Last week customers were surprised to find the windows of Yohji Yamamoto's Grand Street and Gansevoort boutiques in New York had unexpectedly been papered up. Shoppers were not offered a lengthly explanation for the borded windows but instead a simple note, which read "CLOSED". The closures come as somewhat of a surprise - despite shutting its US press office last year, shortly before the company filed for bankruptcy protection, it managed to secure some private-equity funding.
No information has been offered about what brought about the closures, though a spokesperson did confirm that Yamamoto would still show at Paris Fashion Week next month and the Y-3 diffusion line in collaboration with Adidas remains unaffected by the fashion house's current financial woes (as that arm of the Yamamoto empire is owned by Adidas).
It has been for so long now that we have seen Karl Lagerfeld confidently revolutionising the fashion industry in his uniform black suit and sunglasses, and white shirt and hair that it is hard to imagine otherwise. However, as the book The Beautiful Fall recognises, this was not always the case. In fact, as this footage from a fashion design competition in Paris shows, the 21-year-old Lagerfeld was in fact brown-haired with a slight quiff, anxiously mannered and a nervous speaker.
Although fluently spoken in both French and English nowadays, the leaked archival footage from the International Wool Secretariat shows Lagerfeld nervously licking his lips whilst presenting a daffodil yellow wool coat - of which he won the coat category with - in a competition which also featured an 18-year-old Yves Saint Laurent. As Alicia Drake, author of The Beautiful Fall described: “He talked fast and in French, nervously licking his lips as his words spilled out like marbles. He clasped his hands awkwardly in front of him.” This might have changed, but it seems the designer's signature suit and shirt have not. Now designer for the massively successful Chanel house, as well as Fendi and his own Karl Lagerfeld label, it seems the young Lagerfeld needn't have been so nervous.
When you're wrapping up this winter we know it's not all about keeping warm. The only way to keep the cold out this season is with oversized textured pieces. With knitwear the only rule is the chunkier the better. Quirky cut out detailing or shaggy fringing will add to the textured style of this trend. Leather, suede and fur compliment the knitwear by continuing the textile theme. Larger than life snoods and scarves are a must and you could even take up knitting, either way it's all perfect to keep you toasty this Christmas.
Not only a photographer but also director of SHOWstudio, Nick Knight is responsible for bringing fashion media to the masses. Having won numerous awards for his work with magazines such as Vogue, Dazed and Confused, i-D and W, as well as fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent, Knight's images still dominate magazine covers. Having built on his success since the early '80s photographing skinheads and gang culture, Knight has always pushed the boundaries of fashion photography exploring what is beautiful and often possible. He says about his love of photography: "It's a ticket to photograph the President of the US, or a heroin addict in Camden, or a prostitute in Paris, or the biggest recording star in the world. Becoming a photographer is a way of finding out about people – finding out about life – and experiencing what they experience."
What do Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta,Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld all have in common? Their age bracket - they're all gentlemen in their early to late 70s, successfully running multi-billion pound fashion houses. Despite their collective accomplishments and the legions of fans each designer has picked up over the years, the glaringly obvious problem is that whilst they are all at the top of their game (at this moment in time), nothing lasts forever and eventually a time will come when they will have to hand over the reins to a successor.
Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer of Burberry, told Reuters last month that, "Succession is an emotionally charged thing...especially when you talk about people like Armani, who owns the business."
We bought Yves's company, and Yves had nothing to do with it — he was totally gone and out of the company. I didn't work with Yves. I said that while I was working at Saint Laurent, they made my life difficult, because they did. I don't think any place I've ever worked in has ever been difficult for the people who work there, because I don't throw temper tantrums. I'm a very rational, compassionate, organized guy. Working in a pleasant environment is very important to me.
Golden girl of the moment, Emma Watson appears to have found herself on a date with two men, at the same time last Saturday. According to a Page Six source, the 19 year old English rose, who is currently a freshman at Brown university was seen out at the New York Rangers hockey match, with both Stefano Pilatiof Yves Saint Laurent and Rafael Cebrian, the Spanish musician.
The source suggested that Watson looked as if she was on a date with Cebrian, so the big question is what Pilati was doing there? Given Watson's allegiance with Burberry, an obvious rival of YSLs we certainly hope it was more of a social, not work outing. Maybe we'll never know, or maybe this was a preview of the trio at work together. If it is the latter, we just hope Watson won't be in breach of her contract. If all else fails, she could always just cast a spell on Christopher Bailey and get herself out of any such predicaments. Right?
Looking for a new direction in life? So is Claudia Schiffer. That's why she's making plans to launch her own fashion line, which could include handbags and cashmere pieces. The 39-year-old model told guests at a luxury conference in Berlin this week that she's looking for investors to support her venture, which she believes would be "timeless and classic, with a fashion sensibility".
But what does this mean for Schiffer's modelling career? Don't worry: She's not throwing the past two decades out the window. With recent spots for Salvatore Ferragamo, Yves Saint Laurent and Alberta Ferretti - plus the new Chanel campaign - we can only imagine that the model will keep building her portfolio both wearing great pieces and making them.
Want a piece of Yves Saint Laurent's lavish country lifestyle? This week in Paris, nearly 1,200 of the late designer's personal belongings from the Normandy retreat he shared with Pierre Bergé will hit the auction block.
The collection is expected to collect €3 to 4 million, and though that's just a scratch when compared to the €370 million collection from the sale from his Parisian apartment, the Chateau Gabriel pieces are said to be more personal. Everything from Napoleon III furniture to alabaster night lights to pots and pans will go under the hammer.
Some of the smaller of the items, including enamelled glass vases, are expected to sell for €300, but crocodile Hermès suitcases could draw €4,000 to €6,000. Bergé's mahogany bed could bring €10,000 to €15,000, according to estimates published in the Guardian, while a Dutch chandelier is expected to reach a price of €50,000, and a Fernand Léger painting could bring €120,000. Do you have your chequebooks ready?