Monday, February 12, 2007

Designers for less

Designers at a snip...part XXIV. The buzz right now is all about Proenza Schouler's collection for Target's GO International project. Sadly for us Europeans, the mass market retailer does not ship outside the United States, but trendy French boutique Colette will offer a small selection of items starting next Monday. Look out in particular for the satiny corsets and palm prints.
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My favorite outfits from the Proenza Schouler collection for Tarzhay

The exclusivity goes both ways. French designer Lolita Lempicka has created a limited edition for Etam, ranging from bikinis to gold sandals, that will go on sale in France from April 24. Book your trip now!
Lolita Lempicka

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Pucci for the eyes

If you're a fan of Pucci's classic psychedelic swirls, you will love its limited edition cosmetics collection, which will go on sale from May until August.
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Some products from the upcoming Guerlain by Emilio Pucci range

The line, created with Guerlain, will include Meteorites pressed-powder beads as well as an eye set containing a mascara and a four-color eye shadow palette. I have had a soft spot for Pucci ever since I found a bandana from the brand in a goodwill store for $1. The cotton scarf, turquoise with a white heart print, was still in its original packaging! It is one of my favorites to this day.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Courrèges at a snip

The latest designer house to collaborate with French mail order retailer La Redoute is Courrèges - the inventor of the Space Age trapeze dress. Its offerings in the spring-summer catalogue include this great white dress - so retro!
The Courrèges trapeze dress for summer 2007

The French brand is one of the few (together with Louis Vuitton) that never holds a sale, so this may be your only chance to get some non-vintage Courrèges at a semi-reasonable price. The dress is still quite expensive at 170 euros. Cheaper options include tennis shoes at 60 euros and a vinyl bag at 130 euros - both in my very favorite shade of Courrèges orange. I have been lusting after the small rectangular version of the orange bag for a while now, but prices start at 250 euros in the store.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Stilettos at dawn?

It looks like New York fashion week will get off to a sizzling start tomorrow with the makings of a feud between New York Times scribe Cathy Horyn and the Ice Queen herself, Anna "Nuclear" Wintour. In a Thursday Styles piece that is almost too juicy to be true, Horyn denounces the Vogue editor for excessive interference in the backroom dealings of the fashion industry.
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Battle Royale: Anna Wintour (left) and Cathy Horyn

Choice excerpts include:
But many fashion insiders and critics feel that by promoting labels of dubious design merit but with an obvious social or power connection, like Georgina Chapman of Marchesa, whose companion is the producer Harvey Weinstein, she leaves herself open to the complaint that her magazine promotes a kind of a pedantry.
The people that Horyn quotes in a supposed defense of Wintour only manage to stick the knife in deeper. For instance, she claims that Wintour has petitioned François-Henri Pinault, the chief executive of PPR (which owns Gucci), to find a position for British designer Phoebe Philo, who left Chloé last year.
“She’s not too pushy,” Mr. Pinault said. “From my point of view, it’s a very positive way of demonstrating her power. She lets you know it’s not a problem if you can’t do something she wants. But she makes you understand that if you could, she would be very supportive with her magazine. She really makes you understand that.”
Horyn also refers to Wintour's famously icy personality (she was reportedly the role model for Meryl Streep's bitch-from-hell character in "The Devil Wears Prada").
Ms. Wintour, who declined to be interviewed for this article, is a woman of seemingly limitless energy and a famously short attention span, who prefers to have her threats delivered by a lieutenant. (“Do you want me to go to Anna with this?” is a typical line, according to fashion publicists.)
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Meryl Streep channels Wintour in "The Devil Wears Prada"; Jerry Oppenheimer's biography of the icy editrix

I interviewed Wintour during fashion week and the least I can say is that she is not warm and fuzzy. I went up to her before the Gaultier couture show to ask for a comment about Armani broadcasting his catwalk show on the Internet. Wintour proceeded to ignore me for a good minute while she continued talking with Grace Coddington, U.S. Vogue's creative director (who does not give interviews at all - ever). When she finally turned her gaze to me, she gave me a stare so withering it could have turned me to stone. But then she proceeded to answer my questions with perfect grace. So what can I say? I read Jerry Oppenheimer's poorly written biography of Wintour, and she remains an enigma to me. I am just wondering who will have the guts to go and ask her for a reaction to the Horyn piece first.