Style Scoop: Marc’s Mannequins, Art Ortenberg Helped Cathy Horyn Review Shows, Giambattista Valli Goes “Underground and Sexy”


Marc Jacobs is taking things back to basics for his Fall 2014 ad campaign. He’s going old school and using, wait for it, models dressed like mannequins. Julia Nobis and Waleska Gorczevski pose like mannequins wearing the same blunt wigs that Jacobs’s models wore down the runway. David Sims shot this campaign too. [Fashionista]

On Wednesday, the fashion industry, conservationists, and field biologists alike came together to memorialize Art Ortenberg. He was the late co-founder and vice chairman of Liz Claiborne Inc. and a wildlife conservation philanthropist. His partner, former The New York Times fashion critic, Cathy Horyn shared one story about how Ortenberg met her in Paris after the shows one season. “Not only was I tired from from the shows, but I [had] to stay up all night to finish a story, a column as it happened on the unexpected return of sportswear,” Horyn recalled. She continued,” I asked him, ‘What exactly is sportswear?’ He was the man to ask. He said to me, ‘To me sportswear is jaunty. I savored that gift. It made the writing go faster.” [Women’s Wear Daily]

Giambattista Valli is taking it back to his motherland with his new line, Giamba. He will show his main line in Paris but will present Giamba at Milan Fashion Week. The line speaks to other side of his personality. “There is an underground and sexy side in me and in my designs that you will see in the Giamba line. I’ve been thinking about it for a while and waited for the right time, and now it’s matured. I am really very happy. I feel the need to dress women in general and Giamba is a little more intimate.” [GLAMChic]

Betsey Johnson is doing her part to stay active. The 72-year-old is showing off just how physically fit she can be by launching a new activewear line, called BJ Kicks. The designer says that she hopes it will get people excited about working out by wearing cute clothes. “I’m so excited about the collaboration for the new activewear collection, which I feel has the perfect mix of performance, prettiness and punk.” Done. Count us in. [Women’s Wear Daily]

Overalls are officially back (for the moment, anyway)! If you aren’t sure how to wear this trend, designer Chris Benz (with help from eBay) has a few words of advice. Benz says, “It’s all about the accessories, the more the better… bracelets, necklaces, nail color and a fun new handbag. Overalls and a white t-shirt make the perfect foundation to experiment.” [Overalls for All]

The CFDA and Swarovski are celebrating 13 years together with Objets d’ Art! To honor the nominees of the 2014 CFDA Swarovski Awards for emerging talent, the brand commissioned Wes Gordon, Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind, Rosie AssoulinIrene Neuwirth, Marc Alary and Jennifer Fisher to create a one-of-a-kind crystal pieces. Menswear designers Tim Coppens, Todd Snyder and Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air also designed objects for the initiative that will benefit Free Arts NYC. Everything will be available for bidding on Gavel & Grand until June 2nd. [GLAM Inbox]