October 1, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Over a five-decade career, the French fashion designer Agnes B. has engaged in some colorful pursuits. She's opened stores from Asia to Europe, launched perfume and handbag lines and, in recent years, even dabbled in film by forming a producing collaboration with Harmony Korine that yielded "Spring Breakers. " But for all these disparate achievements, Agnes B. (also sometimes known as Agnes Trouble) had never directed a film. And she certainly hadn't directed a film about incest and child runaways.
September 26, 2013
Barneys' annual holiday themes are always attention-getting, whether it's Lady Gaga (2011) or Disney (2012). This year, the store has signed Jay Z, the male half of this year's celebrity power couple, who is curating the Barneys holiday collection of special-edition merchandise from labels including Lanvin, Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Moncler and Hublot. [WWD] A judge in London has granted Rihanna a permanent injunction against Topshop, which sold T-shirts bearing her likeness without her permission.
September 11, 2013 |
Rapper and fledgling fashion designer Kanye West is looking for a vice president of production and a chief financial officer for a "clothing project. " Both positions are posted on LinkedIn. "The venture will be very high profile and, unlike those in which celebrities merely lend their name to a label, this venture will have the power of Mr. West's creative genius at the heart and soul of it," says the posting for VP . "Mr. West will play a hands-on role in leading design efforts, having studied and worked with design houses such as Fendi, Giuseppe Zanotti, Nike and Louis Vuitton," it says.
September 1, 2013 |
Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier is determined to dress women head-to-toe and 'round the clock. Since starting her namesake label in 1996, after she couldn't find a dress with enough fashion flair for her own wedding, Lhuillier has established herself as the go-to designer for Hollywood brides, including Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. Building on that foundation, in recent years she's developed a successful ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in New York, and sold at major department stores and her own boutiques.
September 1, 2013 |
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring. When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned out in leather and spikes for the gala opening in May, the irony was overwhelming. All those shiny celebrities were there in the name of an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes. But that was the point of the exhibition, to demonstrate how high fashion feeds off the street and how designers appropriate the visual codes of punk, using slashes and safety pins to sell cool.
July 13, 2013 |
Novelist Danielle Steel, 65, had a passion for fashion even before she got her hands on her first Hermes Kelly bag, a gift from her grandmother, at age 17. A regular on the bestseller list, with more than 600 million books sold since her first title published in 1972, Steel is adept at documenting the lifestyles of the rich and famous, perhaps because she has always had a front row seat. She grew up between New York and Europe, is a fixture on the San Francisco social scene and a regular at the Paris haute couture shows.