Rolland and Couture... Disposable Clothes in Antwerp... Azzaro Online...

After three seasons as a solo designer, Stéphane Rolland has been nominated to be an official member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

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Stéphane Rolland

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ROLLAND AND COUTURE: After three seasons as a solo designer, ex-Jean-Louis Scherrer couturier Stéphane Rolland has been nominated to be an official member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Rolland worked at Scherrer for almost a decade before founding his signature couture label in May 2007, establishing a look based on spangles and flounces.

How about disposable paper frocks during the credit crunch? That’s the subject of an upcoming exhibition at Antwerp’s Musée de la Mode de la Province museum. The show — dubbed Paper Fashion and conceived in collaboration with Atopos Cultural Organization, an Athens-based design and fashion organization — studies the role of paper and similar materials in contemporary fashion, spanning designs by the likes of Hussein Chalayan, Issey Miyake and John Galliano. Running Mar. 6 to Aug. 16, the exhibition will then travel to London’s Design Museum.

TO THE POWER OF TWO: Azzaro, the Paris fashion house, has launched an e-commerce site, The site features company news and pictures of designer Vanessa Seward with some of her recent collaboration partners, including Jemima Khan and Eugenie Niarchos. To celebrate the site, Azzaro has created a temporary holiday shop on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, next to its existing boutique, to feature shoes and accessories. Seward is continuing her collaborations: In January, she will launch a men’s collection designed by her husband, French musician Bertrand Burgalat, and later this year singer April March will create a collection of knitwear.
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