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Karl Lagerfeld did it, Giambattista Valli did it, and more recently, Alberta Ferretti joined the list of Macy’s guest designers. Today, one more fashion star got added to the group: Nicole Richie. Though images of the Nicole Richie for Impulse line have not been revealed yet, it will reportedly include a peacock print Richie has used before and “bright jewel colors as a big theme in the line, which will offer 24 to 30 styles,” according to Macy’s Inc. chief marketing officer Martine Reardon.
Of the collection, which is set to hit select Macy’s stores and Macys.com in mid-September, Richie (who also has her House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate collections and is busy as a mentor on NBC’s reality fashion show Fashion Star) says, “With each collection I do, it all starts with music,” adding that the Macy’s collection “represents the many different layers of a modern woman. This collection has a strong mix of masculine and feminine: printed chiffon mixed with faux leathers. I focused on the details, from the zipper pulls to the buttons.”
Python has been the defending champion in the exotics department for the past year or so, but the Fall runways revealed a fierce contender: crocodile. And this season, the scaly stuff wasn’t just relegated to accessories. Giambattista Valli and Fendi‘s Silvia Venturini Fendi whipped the skin into a cocoon-shaped topper and a luxe shift dress, respectively. Others showed it as a pattern instead. The team at MaxMara, for example, paired an embossed leather pencil skirt, cross-body satchel, and military cap with a devore knit turtleneck, while Emilio Pucci‘s Peter Dundas embroidered a sheer black dress with sparkly reptile scales.
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Forget the Red and the Black. Right now, it’s all about the Red and the Blue. The 2012 elections will mean a full year of face-off between the red Republicans and the blue Dems. All of a sudden, the red and blue Masai prints at Thakoon and Kim Jones’ men’s collection for Louis Vuitton are looking prescient. Showgoers at the men’s and Couture shows have been experimenting with primary-colored combinations, too, and now more designers are picking up on the theme. Giambattista Valli and Peter Copping at Nina Ricci have been pushing cardinal and cobalt with their pre-fall collections.
Soon, the Super Bowl will have Giants fans and Patriots supporters (like the queen of them all, Gisele Bündchen) squaring off in New York blue and New England red. But no need to pick just one. As the looks in our slideshow attest, it’s all in the mix.
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Giambattista Valli is no longer a guest member on the Couture calendar. The Paris-based designer, who made his debut on the Couture runways for the first time last season, was granted the official haute couture appellation early (typically designers have to wait five years to be eligible) by French fashion’s governing body, the Chambre Syndicale.
Of the decision, Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach tells WWD, “It was clear from his show [in July] that he has caught the attention of a new generation of customers, and he immediately took important orders for his couture,” he says. “So it’s true that the haute couture appellation gives him legitimacy, but objectively speaking, he is already part of the system.”