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April 25 2014

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23 posts tagged "Tod’s"

Lam Leaves Tod’s, A First Look At Madonna’s New Shoes, And More…

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Derek Lam has reportedly left Tod’s. WWD reports this morning that Lam, who has served as the brand’s creative director since 2006, has departed the brand but could not be reached for comment. [WWD]

The staff at Kensington Palace got their new Jaeger-designed uniforms yesterday. The red blazers, trimmed with gold buttons and black lapels, are the first new uniform for palace staff in two decades. [Telegraph]

Footwear News unveiled a first glimpse of Madonna’s new footwear collection under the Truth or Dare label today. The pop star received a little help from her friend and stylist Arianne Phillips, who serves as the creative consultant for the collection of over 60 styles ($89 to $349), launching for Fall ’12. [WWD]

Who are the most important people in fashion? The Telegraph released its annual 25 Most Important People in Fashion list this weekend, and included are Karl Lagerfeld, Lulu Kennedy, Samantha Cameron, and Sarah Burton. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com

Pregnant Ambrosio On the Runway (Again), Versace Back At Couture, Tod’s New Capsule Collection, And More…

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Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway for Colcci in São Paulo over the weekend and showed off her baby bump. Ashton Kutcher, who is also a face of the brand, was in the audience. [Huff Po]

After an almost eight-year hiatus, Versace made its return to the Couture runways in Paris today. Donatella Versace called the beaded and embroidered looks “glamorous warriors.” [Telegraph]

Karl Lagerfeld has a new muse of sorts. While working on his Chanel Couture collection, the designer showed off his new kitten Choupette to WWD‘s Miles Socha. The fluffy white cat with blue eyes also shares his adoration for books and paper: “She eats paper,” says Lagerfeld. [WWD]

In celebration of Tod’s new capsule collection No_Code, designed for men and women, filmmaker Marcus Gaab created a short film featuring the loafers and boots. The collection is “designed for the cosmopolitan nomad in mind” and made to “transition easily from casual daytime use to more formal nocturnal scenarios,” according to Gaab. Watch the full film on Nowness. [Nowness]

Photo: Huff Po

Freckleface, The Stocking Stuffer

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It was an adult sort of party that Julianne Moore hit last night, for the debut of the all-nude Pirelli calendar, but her afternoon, at least, was child’s play. Moore was the guest of honor at a lunch thrown by Tod’s at its Madison Avenue boutique in celebration of her latest kids’ book, Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever. Freckleface, the diminutive redhead star of the series, has undergone quite a development arc over her three adventures. “First we introduced her. Then we had a whole thing about dodgeball,” Moore explained. “This one she becomes best friends with the kid she used to be afraid of, but then they break up. I’m not going to tell you the end!” Although, she admitted with a laugh, “The title might give it away.”

Social moms like Lucy Sykes, Jamie Tisch, Allison Aston, and the event’s hostesses, Lauren Santo Domingo, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, and Celerie Kemble lined up to get copies signed for Christmas gifting—many buying two or three at once. Moore’s own kids, alas, are too old for Freckleface gifts. “They want iPods and clothes,” she said. And Tod’s accessories? “Well, they’re not that old.”

For the kids (or kids at heart) who do want Tod’s in the stocking, creative director Derek Lam had a suggestion. “I think everybody can appreciate a driving loafer,” he said. “It’s obviously not only for driving—it crosses all generations. It’s a must-have shoe. And it’s a luxurious item that won’t break the bank.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com

Think Small

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I’m just back from Milan, where, in addition to the shows, I haunted showrooms preparing for our next Accessories Report. One thing I noticed is that one of last season’s handbag trends is still going strong: as we called it at the time, the incredible shrinking bag. From every editor at the shows to most models on the runways, small, colorful bags were the It accessory of the season. It’s even become relatively rare to see a “regular”-sized bag, on or off the catwalk. That doesn’t mean they make a small statement, though. The best of the bunch came in loud, color-blocked hues and in exotic skins, from Prada’s rectangular little python numbers to Tod’s double-skin clutches (top) to the new Bulgari Serpenti in lizard (bottom).

Photos: Courtesy of Tod’s; Courtesy of Bulgari

Michelle Obama: The Model Years

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Yesterday, over plates of halibut and pomegranate salad at Bergdorf Goodman’s BG, some of fashion’s most powerful women gathered in honor of perhaps the industry’s most hotly debated topic of late: Michelle Obama. Tod’s and Tina Brown hosted the icon-studded group, which included Iman, Veronica Webb, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer, Tory Burch, and Michelle Obama favorites Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Sophie Théallet. The catalyst for the serene occasion (an ideal respite from the chaos taking place at NYFW outposts around the city) was the launch of Kate Betts’ book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style.

While many might contend that the subject of the First Lady’s wardrobe has become its own “dead horse,” yesterday’s luncheon revealed that a few Michelle Obama style stones had been left unturned. For one, her effect on “big girls,” as The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown (left, with Betts) put it. “She’s made big girls comfortable. I love her unabashed big girl-ness. I like that about her: Her imperfections are what make her so appealing.” As for whether or not the First Lady should stick to American designers? “I think she should wear whatever the hell she likes.”

“I don’t think anyone has really looked at her style in the context of First Lady style,” Betts added. “We always compare her to Jackie, but I wanted to go all the way back to the beginning and see why style matters for first ladies. I also wanted to look at her style in a broader cultural context. And to look at why her style mattered to her in her trajectory from the South Side of Chicago, to Princeton, to Harvard, to a Chicago law firm, to the White House, and why her style became a sort of talisman for her—something that she held onto for herself in places that were places that were not necessarily the most friendly places for somebody like her.” And that includes moonlighting as a model. Betts discovered that the First Lady worked as a mannequin for three friends (also aspiring fashion designers) during her days at Princeton. And, how does Michelle feel about her former modeling days and style history being brought to light? “The response was very positive,” Betts said, smiling.

Photo: Courtesy of Tod’s