Style Notes: Alber Elbaz's Converse Collab; Charlotte Rampling Photographed for Loewe

Alber Elbaz_Getty - H 2016
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Alber Elbaz_Getty - H 2016

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Alber Elbaz Collaborates With Converse [WWD]
He's back! More than a year after his exit from the helm of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz is embracing his first design project: a collaboration with Converse. (He hasn't been completely AWOL from the fashion scene, however. Elbaz collaborated with Frederic Malle on a perfume in October.) WWD reports that the designer crafted a sneaker style for the Nike-owned brand in Japan, which will drop at the beginning of next year. During his 14 years at Lanvin, Elbaz helped popularize the luxury sneaker, so he's no stranger to the world of footwear.

Charlotte Rampling Photographed for Loewe [Instagram]
Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson tapped actress Charlotte Rampling, 70, to star in the latest issue of the Spanish luxury label's limited-edition publication. Rampling looks fierce in the images, photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth (who also photographed Chloe Sevigny for Anderson's J.W. Anderson spring campaign), wearing ensembles from the spring 2017 collection. 

Small Handbag and Accessory Market Growing at a Rapid Pace [NPD Group]
As the runways at Paris Fashion Week foretold, the mini bag is the new "It" bag. Sales of small bags and accessories — including card holders, phone cases and coin purses — are on the rise, as consumers look for more streamlined (and inexpensive) carryall options in the age of Apple Pay and money-managing apps. Dollar sales of money accessories other than wallets increased 13 percent in the 12 months ending in October. And although sales of women's handbags as a whole declined, sales of miniature bags increased 2 percent. 

Christina Binkley Leaves The Wall Street Journal After 23 Years [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
Style columnist Christina Binkley is leaving The Wall Street Journal after 23 years at the paper. She will continue to freelance for the Journal on occasion, but she will focus much of her time on writing two new fashion books. Details about the tomes were not disclosed, though at least one of them will require her to attend New York and European Fashion Weeks. 

L.A.’s Fashion Leaders Discuss How to Make It in the City of Angels [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox]
On Tuesday, THR senior fashion editor Booth Moore led a panel that featured some of Los Angeles' most influential figures in the fashion industry, including former American Apparel creative director and Everybody founder Iris Alonzo; former WWD West Coast editor and A+R co-owner Rose Apodaca; A.L.C. founder and designer Andrea Lieberman; sustainable fashion designer Jesse Kamm; and Adrienne Lindgren, business development manager for the City of Los Angeles. During the discussion, hosted by Not Just A Label (a London-based virtual showroom that connects independent designers and consumers), the ladies discussed how La La Land has always had a strong fashion presence (despite it being considered the stepchild of New York); how it’s possible to make it as a designer on the West Coast; why forming a community is important; and how L.A. will protect its immigrant workers during the Trump presidency.