Today’s Fashion Headlines: November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

Versus Loses Christoper Kane

Versace is forging a new path for Versus – and without Scottish designer Christopher Kane, who had a hand in the line since 2009. The Milan-based firm said it plans to reposition its younger brand as a season-less line with a strong digital element that will be designed by Donatella Versace in collaboration with a number of yet-to-be-named young designers, stylists, and creative talents. Together, they will develop capsule collections, co-branding projects and limited editions under the Versus moniker.

By mutual agreement, the company and Kane, who worked with Donatella Versace on Versus, have parted ways. “This is consistent with Christopher’s own strategies when he first accepted to work on Versus, and we are now ready to change our approach,” said Versace chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris. “He and Donatella Versace had a beautiful, personal symbiosis,” he added. The executive said the company plans to unveil the new Versus collections through special events not necessarily held during fashion weeks, nor in a traditional catwalk format. The first of such events is planned for March or April 2013 in New York.

Over the weekend, Kane squelched a flurry of online reports declaring him Balenciaga’s new creative director following the exit of Nicolas Ghesquière earlier this month. Kane issued a denial saying that he was not joining the French fashion house.

Aerin Lauder Creates New Lines

Aerin Lauder’s company, Aerin LLC, will add two more accessories categories this spring: jewelry and eyewear. Lauder, who unveiled a footwear collaboration with Jimlar Corp. in September, teamed with Erickson Beamon on Aerin Erickson Beamon — a collection of about 50 pieces of jewelry, from statement cocktail rings, chain-link bracelets and necklaces and collars — and Oliver Peoples on a pair of sunglasses, which will hit retailers early next year.

“Accessories are a key part to the brand and to the Aerin consumer’s world. It very much embodies style, luxury, dreams, and it’s just kind of that finishing touch — the way lipstick is. It’s about the necklace, the sunglasses and the shoes,” said Lauder, creative director of Aerin. Lauder recalled a gold collar necklace her grandmother Estée Lauder gave her that she used as an inspiration that gives the collection “that element of heritage,” but she cited the use of items such as oversize wooden heart pendants as giving the $150 to $1,000 line a “modern luxury” feel. Natural elements like varying shades of wood, shells or flower motifs are present throughout the nearly 60-piece line, mixed with 22-karat-gold-plated vermeil, turquoise and coral. Lauder used her own travels as a basis for her work, including trips to the Amalfi Coast, the beaches of Southern Italy, the Greek isle Patmos, the French Riviera, Nantucket and New England.

Founder of Gottex Dies

Lea Gottlieb, founder and designer of Gottex, one of the leading swimwear manufacturers in the world, died Saturday at her home in Tel Aviv of natural causes. She was 94. For 50 years, Gottlieb was actively involved in every facet of design, from choosing the fabrics to overseeing the samples. The company became renowned for fashionable swimwear in innovative fabrics.The Gottlieb family founded Gottex (named after their last name and the word, “textiles”) and built it into one of the most successful swimwear companies in the world.

In 1997, Gottex was sold to Africa-Israel Group, and after a year heading the design team, Gottlieb left the company. Once her non-compete expired, at the age of 85, she founded a new swimwear line under her own name for Tefron.

Gottlieb was honored both in Israel and around the world for her accomplishments. In 2005, she was voted one of the 200 greatest Israelis of all time and was included in the book, “Great Jewish Women” by Elinor Slater for her contribution in helping Israel develop its fashion industry.

– Taneisha Jordan

Source & Photo: WWD

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