NEWS BLASS: Since Michael Vollbracht hung up his sketchbooks and pins at Bill Blass in May, there's been speculation about who could be the next designer to take a stab at reviving the venerable Seventh Avenue house. Blass executives are said to have looked at a slew of younger talents, including Bryan Bradley, Martin Grant, Phillip Lim, Thakoon Panichgul and Zac Posen, but some believe Peter Som has emerged as the favorite. The deal between the house and the designer is said to be almost finalized, though it could still fall through. Som did not return a phone call seeking comment on Thursday. Vollbracht resigned from the house in late May after four years at the creative helm. Before him, Steven Slowick and Lars Nilsson each had short stints at Blass. The company was sold to NexCen Brands Inc. in December.
OLD IS NEW: Nothing is trash in the world of Martin Margiela. No idea what to do with last Christmas' old tinsel? Well, Margiela has the imagination to turn it into a "fur" coat. Old rings? When attached they make up a dress. And vintage fur can be cut up and incorporated as patchwork in a pullover. Those were among the quirkiest of the six looks the Belgian designer, whose Ahouse is now owned by Diesel's Renzo Rosso, showed in a presentation of his so-called "artisanal" line.