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Posted Sep 30 2009 in Uncategorized

Couture Candy – The Trend: Zip, Zip, Zippers!

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Waysted Drainpipe

Price: $209.00

Kelly Zip in Everclear 

Price: $187.00

Fox Peg Leg with Zipper in Char

Price: $178.00

Funnel Zip Jean in Dark Soul 

Price: $154.00

Fox Peg Leg with 16″ Exposed Zipper 

Price: $178.00

Kasandra in Tragedy

Price: $198.00

Cherokee I28 in Revolution

Price: $198.00

Provacateur in Shae 

Price: $178.00

Ava Skinny in Iso Worn

Price: $198.00

Honey in Phoebe

Price: $178.00

Jane Boyfriend is Iso Busted 

Price: $218.00

Josefina in Reconstruction 

Price: $275.00

Joey Boyfriend in Czar

Price: $198.00

Slouchy Cigarette 

Price: $198.00

Jordan in Rough and Rowdy 

Price: $341.00

Minx Straight Leg in Twilite

Price: $158.00

Billy in Rambler Dark

Price: $253.00

Rose in Jet

Price: $198.00

Tomahawk I28

Price: $198.00

Provacateur Skinny in Tessa

Price: $165.00

Rocker Squiggle in Tar 

Price: $198.00

Muse in Tate 

Price: $165.00

Sweatheart Straight Leg

Price: $159.00

Signature Bootcut in Cedar

Price: $176.00

Soozy 8AA

Price: $190.00
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Posted Sep 30 2009 in Trend Alert

Rumer Willis Rules in Rock & Republic

Photo: Getty Images. Source: LSPR.

Monday, September 28, 2009 - Rumer Willis attended a dinner hosted by Foxtel CEO Kim Williams in Sydney, Australia today wearing a leather jacket by Rock & Republic. The budding fashionista toughened up her white silk dress with Rock & Republic's "Keagan" leather jacket with scrunched sleeves in black ($660) and statement-making studded heels. Photo: Getty Images. Source: LSPR.

Try to say this fast three times: Rumer Willis Rules in Rock & Republic, because she does.  My is she growing up to be quite the starlet and beauty!  Her ensemble is part Marilyn Monroe, part James Dean, but with a splash of Joan Jett.  And, with hair that says Hollywood royalty style mixed with rocker-model chic, Rumer is doing Rock & Republic proud.


Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Sep 28 2009 in Uncategorized

Madewell Denim After Dark: Thursday, October 1st, 7-9pm

–Nikki Cho Russo


Posted Sep 28 2009 in Uncategorized

Katie Cassidy Wears Rock & Republic Heels for 7th Annual Teen Vogue Party

Source: LSPR

Melrose Place star Katie Cassidy made an appearance at the star-studded Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party on Friday evening wearing shoes by Rock & Republic.  The fashionable blonde starlet completed her red carpet look with Rock & Republic??™s ???Celina??? leather platform pump with spike detailing dangling from the side ($275).  

Buy the “Celina” pump



–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Sep 28 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Obituary: Don Fisher, Gap Co-founder, 82, I Wanna Hold Your Handbag: Comme des Garcons’ Latest Deal, H&M Taps Rykiel As Its Next Guest Designer, Hedi Slimane to Shoot Robert Pattinson

Obituary: Don Fisher, Gap Co-founder, 82




Doris and Donald Fisher in 1969. (Photo by Courtesy Photos)

Fisher stepped down as chairman of the company in 2003, to be succeeded by his son Bob, but continued as chairman emeritus and a director until his death.

Fisher??™s demise comes just more than a month after the 40th anniversary of when he and his wife founded the company, named for the ???generation gap??? between Baby Boomers and their parents. Then 41 ??” and with no retailing experience ??” he abandoned a well-established career in real estate development to become the clothier to his sons??™ generation just weeks after Woodstock and a month after man landed on the moon. The company recently introduced 1969 brand jeans to great fanfare in commemoration of the anniversary.

The entire enterprise grew out of a frustrating shopping experience. The Fishers made their midlife career move after they had difficulty exchanging an ill-fitting pair of jeans and failed to find an adequate denim size assortment at local department stores. They raised $63,000 to launch the first store in their hometown in 1969, and sales reached $2 million the following year, when a second unit opened in nearby San Jose, Calif. 

Initially, Gap bore a strong resemblance to any of the jeans and head shops that proliferated at the time. Although it would later pioneer and prosper from a vertically integrated approach in which it designed, sourced and sold only its own brands, the first Gap stores carried jeans and sportswear from its corporate neighbor in San Francisco, Levi Strauss & Co., as well as music and accessories. But even those early stores were different, offering a wider array of Levi??™s styles and sizes than many of its peers, and selling them from small stores with merchandise stacked floor to ceiling, like books. Clerks had to reach the higher shelves using ladders like in libraries.

From the start, and, observers have pointed out, in no small part because of Fisher??™s real estate background, Gap pursued expansion vigorously and didn??™t hesitate to turn to the public markets for growth capital, listing on the New York and Pacific Stock Exchanges with an offering of 1.2 million shares in 1976. The pursuit of expansion would become a stumbling block for the company over the course of the last decade, cutting into profits and causing the firm to put the brakes on what had been close to uninterrupted growth during its first 30 years.

What would prove to be Fisher??™s smartest move was to tap Millard ???Mickey??? Drexler as president and chief operating officer of the Gap division in 1983 from Ann Taylor. Over the next decade, the duo would revolutionize not only the way America and the world shopped, but also the way it dressed ??” turning basics into fashion, from white shirts to khakis ??” and along the way acquiring the fashion-at-a-price chain Banana Republic, then launching the lower-cost Old Navy and GapKids.

Drexler succeeded Fisher as president and ceo of the company in 1995, but left seven years later as its financial performance and brand appeal faltered. While the board said Drexler stepped down, he has repeatedly said he was fired.

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I Wanna Hold Your Handbag: Comme des Garcons’ Latest Deal

by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 09/28/2009


The enigmatic Rei Kawakubo has come together with plenty of unusual partners, but her latest collaboration just might beat all. It??™s with The Beatles. Comme des Garcons and Apple Corps Ltd. ??“ the London-based company that manages the legacy and musical catalog of the British band – are teaming up to launch a new collection of bags under The Beatles/Comme des Garcons label, with the first styles slated to debut mid-November at Dover Street Market, Kawakubo??™s multi-brand emporium in London, and Gyre in Tokyo, with additional distribution to follow. While details were scarce at press time, the deal with Apple Corps is a long-term one, and could see Kawakubo also design other items such as T-shirts.


H&M Taps Rykiel As Its Next Guest Designer



PARIS–French designer Sonia Rykiel will be H&M’s next guest designer for holiday retailing.

For the first time, H&M has extended its designer collaborations to lingerie, with exclusive pieces designed by Rykiel to be launched for winter 2009 on Dec. 5 in 1,500 stores worldwide. At the same time, Sonia Rykiel will make this lingerie collection available in her boutiques around the world.

For spring 2010, Rykiel will design an iconic knitwear collection for women and girls, accompanied by accessories. This second collection will be launched in around 250 H&M stores on Feb. 20, 2010.

For complete coverage see Tuesday’s WWD.


Memo Pad: Hedi Slimane to Shoot Robert Pattinson…

by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 09/28/2009

ANOTHER HEDI SHOOT: ???Twilight??? star Robert Pattinson graces the cover of the fall issue of Another Man, the men??™s spin-off from Another Magazine. Appropriately enough, the title??™s editor-in-chief, Jefferson Hack, tapped Hedi Slimane ??” who??™s known for his moody, shadowy images of youthful subjects ??” to shoot Pattinson. Along with Pattinson??™s interview with journalist Dave Calhoun, the issue also profiles Dennis Hopper and his photographic work and David de Rothschild, who??™s sailing across the Pacific in a boat made from plastic bottles, to highlight an area of pollution in the ocean.

To coincide with the release of Another Man, which hits newsstands Thursday, the magazine will today launch an online store, which will carry three limited edition art works created for the magazine by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tom Friedman, and Vera Lehndorff (also known as the Sixties model Veruschka) and Holger Trulzsch, who have all worked with the title in the past. The Chapman brothers, for example, have created a hand-colored etching of their dark vision of a teddy bears??™ picnic, which comes in an edition of 120 and will sell for up to 1,925 pounds, or around $3,070. The Web site will also sell ???Another Fashion Book,??? which is made up of fashion editorials from the magazine, and ???Another Portrait Book,??? which will be published in November. Other products include a candle in collaboration with Colette, a fragrance with Le Labo and a bag designed by Peter Pilotto for Mismo, will be sold via the online store, as well as at retailers including Liberty in London, Colette in Paris, Opening Ceremony in New York and Los Angeles and Joyce in Hong Kong in mid-October. ??” Nina Jones

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–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Sep 28 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Insider: RECESSION DENIM Is The One To Watch




















In times like these, another denim brand competing within the over-populated jeans market doesn’t seem to make sense.  However, Recession Denim seems to be defying the odds and “doing well” around the country.  With a soft launch just in April of this year, Recession Denim is expected to kick it up in high gear this week at Bloomingdales and over 60 top boutiques nationwide. 


Perhaps it’s the name of the denim label that makes the consumer think it is friendly to the wallet — they retail between $85 to $120 — and made for tough times. 

After perusing its various fall-friendly and au courant styles: motorcycle, tuxedo, skinny, legging, and its Gypsy line, you get the idea that Recession Denim is bringing high style to the masses at a great value without compromising quality and design.  I think they are succeeding.



Kathy Ng Hassan

Posted Sep 27 2009 in Denim News » Reviews: Brand

Madewell 1937’s Fall Denim Tour With Lucky Magazine


Are you ready to get styling?  Check out Madewell 1937’s Fall Denim Tour with Lucky Magazine, coming to the Century City location on Monday, October 19 (6 to 9 PM), where you can shop, hang out and get a “one-on-one denim styling” by a Lucky Magazine Editor.  It’s your chance to shop Madewell merchandise at a discount and leave with “free tour swag” and more.

Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Sep 25 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Deals L.A.: 7 for All Mankind Is Hot, Hot, Hot!



Looking to snag some 7 for All Mankind  jeans for $80? How about $65?  Or even $50?  Better RSVP tonight to get your hands on hundreds of Seven jeans for men or women at these incredible prices.  I know.  I was there today at VIP day, and it doesn’t get better than this.  Hey, I even saw a very tall blonde E! producer shooting a story for “That Morning Show” and then grabbing about 15 pairs of jeans for herself.  It was kind of an eye popping time  for me, too.


Merlyn working her sales magic at the Seven shoes counters.

Seconds and irregulars in a box.

Seconds and irregulars in a box.







Get there early for your Gingers, Dojos and even recent spring 2009 “777”  first qualities.  Bootcuts, cropped, bermudas, shorts, skirts, with or without bling, skinny, whatever – they’ve got ’em all.  Also look for tees, tanks ($20), polos, blouses, sweaters, hoodies ($40), handbags and shoes (about $65)!  Managed and hosted by The Warehouse Sale, everything was very tidy, which made for a pleasant shopping experience.  The thumping club music didn’t hurt either.

Warning: there’s a communal changing room for each gender, and Convention Center parking is $12.  Sale opens to the public on Friday, 9/25 to Sunday, 9/27, 2009.  For the John Varvatos sale, please RSVP separately.


Kathy Ng Hassan


Posted Sep 24 2009 in Uncategorized

WWD News: Men’s Spring 2010 Trends

Men’s Spring 2010 Trends

by WWD Staff

From WWD ISSUE 09/24/2009


New York designers put their own spin on the trends that roared out of Europe this summer. See all the trends:


Patrik Ervell RTW Spring 2010


Gilded Age RTW Spring 2010


Lacoste RTW Spring 2010


Michael Bastian RTW Spring 2010


Monarchy RTW Spring 2010


Nicholas K RTW Spring 2010


Rag & Bone RTW Spring 2010


Spur RTW Spring 2010




































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-Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Sep 24 2009 in Uncategorized
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