Monthly Archives: November 2010

All is revealed! Google has posted the following announcement/explanation of their fashion site, courtesy of Munjal Shah, product management director. And, because companies tend to dress up such statements, I’ve done my best to parse the patterns underneath:

“The way we shop for fashion is different from how we buy cameras—especially online. With fashion, reviews and specs are less important; fashion shopping is about discovering something that fits your taste and feels right.”

Wait! I thought fashion shopping was about trying things on and sharing them with your friends to get comments? Isn’t that what other sites have been selling? Google is telling us whatever dot com we’ve been visiting is wrong.

“The web works well for buying cameras and other hard goods but for soft goods, such as clothing and accessories, it’s not the same as shopping in a store.”

Have they been talking to the luxury guys? This is their rap. Read more

Daniella Issa Heyalel, aka the Brazilian founder and designer of London-based fashion label Issa, just shot to the top of the Who-Will-Make-Princess-Catherine’s-Dress list; turns out not only did she make the blue dress Kate Middleton wore to a friend’s recent wedding, she made yesterday’s official engagement announcement dress — which was ready-to-wear. Read more

And so the frenzied speculation about who will make the next royal wedding dress — and reap profits from it — begins. Today’s official announcement of Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton may have romance novelists swooning and traffic cops in a frenzy, but British fashion designers have pound signs in their eyes and ka-chings in their ears (Ms Middleton has to wear British, after all). Read more

So Google is moving from search to shops. Rumours have been circulating since last week, when Save the Date invites started going out about a party being held in New York Wednesday, hosted by the search company and theoretically filled with fashion people, and now Women’s Wear has confirmed: plans are in the works for (that seems to be the working name, anyway), a new Google site, where you can set up your own virtual boutique, and then, if you like the stuff you’ve picked (or if you mom likes it, or your best friend, and thus approves of your choices), click through to the source of the product – ie Gucci — and buy it yourself.  Read more

Yesterday Ruth La Ferla wrote a provocative story in the NYT about the rise of the fashion editor as star. That’s a big deal, but what she didn’t say was what this meant for the glossies that employ them: bad news.
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Gianfranco Ferre collection. Image by

Gianfranco Ferre collection. Image by

It’s all executive change at Gianfranco Ferre and Brioni. Yesterday Paolo Romani, Italy’s recently nominated minister for economic affairs, approved the purchase of the first by the New York-based merchant bank Prodos Capital Management LLC, which had been pending since September when this newspaper first reported the presence of Prodos’ chairman, Douglas Song, in Ferre’s front row. Ferre, along with former parent company Ittierre, has been in administration for the past two years. The Prodos purchase, which WWD reported at between $13.8m and $20.8m, is effected partly through agreements with Samsung (still to be finalized) and the Greek shipping company Salmar Shipping Ltd. Read more

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its next great Costume Institute theme: Alexander McQueen! And the underwriter of show as well as the opening night party, aka the Party of the Year, aka the ultimate nexus of fashion and celebrity and society (chairs are Stella McCartney, Colin Firth and Anna Wintour; honorary chairs are PPR chief Francois-Henri Pinault, owner of McQueen, and his wife, Salma Hayek), is…Alexander McQueen! What a surprise.

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As George W. Bush, the former 43rd president of the United States, aka “the Decider”, embarks on his book tour, the sartorial totems of his time in office – his good ‘ole boy cowboy boots and denim, which the President employed to demonstrate 1) his understanding of regular people; and 2) his frontier toughness (well, everything in relative) – have been nowhere in sight.
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Valerie Wilson Plame, the subject of the new movie “Fair Game,” which features costumes by Giorgio Armani, has confessed to WWD that when she had to testify before Congress she went out and bought herself some… Armani. Think they had to drag it out of her?

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I am the keynote speaker for a big medical conf. The audience is mostly old WASPy types who wouldn’t hire me because I was a woman. It’s a weird moment for me. I need to wear something HOT but also confident and classy.  Read more