If you as a fashion designer, you do shows but you don’t sell, it kind of becomes a bit of a vanity project. You know that’s kind of how I started and that’s how I got going but kind of a more mature point of view it needs to obviously translate into things that sell and that’s a new challenge for me. The two need each other, business and creativity. It’s a weird mix but you need to have that balance, I think, now. Or I need to have that balance now, so I’ve made my peace with that
A couple of weeks ago we told you all about Anna Wintour auctioning off a week at Vogue to benefit the RFK Centre. According to reports, the week will be tailored around the interests of the auction winner and will culminate in them attending a fashion show albeit more than a month after the collections have been shown during fashion week. Although there have only been 13 bids since the launch, the latest bid stands at $13,000. If you're still interested in bidding, you have two days left and have to start the next bid at $14K.
It's been a bumpy road for Yohji Yamamoto. He went bankrupt, then had to get bailed out by a private-equity fund. Now he's back. He came home to Japan for a fashion show on Thursday night - and let a crowd of 3,200 watch his show in the stadium used for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. His runway lineup included plenty of Japanese celebrities, plus Yamamoto's design team and models.
"This is a kind of compensation for my absence from Japan," Yamamoto told WWD. "I'm sorry I was absent for 20 years." He also had a message about fast fashion, which has long held his disapproval: "I don't think it's a threat. I would say, 'Let it go. Go to hell.'"
We loved Miu Miu's Spring '10 collection, and we have pretty high hopes for the Fall show, too. (After all, Miuccia Prada's dynasty never fails.) For those who can't actually make a quick stop at Paris Fashion Week, LOVE magazine is stepping in to give you a front-row seat.
Click over to LOVE's website at 6 p.m. GMT to watch a livestream of Miu Miu's catwalk show. The last hurrah of Paris Fashion Week shouldn't be overlooked for a silly thing like being in a different country than the models.
Michael Angel strove to create the "new eccentric" at his A/W10 runway show Saturday at New York Fashion Week. We thought we saw that in Kemp Muhl's slinky hooded dress, shining at everyone from the front row, before the lights went down. But the Australian designer's offerings were slightly more textured, and we could divide them into two categories: the sleek and barely printed, and the heavily patterned and pedal-to-the-floor.
Throughout, Angel's collection was carefully constructed, especially a set of futuristic black bodices adorned with skirt-effect vinyl lace. And the closer dresses, those of the playfully dusky allover prints, definitely met the eccentricity guideline. We left the show thinking we'd like to get Angel together with some of our other favourite print fanatics, Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane, to see what patterns the offbeat set could come up with next.
This Tuesday, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show revealed our ultimate fantasy gift - the 2009 Harlequin Fantasy Bra. Worn by Victoria’s Secret Angel, Marisa Miller, the bra was designed exclusively by Damiani, the third-generation celebrity Italian jewellery house. Hand-set with over 2,350 brilliant cut white, champagne and cognac coloured diamonds, the luxurious lingerie’s centre piece is a rare 16-carat heart-shaped champagne diamond pendant.
Although more modest than in past years, with a price tag of $3 million we’re not so sure Santa can afford this gift. In fact, it seems no one can. The company has admitted that no one has ever purchased the Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra, and past bras have all sadly been dismantled.
Naomi Campbell sported a metallic veil and walked with a golden dagger down her first African catwalk this week. Why the get-up? To symbollically attack global discrimination against black models. Campbell staged a Fashion for Relief charity fashion show in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - a new continent for Campbell's previous charity stops, which have included New York, London and Mumbai.
"Where do we see a woman of color in an advert? It's quite blatant," Campbell told Reuters. "There's definitely space (for more black models) but has there been enough effort? It was getting better but it's slipped back this year."