>> Prabal Gurung's name was reportedly among the potential designer candidates for Dior submitted to LVMH by Bernard Arnault's advisors, and when he was questioned about the possibility last night, Gurung "got a little nervous," Fashionista writes, and would only say: “I feel extremely blessed that I’m in that lineup of designers that I’ve admired all this while . . . it’s unbelievable. It isn’t something I was expecting . . . I’m just going to say I was very humbled, grateful and thankful. I don’t want to say more.” [Fashionista]
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>> The Canadian used car advertisement that made headlines earlier this week — for placing the tagline "You know you're not the first. But do you really care?" over an image of Tom Ford — has been been pulled, the car salesman Dale Wurfel confirms, declining to further comment. It is not likely that Ford waived image rights for the ads, but it is not known whether the designer took legal action against the Ontario-based Wurfel. A Ford spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
Ford, meanwhile, was the only fashion figure to make the Time 100 list of influencers this year. Rita Wilson, who walked in Ford's debut womenswear show, wrote in tribute that the designer is a "closet comedian, who can keenly copy an expression, person or walk. He Skypes from his bed, on the opposite end of the planet, to check in with me in mine. But this sexy guy is kind and deeply loyal. Friendships are his other art. No flip-flopping. No fly by night. Tom has manners that are rare these days. Handwritten notes are common for the man who wore a three-piece suit every day while directing his visionary first film, A Single Man."
>> Opening Ceremony has its own label, and now La Garconne — the online-only specialty retailer with the strong cult following for its tomboyish essentials — is getting on the train. The e-tailer's founder, Kris Kim, has designed a ready-to-wear line in the past, and says now: "We're designing a private label. We haven't talked about it yet, but it will be a small women's ready to wear collection with the same point of view as the store. The price points are up in the air." [Daily Front Row]
>> The annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner collaborations kick off today — but this year, instead of Gap, J.Crew is the partner of choice. Billy Reid's 7-piece menswear collection is already online and runs through May, while Prabal Gurung's five-piece collection will be available online and in select J.Crew stores in June, and Borgo's pieces hit in July.
While Borgo's and Gurung's pieces have yet to be previewed, all three designers re-created pieces from their previous collections in new colors and materials for the collaboration, and J.Crew head of women's design Marissa Webb wore a pair of pants from Gurung's J.Crew collection to the launch party last night.
As for prices, Gurung says of his pieces: "Everything is under $500. I'm going to buy it for my sister, my cousins — everyone." And Borgo added: "I'm just excited to see what happens with this new customer. The cross-pollination of places like J.Crew and luxury brands — it's part of modern dressing."
>> During a recent video tour of his New York flagship, Alexander Wang, who introduced small leather goods like wallets, coin purses, travel cases on his Fall 2011 runway, revealed that he's further diversifying into home lifestyle accessories: "We are starting — coming soon — special desk accessories and little home lifestyle pieces that I'm working on for the store as well . . . like our own custom Moleskine notebooks and little table lighters and things like that. So that's exciting." [W]
>> Three days after the royal wedding comes another one of this year's big events — the Costume Institute Gala. In preparation, Vogue just launched an iPad app this morning dedicated to the spectacle, which features five years of behind-the-scenes footage, a preview of this year's Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective — with peeks into the museum’s storage vaults — and a personal tribute to McQueen by Anna Wintour.
As the May 2 gala gets closer, the app — which costs 99 cents — will be updated with a video of event designer Raul Avila disclosing this year's decor details, and then after the bash, it will update again with a video covering the party and its featured celebrity performances.
Hamish Bowles, who provides an introduction on the app, says that the details of the event only come together the night before, when the workers are let into the Metropolitan Museum of Art to work through the evening: “It’s like an amazingly industrious ant colony, all with their part to play. So it has to be so scrupulously planned and orchestrated, because they have this finite window of opportunity in which to make the magic happen. The work is really phenomenal. The app gives you some sense of that."
Bowles also admits that even though he's attended the event for several years, he still gets butterflies: “I mean, it’s intimidating. The whole process of thinking of what you’re going to wear when all eyes are going to be on everyone. As soon as I know the theme, I have ideas rumbling away [on what to wear], but sometimes, it can be surprisingly eleventh hour.” And when asked whether his friends pester him about tickets to the event, he replies: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."