If there's one sale worth checking out each season, it's Net-A-Porter's. While it's fair to say that the pieces are generally still in the three digit and up range, there are some good bargains to be had especially from the more accessible brands like 3.1. Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Derek Lam.
It's not all clothes though, as the sale line-up features great accessories like the highly coveted YSL arty ring, great rings from Kenneth Jane Lane and iPad accessories from Michael Kors and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
Have a look through the gallery to see my picks from the sale. Have you bagged any bargains?
The promotional tour of 'Snow White and the Huntsman' is in full swing and the outfits are too. The latest is this dress that Kristen Stewart sported at the movie's photocall at The Ritz in Berlin before she flew off to Cannes for this year's festivities.
This houndstooth dress from the 10 Crosby by Derek Lam Fall 2012 collection was the style of choice and teamed with Victorian chain belt from McQ Alexander McQueen Fall 2012, it actually works. The hair and make-up are the only things letting the overall look down.
When Tod's announced that Derek Lam is departing the brand yesterday in WWD, they refrained from giving a reason for the split. Naturally, then, many quickly began to speculate that Lam was fired from the company and today they released this statement.
“Following the rumors of an alleged termination of the collaboration between Tod’s and Derek Lam, the company confirms that the agreement between the parties is set to terminate on 30/9/12. In the meantime, Tod’s is in the process of evaluating its options, considering that, based on the company’s future development plans, the role of the Creative Director of Tod’s will be central and even more important. The choice will therefore be directed toward an individual with great creative talent and able to commit the necessary amount of time to the success of the brand.”
Far from refuting the rumours, the statement has actually added fuel to the fire. The last line in particular suggests that Diego Della Valle wasn't happy with Lam's commitment to the brand.
We all have the tendency to miss big news it seems. Last year it took Fashionologie to point out that Sarah Jessica Parker had confirmed that she had departed from her role at Halston Heritage in her US Vogue cover story, despite the fact that we all had read it. The same is true for the latest John Galliano rumour.
In yesterday's announcement about Derek Lam's departure from Tod's, WWD also suggested that the controversial designer could be working on a comeback: 'Lam’s departure coincides with continued speculation that John Galliano was in talks with the Italian firm to either do a Tod’s capsule collection or revamp its Schiaparelli brand. However, Della Valle firmly dismissed the rumors.'
Despite the fact that Della Valle rejected the reports, it has got everyone talking. Ever since he purchased the Schiaparelli trademark in 2007, he's been quiet about what he plans to do and who he has in mind to come on board as creative director. Fashionista also point out that he told WWD back in 2009 that he plans to revive the company by at least 2011 and if the reports are true, it would coinside pretty nicely with the Prada/Schiaparelli exhibit in May.
Despite serving as creative director of Tod's for the past six years, Derek Lam has confirmed his departure from the brand. Releasing the information to WWD today, the brand did not reveal the cause of the split and Lam decided not to comment. Now the question on everyone's lips is what he will do next? So just when you thought the industry's musical chairs was coming to a close, we will undoubtedly have a lot of speculation about his replacement and next move to contend with over the coming weeks.
It's officially that time of year when we all need to hang up the shorts and pack away the sandals and start thinking about our winter wardrobes and if there's one item of clothing that you should splurge on, it's definitely a winter coat. Though our bank balances might disagree, a good winter coat is definitely worth the investment and these looks, particularly the Stella McCartney, Rick Owens, Theyskens' Theory and Miu Miu styles, will see you from season to season.
The Derek Lam parka jacket is a perfect transitional piece as it works just as well as a cover up in warmer temperatures as it does in the winter, as it allows for enough layers underneath to keep you warm. If you're looking for something more edgy the leather sleeved coat from The Row definitely works. Especially in England, winter seems to last forever so you want a coat that's warm but still interesting and you won't mind wearing all of the time and that coat definitely ticks those boxes. Again with the help of The Row, you can embrace all things colour in their bright orange coat that looks refreshingly different compared to the predominantly dark colours on offer.
Clockwise from top left: Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, Lacoste, Peter Som, Rag & Bone, Richard Chai Love
Get to know the name Julia Nobis. Although the name may not ring a bell, if you've been paying attention to the S/S12 shows this week you have definitely seen her face. This season, the yound model has already walked for Lacoste, Peter Som, Richard Chai Love, Derek Lam and Alexander Wang.