>> With just over a month before New York Fashion Week, show news is already starting to trickle in. For the first time, Tory Burch, Marchesa, and Timo Weiland are all said to be ditching presentations for runway shows; Mark Fast is showing his Faster line in New York instead of London this season; and now, J.Crew is on the preliminary schedule for what appears to be a presentation on the morning of Sept. 13. [FashionEtc.]
>> Julia Restoin-Roitfeld has transported her residence from New York to London for the summer — "My boyfriend [Robert Konjic] is in London, so I'm spending the summer here, I've been here for a couple of months now," she explained to Grazia — but the move hasn't slowed her down.
Style.com reports that Julia is the face of Lancome's forthcoming Spring collection, Ultra Lavande, and was shot by Mario Testino for the campaign. And she's also been acting as creative consultant for Mark Fast's lower-priced line, Faster; yesterday, she was on set for the line's Fall 2010 lookbook shoot.
Mark Fast, the London-based Canadian-born designer of skintight knitwear, is launching a collection for Topshop on June 25.
Inspired by his own spring 2009 collection, Fast created five looks for the high street retailer—four dresses (three in black and one lilac) and a skirt in pale pink. In signature Fast fashion, each knitwear look is intricate and skin-revealing, with some new detailing—the piece at left features rubberized beading, and the lilac dress has tiny moth-like holes.
Prices may seem high at $300 until one remembers Fast's similar-looking hand-knit main line can retail for as much as $3,500. For those looking for something more in the middle range, Faster by Mark Fast, the designer's luxury basics label, is also available for the first time this season.