Rihanna Rumors, Karl in Russia, Disappearing Signage

cityfile · 06/01/09 07:36PM

• Rihanna seemed to have a lock on an upcoming Vogue cover. But that was before nude pics of her appeared online and now Anna Wintour won't return her phone calls. At least that's the rumor that is now circulating with the tabloids. [The Insider]
• Pics of the fashion set at Saturday's polo match on Governors Island. [WWD, Vogue UK, Marie Claire]
• Karl Lagerfeld headed to Moscow last week. He wasn't impressed by the food or the men, although he did find Naomi Campbell's beau "quite stunning." [Cut]
• Bid farewell to the giant DKNY billboard on Broadway and Houston. [Racked]

Agyness For Uniqlo, Posen the Producer

cityfile · 05/15/09 06:32PM

Agyness Deyn is the new face of Uniqlo. [WWD]
• It seems Zac Posen is producing a scripted television series. And it's all about horses. [NYM]
Tommy Hilfiger is rumored to be looking for retail space in Union Square; he's checked out the former Circuit City space and the Virgin Megastore, which is closing soon, too. [Real Deal]
• Brooke Shields says she's still stunned by all the Jack McCollough-Kiefer Sutherland media attention. [USAT]
Leigh Lezark could be Matthew Williamson's new muse. [Fashionista]
Nanette Lepore opened her second store in New York City today. [NYM]
• Swapping clothes online: now more popular than ever! [WSJ]

More Anna, More Matthew Williamson

cityfile · 05/14/09 07:45PM

• CBS has released more footage from Morley Safer's interview with Anna Wintour from this Sunday's 60 Minutes. In this installment, Anna explains why she insists on wearing sunglasses indoors. (The answer: It's her "armor.") [CBS]
• Matthew Williamson's second collection for H&M arrived in stores today. [Racked]
• LVMH may be buying a stake in the green fashion line backed by Bono. [WSJ]
• A retrospective on fashion photographer Richard Avedon opens tomorrow at the International Center of Photography. Cathy Horyn looks back. [NYT]

Hollywood Cuts Back, The Anna Preview

cityfile · 05/13/09 07:27PM

• Believe it or not, but some celebrities have been forced to wear the same outfit twice now that we're in the middle of a recession. Or (like Lindsay Lohan, left) they're now passing their hand-me-downs to family members. Sad times, friends, sad times. [NYDN]
• A preview of the 60 Minutes segment on Anna Wintour (which airs Sunday) is online for your viewing pleasure. [NYM]
Phillip Lim is expanding into bathing suits, shoes, and lingerie. [Pipeline]
• A visit to Betsey Johnson's house in East Hampton. []
• Matthew Williamson's second H&M collection hits stores tomorrow. [Racked]
• Catfight! A roundup of fashion's biggest feuds ever. [TDB]

Jack McCollough's Nose Tells the Tale

cityfile · 05/06/09 07:09PM

Jack McCollough's orange Oakleys couldn't cover up the scratch left behind by Kiefer Sutherland's headbutt the other night, although thankfully the Proenza Schouler co-founder wasn't seriously injuried in the incident. McCollough's rep said today he was the victim of a "vicious, violent, unprovoked assault." And the NYPD seems to agree. Sutherland is expected to be charged with assault tomorrow. [People, NYP]
• You may have thought Azzedine Alaïa was having a lousy week what with the plot by Anna Wintour to snub him at the Costume Institute gala. But he appears to be rebounding nicely. Michelle Obama wore a lovely Alaïa number to the Time magazine party last night. [FWD]
• Speaking of the gala, it raised $2 million less than last year. [WWD]
Derek Lam's first boutique opens tonight. []

More Retail Gloom, Costume Institute No-Shows

cityfile · 05/01/09 07:29PM

Mayor Bloomberg has proposed raising the sales tax by half a percentage point. That's certainly not going to do much to help struggling retailers, now is it? [NYDN]
• With a fresh batch of stores and restaurants closing each day, life on the UES has gotten pretty depressing. [NYT]
• A few weeks ago, Thom Browne denied that his fashion company was in trouble. The fact both his CEO and CFO departed the company today certainly doesn't bode well. [WWD]
• A few notables not expected at the Costume Institute Gala on Monday: Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld, Matthew Williamson, and Bernard Arnault. [FWD]

Bendel's Retreat, Port Authority Pop-Up

cityfile · 04/30/09 07:46PM

• Sign of the times: Henri Bendel plans to stop selling clothing this summer and will focus instead on accessories and beauty products. The Fifth Avenue flagship is giving up one of its three floors, and the company is cutting 8 percent of its staff, too. [NYT]
• More cheerful news: Save Fashion, the pop-up shop at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, makes its big debut tomorrow. [Save Fashion]
• The Jimmy Choo sample sale today was kind of crazy. [Racked]
• Beauty treatments you can do at home for cheaper. [NYDN]
Padma Lakshmi talks jewelry as she gets set to debut her own line. [WSJ]
• A preview of Matthew Williamson's second shipment of clothes for women and his first batch of clothing for men. [NYM]

Fashion Biz Bailout?

cityfile · 04/23/09 07:22PM

• Is fashion in need of a bailout? Some people seem to think so! [NYT]
• The debut of Matthew Williamson's line for H&M resulted in a "mild frenzy," although it didn't reach Topshop levels of craziness. [Racked, NYM, Racked]
• Meanwhile, Williamson's debut in London attracted the likes of Sienna Miller and Mischa Barton, among others. [Vogue UK]

Matthew Williamson Hits H&M

cityfile · 04/22/09 07:04PM

• Matthew Williamson's H&M line goes on sale tomorrow at 9AM. Prepare for a mob scene! [NYM]
• Lauren Conrad is teaming up with Kohl's to introduce "a casual California-inspired clothing line for young women." And she was kind enough to make a video about it, too. [NYT, Racked]
• It's official: Peter Copping is the new artistic director at Nina Ricci, where he'll have the unenviable task of filling the void left by Olivier Theyskens. [WWD,]
André Leon Talley's "custom Obama tribute pin" is awfully chic, don't you agree? [FWD]

Gwynnie Prepares for Spring

cityfile · 04/09/09 06:53PM

Gwyneth Paltrow's efforts to redeem her good name continue, it seems: She's clearing out her closet for spring and auctioning off the items on eBay. Proceeds from the sale of her Jimmy Choo heels and Valentino handbags benefit the Robin Hood Foundation. [GOOP, SW]
• Victoria's Secret is facing several new lawsuits over "rash-inducing bras." [NYDN]
• Thanks to the recession, more and more women are turning up to salons for free trainee cuts, not surprisingly. [NYT]
• East 45th Street is "Paul Stuart Way" no longer. [NYP]

Runway Superheroes, Designers on the Brink

cityfile · 03/26/09 06:58PM

• One of the biggest sources of inspiration for designers in 2009 thus far: mid-20th century space-traveling superheroes. Naturally. [NYT]
Thom Browne is denying media reports that his line is on the verge of going bust. [NYM]
• Speaking of financial trouble, Marc Ecko seems to be knee-deep in it: He may be forced to turn over his company to creditors if he doesn't fix things fast. [NYP]
• As expected, Fabrizio Freda is taking over for William Lauder as Estée Lauder's CEO. [BN]
• Jason Wu is not doing a reality show, sorry. [Fashionologie]
Project Runway contestant Kenley Collins says she never assaulted her boyfriend with their cat. She just "plopped him" on the bed. Righto. [NYDN]
• Matthew Williamson's H&M line debuts in less than a month. [Vogue UK]
• Just in time for Easter, Giorgio Armani-branded chocolate eggs! [FWD]
• Interested in a $30 million diamond-encrusted dress? Perhaps not. [NYM]

Valentino Takes Manhattan

cityfile · 03/17/09 06:29PM

• It's been a busy few days for Valentino. He's taped appearances for Oprah and Martha Stewart; Valentino: The Last Emperor, the new documentary about him, debuts in NYC tomorrow; and it's rumored that despite his very public retirement in early 2008, he remains in charge of his eponymous fashion house. [Fashionologie, WWD, P6]
• What will you find if you visit Valentino's apartment overlooking Central Park? Lots of zebra armchairs and porcelain statues. And air that's "thick with spicy, masculine cologne." Exactly what you pictured, basically. [NYM]

Fashion Week Recap

cityfile · 02/17/09 09:46AM

A recap of the shows, parties, and gossip you've missed at Fashion Week thus far after the jump.

Tim's Distress, Tory's Debut, Advice from Tom

cityfile · 12/12/08 04:30PM

Tim Gunn says he and Heidi Klum are "despondent" over the "horrible, nasty" fight over Project Runway. "We worry that season six will never be seen by anyone," he says. Us, too! [WB]
Tory Burch's new meatpacking store opened last night with very little fanfare. [WSJ]
• Dolce & Gabbana is launching a makeup line early next year. And rumor has it Scarlett Johansson will be the face of the ad campaign. [WWD, SF]
• Matthew Williamson is in expansion mode. He's planning to launch a menswear line. [Vogue UK]
• Depressed? Single? Go get some Botox! Says Tom Ford: "A little bit of it between the brows can make you look less stern and more approachable. Who needs to frown, anyway?" [Details]

H&M's New Line, Imitation of Christ Folds

cityfile · 11/25/08 03:36PM

♦ Given that one obvious way to fill up stores despite the recession is to sell hyped, cheap designer clothes, it's no surprise that H&M has announced another high-end collaboration: British designer Matthew Williamson (left) will launch a line next spring. [Elle UK]
♦ Sad: Upper East Side retailer Linda Dresner, who introduced the likes Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester, and Martin Margiela to New York, is closing at the end of the year. [WWD]
♦ Not so sad: Imitation of Christ, the overpriced and gimmicky label founded by Tara Subkoff and sold last year to Sass & Bide's former CEO Josh Sparks, is no more. [Racked]

Coco Rocha's Advice, Marc in the EV?

cityfile · 09/19/08 02:23PM

♦ Model Coco Rocha has been filming a series for called the "Insider's Guide to Backstage." Her invaluable tips include how to steal shoes from runway shows and how to dodge cameras. [Fashionologie]
♦ Could Marc Jacobs be opening a store in the East Village? That's the rumor. [Fashionista]
♦ Norwegian designer Peter Dundas is taking over from Matthew Williamson as the artistic director for Pucci. [WWD]
♦ Vivienne Westwood's show was the event of London Fashion Week, with Dita Von Teese, Pamela Anderson, Emma Watson, Kate Moss, Mischa Barton, and Tilda Swinton front row. [Daily Mail]
♦ By the end of the night, however, Moss was snapped looking completely wrecked as she emerged from a nightclub with Allegra Versace, who isn't keeping the best company for a recovering anorexic. [Mirror]

Ronson Does Luggage, Chromeo Goes Shopping

cityfile · 07/08/08 03:20PM
  • Charlotte Ronson, you would think, is the girl who has everything. But no! She didn't like any of the luggage on the market, so she had no choice but to design her own limited-edition range. But if you're just hankering for some C-Ronson clothes (as modeled by her half-sister Annabelle, left), there's a sample sale starting tomorrow at ten. [Nylon/Missbehave]