Image: Collette Dinnigan’s Instagram
A month ago, Australian designer Collette Dinnigan delivered a decadent collection for her 18th season showing at Paris Fashion Week. But if you’re hoping to buy anything from Spring 2014, better make it snappy: Dinnigan has announced she’s ceasing production of her eponymous evening and bridal lines by the end of 2013, and closing her boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne and London soon after New Year's.
It’s not all over for Dinnigan or fans of her playful, ladylike luxe. The designer will continue with her diffusion and children’s lines, Collette by Collette Dinnigan and Collette Dinnigan Enfant. But in an industry that’s seen local heavyweights, including Lisa Ho and Kirrily Johnson, shutting up shop, it’s difficult not to label Dinnigan another victim of a fickle industry.
The decision was announced at the launch of the designer’s new coffee table book, Obsessive Creative. “The book is a retrospective of my life and it’s made me stop and think about the amazing journey I have had thus far,” said Dinnigan. “It [crystalized] my thinking, that I have sacrificed a lot of family time in building and maintaining my business, now I want balance back in my life with my husband, nine-year-old daughter and baby boy. I have met and worked with some of the world’s most talented people, as well as realizing my own creativity while driving a financially viable, profitable business.”
She followed it up with a handwritten letter on Instagram thanking her followers for their 24 years of support.
But WWD has pointed out that a different reason was given in an interview with the Australian Financial Review, where the designer cited a lack of resources as a contributing factor. A spokesperson has noted in response that the Collette Dinnigan brand is totally debt-free.
We’ll miss seeing Dinnigan’s breezy romanticism on the runways, but we’ve still got one Australian designer holding down the Paris Fashion Week fort. Ellery showed her debut collection there as Dinnigan presented her last.
Image via Hudson’s Bay/CNW
After the disaster that was last year’s Canadian summer Olympic uniforms, Hudson’s Bay was once again granted a second a chance at designing the upcoming winter wear for Sochi 2014. Good idea? We shall see…
Team USA famously enlisted the help of Ralph Lauren to craft their chic double breasted coats and snuggly knit sweaters for February’s snow games, meaning there was much competition from south of the border for the title of fairest team of them all. Nonetheless, the unveiling of the new Team Canada range in Toronto’s Distillery District was met with mixed reactions, both for aesthetics and ethics.
The patriotic designs feature beavers, polar bears, maple leaves and the word “Canada” classically emblazoned across the chest of vintage T-shirts, sweats and jackets, while the ever-prominent colours of red, black and white made up most of the palette. Some vocal tweeters compared the freshly stitched motifs to a beaver eating the conservative party logo, while others believed the polar bear was partaking in “nature’s calling,” if you catch my drift.
Honestly, I don’t think the new lineup is as bad as last year’s Canadian tuxedo, while the toggle-fronted red duffle coat is actually rather darling. HBC has outfitted Canada's winter athletes for the Olympics since 2006, as well as at various points throughout the history of the Winter Games dating back to 1936, so it’s in proud tradition that we once again invite them to dress our athletes.
An added bonus is that, after the 2008 outsourcing controversy, all new Olympic ware will be manufactured here in Canada, but – and this is a big BUT — any replica kits you’ll buy (priced at $19 to $275 from TheBay.com) will come courtesy of China. Will that influence you in buying the clothes for yourself? Take a look at the selection above and sound off below.
If you’re familiar with shopping in London, then you’ll no doubt be a regular at Westfield London, and can you believe that this year the shopping centre chain is already celebrating five years? To mark the occasion, they’re hosting an array of mini events and promotions which includes the creation of some limited-edition sweatshirts.
Now, what makes their special birthday collection all the more exciting is the fact that they’ve teamed up with five London based designers in the form of Louise Gray, Richard Nicoll, Sophia Webster, Peter Pilotto and Thomas Tait. Each of the designers have stayed true to their own design signatures and transformed ordinary sweatshirts into designer feeling must-have pieces.
The collection launched today and is running for five days only until November 4 at a special pop up inside Westfield London’s shopping centre. They’re retailing at £65 which is quite a reasonable price considering that they’ve been created by some of London’s most sought-after design talent.
We’re torn between Louise Gray’s and Peter Pilotto’s sweats. Gray’s features her typically loud clashing patterns whilst Pilotto’s is definitely a lot more classic in black and gold.
For more information about the collection or to simply find out more about each of the chosen London designers, head over to Westfield London’s site.
The #1 model of the world (according to the models.com ranking) Joan Smalls covers the Spring 2014 print edition of Style.com Print magazine. For its fifth issue, the publication hired photographer Collier Schorr to shoot the Puerto Rican topmodel in a look by Hood by Air for the melancholic cover image. The reactions on the tFS forums to the cover of the issue that focuses on Streetwear were mixed.
“Simply divine. That is all”, posted Nepenthes.
“Nothing really special”, found VogueDisciple93. He further pointed out, “Hopefully the content is a little better than the last issue, but with a bleak season to work with I doubt it can be.”
fashionlover2001 wasn’t a fan of the cover either and commented, “Meh… Doesn't even look much like Joan to me.”
Melancholybaby loved the silver border and Bertrando3 appreciated the pose and styling, while gossiping found the cover “gorgeous” and UrbanStylin found it “stunning”.
It’s an interesting choice to feature an outfit by a considerably unknown brand on the cover of this magazine, considering the emphasis on high fashion on the style.com website. But in their review of the collection, style.com asked, “Is Hood by Air the most exciting young brand in New York?”, and answered with, “It's certainly the most out-of-the-box and compelling.” VogueDisciple93 might be right in assuming that with what the Spring 2014 season provided it could be difficult for magazines to produce intriguing stories featuring the usual major fashion brands. Therefore I applaud style.com for doing something unexpected in featuring an up-and-coming brand, for which Joan Smalls actually makes a perfect poster child.
Of course, most parents want to do the best for their children. Some might think that involves costuming their wee ones as Chanel bags on Halloween, but any truly involved parent knows that one day a year is hardly enough time to instill a strong sense of brand loyalty in any growing boy or girl. Jean Paul Gaultier was presumably catering to this enlightened market with his upcoming kid-only couture line, practically the first of its kind. Following Gaultier's lead, we realize we've been seriously remiss to not include more coverage of ridiculous children's fashion, and that's going to change right here, right now.
Do you want to dress your real or imagined daughter in a way that helps foster her materialism, superficiality and status-obsession? Today, you're in luck. Here are some very cute pieces, culled from the kid's section at Barneys.com, which are perfect for any pretty pretty little princess who loves throwing tantrums in style. And remember: her body and her brain may not be fully developed, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't have the very best.
With hot pink lining.
Dolce & Gabbana sequined (cashmere) sweater dress, $685
I think Anna Dello Russo owns a version of this dress.
Eugenia Kim Fifi Poodle collar, $250
"Rustically knit and impeccably groomed with a pink satin bow, Fifi is ready to wrap herself around your child's jackets, coats and sweaters."
Dolce & Gabbana leopard print cardigan, $605
You can mix and match these pieces or wear them all together, for one cohesive look that absolutely screams maximum brattiness.
Contrary to what I said in my previous post, there are in fact some Halloween costumes that can't be improved with zombie makeup. One example: This morning, television host Matt Lauer
dressed up as Pamela Anderson
for The Today Show
's classic TV-themed costume segment. He looks spectacular.
As it happens, this was not Lauer's first time gender-bending for Halloween. In 2004, the TV presenter appeared on The Today Show dressed up as Paris Hilton, chihuahua and all. (The Today Show website points out that Lauer wore a Jennifer Lopez x green Versace dress costume in 2000.) In recent years, he's also dressed up as Prince William, Han Solo, Humpty Dumpty and Frankenstein.