9 posts tagged "Luella"
Hard to imagine it now, but there was a time before fast fashion/designer collaborations. (It was a mythical year called…2003.) The meeting of high-end designer and mass retailer has changed the way we shop, and none more than Target, whose designer collab series, GO International, celebrates its fifth year in 2011. To celebrate, it’s digging back through the archive and re-releasing dresses from its now-unavailable collections gone by; the 34-piece collection will draw on GO lines by Proenza Schouler, Luella Bartley, Libertine, Rogan, Richard Chai, Rodarte, and more. The company’s remaining tight-lipped about what will be produced until February 2011, but if we’ve got any powers to persuade, we have a few suggestions for dresses we’d be happy to see—and even wait on line for!—a second time around.
Above: Rogan for Target; Rodarte for Target; Thakoon for Target.
Ecco Domani Wines has announced its 2010 Fashion Foundation award winners. For womenswear, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Ross Menuez of Salvor Projects, and Phillipe Rollano and David Trujillo of The Blonds; for menswear, Siki Im; and for accessories, Irina Arakas of Prova. If you’re looking for the appropriate beverage to toast the winners, we’re sure Ecco D has a few suggestions. [WWD]
Three new Rs: reading, ‘riting, and Riri. Everyone’s favorite ubiquitous pop star has announced plans for her first book, out this June. Co-created with Rated R tour creative director Simon Henwood, the tome will consist mainly of steamy photos. Here’s to giving the people what they want. [Gatecrasher]
The Queen of England’s 2010 New Year’s Honours list has been released, and Her Majesty will confer honors on several of British fashion’s leading lights, including milliner Stephen Jones and Luella Bartley. Any royal funding for Luella back there, your highness? [Vogue U.K.]
It’s On may be off, but Alexa Chung’s keeping busy: Her Spring 2010 ad campaign for Pepe Jeans has hit the Web. [Grazia]
“It’s very sad, but English fashion will survive, and be stronger,” Vivienne Westwood said of Luella’s recent closing. “It’s a bit of a cautionary tale for all involved on tightening up the business side of things—but for that conversation, we will need several hours.” Given that we caught the flame-haired designer at her Spring ’10 Anglomania showing at Selfridges, leisure was hardly an option. All of London, it seems, is debating whether or not “cool” is enough to base a business on, and the jury, for better or worse, is hung. But whatever the verdict, the mood has been grim, making Dame Westwood’s energetic, colorful show a welcome shot in the arm. Dionne Bromfield, Amy Winehouse’s 13-year-old goddaughter, sang a couple of ditties to open, playing to a crowd that included Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Sadie Frost, Lady Victoria Hervey, Dinos Chapman, and Tracey Emin. Westwood herself was front-row, too, watching models like Daisy Lowe take the runway.
“It’s the best of all things British,” Frost said afterward. She also had a few encouraging words for Luella. Few have forgotten that Frost’s company, Frost French, shuttered a while back, too, only to rise again this year and reopen with a much-celebrated London store. “It’s doable. A little bit of pain and learning, and you can come back stronger and better.”
Karl Lagerfeld used to sleep in a boxing ring. So not surprised. [WWD]
Rumor du jour: Jeffrey Monteiro is heading to Bill Blass. We’re cool with it as long as he keeps designing his own line. [WWD]
It’s not Jason Wu for Target, but Wu’s decision, announced today, to design a capsule collection for TSE is probably just the beginning of Wu’s cross-market domination—Wu-mination, if you will. The line will be on view during New York fashion week in February. [WWD]
Lorenzo Martone is one half of ARC NY, a new “boutique talent p.r. agency for catwalkers.” Lydia Hearst and Alessandra Ambrosio are already signed up, and we’d be surprised if more of Martone’s high-profile crew don’t join, too. [Page Six]
Speaking of Lorenzo, Marc Jacobs has admitted to being a little awed and impressed by his Louis Vuitton customers: “There’s this huge cult following of almost crazy people at Vuitton who just want whatever they buy to be exclusive.” Don’t get him wrong—he’s not complaining. [Times U.K.]
The Times investigates “the steady infiltration of 19th-century haberdashery into the 21st-century wardrobe,” which is a nifty way of saying guys are dressing like Civil War re-enactors. Muskets are going to be huge. [NYT]
Buy Luella to save Luella. At 50 percent off, this is a slogan we can get behind. [Fashionista]
Olivier Zahm is bringing his particular brand of photography to New York. His show—the editor’s first—opens December 1 at the Half Gallery. Don’t bring your mom (unless you’re a Roitfeld). [BlackBook]
Put down that bamboo. It may be toxic. The eco fabric gets a dressing down in the Wall Street Journal, which means we may have to go back to wearing hemp. [WSJ]
The news that director John Hughes had died brought to mind some of the indelible images from his films Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and (our all-time fave) The Breakfast Club. And that in turn made us nostalgic for our own 1980′s school days. A quick study of the Fall shows turned up plenty of schoolgirl classics. There were pinafores at United Bamboo and Luella, crisp oxford shirts at Burberry Prorsum and Giles, and trim blazers at Dsquared² and the Gap. And can’t you just see a Pretty in Pink-era Molly Ringwald vibing on the quirky hat-scarf-belt-boots-stripey top combo at Marc by Marc Jacobs? Click here for a slideshow and tell us which runway look you like best.