34 posts tagged "Christopher Bailey"
More info on John Galliano’s Dior Christmas tree for Claridge’s has surfaced since we first reported on it , and it sounds as awesome as we expected. In lieu of pine needles there will be “crystals, orchids, vines, and lianas,” as well as a leopard, which we’re pretty sure will be fake, but really, we can’t be too sure. [WWD]
Rumor rejected: News that Victoria Beckham was thinking of starting a modeling agency has been denied by her people. She’s got a line of dresses to design, thank you, and those sheaths do not get made by themselves. [Vogue U.K.]
Last year’s YSL auction was not for the bargain shopper, but this month’s second round may be (slightly) more budget-friendly. Art Deco enamel boxes will go for around $450, and Louis Vuitton travel bags start at $750. All in all, a small price to pay for a piece of Yves. [WWD]
They call me Mr. Nils. One-time Nina Ricci designer Lars Nilsson is launching a menswear line, which will debut in January at Pitti Immagine Uomo. [WWD]
H&M: big in Japan. Fast-fashion chains like Forever 21 and H&M are taking over Tokyo as luxury labels like Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani curtail plans for expansion. If we see an increase of Catholic schoolgirl styling at H&M, we’ll know why. [WSJ]
You could be forgiven for thinking that The Dead is a reference to exhausted fashion journalists after a month of collections. Rather it’s the name of the show that Damien Hirst’s art shop-cum-gallery Other Criteria staged last night to kick off impending art mania in London, with the Frieze Art Fair around the corner. Now, instead of getting worked up about Matthew Williamson and Christopher Bailey, Londoners can froth over art luminaries like Sir Peter Blake, Paul Stolper, and Johnnie Shand Kydd, all of whom attended last night’s event. There was unmistakable electricity in the air, possibly because Hirst’s limited-edition prints of shiny, shimmering skulls started at about £3,500, far more affordable than the £10 million that his formaldehyde-dipped shark brought in last year at Sotheby’s. In other words, it’s a relatively manageable amount for anyone wanting to capture a bit of English art history. Some of the prints will also be available in New York at Gagosian Gallery, at 988 Madison Avenue, where Other Criteria shares a space. “Actually, this skull would make a brilliant CD cover,” observed Blake while intensely studying one print. Given that Blake designed the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper album, it’s a safe bet to assume he would know.
As much as we love lists, we also love predictions. Yesterday, Vanity Fair gave us both, releasing its annual New Establishment ranking along with an appendage of on-the-verge comers, the Next Establishment. Along with power elite in finance and technology, etc, there’s a sizeable fashion industry factor. On the first are obvious choices like Bernard Arnault (#10) and nemesis François-Henri Pinault (#20), while Ralph Lauren sits between them at a very respectable #13. Having had very good years are J. Crew’s Mickey Drexler, moving up from last year’s #52 spot to #37; Marc Jacobs, who rose from #78 to #54; Diego Della Valle, up from #76 to #50; and John Galliano, strutting from #83 to #56. While Miuccia Prada dropped from #30 to #44, she’s still Mrs. Prada. And fresh off a runway triumph, Alber Elbaz makes his first entry at #73.
As for who might be joining the Lanvin designer at the adults’ table for 2010, there’s Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier—both lauded for being forward-thinking caretakers of iconic brands. There’s the face that launched a thousand (well, million) ballet flats, Tory Burch, and red-carpet rulers Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. However, the selection of younger Americans is somewhat curious. You could probably guess Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Alexander Wang, but it’s surprising that Zac Posen and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg beat out seemingly recession-proof king of contemporary Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler, the very first of New York’s younger set to win the CFDA’s Designer of the Year award. Also missing are MObama go-tos like Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul. Another surprise is MTV host and ubiquitous girl-about-town Alexa Chung. Though going from “who?” to Who’s Who in the course of less than a year is no mean feat.
Dress code: Khaki Chic. Maybe you’re still feeling the turban-and-bunny-ear model spectacular that was this year’s Costume Institute Ball, but it’s time to move on. Next year’s exhibit has been announced—American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity—to be co-chaired by Oprah Winfrey, Gap’s Patrick Robinson, and, of course, Anna Wintour. Jeans will probably not be allowed, theme notwithstanding. [WWD]
If you need something a little more substantive than the Daily to thumb through while you’re waiting for the shows this week, pick up The New Yorker‘s semiannual Style Issue. There’s a profile of Burberry‘s Christopher Bailey, an inside look at “online shoe utopia” Zappos, and a piece on West Coast interior-design maven Kelly Wearstler. You show em, ladies—fashion people are pretty and smart! [The New Yorker]
Selma Weiser, founder of cutting-edge Upper West Side boutique Charivari, died late last Friday at 84. Famous for giving Marc Jacobs his first job in fashion and discovering Yohji Yamamoto and Ann Demeulemeester, Weiser will be missed. [WWD]
Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and Net-a-Porter’s Natalie Massenet were named Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen this Saturday, to which we say, most excellent. [WWD]
Ronnie Wood wants to make you a Liberty of London jersey dress with a matching clutch. You’ve been warned. [Grazia Daily]