• Rihanna‘s foray into the design world isn’t over yet: the singer is teaming once again with River Island for a Fall/Winter collection. According to her co-designer Adam Selman, this particular range was a challenge to execute, as both she and Selman come from warm climates. ”The way I approach winter style is to layer up summer clothes and Rihanna does the same,” he said. “But there are coats and sweatshirts – those pieces were key. It’s a little more refined.”
The collection is expected to drop September 12th, although there is no word on whether Rih will debut her new line with another show during London Fashion Week. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the range above. (Vogue UK)
• Leather goods label MCM has tapped the talents of graphic design duo Craig & Karl for a capsule collection. “Eyes on the Horizon” features colorful, graphic depictions of eyes superimposed onto MCM’s trademark monogrammed pieces. Included in the collection are backpacks, clutches, and totes. Head over to LUISAVIAROMA to check out and purchase the exciting collaboration. (Telegraph)
• What’s the best form of retaliation a designer can take against a critic that’s given his or her collection less-than-stellar-reviews? Write an open letter! Oscar de la Renta’s done it, as has Hedi Slimane, and now Jean Paul Gaultier can add his name to the list of fashion designers who have clapped back at knife-tounged critics. This time, Gaultier’s ire is directed at Style.com’s Tim Blanks, who wrote a particularly scathing review about his feline-inspired couture collection. Bored with Gaultier’s liberal use of leopard prints, Blanks said the designer “[worked] a theme like a last nerve,” noting that “Gaultier was once considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion, But that was once upon a time, and that time has, sad to say, well and truly passed.” Ouch! On Thursday, Gaultier responded to Blanks’s disparaging remarks with an open letter published to his Twitter account, reading:
Once upon a time you liked my shows “but that time has truly passed” and I respect it. But the Tim I knew before would never have made the attacks that are more personal than professional [sic]. I always had girls in my shows from different social strata, treating someone as down-market is cheap.
In future, rather than be bored at my shows, you can use that time to do something else, for example brush up on your fashion history so you’ll kow that “mille feuille de mousseline” didn’t echo Saint Laurent, it was inspired by a Nina Ricci dress from 1967 in homage to Gerard Pipard who recently passed away.
If you’re nostalgic for the time when I was considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion please buy a ticket for my exhibition now in Stockhold [sic] and soon in Brooklyn and London. Good Visit.
A former yours in fashion,
Jean Paul Gaultier”
The claws are out and scratching! Guys, who do you think won this round? Gaultier or Blanks? (Fashionista)
• Willow Smith is hard at work on her latest venture, Melodic Chaotic, a musical partnership with DJ MVSIC Frabrega. This weekend, the young singer released the music video for #SUMMERFLING, in which she partakes in some summertime fun– field frolicking, pool partying, trampoline jumping, and other follies. Check it out above. (Melodic Chaotic YouTube)