Leave it to Free People to do something totally cool and unexpected, like nixing the supermodel/natural lighting/scenic location combo that has always worked so well for their catalogs, and opting instead to hire a few models, bloggers, and other well-known faces to wear Free People clothing and post "selfies" to Instagram. The shoot (yes, there are professional photographers involved as well) took place over fourteen days, in four cities--New York, Los Angelel, Paris, and London, all fashion capitals, natch. And besides being seen on Instagram, you can see the images featured in the print catalog.
This may seem hard to believe (okay, it's actually just plain crazy), but Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based retailer that hawks the biggest names in fashion, does not have a brick and mortar store in New York city, one of the world's fashion capitals. That will all change in the next few years, though, because after 107 years, the Dallas-based retailer is finally setting up shop in the Big Apple. And what a shop it will be! The space will be a ginormous 250,000 square feet and will occupy floors five through seven of the Far West Side's Hudson Yards. "We needed to make sure that if we were taking this big, big step of coming to Manhattan, that we had a store that was going to be very impressive," said Karen Katz, chief executive of Neiman Marcus Group. Um, yeah, we're thinking this store will be quite impressive.
Lest you be confused by the headline, Victoria Beckham did not wear flats to New York Fashion Week (can you just imagine?!). The former Spice Girl, who is known for teetering about town in about a thousand inches of heel, unveiled her Spring 2015 collection at Fashion Week and debuted her eponymous footwear line--a mix of platforms and flats, with not a stiletto in sight. Beckham is unsure at this time if she plans to produce the shoes for retail, saying that she created them to "complete and strengthen the silhouette" she showed on the runway. Keep your fingers and toes crossed!