A Juicy Addition To The Village
Via ShopTalk we learn fresh details of Forty Five Ten owner Brian Bolke’s new door, Number One/Les Jus, set to open in Highland Park Village this month. Located around the corner from Bolke’s Five & Ten gift shop, this double threat designer retail boutique and juice bar will take over the former Centennial Liquor storefront facing Preston Road. Ironic switch? Yes. But the concept is rather innovative, as offerings will reflect a healthy lifestyle synergy across the board. Zoom over to ShopTalk for more details.
Horyn Vs. Hedi: She Said, He Said
From a feel-good vibe to a conflict, we move on to the clash between New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn and new Saint Laurent Paris creative director Hedi Slimane. Following offense taken from a review penned by the writer years ago (not of his own work), Slimane barred Horyn from his first Paris show for the famed French design house earlier this week. Verbal ping pong ensued. In a lackluster review of the show based on images, Horyn recommended to the designer, “Don’t tell other peoples’ stories, tell your own.” In rebuttal, Slimane took to Twitter, calling her a “schoolyard bully,” among other things.
On the heels of Horyn’s clash with Oscar de la Renta, and an unfavorable lyrical mention by Lady Gaga, the NYT is standing by the critic. Check out this post in the Public Editor’s Journal for more on the sitch.
Another JCP Head-Scratcher?
Finally, from Vogue UK we learn that British designer Lulu Guinness (above left) has partnered with North Texas-based JC Penney on a diffusion line to launch next spring. To be housed in dedicated boutique-in-store sections, the Lulu by Lulu Guinness collection will comprise handbags, accessories, and gift items. For our part, we recognize the retailer’s continuing efforts, despite a very rocky past few months (which we won’t get into again today, because these are news briefs), but we’re hoping this promo shot isn’t indicative of the goods’ primary design. In our estimation, Louis Vuitton totally locked up the designer dotted handbag concept with this year’s Yayoi Kusama collab (above right).
(Image credits, from top: 1. My-Fashion-School.blogspot.com, 2. Fashionologie.com and Refinery29.com, 3. Vogue.co.UK and LouisVuitton.com)