How is a label like Rochas reborn after being closed for two years? First find a Fairy God financier who resurrects the label after being closed for two years by its previous owner Proctor & Gamble, next define a new direction for the label, then pluck a young talented designer out of joblessness, and voila, the label is reborn. Gibo Co. SpA was the Fairy God financier, Marco Zanini, formerly of Versace and recently Halston, is such said designer. The first showing for the renewed label will be a Fall 2009 collection in March, which will be a quick turn-around design test for Zanini.

Gibo SpA’s President, Franco Pene, told several news sources during the company’s Rochas announcement that, “We’re not looking to generate editorial hype, because we’re thinking of a sensibly priced luxury brand that caters to the everyday needs of women,” he said. That may be true, but all eyes will be on the fabled house, especially since it enjoyed editorial success and red carpet style attention under its previous designer, Olivier Theyskens. The current owners seem more interested in craftsmanship over bravado or showmanship, so to that end, Mr. Zanini seems a perfect fit. His tenure at Halston was short lived, and only relatively well received, but his daft craftmanship hand and attention to detail should breath a new streamlined and luxurious life into the brand.


If you thought your Apple Mac Book Pro was the hot ‘it’ fashion accessory, think again. Fashion designer Vivienne Tam has teamed up with Hewlett Packard to create a HP Mini Vivienne Tam edition which will retail for $700 and will visually reflect her colorful design sensibilities. The mini laptop is geared towards a female consumer audience with its light weight, 10.2 inch screen, red and pink peony plastic exterior (which matches Tam’s Spring clothing line thank you very much), red interior, gold letters, and the double happiness Asian symbol printed on the enter key. The new laptop is also full of the usual suspects such as, a web cam, wireless and USB/USD, a 60 gigabyte drive and 1 gigabyte memory, and an almost full-size keyboard. The HP Mini Vivienne Tam will be sold in Tam’s store in New York City’s SoHo district this Spring, but is available via pre-order through Hewlett Packard with anticipated shipment date of early December. If you cannot wait until then, a plain version in either black, pink or silver will be available in November. Um, if I were a PC (I’m a Mac), then I would wait for the easy to carry, clutch-like appearance of the designer edition with the eye-catching colors, symbols and gold lettering. Really, isn’t that the point of it being a designer item, the perfect blend of technology and fashion?

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Zapponian Of The Day, Brooke J.!

Brooke J., our handbag enthusiast is our Zapponian of the Day today! Hooray!

Love Advice at Zappos

Brandis, our resident love guru, will answer love questions you ask, using the ten core Zappos values.

Zappos Singers Strike Again!

I always seem to be in the right place at the right time when it comes to the Zappettes !

As I strolled through the lobby late in the afternoon on Thursday, once again, I found this Zappos singing trio beautifully singing Happy Birthday to a visiting guest that happened to be touring the office. These ladies can belt it out, I’m telling you. Thanks to you, Zappettes, for Wowing our friends with your wonderful voices!

Keep up the good work!


Puff and circumstance – as in a chic, down filled bomber-inspired jacket , that is. Throw on a silk scarf for a little vintage feel meets modern proportions. However, lose the aviators (it’s a bit too Top Gun) and wear it with a knee-length cream skirt, cami, light cashmere top and boots.

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Celebrity Gossip: More Break-Ups, Happy Make-Ups, And No Wedding Plans for A. Olsen

My Name Is Earl star Jaime Pressly has separated from her fiancé and father of her son, Eric Cubiche. The actress told Access Hollywood, “We are taking a break from our relationship but we are together every day with Dezi and still love each other very much.” Pressly and Cubiche have been friends for over nine years and were dating for over a year and a half before getting engaged in 2006. The couple had no planned wedding date after being engaged for 2 years. I guess at least they didn’t make the mistake of getting married and then getting divorced within a year like other celebrity couples have done.

It looks like country singer Taylor Swift is getting back at her ex-boyfriend, Joe Jonas from the Jonas Brothers. Swift sings about the end of their relationship on her new album, Fearless, due out November 11. The song “Forever and Always,” is “a song about watching somebody completely fade away in a relationship and wondering what you did wrong,” Swift stated. Taylor also said that Joe Jonas is the only guy who has hurt her “deeply.” According to the rumors, Jonas broke up with Swift via a phone call. How low! I’m glad that she gets a little bit of revenge and her feelings out in her new song.

According to Ashley Olsen, she has absolutely no plans to wed any time soon. There have been several rumors circulating about Ashley Olsen and her boyfriend, Justin Bartha, that they are engaged to be married. Well, Olsen’s rep has officially put those rumors to rest by telling People Magazine that “Ashley Olsen is not engaged to be married.” Her rep also says that the two are dating and they are “happy.” To me it seems so weird to have rumors about Ashley Olsen getting married as I still think of her as little Michelle on Full House. I guess considering that she is 22 years old, it’s time to realize that little Michelle is all grown up.


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Big Game Hunting: Bag Yer Own Gator!

When talking about the great state of Georgia, most people immediately think about peaches, peanuts and the gorgeous Southern ladies on the 1980’s sitcom “Designing Women.” For big game hunters with a taste for something different, though, Georgia also offers some opportunities to bring home an alligator trophy.

Once an endangered species, the American alligator population has grown to such a manageable size in recent years that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allows a limited number to be harvested each year. If you are interested in bagging your own gator, you have to submit an application online at www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

The fortunate few who receive a permit also need to buy an alligator license for $50. Hunting is allowed only in zones determined by the DNR, and if selected, your permit allows you to go after alligators in one zone only. Georgia does permit up to three people to apply together as a hunting party, however.

The Peach State doesn’t put any restrictions on the time of day when you can stalk a gator, which means hunting can take place in the dead of night. Hand-held ropes, harpoons and snatch hooks are all allowed during the hunt.

No matter when you hunt, stealth is essential in getting an alligator trophy, which makes the Columbia Montlake Gear Bag L a good piece of gear to have on hand. With sturdy handles and camouflage coloring, this bag holds what you need and helps you blend into the background.

Big game hunting typically contains an element of danger, which is especially true when going after an alligator. These creatures are pretty good hunters, and if you aren’t careful, you may end up as part of this clever reptile’s dinner. It may be a good idea to enlist the help of a local guide while you are on the hunt.

Speaking of food, the Georgia DNR also reports that alligator meat is cholesterol-free and high in protein. With the potential for some good eating, plus the chance to hunt a creature with more teeth than Jimmy Carter, Georgia is the place to go.