It looks like Giles Deacon will be following the likes of Givenchy and Prada by casting Victoria's Secret girls to walk in his show tomorrow.
According to Fashionologie, you can expect Karolina Kurkova, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Izabel Goulart and Alessandra Ambrosio to strut their stuff in his show alongside runway favourites like Angela Lindvall, Jessica Stam and Coco Rocha.
Rumours started floating around last fall about Brian Atwood leaving Bally, and now Fashionologie has reported that the buzz is true. The designer's last collection for the brand was Fall '10, and now he'll work on his own label.
In 2007, Atwood joined the Swiss label to help revamp its image. Then in April 2008, Bally was taken over by Labelux Group, which also recently bought a stake in Derek Lam. It's been speculated that Atwood was asked to leave, potentially because of Labelux's desire to return to Bally's Swiss roots. (And on that note, Christy Turlington's background for the Spring '10 campaign was the Alps.)
Labelux CEO Reinhard Mieck confirmed the company wants to add large brands with a rich heritage to its portfolio this year - especially labels that are young and have large potential. He wouldn't be more specific, only saying, "If we find something which fits fantastically, plus would be available, we might even acquire this year but we are definitely not in a hurry."
If you ever have a question on whether you're still "in," now you can consult your Wii. A video-game version of 'Project Runway' launches today, allowing fans at home to create their own runway looks by sifting through onscreen designs and adding their own touches. Players can choose from preselected styles to win a challenge (like best hip-hop or best cutting-edge design), and can modify colour and length of garments, choose hair and makeup, and even sashay down the runway with their models on a Wii Balance Board.
After putting on a runway show, judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and even Tim Gunn offer their take, saying things like "Where was the glamour? Where was the vision?" Players are scored with stars, then told whether they're "in" and allowed to continue or "out" and sent on to another game. An Atari executive told WWD that the game is being marketed to a younger crowd (ages 6 to 12) and will be sold at megastores like Walmart, Target, Kmart and Best Buy. The video game version retails for $39, with a PC version going for $19.99.
As we mentioned, Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos have a string of worthy (non-designer) collaborators for their brand: Jane Birkin, Julianne Moore, Natalia Vodianova, we could go on. Now, the socially conscious designers behind Lutz & Patmos have tapped Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu to design a limited-edition jumper for the coming season.
Tutu, the South African activist who helped lead the fight against apartheid, AIDS and poverty, seems a surprising choice for a fashion collaboration, but it seems he was game. Tutu helped created a short-sleeved, scoop-neck top with vestment-inspired band collar, according to Refinery29. The Hillcrest AIDS Center Trust made a detachable beaded necklace for the top, which comes in eggshell, black and Tutu's signature colour, purple-magenta. His jumper and necklace sets will sell for $425 apiece, which $40 of each top's price dedicated to the Desmond Tutu Peace Center, and $30 from each necklace going to the Hillcrest AIDS Center Trust. Now, someone needs to snap up Nelson Mandela for a capsule collection.
What do Christy Turlington, Jane Birkin and Sofia Coppola have in common? They've all guest-designed for the ever-luxe brand Lutz & Patmos, established in 2000 by Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos, two former designers of Barneys' private label who find five-minute trends unsavoury. The duo earned their name for clever knitwear, with some of the best cashmere work we've seen. (Time magazine even named Lutz & Patmos' Teflon-coated cashmere one of the "Coolest Inventions of 2002.") And the best part of the label, which recently moved from knitwear-only ranges to full collections? All the styles are ecofriendly, and at least one design per season is dedicated to charity.
This week, the designers invite you to New York's Meatpacking District for a look into their lives at work.
Keira Knightley wore pieces from the Spring '10 Miu Miu collection to today's Laurence Olivier Awards nominee luncheon party in London. We think the skirt and button-up set are perfect for the actress' restrained but playful style.
The fall shows here, now that they’re over, were a lot like an alcohol-free version of “The Lost Weekend,” the 1945 Ray Milland film. What would that be like? An eternity of bad clothes crammed into four days with editors raging like shut-ins about the lack of fun (“Help, I need a drink!”) and the blogger Bryanboy announcing on Twitter that he had scored a free fur jacket from Dolce & Gabbana.
If you, like us, are stuck on Karen Elson's haunting, husky-voiced track "The Ghost Who Walks," then you'll be pleased to hear that the model-turned-singer has a concert coming up. Elson and her band will hit New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street on March 22 at 7.30 p.m. The Bleecker Street venue is selling tickets on its website for $15.
Elson's 12-song debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, is set to drop this summer and has been produced by Elson's husband, Jack White. This isn't the flame-haired beauty's first foray into music. In 2003, she added backing vocals to a Robert Plant song, and she's previously sung with Cat Power; Zooey Deschanel's group, She & Him; and her own political cabaret troupe, The Citizens Band. She's experienced, she's nailing the bluesy-pop vibe, and she has the expertise of White at her hands. Elson can't release the rest of her album soon enough.