Trend Report: Global Fashion Roundup

by Editorial

Oprah says goodbye, the history of the red soles, buyers don’t go gaga for Lady Gaga’s dress on Gilt, and more auction items.
By Nichole Devolites

Courtesy of Oprah

As we say goodbye to a talk show legend, let’s take a look at the history of Oprah’s fashions, over the last 25 years.

… and speaking of history.  It turns out that red soles goes back to the days of Louis XIV, long before Christian Louboutin trademarked them, or so YSL says.

… in the making of history, Princess Beatrice’s Fascinator by Philip Treacy raised $130,700 at an ebay auction last week.  All proceeds are being donated to UNICEF and Children in Crisis charities.

… what did not sell last week?  Lady Gaga’s Mugler dress on Gilt Groupe.  Even though it popped in and out of people’s carts last week, the $20,000 dress found no buyers.

… and speaking of sales, Jimmy Choo’s holding company, TowerBrook, has finally announced a buyer: Labelux. The privately held luxury group purchased the luxury shoe company for $800M.

Balmain has become the next of many designers to launch a diffusion or “younger” line.  Their first collection will be spring/summer 2012.

Popup shops are also a new trend, forming amongst designers. Lady Gaga stylist and Mugler creative director, Nicola Formichetti, is going to have his very own pop-up shop this September.  This initiative is part of BOFFO’s Building Fashion Design Competition—which pairs architects and fashion designers to create installations and re-imagine normal, everyday space.  Read all about Formichetti’s space here.

Fall is just around the corner.  Runner-up for this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, Get an exclusive first look at his pre-fall collection, which will be sold exclusively on Net-a-Porter.

…and speaking of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Tiffany & Co. has announced their partnership with the organization, contributing $1 million to kick start the efforts.

Rachel Zoe has announced that her fall collection will be sold at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Intermix, amongst others.

… in interesting department store-related news, Macys, Harrod’s and even Bloomingdales believe they have the key to bringing more customers into their stores: technologySee what each is doing to make shopping more pleasing.

Dolce & Gabbana want to bring out the animal in you with their new beauty Animalier Collection.

New designer alert:  Carrie Parry. An eco-conscious designer, she purchases her fabrics from a women-owned cooperative in India and produces the collection in New York City’s garment districtRead more about her first collection and what inspires her.

Who says light bulbs can’t be chic?  Check out these Samuel Wilkinson 120-watt light bulbs, called the Plumen light bulb.

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