When we're in a funk, we go shopping for dresses. When Esprit is having a bad day, they go shopping for entire companies. So which one will they buy? Bloomberg News announced today that the famous sweatshirt company is hunting for a luxury brand. Even though they sell loads of sportswear to Germany and the rest of Europe, they know they've got nothing on TopShop, H&M, or even The Gap in terms of style cred. Their hope is to find a company that makes Esprit look better to designers and fashion folk who might, eventually, pair with the line. Says their president, "I would like to integrate such a brand as a better sister of Esprit and as a role model to access good designers who normally wouldn't want to work for Esprit." Okay, so who should be the cool kid that Esprit wants to be? And - more important - who's a small luxury brand that would be happy with a huge company as a new parent? We know the Proenza boys were in talks with overseas buyers this Spring, and their Target collection showed they can do mass appeal. They might also like the retro kitsch of Esprit sweatshirts, even though Esprit's current line is... well, it's icky. They needed Jack and Laz like, yesterday. Other picks for a pairing: Esprit and Phillip Lim. Esprit and Luella. Esprit and Catherine Malandrino. Esprit and _______?
What Should Chelsea Wear?
Much has been made of Chelsea Clinton's top-secret nuptials to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. The couple is set to wed this Saturday, reportedly in in Rhinebeck, NY. "Part of the fascination, I think, is that Chelsea is so private--no one was this fascinated with Jenna Bush's wedding" says Doree Shafrir, contributing editor for New York and resident Chelsea wedding expert. "We've also seen her go from ugly duckling to swan which is always a great narrative." And since we're Fashionista, it's that "ugly ducking to swan" narrative we're most fascinated by. What will Bill's daughter wear down the aisle? This morning WWD snapped her going into Vera Wang. Refinery 29 reported earlier that she would wear custom Oscar de la Renta. Here are our top ten suggestions for Chelsea (and yes, we know the green skirted ODLR number is just wishful thinking). Who gets your vote?