite, @MeenalMistry]
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>> The livestream is becoming mainstream this season, based on the number of designers incorporating the democratic viewing experience for Spring 2011. Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava, whose show was livestreamed today, gushed: “Oh, my God. It would have been the most exciting thing to be able to gather around, and geek out with your fashion friends like you can do today.”
Some designers are even starting to experiment with the technology. Burberry last season gave some viewers a 3-D livestream of its show, Marc Jacobs's upcoming stream will have unnamed "bells and whistles," according to the New York Times, and Alexander Wang, who for Fall 2010 livestreamed his show on a Times Square LED billboard, is planning to project a video of his Spring 2011 show — not live, but a couple of hours later at sundown as a moving billboard — at five different sites in Manhattan: Broadway and Houston; Bowery and Houston; Kenmare and Lafayette; West 10th St and 7th Ave; and Commerce and 7th Ave.
>> Abbey Lee Kershaw Has Gone Platinum Blonde —Abbey Lee Kershaw, who not long ago cut her hair short, has taken the change even further. "I was ready for a big change," she explained this evening at the Chanel Soho store opening in New York, where she debuted her newly-dyed platinum blonde hair. She plans to keep the color all season, "unless a designer asks for it to be changed." How's it been received so far? "I only dyed it two days ago, so no one's really seen it yet." She told Modelinia of the dye job: "It took seven hours and I didn’t speak for another four hours. I’ve never dyed my hair before. Also I think that with the cut that I’ve got, it was the time to go white.”
>> After much anticipation — so much, in fact, that J.Crew employees are rumored to be banned from using their employee discounts on the collection — Alexa Chung for Madewell is now available for purchase online; it will be in stores starting Sept. 11. The 25-piece collection, which first debuted last February during New York Fashion Week, completely encompasses Chung's quirky cool '60s-inspired aesthetic via high-waist shorts and jeans — which she designed to fit her "really weird proportions and ridiculous legs." The collection is rounded out with silk blouses, pea coats, and dungaree dresses priced from $48 for a tee to $295 for a coat. Check out our top ten picks in the gallery below.
>> Stylist Lori Goldstein Designs Beaded Jewelry for Fred Leighton —For the first time ever, Fred Leighton has opened its archives to an outside collaboration. The lucky lady who gets the entree? Stylist Lori Goldstein, who started an affordable clothing and accessories line, called LOGO, for QVC last year and frequently does work for Vogue Italia and W. Fred Leighton's creative director, Rebecca Selva, who's collaborated with Goldstein on numerous ad campaigns in the past, apparently just handed over a big bag of beads for Goldstein to work with. The result is a bright, bead-focused 25-piece collection, which retails from $3,500 to $25,000 and features faceted diamonds, Tahitian pearls, vintage glass, sapphires, hand-painted Czechoslovak wooden beads, and a Victorian crystal heart. [NY Times]
>> Next week, Olivier Theyskens will unveil his capsule collection for Theory — a pairing that was to many a surprise, given Theyskens's strength in designing red carpet gowns, but the designer told Vogue.com: “I love doing every type of clothes. I was thinking for a long time about starting a collection in another sector, something that corresponded in my mind to a Theory product. I don’t see it as such a transformation. It felt like a logical process, a result of a natural way of designing. Everything I start doing I feel personally, very me.”
Vogue.com previewed the collection — a few more images here — and from the descriptions, expect a lot of black: there's a black leather biker jacket, washed black denim trousers, black shiny flat booties, a black tailored wool jacket, and "a gray shawl-collared jacket of stretch linen and viscose cut so that it curves forward on the body."
>> Nicola Formichetti, Thierry Mugler Said Nearing Contract —Back in June, Nicola Formichetti's name came up as the new Thierry Mugler womenswear artistic director replacing Rosemary Rodriguez (Gareth Pugh was also reportedly considered). Now, it sounds like Formichetti and Mugler are nearing a contract, and Rodriguez has already left the company. Formichetti's close ties to Lady Gaga likely sweetened the deal for the French brand, known for its strong shoulders and in-your-face aesthetic. [WWD]
>> Roland Mouret has bought his trademark back from his former investors and is readying his first flagship in London's Mayfair for February or March. Mouret split from his backers Sharai and Andre Meyers in October 2005 over strategic differences — the Meyerses have owned 100 percent of the Roland Mouret name since. He then formed a 50-50 venture, 19RM, with British impresario Simon Fuller in September 2006, showing under the name RM by Roland Mouret. Mouret bought his name back from the Meyerses for an undisclosed sum.
“It took time — but I am really happy. And I am so proud that I continued working — even without my name,” Mouret said. "When Simon and I started together, we made a plan. I wanted to get my name back in a natural way, and I didn’t want to get into any legal battles. Simon has allowed me to develop a business while ensuring I always had enough space and resources to follow my intuition and establish the company.”