March 16, 2007 |
Call it a failed experiment. After an attempt to skew the St. John brand to a younger customer failed to jell with its knitwear-suit-wearing loyals, the company's original founders are returning to their design roles at the $400-million Irvine-based brand, which counts Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Gloria Allred as fans. Marie Gray, co-founder, and her daughter Kelly Gray, who was the face of the pre-Angelina Jolie ad campaigns, are both back and acting as creative consultants.
March 13, 2007 |
Weinstein Co., the film company started by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and Hilco Consumer Capital agreed to buy fashion house Halston Co. for an undisclosed amount and plan to bring in new management to run the business. Tamara Mellon, founder and president of Jimmy Choo Ltd., will join Halston's board. The buyers also plan to name a new chief executive, lead designer and creative team.
February 17, 2007 |
A new Brit pack has emerged here in fashion's creative hub, once again putting the London shows in the international spotlight. Like Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney before them, many in this new generation of designers were schooled at Central Saint Martins and graduated to the London runways as their training ground. If they continue along this charmed path, they'll soon show somewhere else, and become household names.
February 9, 2007 |
DONATELLA VERSACE blew into town with her entourage last weekend and set up camp in a smoking-allowed bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Pink Palace's high-profile clientele being what it is, it's unlikely that she is the only regular guest who can claim a "Saturday Night Live" doppelganger. Yet when Donatella, as everyone calls her, is in residence, the glamour quotient rises, even at a legendarily fashionable place.
January 27, 2007 |
Fashion bosses from Paris, Milan, New York and London have agreed to take part in a debate on how to address eating disorders after some countries took measures to ban ultra-skinny models from their catwalks, according to French fashion's governing body. "It is a serious problem to which one cannot be insensitive," the Chambre Syndicale said in a statement Friday. "All the bodies concerned have to participate in terms of information."
January 25, 2007 |
Spain's government has reached an agreement with major fashion designers to standardize women's clothing sizes with the aim of promoting a healthier image. Designers such as Cortefiel, Mango, El Corte Ingles and Inditex agreed to take part in the program, which was announced this week. The program, designed by the Health Ministry, will also prevent those companies from using window displays featuring clothes smaller than a European size 38 (8 in the United States).
January 1, 2007 |
Fashion is an industry built on planned obsolescence, which means that much of what was breathlessly touted in 2006 will be forgotten in 2007. There will be no need to fret about leggings, wide belts, sweater coats and the various expensive handbags -- the Chloe Edith, Chanel's Coco Cabas -- that once seemed so essential. The industry will be on to something else.
December 23, 2006 |
A month after the death of an anorexic model in Brazil, Italy's government and fashion industry on Friday adopted a voluntary code aimed at promoting a more "generous" look for women. Under the pact, Italy's highly competitive fashion industry agreed not to hire models younger than 16. The industry also promised to add larger sizes to its collections and require models to submit medical proof they do not suffer from eating disorders.
December 16, 2006 |
In separate incidents on opposite coasts this week, the seriously thin became a serious issue. Early Monday morning, celebutante Nicole Richie was arrested for driving under the influence after she was spotted driving the wrong way on the 134 Freeway. According to the booking sheet, the 25-year-old star of "The Simple Life" is 5 feet 1 and 85 pounds.
November 10, 2006 |
There is nothing like a celebrity stepping forward as a do-gooder to bring out the skeptics. (Google: "Madonna" and "Malawi.") After all, it can be difficult to separate a publicity stunt from a heartfelt desire to help alleviate suffering. The fashion industry and its stars are especially suspect. That's because theirs is a business that places so much emphasis on image. There is a tendency to believe all things are in service to the fantasy.