Hair, created by Pasquale Ferrante of Ion Studio, echoed the designer's own short, fruit punch-red style. After applying generous amounts of Rene Furterer Mousse Stylisante, he affixed hair extensions to cover models' right eyes. Since only one eye was visible on the runway, only one needed makeup — just the kind of off-kilter concept that made the show so much fun to see.
Fashion Week continues on pace, and even though it's Saturday, there's still plenty to see. Designers Jill Stuart and Prabal Gurung, who are known for their innovative shapes and technique, had their shows, which brought cleaner, more classically styled looks to the fore. It was a particularly pretty and polished day, with a few fun 1990s throwback exceptions, so check out what the shows had in store.
The Tom Ford Influence—Alberta Ferretti Employs Real Women as Models for Pitti Show; Erin Wasson Has a New Design Collaboration
- Alberta Ferretti took a page out of Tom Ford's book and had the likes of Camilla Belle, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Poppy Delevigne, Paz de la Huerta, and Marisa Berenson walk in place of models as part of her Florentine show to open Pitti Immagine Uomo last night, for which she created an exclusive 30-piece collection [Style.com, Fashionista]
- The Costume Institute received a donation of $10 million from Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch to create a new gallery space; although this gift was the "tipping point" to start construction next year, fundraising for the project started several years ago and has been helped in large part by Anna Wintour and the Costume Institute Gala benefit [NY Times]
- Gucci Group parent company PPR just created a new business unit dedicated to developing online retail. CEO François-Henri Pinault called e-commerce a "strategic priority," adding: “My goal [is] to increase our digital presence and accelerate our growth in online sales, which should reach 10 percent of Gucci Group and Puma’s consolidated revenues over the next few years” [WWD]
- Bibhu Mohapatra, Pamela Love, Mandy Coon, The Lake & Stars, M. Patmos, and Study NY were all awarded $25,000 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation grants to put toward their upcoming New York Fashion Week shows [WWD]
- Erin Wasson is designing a capsule collection for Zadig & Voltaire [ElleUK]
- W's February 2011 cover features a first look at sweet-looking Rooney Mara's transformation into punky Lisbeth Salander for David Fincher's upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film [W]
- Instead of pouting across the board as in seasons past, models have notably been captured smiling in both the Valentino and Chloe Spring 2011 ad campaigns [Garance Dore]
- Jessica Stam's left arm is in a sling after she sprained and fractured it while snowboarding in Montana over the holidays [Modelinia]
- Using the same technology that made the Death Star explode in Star Wars, Loewe blows up its Amazona bag over and over in a new brand video [Style File]
If you love shopping Opening Ceremony for unique fashion finds or pride yourself on seeking out fresh, new designers, you might just have a thing for Tumblr's new online shopping destination. Of a Kind is Tumblr's first retail destination, carrying exclusive, limited-edition goods from upcoming designers — and launching today. According to executive officer and cofounder Claire Mazur, "the idea is to promote emerging fashion designers through e-commerce and editorial content." With a focus on one-size-fits-all accessories for the moment, site plans include gradually adding clothing, featuring one designer for one week. If you're wondering who you can expect to see selling on Of a Kind, the site's first retailers Mandy Coon and Lizzie Fortunato Jewels are setting the tone for a crafty, eclectic-cool vibe with goods like Coon's Ernie Bunny Bag ($295), and prices ranging from $50 to $500. Just keep in mind that designers' offerings will be exclusive and numbered to editions of only five to 50 pieces.
Fashion Week Tidbits: Gareth Pugh NY-Bound, Alexander Wang and Katie Grand Teaming Up, and Shalom Harlom Bartending at Organic
>> New York Fashion Week is less than a week away, and the tidbits are flowing freely — a compilation of the highlights from the past couple of days:
Double (or Triple) Duty Presentations
- Gareth Pugh confirmed that he will be showing a video directed by Ruth Hogben on Sept. 13 to "set the mood for [his] catwalk show that will take place as usual in Paris." After the private showing, he'll screen the short film in public nearby — get your name on the guest list via MAC's Facebook page. [Style File]
- Temperley London is taking their interactive Spring 2010 multimedia presentation on the road for the second time, starting in New York Sept. 15 before evolving in format for London Fashion Week and then again in Paris, where it will become an exhibit. The film aspect, plus stills and a behind-the-scenes cut will be readily available online on Temperley's new website.