Marc Jacobs has officially opened a new Marc by Marc Jacobs shop in Milan, and good news for those of you who can't shop without needing some sort of refreshment: the store has its own bar. The property - which features an neon signs, an electric-blue decor and industrial-vibe concrete floors - helps appease Jacobs' dream of opening a cafe, according to Grazia.
Jacobs and his business partner, Robert Duffy, had previously talked about opening such a venue, so when they were shopping for Milan spaces, they chose a building that had previously housed several shops, plus a bakery and coffee bar. They bought the whole thing and had Jacobs' architect of choice, Stephan Jaklitsch, work his magic. We say: A job well done. If only we could find an MJ bar on every corner.
The Spring/Summer issue of i-D, out tomorrow, is set to be a treat. As we reported yesterday, Sasha Pivovarova, Natalia Vodianova and Freja Beha Erichsen have all been shot for the issue's different covers. If that wasn't enough, Dree Hemingway styles herself in a 'Home Is Where The Heart Is' inspired shoot allegedly shot at her grandfather Ernest Hemingway's home.
The magazine has more exciting news as they announced that their website is set for a redesign, which will be unveiled in May.
When images of Zac Posen's capsule collection for Target leaked earlier this year, the department store yanked those images off the internet faster than Anna Wintour can whip on her sunglasses in the morning. But now that we're closer to the one-off line's release date (Posen's styles hit Target stores and start selling online this April 25), the store has let a select few images back out, courtesy of People StyleWatch magazine.
We expect the racks empty shortly after the release date, judging by the girly-girl-meets-rebel vibe. We're particularly eyeing a bronze halter maillot for $39.99, but it seems that if the People StyleWatch editors had the same amount of money, they'd go for a pink polka-dot dress with "well-placed seams" to "create curves." Saucy. Either way, we almost can't wait another four weeks for the collection to be here. At least it's almost April.
After taking the Louis Vuitton catwalk show back to the 'real woman', Marc Jacobs has become somewhat a fashion hero of the moment for the realisation that curves, and the female figure are officially back. That said, he hadn't been intentionally making a statement on the age of body issues that are so popular in the press nowadays. "“I believe that these iconic, larger-than-life women are very Vuitton-like. I was saying earlier that I believe that a Vuitton woman has luster and more of an edge to her, and this season we talked about it and we decided the criteria was, they have to be available on the day of the show and they have to be gorgeous."
So rather than aim to induce a flurry of press, Jacobs was merely taking the Louis Vuitton catwalk back to where it originated, and the reason it came about in the first place - the Louis Vuitton woman. It is this focus on the woman that makes Jacobs' designs so successful, as his inspiration comes from the wearer themselves. "I don't find clothes sexy at all," Jacobs proudly admitted, "I find people sexy, and I find personalities fascinating and sexy and appealing and charming. So a sexy girl wrapped in a sheet is a sexy girl, and an un-sexy girl in a low-cut dress is still an un-sexy girl."
Although the times of Anna Wintour conducting a public speech are few and far between, the Vogue editor joined forces with designer Michael Kors and model Natalia Vodianova to talk eating disorders at the Harvard Business School in Boston, on Monday night. The event raised $150,000 for the Harris Centre, an eating disorder clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and had an attendance of nearly 1000 people. Wintour spoke of how to eliminate eating disorders within industry, starting with strict guidelines.
"The models were so frightened of recrimination and that they wouldn’t be booked for shoots or shows that they didn’t want to talk about what everybody knew was going on," she told the Boston Globe before the speech, "“Creating guidelines within the industry to know what to do when they see a girl with a problem was an important first step. What we’ve been doing with discussions like this one is making sure that the message gets out there to everyone.’’
Having been newly acquired by publishing giant Condé Nast, speculations were rife with the possibilities of who was to become the editor of W magazine. After WWD listing some possible candidates (some - Carine Roitfeld - more surprising than others), it was T Magazine's Stefano Tonchi that found himself sat firmly as favourite to take the place, and the rumours were right, as Condé Nast announced Tonchi as W's new editor yesterday.
Expected to start on the 12th of April, Tonchi has been fairly vague with his plans for the magazine, although he describes them as being "very open", and is quick to add that would like to make the magazine more accessible, as currently he feels it is "very specific". Although some of the magazines most famous features involved fashion spreads such as the sizzling shoot between Madonna and lover-to-be Jesus Luz, Tonchi aims to make W "more of a general-interest style magazine, and less of a fashion-obsessed publication."
Beginning as a spin-off of WWD, it will be interesting to see how the staff at W change since the move as the connection between the two are cut, and since ad pages in the publication were almost halved between 2008 and 2009, we hope that the changes Tonchi has planned will bring back W to its former glory.