Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, who has just returned from the Oi Fashion Rocks festivities in Rio de Janeiro earlier this week, popped in to Barneys in New York to oversee the heavily anticipated launch of the brand's capsule collection. The 20-odd piece collection, which is to become a twice-yearly collection, and which now see pieces being sold 40 percent cheaper than previously, will predominantly focus on two main themes: the Givenchy "Romantic White Blouse" and "Studs". Shoppers even will have the opportunity to purchase a revamped version of the Bettina blouse, first created in 1952 and complete with ruffles and ribbing, as well as a series of studded, pieces ranging from leather jackets and structured dresses to trousers and accessories.
Despite having only arrived back in the states a few days earlier and only having 24 hours notice of the appearance at Barneys, the Central St Martins graduate still managed to fit in a quick interview with Fashionologie, and we just couldn't resist sharing it with you.
Thierry Mugler, the label that caught widespread attention this summer for outfitting Beyonce's latest tour, could be starting quite the upswing. The label's ready-to-wear designer, Rosemary Rodriguez, just showed her Spring/Summer 2010 collection at Moscow's Volvo Fashion Week this week, but it seems she could be moving on to Paris Fashion Week next October for the Spring/Summer 2011 women's wear show.
Mugler shuttered his couture division six years ago, then reopened it in 2008 with Rodriguez, former Paco Rabanne head designer, leading the way. To date, Rodriguez has shown multiple menswear collections for Mugler but had only shown a smaller capsule collection for women's wear last summer. By next year in Paris, Rodriguez is set to be completely in charge, according to FWD. We can't wait to see the next steps for the brand.
Sorry to all the Michael Jackson-lovers out there, but the King of Pop has been financially bested by a fashion great. Sure, 'This is It' is cleaning up at the box office, and the film's companion album should become Jackson's sixth No. 1 next week. But it's Yves Saint Laurent who topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning dead celebs.
The French fashion legend, who died of brain cancer last June, earned $350 million in the past 12 months, largely thanks to his estate auction handled by Christie's this February. Jackson took in $90 million, which was only good enough for third, behind Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein ($235 million) but ahead of Elvis Presley ($65 million).
YSL always has been a favourite here at The Fash Pack, so we're pleased to see our designer guru being rewarded, posthumously or otherwise. But we'd better stop talking about all this, because we're still lusting over those cage booties - and we don't have an upcoming Christie's auction to make up for the cash we'd drop from our comparatively paltry paycheques.
Leigh Lezark is fast becoming one of our favourite models and role models, having pretty much single-handedly (well with the help of the other two DJs who make up the MisShapes collective) championed the just-rolled-out-of-bed look. Always one to buck a trend, yet forever gracing 'best-dressed' lists, the DJ come model is known for outspoken, 'tell it how it is' nature, and her latest comments are a good case in point.
At the Gucci Icon-Temporary store opening last Friday, the model commented on the development of different types of role models for the youth of today, saying, "I'm glad that a lot of kids - even now with the magazines that have come out - have something different to look up to. Not a tall five-foot-ten blonde model.....they can also look up to some faggots and a girl. I think it's great because I wish I'd had that, and I never did."
Something smells fishy about Naomi Campbell's business practices, claim the group that helped the supermodel develop her fragrance and costmetics line. According to allegations in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, which were reported by the New York Post, the model backed out on a profit-sharing arrangement illegally.
The Miami- and London-based company that helped with design and marketing jobs for Campbell's line claims that, after seven years of handing over quarterly payments, Campbell stopped short. The lawsuit claims that while Campbell makes millions on fragrances including Seductive Elixir and Cat Deluxe, the business is being left high and dry.
One thing's for sure in the whole mess: Campbell is no stranger to scandal, and we don't see that stopping anytime soon.
Over the past couple of months, we have reported that the legendary designer that is Giorgio Armani has intimated that he is to ease up on his work load due to recent complications with his health. Currently in Moscow busying himself with a number of promotional events, including fashion shows and presentations for both the Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani arms of the brand, he hinted that he has begun reassessing the structure of both the creative and management sides of the company.
He said "I am already organizing staff who will continue my work. Of course I am not eternal, there comes a time when you must hand it over." Despite this, the bronzed, white haired couturier joked with photographers and reporters about his appearance saying, "You see how I am, I don't look bad yet do I?" You certainly don't Mr Armani, keep up the good work!
In case you missed the news, Lady Gaga has agreed to collaborate with Beyonce for B's new single, 'Video Phone'. Naturally, our minds went to what the fashion in the music video would be like. Thanks to an interview with New York's Z100 radio station, now we have a few clues. According to Gaga: "When I was doing her video with her, she called me, and she said, ‘What do you want to do?’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t want to show up in some frickin’ hair bow and be fashion Gaga in your video.’ I said, ‘I want to do you.’"
Paparazzi pictures from the video shoot reveal Gaga wearing a white strapless leotard, opera gloves and sleek long hair. Sound a little more like Beyonce's style? Added Gaga: "The whole time I was learning the choreography they were calling me Gee-yonce.”
Luckily for fashion- and music-lovers, 'Video Phone', from Beyonce's 'I Am...Sasha Fierce' album, won't be the singers' last collaboration. Lady G also revealed that she and Beyonce are working on more music together, and we can't wait to hear the details.
Apparently so, according to experimental British photographer Nick Knight and Wayne Sterling of Models.com and The Imagist. This autumn 2009, fashion houses have predominantly cast celebrities or well established models for their campaigns, a theme which looks set to remain next season despite numerous new faces appearing on the spring 2010 catwalks as the established models sat it out.
This Tuesday, Knight told the Independent: “My aim has always been to push at the boundaries of what is and isn't beautiful. Instead of our perception of beauty opening up, it's becoming more narrow all the time. To make money, the industry is increasingly catering to the lowest common denominator and, as far as the people who run the big companies are concerned, anything even slightly out of the ordinary frightens people. But anyone with a brain knows that it is the quirkiness and imperfection in a person that attracts other people. That is completely obvious to human beings; it's just when it gets to a corporate level that it all falls apart.”