It's a tough road for most types of graduates, but the odds are seeming especially bleak for design students. Just 10 percent of graduating students from FIT's accessories program have found full-time work, according to WWD Footwear News, and that goes along with the one of 10 Parsons shoe-design students working full-time. Now that the companies that survived the brunt of the recession have "smart-sized" and are producing more product with fewer hands, the odds don't seem great for recent grads - especially since laid-off baby boomers are competing for the same jobs and have more years of experience.
It makes sense that jobs in fashion, a creative industry people can enjoy, would be harder to come by than those in corporate America, where joy is sometimes hard to be found. So some students, like 22-year-old Jackson Moad, are relying on their own cash to start labels. Even for students like Moad, a Parsons grad, times can be tough. According to WWD: "[P]roduction costs are high, and Moad said he is worried about earning enough money to pay rent."
The solution? Some university administrators are advising that students stay in school an extra semester or two, apply for graduate school, or take unpaid internships - all to avoid resume gaps if unemployment looms. Either way, here's hoping news like this fades out, and quickly.
I like to support the British designers, I do. Like when we put Kate [Bosworth] in that pink Preen dress it helped them, I mean, beyond with sales. But I get frustrated with some of them. Like with this dress I'd called in from Peter Pilotto. It didn't work on Kate, so I asked if I could use it on one of my other girls who was going to all the [Oscar] parties. They said no, that didn't work for them, and I felt like saying, get over it boys!"
Renzo Rosso's group will see plenty of changes over the coming days. Diesel and its parent company, the Only the Brave group, will move to a new home in Breganze, Italy. Only the Brave will be put into a new organizational structure. And perhaps most importantly, starting in July, the CEO role at Diesel will be entrusted to a new manager, Daniela Riccardi.
Riccardi was born in Rome and brings 25 years of experience from Proctor & Gamble, where she most recently was president of the company's Greater China division. Renzo Rosso will stay on as president, keeping some form of stability across the brand. For the 5,500 Only the Brave employees across the globe - who also handle Staff International, Maison Martin Margiela and Viktor & Rolf - there'll be plenty to take in by summer.
German Vogue's June covergirl is the one and only Claudia Schiffer and as if that wasn't enough - since in her native country she is practically royalty - she bares all including her baby bump for Karl Lagerfeld. Still looking effervescent and in amazing shape, the pose is reminiscent of Demi Moore's Vanity Fair cover shot almost a decade ago. Becoming the modern right of passage for celebrity mothers, naked pregancy poses are not as shocking and controversial as they were back then.
Nicole Farhi has reached new and exciting heights with her latest venture - NF Zoo. Across London, magical animal sculptures entered each of her seven stores to mark the month of May last weekend. Previous success of Nicole's collaboration with illustrator Esther Coombs who drew famous landmarks the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben onto the glass of store windows made Farhi eager to team up with yet another artist for this venture.
Benedetta Mori-Ubaldini is the Milanese sculptor behind the exquisite hand-made pieces in stores now which feature a giant bunny (very Alice and Wonderland-esque), giraffes, donkeys and even geese. Born from chicken wire which is twisted and then shaped to create the realistic figures, Nicole is said to be thrilled with the outcome and finished pieces. Juxtaposed with the ethereal mannequins sporting the latest high-summer collection in a grassy surrounding is a sight not to be missed. We recommend taking a stroll to the flagship store on New Bond Street where the largest display can be found. We won't spoil the surprise but it certainly will not disappoint. The zoo closes mid-June but do not fear, the animals will be needing a home and so they are available to buy, that is if you fancy starting your own NF zoo anytime soon.
To mark a decade since their launch, the team at 10 magazine have begun a year's worth of celebrations, beginning with 10 iconic fashion portrait covers for the latest issue of the luxury fashion magazine. "These are some of the faces that have made our industry and it is an honour to be celebrating them," founder and editor-in-chief Sophia Neophitou-Apostolu explained. "10 magazine has a history of celebrating the best creative talent in the world and we are honoured that these icons of fashion agreed to be our cover stars".
The celebratory covers feature Alber Elbaz, Azzedine Alaia, Dolce and Gabbana, Donatella Versace, Helmut Lang, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford and Vivienne Westwood. Now the only problem is with so many great covers to choose from, which one to pick? We're torn between the smouldering gaze of Tom Ford, the iconic charm of Mr Lagerfeld in all his monochrome glory, and the gritty Jeurgen Teller shot of Vivienne Westwood - or maybe we should just buy all ten?
French based artist Claude Caillol and Italian fashion label Marni have joined forces, creating 'The Plastic Collection' - a series of PVC tote bags and jersey t-shirts and dresses to compliment the Marni Winter Edition 2010 range. Caillol - who is known for his naive drawings on recycled plastic bags - was invited to the Marni headquarters in Milan by founder Consuelo Castiglioni, where he designed a series of figurative and abstract motifs to be printed onto the range.
The PVC tote bags not only feature Caillol's free-spirited illustrations, they have also been embellished with studs and feature leather handles, making them the perfect reusable, fashionable shopper. The jersey t-shirts and dresses, meanwhile, were treated with a transparent coating in the process of the collaboration, making them look like PVC in order to tie in with the plastic theme. The collection will be available in Marni stores from June, and on the Marni Virtual Store.