Zac Posen's a busy guy. He sits at the helm of his Zac Posen, Zac Zac Posen and Z-Spoke labels, is serving another judging stint on Project Runway and now, the designer's added another gig to his growing list of responsibilities: Brooks Brothers has tapped the designer to serve as creative director over its women's collection.
Seven years ago, Brooks Bros. hired Thom Browne to help create more fashionable menswear options, which seems to have done well for the brand. But now, CEO Claudio Del Vecchio is looking to beef up its women's range, which makes up about 20 percent of sales annually.
While Posen won't necessarily be designing for the retailer, he will be advising on product development and presentation. Brooks Brothers already functions with a team of its own designers, so Posen will be tasked to lead them into creating more fashion-forward collections for women. "This is our main women's collection, and if I didn't think he could deliver, I wouldn't risk it," Del Vecchio told WWD. "It's not for PR, but he's a celebrity and I fully expect to get plenty of coverage and create traffic. But this is a business decision."
Don't get too excited about Brooks Brothers' newest appointment just yet. Posen's first for the retailer won't be out until Spring 2016, so we've got a whole year to wait before we actually see any product. Still, it will be interesting to see where Posen leads the company and if his direction will give its women's line the makeover it needs.
Image: Getty Images Entertainment
It's a known fact that the Internet is a black hole of cat videos, pictures and memes. We may never know why they're so popular or ubiquitous around the web, but we do know that even we've shared a few funny cat gifs in our day. The fashion world also has its set of die-hard cat fans–ELLE.com added a code that made pictures of cats pop up on its homepage (seems to be gone now), Choupette Lagerfeld has her own (unofficial) Twitter account and has appeared in Harper's Bazaar and on the cover of Vogue Germany with Linda Evangelista. One of the Internet's most recognizable feline faces, Grumpy Cat, recently paid a visit to the Vogue offices–and the magazine was only too happy to Instagram some choice moments for us.
So it wasn't too surprising to hear talk of cats at yesterday's Fashion Tech Forum, hosted by the Karen Harvey Consulting Group. The affair, which had Alina Cho on hand as emcee, as well as newly minted Yahoo Fashion editor Joe Zee, Nasty Gal #Girlboss Sophia Amouruso, The Gap's Rebekka Bay, and more. ELLE fashion news director Anne Slowey was also on hand for a sit-down with cult designer Rachel Comey to discuss her career, her first brick-and-mortar store (just opened in SoHo) and her social media/tech strategy which involves…you guessed it–cats.
Good luck getting past the homepage at Comey's website–it includes a live feed of the office kittens. You see them napping, playing and being generally adorable. WARNING: you will get sucked in if you watch, but you should definitely check it out.
How did the kitty cam come to be? Rachel Comey dished on the deets:
"I didn't have a website for so long, and I was trying to figure out what the site was going to be like. We decided on our homepage to be a livestream that's a video in our office and we just point it at different stuff. At first, it was a cornucopia inspired by a Dutch painting we made in real time, and it was fruit and flowers and it kind of rotted. People couldn't even tell it was live and by two weeks later, you see flies buzzing, and rotten fruit was disgusting–but awesome, because it was so slow… [Then] someone in my studio found some kittens that needed adopting, so we put the kittens up there, and got them adopted."
Fortunately for us, there are more kittens on the site right now, rolling around, pawing, nipping and playing for all the world to see. Excuse us while we go waste a half hour watching them.
Since Vogue isn't everyone's favorite fashion publication, I thought we'd reflect back on past issues of Harper's Bazaar for this week's fashion flashback. I received a few goodies last month, and this one particular issue ignited a sudden passion for back issues of the magazine (eBay really is your friend).
The February 2002 issue of Harper's Bazaar has Gisele on the front cover. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the Brazilian goddess wears a red rayon plunge-front asymmetrical dress by Giorgio Armani and sandals from Manolo Blahnik. The magazine actually gave readers two covers to choose from. Cover one is a full-length shot, while the other is cropped from the waist up. Surprisingly, the back cover is reserved for a shot of Gisele with her back towards Demarchelier's lens, with "Fashion's Back" layered over the image. Not only is this design innovative, it's absolutely stunning. Originality is rare in the magazine industry nowadays, so you just have to hand it to the brains behind the idea!
IMAGE CREDIT: MARK E
Inside the magazine, the fashion doesn't stop. There are a total of seven fashion stories inside this thin February issue. We see images from photographers, such as Greg Kadel, Craig McDean, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Demarchelier. Models include Stella Tennant, Jacquetta Wheeler, Erin Wasson, Carolyn Murphy, Bridget Hall and many more. It's fascinating to see how much the styles of the models and the photographers have changed over the years.
Forum member burbuja8910 has kindly provided our forums with uploads of the issue's content. You can check them all out within the thread by clicking here.
"We're taking styl
e advice from a dog." [FabSugar]
A writer describes her descent into a months-long YouTube vlogger k-hole. [TheHairpin]
Your acne is a spirit medium. [BellaSugar]
A journalist sent her picture to Photoshoppers all around the world and asked them to make her look like a fashion model, to compare the differences in beauty standards worldwide. [ELLE]
Warby Parker argues that businesses need to do good on a social and philanthropic level in order to succeed financially. [BusinessOfFashion]
Here's a Verizon ad that deftly portrays why we should stop telling young girls they're pretty all the time. [Cosmopolitan]
Is women's armpit hair really so gross? [TheCut]
We just spotted this strange coat, made with a blend of alpaca and fox fur, available for purchase on Luisa Via Roma for just $31,800. Which happens to be more than double the cost of a top-of-the-line jet ski. Or a car. And although we can't say we'd mind looking like Little Red Riding Hood all winter long, we're not sure this has enough staying power, style-wise, to justify the price. You know, if we had $32,000.
Related: Would You Spend $1,290 on a Pair of Stockings? What If They Were from Saint Laurent?
Rihanna is a woman who cannot be stopped. She's Harper's Bazaar Arabia's cover girl and Jalouse has also opted to feature the singer this month. If you feel like you've seen the cover image somewhere before, you would be correct. Rihanna is clad in the look she wore to Givenchy's Fall 2015 show–the veiled snapback and colorblocked suit separates with sneakers–back in March. The image, shot by Stéphane Feugère, appears to have been taken backstage, or sometime before or after the show.
We did a little digging in our forums, and member French Delicacy has images from the entire spread. All the other shots are from Paris Fashion Week, so it appears Jalouse followed Rihanna around that week to produce this feature. We've got to hand it to them, it's a pretty genius way to go about a story. There are images of her looks from Balmain, Kenzo, Chanel and more. Other celebrities featured in the issue (like Lily McMenamy) were profiled with more traditional shoots, making Rih's spread extra special.
Personally, I think It's a cool cover, considering the circumstances, but the forum members? Eh, not so much:
"It's an alright cover, but I wish she had a normal cover, meaning normal hairstyle, not overdressed, without weird accessories," wrote Srdjan.
"Very ugly…" burbuja8910 simply put it. GlamourousBoy agreed, "horrendous cover…"
Can't please everyone, I guess.
Take a look at the rest of the spread here and head over to the forum to get in on the discussion.