Simon Spurr's departure from his eponymous line was a shock. The announcement came only a few days after he was nominated for the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year award and things became even more awkward when his former co-partner Judd Nydes confirmed that the brand will continue without him.
Despite all of the speculation surrounding the news, both parties remained tight lipped about the cause of the split besides wishing each other well in a piece ran by WWD, but this week they decided to shed more light on the decision to the New York Times' Eric Wilson.
According to the Times, the disagreements centred around a concern about making the label more commercially viable, which is something that Spurr hinted in his interview with WWD. Their diffusion line, Spurr, had not been performing particularly well and going accessible wasn't a route that Spurr wanted to go. His decision to leave appears to have been part an 'ultimatum to the investors that he would not risk cheapening the brand [by making it cheaper and more accessible], since many retailers have said they will not carry the line without him.'
Life post-Vogue has been good for Carine Roitfeld - and good for us. Her attempt at diplomacy in interviews during her time at the French title has given way to refreshing frank anecdotes that would give Kaiser Karl a runner for his money and that's not an easy feat. Her recent comments in Eric Wilson's profile on her for The New York Times is a case in point. “If I look at the balance, maybe I lost some people I thought were my friends, but I made so many new friends," she explained when asked about the end of her friendship with Emmanuelle Alt. "I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner.”
And it's true - Roitfeld has certainly come out on top since leaving the magazine. As well as her gig at Barneys and styling work for Chanel's campaigns, WWD confirm that she has guest edited VMan's spring issue, which is set to released on February 14.
You'll have to have been living under a rock for the last 12 months to not be aware of the constant rumours about Stefano Pilati's place at Yves Saint Laurent. People continue to claim that the designer is on his way out due to poor sales at the brand since his appointment. So far Pilati has stayed silent but last week he decided to talk about the issue.
"You know, it affects me," he told Eric Wilson from the Times. “I don’t let it go,” he said. “What is it about? I should be here, thinking about how beautiful my job is, and come to the office every day and work with colors and fabrics. But no, you have something that undermines you.” So the rumous aren't true, where are they coming from? Jealous colleagues vying for the job he explained and it looks like his suspicions might be true after all. Despite reports to the contrary, PPR boss François-Henri Pinault recently praised Pilati for his work at the brand who have just experience a profit of $15m after 10 years of losses.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Ms. Love burst into the room with the Marchesa dress slung on one arm and the noted German Neo-Expressionist artist Anselm Kiefer on the other. She was entirely naked and leaning on Mr. Kiefer for support. She made one lap around the room, walking in front of a photographer, an assistant, a hairstylist and me. She pulled over her head a transparent lace dress that covered up nothing, and demanded my assistance — 'Not you,' she said to Mr. Kiefer, who was bent over trying to help her — to stuff her feet into a pair of black Givenchy heels that were zipped up the back and tied with delicate laces in the front. Then she applied a slash of red lipstick in the vicinity of her mouth.
The New York Times writer revealed in a profile of Love
Alexandra Shulman of British Vogue once called for 'healthier' models. Her prayers have been answered in the form of plus-size supermodel of the moment Crystal Renn - and her curvy figure and gorgeous bone structure. Since last fashion-week season, Renn has been causing a storm in the industry by defying everything it has ever 'stood' for, proving that models of all shapes and sizes should be allowed to share a piece of the action.
With all her success since she stopped starving herself to be a 'straight-sized' clothes horse, one can hardly believe how far she has come. In an interview with the Eric Wilson of the New York Times yesterday, Renn candidly bares all about life at the start of her career. Reading from her book, Hungry, Wilson shares an excerpt showing the realities of the industry: "By 2002, when she moved to New York at age 15, she weighted 95 pounds and had lost more than 42% of her body weight. On her first day in the city, she landed a shoot for Seventeen."