July 4, 2007 |
Even by Hollywood standards it was a blockbuster production: Dior's 60th anniversary haute couture show, held Monday night in the majestic Orangerie of Versailles. The longest runway in history. A procession of the world's top models wearing one-of-a-kind, decadent gowns. An A-list front row that included Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, Harvey Weinstein, Sofia Coppola and Juliette Binoche.
June 2, 2007 |
For the third time since its namesake retired in 1999, the venerable American fashion house of Bill Blass doesn't have a lead designer. Its most recent creative director, Michael Vollbracht, had a moment of Paddy Chayefsky clarity and resigned late last week. Vollbracht had been in Los Angeles to attend a dinner with designer James Galanos -- a man admired for his talent, envied for his ability to work outside the Seventh Avenue system and remembered for dressing former first lady Nancy Reagan.
March 19, 2007 |
YOU might not know Christian Audigier, but you've no doubt encountered his flashy handiwork gracing the heads and torsos of a certain age group and celebrity set. As the head designer at Von Dutch from 2002 to 2004, he was a principal architect of the celebrity carpet-bombing strategy that pushed the trucker hat and flying eyeball logo into the zeitgeist and then past it to the brink of extinction.
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).