Style Notes: Giuseppe Zanotti Partners With K-Pop Star; Phillip Lim Enlists Artist for NYFW Show


Thursday's must-read fashion news.

Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti is collaborating with South Korean-born K-pop star G-Dragon — frontman of the popular band Big Bang — for an exclusive capsule collection of men's and women's shoes. G-Dragon, whose elaborate style has caught the eye of stylemakers like Karl Lagerfeld in the past, and Zanotti have created two unisex styles: a flashy black embellished loafer and a lace-up counterpart. Retailing at $695 and $775 respectively, the flamboyant styles will be available in select Giuseppe Zanotti Design stores, as well as online, beginning in October. [WWD]

Like his contemporary Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim also is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his label, 3.1 Phillip Lim, at NYFW this year. For the momentous occasion, Lim has collaborated with artist Maya Lin for a special installation at his upcoming spring 2016 show on Sept. 14. Lin, who is most well-known for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has created a piece centered on the "smell the flowers" theme, which is sure to make for plenty of Instagrammable moments. [Vogue]

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As part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's initiative to support New York manufacturing, Banana Republic and 5-year-old NYC-based label Timo Weiland have partnered for a limited-edition capsule collection, which will premiere at Banana Republic's spring 2016 show next week. The collaboration, which hits stores in March 2016, was, according to Banana Republic's Marissa Webb, one of the more intimate partnerships the retailer has done, adding that it reflects the youthful edge of Weiland, as well as Banana Republic's classic cool. [The Cut]

Following the news that Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet has resigned from her position as chief executive of the e-tailer, shares of Yoox's stock have jumped 5 percent. However, despite the spike, industry experts speculate that the boost may be short-lived and that the Yoox Group soon may come to miss Massenet's editorial-oriented approach to the digital-luxury market. [The New York Times]

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, CFDA leaders Steven Kolb and Diane von Furstenberg have sent a letter to participants, reminding them of the organization's health initiative, which requires models to have a clean bill of health and to be at least 16 years of age before working any shows. The pair closed the letter by encouraging designers also to embrace diversity on the runways. [WWD]