Most of us know Liz Claiborne as the fashion legend, but what about the rest of her life? The answer is right here in Liz Claiborne: The Legend, The Woman ($17), a memoir written by Liz's husband and business partner, Art Ortenberg. The book details Liz and Art's professional success with the Liz Claiborne brand, along with personal tales of their philanthropic adventures, and Liz's fight with cancer. "Liz left us more than her work," said Art. "Perhaps more than the consequences of her work; she left us herself. The making of that self, and the good she did for others, is the story I tell." So inspiring!
>> Cathy Horyn On Why She Gives Riccardo Tisci a Hard Time, Dating Liz Claiborne's Widower Art Ortenberg — Cathy Horyn has been known to rail on Riccardo Tisci's work at Givenchy fairly consistently; in a recent interview with Style.com, she explains why: "What bothers me about Riccardo is he’s playing in the big leagues, but there’s a missing sophistication somehow. It’s all so cool, and it’s all so indie magazine, but it doesn’t lead you. It leads you at that level but not at an extra-high level. And I think it could. I hope it does. I’m hard on him because I think he could be better." Another fun Cathy-related tidbit, courtesy of yesterday's Daily: she has been dating Liz Claiborne's widower, millionaire Art Ortenberg, since last Feb. 4; they currently live together. [Style File, FWD (hard copy)]
Liz Claiborne creative director Isaac Mizrahi has taken his girls back to the streets. For Spring it was Georgina Stojiljković in the city; for Fall it's Coco Rocha in the country. The Canadian model looks so royal, so mature in her long pleated plaid skirt and plaid shirt. I'm especially taken by the vibrant autumnal hues. And look: Coco's super-red hair sort of matches the roofs of the houses. Equally dazzling in color is the shot of Coco in a grocery store (below). What do you make of Liz Claiborne's Fall ads? If you fancy the plaid-happy clothes, shop them now.
Sometimes it's hard to find truly unique frocks that aren't obscenely expensive, but this Liz Claiborne Stretch Poplin Sack Dress ($39, originally $99) is the exception. Trust me, if they had my size, I'd be all over it. What's not to love? The bold persimmon hue is mesmerizing, the paperbag neckline is different, and the pockets are functional. What's also great is that you can dress it up with heels and dress it down with flats.
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.
Yesterday Isaac Mizrahi, accompanied by Liz Claiborne-clad models, rang the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange. ..
The launch of Forever 21 in Tokyo today drew over a thousand people before doors even opened.
To say that Isaac Mizrahi has revitalized Liz Claiborne would be an understatement. The majority of you loved his Spring ad, so you'll fall head over heels for his Spring Look Book, too. The first thing it did for me was make me want to play around with color in an urgent way. Also, it made me realize the designer has the unique ability to make preppy and prissy look youthful and cool. Spring is a more lively season thanks to Isaac!
Oscar de la Renta reiterated his frustration with Michelle Obama's fashion choices, after complaining to the press last week.
Australian Harper's Bazaar is making waves with an underwater fashion spread featuring a voluptuous model.
Comme des Garcons is collaborating with Vogue Nippon to open a pop-up store in Tokyo arranged in magazine format.
As if the Spring 09 collection didn't impress us enough, the Fall 2009 Liz Claiborne range is just as good, if not better. Every item in the collection, from the boots to the bracelets to the outerwear, is affordably priced and perfectly merchandised. The Spring 2009 ads for Liz Claiborne depict a world where all women look pulled together Mizrahi-style and we can't help but hope that by Fall 2009 the dream has become a reality. We say democratic fashion is the new fast fashion. Check out the Fall 2009 Liz Claiborne look book right here.