Milan Fashion Week is kind of the disapproving grandmother of Fashion Month, a throwback realm in an otherwise obsessively future-oriented industry in which the Italian legacy brands flounce about in a puddle of elderly egos and beautiful tailoring.
Milan Fashion week continues, and today the fall 2014 collection for Fendi — designed by Karl Lagerfeld — was presented. Winter is coming, and it is full of sheer gowns, orchid brooches and lots and lots of fur.
Well, I guess this is one way to get people talking: at the Fendi fall '14 menswear show yesterday in Milan, the runway was covered in a thick layer of dark fur. "Faux, I hope," wrote Matthew Schnieir of Style.com on an Instagram photo depicting some tasteful leather sneakers mid fur-stomp.
In February of 2001, an ex-model, stylist, and fashion writer named Carine Roitfeld released her first issue as editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. Today, she announced her resignation. In the intervening decade, she made French Vogue a creative powerhouse. [NSFW]
- Retailers are crossing their fingers that you will buy some shit on Friday. Pretty please? Sam's Club is opening at 5a.m. — with complimentary breakfast. Target and J.C. Penney open at 4 a.m., with the latter offering 300+ "doorbusters." [WWD]
So what did the Kaiser give us? Color, sophistication, and some really odd suiting. Naturally, this being Fendi, shoes and bags were kind of the stars. For good and bad...
Women with $4,000 to spend on a designer dress who wear sizes 10-20: Saks Fifth Avenue will soon deign to accept your cash. In an unexpected move, the retailer will begin stocking plus-sized women's wear from many top designers.
What makes a successful model? By what process is it decided that Coco Rocha will walk in 55 shows and grace the cover of Vogue Italia, while so many peers languish in models' apartments arguing about who used whose shampoo?
- The Australian government has developed a vaguely worded, voluntary code of conduct for designers, modeling agencies, and fashion magazines intended to foster healthy body image among consumers. The code includes these provisions:
- JWOWW wants Snooki to collaborate on a sunglasses collection. "I'm a good designer, but she's great with ideas. She tells me…and I can put them on paper," said JWOWW. Also, JWOWW would like Lady Gaga to wear her swimsuits. [People]
When Rachel Zoe started her newsletter, The Zoe Report, one of the first missives contained an erroneous and hyberbolic statement. In the eight or so months since then, TZR has been hit and miss. And the misses are way off.
If you've opened a women's magazine recently, then you probably know what's in this season. "Investment" fashion!