Vince Gets More at Saks
Vince, the “number-one” contemporary brand at Saks Fifth Avenue, has been rewarded with a “hard shop” on the fifth floor of the Manhattan flagship. It’s a prototype that could be replicated at other Saks locations, according to Saks’ group senior vice president and general merchandise manager Joseph Boitano. “We’ve had Vince for quite awhile, but we really wanted a true shop-in-shop. It’s a much more upscale presentation,” Boitano said.
There’s also more space — 1,280 square feet versus 924 before — and merchandise that “focuses very clearly on key item opportunities in multiple colors,” Boitano said, citing sweaters, leather, trousers, leggings and shirtings. Saks will christen the shop with a private event Sept. 13 hosted by Christie’s and Brooke Lampley, head of Impressionist and Modern Art at the auction house. Boitano declined to comment on the costs to build the shop and if they were split between Saks and Vince.
Alexa Chung Admits Her Debut Might Suck
Style icon Alexa Chung has confirmed in an interview with Japanese fashion magazine Numero Tokyo the news
me everyone has been dying to hear. When asked if she would consider launching her own fashion collection the presenter replied, ‘Yes, I’m definitely going to do that. I’m looking into it right now. ‘I’ve got nothing to lose, it’s a bit of fun. In this current era of celebrity no one believes you actually design the stuff anyway, even though I sketch everything myself. So if it sucks I can say I had nothing to do with it, and if it’s really good I can say ‘Here are the drawings, it’s all my own work!’
Forbes Most Powerful Woman
Diane von Furstenberg is more powerful than Anna Wintour — at least according to Forbes. The magazine’s new issue, online today, ranks the world’s most powerful women, and the designer is ranked 33rd, while the Vogue editor in chief comes in at number 51. The only other designer to make the list is Miuccia Prada, who is number 67.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considered the world’s most powerful woman — and why not, she has the economic future of Europe in her hands. Other media people who made the list include New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who debuts at number five, between Melinda Gates and Sonia Gandhi. Abramson is credited with captaining — Forbes’ word — the paper through “an ongoing digital transformation” and drawing more than 500,000 digital subscribers to the paper.
– Taneisha Jordan
Sources: Grazia; WWD