Today’s Fashion Headlines: August 5, 2011

August 5, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Barneys New York Window DisplayWell, as you already know by now, the stock market freefall has virtually wiped out retail stocks, so expect no good news on that front...or any other when it comes to this hideous economy.

The McQ Stands Alone

Alexander McQueen‘s younger, hipper and lower-priced line, MCQ, will be opening its first stand-alone shop next year. Unfortunately it will across the pond in London. The McQ store is set to open in central London in the early spring of 2012. According to WWD, Alexander McQueen took the McQ line in-house last year, and since then has been building it into a full, stand-alone collection. Looks like a trip is in order.

Mozel Tov! Michael Kors to Tie the Knot

Our favorite perennial tan and snarky Project Runway judge is planning to walk down the isle with his longtime boyfriend Lance LePere. They were initially busted by Life & Style magazine being  spotted near City Hall on Wednesday. The couple then confirmed to WWD they got their marriage license at the City Clerk’s Office in Manhattan on August 3. “Lance and I are very excited to finally be able to have the opportunity to marry in our home state after many years together,” said Michael Kors. “We have no plans for a major party, but we will be getting married privately.” Congrats!

Barneys New York Flagship To Get Facelift

This  Saturday Barneys shoppers will get a first glimpse of the redesign of Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue flagship, but it will be months before chief executive Mark Lee’s vision for the store is complete.

A section of the floor near Madison Avenue and 62nd Street will be unveiled in mid-September. Construction on the main floor will then be put on hold until after Christmas. Barneys will also redesign the eighth floor, combining the men’s and women’s Co-Ops and opening a cafe by mid-October. The cafe, which will be called Gene’s, in honor of Gene Pressman, Barneys’ former chief executive officer. The project includes overhauling the fifth to eighth floors and Chelsea Passage as well as other areas of the store.

Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship opened in September 1993 and has not had a major makeover since it opened.

Walter Steiger to Relaunch at Barneys

Speaking of Barneys…the store will be where shoe label Walter Steiger relaunches with it’s collection for fall. Steiger opened it’s first store in paris in 1974, but over the years it’s U.S. presence has diminished. Seven years ago, Steiger decided to close his wholesale accounts and sell only out of his own stores. “At that moment I was a little tired,” said Steiger. “I had my shops. I’m not really a businessman. I like to make my items and I thought, ‘Why should I bother to sell?’”

Things changed two years ago when Steiger’s two sons Paul and Giulio joined the company (and obviously smelled major opportunity). “With my sons now, together, we’re starting a new adventure,” said Steiger, 69. “We decided to come back to America. We’re coming back very aggressive in fashion.” The three are hard at work to  reinvigorate the brand.

New details for fall include a focus on the curved “Steiger heel” as well as gold leather linings, a detail that was pulled from the archives, circa 1974. Barneys took note. The fall collection just hit shelves and Barneys is happy to report that the curved heel pumps and booties already have a 25 percent sell-through.

Armani to Launch Online Store with Yoox

The store,, will offer collections from Giorgio Armani, Armani Collezioni, Armani Jr., Armani Jeans, EA7 and Emporio Armani. Yoox already manages the Emporio Armani online store. The new site will be available initially in Europe, the U.S., Japan and China. The deal between Yoox and Giorgio Armani SpA will run for five years, to Aug. 30, 2016. The Aramini shop will be the biggest online store Yoox operates.

The Scent of an Urban Man

Keith Urban has four Grammys, 10 albums, an truckload of Country Music Awards and Nicole Kidman.  And now he has a new men’s scent called Phoenix, which is due to launch in September. Urban told WWD, he  wanted to avoid naming the fragrance directly after himself. “The last thing I want to make a man do is: When someone asks him what he’s wearing is for that poor man to say, ‘I’m wearing Keith Urban,’” he said. “That just seems really awkward to me. I wanted to allow a man the dignity to respond with something that is a little more appropriate. Not too hoity-toity, not too chic and metro, something that’s got a nice, masculine simplicity to it. I felt Phoenix fit that really well.”

“I wore Brut, and then I wore Calvin Klein Escape for Men for a long time,” he said. “More recently, it’s been a lot of the Tom Ford scents, as well as Dolce & Gabbana and Dior fragrances.”

Urban chose Boom LLC  (an 11-year-old company that develops custom brands for the fragrance, bath, color, cosmetics and skin care categories for clients such as Abercrombie & Fitch) as his licensee because of their willingness to “allow me to create it from the ground up,” he said.

The scent will be sold in about 7,000 doors globally, including mass market doors in the U.S. The cologne sprays will come in three sizes — 1 oz. for $24, 1.7 oz. for $35 and 3.4 oz. for $48.

Source &  Photo: WWD

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