The Opening Ceremony of Paris, Colette, is closing its doors in light of a renovation. All merchandise will be available on the store's website during the time the shop is closed (a true testament to those Colette dedicated but e-commerce shy customers). The renovations are said to take up the Summer and our guess is they'll open up again when the big Fall deliveries start rolling in (August 30th).
The BA (Hons) Fashion Students at Central Saint Martins showed their collections last night in London. Among them was Alithia Spuri-Zampetti's graphic illustrations atop body skimming garments which won the designer the L'Oreal Professional Award and a nice head-start after college. Among the 40 students who showed their final collections, we're sure many of them will be recruited by design houses with or without the award.
Proenza Schouler is poised to design shoes for Giuseppe Zanotti starting this Resort season and carrying on to Spring 09. The range will be carried in Proenza Schouler in New York, Paris, and MIlan, among other places--surely buyers won't shy away from this pairing of design talent.
There's more drama from the NexCen/Bill Blass story. NexCen insists that its business model is sound (they've acquired, among others, pretzel and cookie companies along with Bill Blass) in focusing on companies with strong licensing revenues. Shareholders, promised millions in profits, are losing a lot of money and between the 30 million dollar invoice from Great American Cookies (which must be paid by October 17th), there are thoughts that the NexCen Brands Inc. might fold all together.