Brooks Brothers' signature Black Fleece label, headed by Thom Browne, will open a store in the West Village this Fall. Despite reports that the women's line didn't fare well in the last year, the men's collection seems to be doing just fine. The interior of the new store, the first of its kind, will be paired down and decorated with grey flannel upholstered furniture and antique ornament. Seems to us like those RL fans will have another West Village outpost with which to indulge in high end chinos and collared shirts.
Olivier Theyskens, apparently, photographs his own look book. The designer photographed the look book for his most recent Nina Ricci Resort collection and has been said to capture more than just that one collection. We like hearing stories about designers who take matters into their own hands. Formulaic look book or not.
So the verdict is out on the Chanel show, with titles like 'Totally Tubular' poking a little fun at the theme of the collection. Some were frustrated with scale of the space, rightly pointing out that the details that set couture apart from ready to wear, are lost in such a vast setting. The overall concession about the clothing, is that it was grown up and more so than last time around. Suzy Menkes took at stab at the piping theme, "Could this be Karl Lagerfeld's commentary on pipe lines of oil gushing moneyed clients into haute couture?".
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