1. Uniqlo restocked stores with their Jil Sander collab, +J. And to think all those people lined the blocks in the cold. [Sample Sally]
2. The Must-Have for this fall is the scarf+hood=snood. I have one. You should get one. Enough said. [WSJ]
3. Finally! Photos of Rodarte’s highly anticipated Target diffusion! The hype for this collection seems to rival the hype for James Cameron’s ‘Avatar.’ [Racked]
4. Luella Bartley closes its doors for good. Another label falls victim to the recession’s gun. [WWD]
5. Versace’s internal turmoil, namely Donatella Versace’s extravagant lifestyle, is crippling the brand. She’s a woman of tradition and pride – no matter the cost. [Newsweek]
6. Rumor spreads like wildfire and we’re not going to be responsible for putting it out. Thakoon may launch menswear in the next year. [WWD]
7. Nicole Richie’s ‘Winter Kate’ collection is unveiled. It’s not all that bad, although the level of excitement for the collection hasn’t elevated. [Nicole Richie/Celebuzz]
8. Surprisingly, there is an overwhelming market for unwearable shoes – namely McQueen is overwhelmed by calls demanding his S/S 2010 10-inch shoes. But too bad. They’re not for sale. Although rumor has it that they may be auctioned off. [Grazia]
Disappointing. We pray that McQueen’s geek Queenies resolve the server issue or momentarily delay the show for us to tune into the live stream. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking. But, you can catch Tweets from Lady Gaga and Elle UK. That’s the best we can hope for, that is unless you’re omniscient.
UPDATE: 2nd streaming at 4:30 EST
Mark your calenders! Following the success of Burberry’s FW S/S 2010 live stream — thank you Christopher Bailey — Marc Jacobs for French fashion house Louis Vuitton, and Alexander McQueen plan to adapt Burberry’s concept for a live streaming fashion show. Alexander McQueen will stream his S/S 2010 collection at Alexandermcqueen.com on October 6 at 8:30 p.m. Paris time, or 2:30 p.m. EST (NYC time), followed by Louis Vuitton on October 7 at 2:30 p.m. Paris time, or 8:30 a.m EST at Louis Vuitton’s Facebook page. You must join LV’s Facebook page for the free live runway show. And thus begins the evolution of fashion design tailored to the masses. Enjoy!
YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS RHIANNA, JAY Z, KAYNE COLLAB, RUN THIS TOWN. Tears welled from watching the music video. These three powerhouses of music are ushering in a new era of music and fashion. Notice the black head scarves, hoodies, leather and Rhianna’s Parisian cum funeral modernized Bibi hat — think of the depressive simplicity of Rick Ownes meets the distinctive loose fit of Alexander Wang, coupled with the meticulous details of McQueen. And better yet, Rhianna is virtually pantless. Roc Nation recognizes that rappers have had a long love affair with baggy pants, over-sized T-shirts and monogramed LV and Gucci for too long, hence Jay Z’s Martin Margiela shout out. It’s refreshing to have kept the excessive bling out of the picture, letting the clothes do the talking. I think Jay Z convinced me. I might sport a headscarf.
If you want any more proof, read this excerpt from Kayne West’s verse:
And my nigga just made it out the precinct
We give a damn about the drama that you do bring
I’m just tryin’ to change the color on your mood wing
You need to drop some new things
Have you ever had shoes without shoe strings?
— Francis Bea
W magazine’s burgeoning reputation lives up to its hype – the editorial is in a class of its own (sorry Vogue) – never failing to disappoint, and sometimes someone’s moment of sheer genius evokes the blogger in me to share an art form our jaded eyes all too often overlook. So I thought it appropriate, while browsing through W’s August 2009 issue, that I cleared away the brush of ‘Sanctuary’ set in the Georgian jungle (who knew Cumberland Island, Georgia could be so exotic) and elucidate the genius of photographer, Mario Sorrenti and stylist, Camilla Nickerson.
Above is ‘Sanctuary’s‘ cover – Guinevere van Seenus appears innocent in Ralph Lauren’s ostrich feather, silk cape and silk tulle top and Melet Mercantile’s vintage bone white dress, languidly spread on moist dirt and uninhibited greens. Romanticizing a narrative from the bird’s egg, to heyday (below) and its inevitable death, Sorrenti extracts a hint of darkness in this celebration of the contradiction that high fashion draws inspiration from the austere beauty of nature. (Note Nickerson’s bizarre but flawless choice of heels.)
Alexander McQueen’s duck feather and silk and polyester organza dress, to order, at Alexander McQueen, New York. Falke hosiery. (via W)
— Francis Bea