For anyone familiar with the H&M-owned brand COS, the news that its creator, Rebekka Bay, has been brought on as the new Creative Director for the Gap, is very exciting. Members of the Fashion Spot forums have long gazed upon our European counterparts’ COS acquisitions with envy as they showed them off in the Secret Shopaholics thread, and now there’s some hope that that COS aesthetic will finally be accessible to us too. Not to mention that the Gap could seriously use Bay’s direction; the Creative Director role has been vacant since Patrick Robinson was fired from the position over a year ago.
Forum members are excited about what Bay may have in store. “I'm really excited about this news,” HeatherAnne posted. “Take Gap back to the well-made basics, much like COS is synonymous with and Gap used to be, ditch the cheesy graphic tees currently occupying half the Women's site and all the flimsy made pieces. Onward, let's go Bay!”
“This is great news! I love everything COS does,” VogueDisciple93 posted. “Well I love looking at it online since we can't shop it here in the US, yet,” he qualified. “Gap surely needs this.”
Bay will be responsible for the Gap’s Women’s, Men’s, 1969, Accessories, and Body lines, and since she’s familiar with producing stylish clothes for a mass-produced international brand, she should be a great fit for the Gap. But, we can’t forget that the Gap’s other attempts to shake things up and increase sales (which included bringing Robinson on board way back when) have for the most part been a failure. Qualified as she is, Bay has her work cut out for her.
In April of this year, Alistair Carr left Pringle of Scotland in what was supposedly a “mutual decision” (is it every really mutual?) after only a year as the brand’s design director. Now, Alexander McQueen’s diffusion line, McQ, has confirmed that they have tapped Carr to be its head of design. In addition to his year at Pringle, Carr’s impressive resume includes stints at Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquiere, Marni, Cacharel, and Chloé. He also previously showed his eponymous label at London Fashion Week for three seasons.
Carr's first collection for McQ will be for Pre-Fall and he will be responsible for menswear, womenswear, and accessories, though he will report to Sarah Burton, who maintains overall creative control of the brand image.
Forum members are excited about Carr’s new role at McQ. “YES! Such great news! I love Alistair and he's perfect for McQ. Can't wait for this,” Marc10 exclaimed.
“Agreed,” wrote Psylocke. “I was quite sad about him only being at Pringle for such a short time, he did a great job and I can't wait to see what he will bring to McQ. Seems like the perfect brand for him to design for.”
Though McQ held a runway show last season at London Fashion Week, it seems presentations will likely be the format of choice going forward. We wish Carr the best of luck, and can’t wait to see what he comes up with for the McQ customer. Let's hope he's allowed more than a single year to prove himself worthy of the position.
Anyone that knows anything about anything knows that Gwyneth Paltrow publishes a weekly newsletter called Goop which a lot of people love and a lot of other people love to mock.
I wish I could take this opportunity to trash-talk the good GP and claim not to understand the practically unparalleled appeal of Goop — because frankly, I think there has to be something toxic about Gwyneth, and the fervent adoration she inspires in so many people — but Goop is just So Good.
Have you looked at it lately? This lobster roll piece is, as the kids say, everything: the amateurish, off-the-cuff photos; the attainable yet aspirational, hip lobster roll at the center of it all; those photos of Gwyneth Paltrow making french fries, being so bronzed, so un-makeuped, smiling, wearing a bright-white bandeau bra; the polished, impeccable restaurant recommendations at the very end. Just kill me now / I want it all.
Gwyneth Paltrow has this magical sense of how to come across as someone very practically perfect and perfectly approachable, and that is — "no shit" — something that brands want to align themselves with. It doesn't hurt that she seriously delivers. Apparently, her recent partnership with J. Crew is responsible for eight percent of the traffic the preppy retailer's seeing on their site. That's huuuuge. If J. Crew knows that's good for them, they'll ride this wave and get into the lobster roll business.
The above video, starring singer Lana Del Rey and her really tight peach H&M pants, is two minutes long, which is maybe excessive for a non-narrative behind-the-scenes commercial. The clip teases Del Rey's upcoming "Blue Velvet" H&M official cover with glimpses of the video's four-day production shoot. It's a video within a video, get it? (It's really hard to imagine David Lynch signing off on this project.)
The final product will stream on H&M (and maybe other places, like this website) tomorrow. Until then, the clip above is something to watch.
Choupette is really cute and everything, but this latest FORTY IMAGE spread in Grazia's so-called "Big Fashion Issue" doesn't even acknowledge the fact that Karl Lagerfeld's famous pet-cum-marketing tool is an actual cat, which means it can't use language, reason, or any of the of the other attributes which distinguish the human species.
"I also have strong opinions about cologne. I think Karl could be more adventurous with his choices, but then I guess humans are not blessed with a feline sense of smell."
At least humans are blessed with the ability to roll their eyes. Thanks for the edutainment, though.
Tackling the industry's biggest crisis since corporate greed, fashion's newspaper of record, WWD, might have figured out what exactly the deal is with that Oscar de la RentaxCathy Horyn feud.
If you blacked out everything that happened last week (sometimes it's better to forget), here's a reminder: Cathy called Oscar a "hot dog." He got mad and took out an ad in WWD's print edition, calling her a "stale 3-day-old hamburger." She clarified that she meant "hot dog," the 50s surfing slang term and not "hot dog," the popular sausage dish — so de la Renta (who is, as far as I know, neither living in the 50s nor a professional surfer) should have known what she was talking about and not been offended.
Cathy and Oscar may have beef (sry), but as WWD discovered, there's more to it than animal byproducts. And like everything that's good and pure and true in this world, it all comes down to CLOTHES.
In addition to calling ODLR a hot dog (and she meant that in the best. possible. way.), the Times style writer may have also kind of maybe suggested that the designer's peplum top and shorts pairing was a teeny-tiny rip-off (in Horyn's parlance, "inspired by") of Raf Simons' Dior debut collection, which paired peplum with cigarette pants. How Dare She?, asks Oscar. The designer informs WWD that he was, in fact, the true trailblazer of this fashion trend, since he showed the combination in May as part of his Resort 2013 collection. (Simons' Dior couture show took place in June.)
Luckily, everyone ends up looking like an idiot at the end of this. (I say "everyone" just to be polite. I mean "Cathy Horyn and Oscar De La Renta.") Peplum shirts and cigarette pants are two of the most popular garments of the moment, and combining them is hardly a pioneering move: Giorgio Armani did a version of it last year as part of his Spring 2012 collection; so did Dries Van Noten and Celine; Neiman Marcus is showing the look in their current catalog. Talk about stale 3-day-old hamburgers.