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August 21 2014

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22 posts tagged "Marios Schwab"

Halston For The Guys, Pantsuits For the Girls, And More…

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Striking while the iron’s hot, Halston announces—on the heels of Marios Schwab’s successful first collection for the label and the high-profile signing of SJP to creative-direct the heritage line—that it will develop heritage and collection lines for men, too. But, no, Stanford Blatch won’t be the creative director of those. [WWD]

Aquascutum’s Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz, the designers, respectively, of the label’s men’s and womenswear, have resigned. The heritage British brand has responded with a cool, businesslike statement on their departure. In other words: classic stiff upper lip. [WWD]

The New York Times investigates the relationship of fashion and film and finds that…well, we’re not totally clear on what they’ve found. Apparently they used to be really tight, and now they’ve kind of cooled off, but they’re still friends sometimes. Sounds just like what happened to us and our BFF in junior high. [NYT]

And WSJ‘s Christina Binkley looks at the bounty of pantsuits on the runways, and sees the seventies Charlie girl and Xerox chairman Anne Mulcahy. (Even if sometimes, as at Dolce & Gabbana, they forget the pants.) [WSJ]

Crystal, Clearly; Parker’s House; And More…

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Yesterday we wondered, today we know. Sarah Jessica Parker has taken on a design role (and, it’s rumored, an executive one) at Halston, where she’ll be working on the secondary Halston Heritage collection. Love or hate the lady, we’re just glad she won’t be displacing Marios Schwab on the main line. [WWD]

The Times becomes the latest outlet to weigh in on plus-size models, sitting down with size-12 superstar Crystal Renn for a chat. “Because I am a plus-size model, [photographers] like to make an example,” she said. “They see a roll, and they say, ‘Ooh, a roll!’ And they focus on it.” Keep it klassy, fashion world. [NYT]

The Journal, meanwhile, capitalizes on the recent vintage-auction trend by checking in with a former communications exec who’s making a life change—and selling her entire wardrobe on eBay. [WSJ]

Today in new directions, part 1: Maria Sharapova for Tag Heuer. The glasses are OK—but can they help you nab your own Enrique? [FWD]

Today in new directions, part 2: Acne furniture by label creative director Jonny Johansson. And, no, they’re not stonewashed. [Grazia]

Photo: Terry Richardson/Courtesy of V

Raising Kane?

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…Or one of seven of his talented countrymen. British designer Christopher Kane found his line among eight shortlisted for the inaugural BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, an up-and-comer’s prize sponsored by the British Fashion Council and British Vogue. (The award is modeled on a similar initiative of its American counterpart.) In addition to Kane, Angel Jackson, Clements Ribeiro, Savile Row house E.Tautz, Erdem, Marios Schwab, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Richard Nicoll—most of whom will show at London fashion week next month—are in the running for the £200,000 award, which comes with industry mentorship (and, no small boon itself, coverage in the May 2010 issue of British Vogue, where the winner will be announced). Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman will chair the judging panel. We’re sure she’s too professional to give any inkling of her own preference, but the tea leaf readers of fashion will no doubt be scrutinizing her label choices all the same.

Photo: Courtesy of the British Fashion Council

Marios At Morgans

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Marios Schwab was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by Nadja Swarovski last night in the recently rehabbed Morgans Hotel penthouse. “I haven’t been here since, like, 1999,” said one reveler by way of greeting. But the designer didn’t seem to mind. The London-based Schwab was in town to show off his signature collection and to do some work on Halston, which he’ll debut next season. The designer’s goal was also to put faces to the many New York names he’s learned since the 2006 launch of his own label. Lauren Santo Domingo (pictured far right), Jen Brill, and model Lily Aldridge (pictured far left) wore cocktail dresses from his Spring line. During her toast, Swarovski touted Schwab’s vision and could barely contain her excitement about the February launch of his first Halston effort. But it takes more than a point of view to pull off a pair of collections at once; it also takes a good deal of confidence. When asked the previous day about the challenges of producing two labels, Schwab gamely stepped up to bat, replying, “As long as you’re really talented, you can do both.”

Photo: JP Pullos/Patrick McMullan.com

A Conversation With Halston’s New Man

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Ask Marios Schwab for the picture that comes to mind when he thinks of Halston, and he’ll admit that he reaches for the same mental snapshot we all do: Bianca Jagger, in a draped black dress, entering Studio 54 on a white horse. Unlike the rest of us, however, Schwab has the chance to conjure a new vision of Halston, one scrambled out of the brand’s sexy, seventies-heyday DNA but updated in Schwab’s own image. Last week, it was announced that the London-based Schwab would be taking the reins at Halston, a label that’s seen its share of troubles since Roy Halston Frowick exited the stage. Since 1983, the Halston legacy has been entrusted to more than a half-dozen designers, with fitful success. The previous designer, Marco Zanini, lasted only two seasons. Schwab has a rather formidable challenge before him as he seeks to turn the ship around. And the Greek-Austrian designer will be upping the ante for himself by continuing to design his eponymous label, which launched in 2005 and earned him the Best New Designer prize at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award in 2007. Here, Schwab talks to Style.com about moving into the house that Roy built.

Congratulations! I’m sure a lot of people are crawling out the woodwork to say that. Are you feeling overwhelmed?
I’m happy. Overwhelmed…not as much. This was quite a lengthy process, with Halston, so I’ve had a lot of opportunity to settle my nerves.

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