Us Magazine, that paragon of reliable information, has reported that überstylist Rachel Zoe has been given the heave-ho by her top client Nicole Richie. Zoe has taken flak lately for rumors that she pressures her clients to stay reed-thin by any means necessary. Her rise to fame coincided with Richie's startling transformation from pudgy, dumpy mess to svelte glamorpuss. The now ubiquitous stylist was given much of the credit for Nicole's makeover as well as for influencing the look of young Hollywood, and Us suggests that she has been undermining Richie's efforts to stabilize her weight at a healthier level. Good thing she has that side gig designing, what else, purses for Leiber.
Richie Fires Stylist Rachel Zoe (US)
Mark your calendars. If you aren't completely tapped out by the recent rash of High/Low designer collaboration frenzy, Elle reports that the super exclusive (New York only) launch of Roland Mouret's 19RM for Gap will arrive on December 1. That's in one week. As part of Gap's (PRODUCT)RED pogram, benefitting The Global Fund, the mini-launch appropriately coincides with World AIDS Day.
So, buy a dress, save some lives. Everybody wins.
Style Essential: Roland Mouret/Gap Collaboration (Elle)
And speaking of Designer/Mass collaborations, the very latest to be announced is Lela Rose and Payless, who has had a happy response to its team-up with designer Laura Poretzky's Abaeté label. The line will be available for Fall 2007, and will be unveiled on the runway at Bryant Park with her luxury ready-to-wear this February.
Lela Rose for Less: (The Daily)
And if that's not enough, omnipresent DJ Trio The Misshapes, Greg Krelenstein, Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol have announced that they are this close to signing with a major company to produce a collection of their own. Nicol tells WWD that the deal will be similar to Madonna's H&M agreement, but not necessarily with that particular company, which means we will only be seeing more and more of them.
Fashion Scoops: Shaping Up (WWD)