FASHION FRINGE’S NEW JUDGES: London’s Fashion Fringe program has two new judges for its 2011 program — Claudia Schiffer and Roland Mouret. The model and designer will add to a judging panel that includes Anne Pitcher, managing director of Selfridges; Roy Peach, dean of the graduate school at the London College of Fashion, and Bel Jacobs, style editor at the British newspaper Metro. The new panel takes over from Fashion Fringe’s former honorary chairperson John Galliano, who was due to act in that role for two years from 2010, but for obvious reasons was not available to be involved in the program this year, a spokeswoman for Fashion Fringe said.
Applications open today for the 2011 scheme, which offers the winner a two-year development package worth about 100,000 pounds, or $162,000 at current exchange. That includes cash, business advice, mentoring and a studio at London’s Somerset House. The scheme was set up by fashion journalist Colin McDowell and IMG in 2004. Applications will close May 4, and three designers will be short listed to show their collections during London Fashion Week in September, when a winner will be chosen. In addition to their development package, the winner will benefit from an on-schedule show at London Fashion Week for the following two seasons.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Winding down a busy season of Palm Beach galas, Jackie Rogers finally toasted her new boutique. The party last Friday occurred four months to the day that she opened in 2,200 square feet on 150 Worth’s second level, quite a turnaround from her previous quarters on Via Mizner. “I got more browsers at my old place, whereas this is more about serious buyers,” she said, while helping a patron choose styles like gazar blouses, and satin gowns with knotted twist fronts and shoulder rosettes. “I just send a model down Worth Avenue, and they follow her here.”
Closing this location roughly from August to November, she plans to operate a much smaller boutique on East Hampton’s New Town Lane during summer. Favoring ready-to-wear, it stocks her Gin Lane seersucker collection with a love-knot theme this season, as well as new khaki pieces embellished with grommets retailing from $695 to $1,095. This summer, Rogers will expand her Inseparables concept for Lord & Taylor. Mix and match staples in red, black and white crepe retail from $200 to $500.
“Everything can be worn year-round, since I don’t believe in seasonal clothing,” she said.
PRINT PARTY: Emporio Armani unveiled “Momenti di Emporio,” a photo retrospective of images from Emporio Armani Magazine at its Fifth Avenue flagship on Tuesday night. A mix of fixtures both social and fashion, including Alice Eve, Lauren Remington Platt, Cristina Cuomo, Lizzie Tisch and Jennifer Creel turned out to sip Champagne and take in the artwork, which had been scattered about the store’s racks along with an accompanying Emporio Armani Remix capsule collection inspired by the photos.
Jessica Stam, no stranger to Armani campaign work herself (though, she explained, hers has been for Giorgio, not Emporio), showed up as well, and dished on a bit of upcoming nonfashion work for Mercedes-Benz, which will take her to Stuttgart, Germany, later this week. “They’re giving me a Mercedes for a year, so that’s amazing,” the model said.