• British rapper and GQ‘s best dressed man of 2012 Tinie Tempah just debuted his new menswear range, Disturbing London.
The “high-end streetwear” line consists of (dope) graphic tees, hoodies, button downs, and trousers, best described as hip-hop hipster chic. We’re used to seeing Tinie suited up, but he wanted to take a more relaxed approach to Disturbing London, offering more casual fare. The “Pass Out” rapper told the Telegraph; “At the end of the day, I’m a 23-year-old male from inner city London. Of course I’m into tailoring – but in the right circumstances: swanky events, awards or fashion shows. I want [the collection] to show the different layers of what makes me who I am. I thought it would be good to do something that was high-end streetwear, based around the whole Americana storm that is happening now. D’ya get what I mean?” Tinie’s range is available at Selfridges stores. (Telegraph)
• This May, Assouline publishing will release a box set of three books titled “Dior Fashion,” “Dior Fine Jewelry,” and “Dior Perfume,” which will cover the histories behind the luxury brand’s varied offerings. At $75, it’s a great gift for the Dior fanatic in your life. (WWD)
• Louis Vuitton just won their case against a Chinese counterfeiting ring. The US Internal Trade Commission declared the bootleggers guilty of copyright infringement against the high-end brand. “As the first luxury goods company to seek redress at the ITC, we are pleased with the significant remedy that has been recommended,” said Louis Vuitton Malletier Global Intellectual Property Director Valerie Sonnier. She continued, “The chief administrative law judge recognizes the importance of protecting intellectual property and took the welcome step of ensuring that its orders include all merchandise that infringes on our Toile Monogram Marks, and not just products of the respondents in this case. Preservation of creativity is of the utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We will continue to protect our brand and customers, and to preserve the rights of designers, artists, and brands.” (WWD)
• Coach has teamed up with New York-based artist James Nares on a limited edition handbag range. Nares decorated the brand’s canvas totes with his signature brush stroke designs in five colors: black, blue, green, pink, and red. Look for the bags in stores this Friday. (Stylefile)
•Lady Gaga will be outfitted in a select number of Giorgio Armani looks for her Born This Way tour, which kicks off in Seoul April 27th. The otherwordly ensembles will be fashioned out of latex, metal, studs, Swarovski crystals, fringe, and PVC. Sounds frightening.
• Roberto Cavalli is a free-wheeling Italian man who just wants fashion to be great. The 70-something year old designer is particularly bored of American fashion, which he says is “Almost fashion. It’s terrible and you almost can’t even look at it, but it has been driven by a great journalist, Anna Wintour, who wants all women to be like her and to dress the way she does.” Way to throw shade, Uncle Robert! I wonder if his comments will impact his visibility in American Vogue? (La Repubblica)