Barney’s‘ fall campaign featuring Lou Doillon and her life-size marionette twin.
Kurt Geiger Donates Funds to London College of Fashion
The London-based footwear brand and distributor, a division of The Jones Group Inc., plans to donate 300,000 pounds, or $456,000, to Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, part of University of the Arts London. The donation will be staggered over a three-year period, and will go toward scholarships, educational and mentoring programs at the alma mater of designers such as Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Charlotte Dellal. The donation is meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the brand and the 125th anniversary of the East London school, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs.
Barneys New York Unveils Fall Campaign
Barneys New York played puppet master, quite literally, for its fall campaign. Shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in New York, the campaign features French singer, actress, model and daughter of style icon Jane Birkin, Lou Doillon — plus a life-size marionette replica of her created by set designer Shona Heath. Doillon and the puppet are pictured together and separately, wearing looks by designers such as Proenza Schouler. “This ‘alter-ego’ concept, specifically the puppet itself, is integrated into all aspects of the project: the print campaign, a video filmed by Inez and Vinoodh during the shoot and the Madison window installation,” said Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman.
Giorgio Armani Dresses Jodie Foster in ‘Elysium
In Neill Blomkamp’s “Elysium,” which hits cinemas Friday, space station Elysium is where the wealthy take refuge from a decrepit planet Earth. As such, their leader, Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster), could only wear top-notch Italian duds — and Giorgio Armani was happy to oblige, creating a series of suits for the character in collaboration with costume designer April Ferry. From a pewter jacket and skirt with oversize lapels to a gray one-button shawl-collar pantsuit, Delacourt’s wardrobe is luxurious, but never frilly. This marks Armani’s first effort with director and writer Blomkamp and designer Ferry, and he called the experience “a privilege.”
Bluestar Acquires Catherine Malandrino Brand
On Monday, Bluestar Alliance LLC said it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Catherine Malandrino brand and intellectual property assets from Tahari ASL LLC for an undisclosed sum. They have established a new joint venture that will be majority-owned by Bluestar, in partnership with Tahari ASL.Elie Tahari, chairman of Elie Tahari Ltd., and Arthur Levine, president of Tahari ASL, have been investors in Malandrino’s company since October 2011, and they will continue as minority partners in Malandrino’s business. Les Schreiber is also a partner in Tahari ASL.
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