86 posts tagged "Fendi"
Is Diane von Furstenberg the latest designer to think small? The designer is reportedly moving forward with a long-rumored collection for GapKids and Baby Gap, which insiders say could bow as early as Spring 2012. (In addition to her main collection of ready-to-wear and accessories, DVF also makes fine jewelry with H.Stern, recently debuted housewares under her own label, and will return this fall to the fragrance world with Diane, her first new scent in years.)
But von Furstenberg is only the latest to take on the kiddie market. Former GapKids collaborator Stella McCartney received such good response from her children’s collection for the retailer that she’s since created a junior collection under her own label. In the past year, several other major houses have done the same. Gucci and Fendi both debuted childrenswear at last season’s Pitti Bimbo, part of the Pitti Immagine fairs. And earlier this month, Lanvin announced that it will return to its roots (founder Jeanne Lanvin designed mommy-and-me pieces) with a new kids’ range, launching in November.
Just when we’d gotten used to brightly colored pants (see the Spring collections of Jil Sander, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, and, don’t forget, Zara), New York designers like Derek Lam and Phillip Lim went and upped the ante for Fall, parading trousers in not one but two tones down the runways. At first, we were, ahem, divided, but they’re really growing on us now. Why? Well, let Prabal Gurung make the case. According to the designer, who showed a silver and black pair for Fall (left) and similarly flattering ones in seasons past, “Two-tone pants, particularly those with a curved seam, really elongate and make the leg appear slimmer.” The trend continued apace across the pond at Chloé and Celine. We even spied model Jessica Stam working the look for a day of go-sees in Milan, and we’ve got to agree with Gurung—her legs really do look a mile long.
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Puglia native Corrado di Biase started his career ten years ago designing shoes for Fendi in Rome. And after clocking time in the shoe departments of some of Europe’s best houses—including YSL (where the Tribute was introduced his second season) and John Galliano—he struck out on his own. Di Biase returned to Rome last season to present his first couture collection as a special guest of Sylvia Venturini Fendi, the newly appointed president of Rome’s Haute Couture syndicate. This season, di Biase is debuting his first ready-to-wear collection at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on March 1.
How did you get your start?
After my studies, my dream was to go to Paris and do ready-to-wear. I sent a ton of letters—everyone said it was easy to get an internship there, but it wasn’t. Valentino and Fendi were the only two truly international houses in Rome at the time, so I sent my CV there. Frida Giannini was designing bags for Fendi at the time, but she had no room on her team, so she passed me along to the shoe design team. So I didn’t choose shoes, they chose me.
How does shoe design inform your process for ready-to-wear?
Not to sound pretentious, but when you are a shoe designer you can design anything. There’s not the same range of possibilities with bags—you can make them in precious leathers or nylon. Shoes require a special mix of technique and creativity. If you pick up on clothing details, they have to be concentrated on such a small space. And then there’s the practical side—you have to be able to walk in them (even if at Galliano we do crazy shoes just for the show).
You have to have a beautiful object and a proportion that is really, really perfect—it’s almost like watch-making; all the pieces have to work together perfectly. When you buy clothing from H&M and you put it with an Alaïa belt and a beautiful jacket, no one knows it’s H&M. Shoes are a different story. To look beautiful, you have to have beautiful shoes. And it gives confidence like no other piece of clothing. It’s amazing when you do shoes; you realize how much they can change a person.
Knowing shoes makes things easier, because it makes you more of a perfectionist. You look at all the little details. My coat with a whalebone shell (pictured) was the first thing I did for the collection, and I instantly zoomed in on the stitching and zippers because the slightest variation jumps out at you. You see everything. Continue Reading “Meet Corrado Di Biase, Paris’ Next Designer To Watch” »
The big day is coming any day now for Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom. The model and her actor husband have reportedly decamped to California to await the birth of their little bundle of joy—as every model booker in the known universe holds their breath and waits. [Page Six]
Fendi is bringing its Fendi O’ party and concert—the same one that brought you Duran Duran in Paris during the women’s Spring 2011 shows—to Milan for men’s fashion week next month. The Canadian trio Dragonette will perform, and the label will unveil its new Fendi O’ music competition. [WWD]
But don’t worry, Paris: You’ve got good things coming to you, too. Like a newly renovated Gucci boutique, par example—with new, limited-edition products like an ostrich-skin New Jackie bag (left) and scarves printed with the store’s Rue Royale address. [WWD]
And Opening Ceremony takes a minute to check in with Cassius Clay—not the GOAT one, but the 19-year-old Yale sophomore who started styling and “creative consulting” Kanye West after a chance run-in at Barneys. He’s returning to his studies this fall (with several hand-studded sweaters and vintage Hermès cuffs, naturally). [OC]