2009 saw major changes — some rather shocking — in the most renowned fashion houses. The one that stung most was the demise of Christian Lacroix. The economic downturn spawned the downfall of one of fashion's most grand couture houses. Lacroix was forced to shut down, only to be reduced to a licensing operation. Check out the heartfelt love fashion fans gave him at the closing of his final show. Luella Bartley, Maison Martin Margiela, Olivier Theyskens, and others also experienced some unwelcome changes this year. But there was also light for some. Learn about the year's biggest fashion changes . . .
>> Olivier Theyskens May Be Back in Fashion with New Venture —Olivier Theyskens, who's been taking a break from fashion since March, save for the book he penned coming out in February, may be back sooner than later. He is said to be in talks to create a "retail concept" with Tory Burch's ex-husband Christopher Burch and Caroline Brown, who are also currently developing a lifestyle brand together. [WWD]
The models in Victoria's Secret runway show (airing tonight on CBS) each wear almost 3 pounds of body glitter.
Simon Doonan has been hired to decorate the White House for the holidays.
The 2010 Vogue Paris calendar is out.
Olivier Theyskens is in talks about creating a new retail venture with Christopher Burch.
Mango expands in the U.S. by joining forces with JC Penny.
Christian Lacroix has become no more than a licensing firm after court ruling.
Kelly Cutrone's television show, Kell on Earth, will air Febuary 1 on Bravo.
>> Olivier Theyskens Not Making Friendly; Which Up-and-Coming Designer Has a Mystery Backer? —Is Olivier Theyskens alienating colleagues? A blind item in today's Daily indicates so: "Which now-unemployed Belgian designer refused to look his underlings and overlings in the eye? It earned him few fans on Seventh Avenue . . ." Also of interest: "Which high-profile industry icon is believed by many to be the main investor backing one of fashion's youngest — and brightest — stars?" [FWD (hard copy)]
>> Olivier Theyskens still hasn't found a landing pad, design-wise, but in the meantime, he has a book in the pipeline. In January, Assouline is publishing the 186-page Olivier Theyskens: The Other Side of the Picture, based on a collaboration between the designer and photographer Julien Claessens, who captured the backstage scene for 10-plus years.
Film buffs Rodarte, meanwhile, just signed with LA-based talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. WWD suggests that "a movie of their own could be in the cards," but for now, the official line is that William Morris plans to “advise the label on opportunities in publishing and film and identify potential strategic partnerships and sponsorships.”
Olivier Theyskens may no longer be at Nina Ricci — major bummer — but that doesn't mean he's idle. The designer is penning a book — Olivier Theyskens: The Other Side of the Picture — to be published by Assouline. Come January, you will be able to experience the Belgian designer via decades worth of backstage photos documented by photographer Julien Claessens. I'm so looking forward to getting to know Olivier beyond the runway.
The sweet box office success of The September Issue.
Versace to re-launch Versus with a ready-to-wear runway show at Milan fashion week.
Fashion priestess Carine Roitfeld talks personal style.
Olivier Theyskens gets literary with a book titled "Olivier Theyskens: The Other Side of the Picture."
Kate Moss — in the wax.
>> Is Renee Zellweger's Red Carpet Partnership with Carolina Herrera Over? —Last week, sources told WWD that Mario Grauso, president of Puig Fashion Group who oversees Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, and Paco Rabanne, has submitted his resignation and will step down after New York Fashion Week. The exit is said to be amicable, but it is speculated that he was unhappy with Olivier Theyskens's ousting at Ricci. Now, a source tells Page Six, Grauso, who introduced Renee Zellweger, Amy Adams, and Reese Witherspoon to Carolina Herrera, may be taking his celebrity followers with him: "None of them will wear Carolina Herrera on the red carpet now that he's gone. Mario paved the way for the brand by putting Renée in Herrera for award shows and carpets. He made it youthful." [WWD, Page Six]
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>> Olivier Theyskens Taking Some Time Off? —Olivier Theyskens showed up at the Calvin Klein Collection dinner in Paris last night, and it sounds like he may just be enjoying a break from designing rather than lining up his next big job. Fellow guest Joe Zee wrote of the designer: "Yes, the rumor is true! He had the night off." And Grazia's Paula Reed, who sat next to Theyskens, tweeted: "[He's] enjoying a bit of a fashion gap year. Come back soon Olivier." [Chic Report, Joe Zee Twitter, Grazia Twitter]