5 posts tagged "Elizabeth and James"
Design duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen added a fourth clothing collection this week, launching a line for Norwegian retailer Bik Bok to join The Row, Elizabeth and James, and Olsenboye. The grungy range is geared toward the “Scandinavian It Girl,” and its similarities to Fall ’13 Saint Laurent—lookbook model Julia Nobis included—have us doing a double take.
First The Row got eyewear, and now the Olsens are at it again, debuting two styles of specs for their Elizabeth and James line (pictured). In fairness, they are perennially bespectacled, so it makes sense. [WWD]
Menswear designer Michael Bastian is dipping a toe into the waters of womenswear with a women’s counterpart to his Gant by Michael Bastian line, which he’ll show in a coed presentation with men’s this New York fashion week. The Gant customer is “more of a fashion girl, not a classic preppy,” Bastian says. [WWD]
Lacoste helps fight the good fight with a new promotion to benefit Doctors Without Borders: Take any old polo to Lacoste’s NYC store on June 3, and get a certificate for a new one—plus the brand will donate $10 to the nonprofit, to boot. This is tied into the USA show Royal Pains, but try not to hold that against it. [Stylelist]
The Spice Girls are reportedly trying to reunite for a new tour, but Victoria Beckham apparently has moved on and doesn’t want to participate. It’s almost as if she had something else going on! [Jezebel]
And style icon Lou Doillon adds another gig to her résumé: photographer. Her first solo show has just bowed at Paris’ Galerie W. [Dazed Digital]
The sun won’t set on Twilight: Kellan Lutz, who stars as vampire Emmett in the films, is the latest face (and, ahem, body) of Calvin Klein Underwear. Oh, OK, twist our arm, we’ll have just a quick look. [WWD]
Jean Paul Gaultier knows that you can’t put a cat in a corset. How does he know? He tried it, of course. [Telegraph via Racked]
The Ed Hardy appreciators of MTV’s Jersey Shore are apparently coming to New York fashion week. The gossips say the reality stars are angling for tickets to the shows and will likely get them. Our sympathies in advance to whoever is seated behind Snooki’s towering poof. [Page Six]
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen expand their empire even further with the launch of denim for their Elizabeth and James line. The three debut styles are seventies-inspired, further proof that you don’t need to have lived through a decade to mine it. [WWD]
And BMW has announced that the latest vehicle in its Art Car series will be designed by Jeff Koons. He joins the ranks of Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jenny Holzer.
One of the most welcome things, for me, about the Michelle Obama-mania seizing the fashion industry is the fact that for the first time that I can remember, the woman that designers would kill to dress is an actual grown-up, lady-type person. As opposed, I mean, to a sloppy, underpants-optional starlet, or one of those famous-for-nothing girls who live on reality television. Maybe, I thought, when it was announced that the CFDA would be handing out a special award to MObama, we were ushering in an era of sophisticated dressing. Then I spent the weekend wandering around Brooklyn and saw girls everywhere in…diaper shorts. Sometimes called bubble shorts or bloomer shorts, or in longer versions, harem shorts, these are shorts that pouf out around the hips, crotch, and behind and taper into bands around each leg, or an elasticized hem. A good number of brands introduced versions this summer, so many that it doesn’t bear citing examples. I will note that Lauren Conrad wore a pair by Elizabeth and James to an event last week, but really, the diaper short is an under-sung trend, inasmuch as it’s swept every kind of retail: high-end, low-end, mainstream, left-of-center. To be frank, I find the style unattractive—just fundamentally unflattering on anyone—and I didn’t expect it to have any traction on the street. I was wrong. Anyway, there I was in Brooklyn, puzzling over why it was these bubble/bloomer/harem shorts bothered me so much, when I landed at my friend’s place for some hang time with her 18-month-old. That’s when it hit me—bubble/bloomer/harem shorts look exactly like the kind of shorts you put on over a baby’s diaper. They are literally infantilizing. So, for that matter, are rompers and bobby socks and a bunch of other fads sweeping summer ’09, but depending on the execution, at least that stuff has some wit. Diaper shorts, I think, cross the line. What do you think? Just for a change, couldn’t we fetishize the elderly? Granny glasses, chintz prints, orthopedic footwear…? Comments, please.
Celebrity fashion collection. In the none too distant past—just last year, some might say—this phrase conjured up cheap vests and bad jeans, probably knocked out by some factory in the Philippines and then adorned with the diamanteé signature of a bubble-headed famous-for-being-famous twentysomething and then sold to tabloid readers across the land at around the $75 mark—a price that is too expensive for what the product is, but expensive enough to scare away the teenagers. After all, went the thinking, serious fashion customers wouldn’t buy clothes with names like “Kim Kardashian” or “Jessica Simpson” on the back label. Therefore they should aim for the In Touch-reading demographic as opposed to the Vogue-ers. Proper fashion connoisseurs want proper clothes by proper designers who have been trained properly, not people who were last spotted at the end of a paparazzi lens leaving Starbucks. So the thinking went. But note that past tense. Nowadays, having a famous name—one more famous for wearing clothes than designing them, mind—is no longer seen as an impediment to becoming a high-end fashion designer. Against all odds, I think we can thank the Olsen twins for this. Balenciaga-wearing fashion pioneers they may be today, but few could have foreseen this turn of events when they were being balanced on John Stamos’ knee in Full House. Their two labels, The Row and Elizabeth and James, had the shocking temerity to be more about quality than transparent marketing, as their anonymous brand names and high prices suggested. Even more surprisingly, serious consumers seem to be buying them, meaning that they have already far outlived the usual six-month lifespan of most celebrity fashion labels. Continue Reading “Free Speech: Hadley Freeman On The Age Of The Surprisingly Good Celebrity Designer” »