It’s here, leaf season. The season we here in the southern Appalachians love and love to hate. Love, because the mountains are at their most spectacular. Hate, because everyone who can drives up to look at them. Of course, you can’t blame them. It is a special time of year.
And for those of you not caught up in gridlock on the Blue Ridge Parkway, here’s the news.
* The University of Glasgow recently received a grant to spend on adding to their Scottish textile archive.
* The next clothing sale at Augusta Actions takes place on November 12, and features six rare pieces from the Beatles’ Apple Boutique. Click on one of the pieces to see more photos, and take mental notes on the label. You’ll want to recognize it if you are ever lucky enough to stumble onto a piece.
* John Galliano has been named creative director of Maison Martin Margiela. Publicity stunt or genius move?
* The word “heritage” gets thrown around a lot by clothing companies, but there are quite a few companies with interesting histories that need to be celebrated. That takes us to Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week where sixteen Madison Avenue luxury stores will decorate their windows with a nod to the company history. The windows will be on view from October 20th through the 26th, and there is a phone app to help with interpretation (available October 16th). I hope to see pictures.
* Michelle Obama finally wore an Oscar de la Renta dress and so everyone had to analyze it.
* Mrs. Obama also held an event at the White House called the Fashion Education Workshop in which fashion students and major players from the world of fashion spent the day together talking the fashion business. It ended with a talk by Obama and a panel discussion with several of the First Lady’s favorite designers and Jenna Lyons which you can view on Youtube. It’s really interesting to hear what these people have to say to fashion students, thought I’m a bit tired of Diane von Furstenberg’s empowerment message. And don’t read the comments.
* The Guardian had an interesting article about used clothing donations and how charities have to compete with for-profit clothing recycling businesses. I find it hard to believe that any charity like Goodwill is suffering for lack of donations, as I see how much goes through the outlet center without ever being sorted.
* Fashion journalist Teri Agins has a new book out, Hijacking the Runway, which is about how celebrities are becoming more and more part of the stories surrounding fashion. As an example, at the recent Paris fashion shows there was more attention focused on Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and daughter North West than on the shows they attended.
* In a recent password change, I somehow “lost” access to my Vintage Traveler Pinterest pages. I decided it was no great loss and have set up new boards under my old Fuzzylizzie account. It will be strictly photos of my vintage collection and is a work in progress.