Fashion news: Lanvin’s NY boutique, Lacroix designer considering fast fashion and how Beckham introduced the straight man to fashion

Dolce & Gabanna. Photography by Peter Stigter
Dolce & Gabbana, Photography by Peter Stigter

While it’s easy to slam David Beckham – and anything Becks related- as excessive, Stephano Gabbana (of Dolce & Gabbana) will argue that that excess actually revolutionized men’s fashion. “Here was a soccer player who is straight, with a wife and children, and men were saying: ‘If he wore it, I can wear it too.’ Before that it felt like men’s fashion was just for gay men or strange people – men were afraid to wear something special.” [Vogue UK]

Lanvin will open its first New York boutique by the end of this week. “It’s about time,” says creative director Alber Elbaz. Great, now take that same mentality and shift it to the other side of the border… [WWD]

Those who see Betty White as a hero can now proudly wear her face on their shirt. A Californian clothing company is working on T-shirts and hoodies donning Betty’s mug with a portion of each sale goes to the Morris Animal Foundation by her request. [Styleite]

Fun fact – when Courtney Love was still in her Kurt Cobain days, Marc Jacobs sent her his Perry Ellis grunge collection and they burned it. Says Courtney, “We were punkers–we didn’t like that kind of thing.” Now, a less-punk Courtney sees her life as pre-Birkin and post-Birkin, though we can’t help but wonder how Marc Jacobs feels about this. [WWD]

The new creative director of the Christian Lacroix-less Christian Lacroix fashion house, Sacha Walckhoff is entertaining the idea of doing a fast fashion collection for H&M or Target. “Of course, I won’t do a couture dress for a mass retailer, but to do a small collection for one would be lovely. I’m open to it,” the designer told the Huffington Post. [Huffington Post]

Armani‘s capsule collection of athletic gear for Reebok will be available online this August, just in case you were looking to upgrade your Lulu’s. [She Finds via The Cut]

RVCA, the skate/surf brand that recently terminated its collabo with Erin Wasson, recently explained the cause of the break. Apparently, working with the model-turned-stylist was “total chaos and the epitome of unorganized,” says a source inside the company. Ouch. [Fashionista]

Swim Week, the ode to spray tans and cleavage, took place recently in Miami. Surprisingly, Ed Hardy‘s swimsuits weren’t all that terrible, except for the really terrible ones. Other than that, it seems the general mood was strappy and cutout—would somebody please think of the tan lines?  [Jezebel]

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