28 posts tagged "Suzy Menkes"
By now, Alexander Wang’s appointment at Balenciaga is old news, but the question of why he was chosen still has the industry buzzing. One argument runs that he’s got a hip young international following and that his contemporary-cool approach to dressing could prove an interesting new direction for the super-luxury brand. (His proven ability to create It bags doesn’t hurt, either.) Another, espoused by Suzy Menkes in the IHT and propelled by Karl Lagerfeld’s recent endorsement, puts the California-born Taiwanese designer’s roots in China at the center of the dialogue.
Should they be? Given luxury fashion’s rapidly expanding consumer base in China, it’s not surprising that many have gravitated toward the latter argument. But that it’s not surprising doesn’t mean that it’s especially logical or fair. Last night, PPR CEO and chairman François-Henri Pinault had his say, in an interview with CBS’ Rebecca Jarvis. “Alexander Wang is young and he has a very universal culture. He is American with Chinese roots. His family is based in Shanghai. He has a very strong talent not only when it comes to accessible product, but his talent could also be adapted for couture at Balenciaga,” he said. When asked if Wang’s family ties were a key factor, he responded with a definitive “No.” “It is a mixture of value that Alexander will bring. It was really [a matter of] let’s find the right talent, the right skills, the right profile for the reality of the brand.”
To see Alexander Wang’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection, new on Style.com today, click here.
It was announced today that Lanvin’s visionary creative director, Alber Elbaz, will receive the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund’s Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award—an honor that’s likely especially poignant for the designer, given that he began his career working with Beene. “It was a very beautiful relationship over almost seven years,” Elbaz said of his mentor in a 2005 interview with the International Herald Tribune‘s Suzy Menkes. The YMA foundation, a non-for-profit organization that aids over 100 fashion students with scholarships, internships, mentorships, and career programs each year, will present Elbaz with the award at its annual dinner in New York on January 8.
The critic’s role is a tough one, and any good critic is bound to ruffle feathers now and again. Fashion’s critics are no different—just ask Cathy Horyn, who today found herself on the receiving end of an open letter from Oscar de la Renta, taking her to task for calling him a “hot dog” in a review of his Spring ’13 collection. (His retort included the suggestion that she might be a “3-day old stale hamburger.”) But the critic’s role is an important one, and one that Interview chose to pay tribute to in its latest issue. Patrick Demarchelier shot critics including Suzy Menkes, Virginie Mouzat, Horyn, and Style.com’s own Tim Blanks (left) for its roundup of fashion’s most distinguished observers. We’re proud that Tim’s reviews (and runway reels) are a mainstay of our fashion week coverage. Follow along all season here at Style.com.
The fight against fakes continues. Hermès International has announced that the French national police caught an international crime ring that was working around the clock to produce counterfeit versions of the brand’s iconic bags. The twist here is that some of the luxury house’s employees were in on the scheme, two of which have been dismissed. [WWD]
After a seven-year hiatus, Jil Sander has returned to Milan to take the helm of her namesake brand. The Hamburg native, who will show her menswear collection on Saturday, spoke to Suzy Menkes about how she plans to find her new place in fashion. “I’m working less on decoration, more on form—pattern making and materials, with a lot of dresses in the collection—in a good, modern way,” she said. [NYT]
Robert Pattinson may be more of a fashionista than we thought. In the latest edition of GQ U.K., the actor divulged that he has Gucci creative director Frida Giannini’s phone number on speed dial. “The amount of times I’ve been stuck in some random city and have called her up and had things brought in at absolutely the last minute—it’s crazy,” he says. [Huff Po]
Christian Louboutin has a men’s-only store hitting the West Village this summer, along with menswear boutiques in Los Angeles, Miami, and London on the horizon. Not bad, considering the designer says he never had any intention of creating his red-soled shoes for men. [WWD]
Another day, another designer collaboration. Here’s a new one that’s actually worth knowing about: Brit designer Christopher Shannon has teamed up with the Cambridge Satchel Company on a range of satchel backpacks that hit the runway in London this past weekend. A departure from the handbag brand’s simple aesthetic, Shannon’s pieces feature fringing, matte, and patent leather. [Fashion Monitor]