MARK + JAMES BAG IT: Before they get to New York Fashion Week, Mark Badgley and James Mischka have one other order of business to attend to: their Mark + James handbag debut. The duo launched the contemporary line with clothes in 2009, then added shoes for spring 2011. Bags, which hit for fall, were the next logical step. “Mark + James has become such a strong business that we really wanted to complement the collection,” says Badgley.
Licensed under Franchi Handbags, which also produces Badgley Mischka’s Collection and Couture lines, Mark + James features about 35 styles, retailing from $150 to $300. The pieces are meant to keep the sophistication of more expensive and classic Badgley Mischka line, but with a more casual, distressed look, i.e. wool and waxed canvas messengers in Navajo prints, as well as a variety of pieces in fake fur, leather and satin.
RUNNING MAN: After haute couture: more sneakers. Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped by Diego Della Valle to do an encore as guest designer at Hogan. Lagerfeld’s second collection for the Tod’s Group brand will be even broader, spanning shoes, ready-to-wear and accessories in two moods: sporty and urban. Sneakers were the bestsellers of Lagerfeld’s first effort for Hogan last fall. The new range will be unveiled on March 4 during Paris Fashion Week.
WILLIAM’S WEDDING WARDROBE: Prince William is being just as cagey as his bride-to-be Kate Middleton about what he’s wearing on his wedding day. According to British press reports Monday, William plans to marry in a military uniform made by Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes, as the Prince is currently training with Britain’s Royal Air Force. But a spokeswoman for Clarence House, where Prince William and Harry’s offices are based, said that they would “not be commenting” on what William plans to wear for the big day. However, Gieves & Hawkes didn’t entirely dismiss the idea. The tailoring house said, “We have for the past four years had the pleasure of making several garments for the HRH Prince William and family. To the best of our knowledge what the Prince will wear for his wedding is still to be decided.”
Gieves & Hawkes is no stranger to outfitting Britain’s royal household, and currently holds three royal warrants from Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales.