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Saint Laurent Breaks Up with Influential Parisian Retailer Colette Over Parody T-Shirt


Image composite: Getty & What About Yves

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 In a more symbolic gesture, Saint Laurent rescinded creative director and retail manager Sarah Andelman's invitation to the label's Spring 2014 runway show.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 CélineHermès 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. 


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Anna Dello Russo Walks Her Dog Wearing Saint Laurent’s $68,000 Babydoll Dress

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

The headline here is, admittedly, slightly inaccurate. Here's what actually happened: Anna Dello Russo accessorized a $68,000 Saint Laurent dress with a dog and paraded the look in front of street style photographers outside the Emporio Armani Spring 2014 runway show at Milan Fashion Week.

Anna Dello Russo Walks Her Dog Wearing Saint Laurent’s $68,000 Baby-Doll Dress

The embellished floral babydoll dress first gained notoriety when it was photographed on Cara Delevingne for the label's Fall 2013 campaign (above; it also appeared on the runway), but its true claim to fame is its $68,000 price tag, a detail which was buried in a post about the label's new Soho store. We reported on the item in June as part of our ongoing coverage about luxury pricing, a topic which we initially came to through another Saint Laurent garment: an 80% polyester jacket which was priced at $61,000 (pictured below).


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Link Buzz: Crystal Masks at Givenchy; Interviews with Rick Owens Steppers

Image: IMAXtree

Image: IMAXtree

  • If this season produced one runway beauty look I'm going to try to DIY at home — easy, Givenchy. Rubbing my face in a mountain of sequins: Wouldn't call it a dream, it's more of an ambition? [BellaSugar]
  • All the runway wants to do is DANCE. (Me too.) [FabSugar]
  • Speaking of, here's an interview with one of the step dancers from the Rick Owens show. [Fashionologie]
  • Another interview, another step dancer: "It was not a gimmick." [FashionBombDaily]
  • Suri Cruise went shopping at Tiffany's and I clicked on this link because I wanted to see a picture so … maybe you too? [Vogue UK]
  • Can you tell which are the original Jeffery Cambell booties and which are the knockoffs? I bet you can I bet you can I bet you can can can can cannnnn. [SheFinds]
  • "'Sustainability is very important,' cooed trendspotter Yvan Rodic." [Guardian]

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Here’s Daria Werbowy for the Isabel Marant x H&M Collection Campaign

Image: NYDailyNews

Image: NYDailyNews

H&M's collaboration* with Isabel Marant is the biggest thing right now. It's bigger than Breaking Bad, it's bigger than Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice lattes, it's bigger than apple picking. It's way bigger than the impending government shutdown. But not responsible for it, because fashion (particularly the fast kind) could never be anything but a force for good in the world BECAUSE clothes give people a way to reveal their true selves (and banging bods). That's precisely why we're so excited to shop Isabel Marant designs at H&M prices: Her clothes convey a certain je ne sais quoi we've always identified with, but have never been able to afford. 

For example, check out this preview image, which was shared today with the New York Daily News. Daria Werbowy, who appeared in many campaigns for each brand individually, is now the face of the Isabel Marant x H&M joint venture. It's a transcendent moment. Transcendent in that it transcends fashion, transcends advertising, transcends my curiosity — even transcends the very meaning of the word "commercial." Sometimes the ultimate risk is playing it safe. (George Eliot said that.)

Based on some grainy magazine scans which have appeared in the tFS ForumsMalgosia Bela, Devon Aoki and Saskia de Brauw were also tapped for the campaign. 

*The accepted term for a marketing initiative undertaken between a high-end designer and a mass market retailer. 

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Are You Ready for Blake Lively’s Lifestyle Brand?



The question doesn't so much seem to be if Blake Lively is ready to create a lifestyle brand, at the ripe old age of 26, but whether we, her public, are ready for it. So far, Blake is best known for her seminal role as Serena on Gossip Girl and for marrying Ryan Reynolds. Now, don't take this the wrong way, I know it's shocking, but there are people who have never seen Gossip Girl and who don't know who Ryan Reynolds is. (I don't know any of them, but I hear tell.)

Blake described this new company thusly for British Vogue: "It's something that will be launching in a few months and that I'm really, really thrilled about. The main element of it is that it's about storytelling and it's about living a very one-of-a-kind, curated life, and how to achieve that. There's nothing like it out there — it's without a genre."

Let me stop you right there. It sounds a lot like something out there, and everyone is saying it, Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP. And if GOOP didn't exist, there'd be comparisons to Martha Stewart or any actress-turned-designer-who-decided-to-also-sell-candles. I simply don't believe that Blake Lively is creating a whole new genre of company. And the word "curated" could not be more overused at this point. I curated my medicine cabinet this morning. But, please, continue.

"I have so many passions outside of acting and things that I grew up being good at and that I don't utilise when acting. Acting was something that my family did so I just kind of got into it by default, but there was so much that I cultivated, thinking that I wouldn't be an actor."

I'm just good at so much, you guys! Well, she's got the Gwyneth pretention down. Which is kind of a surprisingly bad way to position this, considering much of her appeal is based on her easy-going, non-pretentious personality. Like, genuinely easy-going in the way Gwyneth Paltrow always protests that she's easy-going. To be a genetically blessed, somewhat talented and successful actress and then go on about how many other talents you have is just tacky. Especially when they're yet to be displayed and so far only being referenced by you. You, young beauty, who will clearly be expecting us to eat up your advice/recipes/curation of goods any time now. And like GOOP, which started out as just editorial and now every newsletter comes with a sales pitch, we're sure she's going to be asking for more than our readership eventually.

Who knows, maybe Blake Lively will be the new, sexy Martha Stewart. Maybe I will be eating up her curated lifestyle suggestions with a spoon. But, I'm not counting on it. Lively has just done too little with her life so far to be doling out lifestyle advice on such a grand scale. She's no Gwyneth. And let's face it, you know who's lifestyle brand we'd be gagging for? Blair Waldorf's.

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