Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing is in the new wave of designers that embrace Zara and pop culture. “I'm really happy that Balmain is copied--when I did my Miami collection and we did the black and white checks, I knew they would be in Zara and H&M. But they did it in a clever way - they mixed a Céline shape with my Balmain print! Well done! I love that."
Oh, and you heard it here first: singers are the new supermodels. “"When you look at an old Versace show, you loved the dress, but you loved Claudia Schiffer, you loved Cindy Crawford. Supermodels! With Rihanna you get that too. Today people are looking at Rihanna like they were looking at Naomi Campbell or Claudia... nobody wants to be a model, everybody wants to be a singer. That's the new dream. I think having Rihanna in the campaign is like having Cindy Crawford of Christy Turlington, but for my generation." [British Vogue]
Surfboardt, surfboardt. Anna Suiis teaming up with O’Neill to debut a 16-piece collection in April 2015, inspired by the Laurel Canyon from the 60s and 70s. “I have always been drawn toward the California free-spirited lifestyle, which is at the core of the O’Neill brand,” Sui said. “My Bohemian style translates into their surf culture and sportswear perfectly.” The collection will also feature Sui’s signature butterfly motif. [Fashion United]
Shoe lovers, welcome to mecca. Harrods will unveil at 42,square-foot suited dubbed, Harrods Shoe Heaven on August 1. The area will sell shoes from fashion heavyweights like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and Valentino. “It’s the biggest project we have ever done at Harrods in terms of capital expenditure,” said Helen David, the store’s fashion director of women’s wear, accessories, fine jewelry and children’s wear. “Every department store worth its salt has a high-end department for [footwear], and this is how Harrods does a shoe hall.” [Women’s Wear Daily]
Edie Campbellonly agreed to walk in Marc Jacob’s final show for Louis Vuitton—nearly nude—because she had a few drinks. “I had quite a few mojitos by that point so I was just agreeing to anything,” the model said. “They said, ‘Perfect! Come to studio tomorrow so we can fit your jeweled thong'... I was exhausted—I’d had about six hours’ sleep in three days—and I couldn’t sit down while I was being painted. The guy painting the type just completely lost the plot and kept spelling words wrong, so would have to rub it out and start again. By the end I was being held up by two assistants. It was incredibly stressful.” [British Vogue]
Live in style in Miami courtesy of Fendi. The Italian fashion house is partnering with Château Group to develop Fendi Château Residences, a 12-story waterfront condo with 58 units at 9365 Collins Avenue that will open June 2016. “Fendi Château Residences further consolidate our ties in the luxury private property sector, in particular with a qualitative partner like Château Group,” said Fendi chairman and chief executive officer Pietro Beccari. “It fully expresses the codes, history and savoir-faire that characterize Fendi.” [Women’s Wear Daily]