Bill Blass

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RN Numbers - LA Canyon News
One is Bill Blass, and the other is Jeffrey Banks. They are identical. Same fabric, same cut, same detailing. And the same RN number, made at the same factory in China . But there is one difference between them: the price. The Bill Blass suit was...
Officers seize counterfeit jeans at port of Hampton Roads - The Virginian-Pilot
Counterfeit jeans seized at the Port of Hampton Roads were made to look like designer brands such as Bill Blass and Rocawear (Photo courtesy of US Customs and Border Patrol). By Patrick Wilson Customs officers seized more than $400000 in counterfeit...
Customs and Border Protection Intercept Counterfeit Jeans - Imperial Valley News
Norfolk, Virginia - United States Customs and Border Protection at the Norfolk port of entry seized more than 20000 pieces of counterfeit Bill Blass, Rocawear and South Pole designer jeans, officials announced. A confiscated shipment of counterfeit...
Peter Som Plans Two Spring Collections; Madonna and Lourdes Heart ... - New York Magazine
The ex–Bill Blass designer, whose main line lost its financial backer in January, has signed new licensing deals with Milan-based clothing manufacturer Margon and New York multiline showroom ADC. This means Som will present two collections for spring....
Wear District store coming to Frenchtown Square -
Wear District has brands such as Bill Blass, Columbia, Champion and WICKid and is the second store of its kind launched by Lomax Stern Development Co., a Bloomfield Hills shopping center developer, and Detroit area businessman Brad (Bubba) Urban....
How to Shop a Sample Sale - Allure Magazine
By Erin Quinn A Bill Blass evening gown for $30 and a Botkier bag for $75 are just two pieces I've scored at sample sales, and you can buy wedding dresses and even furniture. Here's how to get the true steals. · Do some digging....
Best and worst Logies outfits - The Age
Kristy Hinze: Vintage Bill Blass gown in cream with white floral applique highlighted in royal blue. "This dress is pre-loved, well loved." Natalie Bassingthwaighte: ivory, flowing, full-length Collette Dinnigan dress. "I'm very comfortable....
51 East undergoes stylish revamp - AME Info
The present selection includes Anna Molinari, Balmain, Azzaro ,Amanda Wakeley, Leonard, Zac Posen, Temperley, Malandrino, Jay AHR, Herve Leger, Alexander Wang, Bill Blass, Pauric Sweeney, Zufi Alexander, Piatonna, Jiki, Leaf, Tony Cohen, Lotus London...
Course of Style: Crazy Like a Cat -
Bill Blass and Donna Karan, for instance, generated millions from trunk shows—not to mention attracting a kind of customer loyalty that could not be bought with advertising. Is this what Puma is trying to accomplish? "It's not about how many polos we...
Johnny Vincent Swimwear -
Her mom always took her shopping and it was at that time she became familiar with designers such as: Norma Kamali, Halston and Bill Blass at a young age. By age 13 Celeste was designing her own dresses. Celeste attended Whitney Young High School....

Bill Blass (designer)


William Ralph "Bill" Blass (June 22, 1922 – June 12, 2002) was an American fashion designer, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is known for his tailoring and his innovative combinations of textures and patterns. He is the recipient of many fashion awards, including seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

Bill Blass, born William Ralph Blass in 1922, was the son of a dressmaker and a traveling hardware salesman. His father committed suicide when Bill was five, and afterwards Bill found refuge in the arts.

In his autobiography Blass wrote that the margins in his school books were filled with sketches of Hollywood-inspired fashions instead of notes. At fifteen, he began sewing, selling evening gowns for $25 each to a New York manufacturer. At 17 he had saved up enough money to move to Manhattan and study fashion. He excelled in his fashion studies immediately and at 18 was the first male to win Mademoiselle's Design for Living award. He spent his salary of $30 a week on clothing, shoes, and elegant meals.

In 1942 Blass enlisted in the army. He was assigned to the 603rd Camouflage Battalion with a group of writers, artists, sound engineers, theater technicians, and other creative professionals. Their mission was to fool the German Army into believing the Allies were positioned in fake locations. They did this by using recordings, dummy tanks, and other false materials. The US Camouflage Battalion proved to be more successful than the European Camouflage Battalion.

Blass began his New York fashion career in 1946. He was a protégé of Baron de Gunzburg.In 1970, after two decades of success in menswear and womenswear, he bought Maurice Rentner Ltd., which he had joined in 1959, and renamed it Bill Blass Limited. Over the next 30 years he expanded his line to include swimwear, furs, luggage, perfume, and chocolate. By 1998, his company had grown to a $700-million-a-year business.

Beginning in 1976, and continuing until 1989, Blass lent his talents to the Ford Motor Company for an exclusive edition of their Continental Mark series of automotive products. In 1976 he shared model configurations with Emilio Pucci, Hubert de Givenchy, and Cartier. Each year, as goes true fashion, the interior and exterior color combinations would be updated. One of the most popular was the 1979 edition honoring a nautical theme, as did the Blass logo of the time. Small anchors were incorporated into the exterior accent striping and interior accents within the Blass back-to-back "B" design theme. A truly unique feature of this model, and the 1980 through 1983 Mark series Blass models, was a "carriage roof" giving a convertible top look to the cars. After 1983, the Blass edition became just a unique color option with rear quarter window model designations and a few features that were options on the standard model.

Tyler Rose was assistant designer for William Blass.

In 1999 Blass sold Bill Blass Limited for $50 million and retired to his home in New Preston, Connecticut. Blass was diagnosed with oral/tongue cancer in 2000, not long after he began writing his memoir. His cancer later became throat cancer and caused Blass's death in 2002. He died six days after completing his memoir, "Bare Blass".

Blass was a connoisseur of antiquities, and his will bequeathed half his $52 million estate, as well as several important ancient sculptures, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Bill Blass Limited

Bill Blass Limited is a fashion house founded by American designer Bill Blass. It is known for its highly priced, beautifully cut womenswear, notable for its inventive combinations of patterns and textures. Among its honors were seven Coty Awards and the Fashion Institute of Technology's Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded to designer Bill Blass in 1999.

Designer Bill Blass began his New York fashion career in 1946. In 1970, after two decades of success in menswear and womenswear, he bought Maurice Rentner Ltd., which he had joined in 1959, and renamed it Bill Blass Limited. Over the next 30 years he expanded his line to include swimwear, furs, luggage, perfume, and chocolate. His fame and income grew, and by 1998 his company had grown to a $700-million-a-year business. In 1999 Blass sold Bill Blass Limited for $50 million and retired to his home in New Preston, Connecticut.

Bill Blass Limited’s head designer is currently Michael Vollbracht, who began working with Blass in 1999. Recent Bill Blass collections have received favorable critical reviews.

In February 2007 Bill Blass Limited was acquired by NexCen Brands. Nexcen Brands announced on February 15, 2007 that they had completed a $54.6 million cash and stock acquisition of the company.

In July 2007, the new owners of Bill Blass, NextCen Brands, announced that Peter Som will be designing the women's wear collection. The men's will be designed by Michael Bastian.

In December 29, 2008, it was officially announced that the new South Korean owners of Bill Blass were Peacock International Holdings LLC. The new owners acquired Bill Blass Limited for $10 million, cash.

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Peter Som

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Peter Som is an American fashion designer. He describes his aesthetic as one of "effortless elegance and refined sexiness", and aspires to provide a fresh perspective to modern American fashion.

Peter was raised in San Francisco by architect parents of Han Chinese ancestry who encouraged in him the ideals of purity of form, function and composition. Peter still draws from these early architectural influences as he designs clothes for tasteful and elegant women.

While he attended Connecticut College Peter studied both Art History and Studio Art and chose to make his move to fashion by continuing his studies at Parsons School of Design. During the years he spent at Parsons, he also apprenticed with the American designers Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. After graduating, Peter honed his skills in the design room of Bill Blass.

In 1997, he was recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as a rising young talent in its first-ever Scholarship Competition. Isaac Mizrahi awarded Peter the Parsons Gold Thimble for his work in the school's prestigious Designer Critic program while Lord & Taylor reaffirmed his potential in its annual Dress Competition. In 2002, Peter was nominated for the CFDA Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent. In 2004, he was one of 10 semi finalists in the Vogue/CFDA fashion fund initiative. In 2005, he was nominated for a second time for the CFDA Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent and in 2006 Peter Som was among the 3 finalists nominated for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design.

Peter Som debuted his Spring 2001 collection at Seventh on Sixth in the Bryant Park tents. In 2003, Cathy Horyn, resident fashion critic at the New York Times, identified Peter as "one of the best young designers working today." In response to Peter Som's Spring 2007 collection, Vogue's Andre Leon Talley writes "it became emphatically clear that he has moved to the head of his generational class. Magna cum laude, in fact." Peter's collections have been featured in major fashion publications, including Vogue, W, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and InStyle.

Peter Som announced his return to the house of Bill Blass in July 2007 as creative director of the iconic American brand. In this role, he will oversee the company's entire women's collection, including all owned and licensed divisions.

Peter's clientele includes a new generation of chic celebrities and starlets, such as Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes, Camilla Belle, Mandy Moore and Ginnifer Goodwin.

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Michael Vollbracht

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Michael Vollbracht, born 1947 in Quincy, Illinois, is head designer of Bill Blass Limited. He has had previous success in that field, although he is primarily an illustrator.

He began his career in fashion as a student at what was then Parsons School of Design in 1965. Four years later, Geoffrey Beene hired him as a member of his design team, and Donald Brooks followed suit two years later. In 1973 he went to work for Henri Bendel as their in-house illustrator. He continued in that function when he moved to Bloomingdale's after another two years, but also designed the store's famous Big Brown Bag, carried out daily by thousands of shoppers.

In 1979 he launched his own line, which was received so well that it earned him the Coty Award the very next year. He capped this success by leaving fashion entirely in 1985 after the publication of Nothing Sacred, a visual diary of his years in New York City and the many people he interacted with. He moved to Florida and concentrated on his illustrations and art. In 1989, The New Yorker named him one of its top illustrators, and he would produce covers and other art for the next several years.

He returned to fashion with Bill Blass, a longtime friend and mentor, in 1999, after curating a retrospective on Blass's career and work for Indiana University's art museum which opened in 2002 after Blass's death. The following year he returned to New York when the house hired him on.

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