Derek Lam sells business

Derek Lam has sold his business to Public Clothing Company. The American fashion designer founded the luxury Derek Lam Collection in 2003 before later launching the contemporary brand, Derek Lam 10 Crosby. However, in July, Lam and his business partne…

Derek Lam has sold his business to Public Clothing Company.

The American fashion designer founded the luxury Derek Lam Collection in 2003 before later launching the contemporary brand, Derek Lam 10 Crosby. However, in July, Lam and his business partner and husband, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, decided to close Derek Lam Collection to focus on 10 Crosby, which accounted for 70 per cent of the company’s overall business at the time.

Executives at Public Clothing Company, which owns labels such as ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo and NOS – No Off Season, have now acquired 10 Crosby and appointed Lam chief creative officer of the business. Hendrik-Schlottmann and bosses at Sandbridge Capital, who invested in Lam’s business in 2014, have sold their shares in the company.

Accordingly, Lam believes working with Dan Shamdasani, founder and chief executive officer of Public, will help grow the 10 Crosby brand.

“Dan and his team have a tremendous opportunity to grow the branded business, both geographically and with new product categories. There’s a huge opportunity in international that has essentially been untapped,” Lam told WWD. “We have really great products, it’s about getting more eyes and letting more people know what Derek Lam 10 Crosby means. We’re at a point of strength to grow business organically. It doesn’t require that we rethink the business or immediately field new categories. Our partnership is to mobilise the growth.”

Lam, who served as creative director of Tod’s between 2005 and 2010, explained that his retail stores have closed, but the collection will still be sold at U.S. department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman as well as online at their own website and retailers such as Shopbop, Intermixonline, and Net-a-Porter.

He also plans to continue introducing new collections four times a year.

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Renee Zellweger can’t get enough of classic Tod’s handbag

Renee Zellweger has been using the same “magic” Tod’s handbag for the past 16 years.The Judy actress, who appears on the cover of the December 2019 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, opened up about some of her favourite accessories in an accompanying int…

Renee Zellweger has been using the same “magic” Tod’s handbag for the past 16 years.

The Judy actress, who appears on the cover of the December 2019 issue of U.S. InStyle magazine, opened up about some of her favourite accessories in an accompanying interview. While Renee can undoubtedly get her hands on any designer purses she likes, she confessed in the chat that she is particularly loyal to a large bag made by Italian leather goods label Tod’s.

“I got this Tod’s bag as a gift in 2003 and haven’t taken it off since,” she gushed to the publication. “It weighs nothing and carries everything. It’s magic. I can carry not only the contents of my day’s necessities, but also a computer, a script, a large water bottle, a floor-length down parka and snow boots all at once.”

Renee’s other go-to items include running shoes from Brooks and sneakers from Adidas and Converse, as well as her University of Texas at Austin baseball cap and trusty jeans.

“You can get a lot of miles on a good T, good jeans, and a good boot,” the 50-year-old insisted.

However, if the blonde star needs to dress up for a Hollywood event, she will look to designers such as Herve Pierre, Schiaparelli, Carolina Herrera, and Ulyana Sergeenko, as well as David Yurman and David Webb for rings. And if Renee ever needed to re-wear any of her red carpet dresses, she knows exactly what she would choose.

“I would re-wear my Schiaparelli Haute Couture dress from the London premiere of Bridget Jones’s Baby,” she noted.

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Alber Elbaz partnering with Richemont on new fashion venture

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015,…

Alber Elbaz is teaming with bosses at Richemont on a new fashion venture.

The Moroccan-Israeli designer is perhaps best known for his successful stint as creative director of Lanvin, however, he was let go from his role at the French house in late 2015, reportedly due to disagreements with the brand’s management.

Elbaz has enjoyed a low profile in the years following his exit from the label, but over the weekend, he confirmed he had signed a deal with executives at Switzerland-based luxury goods company Richemont to begin work on a new brand.

“I am very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish my ‘dream factory’, which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times,” the 58-year-old commented. “I am extremely excited to collaborate with good people, talented and smart individuals and look forward to also having a lot of fun with this new adventure.”

The joint venture is to be called AZfashion. Johann Rupert, chairman of Richemont, described the project as “an innovative and dynamic start-up”.

“Upon hearing Alber Elbaz describe his vision for fashion and the projects it inspires in him, I was again struck by his creativity and insight,” he praised. “His talent and inventiveness, with his sensitivity towards women and their wellbeing, will be of great value to our group and its Maisons. We warmly welcome Alber to Richemont and look forward to an exciting partnership.”

Since his departure from Lanvin, Elbaz has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac, Tod’s, Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Richemont owns a portfolio of leading luxury houses, including jewellery brands Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, watch labels Baume & Mercier, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Piaget, as well as fashion companies like Alaia, Chloe, and Peter Millar.

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Walter Chiapponi named creative director of Tod’s

Walter Chiapponi has been appointed the new creative director of fashion brand Tod’s.The designer was announced as the new head of women’s and men’s collections for the Italian label, which is known for its luxury shoes and leather goods. Chiapponi wi…

Walter Chiapponi has been appointed the new creative director of fashion brand Tod’s.

The designer was announced as the new head of women’s and men’s collections for the Italian label, which is known for its luxury shoes and leather goods.

Chiapponi will soon begin work on the fall/winter 2020-21 collection, which will hit stores next year, with Diego Della Valle, president of Tod’s Group, very excited about his new hire.

“Walter Chiapponi is a talented Italian creative who knows and is able to combine Tod’s Italian lifestyle with a touch of modernity, without ever losing sight of the high quality and craftsmanship that represents the brand’s DNA,” he commented. “I welcome him and wish him well in his new role.”

Chiapponi was born in Milan and studied at the European Institute of Design. He launched his fashion career in the late 1990s, and after a period at Givenchy in Paris, returned to Italy in 2007. In his homeland, the designer has worked for major high-end brands including Valentino, Gucci, Miu Miu, and Bottega Veneta.

Of the prestigious gig, Chiapponi shared that he can’t wait to get started.

“It is a great honour to work for this group. Tod’s is a brand that has always represented an excellence in the international panorama of Italian quality and style. Being able to contribute to the development of this Italian lifestyle is, for me, a challenge and a reason to be proud,” he said.

Founded by Filippo Della Valle, Tod’s started out as a shoemaking business in the late 1920s. The Della Valle family continues to run the company, which now has flagship stores across Europe, in the U.S., China, Japan, and Australia.

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Alber Elbaz teaming with Tod’s on capsule collection

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has…

Alber Elbaz is collaborating with Tod’s on a new capsule collection.

The Moroccan-Israeli fashion designer has been very selective about his partnerships since his shock exit from his role as creative director at Lanvin in 2015, and in recent years, has created limited-edition lines for the likes of LeSportsac and Converse, as well as a perfume for Frederic Malle.

Now, executives at Tod’s have announced Elbaz is to design a range for the Italian leather goods label, marking his first foray into luxury design in quite some time.

“Tod’s is pleased to announce an exclusive collaboration with Alber Elbaz, one of the most talented designers of our time, interpreting the world of Tod’s with his unmistakable creative genius,” a brand rep wrote on Instagram on Friday (05Apr19).

No further details regarding what the capsule will consist of, or a potential release date, were shared, but it is likely that Elbaz’s line will mostly be made up of handbags and shoes to fit in with Tod’s existing categories, and that the capsule will be a part of Tod’s Factory concept.

Speaking to WWD, the 58 year old shared he was thrilled to be working with Tod’s, which is owned by the Della Valle family.

“It made it fun, and very human. This is what I really love in fashion,” he shared. “It was nice to come back to a real family and the whole artisanal aspect was something I really miss.”

Tod’s Factory, a reference to Andy Warhol’s New York City studio, was launched in early 2018, with brand executives seeking to target a younger consumer with regular capsule collections and exclusive lines.

So far, Tod’s has unveiled a line with Alessandro Dell’Acqua, with the range featuring dot kitten-heeled pumps and moccasins with dainty ribbons, and stylish stretch booties, as well as leather biker jackets and trench coats.

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Daniel Lee makes confident Bottega Veneta debut at MFW

Daniel Lee made a confident debut with his first collection for Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (21Feb19) morning.The 32-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate, who succeeded Tomas Maier as creative director of the brand last June, show…

Daniel Lee made a confident debut with his first collection for Bottega Veneta at Milan Fashion Week on Friday (21Feb19) morning.

The 32-year-old Central Saint Martins graduate, who succeeded Tomas Maier as creative director of the brand last June, showed off a Fall/Winter 19 collection dominated by textured leather coats, quilted wrap skirts in black and aquamarine accessorised with gilt chains, and beautifully cut biker jackets and trousers.

Sticking to a mainly monochrome palette, male and female models showed off classic black suiting paired with a flashes of orange in the form of a sheer roll neck or an oversized orange sweater. Each look was paired with either heavy biker boots or classic gilt chained flats.

Knitwear accompanied tailored separates, and was trimmed with gilt chains around the neckline, or leather with gold clasps on each shoulders. Lee also showcased chic LBDs featuring beaded necklines, and dresses made of mirror-style sequins in lilac or gold, with a coordinating lightweight sequinned coat in a collection that fused sophistication with a very modern edge.

Beautifully tailored overcoats were shown in black or cream wool and leather, with one solo leopard print version. The parka also featured heavily in short and longer variations, plus an oversized purple patent leather version.

Standout pieces included a tiled leather parka style coat in cream leather, and a leather tuxedo style shirt.

Tod’s also showed in Milan this morning, presenting its signature leather pieces.

Highlights included crocodile print embossed leather looks, such as a belted coat, jacket and skirt, leather shirts in brown and black, and a two-tone kilt style skirt. Leather gilets and jackets were trimmed with shearling, and a patent brown leather trench coat made a splash on the runway.

Texture was added in the form of tweeds, teamed with pieces made from hunting green leather, and a green shearling coat.

Marni and Versace are among the brands showing later on Friday.

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Prada smashes ‘conservative cliches’ for spring 19

Prada has subverted clothing cliches for its spring/summer 2019 collection.The Italian luxury fashion house, helmed by designer Miuccia Prada, unveiled its latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday night (20S…

Prada has subverted clothing cliches for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

The Italian luxury fashion house, helmed by designer Miuccia Prada, unveiled its latest line at the Fondazione Prada complex as part of Milan Fashion Week on Thursday night (20Sep18) with celebrity guests including Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Poppy Delevingne, Madelaine Petsch and Katherine Langford.

Regarding the range, Miuccia told reporters at the venue that she was determined to subvert convention with each ensemble.

“I played the rules of classic, with all the conservative cliches you can have,” the 69-year-old said.

The show opened with a model wearing a black satin top with bow attached to the neckline, brown pleated shorts, a black headpiece dotted with silver spikes and pink sandals.

A parade of contrasting outfits followed, such as a red coat which was buttoned off centre, a bodysuit with cutout detailing that was worn with shorts and high white socks as well as a leotard with plunging neckline which was styled with a peach satin skirt and black knee-high tights.

Highlights included a pale pink silk top which was worn with patterned shorts and a black swing dress with fine straps that was matched with lace-up shoes and a shoulder bag.

As always, accessories were a major aspect of the presentation, with models carrying colourful leather bags and satchels or colour-blocked purses.

They also wore oversized headbands made from a variety of fabrics that were evocative of Tudor-style headpieces, while some models sported studded cuff bracelets on one arm.

And instead of introducing evening-wear towards the end of the presentation, Miuccia again rejected convention and instead concluded the show by having a model walk the runway in a white T-shirt which was worn with lime-green embellished shorts and complemented with a bright green handbag.

Milan Fashion Week continues on Friday morning with shoes from Tod’s, Blumarine and Sportmax.

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