FICTION OR FOR REAL: CHRISTOPHER KANE TO HELM BALENCIAGA

Here we go again. Rumours have rapidly been swirling that Christopher Kane will takeover the helm as Creative Director at Balenciaga, but French Grazia recently claimed that Balenciaga denied the rumoured nomination (Stylebistro needs a new translator as they garnered Kane’s appointment was confirmed by French media). Sigh.

2012 has been THE year of fashion musical chairs, and I’m tired. Sure, it’s something to write about and fashion isn’t anything nowadays without hype and buzz, but I’ll wait for PPR to make the call. John, Marc, Raf, Hedi, Stefano, and now Chris… I need a drink.

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__LEBIGT ON INSTAGRAM, FINALLY

This is hardly news, but I’ve joined the Instagram movement due to my recent acquisition of an iPhone 4S (took me long enough – sigh); Blackberry, it’s been real. So, follow me: __lebigt (2 underscores) (http://instagram.com/__lebigt) and get a more candid view of  what’s on my mind/what I do, day to day. x

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LOUIS VUITTON & YAYOI KUSAMA COLLABORATION

Personalized Polka-dotted Louis Vuitton Ellipse bag by Yayoi Kusama

We sensed that Yayoi Kusama’s endless dots would echo a while in Marc Jacobs’ mind“, stated the narrator as Marc Jacobs and famed-Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama part ways (watch the video below + start at 2:48) in the 2007 critically acclaimed documentary “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton“. 5 years of endless echoing has finally brought upon us, as confirmed by fashion journalist Jim Shi on Twitter, a wonderful collaboration between Louis Vuitton and the self-proclaimed “obsessive artist” Yayoi Kusama, set to release in July 2012. With the extreme success of past collaborations with renowned artists, including Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse, there’s no doubt that this polka dot slathered collection will dazzle the eyes of LV fanatics across the globe. The bags will surely be the bread winner of this full collection, which will also include Ready-To-Wear, shoes, accessories, watches, and jewellery. The July 2012 release is quite timely, as it lands roughly in the middle of LV’s highly-anticipated Marc Jacobs exhibition, which will run from March 9 until September 16 at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Screen grab from the 2007 documentary "Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton".

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DOUTZEN KROES SAYS SHIT HAPPENS

She said it, not me. In Doutzen’s defense, she’s not the only one using expletives (for a cause).

Kicking off with a big bang, Victoria’s Secret Angel and supermodel Doutzen Kroes, is the first of many big names to lend their face to the “Shit Happens” campaign for Hirschsprung’s Community; a community where people/families can connect, dialogue, and share their stories/journeys with others who understand, and educate those who may not be aware of what Hirschsprung’s disease (HD) is. People from all over the globe, from here in North America to down under in New Zealand, are taking note and participating in the community’s efforts to raise awareness about Hirschsprung’s, which affects 1 in 5000 children born with it. According to Liz Crawford, founder of Hirschsprung’s Community and mother of her 3 year-old son Malachi, who was born with HD (visit Roo’s Journey), her inbox is flooded on the  daily with requests for t-shirts and how to get involved in the campaign, like Ms. Kroes. If you, or someone you know, would like to follow in Doutzen’s (and other major names who will be revealed in the upcoming weeks) footsteps and take part in this global HD campaign, send an email to Cassie. Stay tuned for the next big name donning the Shit Happens tee for the campaign – she’s a model, too!

Like Hirschsprung’s Community on Facebook and follow on Twitter (@shithapps).

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BREAKING: RAF SIMONS TO CHRISTIAN DIOR

According to Bryanboy, who’s always on the pulse in fashion.

This is probably the best Xmas gift, ever. After a whirlwind of  uncertainty and speculation, the verdict is in; Raf Simons, of Jil Sander and his own eponymous lines of menswear, has been named (rumour until Dior confirms) as Galliano’s successor at Christian Dior. Raf is one of my favourite designers in the game, and his work has been nothing but exciting, focused, cutting-edge, all while maintaining couture sensibilities, which is why this new appointment is so enthralling. More to come once the holy grail of confirmation confirms, in this case from Dior.

WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK? Surprised? Shocked? Disappointed? Ecstatic? Let me know, below!

VOGUE & WGSN LAUNCH VOGUE ARCHIVE – HALLELUJAH, BUT IT’LL COST YA

My prayers have been answered. Today, Vogue and WGSN have launched the VOGUE ARCHIVE – an online reference tool giving you every page/cover/issue of the legendary magazine since it’s inception in 1892. There are far too many editorials and stories throughout Vogue’s history that I still search for online, as I don’t have them in print or would like them in a higher res, never having any luck. Now, after a few clicks, we’ll all have access to every jumping-model-David-Sims story, tumbl/tweet/share it with our friends, create high-quality, colourful  inspiration boards to slather every inch of our bedroom walls (you KNOW I will), and plenty more. Just when I thought there was no more time in the day to spend online, this happens. However, good things come at a price – as my excitement bubbles it quickly fizzles after beginning registration, and seeing the individual subscription cost: $1,575 – gasp. Maybe, I’ll hold off for now… sigh. Click below to play the intro video:

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MARNI FOR H&M AVAILABLE SPRING 2012!

Talk about fast fashion. After only just a week after the world went bananas and cleared the racks of the Versace collaboration with H&M, the Swedish retailer has announced that the house of Marni, headed by its founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni (forever chic), will be the next fashion house to design a collection for the masses.  Known for their bold and inventive prints/textures, the collection for both men (YES) and women will be available March 8th, 2012 in over 260 stores worldwide and online (try not to crash the site this time around, people).

For more information, please visit hm.com

Photographer: Magnus Magnusson – Source: H&M


KYLE ANDERSON REPLACES TAYLOR TOMASI HILL AT MARIE CLAIRE

Another juicy bit of news, courtesy of my on-the-beat Twitter fashionistas I follow, is quickly making its rounds. Last week, it was announced and confirmed that Taylor Tomasi Hill, former Style & Accessories Director of American Marie Claire, stepped down from her post to join online retailer Moda Operandi as their Artistic Director.

Replacing the fiery ginger is ELLE magazine’s former Senior Accessories Editor, Kyle Anderson (or as we know him best as @kyleeditor), which was announced earlier today and spread like wildfire.

We’re in a time when everyone on the masthead of a magazine has, or is being forced to acquire, a Twitter account, Tumblr blog, etc. as a way of being extensions of the brand and humanizing the relationship between readers/fans and the publications themselves. Kyle, who probably has the most active Twitter account in fashion and who’s sea of followers is growing by the minute, is a prime example. Marie Claire now has the privilege to take advantage of Kyle’s new found cyber-fame; use it wisely.

So, that would now leave a spot open for the taking over at ELLE. I’m sure we’ll hear within the next few days which eager assistant/junior editor, etc. will fill his shoes. Visit my Twitter page, and stay tuned.

Congratualations, Kyle! All the best, and #werk it out. –@lebigt

ALTUZARRA TAKES HOME $300,000 AS WINNER OF CFDA/VOGUE FASHION FUND 2011

Don’t you love the immediacy of Twitter? Courtesy of the always-present Derek Blasberg, at exactly 10:37pm CST, we followers of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition found out, via twitter broadcast, that Joseph Altuzarra claimed the top prize tonight at the Skylight Soho in NYC. November cover-girl, Rooney Mara, and the Calvin Klein presented Altuzarra with his very well-deserved award. After all, have you seen his SS12 collection? As the winner, Altuzarra receives $300K (which seems like a LOT, but will burn faster than he grabbed the cheque, as his rapidly-growing business expands), a mentor for a year (I wonder who will be appointed the pleasure…), and a fancy swan-shaped trophy for his mantle.

Pamela Love and the duo behind Creatures of the Wind were the two runners-up, receiving “only” $100K, and the same year-long mentorship + trophy as golden boy Joseph. The other 7 finalists didn’t walk away empty-handed, though. The global exposure brought to their brands/labels due to the competition is a huge prize in itself, and I think they’d all agree. You can watch this year’s competition, leading up to tonight’s award ceremony, unfold in The Fashion Fund 2011 episodes on vogue dot com.

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