Sometimes it’s very difficult in this business, because as a designer you have the feeling you have to be a celebrity. It’s almost as though it is you coming before your work. Now all the rules are changing. It scares me a lot, actually.
Since his role on 'The City' it looks like Joe Zee has got the buzz for TV. This week WWD revealed that the ELLE creative director will reamin on 'The City' but will also appear and host his own show, 'All On The Line', which will air on the Sundance Channel in 2011. We'd be lying if we said that we're surprised. Last August we reported on rumours that ELLE and particualrly Zee were in talks about expanding into TV and their show 'Stylista' and involvement in 'The City' has signalled that they've been edging that way for a while.
So what is the show going to be about? In each of the eight episodes Zee will help a designer in a crisis and serve as a mentor, advising them in the run up to a big buyer meeting by the end of the episode. "It's all about helping them get to the next level," Zee said. "I will be here to lend my expertise". Not content with appearing and hosting the show, Zee is also working behind-the-scenes as a producer.
A lot of my pieces are about easy seductiveness and accessibility in terms of showing skin. I've been speaking to a lot of women in their forties and fifties and they want to look sexy — I think it's quite a new thing and at the moment, there isn't a lot out there for them. Seductiveness isn't just for girls in their twenties anymore.
For me when I’m thinking about either designing a piece or choosing a piece to wear, I think about a shape. If you as a designer — your aesthetic were to walk through a wooden door, what shape would it leave? I think it’s also important to be consistent with yourselves. Just because we’re doing a heightened avant-garde sense of who we are doesn’t mean we start shredding things and making, you know, giant hats — it still has to be you.
According to Grazia, the Vivienne Westwood warehouse sale is happening on Friday 30th October, between 6.30pm-9pm, and Saturday 31st October, between 10am-4pm, at 30-40 Elcho Street in London.
News of the sale was revealed shortly after the iconic British designer, who is known to create outlandish couture clothing, spoke this weekend about how a prominent investor chose to back another designer over her in the early 1990s. With four clothing lines, accessories, custom bridal and eveningwear, and annual sales of about £225 million, we bet they’re regretting that now. “They could have made money with me. They lost it,” said Vivienne. To avoid making the same mistake, mark the date in your diary if you, like us, love the notorious Westwood for her elegance-meets-punk fashion.
The 3.1 Phillip Lim customer will always be youthful, probably, which makes flirty, abstract dresses like the above style, worn by Karlie Kloss, ideal. But there's something to be said for maturing, which Lim definitely did this season. Sure, maybe his woman wears her power suit with shorts, or trousers rolled to the ankle, but she has places to go either way.
And so it was grown-up clothing on the Lim runway, but not without the designer's signature whimsical touches. A floaty blouse was drenched with polka dots. A tuxedo jacket worn as a dress glittered with silver sequins. And as for this season's increasingly popular crocodile print, Lim chose to splash that with sequins, too.
With a selection of it girls (Leighton Meester, Alexa Chung, Olivia Thirlby) sitting front-row, Lim seems to have popularity under control. And we don't think a standout collection for spring can hurt, either.
American fashion designer, Narciso Rodriguez, whose clients include Salma Hayek, Claire Danes, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rachel Weisz, has received the title of Mercedes-Benz Presents designer this season. This means that the German car manufacturer will underwrite and support Rodriguez’s up and coming collection scheduled to show at the Bryant Park Tent on September 15th.
“Narciso Rodriquez is a perfect choice to be the Mercedes-Benz Presents designer as his clothes are designed and executed with the same precision, structure and attention to detail as a Mercedes-Benz,” Fern Mallis, SVP of IMG Fashion, said.
“My Spring 2010 Collection was greatly influenced by the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth. The three dimensional and graphic shapes that are her work became a constant source of inspiration while I sketched and created the coming season,” Rodriquez said.
Maybe I'm in a retro mood after watching '(500) Days of Summer' this weekend, but I'm really loving Wundervoll, a cleverly crafted lingerie line with hints of art deco and a little bit of 'Mad Men'. The German brand, designed by Matthias Jaschke, recently launched in the US and should have a whole new crowd of followers soon.
This week, Jaschke tells The Fash Pack about his emphasis on quality and confidence, and when Carla Bruni can be helpful.