A glooming peace this morning with it brings, Bill Blass Couture is finally done and Kira Plastinina's closing up US shop. Bill Blass Couture - the Peter-Som designed, runway bound line - has been at fashion gossip's core since Peter Som initially stepped down in July only to be re-instated at Anna Wintour's demand and then leave again in October. Throughout the creative controversy, Blass' parent brand, NexCen, struggled to find a buyer for the not profitable line. And now, finally, they've confirmed that unless a very rich risk-taker swoops in a buys the line before January 1st they'll give up. "Bill Blass is facing the same challenges as other consumer and retail companies in the current weak macroenvironment," NexCen's managing director told WWD. Maybe, or maybe they've just held on long enough to blame the brand's failure on greater economic issues than on their own internal mishandling. Meanwhile, Kira Plastinina, the 16-year old Russian designer whose hot pink stores invaded America less than a year ago will close at least ten of the twelve within the next two weeks. On the bright side, no one pulled out of Bryant Park today!
A glooming peace this morning with it brings, Bill Blass Couture is finally done and Kira Plastinina's closing up US shop. Bill Blass Couture - the Pe