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April 21 2014

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Winehouse Collection Continues, Nemcova Reveals Her Wedding Dress Designer, Richard Nicoll Teams With Technology, And More…

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Amy Winehouse’s collections for Fred Perry will continue, WWD reported today. When the singer died last month, Fred Perry hit the “pause” button on the collection, but the Winehouse family would like the remaining two collections she created to be released. [WWD]

Model Petra Nemcova isn’t keeping her wedding dress designer a secret. The bride-to-be, who will marry actor Jamie Belman next June, revealed she will walk down the aisle in Marchesa. [Vogue U.K.]

Uniqlo has partnered with Barbie and Disney, and now the Japanese retailer has joined forces with another all-American brand: Coca-Cola. For their eighth annual UT Grand Prix, contestants can create T-shirt designs inspired by Coke for a winning prize of $10,000. The top ten designs will be sold in Uniqlo stores worldwide this fall. [Hint]

London-based designer Richard Nicoll is on call with Vodafone. The cell phone company will sponsor his next two runway shows, and they are collaborating on a new accessory that “fuses technology and cutting edge design.” [WWD]

Photo: Mike Marsland / Getty Images

No Marchesa For The Princess Bride
(Plenty For The Others, Though)

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The Apthorp is one of New York’s toniest addresses, so no surprise that the frills-and-all label Marchesa chose the West Seventies apartment complex—really more of a gated community, with enormous iron bars shielding its interior gardens from Broadway—to show both finery and its new flatware: its new bridal collection on one hand, and its second collection of dinner plates, cups, and serving pieces for Lenox on the other. A crowd including Courtney Love (the proverbial bull in the china shop, who arrived a fashionably-late ten minutes before the scheduled end time), Olivia Munn, Sanaa Lathan, and Mary Alice Stephenson all stopped in for a look.

Marchesa is known for weddings—designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig recently custom-designed frocks for brides Nicole Richie and Emily Blunt—but Craig dispelled rumors they’re in the running for this month’s royal affair. “I’m excited to see what she’s going to be wearing,” the English-born Craig said. “I think she’s a very stylish woman, and I think she’ll probably choose something beautiful and classic. I don’t think she’s going to go for anything too trend-based or crazy edgy. She’ll look like a princess!”

For princess brides, of course, there are plenty of frothy options. But there are others, too, for city brides, beach brides, and, really, any kind of bride you could mention (though City Hall bride might find herself a little overdressed). “We really try to think of different types of bride that are out there and try to have a dress for each different kind,” Craig said. She gestured to a favorite from the collection, a wasp-waisted, skintight number. “This one is much more fitted, there’s less corsetry inside,” she explained. “A lot those brides have spent six to eight months working on their body…this is a dress for that woman who really doesn’t need the structure of the corset, she just wants to show off.”

Photo: Patrick McMullan

So, You’re Going To Host The Oscars…

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The rumors are true: This year’s Oscar co-hosts are Bright Young Things™ Anne Hathaway and James Franco. (Both, incidentally, looking good in the early running for major awards.) Franco could do worse than the Tom Ford tuxes last year’s co-hosts, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, donned for the occasion. (He’d do well to bring both his arms, however.) But Hathaway? She’s got a few more options. Over the last two years, Hathaway has emerged as a style star in her own right. The houses of Valentino and Armani are both eager to claim her for their own, though she’s also been known to pal around with Marc Jacobs and, at least in the past, has had a soft spot for Marchesa. So who’ll she wear come March? We’ve rounded up a few of her past hits above, both formal and cocktail; let us know which you like, and who she should pick for the big show.

Top row, left to right: In Azzaro at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards; in Lanvin at Lanvin’s Halloween party in New York, 2010; In Armani Privé at the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009. Bottom row, left to right: In Valentino Haute Couture at the premiere of Love and Other Drugs, 2010; in Marc Jacobs at the Met Costume Institute Gala in 2009.

Photos: Jeff Vespa / WireImage (SAG); Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene
(Lanvin Halloween); John Shearer / WireImage (Oscars); Dave Allocca / Startraksphoto.com (Love & Other Drugs); Bill Davila / Startraksphoto.com (Met Gala)

Prabal Gurung Gets Obsessed

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Three people enter a room: Popeye, Julius Caesar, and Georgina Chapman. No, that’s not the beginning of a bad joke (though there’s a buck in it for whoever comes up with the best punch line). All three found their way into the work of artist Cary Kwok, and all three are on a view at Obsession, a new exhibition of Kwok’s work curated by none other than Prabal Gurung (above, with Kwok).

Kwok’s intricate ballpoint pen drawings of his “obsessions” caught Gurung’s eye a while back. And when the designer was offered the chance to curate a show at the gallery (he presented his first two collections in the space), Kwok was his first choice. “I wanted to do the exhibit because it takes my mind off of fashion, and it’s good to take a little time off,” Gurung laughed.

His inaugural show suggests he’s got a good, playful eye for unlikely juxtapositions. (A portrait of Audrey Hepburn hangs side by side with a homoerotic rendering that looks like it could illustrate a particularly blue passage from William S. Burroughs.) “I wanted it to be a little tongue-in-cheek, but not obviously vulgar,” Gurung said. His favorite among the ink-on-paper drawings include ones of Chanel perfume bottles, a peacock plume, and a caricature of the Marchesa designer (who made an appearance in the flesh at the opening, too). But the recently named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner (he scooped up one of the two $100,000 runner-up prizes) doesn’t think of himself as an art buff—he just knows what he likes. “Art to me is something you get absorbed in,” Gurung told us. “You don’t have to think about whether it inspires you or not, you just enjoy it.”

Obsession is on view through January 29 at FLAG Art Foundation, 545 W. 25th St., 9th floor, NYC, www.flagartfoundation.com.

Photo: Hanuk/hanukhanuk.com

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Leighton In Lace

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At last night’s Harry Winston “Court of Jewels” launch, Leighton Meester got enviably decked in diamonds—a Winston three-row diamond necklace, Cluster earrings, and Loop bracelet, to be exact. But even with jewels lavish enough for a crown princess, Meester was channeling a pretty contemporary court. She chose a sheer lace Marchesa jumpsuit with a plunging neckline, worn with peep-toe suede Nicholas Kirkwood heels and a deep fuchsia lip. Leave it to Leighton—never shy on the red carpet—to combine glamour with a little grrr. We like it. Do you?

Photo: Courtesy of Marchesa