Today's Fashion Headlines: August 9, 2011

Lagerfeld falls flat, more apparel to be made in the US, Vanity Fair caught in a lawsuit of slander and Tom Stubbs joins Macy's

Small Fanfare for Lagerfeld Capsule Debut
Could he have the same luck this Friday in Chicago? The hype surrounding Karl Lagerfeld’s new capsule collection for Macy’s fell a bit flat in the Midwest on Friday after the line made its runway debut at Glamorama in Minneapolis. It seems that attendees were a bit more impressed with the other collections from Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel and Jean Paul Gaultier, though the anticipation for Lagerfeld collection has been building for months .
New York & Los Angeles’s Production Push
There is now an official push to get more clothing products made in America again. In California, fashion companies from Fidelity Denim to Karen Kane have been shifting their production from Asia to Los Angeles to address these issues. American-based apparel manufacturers are hiring more workers and in New York, efforts such as the Save the Garment District campaign and other initiatives aimed at encouraging new talent to start manufacturing in New York are building momentum.
In the next month, organizers of Save the Garment District will relaunch its Web site with the aim of attracting more supporters to the campaign. On another front, the Design Trust for Public Space has just wrapped up phase two of its Made in Midtown survey and is now intent on reigniting manufacturing within the district and the city.
Marianne Nestor-Cassini Takes on Vanity Fair
Marianne Nestor-Cassini, the widow of Jackie Kennedy pillbox hat designer Oleg Cassini, is suing Vanity Fair and Condé Nast for $10 million. According to a complaint filed last Wednesday, Nestor-Cassini has accused Vanity Fair correspondent Maureen Orth of “unprofessional, salacious, inaccurate, false, prurient and libelous reporting.” The complaint suggests that Orth’s calls to Nestor-Cassini’s friends and acquaintances “allegedly to check facts of statements that are outrageous, patently false, contain misleading salacious, and prurient representations and descriptions and other disparaging and scandalous material” slandered her, as did the fact-checking process. Yet at the same time the magazine failed to “properly source and fact check the material in accordance with even the most minimal journalistic standards,” the complaint says.
Macy’s Snags Tom Stubbs
Macy’s has turned to British fashion journalist Tom Stubbs to serve as the “brand ambassador and style director” for its INC men’s label for Fall. Stubbs has already helped create the the creative direction of its Fall advertising campaign. Macy’s said that will use Stubbs and his editorial voice across all platforms, both in stores as well as on the Internet, where Macy’s has created a new microsite to appeal to “customers looking for fashion advice in the digital space,” said Nancy Slavin, senior vice president of marketing for the Macy’s Merchandising Group.
Source & Photo: WWD

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