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SHORT STOP: After the departure of its couture designer, Stephane Rolland, in May, it looks like Jean-Louis Scherrer’s ready-to-wear designer, Bouchra Jarrar, has parted ways with the house, too. Jarrar, who was to present her first rtw collection for the house in October, declined comment Thursday. She joined the house in February following a 10-year stint working at Balenciaga.
PRINTS PRIZE: “It’s all about the eye,” said Diane von Furstenberg, one of the judges at Textprint’s annual student textile design awards in London. “It’s colors and textures, but really it’s about the eye.” Von Furstenberg joined Jasper Conran, and Aquascutum designers Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler in choosing the best fabrics from among 24 recent U.K. art college graduates this week at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Textprint is a charity that hooks up recent graduates with fashion and design companies. In addition to her judging, von Furstenberg did some poaching, too.
“There is something about English creativity that is so free and open,” she said. “I’ll be taking at least two of these designers back with me to New York.” “Without these young designers, we don’t survive,” said Conran. “And while encouragement is always good, a prize is even better.” The 24 graduates will take their work to Premiere Vision’s Indigo show in Paris in September, while the winners of the judges’ prizes will also show at Interstoff Asia in Hong Kong in October.
This story first appeared in the July 20, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
STELLA TO A ‘T’: The T-shirt that child of rock ‘n’ roll Stella McCartney designed for the Glastonbury music festival will go on sale at Yoox next week for about $50. “The T-shirt is inspired by all the airbrushing my mum and dad [Linda and Paul McCartney] used to get made in the Seventies,” said McCartney. “It’s collectible,” said Yoox founder Federico Marchetti. Yoox often hosts collaborations and special projects that mix design, music and fashion. The shirt will be available starting Tuesday and proceeds will be donated to charity.
THE SHOW MUST NOT GO ON: Sass & Bide designers Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke have cancelled their New York Fashion Week show, which was scheduled for Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in Bryant Park. The duo decided it would be best for Middleton to sit this show week out so she can recuperate from her on-going chemotherapy treatments. Middleton was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, just 12 days after the birth of her second daughter, Elke Bay. A spokeswoman for Sass & Bide insisted that the designers would be back for the shows in February, but even before that, they would be in New York in November to show their spring collection. “Heidi is doing well,” the spokeswoman said. “Her doctors just thought it would be best for her to stay in Australia for now and not travel to New York.”