Style Notes: Ralph Lauren's Next Runway; Ellen vs. Abercrombie
Five fashion-friendly headlines to help you handle the afternoon.
Ralph Lauren is racing to the runway with resort. The Americana fashion designer has previously opted for private presentations at the company's showroom, if anything, but will be staging a runway show at his women's flagship on Madison Avenue on June 6. This showing marks the first time the designer will show a resort collection on any kind of runway, which follows the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein, who have also "resorted" to the catwalk for the growing category. [WWD]
When news broke that Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries said that its storefronts would stop selling women's clothing above a size 10, celebrities including Kirstie Alley and Sophia Bush expressed their disappointment in the frat-tastic brand. Now Ellen Degeneres is the latest to add her two cents, addressing the clothing company's comments during the Monday afternoon's broadcast: "You know what I say to that? Oh, Fitch, please." You go girl. [E! Online]
In June, Alice + Olivia will open its first standalone storefront in Hong Kong’s International Finance Center. Stacey Bendet's brand is partnering with ImagineX Group, the same retail management company that helped introduce Salvatore Ferragamo, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs to the growing Asian market. A contemporary clothing favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore, the cheeky brand plans to open 23 locations across mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, and Singapore over the next five years. [Red Luxury]
The latest kids collection from Tommy Hilfiger spotlights none other than Disney's The Muppets, dressed in Tommy Hilfiger themselves. The playful tees and jumpers feature images of the beloved puppets in items from Hilfiger's spring/summer 2013 collection -- think Kermit the Frog in burgundy chinos, Beaker in bright red clam diggers and Miss Piggy in a black-and-white striped dress. [Vogue UK]
Stella McCartney and L'Oréal Luxe have made the mutual decision to split. The beauty brand first purchased YSL Beauty in 2008 and gained the exclusive right to create fragrances including STELLA and L.I.L.Y. under the designer's name, but the license runs out September 12. [WWD]