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.
The August issue of Vogue Paris aims to celebrate the Parisian dream and Parisian women in particular, and “who better to represent French women than Marion?” as ALAUU pointed out. In addition to shooting an editorial of Marion for the issue, Sorrenti also photographed models Kati Nescher, Doutzen Kroes, Arizona Muse, and Isabeli Fontana in the streets of Paris modeling 80 essential looks for Fall/Winter 2012-2013.
“I'm starting to get sick of the same subjects being used; Isabeli, Doutzen and Arizona…” Chanelcouture09 shared.
HeatherAnne agreed, wishing there were some different, unexpected models within the issue. “In keeping with the French theme, why not use French models as well? It seems strange to me not to,” she commented.
Opinions in the forums on the actual cover were not too favorable for the most part. “Seriously, you'd think the Vogues would coordinate a little better,” Heatheranne wrote. “Personally I think the Vogue US cover of Marion blows this out of the water and makes it look amateur. Fail on Vogue Paris' part.”
Helmut.newton posted, “Terrible cover shot. She looks like she has a migraine!”
Even though Marion managed to get on the covers of three major fashion magazines this month, none of the cover shots have really wowed us thus far. What gives? How can you mess up a cover when you’ve got Marion to work with?
IAmLordZen described the cover as “borderline boring… but my GOD Marion has such a lovely face and with the right photographer, it just permeates through the picture.”
GarageGlamorour wasn’t wowed, and he placed the blame on the Vogue team. “It's boring,” he stated. “[Marion] looks gorgeous, but that isn't something to praise Vogue for. They could have done wonders with her.”
Miss Dalloway posted, “She looks beautiful, but wow is this insipid, just beyond boring! This cover certainly doesn’t want to make me run out and get it.” That's probably not what you want to hear if you're Conde Nast. Or Marion Cotillard. Or the studio behind the new Batman movie.
Dolce & Gabbana made their couture debut on Monday, July 9, during Haute Couture Fashion Week. The label chose to present to a small group of clients and only three media outlets in Taormina, Sicily, rather than in Paris, the home of Haute Couture. Showing away from Paris is likely a strategic move by the brand to avoid the strict requirements placed on full-fledged haute couture houses. It was also likely that Dolce & Gabbana showed their collection in Italy with the intent to keep the presentation more private, away from the eyes of critics. But, that didn’t stop Fashion Spot forum members from throwing in their opinions.
The prevailing thought in the forums is that we’ve seen it all before. “I give up on them,” Wolkfolk posted. “This is absolutely pointless and ridiculous. First, this is exactly what they've been presenting for the last two years and I'm sure we'll see it again in September.”
Spike413 stated, “Dolce & Gabbana is basically fashion's own version of Groundhog Day.”
Dolce & Gabbana may be fashion’s version of Groundhog Day, but their collections are certainly prettier than the 1993 film, even if it seems the label is providing infinite variations of the same few dresses. Plus, the designers probably have some time on their hands now that they’ve shuttered their D&G diffusion line.