August 28 2014

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Smells Like Dree Spirit, Uniqlo Hits Fifth, And More…


Was this the face that launched a thousand ships? Ferragamo’s just hoping it’s the face that’ll move a couple thousand bottles. The label has just announced that Dree Hemingway will be the face of its upcoming fragrance, to be shot by Craig McDean. [Modelinia]

Midtown Manhattan just got a little more dangerous—for us, at least: Uniqlo has officially announced what’s been suspected for weeks. It will open a second Manhattan flagship at 666 Fifth Avenue, a stone’s throw from our office. [WWD]

At this week’s Brooklyn Museum High Style gala, Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have enlisted six labels—Band of Outsiders, Philip Crangi, Patrik Ervell, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodarte and Slow and Steady Wins the Race—to create carnival activities or special souvenirs to give to guests, ranging from a ring-toss station to a fortune teller’s booth. Let us guess—our future includes a quick trip to OC? [WWD]

And in unsurprising news: Estrella Archs has left Emanuel Ungaro. The path’s been cleared. Is Giles en route? [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Amanda Schwab / Startraks Photo

So Who’s Buying Ungaro?


It’s no secret that Estrella Archs and Lindsay Lohan’s Spring 2010 version of Ungaro didn’t exactly wow the critics. And, as reported today by The Independent, the house’s founder, Emanuel Ungaro, has termed it a “disaster.” But what about the retail reaction?

Well, file this under Not Surprised: Both Neiman Marcus and Net-a-Porter, two of the only big shopping destinations where Ungaro can currently be bought outside of the brand’s own boutiques, have dropped the line for Spring 2010, according to representatives for the stores. Barneys and Saks, meanwhile, haven’t carried the label in a few seasons, and they didn’t jump at the house’s new party girl-based image—neither of them picked up the line for Spring, reps confirm.

As for who did? Well, there’s Vivaldi, an Upper East Side boutique best known for carrying mostly Paris and Milan-based fashions for a well-heeled clientele. And those with a taste for fuchsia minidresses and flying in the face of conventional wisdom can always seek out Ungaro’s own stores.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

The Mystery Is Gone, Karl On Curves, And More…


Mystique in fashion? So last season. Exposure is in (hello, no pants) and exclusivity is out. Tweet, shop, dress, and DIY accordingly. [WWD]

Marc Jacobs’ take on fashion’s lack of intrigue? Stop being nostalgic: “It’s just better to accept things for what they are and enjoy them.” [WWD]

After Liz Claiborne’s decision to sell exclusively at JCPenney, John Bartlett has decided to leave the company. Look for him and Cintra Wilson shopping elsewhere together. [WWD]

German mag Brigitte‘s plan to use only real women as models elicited the following from Karl Lagerfeld: “No one wants to see curvy women.” The charm and tact just ooze, right? [Wa Today]

Archs sans Lohan? Slightly improved. [The Cut]

Trovata: settled. [WWD]

Yohji: saved. [WWD]

Photo: Victory Boyko/Getty Images

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: The Lindsanity Edition


The expectations were low. Well, frequently low and stewing in the wicked juice of potential schadenfreude. Unfortunately, as it turns out, Lindsay Lohan’s debut as artistic adviser at Emanuel Ungaro warranted them. After yesterday’s show, no one, it seems, had anything nice to say, whether about the circuslike atmosphere or the ticky-tacky, undeveloped clothes that came down the runway. Our own Nicole Phelps described it as “a bad joke of a fashion show, one with questionable color combinations, ‘bad eighties’ draped silk jackets and drop-crotch pants, old-fashioned and ill-judged fur stoles, and, yes, tasteless sequin pasties.” WWD called it “an embarrassment,” remarking that the clothes looked “cheesy and dated.” Meanwhile, The New York Times likened Lohan’s presence at a major French house to “a McDonald’s fry cook taking the reins of a three-star Michelin restaurant.” Ouch. Well, in a way, Mounir Moufarrige got his wish. Those runway shots and the images of Lohan’s teary bow, with designer Estrella Archs, have rippled out well beyond the fashion orbit. What did you think of Lindsay’s appointment and new collection? Let us know below.

Photos: Marcio Madeira

Double Time: Lohan and Archs On Ungaro


Estrella Archs and Lindsay Lohan sat down yesterday to talk to about the new Emanuel Ungaro collection on which they’re collaborating. In separate rooms. With their runway debut scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, it’s too soon to say whether the unique relationship dreamed up by company CEO Mounir Moufarrige will be a success or even more short-lived than their predecessor Esteban Cortazar’s three-season stint at the French house. Archs, the chief designer, has Prada, Pucci, and Nina Ricci on her resume. Lohan, the brand’s artistic advisor has few qualifications other than being a clotheshorse (“It’s a problem, really,” she said) and being one of the most photographed women in the world. Forty-eight hours before the show, a lot remained to be done, but we can tell you to expect thigh-baring hemlines, hot pink and electric orange, and a heart motif that should win the brand a few new ones. When we asked the duo about their approach to the label, they came up with very different answers. “Reviving the DNA,” said Archs. “Bringing youth to it,” said Lohan. Together, maybe they’ll have something.

Photo: Gary Gershoff/Wireimage