Dior Homme creative director Kris Van Assche will have a bit more free time now that he is shuttering his namesake label. “Times are tough for independent labels,” Van Assche wrote in a letter explaining the break. The designer will not be producing anything for the Fall 2015 season and is closing down his store in Paris.
Van Assche has served at the helm of Dior Homme since 2007 and started his eponymous brand 10 years ago. Though he is closing operations, it sounds as if the designer is hopeful that his label will make a comeback in the future. “Awaiting the right project for my label, I will now focus on Dior Homme in order to enhance what I have been working on during my first eight years as men’s artistic director for Dior.” Let’s hope he finds that “right project.”
In light of the news, Van Assche will be skipping men’s fashion week this season. We hate to see his label go, but we’ll just have to be content to enjoy Van Assche’s work for Dior.
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The reality TV sisters have launched the Kendall + Kylie Instagram and Twitter accounts and have already uploaded images of themselves poring over design sketches for their Topshop range. We can only see small glimpses of the sketch sheets, but we made out what looks like an off-the-shoulder jumpsuit with a cut-out at the stomach, a red dress with a criss-cross back, a few pairs of pants and what could possibly be a long coat. Also: lots of crop tops.
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They also revealed close-up sketches of what we assume are supposed to be Kendall and Kylie in some of the Topshop looks. Though the sketches look more like renderings of Scarlett Johansson and Kat Dennings, what little we can see of the actual outfits is really cute.
Kendall + Kylie just launched the social media accounts a few days ago, racking up 167,000 followers on Instagram already. There are under 400 followers on Twitter as of now, but we’re sure that will quickly change.
J.Crew might be experiencing some difficulty these days, but CEO Mickey Drexler is looking ahead. As of late, the retailer has been dealing with falling sales, which some blame on designer Jenna Lyons’ quirky aesthetic. Though some may think the label is in need of returning to its roots – those classic, non-embellished basics that people who have jobs outside of the creative realm can actually wear to work – Drexler says that there are big plans for the label in the works, particularly in expanding operations overseas.
“We have a lot of stores in America, so we won’t be opening that many more stores [here],” he told Style.com “Most importantly, our online business represents really important growth for us, and when we open up international stores, what happens in our online business in those countries, the business online immediately increases pretty dramatically. We are focusing in on more category domination—this is a merchandising thing. For example, online you will see us become an extremely important pant player. We are launching a big category next spring. I can’t tell you about that now, but it’s a category I’ve wanted to do for, like, four or five years.”
Drexler mentions the retailer is eyeing Japan for growth opportunities while the Madewell brand will focus on opening more stores stateside.
Just in time for summer, Q&Q SmileSolar and Gwen Stefani are teaming up to bring you a collection of watches that works with a little help from the summer sun. The pair has collaborated on a solar-powered set of timepieces, due out in June. Naturally, Stefani took cues from her Harajuku Lovers line, using emojis inspired by the label’s artwork.
With cutesy names like “Baby Shine Bright” and “Donut Be So Serious,” the range is as whimsical as you might expect with plenty of brightly-colored watches printed with bold patterns. From pink lips and fluffy clouds to pizza with smiling pepperoni, the collection certainly brings out that fun, summery vibe in all of us.
Take a look at pieces from the collection below. (more…)
The early romance between Kate Moss and photographer Mario Sorrenti seems like something out of a fashion fairy tale, but according to the supermodel, it was just…a little creepy. Kate’s legendary Calvin Klein Obsession campaign was famously born out of Klein noticing Sorrenti’s actual obsession with Kate after looking through some of his photos. But the way Kate tells the story reveals just how enthralled Sorrenti was with her.
She recalls the rigors of shooting the campaign to SHOWstudio. “I’d wake up in the morning and he’d be taking pictures of me. I was like, ‘Fuck off!’ I lay like that [naked on a couch] for 10 days. He would not stop taking pictures of that. But, he’s Italian, you know? He was like, ‘Lay down, I’ll tell you when we’ve got it!’ We probably had it in the first roll,” she said. “They rented us a house, just me and him and loads of film, in this deserted little shack on the beach.”
Yikes. Seems like Sorrenti would simply not give poor Kate a break during that shoot. But for all his, um, zealousness, the pictures came out great and it wound up being one of the most iconic campaigns of the 90s. So, as creepy as Sorrenti’s methods may have been to us, they definitely got the job done. Kate says they broke up soon after that shoot. “When you’re in a relationship with a photographer and they start abusing that relationship – and being like, ‘I want you to do this, and I want you to do that’ – it makes you go, ‘No.’ I didn’t want to work all the time, but he’d be like, ‘Get up on the roof, take your clothes off,’ and I would think, ‘Fuck off!’ Now I understand that kind of thing a bit better, capturing an image, but at the time I was 17.”