Today’s Fashion Headlines. June 26, 2012.

June 26, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Luxury eBay from Guinness?

Ever wanted a piece of Daphne Guinness’ closet? Well, get ready! Tomorrow, Christie’s will auction off more than 100 items from style icon Guinness’ personal collection of clothes and photos. The sale will benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation, which promotes British fashion and raises money for those suffering from mental-health issues.

Blow, a magazine editor and close friend of Guinness’, committed suicide in 2007. “The sale was the only practical way for me to say thank you to my friend, who I carry in my soul,” the 44-year-old beer heiress, who divides her time between London and New York, said in notes for the auction. “Issie will assume and occupy her true place in the constellation of fashion stars.”

Betty Catroux Backs Yves Saint Laurent Paris

Add Betty Catroux‘s voice to those who are 100 percent behind Hedi Slimane’s new vision for Yves Saint Laurent, which includes a shift of the design studios to California, and a new moniker for the core ready-to-wear collection, Saint Laurent Paris. “All Hedi’s decisions are brilliant and it is so clever of him to work in Los Angeles — in peace, away from everything, under the sun,” she told WWD, echoing the opinion of the founder’s partner, Pierre Bergé.

As reported, Slimane said he would return the house to its “original branding,” including fonts. He is due to unveil his first designs — women’s resort and men’s spring 2013 — to buyers only next week in Paris.

Net-a-Porter Hits NYC

Maybe that means your Marni dress will come faster? Yesterday, Net-a-Porter opened it’s first U.S. headquarters in New York City… it’s first headquarters out of it’s home in the U.K. Buying for the U.S. — the fastest-growing and largest market for the e-tailer, comprising more than 30 percent of overall business — has grown six times since the company put down roots here in 2006 (or eight times including The Outnet and Mr. Porter).

Although exact turnover is confidential, both headquarters and distribution centers have screens mounted all over their respective spaces with a live ticker of what’s selling at every second worldwide, with a running tally of up-to-the-minute sales for each of the brands under the Net-a-porter umbrella, which include Mr. Porter and The Outnet. Sources estimate sales volume for Net-a-Porter at $500 million, following a rapid rate of growth.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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