Everyone with an ISP, social media account, and passing interest in fashion has already weighed in on Raf Simons' Dior debut at Paris Couture Week. Like every conversation on the Internet, the responses ranged from "eeeee!" to "hmmm…" to "meh" to "ngwioganbnjgbanrkjgjk!?!?!" Reactions did lean toward the favorable, especially from establishment industry types, but there were more than a couple naysayers.
Everyone on the Internet may have a voice, but the ones that count the most are heard offline, too. Major critics like Cathy Horyn get oodles of column inches to gush or gripe as they please; top designers grant frequent interviews, and are also more than happy to log on to a Twitter account and say some stuff — but editors' opinions are sometimes the hardest to suss out. These tastemakers tend to weigh in on collections via a more circuitous route, by spotlighting certain pieces and collections, and then omitting others in their publications' glossy pages.
And even though I guess it would be nice to hear Paris Vogue's Emmanuelle Alt comment on the Simons Dior collection, Anna Wintour's opinion is really the one we've been waiting for. Her authority in the fashion industry is unparalleled: she is the head honcho, the supreme leader, both the queen bee and the bee's knees, the big enchilada, and on and on it goes. Any debate we were having about the recent Dior collection can finally come to a close, because the bebobbed boss has given her official verdict:
He’s a rock star in his own right…He brought a lightness and simplicity to it that I thought was incredibly refreshing. Nice clothes are fine, but you can find nice clothes everywhere. What Raf brings is a point of view…From what we saw I think [appointing Simons as creative director at Dior] was a brilliant choice.
And so we've reached the end of another chapter. Onward to some new controversy!
Others were concerned that Kati wasn’t necessarily “selling it” or providing enough drama for the Tom Ford campaign. But that could just be their disappointment in not seeing their favorite model [insert whoever they're loving at the moment] land the campaign. I don’t personally care who gets the campaign as long as they deliver. For me, Kati delivers in this image.
For the all-important September issue, pretty much every American fashion magazine is running a celebrity cover. FYI — Gaga will grace Vogue for a second time, because Anna Wintour is the industry's biggest risk-taker. [Fashionologie]
Shop Cynthia Rowley's new Tweezerman line, because if you own ANY non-designer objects, you just aren't trying hard enough. [BellaSugar]
What's better than Ralph Lauren's Olympic uniforms? Tennis outfits, duh. [FabSugar]
Watch Evan Rachel Wood get her nose pierced because surely you have nothing better to do. [DailyStab]
In other body mod news, Miley Cyrus got a new tattoo, a Teddy Roosevelt quote. Earlier this week, she quoted Albert Einstein on her Twitter page. She's so cool and smart. [Earsucker]
Meet Bryn, Mulberry’s newest addition. The vintage infused satchel has apparently been inspired by their men’s Brynmore style, and luckily for us, they’ve gone and created a lush ladylike equivalent. The women’s smaller version features a cute postman’s lock and is versatile enough to be worn with an army of looks. Their hottest new arm candy has already been pictured on both Keira Knightley and Alexa Chung (is there any Mulberry bag that Alexa doesn’t own?) who both have very different but elegant styles. Alongside Mulberry’s huge celebrity following, they also have bags dedicated to Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey. The Bryn, however, is being billed as a timeless piece, and judging by the pics, we can certainly see why. Will it be their next best seller?
Mulberry defies the recession
Mulberry’s creation of such beautiful must-have pieces is the reason their annual total revenues have increased 38% over last year’s figures. The company is also gaining positive results from its current global expansion strategy, all of which are sure signs that Mulberry isn’t going anywhere despite the economic downturn.
The Tassle Collection
Mulberry has also recently released its new Tassle collection, a range that was influenced by the British public — festival goers, in fact. Mulberry’s creative team was inspired by those hardcore lady festival goers who were still carrying handbags despite the mud. They hope that the new tassle collection conjures up the image of those iconic Seventies’ festivals where fringing was the ordre du jour. The collection features the oversized tan satchels à la Alexa but with this season’s fringing and studs. The perect piece to be seen with at this summer’s festivals!
Yesterday on The Today Show, Ralph Lauren exec David Lauren revealed the brand's third consecutive Olympic Collection. The ultra-preppy, classic American uniforms will outfit the US Olympic Team during the opening ceremonies at this summer's games.
Lauren told the Today Show hosts that the looks were "inspired by the 1948 Games, which is the last time that America competed in England," and yes, okay: there is some post-war tailoring happening here, but the overall effect is less retro and more retrograde. I mean, what was Ralph Lauren thinking, styling America's strongest athletes and fiercest competitors in berets, the world's most nonfunctional headwear? It's not like the US Olympic team is traveling to London to sit around on a lawn drinking Negronis.
If you want to see these how these starched WASP-y confections move, I've included The Today Show reveal below. It's totally worth a watch: about a minute into the clip, some behind-the-scenes sound engineer cuts in the Olympic fanfare and theme, and slowly increases the volume so that it plays over the gushy morning show blabber.
Enjoy! (And just because I don't approve of these pieces as US Team uniforms doesn't mean they aren't totally cute for the rest of us. Modern day Chips & Muffys can head over to RalphLauren.com for a little piece of Olympic glory.)
If you want to know what's happening in fashion today, the biggest news story seems to be Vera Wang and Arthur Becker's separation.
Mario Grauso, president of the former couple's joint brand, broke the news in a statement earlier this morning: “Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters.”
Wang and Becker were married in 1989, before she launched her multimillion dollar wedding gown design business and became something of a household name. WWD reports that Becker worked closely with Wang and advised her, and is currently involved with Vera Wang on a day-to-day basis.
The couple's close working relationship and unexpected split resembles Tory Burch and Chris Burch's recent divorce, which was contentious and professionally competitive. It's possible that Wang and Becker's post-marital lives will play out the same way, but until we start hearing whispers of legal battles tearing apart the Vera Wang brand, any speculation on that point is really just an excuse to gossip.
"So sad!" say the Tweeters. But is it, really? Unless you know Vera and Arthur personally, this is no more or less sad than any other separation between any two people happening anywhere in the world. I know celebrity gossip's raison d'être is sussing out stars' relationship statuses, but Vera Wang is no Katie Holmes — her success is predicated on her design talent and business savvy, not her tabloid appeal. You guys: she's a businesswoman and a designer, so please let's treat her like one.