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SIXTIES ON SALE: The extensive personal wardrobe of Marit Allen, the former Vogue editor and costume designer who died last year at age 66, will be auctioned by Allen’s family at London’s Kerry Taylor Auctions next month. Lots in the collection — which has a top estimate of 39,000 pounds, or $64,000 — include the John Bates white cotton and silver vinyl coat and dress Allen wore to her 1966 wedding to Sandy Lieberson, a film producer, Mary Quant minidresses and Biba printed smocks, through to Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano suits and coats from the late Eighties and early Nineties. The auction, which will be held Sept. 15, also includes Allen’s library of fashion reference books and prints of David Bailey and Norman Parkinson photographs. After editing Vogue, Allen became known for her costume design for films including “Don’t Look Now,” “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Brokeback Mountain,” and in 2007 she won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar for her work in “La Vie en Rose.”
This story first appeared in the August 27, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
MARC JACOBS ON FILM: The fashion world might still be abuzz about “The September Issue,” but as far as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is concerned, it’s all about Marc Jacobs for the next week. The Melbourne-based center has curated what it believes is the first film festival dedicated to Jacobs’ work, as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Running from Saturday to Sept. 6, “Marc Jacobs on Film” is the fourth in a series of ACMI fashion film festivals, which have previously looked at Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Christian Dior. Opening with Loïc Prigent’s 2007 documentary “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton,” 23 screenings over the following seven days will also showcase “Louis Vuitton, Champs-Elysées, The Countdown,” in addition to Don Munroe’s “Marc Jacobs’ New York,” a series of 1985 to 1987 vignettes from Andy Warhol’s “Fifteen Minutes” television program; Wes Anderson’s 2007 “The Darjeeling Limited;” a 60-minute film documenting 25 years of Jacobs’ runway shows, and James Ivory’s 1989 “Slaves Of New York,” which sets the Eighties creative scene in which Jacobs debuted. While ACMI film curator James Nolen said neither the Marc Jacobs nor Louis Vuitton companies provided any assistance — or indeed, acknowledgment — during the six months it took him to track the films down, Nolen did manage to muster some enthusiasm from one Jacobs acolyte. Fashion blogger Bryanboy, who recently starred in a 50-minute documentary on Jacobs’ fall season for Marc Jacobs Japan, has been flown in to launch the festival and introduce every evening screening — accompanied by the ostrich skin “BB” bag from Jacobs’ fall 2008 collection that was named after him.
MARIA TAKES MANHATTAN: Maria Sharapova is putting her U.S. Open practice aside for a little fashion fun. The athlete and multibrand ambassador is spending her week visiting with some of her favorite accessories firms. On Tuesday, Tiffany & Co. and InStyle magazine hosted a party at the Cooper Square Hotel celebrating Sharapova’s collaboration with Frank Gehry. The architect designed a special pair of earrings for her on-court appearances next week at the Open. The sterling silver and diamond baubles are named Stria for their lightning bolt shape. “I started wearing earrings on the court over five years ago, and now I always wear them,” said Sharapova. “We knew they had to be light and flowy and we worked together on that. I think they’ll be my good luck charm.”
Sharapova will be making the rounds again tonight, this time feting her eponymous collection with Cole Haan at its Rockefeller Center store.
A PROPR START: A year after launching their contemporary fashion brand called Propr, musician Ben Harper and actor David Arquette are setting their sights on opening a pop-up shop in New York. The move follows the success of a store they bowed on Venice’s hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard in June and will keep open through next spring. At a photo shoot for their current fall collection at the shop, Harper and Arquette, who started Propr with David Bedwell, the former creative director of Original Penguin, left their personal imprints on the preppy line. Harper didn’t have the heart to remove the pins he picked up at a Led Zeppelin reunion concert from a rough-hewn plaid shirt. Arquette, who collects contemporary art by Banksy, Todd Schorr and Shepard Fairey, even hand-mixed a mélange of violets to screen-print on T-shirts. “Color influences me,” he said. Having expanded its retail distribution in Bloomingdale’s for the fall season, Propr hopes to attract more interest with next spring’s lineup, which was inspired by the works and wardrobes of painters Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jackson Pollock. “I was humbled before the recession,” said Harper, noting that every piece in the line retails for less than $500. “You have to earn every customer.”