Plus, H&M just made a big pledge towards becoming more sustainable.
Christian Siriano's girl got a whole lot more grown up over the course of one season. Gone were the pastel twinsets, polka dots, and ballerina buns of last spring, replaced by sophisticated pencil skirts, intricate gold hardware detailing and rich (though faux) furs for a collection the designer says was inspired by "the golden age of the Russian Opera."
Has being the only successful Project Runway winner made Christian Siriano greedy? He may be making bank with his successful Payless collaboration, but apparently not enough. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Siriano's talent agency Designer's Management Agency is suing the designer for not paying them an agreed upon commission of 20% on profits from the partnership with Payless.
As you're probably aware, a fairly absurd amount of media attention has been focused on Versace's H&M collaboration over the past few weeks, which is set to hit stores this Saturday. As it turns out, media attention, rather than profits, is often the chief benefit for H&M and other mass retailers who choose to collaborate with designers. In today's Times, Eric Wilson takes an in-depth look at what exactly designers and retailers get out of these collaborations--from Alexander McQueen's Target collab to Christian Siriano's line for Payless. In theory, and as this article tries to show, designer collaborations are mutually beneficial for the designer and the retailer. The designer gets a hefty amount of money to put towards his or her own collection, as well as increased publicity and awareness among consumers; the retailer gets publicity, profits and raises its cool factor by attaching itself to names like Rodarte and Proenza Schouler.
Name: Bethany Terry Age: 17 Occupation: Model Agency: NEXT What is currently on your iPod?Paramore.
Fashion's Night Out is a little more than a month away and more details are being revealed around the world as the night gets closer. For one, Hamish Bowles and Lauren Santo-Domingo will not be the only Vogue editors to appear on the September 20 FNO-themed Gossip Girl episode. Vogue market editor Meredith Melling-Burke will also make an appearance and we hear she's wearing Chloe. In other news, Payless is offering Facebook fans a chance to win a 5-day trip to NYC for Fashion's Night Out. The "All Fashion Pass" will include access to the Vogue fashion show and a meet and greet with Payless designers Christian Siriano, Patricia Field, Lela Rose and Isabel Toledo. This actually sounds really cool. From NYC to Australia, Chanel to Billy Reid, we've got the scoop on even more major FNO events you won't want to miss.
Claw Money: If you can't make Christina Hendricks look fantastic, you probably shouldn't attempt to knock off McQueen and Nicholas Kirkwood in one sho