WHAT: Dawn Levy Coco Jacket…WHY: Au revoir, marshmallow-esque puffer jackets; bonjour, Dawn Levy’s new e-commerce site! Flaunt your winter style in a waist hugging, curve-accentuating Coco coat. Neither rain nor snow are excuses not to look your best in luxury. What’s more blatantly luxe than a Mongolian fur trimmed down jacket? Yeah, no need to attempt answering that…AVAILABLE: $1290, DawnLevyDesign.com…
Retail farewell alert! Vince’s founders, Rea Laccone and Christopher LaPolice, are parting ways with the company they started nearly 14 years ago come February 1. Word of the duo’s departure arrives in tandem with plans for Vinceâ€™s parent company, Kellwood, to take the company public. Known for its stylish basics in quality fabrics, particularly its sumptuous cashmere sweaters done in plush neutrals, the sportswear company has grown fast and big since its inception. Besides its stronghold on the realm of perfected staples, the brand has gone a luxe-skewed route in recent years: “Today we’re selling $1,100 leather leggings and $2,000 shearling coats; we’ve really elevated the product,” LaPolice told The Daily in August 2012.
The Waldorf Astoria got a massive dose of inspiration last night, thanks to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund’s 50th anniversary of the Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Awards. Leave it to Lanvin’s adorably bespectacled leading man to bring the poignant punch. On the premises: an array of notable industry movers and shakers, including the eve’s host, Alina Cho of CNN, designer Bibhu Mohapatra, Wâ€™s Stefano Tonchi, Paperâ€™s Kim Hastreiter and the guest of honor, Lanvinâ€™s Alber Elbaz. Each year 130 standout fashion students from colleges around the country are invited, with the top eight receiving scholarships to pursue their dreams with aid from the fund. And dreams are just what honorary lifetime achievement recipient Elbaz, was on hand to discuss. â€œWhen I arrived in New York I had two suitcases: one little one for my clothes and a big one for my dreams.” Why the connection between Elbaz and Beene’s namesake org? A former protÃ©gÃ© of Beene, Elbaz designed for Beene for seven years.
(NEW YORK) Karl Lagerfeld To Host Chanel Show In Dallas [Vogue UK]
Everything is bigger in Texas, including Chanel’s next Metiers d’Art show
First Look: Raquel Zimmermann for Salvatore Ferragamo SS13 Campaign [ELLE]
David Sims photographs mod in natural setting
Target Ratchets Up Retail Price War [NPR]
Target is now price matching Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon
Whelp. Here’s Another Fashion Video That’s Far Too Catchy [Racked]
YouTube has a new fashion sensation
& Other Stories Announce London Store [Telegraph UK]
The H&M brand drops shop on central London’s Regent Street
Think outside of the box, darlings. Oversized totes and satchels are all too ubiquitous, so consider trading up to a more petite box-shaped clutch, freeing you to juggle with that oversized coat instead. May we suggest an eco-friendly Emm Kuo detailed with geometric stones constructed with shell fragments sourced from the beaches of Filipino province Cebu? Mosaic-esque and madly chic!
Those who have anxiously been awaiting Deborah Needleman’s debut issue for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, due out in February, might be a bit surprised by her cover choice. The Daily hears that 79-year-old socialite and sister to Jackie O., Lee Radziwill, will make the premiere cover of Needleman’s version of T. Whatâ€™s more, we hear that another upcoming cover is slated to feature 82-year-old socialite and philanthropist, Deeda Blair. When we reached out to The New York Times, they declined to comment. This would be quite the departure from Sally Singerâ€™s ultra-hip covers featuring the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lana Del Rey. However, with an average age for readership at age 54 and an average household income of $160,784 for print, Needleman may be looking to target a new (albeit much older) audience. Here come the ladies who lunch. Betsy Bloomingdale, call your publicist!
Sonia Rykiel: “Our new artistic director, Geraldo da Conceicao, is working on his debut Fall 2013 collection for March, so this is a transitional collection made by the in-house studio,” said Lola Rykiel at the Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall presentation at Milk on Monday. “The idea is to have a timeless, essential wardrobe of a Rykiel.” Mission accomplie. The interim collection was stocked with the brand’s DNA from top to bottom: coquettish dresses, boyish ankle-baring trousers, and knitwear for days. A slouchy, rust-colored sweater, for example, hit a high note when paired with a swingy mini. Ditto for that charming striped sweater coat. Also on the menu this season? Fur, fur, and more fur, s’il vous plaÃ®t! Choose between ribbed, striped, knitted, punched; the list goes on. The bottom line? If it ain’t broke…
Lacoste has a new chief executive officer on board: JosÃ© Luis Duran is set to succeed Christophe Chenut, helming the croc-festooned brand. In November, Lacoste was acquired by Maus FrÃ¨res SA, a Swiss retail group which counts brands like Gant, Aigle, and Manor department stores among its roster of properties. Last month, Lacoste’s board convened to appoint Duran to his exec post, as well as Didier Maus’ new title of board president. After four years in the CEO capacity, Chenut is parting ways with Lacoste, but will maintain the CEO title at Lacoste’s global apparel licensee, Devanlay SA. Duran joined Devanlay in August 2011. Prior to his involvement with the Lacoste klatch, Duran was at hybrid supermarket retailer Carrefour, where he was CEO and chairman of the management board.
(NEW YORK) Venezuelan Authorities Dismiss Missoni Kidnapping Speculation [ Vogue UK]
The search continues for the Missoni boss
Thomas Pink Confirms New CFO [Fashion United UK]
Thomas Pink has confirmed the appointment of Andrew Merriman as its new chief financial officer
Penelope Cruz Smoulders For Loewe [Telegraph UK]
The first installment of Penelope Cruz’s ambassadorship for Loewe has been revealed
Norma Kamali on the Part Fashion Plays in Objectifying Womenâ€“And What You Can Do to Stop It [Fashionista]
Kamali discusses the “Stop Objectification” campaign
Katie Holmes & Bobbi Brown Team Up â€” And It’s Gorgeous [Refinery29]
Bobbi Brown enlists a fresh face
The next crop of FGI Rising Star Award finalists has been revealed; did your favorite burgeoning talents make the cut? In the women’s ready-to-wear realm, candidates include Rolando Santana, Nellie Partow, Honor’s Giovanna Randall, and Loris Diran. For the blokes, honorees in the menswear category include Andrew Charles’ Andy Hilfiger, Tim Coppens, and Todd Snyder; accouterment designers include Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen, Cornelia Guest, and Freda Salvador designers Cristina Palomo-Nelson and Megan Papay, while the retail category includes the brains behind Fivestory, Birchbox, Moda Operandi, and Shen Beauty. Other categories include fine jewelry, fragrance corporate, fragrance entrepreneur, and home-interior design.