Archive for April, 2010

April 27, 2010

Mario Testino and Kate Moss x Taschen



Photo: Vogue Italia Oct ’06

Drum roll please. WWD reports and confirms that Taschen will be publishing the 128 paged Kate Moss by Mario Testino
Set to release this summer with only 1,500 signed copies. It will sell for 350 Euros, which at the current exchange rate is $472.
(This by That posted 4/2/10)

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April 27, 2010

Jonathan Adler x 7 for All Mankind


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Photo: WWD

Demand for popular denim brand 7 for all Mankind has declined from its peak in the mid-2000s, but a new collaboration with interior designer Jonathan Adler will certainly peak some interest. The brand has collaborated with fashion innovators such as Azzedine Alaia and Zac Posen in the past, but this marks their first venture with an interior designer. Not to imply that Adler doesn’t have fashion cred; he is married to Barney’s New York creative director Simon Doonan after all. The collection will offer menswear and womenswear divided into three categories. To give you an idea, the “Pop” category will emphasize bright colors and contrasts to harness that preppy look we all hope to replicate without crossing the border into WASP-dom.

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April 27, 2010

Jerry Leigh Apparel x HB3 Technology



Photo: HoodieBuddie

Jerry Leigh Apparel may be a name unfamiliar to many but it has been a mass distributor, manufacturer and design house since 1962. Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers, Paul Frank and recently Avril Lavigne’s Abbey Dawn are among their top licenses. Their profile may be rising soon as they feature Leigh’s license, HB3 technology,which embeds audio and entertainment functionality within garments. What does this even mean? Well, garments will feature built-in, machine-washable headphones that are located inside the drawstrings of the hoodie and a front pocket that holds an input jack. Leigh has incorporated this technology into two of his lesser known brands HoodieBuddie and InSound. With the mega influence of smart phones, mp3 players and even mp4 players, it was only a matter of time before an apparel company decided to usher in the era of ready-to-wear technology. Should downtown-friendly brands like Brooklyn Industries and Urban Outfitters get primed and ready to support the current cultural desire to be plugged in 24/7? Seemingly the answer may be a logical next step for a truly mobile device.

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April 23, 2010

Madonna x Iconix Brand Group


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Photo: Coutorture

Remember when Madonna was just a musician (well, musician, artist, muse, provocateur, etc.)? She’s taken a break from recording to focus her energy on becoming a retail force to be reckoned with. After starring in Dolce & Gabbana’s tearful S/S 2010 ad campaign, she’s been invited back to the studio to design a six piece eyewear collection for the brand through Iconix Brand Group. This is a first for the design duo.

Domenico and Stefano sketched over fifty styles for the icon to edit and tweak to her specifications (or more likely her assistant threw the sketches on her kitchen table and had the kids pick at random). However, the styles are sleek and conservative enough to withstand the test of time, almost as well as the pop star has. The line comes complete with a sultry ad campaign shot by frequent collaborator Steven Klein. It may remind some of us of the infamous W editorial
that brought Jesus Luz into our lives. Adorned with a unique MDG logo, the eyewear retails for $248-$298.

Heralding in a new era of Madonna-branded lines, she also has another venture with Iconix Brand Group; MG Icon LLC. Eyewear is just the beginning. On the agenda is Material Girl Clothing which is launching exclusively at Macy’s. The line is inspired by Lourdes, Madonna’s chicest offspring to date. The collection will include clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry and will retail between $12-$40. For those of us that missed out on the seasonal collection for mega-retailer H&M back in 2007, it will be another chance to get a taste of Madonna’s style. We’re hoping there will be more silk turbans, like the ones she designed for H&M. It’s a shame those didn’t catch on.

April 23, 2010

Hedi Slimane x Rolls Royce


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Photo: Dazed Digital

Hedi Slimane hasn’t helmed a collection since his tenure as creative director at Dior Homme and the fashion industry still hasn’t recovered from their skinny suit withdrawal. Slimane has claimed a label is in the works but in the meantime, he’s enjoying a successful second career as a photographer, frequently shooting for the likes of Vogue Paris and V Magazine. Recently, he turned his lens on one of his favorite models, a 1985 Rolls Royce Corniche. Slimane told Dazed Digital that he’s been sketching the Rolls Royce since the age of 6, and has purchased two ‘Triple Black’ RR models. You might think it doesn’t take much to make a Rolls look appealing, but Slimane has brought his eye for sharp minimalism to make for images that practically scream luxury.

April 22, 2010

Juicy Couture x Erin Fetherston



Photo: Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture has tapped womenswear designer Erin Fetherston as a guest designer and creative consultant. Both brands have California roots, so it will be interesting to see what her approach to the brand’s iconic track suit will be. Should we expect to see French lace trimmed track suits? Fetherston is known for that approach of feminine and romantic designs.

The project will last through Holiday 2011, coinciding with the track suit’s 10th anniversary. Fetherston and Edgar Huber, president of Juicy Couture, are excited for the pairing because they both agree on casual luxury and fun loving designs. “It’s very impressive that Juicy Couture has become a global brand in such a short period of time. I’ve always related to the fun-loving and modern spirit of the brand and its distinct design point of view. I’m very honored and excited to step into this role,” said Fetherston. Her debut pieces of track suits and more will be offered in a limited edition selection starting Holiday 2010.

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April 21, 2010

THIS by THAT


Which slash-happy supermodel is releasing a book with her favorite photographer? Now, we would love it to be a tell all but we’re afraid it will only be images. The super-famous photog is known for his “sexy” in front of and behind the lens. Fans sold separately.

April 21, 2010

MARNI x Current/Elliot


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Photo: MARNI

Just when most considered the days of luxury denim to be over, Current/Elliot is re-energizing the scene. A favorite because of it’s heritage approach and homage to the foundations of denim, Current/Elliot conceived a lifestyle of laid-back ease with their signature fit. For A/W 2010, they will be partnering with MARNI, an Italian brand known for its quirky spirit and easy silhouettes. Separately, these labels offer a charming and unique style but coupled together, they will offer the fashion conscious set an authentic and whimsical mix of separates. Folks with a love for trends but an even greater love for style will certainly be interested in this new notch in denim standards.

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