What I wouldn't think is good is for a new person to become a fashion designer. I'd think, well, why on earth would you want to do that? There are enough of us now. A girl said to me recently: 'I really want to be a fashion designer but I also like biology.' I said: 'Do biology.
Jil Sanders' new +J Uniqlo collection hit stores yesterday morning, welcomed by a queue of Sander-enthusiasts trailing down Uniqlo's flasghip store in Oxford Street, all waiting to buy a taste of the minimalist German designer's legendary sharp cuts and sleek femininity. The first couple in the line had flown in especially from Scotland that morning, according to Grazia.
"There is no great difference between design in exclusive and in larger numbers, if you keep a close eye on the production," Sander said to The Times. "I like to reduce a piece of cloth to its essence. I am not interested in ornaments; to me, quality depends on the harmony of shape and materia;, on a truly modern design vision, and on the effort;ess beauty of the three-dimensional form."
"My philosophy of design is about creating beautiful, hand-finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement," says Texas native Lela Rose. The designer now known for her feminine dresses was more interested in sculpture and painting at the University of Colorado. She had a side business making vests from vintage scarves, though, and after a course at Parsons and training with Richard Tyler, Rose knew where she belonged. With clients like Rachel Bilson, Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams, it seems she hasn't done too badly.
This week, the designer talks deadlines, sample-fabric fun and Jake Gyllenhaal's girlfriend with The Fash Pack.
Care to hear what Donatella thinks about the return of the decade of all things over-the-top? Then you'll want to see this video, in which New York interviews the designer about all the trends.
Also, Versace shares more about her collaboration with the Whitney Museum. She's working on a project to introduce art to children, and two lucky youngsters will have their artwork featured on handbags.
Your own designer goodies before getting your driving license? That's a project we could have latched onto.
Betsey Johnson Fall 2009 presentation, New York Fashion Week
When rumours kicked off a few weeks ago that Betsey Johnson was set to retire, we felt pretty sad. The designer who's been whirling around in frilly-but-sexy dresses for decades (she started working in the '60s with Edie Sedgwick as her house model) doing her final cartwheel down the runway? We hoped not. On July 1, she wrote on Twitter: "I will not retire while I've still got my legs and my make-up box." Phew.
Johnson, a Connecticut native who thought she'd be a dancer when she grew up, talked to The Fash Pack about who really inspires her (you), skipping her homework and why BlackBerries are so damn annoying.
Summer-holiday season is in full swing, so this week we're taking you to the Mediterranean. Cyprus, specifically, where designer Sofia Alexander has her studio. What started as a limited-edition line for high-end boutiques in Cyprus, Greece and Qatar has morphed into a successful line of flirty dresses that channels both the current obsession with Megan Fox and sci-fi fashion.
This week, the designer who's known for her unconventional use of zips, vintage obi belts and abstract materials gives us a slice of her creative side.
Courtney Love officially is, as her Hole lyrics would say, the girl with the most cake. Earlier reports that the singer was working on a fashion line (via Peaches Geldof's Twitter, of all things) have been confirmed by Love's rep.
It seems her line will include "cotton ribbed body suits, cashmere harem pants and a ruby stitched into every outfit". Would you wear Love's stylings?