Fashion Industry Confessions. I found this thanks to Pascal of Fashion Bits and Bobs and it is perhaps THE MOST ENTERTAINING INTERNET FIND OF THE YEAR. I don't give a crap about model anorexia rumours (what do you expect when you get paid to look good?!) but I do find true insider industry stuff really interesting. Some of the stuff is rather dumb and makes you go 'duhhh-who-doesn't-know-about-this' but there are genuine juicy gems to be found there. It's not that I truly give a damn as to what goes in the fashion industry but what can I say, I lost a whole afternoon on this site.
Greg Chait winning this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. In the past while I have seldom been 100% familiar with the winners before they win the Fund, I usually have some inkling of their work before they do. Greg Chait winning the Fund came to me totally out of the blue and I have to admit, I have never heard of The Elder Statesman beforehand. It's probably my fault since I have been preoccupied with a lot of other non-fashion-related stuff IRL though you can hardly blame me, with the lack of publicity from his front. Since then, I have checked his collection out and it's rather, for a lack of a better word, nice. I guess I can be more descriptive: simple and pleasant are other words I would use. It's a collection of garments that I could definitely see my tomboy self wearing.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006), or Grace post-The September Issue, although all too often, other people who makes the magazine run as smoothly and as well as it does goes rather under-appreciated. It's kind of a shame really since they do SUCH good stuff. I'll save most of my commentary for my review of it later, but I am glad that these fashion editors get the recognition they so deserved. The particular editors that stood out to me personally are Babs Simpson, Polly Mellen and Tonne Goodman, though that is not to say that the others aren't awesome characters themselves or not as equally noteworthy.
I just hope they retrain their PR team.
McNairy's 'Manifest Destiny' debacle. This is not a menswear blog so I would understand if you've never heard about this, but earlier this year, Gap had a huge collaboration with some of the best new menswear designers in the US to date. McNairy totally deserved to be chosen, what with his impressive body of work at J. Press back in 2005 and at Woolrich Woolen Mills (I happen to own this issue of Inventory). The controversy stems from his 'Manifest Destiny' t-shirt as seen above. If you know your American history (clearly McNairy and his team didn't), the Manifest Destiny is the 19th century American belief that the new European (mostly protestant) settlers' divine right to expand across the continent, which of course includes the massacre of countless native indigenous people and the pillaging of their land in the process. I doubt that he was being intentionally racist/imperialistic, however I am appalled by the utter lack of sensitivity from both the Gap AND McNairy staff. You know shit like this won't fly well with the public. Just do your homework and save yourself time, money and the embarrassment from the fall out.
A-Wang tapped as new creative director at Balenciaga. First of all, I should note that I am beyond SUPER BUMMED that Nicolas Ghesquière is no longer at Balenciaga. I made a post just on his collection alone this season for Pete's sake. He has been doing some amazing stuff for the house during his 17 year long career there. PPR better reward him with his own label or so help me. Alexander Wang was a bold choice (my face when I found out = o.O), and while I can kinda see him there, he needs to REALLY up his game. NYC fashion scene < Paris BIG TIME. Let's see if this fish can learn to swim in the big pond now. It's either sink or swim, amirite?
Braaavo! You've made it all the way to the end of the post. I hope it was an informative and most importantly, entertaining (because in the end isn't this all that counts?), read. I miss writing here as much as I used to. Let me know what you thought was the big fashion news item for you this year? I had a great eventful year this year and I really look forward to another wonderful and productive one in 2013! All the best to my dearest blogger friends and readers!!!