by Danielle Zabrauskas, Fashion News Correspondent
With Oz the Great and Powerful set to hit theatres March 8, many brands are finding creative ways to celebrate the prequel to the famous The Wizard of Oz. Selfridges, a London department store, is hosting a themed shopping event, including a yellow brick road that will show off looks from designers inspired by the film. Many are anticipating the release of Nicholas Kirkwood’s inspired footwear. In line with the elements of fantasy and color in the film, the designer stated, “I had to create a shoe that would work well for each character, the good fairy and two wicked witches. It was great fun.” The assortment will be available for purchase March through April.
There is currently a move to increase the popularity of wool goods in the U.S. Though seen as a luxury material in Europe and China, many Americans find the fabric uncomfortable. Given the challenges this presents to the market of wool, the subject was the focus at the recent International Woolmark Prize competition in London. This year, Christian Wijnants was announced as the winner of the prize, which included $105,000 and the opportunity to have his line carried by both Bergdorf Goodman and Harvey Nichols. Many hope that as the prize continues to grow in renown, American markets will take a more fond opinion towards the textile.
Closing New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2013 shows this year was Marc Jacobs, who, despite delivery delays earlier in the week that forced him to push back the show date, stunned attendees with his collection. Illuminating the show space with yellow lighting surprised guests as they entered. Celebrities such as Sofia Coppola and Terry Richardson were in attendance. Another star, Miley Cyrus, arrived after the 8:00 PM start time and was only able to watch the show in standing room.
On February 10, a lead arose in the search for missing designer Vittorio Missoni. A statement given to the press announced that some of Missoni’s luggage was found on the island of Bonaire. With the find, the Missoni family stated, “the case is not closed,” and has asked for respect in regards to the ongoing situation. Missoni disappeared along with his wife and four others when radio contact was lost with their small airplane on January 4.