Italian label Hogan has enlisted Karl Lagerfeld to create a capsule footwear collection as part of a plan to expand the brand and increase its visibility. Diego Della Valle, the founder president and chief executive of Tod's which owns Hogan, hinted last month that a "marquee name" would be coming to the label before unveiling Lagerfeld yesterday.
"Karl is a genius of style and an artist who interprets fashion in a modern way," Della Valle, a longtime friend of Lagerfeld, told WWD. "For Hogan, he will reinterpret all the iconic elements in both apparel and accessories, which will help raise Hogan's visibility in Asia and especially in China."
Lagerfeld's arrival in accessories comes as Thakoon Panichgul, who until last season helmed the ready-to-wear offering, handed over to a long-standing design team. The collaboration will bear just one footwear collection, which will be unveiled for spring/summer 2010 and will arrive in stores in November.
Talk about unleashing your Wylde side. Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley leaves little to the imagination in the latest ad campaign for Thomas Wylde, photographed by fashion-forward lensman Rankin. In fact, she leaves so little to the imagination that it makes her Victoria's Secret shots look like a Girl Scouts catalog. Rocking statement eyebrows and a pompadour that would impress Elvis, the 22-year-old Brit stuns in a series of provocative poses while wearing everything from a leather one-shoulder dress to exaggerated cream harem pants paired with an oversized clutch (as a shirt) to a slouchy graphic tee... to nothing but black panties and a come-hither stare. Vying her topless look for the title of "sexiest shot" is a snap of Huntington-Whiteley stretching seductively over an industrial gurney/table in an ultra-short black leather top, panties and some killer studded heels. If the clothes and accessories give us half the sex appeal they give Rosie, we'll consider it money well spent. Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?