Posts for February 23rd 2011
>> If Club Monaco's first Spring lookbook left you wanting more (more, more), check out its second edition, featuring Lou Doillon and Lauren Hutton amongst other cuties wearing an array of casually polished pieces. White lace dresses, striped denim jumpers, paillette rope necklaces, silky trousers . . . and more Spring essentials in the slideshow.
>> Crochet details have been remixed and remastered for Fall 2011, infusing the once hippie-associated trend with a breath of fresh air. Proenza Schouler created a high-contrast black and neon crochet skirt; Christopher embedded the knit into a sweatshirt silhouette; and Edun embellished its woven skirt with a tassel detailing. Add their looks to your wish list for later, and shop our crochet picks available now!
>> Another season, another London Fashion Week down. But which six collections do we see sticking in our minds for the ages? Cue slideshow.
>> When it's cold and grey outside, a red dress can be the perfect anecdote to your Wintertime blues. This street-snapped cutie knows what we mean: her bright shirt dress — paired with a cozy camel shearling jacket and black suede wedges — emotes such a cool girl vibe. We love it, and if you do too, nab our similar picks from Joseph, Elizabeth and James, Paul & Joe, and Topshop.
Left to right: Joseph Crepe de Chine Shirtdress ($395), Elizabeth and James Deco Ring ($135), Paul & Joe Sheepskin Jacket ($928, originally $1,395), Romygold Wood Handle Bag ($585), Wolford Satin Opaque 50 Tights ($42), Topshop Java Platform Wedges ($130)
Photo courtesy of Greg Kessler
>> For the better part of a year now, Stefano Pilati's standing at Yves Saint Laurent has been under intense scrutiny. After reports circulated that he had renewed his contract at the house for three more years in October, the rumors of his imminent departure subsided — until Saint Laurent CEO Valerie Hermann, who with Pilati restored the house to profitability, announced last week she was stepping down to become CEO of Reed Krakoff on April 1. She helped recruit her successor at YSL, former Lanvin CEO Paul Deneve.
Then, a couple of days ago, someone tweeted under Kenzo's PR handle: "Just heard BIG news about this being a certain designer at an established French house's last season and being replaced by someone major!!" and "CEO has just left and now the designer replaced by someone who has moved away from design the last couple of yrs but stayed in fashion." The tweets — which seem to point to Pilati as the deposed and Hedi Slimane as the successor — have since been taken down (Note that YSL is under the PPR umbrella, whereas Kenzo is part of LVMH).
Now, Hint is reporting that according to sources, Hermann didn't leave her post last week, but rather was let go because of low sales volume. And Slimane — who designed for Saint Laurent before Dior Homme — has been chosen as Pilati's replacement, partially due to his friendship (read: ability to get along) with Pierre Berge. Word is, one way or another, the matter will be addressed by a spokesperson around Paris Fashion Week.
And in the aftermath? There's already been suggestions that Carine Roitfeld with consult for Slimane at the brand, and of course, there's the rumor that Pilati is set to take over at Giorgio Armani after the designer's retirement.
>> It wouldn't be right for us to move on to Milan Fashion Week without giving you an up close and personal look at the top shoes and bags straight out of London. After all, the city across the pond showed some amazing pieces. Our top 18 picks include open-wedge sandals from David Koma; a fun and furry oversized clutch from Holly Fulton; and this printed velvet bootie from Erdem, seen left. And it only gets better — start clicking to see covetable pieces from Burberry, Christopher Kane, Mulberry, and more!