55 posts tagged "Beyonce"
Madonna’s design streak continues: After signing design and distribution deals with Iconix, Madge has inked her latest agreement, to do a line of eyewear with her friends Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The shades (pictured) will be marketed with Madonna’s M appended to the usual D&G logo. OMG MDG! [WWD]
Rumor confirmed. Phillips-Van Heusen agreed to buy Tommy Hilfiger for $3B in cash and stock, with Tommy remaining at the helm. [NYT]
French Connection, meanwhile, isn’t faring as well. The company is making plans to sell Nicole Farhi’s label, after shutting down its own label’s northern European and Japanese retailing. Say it with us, French Connection execs: Oh, fcuk. [Vogue U.K.]
And Blackbook takes a moment to call out all of the product placements in Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s new video extravaganza, “Telephone.” Somehow it’s not hard to believe Lady Gaga is in favor of Miracle Whip, Wonder Bread, and Diet Coke, but we were more taken by the similarity of her vintage Mugler hat (as she’s exiting prison) to the nouveau wimples Stefano Pilati showed for YSL this season. [Blackbook]
The red carpet may have been rolled up and stored for the season, but the gowns that walked it are getting their second act at Armani/5th Avenue. Along with Lady Gaga’s spacewoman/ambiguous-religious-icon Armani Privé dress and bejeweled bodysuit from this year’s Grammys (pictured; on Gaga here)—so tiny that it took two devoted Armani staffers to fit on the mannequin—the store windows were rife with dazzlers. There’s the navy and cobalt beaded Armani Privé number Anne Hathaway wore to the 2009 Golden Globes, when she was nominated for Rachel Getting Married. And the fire engine-red sequined gown Katie Holmes donned for the 2008 Met Costume Institute Gala. “There’s been all these little girls on vacation who come in and ask, ‘Can I try that dress on?’ ” the flagship’s vice president, Philippe Neraud, said with a smile. Though from first glance, shoppers may not know that a few moments of glory often comes with a bit of sacrifice. “I was unpacking the dresses and I tried to lift this one out, but I couldn’t do it without using two hands,” Neraud explained of Beyoncé’s metal chain-link minidress from the 2010 Grammys. “I don’t know how she wore it. It was like 30 pounds!” he added. “She had the weight of the world on her shoulders.”
Giorgio Armani’s red-carpet retrospective is on display at Armani/5th Avenue, 717 Fifth Ave., NYC, until March 21, 2010.
Enthusiasm for the eighties is on the wane, so it was smart for Rosemary Rodriguez to relaunch the Thierry Mugler line today with a collection she described as épure, meaning the excesses were swept away. You could see echoes of Mugler’s exaggerated shoulders and inverted triangle silhouettes in her collection, but she savvily avoided the clichés, save for a few leather hourglass dresses with padded hips. An evening number, on the other hand, was so densely encrusted with glinting crystals that it might make a Rodriguez convert out of Beyoncé. Mugler himself designed stage costumes complete with padded hips, bien sûr, for the superstar’s recent tour.
In the hierarchy of London fashion, there’s a whole stratum of designers who’ve been thrust up the totem pole recently by the competitive dressing stakes of the music world. Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Beyoncé, God bless them, have set the pace in ever more extreme image production, and London’s become a happy hunting ground for stylists who want their women to appear unique—and to be the first with a new name.
David Koma, a designer from the Republic of Georgia, fresh out of Saint Martins last year, had Beyoncé and Cheryl Cole (Britain’s biggest tabloid darling as an X Factor—think American Idol—panelist and frock duelist with Dannii Minogue) fighting over a dress. Hannah Marshall, Jean-Pierre Braganza, and Felder Felder, who showed together on London fashion week’s opening day, are in the same sort of zone—in their case, underground, goth-y gone mainstream. It’s certainly broadening out the visibility of young London—even if fashion purists tend to look askance at too much celeb involvement. The litmus test, when it comes down to it, is who can produce something of more substance and quality than stuff that just looks good on stage or video, and fits the general trend. At this round, Koma’s zigzag geometrics in caramel leather and black wool (pictured) looked exceptionally made, and Jean-Pierre Braganza did well to break away from the short and tight into long and printed. Otherwise, someone please tell them the giant box shoulder is O-V-E-R.
There have been about as many Haiti benefits as there have been nights since the tragic earthquake hit, but the latest from the CFDA won’t require a spot on your dance card—just $25 (which goes to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund) and your shirt size. The organization’s new To Haiti With Love tees—a project initiated by Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, and Andrew Rosen, along with the rest of the CFDA—will look, we can safely say, good with anything. And CFDA prez DVF has one very high-profile fellow fashion mogul signed on as the face of the initiative: Beyoncé.
The shirts go on sale February 16 at retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.cfda.com/fashion-for-haiti.