Bibhu Mohapatra and the well-heeled team behind Rent the Runway, including co-founders Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss and fashion director Lucy Sykes Rellie, rounded up a covey of eager eds and gathered at Junoon last night on West 24th Street. Pourquoi? To nosh on Indian delicacies, of course, and fete the New York-based designer’s Indo-Deco capsule collection for the fast-growing website, dedicated to loaning designer dresses and accessories to the masses. The six-piece capsule collection on display featured vibrant gowns and cocktail frocks fusing the traditional Indian colors and textiles of Mohapatra’s childhood with architectural silhouettes and details of the ’20s. “Indo-deco captures the subsequent energy of the modern Indian woman,” said the designer on his inspiration behind the poppy-colored lineup. Starting today, the full range will be available to rent for $200 to $400 at RenttheRunway.com for a span of four to eight days, along with 12 additional Bibhu Mohapatra designs that are part of his core collection.
(NEW YORK) Fashionâ€™s Night Out Moves To Manchester [Vogue UK]
The shopping extravaganza has found a new home
Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe Turns Designer for Escada [Telegraph UK]
The actress is designing to help women and children in India and Cambodia
In It To Win It: Mulleavy Sisters Honored With Another Fashion Award [Refinery29]
Kate and Laura Mulleavy are set to receive the Legend of Fashion award
Louis Vuitton Accused of Promoting Prostitution in New Film [Fashionista]
Liberation accuses Louis Vuitton of promoting criminal acts
Watch Four Minutes of Ryan Lochte Reality Show Goodness [Racked]
Entertainment Weekly released an extended trailer of What Would Ryan Lochte Do?
Bottega Veneta isn’t slowing down any time soon. After announcing record-breaking numbers for 2012 topping at $1 billion in revenues, the Italian luxury brand has teamed up with German ceramic manufacturer KPM on a new ceramic jewelry collection for Fall 2013. The bauble line will center around grey and white ceramic cameos set in a range of rings, earrings, and necklaces, and retail in select Bottega Veneta boutiques.
It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade, but Jeffrey Cares is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year with a fashion show, silent auction and, of course, cocktails, all for a few deserving causes. What started out as an event at his now-iconic 14th Street store has turned into a must attend/must-look-fab bash on The Intrepid. The Daily caught up with fashion pioneer Jeffrey Kalinsky of Jeffrey Fashion Cares as he gets ready to hit the big 1-0 next Tuesday. This year Emmy Rossum is the celeb co-host and Broadway’s Jerry Mitchell is being honored with the Community Leadership Award presented by his Kinky Boots collaborator Cyndi Lauper. P.S. Tickets are still available!
BY EDDIE ROCHE
Swatch Group finalized its deal today to buy luxury jeweler Harry Winston for $1 billion while also taking on $250 million of pro forma net debt. Harry Winston will be the first major jewelry brand added to the watch-making behemoth. While the group’s name is generally synonymous with the candy-colored plastic watches made popular in the ’80s, industry insiders probably know the brand for its collection of luxury watchmaking brands like Omega, Jacquet Droz, Brequet, and Blancpain, some of whose mechanical watches sell in the six-figure range.
WHAT: Tibi Daisies Jacket…WHY: The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the sky is a rather fetching hue of blue. Perfect timing, then, to incorporate a tailored and printed linen suiting jacket into the mix! It’s kind of a wearable way to stop and smell the flowers, at least theoretically speaking. You’ll be craving a daisy chain-making sesh in no time…AVAILABLE: $595, Tibi.com…
(NEW YORK) Salvatore Ferragamo Launches Fashion Foundation [Vogue UK]
The Italian fashion house aims to encourage and educate prospective fashion talent
Vera Wang Backtracks On Charging Customers In China to Try Wedding Dresses [Telegraph UK]
Following internet backlash, the designer retracts the fee
Dior Plans Encore Haute Couture Show in Shanghai [BoF]
The French fashion house is bringing its Haute Couture show to China
H&M Releases A Huge Heap Of Supply-Chain Info, But Is It Enough? [Refinery29]
H&M has taken its commitment to transparency one step further
Victoria’s Secret’s Spring Break Ads Anger Parents on the Internet [Racked]
PINK has sparked outrage on Facebook
Longtime Conde publishing vet Richard Beckman’s next venture, following his jag at Prometheus Global Media, is a branded entertainment venture called Three Lions Entertainment. The new company, co-founded with Tinseltown investment honcho Ron Burkle, whose portfolio includes a majority stake in industry buzzmakers Relativity Media, is decidedly more multiplatform compared to Beckman’s print-heavy past endeavors.
IMG has a new power player in the house. Catherine Bennett has been tapped as senior vice president and managing director of IMG Fashion Events and Properties, replacing Peter Levy, who spent over a dozen years with the company. Also decamping from IMG: Alison Levy, global director of marketing and communications, who’d been with the company on and off since 2006.