KATE TAKES LIBERTY: It looks like Kate Moss’ collection for Topshop will take a floral turn for spring. The model is collaborating with London-based Liberty’s print designers to create fabrics for dresses in her forthcoming Kate Moss Topshop collection. A Topshop spokeswoman confirmed that the retailer and Moss are working with Liberty’s designers, but declined to disclose details. It’s likely the pieces will be labeled so customers can see they’re made with Liberty fabric, alongside the Kate Moss Topshop branding.
It won’t be the first time Liberty and Topshop — both beacons of London’s West End shopping district — have joined forces. On Monday, Topshop launched a line of lingerie in Liberty fabrics at its Oxford Circus store, with a second series of pieces slated to be introduced in January. The Liberty for Topshop collection includes a ruffle bandeau bra in a pink and purple pansy print called “Miranda,” boyshorts in an intricate black, orange and green floral “Strawberry Thief” print and a camisole printed with oversize pink roses, called Carline. Prices range from 8 pounds, or $11 at current exchange, for a cotton brief to 20 pounds, or $29, for a cotton camisole bra. The collection also will be sold via topshop.com, the retailer’s online store.
NO-SHOW: Don’t expect to see the Marni man on the catwalk in January. The Italian house said Monday it has opted for a presentation of its men’s wear collection rather than the usual runway show. But that’s not to say men’s wear is taking a backseat at the company. Due to strong demand for designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s quirky but unfussy styles, the company’s recently expanded flagship boutique in SoHo, at 159-161 Mercer Street, has just doubled the space devoted to men’s wear. There’s also a separate area dedicated to men’s accessories. In other Marni news, the company is opening a boutique in Miami today at 3930 Northeast Second Avenue, in the city’s Design District. The store will carry both men’s and women’s.
IN THE LAP OF LUXURY: Who needs Jennifer Aniston for a celebrity endorsement when you can get Michelle Obama? New York-based designer Jason Wu received a boost when the future first lady donned his ivory silk shift dotted with ebony florets on last week’s “The Barbara Walters Special.” Style watchers can expect to see more of Obama in Wu’s finery. She purchased an additional three pieces from Wu’s spring 2009 collection at Chicago boutique Ikram. When it comes to luxury fashion, the 26-year-old Wu isn’t exclusive to political circles. Last month, he hosted a trunk show at Los Angeles boutique Satine with actress Lucy Liu and social networking site MySpace. Wu’s designs were a tad too pricy for Liu’s TV show, “Dirty Sexy Money.” “I don’t know if we can afford him [for the show’s wardrobe],” she said. Perhaps the network will be able to afford Wu next year, when he will be one of the featured designers in Gap’s spring white shirt collaboration, which in the past has included Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Phillip Lim. Among the starlets who paid their respects to Wu on his West Coast visit were January Jones, Kate Mara, China Chow, Amanda Goldberg, Rosetta Getty, Rachel Zoe, Erika Christensen and Rose McGowan, who crashed the post-trunk show dinner at Palihouse Holloway.
ANOTHER DESIGNER FOR TARGET: Ashley Paige is putting her Seventies-inspired imprint on Target. The Los Angeles-based swimwear designer is developing a collection of around 11 pieces that will enter Target stores in time for summer, including at least two in her signature crochet style and one monokini, according to an Ashley Paige spokeswoman. The spokeswoman said the collection would be labeled either Ashley Paige for Target or Bikini Love. “It is really colorful…[and] is based off of Ashley’s classic pieces,” she said. She added that Ashley Paige also has taken on a new investor, Rass Corp., to help build the brand’s national presence.