- Karl Lagerfeld has set the theme for this year's Bal de la Rose du Rocher in Monte Carlo as "Belle et Pop," which will combine the imagery and music of France's Golden Age with the latest trends in rap, hip-hop, and soul. [WWD]
- After previously showing in Milan, Burberry will present its next menswear collection in London. [Telegraph]
- Macy's latest brand literally comes straight from a magazine. Teen Vogue collaborated with the retailer on a collection that launches in stores and online today. [WWD]
- Meanwhile, Lily Aldridge has teamed up with Velvet by Graham & Spencer on a 13-piece capsule collection, which reflects the model's signature "boho rock-and-roll glamour" style. [Vogue UK]
- The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum will explore the mystical role of shoes in mythology through its next exhibition, The Amazing Shoemaker — Fairy Tales and Legends About Shoes and Shoemakers. [WWD]
- Condé Nast has premiered video networks for Glamour and GQ to kick-start the development of its newly created entertainment division. [Mashable]
- Iris Apfel's second collection of sunglasses for Eyebobs is now available. [SheFinds]
- Karlie's Kookies might soon be stocked at a Whole Foods near you. [The New York Post]
- Nicholas Kirkwood looks to architecture to inspire his fancy footwear: "The curve, the line, the angles, all of it is close to the structure of a bridge, if not of a building in itself." [AnotherMag]
Just weeks after the royal family of Qatar purchased Valentino, Miuccia Prada has voiced the concern that outsourcing Italian fashion brands can only dilute their strength.
"With the sale of our luxury labels to foreigners, our entire system risks falling into second league," said Prada in a rare interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. "Because if our brands cross our borders, the credit, glamour, fame, and decision making is in the hands of others, and we are abandoned, downgraded."
While Prada didn't mention the Valentino sale by name, she did say the impression of the Italian fashion industry is that it has "less resources, culture, protagonists, ideas, vitality, and money" than other countries, and that as a result "fashion goes elsewhere, looking for the best." Prada pointed to Raf Simons — who left Prada-owned Jil Sander for the top job at Dior in March — as evidence. For her part, Prada said she shows Miu Miu in Paris because she's "looking for that attraction that is called glamour."
"We live in a weak cultural world," Prada added. "We are a country that has never wanted or known how to protect and promote its immense landscape and artistic patrimony."
Showing in Paris isn't Prada's only connection to the world outside of Italy. When her company went public last Summer, she listed its shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
How does one celebrate a new fashion title editorship? With parties on two consecutive evenings, one in Paris and one in Milan, of course! Stefano Tonchi was indeed feted by designers in both fashion capitals during a two-evening event honoring his new position as editor of W magazine. Starting in Milan in the gardens of the Bulgari hotel with Angela Missoni, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, and Giambattista Valli in attendance, the party carried on to the Hotel D'Evreux the following evening where Tonchi lived it up with the Parisians—including Alber Elbaz, Victoire de Castellane, and Alexis Mabille. What, no London love?
Italian fashion house Moschino is testing out its style skills in the wonderful world of interiors with its brand new Maison Moschino hotel in Milan. Set in an 1840 neoclassical building and former train station, the hotel was designed by the label's creative director, Rossella Jardini, along with its art director Jo Ann Tan, and fully restored with respect to its original façade.
Much like Moschino's apparel, the interiors have a fanciful, surrealistic quality that just toes the line at fantastical. Each room has a fairy-tale-inspired name — including "Alice's Room," "Red Riding Hood," and "Gold" — which coincides with its equally dreamy design. My favorite parts are the tart pillows and cookie chandelier! Meanwhile, the lobby is marked with fluffy origami cloud lamps and Moschino dresses and accessories turned into floor and table lamps. To see photos of the hotel and hear what Jardini had to say about the hotel, read more
This chair, which is featured at the 2009 Milan International Furniture Fair, is part of the Ermanno Scervino Home collection. Made of horn and what appears to be woven rope, it's definitely rocking a rugged/refined vibe. Still, something about it doesn't quite sit right with me. Your thoughts?
What I wouldn't give to be in Milan right now! For the next week, if you're lucky enough to be traveling in the area, you should stop by the 48th Milan Furniture Fair, which features the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the Milan Lighting Fair, and the SaloneSatellite, which features creative new talent in the design world. Many designs that I've featured here are featured in the fair, including one of my favorites, Maarten Baas. You can download and print a map of the fair here, or take a virtual tour when you read more
Kayne West is designing a range of sneakers for Louis Vuitton and yesterday's menswear show marked their first catwalk appearance...
Jason Wu's website received four million visits the day after Michelle Obama wore his design on inauguration night.