Celine steals the scene

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 April, 1999, 12:00am

French fashion brand Celine is on a roll at the moment - high visibility, favourable press reviews and, most importantly, strong sales. Now, Michael Kors, creative designer of Celine, will take home the award for Women's Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The June 2 event, in New York, is the 18th annual ceremony, which honours designers of several different categories. The jury is made up of more than 70 retailers and fashion editors in the United States.

On the block Fashion auctions are all the rage, especially since the late Princess Diana put some of her dresses up for sale, and the more recent event where celebrities' Oscar gowns were on the block. But a funky alternative is the upcoming Pulp Fashion, held by Sotheby's in New York on May 3, which focuses on the connection between paper and fashion.

The auction, which is open to international bids, features offerings such as a sketch of the late Jacqueline Onassis signed by Edith Head, and a copy of Madonna's Sex book, signed by its photographer Stephen Meisel.

Noted photographers such as Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson all have works in this auction.

Virgin revamp As of this month, Virgin Atlantic staff will don new, sharp uniforms (pictured below), created by Hong Kong-born designer John Rocha.

The fashion overhaul, which cost the airline about $38 million, maintains the Virgin red but with emphasis on new hi-tech fabrics, including stretch suitings, Tencel blouses and Goretex jackets for flight engineers.

Rocha said that he wanted 'to create a new look' for the airline - and Virgin Atlantic staff had better be happy with it. The revamped look is designed to last for the next three years.