Tom Ford Ends Six-Year Break From The Womenswear World. Tom Ford took a six-year break from womenswear, but he’s announced his return. After showing his new womenswear collection in New York during fashion week in September, he said he will reveal the entire collection to the public. The spring 2011 collection was shown to several fashion editors and journalists in an intimate hotel. Ford managed to convince several of his high profile muses – Beyoncé Knowles, Lauren Hutton, Liya Kebede, Rinko Kikuchi, Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Abbey Lee Kershaw and Julianne Moore, amongst others – to model his new designs. The collection reportedly reminded several of the 100 editors and journalists of Ford’s best collections for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. “There’s a continuity from what I was doing at YSL at the end; that’s the customer,” Ford told Vogue. “It’s about individuality. Real clothes, real women. For a fashionable woman aged 25 to 75. That’s why I literally put many of my own muses in the show. I hear them say, ‘God, I can’t find that anywhere!’” Photos from the spring 2011 collection on his famous models can be seen on the Internet, which is something Ford doesn’t necessarily agree with. “I do not understand everyone’s need to see everything online the day after a show,” he said. “I don’t think it ultimately serves the customer, which is the whole point of my business—not to serve journalists or the fashion system.” In addition to the collection’s coverage in Vogue magazine, Ford will also guest edit and appear on the cover of French Vogue’s holiday issue in December.
London Rounds Out Its Fashion Week; Milan Fashion Week Begins. London is wrapping up their fashion week, and the fashionable crowds are moving on to Milan. London finished up their last collections for menswear on September 22. Menswear Day, traditionally the last day of London Fashion Week, featured Ozwald Boateng, who is the Savile Row celebrity tailor, Topman BFA nominee E.Tautz and J.W. Anderson. Anderson’s latest collection was just bought by Liberty. This was the second season Topman showed separately from the MAN umbrella, which it sponsors. Now in its 11th season, the MAN event showcases three up-and-coming designers each year during London fashion week. Yesterday’s most successful show was Felipe Rojas Llanos, who showed men’s sculptural silhouettes, shiny fabrics and voluminous coats. September 22 was also the start of Milan’s fashion week, and the first collections shown were from Gucci and Alberta Ferretti, while Fendi, D&G and Prada are scheduled for September 23. Other highlights include Versace, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana and Missoni. Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and Versus will bring the proceedings to a close on Monday.
Gucci Goes Green; Announces New Eco-Friendly Initiative. Gucci is going green. The Italian luxury brand has announced that it is going to make a few green changes, including redesigning their packing to be eco-friendly, using 100 percent recyclable FSC Certified paper. The Italian label will now forgo the usual plastic laminate surfaces found in their tissue paper, bags and boxes. The ribbon and garment bags have been switched to cotton from the original polyester material. They will be packing their shoes in one flannel instead of two. They will also give out gift boxes only when requested. Also, Gucci is replacing all of its mannequins with a new version, designed by Frida Giannini, which is made with shockproof polystyrene and finished with water-based paints. Creative director Frida Giannini was quoted by vogue.co.uk as saying, “This project proves hat you sacrifice nothing creatively when working with environmentally friendly materials.” “The new packaging is very beautiful and evokes perfectly the combination of Gucci’s values and the traditions for which is has become renowned since Guccio Gucci founded the company in Florence nearly 90 years ago.” “I believe we have a collective responsibility towards future generations to minimize our impact on the environment.” The initiative will be introduced in all of its 284 stores starting this month.
Edita Vilkeviciute is a Lithuanian model and is the current face of Karl Lagerfeld and Calvin Klein Jeans. With brand names such as Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci, Balmain and Versace emblazoned across the chest and torso of model Edita Vilkeviciute, the editorial ‘Heat It Up’ in Numero Tokyo sizzles. The spread appears in the 38th edition of the magazine, which is also the July/August 2010 issue. Photographer Sebastian Kim is behind the lens for ‘Heat It Up’ in Numero Tokyo, which sees a writhing Edita Vilkeviciute shot in an industrial setting while flaunting brand names. After her discovery, she signed to Women Management in Milan, and later, VIVA in Paris in 2006.Her runway debut was at Just Cavalli for the spring/summer 2007 shows. She later walked for Paul Smith, Preen, and Marios Schwab in London. She made a comeback after not participating in fashion weeks at Milan and New York at the spring/summer 2008 Paris fashion week, walking for Balenciaga, Chanel, Dries van Noten, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton. In late 2008, she participated in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2008, in the PINK section. During the spring/summer 2009 season she walked over 35 runways for some of the world’s top designers, such as Chanel, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Zac Posen, and Dolce & Gabbana. Vilkeviciute has graced the pages of many fashion magazines around the world in including Vogue in Germany and France, Allure, and i-D. In 2009, she appeared nu-de in a steamy photo shoot for Interview magazine with Zac Efron. She is the current face of Karl Lagerfeld, GAP in Japan, Dior Beauty and Emporio Armani.In the autumn/winter 2008 campaigns, Vilkeviciute replaced Hilary Rhoda as the face of clothing line Etro. She also did a campaign for Louis Vuitton’s Mon Monogram range of personalised leather goods
Gucci’s Spring 2010 menswear runway show on Sunday, June 21, cited as its inspiration the work of Latin American architect Oscar Niemeyer, but ultimately it bore little resemblance to his ideas. While Niemeyer, who celebrated his 100th birthday two years ago, designed a certain number of his buildings in white, the key opening color of this spring 2010, that was where the similarities ended. Niemeyer’s oeuvre is generally curvilinear and based on echoing and imitating the opulent and twisted fauna of his native Brazil. However, all the clothes in this latest collection by Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini were largely linear and straight. That’s not to say there weren’t some fine ideas in this collection, in particular an excellent series of evening looks. Made with tapered pants cut off above the ankle and narrow two-button suits, they were composed in cool jacquards and silks in wonderful hues of indigo and burnt rose. Cleverly shown without dress shirts, they all looked great. Yet, too often, these Gucci clothes, besides having little to do with Brazilian architecture had even less to do with modern men’s fashion. Many of them looked too familiar, recalling Giannini’s most recent collections for the brand and their New Wave rocket attitude. Giannini also sent out a series of surfer looks in modernist nylons and micro fibers, but they looked as though someone who had never actually surfed designed them. “High tech kite surfer,” said Gianinni, who confessed to not having really tried the sport. “My arms are too weak,” she laughed. Oscar Niemeyer would not have recognized his ideas in this collection. While his buildings tapped directly into his immediate and exotic environment for inspiration, this Gucci collection did not.
Leighton Meester is ‘The Girl with Kaleidoscope Pants’ Gossip Girl starlet Leighton Meester is featured in the April 2009 issue of The New York Times in a vibrant editorial entitled, ‘The Girl with Kaleidoscope Pants.’ Wearing a fire-red lipstick shade, Leighton is captured by Terry Richardson who recently shot her alongside fellow “Gossip Girl” stars for Rolling Stone. Leighton explains in the interview that her style is very different than that of her character on the show: “Her style is a little expensive for my taste, but it loudly communicates that she is who she is and that she does what she does. I find that admirable. And she’s always dressed appropriately, which I can’t always say about myself.” In this editorial, Leighton Meester wears colorful creations from Alexander McQueen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jonathan Saunders, Roberto Cavalli, and Gucci.