In other news…
Fashion happenings of interest from beyond the bubble:
#1: RAF TO DIOR
As much as I shall continue to mourn the loss of Raf Simmons from Jil Sander, he may have moved on to greener (as in more lucrative) pastures. The 44 year old Belgian designer, whose work at Jil Sander generated several fashion zeitgeists, from re-imagined 50′s couture shapes to saturated colors, is taking over John Galliano’s vacated position at Dior. It will be more than interesting to see how a designer like Simmons, who had his start designing street-wise men’s clothes, tackles the ultra feminine house codes of Monsieur Dior for his first collection–Fall 2012 couture.
#2: Cornell Fashion Collective
Cornell, the only ivy with a fashion design curriculum, holds an annual fashion show for its talented coterie of student designers. Check out the promo video for the 2012 edition here:
#3: Rag & Bone Rising
Rag & Bone, everyone’s favorite purveyors of cool kid duds is opening up a new flagship store on Madison Ave. in Manhattan. This comes just a month or two after the opening of their first Boston bastion on Newbury Street, which anyone in the immediate area vibing on a mix of pastel jeans, waxed cotton parkas and heritage tweed vests should definitely check out.
#4: Gilty Reading
The new book from the founders of Gilt Groupe, By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop is kind of a mouthful to say. Written by two HBS grads Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, the book is a must-read for any would-be retail entrepreneurs out there.
#5: Sea of Drama
Jane Aldrige, the flame-haired ingenue behind mega style blog Sea of Shoes, has been casting cyber stones at both Texas Monthly and the The Cut over a recent expose on Texas Monthly which painted her in a somewhat disparaging light. Calling both publications out for exploiting her personal life to generate reader buzz, Aldridge posted this rebuttal to the article on her site.