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The Fashion Fund Finalists Face The Judges, J.Crew Buy’s Not A Done Deal Yet, Menswear On The Rise, And More…

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The finalists for the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund—the English version of the American prize—and their models met the judging committee, and British Vogue was there to snap a few shots behind the scenes. Their gallery’s well worth a visit this afternoon. Left, models in Christopher Kane at the judging panel. [Vogue U.K.]

Hold your horses, there, Leonard Green and TPG Capital. The equity groups have designs on acquiring J.Crew, but Sears and Urban Outiftters are reportedly both mulling rival bids during the requisite “shopping” period for counteroffers. [Fashionologie]

Women, says the Wall Street Journal, could stand to take a few shopping tips from men—namely, that comfort and construction should outweigh brands and trends. Men, according to the paper (and the designers surveyed, including Thom Browne and Jay Kos), look for fit and feel… [WSJ]

…and the fact that they’re finding it in contemporary menswear may help to account for why, as Women’s Wear Daily reports, menswear was a “star performer” this holiday season—one trend, at least, retailers hope will continue come spring. [WWD]

Photo: vogue.co.uk

ConfettiSystem’s Paper Pushers

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Need help making your holiday bright? If tinsel seems a little been-there-done-that, head over to Urban Outfitters (or go online) to check out the new garlands, sparkly crowns, and disco-ball-esque piñatas from ConfettiSystem‘s limited-edition PartyParty line. Look familiar? Might be because ConfettiSystem, the brainchild of Julie Ho and Nicholas Andersen, has been glamming up some pretty big names over the past year. Their garlands appeared on the runway at United Bamboo (and later co-starred in the label’s ad campaign with Terence Koh), were exhibited at the Arnhem Mode Biënnale and in the windows of Opening Ceremony, and have gotten picked up by Bergdorf Goodman, which now sells the company’s homemade decorations. The under-4 set can learn to make their own when Ho and Andersen lead a workshop at Partners & Spade’s Avant Garde Preschool this weekend, but the rest of us will have to head for Urban—and fast. An hour into the launch party last night at the 14th Street store, all of the Fiesta garlands had been snapped up.

Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Finish Your Outfit-ters: Urban’s Newest Accessory Designers

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Urban Outfitters is at it again: The store’s scheme to corner the market on wearable goods for the modern hipster (and the hipster-ish) is getting a boost next month when Eek!, a range of hats and hairpieces by Eugenia Kim, debuts in Urban outlets nationwide. Shortly thereafter, L.A.-based jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown—a Style.com favorite—chimes in with her own Urban Outfitters line of statement necklaces called Clea. Kim and Costello Brown join Urban Outfitters’ expanding roster of accessory collaborations—Contributor by Rachel Comey and Colonial Madness by LD Tuttle are recent arrivals in the Urban Outfitters shoe department, to wit. Plus, for those who sometimes wonder whether they’re too old to shop at the college kid fave, a cheap-and-chic necklace or hat is much easier to pass off as luxe with a mostly designer look.

Urban’s Designer Collaborations: Fully Outfitted

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Urban Outfitters is at it again. Continuing in its quest to become the tightwad’s answer to Barneys Co-Op, the retailer is set to launch several new designer collections this spring, among them GUAM from jewelry designer Brian Crumley, Dark Matter by Knox bags, and an as-yet-unnamed range of hats by Eugenia Kim. Coming to an Urban near you even sooner than that is Mirror/Dash, designed by Sonic Youth icon Kim Gordon in collaboration with Jeffrey Monteiro and Melinda Wansbrough. The Mirror/Dash pieces include a dot-print wrap dress and cropped double-breasted blazer, and as of now, the store has the exclusive on the previously limited-edition line. Gordon will also be setting up shop at the company’s L.A. pop-up shop, called 15 Twenty, in April. And that’s not all. The first deliveries from Cool Casual, Slow and Steady Wins the Race’s new collection for UO, will also be arriving this month. “The idea is, eight items for $88,” explains Slow and Steady designer Mary Ping. “There are a couple of leather pieces that have to go for more—but that’s still a pretty amazing bargain.” One of the premium items is a leather pocket tee, but the Cool Casual harem-style twills and boatneck dress (pictured here) clock in well below the taxman’s radar, at least in New York City. “I’m taking over the L.A. pop-up in May,” notes Ping. “We’re all crossing our fingers that the bags and shoes will be ready by then.” Given that one of the Cool Casual shoes Ping designed riff on her sold-out Slow and Steady canvas wedges, tightwads everywhere ought to cross their fingers, too.

Neal Down

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Fans of Neal Sperling’s drapey tees and cool knits, rejoice: Neal by Neal Sperling, the designer’s collaboration with Urban Outfitters, is in stores now. The capsule collection contains his signature double-layered T-shirts and clever sweaters, with prices starting at just $48. The textured pullover pictured here sells for $128. “The collaboration really captured the essence of what I do, but at their price point,” Sperling says. And unlike other fast-fashion collabs, this one won’t be a blink-and-miss situation. Neal by Neal’s April delivery will be twice as large, and for fall 2009, Sperling is designing a full range including leathers and coats. Neal by Neal Sperling for Urban Outfitters, $48 to $228, available now at www.urbanoutfitters.com .

Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters