Marco Zanini may already be packing his bags at Schiaparelli. According to WWD, the designer is unhappy at the relaunched couture brand, owned by Diego Della Valle, the chairman and CEO of Tod’s Group.
Della Valle hired Zanini as creative director last September. Previously, he had served as the creative director for Rochas and racked up stints at Versace, Halston and Dolce & Gabbana. The Milan-born designer presented his first couture collection in January and his first prêt-à-couture collection in July, which was sold exclusively at Schiaparelli’s Place Vendome salon. Despite solid reviews, sources at WWD are whispering that Zanini thinks the label “is not exactly his fit.” After moves at Carven, Oscar de la Renta and Nina Ricci this fall, it looks like the fashion merry-go-round isn’t slowing down any time soon.
Clearly, Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. Hollywood celebs get just as stoked about dressing up and adopting different personas for an evening — as if they don’t do enough of that at work! Glee star Matthew Morrison hosted his fifth annual birthday/Halloween party on October 25 at West Hollywood’s Hyde nightclub, and it was as star-studded as could be expected. Revelers included Glee co-star Chris Colfer, who dressed as Grumpy Cat, Lucy Hale as a Twitter bird plus Matthew and his new bride Renee, whom he married in an intimate ceremony in Hawaii two weeks ago, as Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction.
In perhaps the most bizarre and beautiful display of Halloween creativity, Canadian design duo Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2 dressed as masked, bejeweled…robots? Skeletons? Mimes? We don’t know exactly what they were, but they were undoubtedly fabulous. Their crystal-encrusted arm braces, cuffs and collars along with those to-die-for stilettos, all of which we saw on the brand’s Fall 2014 catwalk, made for a dazzling display of artistry. Paired with black nail polish on their fingers and toes, it was just what we’ve come to expect from the duo: Art, sex and subversion.
It seems the fashion industry can’t get the F-word off their minds. We are of course, talking about feminism. From Chanel to Emma Watson, fashion folk of all stripes are proudly proclaiming their support for women’s equality and they are not holding back their opinions. Keira Knightley is the latest celeb to wax poetic about feminism, telling Net-A-Porter’s The Edit that she thinks fairy tales set a bad example for young girls.
“A princess waiting to get rescued by some dude. I never really got into that,” she told the magazine, noting that she much prefers the Brothers Grimm version of these classic stories. “I think fairytales are a little bit frightening for some girls, because they say you have to wait for a dude to come and rescue you and I don’t think that’s a very good message.”
Hear, hear Keira! Watch the actress drop nuggets of knowledge in the video above.
[via The Edit]
- And now, for a Halloween throwback. Take in these photos from Loulou de la Falaise’s 1978 costume ball, with appearances from Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and more. [AnOther]
- InStyle‘s editor-in-chief Ariel Foxman may have confirmed in a tweet that Jessica Biel is indeed pregnant. [Dlisted]
- Kristen Stewart has a secret Instagram account, if resting bitch face selfies are your thing. [Grazia]
- London is taking its place as HQ for sustainable fashion. [Vogue]
- Lower East Side boutique La Petite Mort is garnering criticism for a mural painted onto their shop that reads, “R.I.P. Taylor Swift.” They say they don’t want the singer to die, they were just making a statement on gentrification. Interesting, coming from a place that sells $150 dollar vintage T-shirts. [Bowery Boogie]
- Kanye West is apparently helping a group of artists build a floating pool in NYC’s East River… Excuse us while we barf at the thought of being anywhere near that water. [Page Six]
- Watch Patti Smith do an acoustic rendition of “Because the Night” during Ann Demeulemeester’s book singing at Barneys. [The Window]
- Coco Rocha has some advice for Kendall Jenner dealing with Fashion Week bullies. [E! News]
- Just like his foine daddy, Brooklyn Beckham is doing a little modeling in T magazine. [T magazine]
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It is not a good day for two mass retailers in California, as reports of lawsuits against J.Crew and Abercrombie & Fitch are coming to light. According to The Fashion Law, an employee at one of J.Crew’s Los Angeles locations has filed suit against the company for neglecting to pay him overtime hours, and a manager at a Hollister in Northern California is taking action against Abercrombie for similar reasons.
The plaintiff, Andrew Duberry, says that not only did J.Crew fail to give him his due money, but it doesn’t properly pay other employees for meal breaks and overtime. The suit maintains that J.Crew “engaged in a uniform policy and systematic scheme of wage abuse against their hourly paid or nonexempt employees within the State of California and the policy of denying wages for off-the-clock work and missed meal breaks means that store employees were often not paid minimum wage.” Furthermore, employees cannot get their hands on their payroll documents, which would help make their payment practices clearer. These practices break the California labor code, and Duberry is looking to be compensated accordingly. (more…)
Being a beauty junkie is about to become an even better feel-good activity. New prestige beauty website Beautykind is set to launch Monday to help spread some good karma around, just in time for some pre-holiday shopping. Founders Hil Davis and Gina Kohler are giving consumers the chance to donate five percent of every purchase to a cause of their choice — and if the cause is not listed, they can let the website know and Beautykind will do its best to make sure it happens.
“It’s the power of aggregation, from $5 to $10 at a time, that really makes this powerful,” said Davis in a statement to WWD. “We’ll have 10,000 causes at first, but within the next three months, we’ll have over 1.1 million.”
The company, which has adopted a similar philanthropic philosophy to fashion brands Warby Parker and Toms, will carry 50 to 60 brands, including GlamGlow, Nest Fragrances and Erno Lazlo. The guilt-free shopping experience will be a way to not only look good, but do good and feel good. Good all around.