ANYBODY interested in fashion wouldn't have needed a crystal ball to predict that ThePiano, Jane Campion's award-winning movie, to which we offered a fashion tribute a fortnight ago, would become an influence on the collections. It happened first at Jil Sander in Milan, where, as the soundtrack of the movie started up, the designer sent out pristine white shifts, pin-tucked from neck to hem as a modernisation of the 19th-century undergarments Holly Hunter wears in the film. Hook-and-eye details of jackets were reminiscent of the sensuous corsets Harvey Keitel aches to unfasten.
AFTER last week's news that Holly Brubach, the New Yorker's fashion writer, is to replace Carrie Donovan as editor of the New York Times Magazine (Donovan will still edit their fashion supplements), in another magazine move, Gabe Doppelt, editor-in-chief of Conde Nast's Mademoiselle, has resigned after only a year in the job. Doppelt, 33, worked on Tatler in the early Eighties, and then rose with Anna Wintour when Wintour came to London briefly to edit British Vogue in 1986-7. Doppelt was partly responsible for the British fashion invasion of New York, appointing London girls Debbi Mason and Anna Coburn to beef up her fashion team. Though she favoured their cutting-edge styling, it seems that Conde Nast wanted an altogether more mainstream approach. The new editor, appointed only the day after Doppelt told her bosses she wanted to leave, is Elizabeth Crow, 47, a former editor of Gruner & Jahr's Parents magazine. As America may well have had enough of avant-garde London style, will this mean the return of all our most fashionable expats?
STILL, all may not be lost. Anna Wintour, famous for her power stilettos click-clacking down the corridors of British and American Vogue (hidden message 'I don't walk, I ride'), has finally discovered the thrill of new mood dressing. Last week she was seen running around the Milan shows in plimsolls.Reuse content