Recently, I was swooning over the new Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie, or more specifically, her enviable Hervé Léger bandage dress, but move over fashion Barbie because there’s a way more styling doll in town… Introducing the RCMP Barbie, the redheaded babe who can not only lay claim to Ken, but also rock a super suave Mountie outfit.
Released as part of the World Barbie Collection, the RCMP Barbie hails from the land of the maple leaf, maple syrup and the maple donut: Canada. She comes dressed in the uniform currently worn by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which includes a scarlet tunic accented with the cross strap and belt, navy and yellow breeches and tall Strathcona boots. Her Stetson can be removed to reveal her bright red hair, while she also comes in a keepsake travel trunk packaging and includes a “pink passport” to travel across Canada, and the world, in style!
But alas, there’s only one problem with getting your hands (child-sized or otherwise) on this new doll as, after going on sale for $30 on the Mountie Shop, she sold out within 48 hours! The online store had originally stocked just 300 of the “Canadian Girls,” but has since been left high and dry while they wait for a new shipment to come in. In the meantime Mattel Inc. has allegedly manufactured around 1,200 in the first production run, so while there may be more to come (at the Mountie Store, as well as Target and Loblaws), we living dolls will have move fast.
Here's Claire Danes on the cover of Vogue UK, photographed by Nathanial Goldberg. The actress is styled in a look from Louis Vuitton's Resort 2014 collection and pictured either sitting in a dentist's chair or (the plot thickens) flying in a plane. Either way, the ambiguous setting is an improvement (just one of the many) over the cheesy Middle Earth backdrop we saw when Danes appeared on the cover of US Vogue in August. The fact that a big budget fashion glossy produced an attractive photo of a beautiful woman shouldn't seem like such an accomplishment, but this is a bleak world.
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Here's a preview of Carine Roitfeld's latest offering as Global Fashion Director of Harper's Bazaar, an editorial slated to appear in all 29 editions of the publication, across 45 countries.
Titled "Romeo and Juliet," the expansive spread showcases key items from the Resort 2014 collections on seven pairs of models: Adriana Lima and singer Tyson Ritter, Miranda Kerr and Garrett Neff, Tao Okamoto and Brad Kroenig, Maria Borges and Clarke Wesley, Magda Laguinge and Corey Baptiste, Irina Shayk and Simon Van Meervenne, and Bar Refaeli and Matt Terry.
The editorial was conceptualized, styled and cast by Roitfeld, photographed by Max von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert and art directed by V Magazine's Stephen Gan.
Adriana Lima and Tyson Ritter / Image: Max von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert
Magda Laguinge and Corey Baptiste / Image: Max von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert
It's been confirmed: Marc Jacobs is leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years at the helm of the French fashion house. The news was confirmed to WWD's Bridget Foley this morning by Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH (the luxury conglomerate which owns the prestige brand), the designer himself and his longtime business partner, Robert Duffy.
Jacobs is stepping down to focus on preparing his eponymous New York City brand to make an initial public offering (IPO). But just because Jacobs is stepping down from his position at Louis Vuitton doesn't mean he's severing his relationship with his former bosses: LVMH owns a 96% stake in Marc Jacobs International and one-third of the trademark.
The development was first confirmed by the French business magazine Challenges on September 21. The publication also reported that Nicolas Ghesquière was the most likely successor, though other candidates were still being considered. Speculation that Jacobs would leave Louis Vuitton emerged in June, when WWD reported on rumors that the designer was being considered for creative director at Coach.
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We’ve loved Alice Temperley’s Somerset range in high-street department store John Lewis and today we’ve learned that they’re expanding the range to include lingerie, nightwear and childenswear.
As we know, Somerset by Alice Temperley stays true to the designer's signatures and encompasses high-end aesthetics at an affordable price. No matter the spec, Temperley always designs for a confident woman who likes to experiment with different styles and shapes, and we’ve seen this throughout the John Lewis range.
Her forthcoming childrenswear line, Somerset Girl, aimed at four- to twelve-year-olds could just be the cutest thing ever, as it mirrors the pieces of the main womenswear collection, yet in mini-me sizes. Featuring everything from party dresses to basic staple items like winter coats and trousers, there are going to be some fashionable kids wandering around.
For the grown-ups seeking beautiful new lingerie or luxurious nightwear, the collection is inspired by Japanese prints and the iconic Le Smoking tuxedo suit. So, expect a pretty fusion of vintage and Asian influences.
The new categories are set to launch online and in selected stores soon, so, keep your eyes peeled.
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Saint Laurent has pulled a large amount of merchandise from the influential Parisian store Colette, ending a 15-year relationship.
The reason? The French fashion house was offended by the boutique's 300-item stock of parody T-shirts that display the slogan, "Ain't Laurent Without Yves" (a reference to designer Hedi Slimane's controversial move to rebrand the womenswear line immediately after joining the company).
Despite initially alienating the press by implementing the name change and imposing a sweeping new vision on the house, Saint Laurent is reportedly selling extremely well. Well enough, apparently, that the brand can afford to forgo Colette's business, which might have amounted to retail sales of over one million euros this season, according to The New York Times (the wholesale order was placed at 211,531 euros). In a more symbolic gesture, Saint Laurent rescinded creative director and retail manager Sarah Andelman's invitation to the label's Spring 2014 runway show.
Separately, the publisher for Document, an independent magazine, contacted Andelman to cancel a forthcoming event, informing her that the store could no longer carry the publication because one of its covers was photographed by Slimane.
Considering the Saint Laurent designer's fascination with youth and subcultures, it's surprising that Slimane is so hostile to this vein of satirical streetwear — a growing trend which hinges on pop culture's infatuation with high-end fashion. WWD notes that Colette carries other items which parody prestige brands like Céline, Hermès and Karl Lagerfeld. These parody pieces are displayed on another floor, separate from the designer wares.
YSL would not comment on the story, telling WWD that the company's dealings with retailers are confidential. We've reached out to What About Yves, the makers of the contentious T-shirts, for their response to these developments — we'll update when we hear back.