When designer Michelle Smith launched Milly in 2001, there were very few brands that fell into the contemporary category. More than a decade after debuting her first collection, Smith's line of hip, made-in-New York City separates is a bigger player than ever. We sat down with to discuss where she's been, how she got there and where she still wants to go.
The “Moda” in Milan was certainly “Alta;" no denim or designer leggings to be found anywhere. Instead, we found gorgeous felt coats and tailored dresses--a new reserved chic, often refreshingly subverted with slightly rumpled styling. We’re excited about this “Downton Dowager” idea, as well as all the other news from the Italian shows. Check out our list of the top ten trends the from the city where luxury knows NO limits.
Usually, it’s editorial shakeups that get us all confused and inspire us to create befuddling charts and guides to recap and (at least attempt to) make sense of movement within the fashion industry. Lately, however, it seems that most of the movement is taking place at big fashion houses. Whether it’s the economy or designers getting burnt-out, it seems like a top level position opens (or gets filled) every week. From Galliano's exit from Dior to Marios Schwab's from Halston (which happened so recently we didn't have a chance to include it), here’s our little visual guide to the recent ins and outs at major fashion houses.
London-based designer Graeme Black is the new creative director of the Gianfranco Ferre fashion house, according to Grazia UK fashion director Paula Reed, who tweeted the news earlier today. Black will replace Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, who were let go in April of this year. Based in London, the Scottish designer spent several years in Milan, climbing the ranks at Giorgio Armani until he was appointed head of womenswear for Salvatore Ferragamo in 2003.