Fashion News Round-Up: The Last of Moss at TopShop, Gabbana Making Enemies and the Amy Winehouse & Fred Perry Collaboration

In I want... on October 28, 2010 at 6:08 am

It’s here, the final Topshop collection by Kate Moss launches on November 1st with an in-store appearance by Mossie herself at the Oxford Street flagship. I can’t say the autumn 2010 collection is wildly different from any of her other 60s inspired collections with Topshop, but that’s what she does best so I say stick to what you’re good at. There’s a definite influence in Kate’s pieces from the iconic 60s brand BIBA, which re-launched this year after a 25 year closure. One would think the boho look should have long surpassed its sell by date in a world where trends don’t last longer than two seasons, but don’t expect sixties style to fade out from fashion anytime soon. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t want it to anyway.

See more of the collection in this oh-so-sixties preview:


Gabbana Makes a Bad Name for Himself

Fashion feud alert! Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana (duh), has been making a few enemies around town it seems. First, I came across a series of comments on Twitter in which Gabbana responds to his friend’s tweet of admiration for fellow designer Stella McCartney. In the exchanges between Stefano and Fabio Viscovio, the Italian designer claims to have no idea who Stella is,  insinuating she is nothing more than a rock star’s daughter. Read the conversation below [translated from Italian].

@fabioviscovo – I LOVE Stella McCartney!
@stefanogabbana – who ??????
@fabioviscovo – ahahaha! You don’t like Stella McCartney?!
@stefanogabbana – Who ????? The daughter of the singer ?????
@fabioviscovo – Yeeees! Stella McCartney, the designer !!!!!
@fabioviscovo – Stefanoooooooo, please !!!!! You don’t know Stella’s a stylist ?????
@stefanogabbana – What’s she known for?? What’s her specialty??
@stefanogabbana – What sort of style does she do? What’s so special about it??
@fabioviscovo – She makes a lot of minimalist sequined dresses… … .. they’re really feminine. They’re perfect for a nude look!
@fabioviscovo – Come on! You’ve just got to have seen them! And although she’s really famous … she’s still an upcoming designer!
@stefanogabbana – Yeah, she’s upcoming after 15 years doing nothing!! Hahahaha
@stefanogabbana – Aaaaaaa …… I see you appreciate nonentities!! Bravo!

Working in the fashion industry, it’s just impossible to not have heard of Stella McCartney so it’s quite clear Gabbana is looking to stir the pot here. Buzz about the designer’s catty habits doesn’t end there.  Actress and comedian, Jenny McCarthy, appeared on the Chelsea Lately Show recently and told the audience about a truly horrific experience she had in meeting Mr. Gabbana when he forced her to strip down to her underwear after she hosted the MTV awards in Milan.

Skip to the 3 min 20 second mark of the video.

Perhaps he has something against last names beginning with ‘McCar’?



Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry: Will it Work?

We’ve seen the Doc Martens paired with the cuffed jeans make a come-back, now Amy Winehouse is bringing us the rest of the ’50s mod’ look with her first collaboration for the iconic British brand, Fred Perry. The collection is very specific to a particular style preference with the chequered detailing, tight-fitting polo shirts and pencil skirts– it is very 50s.

While consumers may pick and choose certain items from this collaboration, I wouldn’t bet on a massive sell-through for entire outfits– although perhaps Amy Winehouse Halloween costumes will boost sales. Okay, bad joke but my point is, this full-on 50s look feels very ‘dress up’. The same goes for over-doing the sixties trend where fashion victims end up looking like they’ve just walked straight out of Woodstock– again, another Halloween costume. I predict the polo shirts and the little sweaters from the collection will do well nevertheless, despite some rather high price points (£60 for a polo shirt, just £5 less than a Ralph Lauren polos).

Winehouse has also persuaded Fred Perry to introduce a size 6 to the women’s range for the first time in the brand’s history, which has always had size 8 as their smallest size. Amy was asked about the decision at the launch of her collaboration at a secret gig last Thursday in London. The singer told reporters, ‘I’m not really skinny but I’m tiny and I couldn’t get anything because they [Fred Perry] didn’t do a size six.’ It is well ‘documented’ that Amy dropped a significant amount of weight after her health deteriorated from drug abuse. Based on this, I think it was a questionable decision by the folks at Fred Perry to go ahead with the decision on sizing.

To end on a positive note, Amy was looking well at the launch and performed four songs without any of the antics her audience has come to expect of her in recent years. MessyNessy hopes this is a new start for the gifted singer and that more importantly, another great album is on the way.


Amy performing at the secret gig Fred Perry launch, wearing one of her designs for the collaboration



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