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20 posts tagged "Franca Sozzani"

Franca Sozzani On Her Harvard Speech, J.Brand In Expansion Mode, And More…


Vogue Italia‘s editor in chief, Franca Sozzani, recently took to the blogs to express how hard she’s found it to write a speech for her appearance at Havard University on April 2. She has decided to discuss the controversial topic of body image and explained, “It’s a commitment and nothing must be left to chance. You speak and know that each word carries weight and consequences.” [Telegraph]

J Brand, which expanded its denim offerings to a full ready-to-wear line earlier this year, has announced plans to open the brand’s first flagship stores in New York and London within 15 months. Handbags and shoes, says J Brand CEO Jeff Rudes, are also not too far on the horizon. [WWD]

Former O.C. starlet Mischa Barton has just launched a shopping Web site called Mischa’s Place. Barton collaborated with her mom on the e-commerce endeavor, which offers cosmetics, handbags, and clothing. [Telegraph]

With Madonna clad in Agent Provocateur on the cover of her new single “Girl Gone Wild” and stars like Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson launching their own lingerie collections left and right, The Wall Street Journal reports that über-sexy undergarments are becoming more mainstream. And the numbers tell all—following celebrity endorsements like Madonna’s, sales of the Vivienne Westwood-backed Provocateur label have risen 12.5 percent in the last year. [WSJ]



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Lorenzo Martone And Ryan Brown Part Ways, Swarovski’s New Scholarship Program, Franca Sozzani On Things She Hates, And More…


Lorenzo Martone and his business partner Ryan Brown are shutting down their model management agency ARC New York at the end of this year. Reportedly, they are still sorting out who will keep A-list clients like Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Shayk, and Julie Henderson. [Page Six]

Swarovski has unveiled a new scholarship program for two Central Saint Martins students. The first to receive the scholarship awards are Scarlett Tull and Stephanie Bila. [Vogue U.K.]

In January, Jason Wu will be receiving the Future of Fashion Award at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund dinner. The event will also recognize the 82 designers, personalities, and executives honored during the organization’s 75th anniversary. [WWD]

Meetings and fashionistas—both are things that Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani hates. Sozzani, the cover star of Industrie magazine’s latest issue, says in the article, “I never do meetings. Never. If people are responsible and creative, they don’t need to have a teacher.” [Telegraph]

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Angelos Bratis Takes Italy’s Who Is On Next Prize


Each July, fashion—the made-in-Italy kind, at least—moves south to Rome. The destination? Altaroma fashion week, Italy’s answer to haute couture, where acting President Silvia Venturini Fendi and Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani pick the womenswear winners of Italy’s annual Who is On Next young designer competition. (The men’s half of Who’s Next was held last month at Pitti in Florence.)

The prestigious international jury, including Suzy Menkes, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Terron Schaefer and Harvey Nichols’ Averyl Oates, spent last Saturday in a sizzling-hot Rome reviewing the work of seven ready-to-wear labels and four accessories lines for the seventh edition of the prize, which rewards winners with a feature shoot by one of Vogue Italia‘s photographers and a fashion-show slot during Milan fashion week in late September. (, Mercedes-Benz, and Alcantara offered their own supplemental prize.)

Angelos Bratis (left), a Greek designer producing his collection in Italy, won first prize for his sleek, bias scarf-cut pieces inset with stars, while second prize went to Stella Jean, a Caribbean-Italian designer born in Rome, who created Euro-African mix of crisp pinstripe shirts and wax prints in modernized fifties hourglass shapes. Alessio Spinelli, whose eponymous shoe collection debuted in Rome this year, won the accessories prize for the innovative details of his Neon, collection like stiletto sandals with glow-in-the-dark-edged soles, or interchangeable shocking satin laces. Marta Ferri, who did a bright, floral-filled remix of fifties glamour, received the jury’s special mention.

“It’s really amazing to participate in a competition like this,” said Bratis, who spoke during a private evening tour of the Vatican with the jury and journalists assembled for the prize, a rare treat negotiated by Silvia Fendi using all her intra-Roman connections. “All of a sudden you’re in a room with some of the people who you have always dreamed of showing your collection to. So there’s 15 minutes to explain what you’re doing. And then you realize that they understand everything and that an explanation really isn’t necessary.”

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Jen Kao’s Italian Diary


New York-based designer Jen Kao was selected by Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani and the buyers at for the Vogue Talents Corner installation in Milan. While in Italy, Kao took full advantage of the situation to do a little traveling and more than a little shopping. She shares some of her snaps and memories, below.

“We arrived in Milan for the Vogue Talents Exhibition curated by Vogue Italia and After spending the first day setting up, we headed back to Palazzo Morando to meet Franca Sozzani and pose for pictures with the other designers. A dream list of guests passed through to the check out the collection, including, but not limited to, Anna Dello Russo, Margherita Missoni and Giovanna Battaglia (above), Anne Christensen, Donatella Versace, Suzy Menkes, Linda Fargo, Sally Singer, Dan and Dean of Dsquared², and Roberto Cavalli.”

“Checked in for some meetings at my booth, and then made the most necessary pit stop—at Prada! How can you choose from all the fascinating shades of caterpillar fox stoles, especially when they were made available to the public just as I walked in! I also wasn’t able to make my way out without a pair of blue and white swirly shades and black espadrille platform wingtips. That evening, we hosted a dinner for some friends at Da Giacomo (below). The food was more than something to write home about, the conversation even better, and the atmosphere better still—there’s always something to see. Case in point? Up in the right corner, paintings of personified carrots in tuxedos. And over there to the left, the most amazing vintage, printed ponyhair coat. Continue Reading “Jen Kao’s Italian Diary” »

Freja Channels Patti, Ten Years Of Marc By Marc, Iman’s Man, And More…


The reign of Patti Smith rages on. The eternally cool rocker-poet is up for the National Book Award tomorrow night—Just Kids, her memoir of her early years with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is a finalist for the nonfiction category—and she’s the inspiration for yet another editorial in the new issue of VMan, on stands November 11. Freja Beha Erichsen takes the role of Patti (left) and Christian Brylle does a fairly convincing Mapplethorpe—all the more convincing because he actually shot the spreads himself. [VMan]

Turning ten is almost on trend these days! First there was, then 10, then SHOWstudio, and now Marc by Marc Jacobs is celebrating a decade in the business. WWD checks in with Marc Jacobs international president Robert Duffy—the mastermind behind MMJ—who reminisces on the early years, the inspiration behind it, and why he’s never going to spend $300 for a pair of jeans. In honor of the anniversary, a capsule collection of the best Marc by Marc pieces from the past ten years hits the floor this spring. [WWD]

Words of wisdom from her diva-ness, Iman: “Alexander Wang is one of my favorites. But he is like my daughter. He is like 12.” [Harper’s Bazaar via Racked]

Words of wisdom from her other diva-ness, Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani: “I personally think that TV shows about fashion are generally boring.” [Styleite]

And in sad news: Fashion favorite Rachel Weisz and her partner of nine years, Darren Aronofsky, are splitting up. Apparently, they’ve been separated for months and some sources say that Weisz is currently dating Daniel Craig. [TMZ]

Photo: Christian Brylle/Courtesy of VMAN