GOOD DEEDS: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Lauren Bush are teaming up to launch for fall the Feed 10 Pouch, the sixth and latest charity bag designed by Bush. The $50 organic makeup bag, filled with three of Brown’s best-selling lip glosses, was developed in partnership with the United Nations World Food Program to benefit its Food for Work program, which provides meals to disadvantaged women who participate in job training programs. Brown and Bush, who met skiing in Telluride, Colo., cohosted a lunch at Brown’s downtown offices Thursday to celebrate the partnership, which Bush called “a dream come true. It’s women supporting women.” The pouch, which can double as a clutch, will be available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s and Bobbi Brown stores come October. It also will be available at bobbibrown.com and bloomingdales.com. According to Bush, each pouch sold will support 10 women in a Food for Work program. The 25-year-old, who designed her first bag to benefit the U.N.’s WFP in 2006, said sales of the Feed bags have provided 50 million meals to date.
CLUB MONACO’S GEMS: This holiday, Club Monaco is bringing a touch of Paris Stateside via its first-ever design collaboration, with Parisian jewelry designer Ligia Dias. A capsule collection of five jewelry styles will make its debut in select Club Monaco stores in November. The collection juxtaposes raw materials with luxury components — materials include black cotton rope, pearls, silver-colored brass and glass. The line will be available exclusively in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Vancouver, and will retail from $149 to $399.
A NEW ROGUE: Aaron Levine, the creative head for hickey, the contemporary collection spun off from Hickey Freeman in 2005, has jumped ship to Rogues Gallery, the nautical-inspired brand best known for graphic T-shirts. Levine, who will serve as creative director for Rogues Gallery, will report to brand founder Alex Carlton. Levine’s successor at hickey could not be learned. “Aaron will bring incredible expertise to the fit, quality and function of Rogues Gallery product,” Carlton said. In addition to Rogues, Levine also will oversee design for the company’s affiliated projects.
SHARP-DRESSED MAN: If fashion favors the young and gorgeous, someone forgot to tell John Varvatos. The men’s wear designer, who looks to vintage rock ’n’ roll for inspiration, selected ZZ Top for his fall advertising campaign. (Last season he went with Franz Ferdinand, a young band, but that was an aberration.) Photographer Danny Clinch shot the bearded band members, who have been together for 40 years, against a life-size nature diorama at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. The water buffalo in the background alludes to ZZ Top’s 1976 World Wide Texas Tour, a rock extravaganza that brought icons of Texas — including a menagerie of longhorns, vultures and American buffalo — to the world.
FASHION ROCKS: Kanye West was a surprise performer at the Diesel:U:Music concert at New York’s Webster Hall on Thursday evening. A packed house of Diesel customers and fashion industry folk cheered as the hip-hop star joined The Clipse onstage toward the end of the six-hour-long music extravaganza. Also performing were a string of hipster-beloved musicians such as Lykke Li, Passion Pit, The Roots, Theophilus London and The Noisettes. Kicking off the concert were two winners of this year’s Diesel:U:Music emerging talent competition, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt and Hearts Revolution. Cobra Starship sang its current hit, “Good Girls Go Bad,” which usually features Leighton Meester, but the “Gossip Girl” star was absent due to her shooting schedule. Prior to their set, Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta and Ryland Blackinton — whose girlfriends’ work at Vera Wang and Prabal Gurung, respectively — waxed rhapsodic about the 4-inch Christian Louboutin heels Meester wore to record the song. “Homegirl came in all glossed up, and I purposely wore a crappy flannel and moustache to contrast with her,” joked Saporta, who also bemoaned the shuttering of his favorite men’s wear label, Alexandre Plokhov’s Cloak, two years ago.
IN CONTEXT: Fashionistas against texting while driving? Express, along with Elle magazine and singer Ciara, attempting to create a similar campaign with Express TXT L8TR, attracted a young stylish crowd to Nobu West Hollywood, including Rachel Bilson, Mandy Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Molly Sims, Nikki Reed and Josie Maran. “I would like to be better with texting and driving,” said Ciara in a red Marchesa jumpsuit. “I’ve had moments where I’ve been texting and then I look up at the last second, and it can really go down the wrong way.” The singer also uses Twitter to raise awareness. “I tweet, of course, and I do video blogs and talk about it.” Shortly before the event, she tweeted, “Don’t text and drive!”
Gabrielle Union agreed, adding, “I’ve almost been run down by people texting.”
IN THE MIX: Model Jessica Stam hosted a soiree for Rag & Bone and Intermix on Wednesday evening to toast the specialty retailer’s first foray into selling the trendy label. The upscale 24-store chain has jumped into the New York-based brand with a major buy for fall. “We are really excited to stand behind Rag & Bone at Intermix because we feel the Rag & Bone aesthetic of being modern, while fusing downtown cool with uptown chic, is ultimately what Intermix is also about,” said Khajak Keledjian, chief executive officer of the retailer. On hand in the packed lobby bar of the new Ace Hotel were Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, Lauren Santo Domingo, actress Michelle Trachtenberg, Intermix fashion director Sari Sloane and men’s wear designer Robert Geller.
MAN ALIVE: Topman revealed the designer line-up for its MAN showcase during upcoming London Fashion Week. It has invited emerging men’s wear designers Christopher Shannon and J.W. Anderson for a second time, and will introduce the Gothic designs of Katie Eary. Meanwhile, the fall 2009 collections of Shannon and James Long, who also showed last season thanks to MAN, will be carried at Topman’s Oxford Circus flagship during fashion week (their mainline collections, not Topman collaborations). J.W. Anderson is working on a separate project with Topman, to be unveiled later.