Wale Launches Accessories Line, Marc Jacobs in Running for Coach Job?, and Emma Hill Exits Mulberry

Wale in Boston
Wale is the latest musician to throw his name behind a clothing line, with his new range of beanies, named ‘Wrkng Title.’ According to the press release, Wale, ever the charitable fashionisto, noticed “a void in the marketplace for accessories which incorporated both street and designer fashion influences,” and decided to fill it with hats. Wale consulted designers from Donna Karan and BBC to help execute his vision, and the result is “five styles of knit beanie hats in a wide variety of colorways that reference trends in runway fashion, street footwear as well as professional sports teams. “

While I’m not so sure about this “void in the marketplace” for accessories, I’m happy for Wale’s now more-diverse portfolio. (Fashion Bomb Inbox)

Marc Jacobs‘s contract with LVMH is due for a renewal, and of course, with such news comes rumors that he might leave his post as creative director for Louis Vuitton. Jacobs is allegedly on the wish list to take over for Reed Krakoff at Coach, and there are also whispers of a public offering for the designer’s namesake brand. Of course, most of this is speculation, and Jacobs might just re-sign with LVMH before his contract is up, but it’s fun to dream of the possibilities, no? (WWD)


Oscar de la Renta is still coming out of his mouth about First Lady Michelle Obama, but this time, the designer was a little more diplomatic in the words he chose to express his opinion on the FLOTUS. Fern Mallis sat down with de la Renta for a chat at the 92nd street Y, in which she brought up the subject of his past criticism of Ms. Obama. De la Renta seemed to be a little more complimentary, but not without casting a bit of shade. “Michelle Obama makes a terrific First Lady. Would I like to dress her? I would like to dress every woman,” he said. “This is the only country where the first lady does play a very important public role. I see that fact as lost opportunities. [ed. note: for him or for her?] For a first lady, it is a learning process. I was upset [that] when the Chinese prime minister came for an official visit, she [Michelle Obama] wore a dress from a foreign designer [Alexander McQueen]. What a lost opportunity to promote an American industry. I am sure she didn’t do it on purpose. She was just not well-advised. She is a good-looking lady who could do tremendous help to make this very big industry grow more.” I doubt continuing to talk about it will do much to get MObama in one of his dresses, but who knows? The FLOTUS might surprise us in the next three years. (WWD)


• Good news for those of us who can’t get enough of Roberto Cavalli‘s unintentionally hilarious musings: the designer plans to release a memoir this October! Cavalli gave Vogue UK the details on his upcoming tome, saying, “In a few months, you will know everything.” Ooh. Cavalli’s 300-page opus “doesn’t really talk about fashion,” but rather his life, which, I imagine has a lot to do with fashion anyway (?). The book is set to be published in Italian and German, with Cavalli shopping around for British publishers to produce the book in the UK. (Vogue UK)


Emma Hill is leaving her post as creative director of Mulberry. After spending six years at the label, the designer is departing, citing disagreements with management over the operational and creative direction of the brand as the reason for her exit. Mulberry said in a statement: “The main SS14 collection has been completed, and Emma continues to work in the business finalizing the London Fashion Week collection which will be launched on 15 September 2013. The timing of her departure is currently under discussion and has yet to be finalized.” Some are speculating that Hill’s departure could put her in the running to take over Reed Krakoff‘s executive creative director position at Coach, but of course, only time will tell. (WWD)


• There are a several things Karl Lagerfeld is not here for, and one includes Audrey Tautou‘s portrayal of Coco Chanel in the 2009 biopic. The designer reads the poor girl for her acting skills, flat-out saying: “Oh, the movie was bad. She played it like women’s lib, like Simone de Beauvoir 30 years before The Second Sex. No, no, no, no. Chanel was a different kind of woman.”  (Telegraph)

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