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April 20 2014

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18 posts tagged "Marco Zanini"

Alessandro Dell’Acqua Heads to Rochas

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AlessandroIt seems as though the rumors, which began to swirl last week, are true. Rochas announced today that Alessandro Dell’Acqua—who stepped down from Les Copains last week, and also heads up his own range, No. 21—has been appointed as the new creative director at the French house. Dell’Acqua replaces Marco Zanini, who breathed new life into the brand after Olivier Theyskens’ departure in 2008. Word on the street is that Zanini is heading to the recently revived house of Schiaparelli—and perhaps, considering the success he’s had at Rochas, he is just the man for the job. That being said, he’ll have some pretty big shoes to fill. Schiaparelli has yet to comment.

Photos: Marcus Tondo/IndigitalImages.com

Three’s a Trend: The Muppet Shows

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Muppet fun

Who doesn’t love a little fuzzy Muppet madness? During the Spring shows in Milan (which feel like ages ago, but were, in fact, last week), Fendi picked up where it left off for Fall and continued having lots of fun with fur. While last season it appeared as multicolored Mohawks atop models’ heads, this time around, Lagerfeld stuck bejeweled clips with wisps of violet, cobalt, lavender, or black fluff on models’ ears. It kind of looked like what might grow out of the ear canal of everyone’s favorite out-of-control, drumming puppet, Animal—if he were aging, and impossibly glam.

Meanwhile, today at Rochas, Marco Zanini sent crystal-embellished mules covered in mops of ostrich feathers down the runway—the yellow iterations brought Big Bird to mind. Moments later, at Gareth Pugh, a model stomped the catwalk in a flurry of purple ostrich plumes that enveloped her head and neck. Call us crazy, but we think this would look fantastic on Sam the Eagle (or even Mrs. Sam the Eagle?) should he want a sartorial update.

Photos: IndigitalImages (Fendi and Gareth Pugh); Nicole Phelps (Rochas)

The Right Type

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Type looks from Gucci, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, and Rochas

Perhaps given Riccardo Tisci’s recent varsity-letterman font slogans—think “PERVERT” at his men’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection, or “FAVELAS,” as spotted on a lace top worn by Marina Abramovic at last week’s CFDA Awards—designers circuit-wide are turning toward text in their Resort ’14 lineups. Yet where Tisci’s words of choice are consciously incendiary (“FAVELAS”—dense urban slums most commonly associated with Rio de Janeiro—will become an increasingly hot topic as Brazil’s World Cup and Olympic Games approach), others have gunned for logomania.

For instance, Rochas‘ Marco Zanini knit the house’s moniker across a turquoise roll-neck sweater. At Gucci, Frida Giannini emblazoned “FRIDA’S” across a retro-tinged crop top (let’s face it—at this point, the designer’s name and aesthetic are virtually synonymous with the Italian house), and Preen‘s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi printed an abstract take on their line’s name across gray athletic-grade jersey. “We were interested in slogans and rock band tour T-shirts,” Thornton said of the nineties-inspired collection. “The motif was a development from these, combined with a contemporary art attitude. We have always loved letters and text,” the designer added, “so why not incorporate them into clothing? There is nothing more graphically pleasing than letters.”

Photos: Courtesy of Gucci, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, and Rochas

The Recent Rush of Plush Velvet

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Nothing adds a royal touch quite like velvet, and we’ve noticed plenty of it in the recent pre-fall, Haute Couture, and even menswear collections. At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton whipped up an ecclesiastical draped robe in cardinal red, while Stella McCartney, Rochas’ Marco Zanini, and Peter Copping at Nina Ricci were among the designers who incorporated the fabric into eveningwear. Christopher Kane, for his part, took the material in a more casual direction with a cool biker jacket. Velvet is getting play in the real world, too. Jessica Alba turned up to the Dior Haute Couture show this week wearing a sumptuous black topcoat, while Joséphine de la Baume gave off a witchy vibe in a crushed-velvet number at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball.

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I Want To Wear A Roitfeld: Carine To Launch Her Own Label? And More…

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A blurry Twitpic of a label reading “Carine Roitfeld” has led to rampant Internet speculation that the former Paris Vogue editrix is working on her own collection. Will the world ever be the same? (Our guess: yes.) [Fashionista]

Lara Stone thinks she would make a great evil Bond girl. No disagreements here. You listening, Daniel Craig? [WWD]

Rochas designer Marco Zanini, on the other hand, thinks he could design Dior. We didn’t see it in the stars, but hey, you never know. [NYT]

And Gareth Pugh submits to Hint‘s “One Sentence or Less” interview. The strangest item of clothing in his closet? “A suit—very odd indeed.” [Hint]

Revealed: the guest list for Friday’s Royal Wedding. See you there, Mr. Bean (a.k.a. Rowan Atkinson) and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia! [BBC]

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com