11/23/2012 12:31 EST

Common Thread: A Compendium Of The Week That Was In Style News

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In the wonderful world of fashion, everyone — and everything — is connected. We’re taking a look at who and what made waves in the past seven days, and weaving a common thread between them. From designer/design-house musical chairs to how to lay a festive fashion-forward table, this is your one-stop style-story shop.

Common Thread Week Of November 23

1. Christopher Kane. There’s been a lot of will-he-won’t-he speculation on whether this talented Scottish designer will pick up the reins at Balenciaga when Nicolas Ghesquière dropped them earlier this month. While the designer’s spokesperson flat-out denies the move, they have confirmed that Christopher Kane is no longer working at Versus, Versace’s little sister fashion line, where he’d been designing since 2009. Coincidence? Perhaps.

Either way, Balenciaga isn't the only design house letting go of the help.

2. Chloé. The creative director of Chloé’s diffusion line See by Chloé, Laure de Sade, has left the company after just over a year at its helm. A Central Saint Martins alumnus and former assistant to Isabel Marant, de Sade showed a number of strong collections for this so-pretty-and-somewhat-affordable brand, but there’s been no word from Chloé on what brought on the split.

Do you know what other brand is parting from the past and looking to the future?

3. H&M. Freeing themselves from the shackles of “fast fashion,” H&M has released a video sneak peek of its new luxury line & Other Stories, which launches in the spring. They’ll be calling on the talents of ateliers from Paris and Stockholm, who will be producing “diversified fashion collections with great attention to detail.” With such a focus on the details, it’s strange they didn’t notice the model in their video was missing her shoes.

Do you know who else is diversifying their fashion focus?

4. Ralph Lauren. The man who put American sportswear on the fashion map is opening up his clothing archives and creating on online store of curated pieces for hungry vintage collectors. RL Vintage will showcase themed collections of retro Ralph Lauren clothes and accessories (his first is The Western Collection) and give shoppers that chance to vote on which items they want to see go back into production.

Do you know who we’d like to put into full production at our next party?

5. Simon Doonan. In honour of American Thanksgiving, Barneys New York creative ambassador Simon Doonan sets a festive table at “your glamour pad” in this over-the-top-to-perfection how-to video. He throws candies at the camera, plays a tambourine, drinks champagne with a bendy straw and calls napkin rings “ningle nangles.” Who wouldn’t want to invite this English man in New York over for some gobbler and a gabfest?