Style Scoop: Vince Camuto Aims High, LVMH Couldn’t Save Charles James, The Costume Institute Mourns

By  July 01, 2014

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Vince Camuto, the man behind the labels Vince Camuto, VC Signature Vince Camuto and Louise et Cie, has his eye on the prize. He’s aiming to reach the $2 billion mark in the next five years, without going public. “It’s the team. I’m a people person. Those who work here are really energized, and they can grow where they want to grow. Nobody can do it alone, but if you have great people you can do it. You can’t micromanage everything that has to be done,” Camuto said. Expect to see growth in dresses, coats, jewelry, fragrance, fashion scarves, belts, cold-weather accessories, watches, handbags, sunglasses, ready-to-wear, and optical. Camuto also hopes to expand into men’s stores and creating a presence in China. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Charles James didn’t leave behind a major legacy and his good friend R. Couri Hays is troubled by it. “Finally what happened was people caught on,” Hays said. “And who did it take to do it? It took the museum. It took the art world. And so why was Charles James forgotten? No advertising. No big conglomerate bought his name. Nobody kept the legend alive, because they couldn’t make any money out of it… How many times has Marc Jacobs gone bankrupt and been saved? But there was no LVMH to save James.” [The Cut]

This fall, the Costume Institute’s Exhibition will take a closer look at high fashion, as it relates to mourning. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire will showcase 30 garments and accessories worn by the likes of Queens Victoria and Alexandra. “For years, I have wanted to do a silhouette show, something that looks at the most exaggerated elements of the fashionable silhouette, which, in the 19th century, takes really extraordinary transformations,” the curator-in-charge Harold Koda said. “Why don’t we do a show with all of our black dresses on the theme of mourning? It’s the intersection of this sobering and quite poignant narrative dealing with grief, and at the same time a really chic fashion story.” [Glamour]

So, this just happened: #PrisonBae landed a modeling contact! First the felon’s mugshot leaks, the women of Twitter find (and fawn over) it, he’s mentioned at the BET Awards and now, Jeremy Meeks has a $30,000 modeling contract with Blaze Modelz in Santa Monica. Orange must really be the new black. [The Cut]

Join blogger and fashion writer Nicolette Mason’s girl gang! “I think the way that we shop, especially as girls and thinking of that initial inspiration of girl culture and girl gangs, we kind of shop with our friends, we shop in packs and it’s a social activity for many people,” Mason said of her one-off collaboration with ModCloth. She was inspired by the style of the Pink Ladies and John Walters films,–“all of these really bad*ss groups of girls who empower each other and who come together and support each other but who are also really, really different and brazen in their own ways.” The collaboration comes in sizes XS to 4x and goes on sale October 6. [Fashionista]