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28-05-2007
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Michael Vollbracht out at Bill Blass
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didn't really see this coming...i wonder who will replace him...

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After a somewhat stormy four-year run, Michael Vollbracht is out as designer at Bill Blass.

Reached by phone Friday, the designer said he resigned Thursday because it is time to move on, but not necessarily elsewhere in the fashion world.

Asked if he planned to continue to work in fashion, Vollbracht said, ďI doubt I will. Itís not something Iím thinking about.Ē

An accomplished painter and illustrator, Vollbracht said, ďI donít want to go anywhere except in my garden and anywhere that makes me happy.Ē

Blass executives could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Another one bit the dust ... I just lost track after Lars Nilsson got the boot!

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28-05-2007
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I won't really miss him. He was nothing new nor exciting.

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Good Riddance!!!!!!!!!

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this was inevitable imo...
and took longer than i expected...

i know he was a good friend of mr blass...
but he wasn't the right person to replace him...

i wonder if they will replace him at all...
i don't think they have been making money for some time now...

zamb you should call them or send them a portfolio...

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Interesting. I didn't see this coming either.

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I thought Michael actually did a fairly good job with Bill Blass..

sure..he wouldn't really cut it in Europe, but his collections are better than 90% of the other crap shown in NY

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I know his first collections were very badly recieved but his last two were getting good reviews, so I'm a bit suprised. Maybe Tom Ford will revamp Bill BLass...

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^tom ford..bill blass i wish!! haha

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i loved this falls collection thats too bad. Execs Really****up Fashion i wish we could go back to a time before all these big congloms they are what is really killing the art because of a bottom line.

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^ money makes the world go round...

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this house has been on a decline since the retirement and desth of MR Blass.
A part of the reason is the Elitist mentality of the owners and thier insistence to cater to a client base that is no longer relevant (at least not enough to generate healthy business).
i am happy to see him go, I didnt like him at all (and this is personal)
I dont generally dislike people and usually wish my fellow designers well........ but he took a very rude swipe at straight designers (and straight peoplein general) a few years ago in an article (of which i still have a copy) about who gets ahead in fashion.
His argument was "i am an elitist, I am superior to straight people, i came from an era when designers dressed women, we never bed them"
I have to this day held it against him, and thats my reason for being Happy to see him go....................


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Softgrey..........
thanks for thec suggestion,
While i really admire Mr Blass.... and respect his legacy I wouldnt want this Job. At this point in my life, I am uncertain if i would want a head designer Job at a Luxury House (i will say more on this another time)
i would much rather something similar to what Patrick Robinson now has at the Gap........... as i want to cater to people who appreciate Good design but are not necessarily Rich.
I am thinking about turning my label into something along the lines of CCP , linea etc but with Much cheaper prices, becoming more Artisanal which i am more comfortable with....... making more accessories etc and giving up Fashion shows altogether,............
We'll see....... I am unsure right now

I am also considering going back to School to do an MA as i want to teach later in life (maybe 10 or so years from now) I have a wealth of knowlege (technical) and i would love to pass it on to others while i can............


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Softrey,
also........
I will PM you later on the things we discussed last week.

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Some of Vollbracht's stuff I liked. What I appreciated about him is that he was at a fashion house that was at least making an effort to reach older, moneyed people rather than chasing after teens and 20somethings.

At least Ralph Rucci, Oscar de la Renta, Mrs. Herrera are there holding it down for the older clientele. Yes, I'm 42 and have a handful of Blass pieces (purchased at consignment or Loehmann's. I'm no baller).

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