The Latest Spring 2011 Ads — Joan Smalls and Malgosia Bela for Stella McCartney, Erin Wasson for Elie Saab, Plus More
>> Stella McCartney is known for her quirky, even cartoony campaigns, and this time, she enlisted Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to shoot Joan Smalls and Malgosia Bela for Spring 2011. The ads show Bela wearing nothing but a collage of blown-up images of McCartney's Spring fruit print or Smalls wearing a swimsuit-shaped collage of pastel-colored suit lapels. “I wanted to play with the purity and realism of the citrus print from summer 2011….exaggerating the scale and playing with the female form in its purest form, as nature intended,” McCartney told WWD. A look at that, plus Erin Wasson's minimalist turn for Elie Saab, Patricia van der Vliet's maximalist turn for Sonia Rykiel, and Raquel Zimmermann and Freja Beha Erichsen for H&M, all in the gallery.
>> Proenza Schouler heralded the graphic denim look with their Fall 2010 graffiti print jeans, and now we're hooked. Try out a pair — these printed, painted, and splattered concoctions will instantly inject fire into any Fall outfit. Peep how this stylish street snap displays the trend with a sweatshirt top, cutout booties, and a bold necklace, and then check out three more inspiring looks — and how to get them — in the slideshow.
>> We got a window into the backstage antics at Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Ohne Titel, and more from the first couple of days at New York Fashion Week; now it's time for another round. Hilary Rhoda at Diane von Furstenberg, kissy faces at Erin Fetherston, a close-up at Derek Lam's luscious platform sandals, plus snaps from Diesel Black Gold, Marc Jacobs, Preen, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, and DKNY — they're all here.
Photos: Greg Kessler
>> Under the lead of designer Sophia Kokosalaki, who debuted her first collection for Diesel Black Gold in February for Fall 2010 (with Kate Lanphear styling), Diesel founder Renzo Rosso is in the midst of repositioning the label.
Rosso broke Black Gold off as a separate business division and company veteran Andrea Baldo has been named the label's new general manager. Baldo plans to bring higher quality to Black Gold by using mostly Italian fabrics, tightening distribution (the men's line will be available exclusively at Barneys in the Fall), and creating a new logo, a new shop concept, and more accessories. There will also be dedicated Black Gold advertising campaigns.
While I was doing research for cool shrugs, I came across this Diesel Black Gold Tiume Feathered Shrug ($450). I know, whoa, right? It's a cool concept, but I can only really see myself rocking it at a super fashiony function. Otherwise, I might be mistaken for an escaped bird. Would you consider wearing this, or is it too much?
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Liz Claiborne is intent to revive their menswear line, Claiborne. First they hired John Bartlett to take helm of design and today they're opening a West Village pop-up store.
Sophia Kokosalaki has been hired for a lead design role at Diesel Black Gold.
Contemporary stores, such as Intermix and Shopbop, are selling a lot of casual denim and tailored jersey pieces this summer.
In celebration of New York's new and improved bike lanes, Topshop is renting out bicycles this weekend.
>> First Ann-Sofie Back signs on as head designer to help Cheap Monday branch out from its denim roots, and now Sophia Kokosalaki is joining Diesel Black Gold in a lead design role: is this a trend coming on, name designers helping to restructure denim brands?
Black Gold is Diesel's high-end contemporary line, and Kokosalaki is being brought in to overhaul the brand — which is not showing a Spring 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week this September as it typically would — starting with the relaunched Fall 2010 collection next February. Kokosalaki nearly always wears black and denim herself, and Diesel chairman Renzo Rosso has full faith in her "incredible" talent and "skill in dealing with denim and contemporary casual, the core of Diesel Black Gold." The position is quite a change from her stint as creative director of French house Vionnet.
Rosso bought a majority stake in Kokosalaki's namesake line last year, and her new position at Diesel has allowed her to acquire her label back from Rosso for an undisclosed sum. She plans to continue to develop the line independently.
New York 02/17/09. Photos by Scott Gries/Getty Images.