Style Scoop: Rihanna’s River Island, Anna Piaggi’s Final Spread, Ralph Lauren Shuts Down Rugby

By  November 06, 2012

H&M is going south of the border with a Latin American expansion. The Swedish giant opened its first Mexico store (and second-largest H&M flagship in the world) last week, with plans to build its next fast fashion chain in Chile. [WWD]

It’s been three months since fashion legend Anna Piaggi passed in her Milan home at 81 years old. The whimsical editor was immortalized, however, in a final shoot by W magazine for its 40th anniversary issue. Lucky for us, Piaggi’s unconventional pizazz lives on. [W]

Shop for Sandy! While last week’s superstorm has left areas along the east coast mere remnants of what they used to be, fashion retailers are lending a helping hand. Brands like Dannijo and Mara Hoffman are donating a portion of their sales to the American Red Cross for Sandy relief efforts for a limited time, while Lord & Taylor will give up to $10,000 to the non-profit for every new Facebook fan through Christmas. And that’s just the beginning. [ELLE]

Ralph Lauren is letting go of Rugby. By the end of 2013, all 14 Rugby stores and the diffusion line’s e-commerce site will be closed for business, with Ralph Lauren execs looking to refocus their energies on their higher-end, namesake label. [WWD]

Schiaparelli has yet to find a creative director, until now… or have they? The French house is rumored to be bringing on Erdem Moralio?lu as head designer. Although this has yet to be confirmed, brand reps say that they will make an official announcement regarding the title this month after failing to show a Spring 2013 collection at Paris Fashion Week. [Grazia Daily]

Rihanna’s much-anticipated collaboration with River Island is complete. The “Unapologetic” singer confirmed that her exclusive Spring 2013 collection for the British brand is done via a ‘RIHver Island” Instagram snapshot. [Complex]

Amazon is serious about its foray into fashion. Not only has the online shopping destination recruited Chanel Iman as the face of its Amazon Fashion takeover, the company just leased a 40,000 square-foot studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where product images will be shot. The space will also be used for apparel shoots for Amazon’s other e-retailers, ShopBop and MyHabit. [Racked]

Gaspard Ulliel, French actor and face of Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel fragrance, has been cast as the lead in an Yves Saint Laurent biopic. The French-language film will begin production next spring. [VOGUE UK]