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2009 December 17

Montiero in at Blass

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(NEW YORK) Months and months of speculation and guessing games brought up names like Richard Chai and Jeffrey Monteiro as designers at the shuttered house of Bill Blass, but in the end, it’s Monteiro who will take the title. According to today's New York Times, Monteiro beat out about 100 applicants for the job, which has been vacant since Peter Som departed the house in the wake of former parent company Nexcen financial struggles and reorganization, which resulted in what seemed to be an indefinite hiatus for Bill Blass. Peacock Holdings, the current owner of the Bill Blass Group, has been planning the brand's relaunch since late last year; Monteiro's appointment appears to be the first step to putting Blass back on the fashion map.

Monteiro, 40, worked for the likes of Jane Mayle and Derek Lam before launching his eponymous line last year. “His clothes are nothing startling,” writes the Times’ Eric Wilson, “but cute and casual little dresses with a modicum of pleats and pin tucks to give them a contemporary feel.” Scott Patti, president of Bill Blass Group, called Monteiro “very low-key and realistic. Bill Blass designed real clothes, and that’s what Jeffrey does as well.” Monteiro will start working in January, and will reportedly be responsible for bringing back a high-end Bill Blass ready-to-wear collection to stores next winter; no word on whether or not Monteiro for Blass would make a runway appearance for the fall/winter 2010 season in February.
EMILY GYBEN




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