Style Notes: Topshop Sells the Met; Your Next Stylish Coffee Table Book
Six fashionable headlines on this harmonious Tuesday.
Moda Operandi isn’t the only one cashing in on last night’s Met Ball fashions. The Topshop looks worn by Nicole Richie, Julianne Hough, Jaime King, Jourdan Dunn and Ashley Madekwe will all be sold at the High Street retailer’s storefronts in New York, Los Angeles and London’s Oxford Circus, as well as on its website. Expect the selections to be available come September, ranging between $630 and $1,050. Richie’s gray hair dye is completely optional. [Fashionista]
What comes after the fashion documentary? Giancarlo Giammetti, the longtime business partner of Valentino and breakout star of Valentino: The Last Emperor, is penning an autobiography. The collector’s volume will feature a blend of text and visuals, including images from Giammetti’s personal archive of more than 50,000 photos he took over the last 50 years. “I am not an artist or a great photographer,” he said of putting together the project. “My idea is to amuse and entertain.” The book is set for release this fall from art and fashion publisher Assouline. [WWD]
If you want drive -thru liquor stores head to Kentucky. If you want a drive-thru luxury department store, head to London, where Selfridges is launching the world’s first in-car shopping service. Customers will be able to pick up online purchases at storefronts without ever leaving their cars, as staff members will load items into the vehicle directly. The famed store already has launched its Click and Collect service, where shoppers can reserve in-store products online ahead of time, and also is spearheading a home-delivery service coordinated by text messaging. Look to pull into the drive-thru as early as January. [Evening Standard]
In the trademark dispute of Guess vs. Gucci, the Italian fashion house falls short. The luxury label accused Guess of duplicating the Gucci logo on a line of shoes and was victorious in New York courts, but a Milan court ruled in favor of Guess. "The Italian court in Milan ruled against each and every single claim that Gucci filed against Guess four years ago," said Paul Marciano, CEO of Guess. "The tactics of Gucci are nothing less than bullying. Because of their endless resources, Gucci has been forum shopping all over the world to try and stop Guess from expanding its successful accessories business. It's fundamentally wrong and unconscionable. There are global trends that Gucci itself follows as anyone does in fashion; they are no different from Guess in that regard." In response, a Gucci spokesperson said that they "strongly disagree" with the decision and plan to appeal. [Vogue UK]
A big sale may be on the horizon at Neiman Marcus – and not the kind that yields a Marc Jacobs bag at 40 percent off. Private-equity firms TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus LLC are said to be eyeing a public offering of the luxury Dallas-based retailer, as they have interviewed banks and prepare to begin the process. Initially purchased in 2005 for $5.1 billion, the owners may seek $8 billion for roughly 40 Neiman Marcus locations as well as two Bergdorf Goodman storefronts in New York. [Dallas Morning News]
Brooklyn-based stylist and boutique owner Khalilah Williams-Webb opened up about dressing Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, down to his carefully selected socks and underwear. She first encountered the NBA player when he was playing for the Denver Nuggets in 2008 and has since helped him transform into a fashionable basketball star who sits in the front row at runway shows and comfortably attends postgame news conferences in a blazer and fedora. “The goal was to make him look more like a gentleman, to make him be more relatable, in a sense,” said Williams-Webb. “He was known for being kind of on the wild side, especially when it came to dressing for games, so we wanted to tone it down and take it to a level as far as style is concerned. And I feel like we’ve accomplished it tenfold.” [NYT]