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Fashion in 60 Seconds News 2008-04-14 06:18:00

Fashion In 50 Seconds 04/14

London-based designer Luella Bartley delivers a new collection of feminine hair accessories for spring. Headbands and hair clips come in an assortment of colors accented with sweet ribbons and bows. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Bartley is known for mixing themes with distinctive flair: Punk motorcycle jackets with gingham skirts and little black dresses with pearls for polka dots.

Prada’s plan to make the company public by June is in question. Due to a sluggish economy, CEO Patrizio Bertelli has considered delaying it until the start of next year. The Milan-based fashion house officially claims that the company has seen a consistent increase in profits and that the delay is not the result of economic problems.

Laura Bush had commissioned the biggest names in American fashion to submit sketches of the perfect gown for her daughter Jenna Bush’s walk down the aisle in May. Vera Wang, J. Mendel, Carlos Miele, and Badgley Mischka were among several designers requested by the First Lady. Beating the competition, it is confirmed today that Oscar De La Renta will be designing the dress for the bride-to-be.

A word from the wise at the Savannah College Of Art And Design’s Etoile Awards, Italian-born French designer Pierre Cardin discusses his unrelenting fervor for life: “I’m an old man, but I don’t feel like an old man. I want to do something new. I want to continue. I want to improve myself.” Cardin is known for his avant-garde style and his space age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He later advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical.

Japanese label Uniqlo selects American actress Chloe Sevigny to star in an advertising campaign for their summer UT Project collection. Launched last spring in Harajuku, Tokyo, Uniqlo’s UT Project is a limited-edition offering of t-shirts designed by renowned artists, photographers, musicians and designers including Peter Saville, Terry Richardson, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Gareth Pugh. From these artists, there are approximately 1,000 unique t-shirt styles being delivered each year as part of the UT Project.

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