August 22 2014

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5 posts tagged "Fashion Fringe"

Jean Paul Gaultier Signs On With Diet Coke, Natalie Portman’s Vintage Dior Dress Sells For $50,000, And More…


Jean Paul Gaultier has found a new gig as the creative director of Diet Coke. The designer will re-create the soft drink’s can and bottle designs, as well as star (as a detective, a therapist, and a journalist) in three short promotional films. [Vogue U.K.]

Kabuki theater is the subject of the latest exhibition at the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris. The exhibition, which runs until July 15, includes ornate costumes and accessories, show programs, and films. [WWD]

Natalie Portman’s vintage Christian Dior dress recently sold for a reported $50,000. After appearing on the Oscars’ carpet last month, the 1954 gown was bought by a private couture collector in London. [Grazia Daily]

Miuccia Prada found her way back onto Forbes‘ annual billionaires list with a net worth of $6.8 billion. The designer is also ranked as Forbes‘ 79th most powerful woman, while her husband and Prada chief executive office Patrizio Bertelli came in at number 296 on the billionaires list. [Forbes]

Christopher Bailey was recently named chair of Fashion Fringe, a British competition that looks for emerging design talent. Bailey’s duties will include selecting finalists and providing mentorship. “I am very proud to be partnering with them to unearth the next generation of exciting designers,” Bailey tells WWD. [WWD]

Photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage

A Look Inside The Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs Book, Freja’s Cross-Stitch Campaign, Fashion Fringe On Tour, And More…


The new Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs book is not due out until April (in conjunction with the exhibit opening at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris), but got a sneak peak at some of the images in the tome. The book also includes essays by fashion historians and editors. [Hint]

Freja Beha Erichsen is now available in cross-stitch. The model is the star of Scandinavian jeweler Georg Jensen’s new ad campaign, which Jensen commissioned cross-stitch artist Inge Jacobsen to make. The eight images took an estimated 2,000 hours to produce. [Telegraph]

Fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, who has photographed for the likes of Valentino, Christian Dior, and Cerruti, has a new exhibition debuting in London this month. The show, opening at The Wrapping Project-Bankside, includes images from his “Nudi” and “Studio” series. [Dazed Digital]

In an effort to “connect the U.K. regions with the London fashion scene,” Fashion Fringe founder and creative director Colin McDowell has announced he’s launching a tour in March, making appearances with designers at various U.K. fashion schools. The group of designers includes Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon, Julien Macdonald, and Erdem Moralioglu. [WWD]

Photo: Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs

Schiffer, Mouret Pick The Best Of The Fringe


What will it take to catch the eyes of Roland Mouret, Claudia Schiffer, and the rest of the judges for London’s Fashion Fringe prize? “A little joie de vivre,” Mouret told British Vogue of the three finalists the judging panel selected for the annual award. (“Asking ‘would I buy it?’—that’s not important,” Schiffer added.) All three finalists will show their collections on the London runway in September, where the winner will receive a two-year package that includes financial assistance, studio space, and mentorship. This year’s top three? The Latvian/Israeli duo behind Fyodor Golan; Royal College of Art grad Nabil El-Nayal, who previously won the British Fashion Council’s M.A. scholarship; and California-born, Singapore-raised, Central Saint Martins-educated Heidi Leung, who’s worked at Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane. (Leung’s sketches are at left.) The prize has the potential to send its winners to the next level of the fashion stratosphere—case in point, Erdem Moralioglu, who nabbed it in the past.


More On McQueen, Mouret And Schiffer On The Fringe, Remembering Don Hill, And More…


At the Telegraph, Hilary Alexander scores a preview of the forthcoming catalog for the Costume Institute’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which will include images by Sølve Sundsbø (left), and an interview with the house’s current creative director, Sarah Burton, by’s Tim Blanks. [Telegraph via Racked]

London’s Fashion Fringe competition has added two new judges to its roster: Joining Selfridges’ Anne Pitcher, London College of Fashion’s Roy Peach, and Metro‘s Bel Jacobs will be Roland Mouret and Claudia Schiffer. (Last year’s honorary chairman, John Galliano, was originally intended to serve for two years, but will not participate.) The program awards a package of cash, business advice, studio space, and mentorship worth an estimated £100,000; applications are open now, and those shortlisted for the prize will show their collections at London fashion week. [WWD]

Following last night’s wake for late club impresario Don Hill, a few well-placed friends, collaborators, and admirers—including Leigh Lezark, Paul Sevigny, Nur Khan, and Debbie Harry—share their memories of the man and the club. [T]

And tonight, rocker-approved menswear label By Robert James opens up its first-ever pop-up shop, in Tribeca’s John Allan’s grooming club. Which leads us to wonder: Will BRJ’s typically scruffy clientele emerge from the new shop fresh-faced and clean-shaven? [By Robert James]

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø /

Noticed In London: Fringe Benefits


London fashion week begins its comedown tonight—tomorrow, the men get their day—and over the course of the shows, we’ve noticed something unexpected: the gangbusters return of fringe. We’ll leave it to the sages to explain why, but at labels as disparate as Holly Fulton (above left), Mark Fast (above right), Nicole Farhi (below left), Giles (below center), and Matthew Williamson (below right), the strands have been swinging. Ironically, the young-designers’ lab Fashion Fringe, which stages a seasonal show of the best and brightest of the up-and-comers, featured no fringe at all. Turns out not all prophecies are self-fulfilling.

Photos: All Photos by Yannis Vlamos / except Nicole Farhi by Marcus Tondo /