• Band of Outsiders has tapped Frank Ocean as one of the faces of their Spring 2013 men’s campaign. The shots, taken with a Polaroid camera at the Los Angeles Times building, were lensed by the label’s creative director, Scott Sternberg.
Thoughts on the shoot? (Fashion Bomb Inbox)
• Nanette Lepore‘s inked a deal with Peking Handicraft Inc. on a range of bedding set to debut this fall. The collection promises “really cozy bedroom elements” (everything from duvet covers to area rugs,) with prices ranging from $100 to $299. I’m in the market for some bedding… I can’t wait to see what Ms. Lepore has to offer! (WWD)
• Word on the street is that Justin Timberlake might soon be departing from William Rast, the label he founded back in 2005 with Trace Ayala. Sources at the company tell the New York Post that Timberlake’s involvement with the brand has been waning, thus making retailers less inclined to pick it up. “the perception is [Justin’s] not involved,” the phantom source said, “so why would anyone want to wear it?” Reps for William Rast will neither confirm or deny the rumor, so… perhaps there’s some truth to it? What do you think? (NYP)
• WWD caught up with Stephen Burrows to chat a little about the “Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced” retrospective, opening this Friday at the Museum of the City of New York. The designer shared memories of his past interactions with Yves Saint Laurent, and lent his opinion on the youngest crop of designers to the daily: “I don’t understand what’s happening with fashion today,” he said. “It looks very added-to, like everything in the kitchen sink. But that’s just me.” Also on the list of things Burrows is not here for, it’s celebrity designers: “They come up and just die. There are all these celebrity lines and in 200 days they’re gone. Meanwhile, someone else who does design can’t get going. The word ‘designer’ is so loosely used today. Of course, I don’t know what the cure for it is. It’s an animal in its own right.” Indeed! (WWD)
• Ten dresses belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales went for about $1,213,200 at the Kerry Taylor auction in London this week. Amongst the frocks were two Catherine Walker gowns, worn by the Princess in 1997 for a Vanity Fair shoot lensed by Mario Testino. (Vogue UK)