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180 posts categorized "Current Affairs"

February 10, 2014

What's New, What's Hot: A New and Improved Marc Jacobs Label, Agyness Deyn to Launch Fashion Line

Marc JacobsWe honestly can't imagine loving the Marc Jacobs label anymore than we do, but apparently the designer, who left his post at Louis Vuitton  to focus on his own labels, wants to give his eponymous labels a revamp.  In an interview with W, Jacobs shared several changes he's considering, including renaming the Marc by Marc Jacobs label, redesigning the logo and packaging, and moving his main line to Paris Fashion Week. "It feels like an opportunity to clean house and redecorate and renovate and get in touch with what initially made us tick, you know?" he said. We can also expect to see big changes in the handbags, which Jacobs left to a design team to do. "Unfortunately, without my involvement, you get a lot of merchandisers telling the design team what to do," he admitted. "It got very polluted and diluted and lost its identity, and I think that’s the same with the shoes. Not to blame anybody, but things slipped, and the only one who can change that is me."

Agyness DeynAgyness Deyn has been collaborating with British footwear brand Dr. Martens for four seasons but now the English model/actress has decided to break out on her own to create a fashion label, and this girl isn't playing--she has plans to put out four collections a year. The contemporary line is called Title A and features the menswear-inspired aesthetic that Deyn is best known for, with prices ranging from $100 to $625.  The line is set to launch this March and will only be available on its website, but our guess is other retailers will want to pick it up as well.

February 03, 2014

What's New, What's Hot: Zac Posen Leaving Lincoln Center, Rachel Zoe Cancels Fashion Week, SJP as EIC of Vogue?

Zac PosenWhat is happening to Fashion Week?! Designers seem to be ditching Lincoln Center left and right, and we can now report that Zac Posen is the latest to deflect.  The designer will instead unveil his Fall 2014 collection at his Laight Street studio in Tribeca, which is much smaller than the Pavillion at Lincoln Center and will cut the number of attendees from 400 to 200. According to Posen, this particular collection is inspired by America's first couturier, Charles James, and will present beautifully in a smaller venue. "This decision was made because of the clothes," said Zac Posen president Jillian Sinel. "Zac wants to show the collection in the space where it was conceived, the place where the clothes were made. He feels his studio better serves the collection." The show is scheduled to take place on February 10 at 7pm.

 

Rachel ZoeAnd in other Fashion Week news, Rachel Zoe has actually cancelled her show. This will be the first time the designer/stylist/reality TV star will not show a collection since she first debuted at New York Fashion Week in February 2011. Zoe said in a statement, "While I look forward to New York Fashion Week each season, I’ve made the difficult decision to move our fall 2014 runway show from Feb. 13 in New York to a later date in Los Angeles. As a new mother, my newborn son is too young to travel with me and I’m unable to leave him for the amount of time required to appropriately prepare for the show in New York."

 

Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna WintourThis is a major oh em gee moment for fashion lovers: Sarah Jessica Parker may be Anna Wintour's successor. Go ahead and take a moment to squeal... Okay, so nothing is confirmed yet but apparently Wintour has hinted at SJP taking on a wider role at Vogue.  The two reportedly have regular private lunches together, and according to one source "Sarah has been consulted on a stunning array of Vogue’s big moves over the last several months." Of course, Wintour hasn't even announced a retirement (we can't even imagine Vogue without her, even if Sarah Jessica Parker is her successor), but you can trust that we will be keeping our eye on this one.

January 27, 2014

What's New, What's Hot: A Denim Book by Current/Elliot, Anthropologie's $9,000 Tent

A Denim StoryEmily Current and Meritt Elliot are no longer with Current/Elliot, the denim company they founded, but the duo hasn't left the denim game completely. Stylists to stars like Jessica Alba and Emma Watson, the pair have now penned a tome called A Denim Story: Inspirations from Bellbottoms to Boyfriends, an homage to the classic American jean. The ladies worked with photographer Hilary Walsh on the book, which is neither a trend forecaster nor an avant-garde fashion-as-art type work. "[It's] what we find inspirational and what we find charming in denim," according to Current. In additon to shooting the majority of the photos, Walsh also posed for one, wearing an all-denim outfit, natch. "We just wanted to do something outside of working on a brand together," she said. "We wanted something super-creative that didn’t have a deadline." The book release is scheduled for March. 

Anthropologie glamping tentWhen we first read about this our initial thought was, "This has to be a joke." But alas, it isn't a joke,  it is an actual tent, for sale, that Anthropologie is hocking for the low, low price of $8,998! Talk about glamping! The tent is ten and half feet high by twelve feet wide and is constructed of waterproof material, but for that price we'd almost expect a chandelier and king-size bed to be included. Perhaps what's most funny, is that there are actual reviews for the tent on Anthro's website. Apparently there are some folks out there who take the sport of glamping very seriously.

January 20, 2014

What's New, What's Hot: Lena Dunham's Vogue Cover, Peter Pilotto x Target Collection Revealed

Lena Dunham Vogue coverLena Dunham's Vogue cover was without a doubt one of the most anticipated covers in a long time (she is the voice of a generation, is she not?). The Girls actress was coy when asked about it recently, but within days the cover was revealed and the interwebs were all abuzz.  On the cover are the words "Lena Dunham: The New Queen of Comedy," but inside the Annie Leibovitz and Tonne Goodman and photos are stunningly glamorous. "In addition to tracking the fashion world closely, she's become a kind of spokesperson for young women who want to express themselves stylishly but with personal whimsy, and a vocal critic of the stereotype that fashion belongs only to a tiny group of superslender people terrified of breaking rules," said New Yorker writer Nathan Heller, who penned the Dunham piece for Vogue. This is perhaps the most fitting description of the Girls creator we've seen, by the way. He goes on to say, "For almost as long as Dunham’s work has been in the public eye, she’s spoken openly and often about her body type, pointing out that not every strong and enviable woman on the air must resemble a runway model." Cheers to Nathan Heller for writing such a great piece and to Vogue for featuring Dunham on the cover--we're one magazine cover closer to nixing the very "norms" that she  speaks against.

Peter Pilotto for TargetFor anyone who is a fan of colorful prints, the news that Peter Pilotto was partnering with Target was probably the most exciting of 2013, and now, with less than a month before it becomes available in stores and online, the images of the entire collection are available for preview. And girls, this 70-piece collection, which includes accessories and swimwear, does not disappoint (we've called dibs on the dress above, along with about a dozen other pieces).  Prices start at $14.99 and go up to $79.99, and you'll be happy to know that all the prints are "original and new," according to the designer. "Everyone should try wearing prints—it’s refreshing to explore," said Pilotto. "With our prints, you can be playful with how you style them: Wear a full look or break them up. Ultimately, it’s all about what makes you feel the most confident."

January 13, 2014

What's New, What's Hot: Target to Offer Upscale Beauty Brands, Sarah Jessica Parker's Shoe Line Revealed, Diane von Furstenberg Fetes 40 Years of the Wrap Dress

Target BeautyWe've counted about 11,259.5 reasons why we love Target (and we're still counting), and most of them have to do with the amazing designer collaborations and the aisles and aisles of glorious beauty products. Now the retail giant has announced the launch of a new, premium skincare concept (which we will no doubt love) featuring four exclusive brands--29 by Lydia Mondavi, Borghese (!!!), AmorePacific’s Korean line Laneige, and MD Complete--along with three more widely accessible beauty brands Vichy, La Roche Posay (two beauty labels owned by L’Oreal) and Own Skin Health. Prices for the products, which will be categorized as "Dermatological Skincare" and "Specialty Skincare," range from $8 up to $57. Look for the new upscale beauty labels on Target.com on February 17, and in stores starting in March.

SJP shoeIt seems as though we've been waiting an eternity to get a glimpse of Sarah Jessica Parker's shoe line, but we're finally getting a peek at what the style icon has put together for her debut collection. The actress, who famously portrayed Manolo-loving Carrie Bradshaw on SATC, gave Glamour magazine a preview of the collection, including "The Carrie," the T-strap pump pictured, which Sarah Jessica describes as "a strong shoe that can be worn for day and night." The collection also includes the lace-up bootie pictured above ("The Allison," a shoe "for the girl who doesn't want to wear a traditional ladylike heel but wants a bit of height" according to Sarah Jessica), ballet flats, strappy sandals, and classic pumps. The SJP shoe line hits Nordstrom stores next month on February 28.

 

DVFDiane von Furstenberg is celebrating forty years of her iconic wrap dress with an exhibition called "Journey of the Dress." Located in Los Angeles’ Wilshire May Company Building, the exhibition is a gallery of nearly 200 variations of what is widely considered the most flattering dress in the fashion world. The opening party pulled in the designer's top admirers and celebrities, among them, Rooney Mara, Rachel Zoe, and Girls actress Allison Williams. "I’ve had so many fortunate moments with Diane at events and seeing her at the CFDAs," said model Erin Wasson. "It’s less about the clothing for me and more about the woman and the spirit. It’s about who she is and the history and the stories she has. She’s an enigma." Cheers to the first forty years of the wrap dress; we can't wait to see what the next forty years bring!

January 06, 2014

What's New, What's Hot: A Kate Moss Documentary, Kirsten Dunst for L'Oreal Professionnel, Forever 21 to Debut Premium Shoe Line

Kate MossIf it seems like we've been doing a ton of reporting on Kate Moss lately, it's because we have--the British supermodel is turning forty this month (January 16) and it's a big deal! The latest, a Kate Moss documentary. Titled Looking for Kate, the documentary will air exclusively on French television channel Paris Première on January 12 and covers Moss' twenty-five years in the industry, both the good (hello, over thirty Vogue covers) and the bad (including the numerous scandals that have tainted her career). There will also be interviews and insight from the countless models, industry insiders,  and fashion designers who have worked with the soon-to-be forty-year old; Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Christy Turlington will no doubt have cameos. No word on when, or if, the documentary will air stateside, but if it's anything like the picture above (which we want to live in, by the way), we're keeping our fingers crossed that it does, and soon!

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst has starred in some of our favorite films as of late (Melancholia and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues included), but for the most part the star has kept a low profile, and then--pow!--she's named the first global spokesperson for L'Oreal Professionnel and serving up serious 'It girl' vibe in the pictures. "Kirsten Dunst has a timeless beauty and is a modern woman," said Anne-Laure Lecerf, International Managing Director of L’Oréal Professionnel. "She has the perfect attributes to embody the new values of L’Oréal Professionnel." Dunst is equally excited about working with the professional hair brand, which creates hair looks for many runway shows at fashion week each season. "It makes me very proud to be a part of this stunning project," she said. "The brand is strongly connected to fashion and I admire its commitment to innovation, constantly creating new professional services and products to achieve the most on-trend styles. L’Oréal Professionnel empowers hairdressers to transform and reveal the beauty in each woman all over the world."

Forever 21 shoe

Forever 21 is upping their shoe game with a new, and more expensive, premium leather footwear line. The collection features ten different styles, with price points of $49 to $79. "The breadth of this line extends beyond what most of our consumers believe is the Forever 21 brand," said Forever 21 General Merchandise Manager Linda Chang. "Our new shoe collection allows us to offer premium items that complement our apparel categories, both reaching our current customers as well as attracting new ones." Look for the new shoe line in stores and online soon.

December 30, 2013

What's New, What's Hot: Designers Abandon Lincoln Center for Fashion Week, Team USA Medal Stand Unis Unveiled, Vivienne Westwood Designs for Vienna State Ballet

Lincoln CenterWhen Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York rolls around in February, there will be noticeable absences from the tents at Lincoln Center, including Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, and according to recent reports, possibly Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg. These designers, and potentially others will still unveil their Fall 2014 collections, but their shows will be off-site. There have been several complaints regarding the shows at Lincoln Center, namely the loss of exclusivity; instead of fashion insiders (e.g. editors and buyers), the past few seasons have seen an increase in fashion bloggers sitting in the front row. IMG has taken steps to address the complaints, including outsourcing production of the event. As of now there has been no word from either designers' reps, however IMG has stated that the official schedule will be released in January.

 

 

Nike-olympics We couldn't be more excited about the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, and now that Nike has unveiled the Team USA medal stand uniforms, we're even more amped (we're hoping we'll be seeing a lot of this uniform, preferably on the gold medal platform). The futuristic looking ensembles feature a silver puff jacket and Nike FlyKnit sneakers, both with the words "land of the free" and "home of the brave" to inspire the athletes who will wear them.

 

Vivienne Westwood Vienna State BalletVivienne Westwood is known for a sort of dramatic, fantasy-inspired aesthetic, so the fact that the British designer created the costumes for the Vienna State Ballet doesn't come as a huge surprise.  The Westwood-designed costumes will be worn by the dancers during the during the intermission performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's concert this Wednesday. The looks lean more toward Westwood's romantic side, rather than the punkish designs she is best known for, and include a customized version of the silk taffeta Moon dress that appeared on the designer's Spring 2014 Gold label show, a deep burgundy tulle bird of paradise gown, and a buttercup yellow gown that was inspired by the Spring 2005 collection.  “I feel honored that we were asked to design the costumes for the New Year’s Concert ballet," said Andreas Kronthaler, Westwood's husband and creative director, and an Austria native. "I grew up watching [it] every year, and it’s become part of my Christmas memories."

December 23, 2013

What's New, What's Hot: Louis Vuitton Pays Tribute to Marc Jacobs in Ad Campaign, Kate Moss Gets an Exhibition for Her 40th Birthday, Nail Art is So Last Year

The-women-who-inspire-marc-jacobsFor sixteen years Marc Jacobs has held the reins at Louis Vuitton, and during that time he was inspired by several women of note, including Coco Chanel, Jane Birkin, and Emmanuelle Alt. Now, as a tribute to the designer who is leaving the luxury label to focus on his eponymous fashion lines, the French fashion house has tapped a few of his muses for the ad campaign for his final collection. Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bündchen, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret, and Edie Campbell all posed for the campaign, which was shot by famed fashion photographer Steven Meisel. The photos will be featured in February 2014 glossies, printed in six-page units to resemble a portrait gallery. “It was a very emotional shoot, and I find this shows in the images,” Frédéric Winckler, Louis Vuitton’s communications and events director said in an interview with WWD. “It’s not a melancholic campaign. It’s really celebrating the women who inspire Marc.”

 

Kate Moss Just in time for her fortieth birthday on January 16, supermodel Kate Moss is getting an exhibition in her honor. Artist Russell Marshall is feting the British beauty with a retrospective exhibition titled "Kate Moss: 40--A Retrospective." Marshall has selected ten iconic images of the model, from ages 14 (when she first started modeling) to 39, and done them in ten different colorways. The artist is a former newspaper art director, and his signature style is to saturate the pictures with the CMYK color model, a reference to newspaper printing. So what prompted Marshall to do this exhibition? "Celebrity can be short-lived these days" he says. "But not so with Kate. While other celebs have come and gone, Kate has stayed. Kate's not just a survivor and she's not hanging on to fame. She grows bigger, brighter and more iconic each year."

 

Nail artWe don't know whether you'll consider this good news or bad, but we have to report it: nail art is over.  And this isn't just our opinion here, people, there are actual numbers to prove it. According to a report from Coty, the global beauty brand manufacturer that produces OPI and Sally Hansen, nail polish sales fell four percent in the third quarter of 2013 (sales were up twenty-one percent in Q3 of 2012). Drugstore brands Revlon and L'Oreal have also experienced a decline in sales, with numbers down thirteen and ten percent, respectively. A Google trends graph confirms that online interest in nail polish has been down as well (it actually peaked in July 2012). So the obvious question is, who is going to break the news to Zooey Deschanel?

December 16, 2013

What's New, What's Hot: Chanel Hits Dallas for Pre-Fall and Makes a Major Announcement, Nolan Funk for Versace

Lagerfeld and WintourYou wouldn't, under any normal circumstances, associate French fashion house Chanel, or anyone who wears the label, with barbeque, corn dogs, and a mechanical bull (just typing those words in a sentence together with Chanel seemed a little strange), but last week Karl Lagerfeld brought his luxury label to the Texas State Fair in Dallas for a hoedown that included all of the above, along with 900 of his closest friends for his annual Métiers d’Art (aka Pre-Fall) show. Before the show, guests were treated to a viewing of a short film on Coco Chanel called "The Return." The setting was a classic '50s drive-in theater, complete with concession stands, and guests sat in vintage cars to watch the film. They were then ushered to another area for dinner and the presentation of the collection, which Lagerfeld described as “not Dallas cheerleader,” but “the West of the Mexican border in the time of the Civil War, a more romantic Texas fantasy.”

Kristen StewartBesides the short film and downhome fare, journalists, buyers, retail executives, and celebrities like Zoe Kravitz and Lily Collins were the first to learn that Kristen Stewart was the face for the collection's campaign (the announcement was made just before the first model hit the runway for the show). Kristen and the Kaiser are close friends, and the starlet has shown up on many-a-red carpet in Chanel, not to mention sitting front row at the Paris shows, so picking her to don the full-length prairie dresses and Tex-Mex ponchos seems an obvious choice. No word yet on when we'll start to see the first images from the campaign, but we can't wait!

 

Nolan FunkNolan Hunk, wait no, Funk (we couldn't help ourselves) has just landed a new role--the face (and body) of Versce's Spring/Summer 2014 campaign. The Glee actor is featured in a series of black and whites shot by photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. "I love our new Versace menswear campaign starring Nolan Funk. He brings these iconic Versace pieces to life with his energy and spirit," said Donatella Versace. "The campaign is full of the essence of Versace, now and forever." We've gotta say, we love the new campaign starring Nolan Funk too.

December 09, 2013

What's New, What's Hot: Burberry May Lose Its Signature Plaid, First Look at Peter Pilotto for Target, a Conde Nast e-Commerce Site

BurberryIt's hard to imagine Burberry without the iconic check pattern, but that may soon be the case because the British fashion house is being challenged by Chinese authorities who claim the signature plaid isn't being used enough in China and therefore is not protected by any trademark. Of course Burberry has appealed the decision to cancel trademark protection, and until a decision is made on the appeal, the fashion house is the sole owner of the tan, red, and black tartan pattern. "The Burberry check remains a registered trademark exclusively owned by Burberry and no other parties can use the mark without Burberry's proper authorisation," Burberry said in a statement. "Burberry always takes the strongest possible action against those who use its trademarks unlawfully … We are confident that our appeal will be successful."

 

Peter Pilotto for TargetWe were among the first to report that Target's next big designer collaboration would be with British label Peter Pilotto and now there's picture proof. In a photo published by Elle, the designer, along with his co-creative director Christopher De Vos are seen with several models donning Pilotto's signature bold prints in three of the looks from the 70-piece collection, including a colorful dropwaist dress we can't wait to get our hands on. But like all of you, we'll have to wait until it becomes available in stores on February 9, 2014.

 

Conde NastCondé Nast, the publisher of top fashion magazines like Vogue, Lucky, and GQ, is apparently making a move into the e-commerce arena. According to reports, Condé Nast US and Condé Nast International have created a global e-commerce division, though it's still unclear what exactly the publishing giant would be peddling (our guess, just judging from the glossies it puts forth, is it will be high-end, for the most part). Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and CEO of Condé Nast International has said in a statement that it will "explore and develop ideas which can serve our readers, users, advertising clients and business partners." Yep, mark our words, it will be a high-end retail site.