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THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Marianne Faithfull has played God on television and the devil on stage. Now the rocker is reverting to a more familiar role, embarking on a European tour this week in support of a new album, “Before the Poison.” But even concerts must be costumed, and Faithfull dialed her friend, John Galliano, who designed a made-to-measure bias-cut suit from his year-old men’s collection. Galliano is building quite a music-world following for the men’s line, with Elton John said to be among his biggest customers and Marilyn Manson also prancing the stage lately in some of his threads.
COUNTDOWN: Karl Lagerfeld mania is reaching a fever pitch in anticipation of Friday’s arrival of his one-off collection for H&M in about 500 doors in 20 countries. Besides massive outdoor ads erected over the past week to trumpet the arrival of the merch, 10-second teaser commercials began airing in Europe directing viewers to a two-minute film that will air in prime time tonight. The fast-paced black-and-white film sends up the incredulity of a world-famous couturier moonlighting at a purveyor of affordable fashions. In reality, expect a feeding frenzy.
LIP-SMACKER: Marc Jacobs has practically done a 360. The designer of the now-famous Murakami handbag has created his first shopping bag, and it’s exclusive to Bloomingdale’s for the holiday season. But Jacobs doesn’t brown bag it. Jacob’s bag, available next Monday, has the party spirit, with big red smiling lips and a bright green backdrop, with the side reading “Happy Bloomingdale’s.” Sources said Jacobs got the inspiration from a few of his assistants at his Paris studio, where he designs Louis Vuitton. “They’ve got thick lips,” said a source.
“We wanted something that was festive, but in a nonreligious and nontraditional way. The big smiles, the red lips with the green bag, seemed the perfect way to achieve that,” Jacobs said in a statement. Added Bloomingdale’s chairman Michael Gould: “It gives us a chance to poke fun at ourselves and feel youthful and hopeful.”