Style Scoop: Nanette Lepore’s New Ladies, Max Mara Enters Eco, Céline’s Order of Chivalry

By  January 02, 2014

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Make room, Michelle Obama. There’s a new fashionable first lady making her rounds. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio may have been sworn into office on New Year’s Day, but it was his wife and daughter, Chirlane and Chiara, who stole his sartorial thunder, clad in Nanette Lepore‘s namesake line. Lepore and the de Blasio clan go back to last year when she invited the then candidate to tour her headquarters in an advocacy move for the city’s Garment District. [Huffington Post]

Max Mara is the latest label to foray into the realm of eco-friendly fashion. The company has teamed up with Saluzzo Yarn to put forth a line under the Weekend Max Mara label made up of practical-but-chic pieces. The spring collection will be available in January. The pieces are made using high-tech fabric produced with Saluzzo Yarn’s Newlife – a range of polyester yarns that are created using plastic bottles. How’s that for sustainable? [Fashion Times]

Talk about ringing in 2014: three fashion authorities were given high—and haute—honors on Queen Elizabeth‘s New Year’s Honours list: Céline’s Phoebe Philo became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), while makeup maven Pat McGrath and textiles designer Natalie Gibson were both named Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). Bow down. [Glam]

Former chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton Yves Carcelle was made an officer of the Legion of Honor. The vice president of the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création received France’s highest civilian decoration on New Year’s Day. Couple that with New Year’s honors on the British side of the pond, and we’d say that fashion royalty is, in fact, a real thing. [WWD]

Almost one year ago, Gap Inc. acquired contemporary chain Intermix, setting the stage for growth and perhaps a little bit of upheaval. Only now are we starting to see real changes come about. Aside from expansion into wealthy suburbia, Intermix is now planning on eliminating 40 of its brands in exchange for 60 new ones—more expensive ones—to cater to these new locations. [Fashionista]