It’s a beautiful and warm day here in the South. It’s enough to make you go outdoors in search of a little athletic activity. The 1920s tennis girl on the left looks to be wearing a divided skirt, perhaps her gym uniform?
And now for the news:
* Women’s Wear Daily is a daily no more. The newspaper announced last week that they were going to a weekly format. Interesting that this came so soon after the death of long-time WWD editor-in-chief and publisher John Fairchild.
* John Fairchild retired to Switzerland in 1997, but he left a lasting legacy on the paper founded by his grandfather. He was known as much for his feuds with designers as for the quality of the paper. His two books on the fashion industry, The Fashionable Savages and Chic Savages, are fashion history must-reads.
* There was another death in the fashion world, that of French model Bettina. Muse to Jacques Fath, and later to Givenchy, Bettina was a super-model before there were super-models.
* It looks like Zac Posen will be the designer at the revived Charles James label. Some critics are unhappy with the choice, but I’m having a hard time caring either way.
* For those of you with really deep pockets, the couture collection of vintage dealer Didier Ludot will be sold at auction on July 8.
* The season of Downton Abbey has ended for us here is the US, but I’ve found the best ever essay series on The Toast: Watching Downton Abbey with an Historian.
* And the latest shoe craze is the LL Bean Maine Hunting Shoe.
* Some American companies are coming around to the benefits of American manufacturing.