A few weeks ago, Jonathan Saunders was announced as the new creative director of Pollini. You may ask, "What's Pollini?" and we say, "Well, it's this Italian label that was really popular in the '70s, it's in some vintage stores, and now Aeffe deals with it..." Currently, the line is cute and streamlined, with lots of navy and neutrals, but we imagine Mr. Saunders will transform it substantially and render it more in his own style: Graphic, floaty, and a little bit insane. But even more pressing than "What's he going to do for Pollini?" is this: "How does he have time to design four collections?!" That's right, four: His namesake label, TopShop, Target, and now, Pollini. We predict a never-ending Starbucks run for his many assistants.
Jonathan Saunders Designs for Escada
Last November, when Megha Mittal--daughter-in-law of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal--acquired bankrupt German fashion brand Escada for a reported 30 million euros, onlookers were curious as to what exactly she'd do with the struggling label. Back then, I speculated that Mrs. Mittal was an Escada customer, and that this would be the Wharton Business School graduate's baby. Looks like that has proven true, as Mittal has taken multiple steps to bring the firm out of the red, including new retail stores for Escada and Escada sport, as well as lower entry price points and more daywear. (Because not everyone can be bothered with sequined dresses.) In her latest effort, Mittal has brought on London-based designer Jonathan Saunders to create a capsule for Escada Sport. Saunders, who's best known for his colorful prints, fits well with the brand--or, more precisely, where the brand seems to want to go. The collection will be released for resort 2012.