Street Style Favorite Christene Centenera, Designer Louise Goldin Both Working on Kanye West's Upcoming Collection
>> The details of Kanye West's upcoming womenswear label are coming hard and fast these days. Louise Goldin, who has not shown on the catwalk for the past two seasons, has been working with West, Goldin's Central Saint Martins tutor Louise Wilson recently confirmed: "I can confirm that Kanye has been to visit me twice at Saint Martins and we have briefly discussed this collaboration . . . I think we can expect a well-considered collection, you wouldn't expect less from a pair of professionals and I warn against dismissing it in haste. There are those who might assume Louise will be doing all the work and Kanye is just the face, I don't believe this will be the case – he researches thoroughly and is hands on and committed to his work."
Goldin and West have reportedly set up a studio in Paris, but Goldin is said to be keen to relocate to the United States, prompting rumors that West will show the label at New York Fashion Week.
West has also reportedly been working with Harper's Bazaar Australia fashion editor and street style favorite Christine Centenera (above) on the line. Centenera met West in March at the Fall 2011 shows during Paris Fashion Week, and has since been flown to Paris twice monthly to work on the collection in a consulting capacity. When asked for comment, Centenera apparently replied that West is a very private person and that it’s not her place to comment.
Slightly different (and a little less scary) than earlier images of the collection leaked online last fall, Louise Goldin's first footwear collection for Topshop is still tough, edgy, and very much inspired by the shoes seen on her spring 2010 runway in London. The Nineties-style stiletto pumps with combinations of studs and crystals on the heel and toe will be available in shades of black, cream, gold, and rose. According to Goldin, the pastel colors and crystals offer a bit of opulence and glamour that balance the spiked, fierce studs. The shoes retail for $310 and will be available online February 5.
>> INSIDER WIRE —Speaking of awards, Rodarte won double honors — 100,000 euros for the Swiss Textiles Award, the first American designers to ever do so — last night. The prize, which Laura and Kate Mulleavy snatched over fellow nominees Richard Nicoll, Louise Goldin, and Jean-Pierre Braganza, is to be used to fund international development of the brand. Last year's winner was Marios Schwab. [Style File, WWD]
The future may be impossible to predict but as they say the show must go on and in fashion there is never a "consumers go naked" day off.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc will launch of ALLEN B, a complete women's fashion sportswear and dress collection designed by Allen B. Schwartz to be sold exclusively at JCPenney. Co-founder of renowned brand Esprit de Corp and owner of brand A.B.S., Allen B. Schwartz is a master at reworking trends, particular on the red carpet, and bringing them to market in record time
The short list of the British Fashion Awards has been released. Nominees for emerging takent include Danielle Scutt, Louise Goldin, and Felder Felder in ready to wear and Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, and Anna Vince in accessories.
Fashion brands continue to expand overseas. Ralph Lauren has opened it first store in Turkey and Armani is opening its first store in India's New Delhi.
Pantyhose for men? This must be a joe and yet somehow the pieces begs to be taken seriously.
>> It's easy to put together a sheer skirt or two — but when you knit them, it's a whole different story. For her third runway collection, that's just what Louise Goldin did — she knits everything, even high-tech yarns like monofilaments and fiber optics. With that techie inclination in mind, it's no surprise that her Spring 2009 collection veered to the futuristic and was the result of hours spent in scientific libraries.
»Fashion is fun! During a shoot in Egypt for the September issue of Elle, the crew ate parasite-laced baba ghanoush and had to argue with the Cairo airport staff for 2 days before they could have their 14 trunks of clothing to photograph [Elle Tell All]
»Lauren Santo Domingo, she speaks! (So do Bonnie Morrison, Lawren Howell, and Kathryn Neale Shaffer) [Style.com]
Fashionable things are brewing over at Topshop. Starting mid-Jan, capsule collections by London-based Jonathan Saunders (Thandie Newton favorite) and Louise Goldin are set to come out. Saunders' pieces include black and grey jersey T-shirts and dresses with geometric prints. Goldin's include knit dresses woven in bright blues, reds, and oranges. Following that, on January 28, more capsule collections will arrive from Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Todd Lynn, and Richard Nicoll.