Today’s Fashion Headlines. September 6, 2011

September 6, 2011 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Valentino getting his own website of collectables, Steven Meisel accused of copying himself , Tod's Handbags plan iconic collection and Nicole Miller changes format to strictly online marketing

More Old School Valentino!

On Wednesday, will launch a sale of vintage Valentino Haute Couture. 1stdibs is also a sponsor of the Couture Council luncheon honoring the designer. The collection, presented by Rare Vintage owner Juliana Cairone, features about 30 pieces from 1960 to 1980, including a leopard organza dress with an embroidered bodice featuring a Japanese Ukiyo-e-inspired theme, a bumblebee Lesage-embroidered jacket, and, of course, the ubiquitous red gown. There will even be some pieces from a home collection Valentino designed in the Seventies.

Uh Oh: Is it Meisel the Copy Cat?

Photographer Steven Meisel shot a 22-page black-and-white portfolio for the September issue of W magazine and some are saying that he could have copied a previous shoot. Meisel took 10 models and shot them in “before” and “after” shots — what they look like all dolled up alongside a more natural look. W staffers discovered that Meisel shot a nearly identical concept for the August Italian Vogue and Meisel did not inform them of this. WWD describes this as a huge turning point between Meisel and editor in chief Stefano Tonchi:

If it damages W’s relationship with Meisel, Tonchi will lose out on a big-name photographer he’s craved for the magazine. If Tonchi doesn’t act, it will demonstrate the lengths a fashion magazine editor will go to appease a photographer who holds considerable influence in the industry.

Tod’s to Launch Iconic Handbag Collection

There is big money riding on the upcoming Signature Collection of Tod’s Handbags. Diego Della Valle is designing this to be *the* iconic item for the brand as well as the season. The line, which also includes small leather goods, will become a regular part of Tod’s offerings and Della Valle said the designs are meant to be luxurious, yet modern and wearable, for daily use or traveling. A clutch retails at $1,165 and a shopping bag at $2,165. Anne Hathaway will be the new face for the collection.

“We’ve been working on this project for several years, to select the best materials and isolate a recognizable hide that will be representative of the brand,” Della Valle, chairman and chief executive officer of Tod’s SpA, told WWD. Through a special technique, the artisans press the hides with “distinctive reliefs — a craft that is not easy to copy,” he explained.

Nicole Miller Switches Strictly to Online Marketing

This summer, Nicole Miller changed her marketing strategy abruptly when she moved to marketing 100% online. There will be no more print advertising . “We’re in a revolution,” said Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim, who is now focused on generating buzz on social-networking sites and fashion blogs such as Refinery 29, Polyvore and Who What Wear. “A year ago, we were basically doing zero online.”

This huge change will start in Friday when bloggers will be taking front row seats at the Nicole Miller runway show during Fashion Week. Also, Nicole Miller is launching a blog of her own tomorrow, ahead of a Friday runway show for the label’s spring 2012 collection. This week, the designer plans to keep it simple, with shots of models being fitted in the studio and thoughts on seasonal trends, execs said.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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