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August 27 2014

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MacGibbon Out, Waight Keller In At Chloé

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Despite weeks of protestations to the contrary, Chloé announced today that Hannah MacGibbon, who has been creative director since 2008, is leaving the brand. Stepping into the role: Clare Waight Keller, the British-born designer who stepped down from Pringle of Scotland earlier this year. Waight Keller worked under Tom Ford at Gucci and helmed Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label menswear before arriving at Pringle, where she was credited with expanding the knit label into a full-fledged luxury brand. In particular, Tim Blanks commended her as “quietly iconoclastic,” and able to reach back into the archives while updating and modernizing the Pringle offerings. Waight Keller’s specialty is knitwear (in addition to her time at yarn-happy Pringle, she received an M.A. in fashion knits from the Royal College of Art) and craft. How will that translate at Chloé? In a statement, Waight Keller praised the label’s “beautiful sense of effortless femininity and vivacious sophistication that I look forward to continuing into the next era.”

Photo: Courtesy of Chloé

To Mom, Love Style.com

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. With 48 hours to go, Style.com’s writers and editors fill you in on what they’re gifting—and what they hope to get—come Sunday.

“The only thing my mom enjoys more than walking into John Derian when she visits me in New York is walking out and saying, ‘I love it, but it’s so expensive.’ My sister and I have decided to treat her to a decoupage letter tray ($165, www.johnderian.com). She’ll tell us it’s too extravagant for her, but the painted lily is right up her street. And for me? My little boy Nikolas is a shoe man. He’s tried all of mine on and he likes the high ones the best. I love this pair of Givenchy sandal booties ($740, www.barneys.com, but they’ll definitely break his piggy bank budget. I’ll settle for a pedicure from Jin Soon.” —Nicole Phelps, executive editor

“With the weather finally warming up, I’m in need of a new pair of sunglasses. I’ve seen a lot of cool girls spotting mirrored shades and I can’t wait to get my hands on some. Hopefully, my lovely husband is reading this, so Gloria will ‘surprise’ me with this Tom Ford pair ($340, www.nordstrom.com) at Sunday’s lunch! My mom will be in Brazil, so Gloria and I will Skype her in the morning. Gloria will be doing a little singing—her latest trick. And for next time she comes to visit, I’ll get her the best skin moisturizer I’ve tried in years: Clé de Peau’s Gentle Protection Emulsion ($130, www.neimanmarcus.com), recommended by our beauty editor, Celia. I’m sure Mom will love it, too.” —Marina Larroude, senior market editor Continue Reading “To Mom, Love Style.com” »

Designer Firings: A Silver Lining?

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There’s another seat open at the designer fashion table. News broke today that Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi (above), creative directors of Gianfranco Ferré, are out at the Italian house (no word on their namesake collection, which presumably will continue for the present). Reports blame dwindling sales for the duo’s departure. But they’re only the latest in a string of designers who have left or been ousted from their positions at major European labels: Milan Vukmirovic at Trussardi 1911; Clare Waight Keller at Pringle of Scotland; Vanessa Seward at Azzaro. (Christophe Decarnin is out at Balmain, though under murkier circumstances; and of course, John Galliano has been let go from both Christian Dior and his namesake label. Although Chloé’s Hannah MacGibbon has been signed for another season, some industry observers are speculating that her time at the label is nearing a close—a speculation not necessarily refuted by the terse statements label CEO Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye has been giving the press.)

No one would argue that getting fired is fun. But it’s worth remembering that, in fashion at least, many of those who have been removed from their posts—either gently (with contracts not renewed) or not so gently—have gone on to bigger and better. The classic example is Yves Saint Laurent. The young designer took the top spot at Christian Dior when Dior himself died suddenly in 1957. Saint Laurent created a few headline-making shows, but soon after ran afoul of the management and was summarily dismissed. The result? His own label, founded in 1961. The rest, as they say, is history.

In more recent years, there’s the famous story of Marc Jacobs, fired from Perry Ellis after his seminal Spring ’93 grunge collection—too hot for the American label’s taste, but seen in retrospect as enduringly influential. (Patrick Robinson also got the axe at Perry Ellis before landing at another American sportswear legend: The Gap.) Both Peter Dundas and Giambattista Valli exited the house of Ungaro under dark clouds; today, their collections (for Emilio Pucci and for Valli’s namesake line) are among the most admired in fashion. Olivier Theyskens has gone from Rochas to Nina Ricci to current acclaim at Theory, and Alessandra Facchinetti, formerly of Gucci and Valentino, has found new life working on Tom Ford’s womenswear. As for Ford, he has seen both sides: famously losing his Gucci crown before starting his own empire, while also electing not to retain Alber Elbaz at YSL in the late nineties. “From every place or everything you do, you learn what to do and also you learn what not to do,” Elbaz told Style.com of the experience in an interview last year. “I would not change anything if you would ask me. I would still go through the experience I went through. I learned a lot from it. I went through a certain experience that wasn’t easy, but guess what? Nothing is easy anyway, so I’m fine with that.” As the creative director of Lanvin, Elbaz has brought the label back to relevance and racked up success after success; it may not be easy, but he sure makes it look that way.

What will the future hold for Aquilano and Rimondi, Decarnin, or even Galliano (whose own rather more complicated situation is discussed at length in WWD today)? Too soon to tell. Some will argue that in today’s economic climate opportunities will be fewer and corporate titans more inclined to pick low key, perhaps unknown designers. But to judge from the past, fashion is a merry go-round (or should that be rollercoaster?), and for some of these designers at least, it’s entirely possible that the best is yet to come.

Photo: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

Natasha Ties The Knot, Hannah Stays The Course, At Home With Reed Krakoff, And More…

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It’s wedding bells for Natasha Poly: The Russian supe married businessman Peter Bakker in Saint-Tropez. The dress? Thank a few friends in high places—it’s Givenchy (left). [Vogue Italia]

The rumors were flying earlier this year, but apparently Hannah MacGibbon is at Chloé to stay—for another season, at least. Her contract has been renewed, and label CEO Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye told WWD, “Hannah is still with us, that’s all I can say.” [WWD]The New Yorker looks in on Reed Krakoff, appraising not only his upstart, eponymous fashion line—”I’m the oldest young designer,” Krakoff jokes—but also his enviable collection of art and design. Take it from design guru Jonathan Adler: “This is some next-level shit.” [TNY]

And the latest fashion issue of T hit stands this weekend, bringing with it the latest news from Cate Blanchett. Consider it confirmed: The woman can do no wrong. [T]

Photo: vogue.it

Our Editors Pick Their Favorite Fall Accessories

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Narrowing down more than 5,000 bags, shoes, and jewels—no easy feat. But then, it is our job. In the midst of compiling our Fall 2011 Accessories Index, we’ve all come across a few favorites we’re saving up for come September. Below, Style.com’s editors on the pieces they can’t wait to get their hands on.


“I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of light brown boots for a while. Phillip Lim’s will look great with all of my denim flares, and they have the added attraction of a friendly price point too.” —Nicole Phelps, executive editor


“Wilfredo Rosado is my favorite new designer to watch. After years working with Mr. Armani, he’s launching a fine jewelry collection this fall; if you noticed Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink feather earrings at the Grammys this year, you’ve already seen his unique pieces in action. This pendant in one of my favorites—you have to look at it twice to notice that it’s not just your old classic cameo.” —Marina Larroude, senior market editor


“The shape of this Chloé bag reminds me of Coach’s old bucket bags—which I still stalk on eBay to this day. The patchwork of exotic skins also seems like it would go with every piece of outerwear I own, including my leopard swing coat—no small feat.” —Celia Ellenberg, senior beauty editor



“Let’s just say I am seriously considering a weekend job so I can kick it in these forest green/fuchsia Kirkwood pumps come Fall.” —Brittany Adams, associate fashion editor

Photos: Courtesy Photo