Impulse Buys You Didn’t Know You Needed

Impulse Buys You Didn't Know You NeededAll impulse shoppers please say I.
Ok, now that we’ve all identified ourselves as people that like to spend money (sorry not sorry), it’s time to figure out what’s actually…

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Bergdorf’s Bruce Pask to Get Shop at Men’s Store

Customers are about to get a much closer glimpse into the life and loves of Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s fashion director Bruce Pask.
Next month, the upscale men’s retailer will open a new shop on the third floor of its men’s store called B. The 450-square-foot space will offer a collection of some of Pask’s favorite pieces from brands including Craig Green, Le Mont St. Michel, Clarks Originals, Closed, Common Projects and Want Les Essentiels. The shop will also mark some new additions to the store, including Margaret Howell, Lou Dalton, Bode and Armor Lux.
Pask described the merchandise in B as “handpicked wardrobe-creation pieces but with a point of view.” The pieces are “neutral and easy, but a bit more special.” For example, he said he’s been wearing wide-leg pants for a while and Closed created a double-pleated khaki that fit that bill, while the desert boots he’s worn since he was in college were updated by Clark’s in a suede basket weave.
The merchandise will be sold in a multivendor approach rather than by individual brand, he said.
“It’s my personal take, but I believe it’s a broad enough edit to speak to a wide audience,” he said. “They’re great, easy, well-made, personality-filled

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Moj Mahdara Partner on Beauty Competition

Modelpreneur Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Beautycon Media chief executive officer Moj Mahdara have their sights set on creating their own beauty competition-style TV show. “We’re working on it,” said Mahdara on Thursday night in Los Angeles, where she and Huntington-Whiteley hosted an influencer-packed dinner to celebrate the winner of their “Next Beauty Star” social media contest.
“We were introduced through a mutual friend, actually our facialist Shani Darden, and I felt like I’d known Moj for 100 years,” explained Huntington-Whiteley, who in May launched her Rose Inc. lifestyle platform which highlights new products and personalities in the beauty space. “We talked about how we could bring the brands together and feeling like we wanted to create a mentorship program to find the next rising star in the industry.”
They set five weekly challenges for their followers (create a blue smoky eye, glowing makeup, a sun-kissed look using pastel products), reviewed submissions sent via social media channels, and picked the winner, Cameron Day, who they will be sending to beauty school in L.A. “We loved Cameron and she had a really great story, coming to beauty later in life and moving to L.A. from Detroit to start her career. Hopefully she’ll be doing my makeup soon,”

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Unravel Men’s Fall 2019

The offering of men’s looks was a lot more limited than past seasons at Unravel. “It’s probably half of what it used to be,” admitted creative director Ben Taverniti, speaking at the brand’s showroom in Paris. “I felt like over the seasons my aesthetic got lost, so I shrunk back in order to recreate this foundation and then build back as we go along.”
The small collection in a select color palette – black, white, grey – allowed for the style innovations to shine. Layering, a favorite theme, was pushed to extremes, especially on the lower level of the body: a pair of drop-crotch pants was worn with thick socks and high-top shoes, covering every inch in different layers of texture.
Zips were added to the sides of black down jackets: once open, the garment looked almost cape-like. The action exposed the different volumes underneath, like a layered denim jacket or a fine-knit cashmere.
Straps dangled along trouser legs and hoodies came printed with a torn-looking brand logo mirroring the deconstructed collages created by the team to illustrate the season’s lookbook. Analog pictures of American natural landscapes were scanned and added to the collection pictures in a nod to Taverniti’s design process. “I

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Kate Moss, Lily Allen Attend Dior Men Show

LOCATION LOCATION: Lily Allen was in mock casting-agent mode arriving at the Dior Men show on Friday, with her tell-all, best-selling memoir, “My Thoughts Exactly,” set to be made into a film or TV series.
Sporting a silver leopard-print anorak accessorized with a diamond cannabis-shaped necklace she picked up at Icebox in Atlanta, Allen, who is also working on a second book, her fifth album and two musicals, had inadvertently matched her black lipstick to the color of the venue, a sprawling ephemeral structure set on the Champ-de-Mars opposite the École Militaire, with the Eiffel Tower looming in the near distance.
When asked who should play her, the singer, who said the format for the adaptation has not yet been decided, shrugged, surveyed the space, and jokingly pointed to the nearest fellow front-rower: Christina Ricci.
An unassuming Ricci, a friend of Dior Men creative director Kim Jones who had flown from Los Angeles to support his sophomore outing for the house, was taking in the space. “It’s very impressive to see this big Brutalist tent set against the beauty and elegance of Paris,” she said.
Other high-profile guests attending the event included Kate Moss, joined by her beau Count Nikolai von Bismarck; Robert Pattinson and Naomi Campbell.
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The Orville Co-Stars Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki Are Engaged

Scott Grimes, Adrianne PalickiThere’s a wedding on the way for these co-stars.
The Orville stars Scott Grimes and Adrianne Palicki are engaged, the couple confirmed on social media Thursday night. “So happy…

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Ralph Lauren Creates Heatable Moon Jackets

Last year was a big one for Ralph Lauren. The designer celebrated his 50th anniversary with a number of memorable moments that included a celebrity-laden runway show in Central Park, special anniversary capsule collections and even throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium.
It also marked a continuation of the company’s association with the Olympic Games, where it once again dressed the American team for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The looks that the athletes wore in South Korea last winter were the starting point for a new wearable technology program that is being introduced this week.
“It all started with the Olympics,” said David Lauren, chief innovation officer of Ralph Lauren. The patriotic puffer jackets that the company created for the athletes turned out to be quite popular among the participants and the few consumers that were able to get their hands on the “handful” of pieces the company made available to the public.
“We got tons of calls,” Lauren said. “And they were selling on eBay for $ 8,000.”
In addition to looking cool, the jackets also heated up to keep the athletes warm during their time outdoors.
And now, Ralph Lauren is producing the jackets commercially and infusing them with an updated heating component

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Parsons Paris Forms Advisory Board to Support Ambitious Growth Plan

Parsons Paris, the European campus of The New School’s  Parsons School of Design, said Friday that it has formed an advisory board to provide guidance to university leadership on strategy and growth opportunities, help shape innovative programming and enhance the school’s reputation throughout the world.
Peter Price, chairman and chief executive officer of Premiere Previews and a former trustee of The New School, will chair the advisory board.
Parsons Paris was established in 1921 as the first American art and design school in the French capital. The school offers programs and courses that build on the fashion, design, art, media and technology, and strategic design and management curriculum of Parsons School of Design in New York.
The advisory board will hold its inaugural meeting on May 15 to coincide with the school’s annual year-end fashion show.
“As The New School celebrates its centennial this year, and Parsons Paris looks ahead to its centenary in 2021, the advisory board will play an integral role in supporting an ambitious growth plan in Paris and our mission to provide a world-class education experience for outstanding artists, designers and scholars,” said Tim Marshall, provost of The New School.
Florence Leclerc-Dickler, dean of Parsons Paris, added, “The advisory board will

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Vetements Men’s and Women’s Fall 2019

“We ended up realizing that the geeks have become the new punks by inventing the smartphone, something that changed the whole world,” said Demna Gvasalia, tackling a new subject on the Vetements runway: the Internet, especially the Darknet. That includes “all the crazy, scary things that we can acquire there or use in the backstage of what we know as the Internet. How far can it go?”
It came through partly in the graphic work and slogans on hoodies and T-shirts that Gvasalia has been using since the start of the label. He used the T-shirt — “a product that is part of the fashion vocabulary, like it or not,” he reasoned — as a sounding board for what he and members of his team have on their mind and how they see the world. Slogans ranged from, “I survived swine flu, now I’m vegan,” to “Made in Europe,” with as one of the key graphics a president-themed stamp. Backpacks were decorated with scary faces, complete with creepy floor-sweeping trails of hair, while shrugs were made from disemboweled teddy bears.
Gvasalia said, “after five years doing Vetements, looking for my Balenciaga, my Vetements, separating those things and making sure I enjoy doing those

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Paris Scene: New Haunts to Check Out During Couture Season

Here are some ideas of the latest places to shop, eat, view art and get pampered in the City of Light, in between couture shows that begin on Monday. 
DOWN THE MOUNTAIN: Rossignol has come down the mountains and planted its ski batons — and apparel to match — in the center of Paris. The new Left Bank store was designed by Luca Azzoni’s architecture firm with the sporty heritage of the label in mind and includes touches of the dark slate rock used at the company headquarters in the Alps. Spread over 1,000 square feet, the space offers a mix of technical gear and contemporary street fashion, reflecting the label’s push from ski stations into urban areas. A longstanding collaboration with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has produced more playful pieces in the boutique. The store also offers click-and-collect services. — Mimosa Spencer
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EATING OUT: Whether you’re looking to discover new cuisines, dine on the Seine or party the night away, these four new Parisian spots have got you covered during couture week.
In between shows in the Marais, head over to trendy Rue Charlot to sample

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Wrap Tops That Show Off Your Figure

E-comm: Wrap Tops That Show Off Your FigureHere’s something we think we can all agree on: You can never have to many tops.
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Versace, 2 Chainz Collaborate on Chain Reaction Sneaker, RTW Capsule

MILAN — Versace is collaborating with 2 Chainz on a new “2 Chain Reaction” sneaker. In addition, a men’s ath-leisure capsule collection designed with the American rapper will be available exclusively in the U.S.
The shoes will be presented in Atlanta, the hip-hop star’s hometown, during the weekend of Feb. 1, which is Super Bowl weekend. The game will be played Feb. 3 in Atlanta.
Characterized by the sneakers’ staple chain-link sole, Versace’s Grecian frieze, and braille lettering, the shoes introduce an embossed croc Neoprene collar with dual zip closure. The zippers are connected by a nylon strap for ease and functionality.

2 Chainz wearing the Chain Reaction sneakers designed in collaboration with Versace 
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The collaboration will launch in a pop-up boutique in Atlanta’s Wish Gallery Feb.1 to 3 and on versace.com. The sneaker will be dropping in the Versace Phipps Plaza boutique that week and become globally available on Feb. 8.
The limited-edition sneakers come in a branded box and bag featuring the “2 Chain Reaction” logo.
Born Tauheed Epps, 2 Chainz is also the founder of apparel brand CEO Millionaires, which in 2016 teamed with Julieanna Goddard, also known as Yes Julz on Snapchat.
In November, 2 Chainz released the two-song EP “Hot Wings Are a Girl’s Best

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IMG Unfurls February Programming for NYFW: The Shows

IMG is firming up its programming during New York Fashion Week: The Shows, with a slew of in-depth conversations, fashion film screenings and a curated installation.
As reported, NYFW: The Shows takes place Feb. 6 to 13 at Spring Studios, with additional shows at Industria. In addition to the previously reported 67 participants, there are such designers as Brandon Maxwell, CAAFD Emerging Designer Showcase, Cynthia Rowley, Dennis Basso, Dion Lee, Fashion for Peace, Global Fashion Collective, Hakan Akkaya, LaQuan Smith, Turkish Designers, and Unwonted. This brings the current show count to 78.
Kicking off NYFW: The Shows is an opening night event Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. where Harlem’s Fashion Row and IMG will honor costume designer Ruth E. Carter with a curated installation of her work, reimagined in collaboration with fashion stylist Ibrahim Kamara.
IMG will expand on the success of last season’s NYFW: The Talks with NYFW:BTS which goes beyond the shows and behind the scenes at NYFW. Among IMG and Spring Place’s co-produced series of in-depth conversations with industry leaders and artists (which take place on the seventh floor of Spring) are:
• Front Five, presented by E!, which will go behind the scenes on Feb. 7 at 12 p.m. with

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OAMC Men’s Fall 2019

Tailoring is shouldering its way back into men’s wear, often with multiple layers made from the same fabric. This is how Luke Meier opened his assured show for fall, with its undercurrent of Seattle grunge and other sly Nineties references.
He’s skilled at voluptuous, large shapes, managing to make his oversized coats and shirts look chic and elegant, never sloppy. Meier employed lots of gray wool, which heightened the utilitarian undercurrent always present in his OAMC designs.
The hospital green vinyl walls were a wink to Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster” series, and the kink of Barney’s art performances surfaced in the latex turtlenecks, illustrated carrier bags and a butter-toned trench that undulated like jelly. Clinical pastels and checked patterns added some cheer to the austere shapes.
Meier’s roomy, tone-on-tone suits and coats were among the show’s strongest looks, with boxy gray wool jackets layered over long double-breasted coats and generously cut trousers. Some of them had a workwear feel, while others were more sartorial.
Other standouts included oversized check shirts and coats with a touch of Kurt Cobain, while bags and T-shirts showcased the freeform line drawings of Meier’s friend, the artist and musician Daniel Johnston. Meier said that, going forward, OAMC plans to work

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Tolu Coker Awarded Fashion Scout’s Merit Award

GOLDEN TICKET: London-based designer Tolu Coker has been awarded Fashion Scout’s Merit Award. Coker will be granted 20,000 pounds, which will go toward expanding her business, and a fully sponsored runway show under the Fashion Scout program taking place during London Fashion Week, which runs from Feb. 14 to 19.
Previous winners of the award include Phoebe English, David Koma, Katie Roberts-Wood of Roberts|Wood and Eudon Choi.
“It came as a surprise to hear that I’ve won but also a challenge preparing for a debut show because I’m a one-woman band. It’s such an honor and it’s come at such an important time because storytelling is such an integral part of my brand,” the designer said.
Coker’s label champions sustainability — she is known for using upcycled denim, leather and recycled plastic scraps in her collection, which features bold embroidery and textures.
She has already racked up a roster of high-profile clients, with the likes of Rihanna, Demi Lovato and Emili Sandé wearing her pieces.
“Tolu’s brand was an easy decision for the judging panel to award Merit to, due to her originality and exciting concept of implementing past generations and dual cultures into her work,” said Martyn Roberts, founder and creative director of Fashion Scout.

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Shop These Sales and Hit the Slopes

E-Comm: Shop These Sales and Hit the SlopesWe don’t know about you, but we wait all year for ski (or snowboard) season and, well, it’s finally here.
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Saks Scores Retail Exclusive of Kim Jones’ Dior Men’s Collection

Saks Fifth Avenue has managed to snag the early launch of the much-coveted debut collection of Kim Jones for Dior Men.
Although the line will be offered at other stores in early February — including in an installation with some exclusive pieces at Nordstrom Men in New York and Seattle — Saks has secured the early retail exclusive for the line. The line has already launched at Dior’s stores, including the eight in the U.S. that carry men’s wear.
Saks will be carrying the full collection of ready-to-wear, sneakers and accessories embellished with the brand’s signature bee logo that has been reimagined by street artist KAWS.
The summer collection will be available at Saks’ New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston and Toronto stores on Jan. 16, two weeks ahead of other retailers. It will not be available online at Saks but is being sold on the Dior e-commerce site.
Product pricing will range from $ 490 for a KAWS bee T-shirt to $ 5,900 for a crystal KAWS bee denim jacket.
Saks will devote the center six windows at its Fifth Avenue flagship to the launch from Jan. 16 to Jan. 30. They will feature KAWS’ designs including the bee motif as well as

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Olivier Saillard Stages Cafe Performance for J.M. Weston

PARIS — It’s said that J.M Weston loafers are popular with café waiters because they’re sturdy and you can have them resoled at the factory for life.
That piece of lore prompted Olivier Saillard, artistic, image and culture director of the heritage shoe brand, to stage a performance on Tuesday evening at the Café de l’Epoque, a picture-book Paris institution dating back to the 19th century.

The Café de l’Epoque 
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Now in his second season at the brand, Saillard homed in on the 180 Mocassin Loafer with a collection of made-to-order styles available in materials ranging from white suede calfskin to black alligator leather, hoisted on double, triple or even quadruple soles.
Models disguised as waiters proffered wooden parquet trays bearing the shoes, as guests munched on eggs mayonnaise, pâté sandwiches and other typical bistro fare, washed down with a glass of wine. Saillard, a white apron tied around his waist, recited poems that spewed from the cash register.

A model at the J.M. Weston presentation. 
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“I wanted to reintroduce a bit of humor into fashion. I find it’s missing from the shows. Everyone – from the houses and designers to the press – is so harried, and nobody has time to laugh anymore,” he

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Han Kjobenhavn Men’s Fall 2019

Speaking a couple of days before his brand’s first show in Paris, Jannik Wikkelso Davidsen confided it proved tricky to find a suitable venue for his planned set design, as he needed somewhere with a 10- to 15-meter-high ceiling. The result didn’t disappoint: a dystopian Denmark greeted guests at the Han Kjobenhavn show on Tuesday night, complete with towering concrete blocks and structures seemingly made of urban junk, such as a cluster of television aerials.
The theme of the collection was “Fairytale Denmark,” riffing on the idealized perception of the country by foreigners. Davidsen’s Denmark, inspired by his upbringing in suburban Copenhagen, is fierce and gritty: outdated-looking “Visit Denmark” sweatshirts were paired with baggy trousers and colorful track pants, worn by scowling youths who looked straight out of an underground club.
The designs were based around items Nineties teenagers would steal from their parents’ closet and match with their own: a football jersey was seen peeking out from underneath an oversized dad suit, leather and shearling jackets looked clearly borrowed, especially when paired with bright sweatpants or embellished jeans.
Expected Nineties nods – bare midriffs, plaid jackets, XXL knit jumpers – felt fresh thanks to clever styling, and the whole collection had a grunge

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Victoria Beckham Amps Up Direct-to-Consumer Strategy With Focus on Editorial Content

LONDON — Victoria Beckham, who is shifting her brand strategy to focus on a digital-first, direct-to-consumer approach, has named Edward Barsamian head of editorial, a new role.
Barsamian, who previously worked at The New York Times and was most recently American Vogue’s style editor, will work with Victoria Beckham’s chief communications officer on developing content across the brand’s platforms, as well as spearheading events and special projects.
The idea is to translate Beckham’s voice and vision through various platforms and create content that is representative of the audience she has built over the last 10 years. The move recognizes editorial content as a key ingredient of the direct-to-consumer recipe, which requires continuous communication with customers and plenty of storytelling to keep them engaged.
“It is a privilege to champion a female-led, digitally minded business and I am looking forward to working with Victoria and her team to develop and expand its global reach to consumers,” said Barsamian, whose appointment is effective immediately.
Beckham has also been working on a YouTube channel as part of her company’s new focus on content.
“It’s going to be everything from fashion to beauty. I am going to have cameras following me around whilst I am on the road, there will

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Denim Jackets to Keep You Warm

E-Comm: Demin Jackets to Keep You WarmYour trusty denim jacket–do you ever get tired of it?
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Indochino to Open 20 Showrooms This Year

Indochino will open up to 20 retail showrooms in North America this year.
The Vancouver-based custom men’s brand, said the expansion will be concentrated on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. The first will open in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn on Jan. 18. Other locations will include Greenwich, Conn., Manhasset, N.Y., and Paramus, N.J., followed by a second unit in Boston and a fourth in the Greater Toronto area. Three showrooms will open in California, in Roseville, San Diego and San Jose, plus Portland, Ore., and Bellevue, Wash.
Indochino ended 2018 with 38 showrooms.
The brand is also expanding its categories. Last year, it began offering chinos and outerwear and will begin offering casual shirts by summer as well as an expanded assortment of custom suits, dress shirts and formalwear.
Indochino said it posted a 43 percent increase in sales in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of 55 percent and positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization for the second consecutive year. The company declined to provide more specific figures.
Drew Green, president and chief executive officer of Indochino said the company doubled its retail footprint in 2018 and is ready to “explore more new markets while profitably growing our existing markets, introduce consumers

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EXCLUSIVE: Net-a-porter Unveils the ‘Colombian Collective’

“Imagine you are in Cartagena for the weekend, spending your days at the beach and at night you are going to different parties and dinners,” said Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-porter. That whimsical idea was the starting point for the e-tailer’s newest exclusive curation of brands and capsule collections called the “Colombian Collective.” The vacation-wear assortment of clothing and accessories, unveiled Jan. 15, comes in the form of mini capsule collections from designers firmly anchored in the roots and culture of their native of Colombia.
The retailer has picked up a lot of designers from the South American country as of late which organically led von der Goltz to the ideation of a collective theme. The curation includes ready-to-wear capsules from Johanna Ortiz, Esteban Cortazar, Silvia Tcherassi, Verdelimon and The Lazy Poet. Accessories and jewelry designers in the mix include Bibi Marini, Mallarino, Mercedes Salazar, Carolina Santo Domingo, Hunting Season, Verdi, Magnetic Midnight and the Muzungu Sisters.
Von der Goltz nicknamed the collective the “happy family” since word of mouth brought recommendations of some of the designers to her attention and a trickle down effect of several designers being friends of friends, creating a creative family tree of

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Alberta Ferretti Pre-Fall 2019

“As a designer, my goal is to bring fashion to the street, not the street into fashion,” said Alberta Ferretti, distancing herself from the industry’s current obsession for streetwear. “I designed a collection which is multifaceted as the women of today, who look for clothes exalting their beauty and at the same fitting the needs of their dynamic lifestyle.”
In keeping with her intentions, Ferretti presented a lineup that mixed the right dose of daywear with her signature romantic evening styles. More quotidian options included, for example, a beautiful trenchcoat with cape-like details worn with a quilted jacket and a cozy sweater tucked into slightly high-waisted carrot pants punctuated by zippers. Impeccable blazers were worn with flared trousers and crochet tops and a cashmere cape trimmed with leather, exuding a chic equestrian feel, was paired with a cable-knit mini dress.
Veering toward more evening situations, a short silk cocktail dress was enriched with a cascade of ruffles in a delicate combination of pink and gray tones, geometric metallic embellishments gave a sparkling feel to mini frocks, while a sensual black satin slipdress was decorated with metallic rings for an eye-catching, slightly Nineties effect.

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Virgil’s Vuitton Is Already Selling Faster Than the Supreme Tie-up

LIKE A VIRGIL: Virgil Abloh’s first designs for Louis Vuitton have yet to hit the French luxury giant’s boutique network, but they’re already selling up a storm.
A pop-up in Tokyo that opened last week raked in 30 percent more in the first 48 hours than Vuitton’s collaborative collection with Supreme in 2018, Vuitton chief executive officer Michael Burke told WWD.
He attributed the success to “pure unadulterated desire,” citing particularly strong demand for tailored ready-to-wear, mini trunks in white leather and transparent and iridescent weekend bags.
“It was merchandised as a full collection,” he said, also noting that the rush came despite no dedicated marketing campaign, advertising or gifting. About 1,000 people queued up in the Japanese capital to be among the first to buy.
The Supreme collaboration, seen as a watershed moment for streetwear, sold exclusively last June through eight pop-ups in Paris, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Sydney.
Vuitton opted for a similar stealth approach for Abloh’s debut spring 2019 collection, first hosting pop-up stores in London and Shanghai last October. One in New York also opened last week, with the first day an invitation-only event for 200 people.
Crowned WWD’s Newsmaker of the Year last year, Abloh went from

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These Faux-Leather Leggings Are the Only Pair You Need This Winter

E-Comm: These Best-Selling Leggings Are the Only Pair You Need This WinterYou don’t have to argue with us that leggings are a year round closet staple, but there’s something about the cold weather that makes us want to live in them even more than…

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Sunnei Raises the Bar

MILAN — Sunnei is gearing up to host its biggest show thus far on Sunday, at the Palazzo del Ghiaccio venue here.
Founded in 2016 as a men’s label by Simone Rizzo and Loris Messina, the brand, which introduced women’s wear for the spring 2019 season, will show about 45 looks with a diverse casting that will combine professional models and friends of the house.
“This reflects the way we get inspired,” Rizzo said. “Since the beginning we have looked to our friends, music, travel and personal experiences to find inspiration for our collections, which are a reflection of what we are and how we live.”
In keeping with this vision, Rizzo and Messina developed a fall 2019 lineup strongly influenced by their background yet refreshed with a futuristic vibe.
“We tried to project our social and cultural vision into the future,” Rizzo said.
“It’s a bit ‘Blade Runner,’ but very relaxed and not dark,” added Messina, who revealed that the collection will include pop colors and references to Nineties MTV culture.
“This season, we abandoned our typical ironic images because they tended to become a bit too obvious,” Rizzo said. “Everything is getting more sophisticated.”
Although the design duo tried not to reveal too many details

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Tracy Anderson and Lingua Franca Team on Collection

Tracy Anderson has partnered with Lingua Franca, the sustainably sourced, fair trade luxury cashmere brand, on a collaboration.
The three-piece collection reflects Anderson’s approach to fitness and healthy living, with hand-stitched embroidered sayings such as “You Are How You Move,” “Create Balance” and “Lifegiving.”
“Each sweater represents a message that I personally follow, and have instilled in my clients for years,” said Anderson, founder and creator of the Tracy Anderson Method. “I am so excited to be partnering with Lingua Franca, a socially progressive brand that I have admired since its inception, and bringing these stylish, health conscious and celebratory pieces to women everywhere.”
The sweaters, which retail for $ 380, will be available for a limited time at Tracy Anderson studio locations in New York and Los Angeles and at tracyanderson.com. The colors are smoke, cream and sea foam. This is a one-time collaboration.

The “Create Balance” sweater. 

Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, founder of Lingua Franca, said a close friend of hers took her to her first Tracy Anderson class last year and she felt its effects immediately. “Since then I have been a devotee of the Tracy Anderson Method workouts, especially the live-streaming ones, which I do from home. As a busy mother of two

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No. 21 Men’s Fall 2019

After a sea of bright colors and a season of streetwear and logos, Alessandro Dell’Acqua served up a refined and elegant palette cleanser while still keeping it super young.
The starting point was cult classic, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sailor movie “Querelle de Brest.” “Not the muscles, but rather the fragility of the sailors when together,” the designer said backstage.
The cute navy and red sailor knits were the obvious till ringers. But the designer in his delivery — a super clean Nineties allure with tailored proportions — also succeeded in softening the nuances and subculture references, and make it more approachable in a young, non-threatening way, without losing impact.
That included a great black leather shirt cut with a larger collar to make it feel casual and less costume-y.
He combined new technology with classic fabrics, going from a vinyl-like coated poplin used on jackets and pants to a coat cut from black radzimir. It lent a hint of eroticism and mystery to the collection, much like the great closing parka presented fully unzipped and off the shoulder, like an evening gown, only worn over a crisp white shirt and tie.

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Critic’s Choice Awards Fashion Review: Brighter Times Ahead

Seeing so many all-white fashion looks on the Critic’s Choice Awards blue carpet Sunday night, you might have thought Hollywood was making another political statement, following last year’s all-black fashion action at the Golden Globes to protest gender inequality.
But the trend is just a trend, at least according to Allison Janney. “We’re all just feeling it,” she said, looking a bit like a superhero in a white Alberta Ferretti cape and pants look, piled high with Neil Lane diamonds.
“Perhaps it is a subconscious message of hope. Brighter times ahead,” added her stylist Tara Swennen.
Or perhaps Hollywood stars, like so many others this January, are obsessed with organization guru Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, “Tidying Up!” Whatever the reason, the fashion news of the night was a clean sweep. Emily Blunt seemed to get the memo, wearing a crystal-embroidered white silk Prada gown that her stylist Jessica Paster described as “fresh and simple.” Constance Wu romanced in Rodarte, and Lady Gaga in billowy blush Calvin Klein (though sadly, without hair colored to match this time).
Women wore the pants—a lot, with Julia Roberts choosing a deconstructed tuxedo by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton and Claire Foy projecting power in a navy blue asymmetrical

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Top 10 Books to Read in 2019

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Italy’s Men’s Sales, Exports Grow in 2018, Brands Support MFW

MILAN — Trade policies, Brexit uncertainties, social protests in France and European political elections are factors that could influence the economy this year, but Brunello Cucinelli is unwavering: “Of one thing I am sure: it’s not true that men don’t want to buy, I don’t believe this at all.” With “at least three different posts” on social media per day, men “must change depending on the occasion. We take more care of our looks because we will be posted. It’s a new way of life,” he argued.
Figures released by Centro Studi of fashion industry association Confindustria Moda support this positive take — even 2019 is seen as “stable” compared with 2018 and showing “limited dynamism,” based on the spring 2019 orders. That said, the Italian men’s wear industry is expected to report 2018 sales of 9.44 billion euros, up 1.5 percent compared with 2017.
Men’s wear accounts for 17.5 percent of Italy’s textile and fashion revenues and 27.9 percent of all apparel. The first half of 2018 was particularly brisk, with exports up 5.5 percent, but business slowed starting last summer. Consumer spending in Italy was defined by the association as “one of the worst [since] 2013.” However, 2018 year-end figures

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake to Hold First Presentation in Paris

NEW PLEATS: Homme Plissé Issey Miyake, a men’s line from the Japanese designer, is holding its first presentation in Paris on Jan. 17.
Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow, the artistic presentation will take place at the Pompidou Center at 9 p.m., following the Issey Miyake show earlier in the day at 11 a.m. in the Palais de Tokyo. Ezralow choreographed a presentation for Homme Plissé Issey Miyake featuring the men’s gymnastics team of Aomori University in 2013. The Pompidou Center presentation will take place in same space as a recent exhibit on Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a large room with windows lining one side.
Homme Plissé Issey Miyake was established in 2013 as a masculine counterpart to Pleats Please, which was launched two decades prior. The clothing is meant to be light and comfortable, with uniform pleats to keep fabric from sticking too close to the skin.
Designed by Miyake and his teams, pieces to be featured in the presentation are part of the fall winter 2019 collection, with most of the items pleated after being cut and sewn. The line has been growing with an offer ranging from ath-leisure and casual style clothing to suits.
In another recent Paris performance, Issey Miyake opened the

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MSGM Men’s Fall 2019

Massimo Giorgetti’s Sunday got off to a turbo-charged start in this dynamic homage to motor racing culture, mixing in tailoring and a Nineties post-punk attitude, Milano style.
The motorsport theme came through most literally in the flame-licked denim, logo T-shirts, archive photos of Ayrton Senna printed in shirts, and color-blocked shiny leathers with gathered drawstring waists.
Channeling a vitamin-charged energy, meanwhile, were the pink and orange neon K-ways in crunchy technical nylon, interspersed with gray and beige total looks with more of a Made-in-Italy bent, with puffers and leopard-print fleeces layered over elegant double-breasted wool coats. Giving a symbolic hometown nod were the black sweatshirts embroidered with the outline of the Madonnina topping the spire of Milan’s Duomo cathedral, part of the city’s skyline.
Tailoring in the expanded collection ranged from boxy double-breasted pinstripe blazers to the designer’s take on the new suit, pairing a zipped top and pant with the word ‘proibito,’ or ‘forbidden,’ printed on the fly.
The designer’s collaboration with Fila, on the brand’s 1992 Silva model, came strung from fanny packs worn by some of the models, with square-toed boots punctuating most of the looks.
Dynamic black-and-white scenes from the Eighties Japanese soccer-themed cartoon “Holly & Benji” surfaced in jacquards on

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Rhode Resort x Shopbop Capsule Collection Debuts in L.A.

“This is the first time we’ve really been able to sit back and enjoy what we’ve done,” says Rhode Resort cofounder Phoebe Vickers, celebrating her label’s new six-piece capsule collection for Shopbop at a flower-festooned dinner at L.A.’s Chateau Marmont Thursday night.
Jamie Chung, Skyler Samuels and Shopbop fashion director Caroline Maguire joined guests in wearing the collection’s vacation-ready, exclusive cactus and hibiscus flower-print dresses (some sold with fun, matching belt bags), while sipping prosecco in Bungalow One, before sitting down to dinner beneath a rainbow grove of blooms created by L.A.-based florist Art Fleur.
“We love to nurture young designers,” said Shopbop’s Maguire. “Rhode Resort especially resonates with who our brand is; it’s bright, cheery and colorful — our customer loves it.”

Pieces from the Rhode Resort capsule for Shopbop. 
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Rhode Resort was founded in New York in 2014 by Vickers and Purna Khatau, who met as freshman roommates at Hamilton College and discovered they had the same taste during their first trip to stock their dorm room at Bed Bath & Beyond. After school, Khatau gained experience as a buyer for Harvey Nichols in London, while Vickers worked in advertising. They reconnected over a desire to create daywear that bridged the

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Step Up Your Hoodie Game

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Meet P448, the Sneaker Brand Wayne Kulkin Is Betting On

MILAN — If you think the sneaker trend is about to end, think twice.
Wayne Kulkin, former vice chairman and chief executive officer at Stuart Weitzman, who oversaw the label’s global expansion during a 26-year tenure, is among the latest executives to have thrown his hat into the sneaker ring.
In 2017, he teamed up with Hilco Global’s chairman and ceo Jeffrey Hecktman to form StreetTrend LLC, a holding company focused on bringing Italian heritage and craftsmanship to the sneaker arena. He soon identified P448, an Italian niche sneaker brand founded in 2014 by Marco Samorè and Andrea Curti, as a label with great potential.
“It’s an oversaturated market, but on the other hand, there’s a complete casualization. I don’t think this is going to change and [we will] go back to men wearing suits and ties and women wearing dresses all day long, so this trend is here to stay. It’s comfortable, it feels good, it’s easy to wear and cool.”

A P448 sneaker style. 
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After helping to expand the label’s global retail network by signing an exclusive distribution and marketing agreement with P448 in 2017, Kulkin deepened his commitment to the brand by acquiring a stake in the company last summer.
In July 2018, StreetTrend

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Thom Browne Attends First Ermenegildo Zegna Show

FAST FRIENDS: “He’s my new best friend, I love our friendship,” gushed Thom Browne of Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Although his own show is slated for Paris next week, the designer took the time to fly to Milan to show his support for Zegna, which took a majority stake in Thom Browne Inc. at the end last August. While Browne demurred from detailing any specific future plan for the brand, he said there will be “a lot more stores opening in the next couple of years.”
In a sign of Zegna’s pull in China, Hong Kong singer and actor William Chan Wai-ting attended the show, flanked by, among others, the brand’s longtime friend, actor Daniel Brühl; model Winnie Harlow, who snapped photos of the looks throughout the show, and American actor McCaul Lombardi, who fronted Zegna’s advertising campaign with Robert De Niro in 2017. Michele Norsa, vice chairman of Missoni, was also at the show, having joined the board of Zegna in 2017.
SEE ALSO:
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Biuu Men’s Fall 2019

The Shanghai-based label designed by Wu Hao looked to opposites, outer space and the ancient Mayans for this polished collection of streetwear and tailored clothing. Tracksuits and slim boiler suits came color blocked, with pixel patterns or sparkling panels, while a puffer coat had a wavy optical grid print. Hao’s knits and tailored outerwear were standouts, as in a loose orange waffle knit sweater, and another with the image of an astronaut on the back. A dove gray car coat glistened as if it was wet while another, longer one was blindingly bright thanks to a flourish of neon yellow quilting that may well turn France’s “gilets jaunes” green with envy. An orange coat was tempered by the addition of a sleeveless, black leather vest, while stripes in primary colors jazzed up a few sober gray plaid jackets. Since he began showing in Milan last January, Hao has been looking to impress audiences in Europe and Asia-Pacific with his designs, and is making progress with two flagship stores in Shanghai.

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Giorgio Armani Shows his Love of Colors

TRUE COLORS: The photographic exhibit “Fabula,” unveiled Friday evening at the Armani Silos space, isn’t what one would really expect from Giorgio Armani–and the designer knows it. “I was tickled by the idea that people think I love neutrals so much, that this is a contradiction and that Armani doesn’t love colors, but, actually, here they are,” said Armani during a walkthrough. “I fell in love with these color palettes, and I had fun with the images.”
Indeed, the exhibition of more than 250 images by French photographer Charles Fréger, his largest to date and running until March 24, is joyful and entertaining, capturing a variety of subjects from around the world, ranging from the Finnish ice-skating team and images of young Sumo wrestlers and Sikh soldiers to whimsically and artfully painted Jaipur elephants or quirky yet traditional masked costumes.

Two photos by Charles Fréger 
Charles Fréger

Armani, who years ago staged his own “Eccentrico” exhibition said there is a “need for eccentricity today. He lamented how generally “we are now stupidly attracted by small and banal things, but we need to be stimulated.” In fashion, too, it seems “anything now is an invention, but that’s not true. We must be inventive.”
 

Photos by Charles Fréger 
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Tim Tebow Is Engaged to Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

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The football and baseball pro is engaged to his girlfriend, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. The 31-year-old famous athlete shared the big…

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Highlights From the Fall Offering at Pitti Uomo

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Brunello Cucinelli 
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Designer: Brunello Cucinelli
Inspiration: The luxury label found the inspiration for its new collection in the elegance of the Fifties. Calling the lineup “Gentleman at Ease,” Cucinelli offered a relaxed take on classic tailoring. The brand, which this season enlarged its booth at Pitti Uomo, returned the focus to its wide offering of suits, which ranged from effortless-chic styles targeting the new generation of men to evening options. In keeping with this renewed attention on suits, Cucinelli recently introduced in key stores a made-to-measure program that enables shoppers to create customized tailoring styles while experiencing the brand’s Italian lifestyle in dedicated areas offering high-end facilities and services.
Key Styles: In the suiting range, while jackets were cut close to the body, Fifties-inspired high-waisted pants with double pleats were among a selection of wider, comfortable silhouettes. Fabrics spanned from traditional wools and cashmeres to flannels, corduroy and velvet. Knitwear took center stage with cozy crewneck and V-neck sweaters, sometimes embellished with sporty-chic tennis details that showed rich melange effects. The color palette focused on neutral tones of gray, blue and beige, enriched with accents of warm dark red and deep purple hues. — Alessandra Turra
 
Z ZEGNA

ZZegna 
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Designer: Alessandro Sartori
Inspiration: Innovation was

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Adidas to Host ‘MakerLab’ Runway Presentation in Paris

FRESH TALENT: Adidas Originals is taking further steps to support young talent.
The brand is hosting a runway presentation during Paris men’s week for which it has invited three emerging designers to show their collection.
In partnership with the British Fashion Council and BFC ambassador David Beckham, designers Nicholas Daley, Paolina Russo and Priya Ahluwalia will present their designs at the “MakerLab Presents: Here to Create” presentation at Garage Amelot on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.
Models will walk down the runway wearing customized pairs of Adidas Originals SC Premiere shoes, crafted by the three designers in collaboration with Parisian ateliers.
All three designers are London-based. Daley, who is part of BFC’s NewGen sponsorship scheme, and Ahluwalia, who won the H&M Design Award in 2018, showed their collection during London men’s week earlier in January.
The initiative “is driven by a commitment to furthering education to foster young creative minds and providing a platform to support emerging design talent by bringing together the worlds of art, fashion and sport,” Nic Galway, senior VP of global design for Adidas Originals, said in a statement.
Ahead of the show, a MakerLab workshop with Beckham himself — who has been an Adidas Originals partner for over 20 years —

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No. 21 Pre-Fall 2019

Mannish references and a winter maritime inspiration coexisted with Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s signature sensual femininity in the No. 21 pre-fall collection. The first theme resulted in cozy outerwear in striped patterns with a Nordic naval feel, as well as in knits decorated with anchor-shaped intarsia. Tiny anchors also appeared on the buttons punctuating a minidress with fluid long sleeves, as well as on a pair of glossy pants matched with a striped T-shirt. Coated inserts embellished the sleek peacoats, while shearling was used inside-out for cozy outerwear. Moving toward the more feminine, Dell’Acqua introduced leopard prints and silicon fringes on coats, frocks and pencil skirts, while a lingerie-inspired flair informed see-through tulle dresses and silk camisoles enriched with lace details.

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Paris Men’s Show Calendar Still In Flux as Protests Loom

IN FLUX: The calendar for next Saturday’s shows at Paris men’s fashion week continues to evolve, as organizers work to avert any danger of France’s yellow vests movement spoiling their carefully planned showcases.
Following Dior’s decision to advance its show to Friday, several other brands have rescheduled, although they have stuck to their original Jan. 19 date. Brands have contacted guests to advise them of the new time slots, but have requested the details be kept confidential in order not to alert protest organizers.
The show calendar on the web site of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French fashion’s governing body, has not been updated yet to reflect the changes. Brands showing on Saturday include Sacai, Loewe, Thom Browne, White Mountaineering and Hermès.
Ralph Toledano, president of the federation, said it was in touch with city authorities to make sure everything goes without a hitch.
“We are working with the Paris police, which have made a number of recommendations concerning locations and time slots. Naturally, they are implementing every possible and imaginable measure, so we have followed those recommendations in a responsible manner,” Toledano told WWD.
He noted that it wasn’t the first time the federation has tweaked its schedule

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Blake Lively, Ashley Graham, Hailey Baldwin and More Celebs That Love Wearing Neon Green

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Nordstrom Men to Shine Light on New Concepts by Sam Lobban

Sam Lobban is making his first major mark on the Nordstrom Men store.
On Friday, the vice president of men’s fashion, who joined the retailer in June, will unveil New Concepts, the first in a series of rotating pop-up shops intended to highlight innovative men’s wear.
The first is being called Concept 001: Out Cold and is centered around what Lobban and the Nordstrom merchandising team believe to be the best products for inclement weather. The shop will have a physical presence on the main floor of the Nordstrom Men store on 57th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan — replacing the Olivia Kim Merry + Bright holiday shop — as well as in the Seattle flagship.

The Out Cold shop opens Friday. 

Among the 20 brands that will be offered are Kjus, Houdini and Aztech Mountain for ski and outdoor apparel; high-tech brands Arc’teryx Veilance and Mackintosh; technical footwear from Hoka One One and Salomon, and outdoor gear from Leatherman and Snow Peak.
The new concept comes as Nordstrom continues to tweak the New York store, the first men’s-only unit in its fleet. While there has been criticism of the store’s configuration and product selection, Nordstrom executives have said they continue to adapt to what

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Will New York Fashion Shows Ultimately Land at The Shed?

So when will New York Fashion Week set up its fashion shows at the Shed, which opens April 5?
For years, reports have been circulating that the fashion shows would take place at The Shed once it was completed. The Shed revealed Wednesday that the new nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to commissioning, developing and presenting original works of art, across all disciplines for all audiences, will have its opening season starting April 5. The Shed looks to present world premiere works in the performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.
“We have built a home where established and emerging artists working in all disciplines can create new work in ways that we cannot even imagine,” said Alex Poots, artistic director and chief executive officer of The Shed.
And, where does fashion fit in?
Ivan Bart, president of IMG Models and IMG Fashion Properties, said, “We are hosting NYFW: The Shows at Spring Studios this February, and our focus is on the upcoming season. The Shed is an exciting new development with incredible potential to enhance New York’s culture, and we’re confident many of our talent at Endeavor, whether with IMG or WME, will perform or engage with the space.” He declined to discuss whether

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Canali Men’s Fall 2019

After seasons of unveiling its collections at Milan Fashion Week, Canali made a comeback to Florence with an evening event hosted inside the prestigious Palazzo Antinori. This was a smart move for the brand, as opting for a presentation format managed to openly showcase the high-end quality of its men’s offering. In keeping with current trends, Canali refreshed its tailoring with a relaxed, leisurewear-inspired approach. Graphic urban jackets were crafted from luxury fabrics, while cashmere coats featured sporty details, including detachable nylon hoodies. Corduroy pants were matched with turtlenecks with an artisan feel and country-chic blazers, while the elegant attitude of pin-striped suits was tempered by the narrow coats peppered by macro houndstooth patterns. Cozy alpaca and mohair gave a cozy, warm feel to the overcoats, highlighting the collection’s overall sense of luxurious comfort.

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Fashion Group International Reveals Rising Star Awards Honorees; Tommy Hilfiger to Give Keynote

This year’s finalists for the Fashion Group International Rising Star Awards will have a chance to celebrate with their competitors at a cocktail party at the Tory Sport store on Fifth Avenue Jan. 16.
The main event will be held Jan. 24 at Cipriani 42nd Street with Tommy Hilfiger sharing his wisdom in the keynote address. His wife, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, will be on hand to present the Accessories award. Behno’s Shivam Punjya, Bobby Roaché, Genevieve Rose Atelier’s Genevieve Foddy, Jibs Life’s Natalie Kathleen, Lelet NY’s Sara Bieler Sasson and Lutz Morris’ Tina Lutz Morris will be vying for this year’s prize.
In the Fine Jewelry category, Amanda Pearl’s Amanda Pearl Brotman, Emmanuel Tarpin, Foundrae’s Beth Bugdaycay, Misahara Jewelry’s Lepa Galeb-Roskopp and Neha Dani Jewelry’s Neha Dani are the finalists. Alexandra Mor will present to the winner.
Phillip Lim will hand over the Womenswear award. Finalists include Cristina Ottaviano, Haus Von M’s Ludi Wang, Julianna Bass, Land of Distraction’s Danita Short and Christian Juul Nielsen, Laurence & Chico’s Laurence Li and Chico Wang, Sophia Is’ Sophia Tezel-Tzelepis and Victoria Hayes. The winner of this year’s Menswear award will receive that honor from Kerby Jean-Raymond. Don Morphy’s Daniel Mofor, éclectic’s Franck Malègue, Head of State’s

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What to Buy This January Based on Your Horoscope

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Project Teams With Cool Hunting at New York Show

Cool Hunting, an independent publication that covers design, culture and technology, will host a lounge, create a retail trend program and curate a selection of its favorite items at Project’s upcoming New York trade show.
Among the brands that will be featured are Herman Miller; Sister City hotel, the new hotel from Ace Hotel Group; Arlo Skye luggage; Rhone; Courant, and Troubadour.
In addition, the New York edition will also feature, N:ow at Project, which debuted at the Las Vegas show last August, and offers forums and trend presentations in partnership with WGSN. There will also be installations and daily discussions about the state of the men’s wear industry.
“Coming off of a successful launch of N:ow this summer in Las Vegas, its debut in New York was a natural progression,” said Jason Peskin, men’s brand director for Informa, which owns Project. “N:ow will continue to evolve the traditional trade show and birth a fresh event experience for both brands and attendees in New York with Highsnobiety providing special coverage of it all.”
Among the speakers who will participate at this edition are Mr. Mort’s Mordechai Rubinstein; Highsnobiety’s editor-in-chief Jeff Carvalho; Rowing Blazers founder Jack Carlson, and Moose Knuckles’ creative director Steff Hoff.
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Jo Malone London Releases Limited-Edition Birthstone Fragrance Caps

TOP IT OFF: Jo Malone London is releasing a limited-edition collection of bronze bottle caps with birthstones in partnership with brand ambassador Karen Elson and British jeweler Duffy.
The collaboration, Karen Elson’s Birthstones by Duffy, is a personal project for the pair. Elson has always had an affinity for birthstones. “What I love most is that they seem so charming and precious, and the idea of being able to create something coveted and collectible was really important to me,” she said.
Duffy, who works with vintage jewelry, said the collaboration allowed him to achieve his longtime dream of designing a bottle cap. “I’ve always wanted to make a bottle top, either for a drink or a fragrance. It was a challenge to work with an object I’ve never worked with before. It seemed like a natural pairing as Karen and I had already known each other through family connections,” Duffy said.

Karen Elson with the fragrance. 
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The Art Deco-style bottle caps are cast from pure bronze and feature a spiked design with a colored, cubic zirconia stone depending on the month. Duffy said he wanted to keep the design sleek and simple. “The Jo Malone London bottle, label and packaging is so iconic on its own,

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Emilio Pucci Pre-Fall 2019

An energetic vibe ran through the Emilio Pucci collection. Easy-chic, uncomplicated silhouettes were combined with the house’s signature bold prints, as well as joyful colors and tactile finishings.
Plissé dresses and skirts, showing the new Pucci logo, featured intriguing dégradé effects amplified by the irregular stripes of fitted knit tops and the iridescent accents of silk blouses. The multicolor graphic prints were embroidered with metallic sequins on the sparkling asymmetric evening frocks, while viscose pin-striped tailored suits were infused with an elegant attitude.
A-lined colorful vinyl skirts were paired with lightweight silk blouses in fluid silhouettes and plissé skirts in solid tones were embellished with asymmetric foulard inserts splashed with graphic patterns, adding a joyful feel to the clean designs.

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Mel Odom to Unveil ‘Gorgeous’ Exhibition and Discuss His Career With Edmund White

HELLO GORGEOUS: Mel Odom is having a New York moment, but it took 40 years of work to get there.
On Friday, his solo show “Gorgeous” will bow at the Daniel Cooney gallery. The artist will sit down with the novelist Edmund White on Saturday afternoon to discuss his career. Over the years Odom has done his share of covers, such as White’s “Forgetting Elena,” among others. Guests at this weekend’s talk will learn of his many pursuits — the most recent of which was a fashion collaboration with the London-based Qasimi men’s wear label.
The multidisciplnary talent Odom has three books to his own name. In 1991, he created his own doll “Gene Marshall,” based on a fictitious film actor from the Forties. More than one million dolls have been sold since it debuted at the 1995 Toy Fair, Odom said. Born in Richmond, and raised in the tiny tobacco town of Ahoskie, N.C., Odom earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in fashion illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University. After fine-tuning his artistry in London, he returned to his hometown before relocating to New York in 1975. Playboy, Time, The New York Times Magazine and Rolling Stone are among the magazines

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7 Golden Globes 2019 Dresses That Could Be Your Wedding Gown

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Fashion Brands’ Collaborative Efforts With Soccer Teams: Is It Worth It to Play?

MILAN — It’s often said that one’s favorite soccer team is forever. Which might be true for the 736 million fans that soccer has reportedly attracted in 2017 across 18 surveyed markets, according to a study released by American measurement and data analytics company Nielsen.
The number translates into a big opportunity for companies across different categories and especially for fashion brands supplying off-the-field uniforms and developing co-branded capsule collections, to bank on soccer’s global relevance and possibly tap into new customers.
For instance, Thom Browne joined the arena last year by crafting for the first time the off-the-field tailored and formalwear uniforms of FC Barcelona with a deal covering the next three years, while Hugo Boss has renewed its partnership with the AS Roma, FC Bayern, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain teams.

Players from the FC Bayern Munich soccer team outfitted by Boss. 
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Some remain skeptical. “As a marketing tool, I’m uncertain about the return on investment. First of all, there’s a target issue: Are fans of soccer teams target customers for these brands?” wondered Alessandro Maria Ferreri, chief executive officer of The Style Gate consultancy firm. He noted that brands are often putting a lot of money and efforts

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Ryan Reynolds Named Face of Armani Code Scent

PARIS – Ryan Reynolds has been named the face of Armani Code, the Giorgio Armani men’s scent franchise first launched in 2004. He will appear in advertising created with Reed Moreno, starting in February, that coincides with a new addition to the line, Code Absolu.
The actor and entrepreneur shared with WWD his thoughts on fragrance and acting.
WWD: How does being the face of a fragrance difference from the other professional roles you’ve had?
Ryan Reynolds: Making the short film with the incredibly talented Reed Morano isn’t too different from working on a full-length film. So in essence, the job was just as much fun, only slightly shorter.
WWD: What drew you to the project?
R.R.: I love Armani. I love the timelessness of the brand. There’s something incredibly cinematic about campaigns like this, and because of that fact it feels like a natural fit.
WWD: What is your relationship to scent: Are you a longtime fragrance lover? If so, can you remember the first scent you wore?
R.R.: Scent is one of the most powerful types of memory. When I was a kid, my dad wore a cologne that’ll never leave my psyche – for both good and bad reasons. Ha!
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Bethany Williams Men’s Fall 2019

Bethany Williams’ third collection was called “Adelaide House,” after a women’s shelter in Liverpool that caters to the needs of females, including domestic abuse, homelessness and post-imprisonment — one of only six such facilities in the U.K.
Williams tapped the talents of artist Giorgia Chiarion for this season, resulting in a series of portraits of Adelaide House residents and abstract paintings of Liverpool’s landscape, the latter of which Williams incorporated into the lineup.
Liverpool, in England’s north, is generally accepted to be a fairly gray sort of place, but Chiarion depicted it in bold primary shades that, in turn, were applied to Williams’ playful coed collection made, as always, from recycled and organic materials.
She worked with the Liverpool Echo newspaper to utilize newspaper waste, coating thin strips in wax then weaving it — through the aid of San Patrignano, a drug rehabilitation center in Italy — into a richly textured material, which Williams put to work in a nice A-line coat with patch pockets and a boxy shirt jacket and matching trousers.
She used recycled denim in jackets and jeans, printed with Chiarion’s abstract shapes, or in a clean off-white boiler suit featuring the delicate line-drawn portraits of Adelaide House.
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Christian Wijnants Adds Men’s Knitwear Capsule

KNIT WIT: With the men’s market continuing to gain momentum, Christian Wijnants is the latest designer to expand into the segment, with a capsule of luxury sweaters set to launch in June.
The collection will be presented to press and buyers in Paris alongside the women’s pre-collection at the Galerie d’Architecture on Jan. 19. Wijnants said the plan for now is to remain focused on the knitwear category.
Inspired by Uzbekistan, the Great Silk Road and its textile traders, the line includes a fine round-knit sweater and a turtleneck, both made from fine merino wool, and a round-neck style in baby alpaca. The color palette includes shades of orange as well as some inspired by American painter Alice Neel.
The Antwerp-based designer, who founded his label in 2003, said the success of a small men’s wear capsule he designed a few years ago for a few fans and clients inspired him to launch the collection, which also includes jacquard sweaters, intarsia sweaters and 3-D knits.

Christian Wijnants 

CLCC, the Luxembourg-based fashion fund headed by Belgian shipping magnate Christian Cigrang, which also has stakes in A.F. Vandevorst, Yang Li and Brussels-based jewelry brand Kim Mee Hye, acquired a 50 percent stake in the brand in 2013,

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All the Stars Who Shined Bright in Silver on the Golden Globes 2019 Red Carpet

ESC: Silver Sequin Trend, Golden Globes 2019Silver was the hue of choice on the Golden Globes 2019 red carpet.
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Loewe Unveils New Men’s Collection, Eye/LOEWE/Nature

NATURE BOYS — Loewe has launched a permanent extension to its men’s collection cleverly called Eye/LOEWE/Nature, a pun on the outdoorsy essence of the line and its focus on sustainable aspects.
The collection is comprised of accessories made in Japan, including a satchel, a tote and backpack styles, as well as parkas constructed from technical material, sweaters made from partly recycled cotton fibers, cargo shorts, trousers and shirts in the clothing categories. Prices start from $ 265 for swim briefs to $ 1,290 for a backpack and $ 1,650 for the long parka.
The collection is available now at the pop-up at 52 Brewer Street until Feb. 4 and in selected Loewe stores and loewe.com from Jan. 10. Additionally, Loewe will donate 15 euros (about $ 17 at current exchange rates) to help fight plastic pollution.
“The reality of [sustainability issues] kicked in when I was watching a program about how most of Europe gets a lot of food from Spain and, obviously, a lot of plastic packaging gets put into the ground as waste. And I thought, what can we do?” Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson told WWD at the launch party for a pop-up store for the collection on Brewer Street in Soho, London, a savvy location

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The Love Bug Hits Bloomingdale’s

In anticipation of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, Bloomingdale’s is embracing love as the concept for the latest iteration of its rotating pop-up shop, The Carousel @ Bloomingdale’s.
For the shop’s two-month run, the department store has turned to Darcy Miller, founding editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, to create a limited-edition Celebrate Love collection of her own designs as well as a selection of pieces from other companies.
The assortment includes everything from stationery, tabletop and beauty products to candy, accessories and apparel. Key items include embroidered Maison Labiche shirts and a Levi’s jacket and jeans as well as a beauty bag filled with GlamGlow, Bobbi Brown and Becca pieces.

The Bloomingdale’s Carousel pop-up has a love theme this time. 

“Everyone is always looking for the perfect gift, whether for their partner, their family, their friends, their pet or themselves, and this shop is filled with treasures, from a special lucky-in-love journal to a gold tandem bicycle,” Miller said.
Frank Berman, Bloomingdale’s chief marketing officer and executive vice president, said: “The concept of The Carousel is about infusing a new perspective into the Bloomingdale’s assortment. Darcy’s take on celebrating love and the art of gift-giving brings a refreshingly modern twist, which we believe will inspire and

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JordanLuca Men’s Fall 2019

Design duo Jordan Bowen and Luca Marchetto told their fall 2019 story, through the lens of an obsessive, insomniac predator.
“We were fully focused on this one kind of man and this idea of him staring at the ceiling at night,” said Marchetto, pointing to the mattresses that hang on the walls of the brand’s presentation space. “We wanted to tilt the room and look from above.”
It made for a niche but compelling narrative.
The obsessive quality of this character they constructed, pushed the designers to deliver a carefully edited range filled with standout patterns, luxe fabrics and complex structures — the kind that you would find in the wardrobe of a man who “knows everything about himself.”
There were slim tailored suits in abstract jacquard fabrics — inspired by the look of mattresses over time — smart double-breasted coats layered over printed tracksuits and oversized parkas featuring layered panels or cartoonish prints, taken from Sixties soft porn magazines.
The duo also played with contrasts, layering feminine crinkled organza shirts under classic, argyle-knit vests or adding a more formal feel to tracksuits with corseted tops, reflecting the overall move away from sportswear that’s been happening across the London catwalks.
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Valentino Taps New CEO for North America

EAST MEETS WEST: Valentino looked to Asia to find its new North American leader.
Gianfranco Ditadi, regional manager of Tod’s business in China, is to join Valentino North America as president and chief executive officer at the end of February, according to market sources.
Ditadi has also held senior management roles with Ralph Lauren and Prada Group in Asia.
He is to fill a role that’s been vacant since September, when Sandra Jovicic exited the Valentino company.
Valentino is controlled by Mayhoola, an investment vehicle backed by a private investor group from Qatar, which took control of the company in 2012. The brand is designed by Pierpaolo Piccioli and is helmed by ceo Stefano Sassi. In November 2017, former Marc Jacobs International ceo Sebastian Suhl joined Valentino as managing director of global markets to help the brand’s expansion globally.

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Emily Blunt Perfects Pastels on the Red Carpet and More Best Dressed Stars

ESC: Best Dressed, Emily BluntBased on this week’s fashion, 2019 is going to be a year of epic style.
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EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Raeburn Gets Ready for the Next 10 Years

LONDON — Ten years after generating buzz with a first collection of eight garments made from military parachute fabric and big ambitions around recycling, Christopher Raeburn is gaining even greater recognition in an industry that is waking up at last to environmental sustainability and responsible design.
As Timberland’s global creative director, the London-based designer sees an opportunity to give his sustainability mission a broader, more global platform, while at his own label, Raeburn has brought on board his brother and fellow designer, Graeme Raeburn, as performance director, a new role.
The brothers are now aiming to push the boundaries of design, material innovation and waste reduction further and to redefine what success means along the way.
“For us, success is not about Raeburn products being in every store or on every street corner, quite the opposite. We want to look at growth in a much more modern way than just incremental numbers,” Raeburn said from his East London studio as he was preparing his fall 2019 show, set for Jan. 6 during London Fashion Week Men’s.
“During our early stages, people would look at our business plans and tell me that I wasn’t ambitious enough. I think I always was, but it’s always been about

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EXCLUSIVE: Kent & Curwen Teams With ‘Peaky Blinders’ on Capsule

SNEAK PEAKY: Kent & Curwen is hitting the gritty streets of Twenties Birmingham, England, collaborating with the makers of “Peaky Blinders,” the hit BBC TV crime drama, on a capsule collection.
The capsule will make its debut on Sunday during the Kent & Curwen presentation at the grand Two Temple Place, overlooking the Thames, WWD has learned.
David Beckham, an investor in Kent & Curwen and the face of its campaigns, his eldest son Brooklyn and “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight are expected to be at the Kent & Curwen show. The award-wining series, which began airing in 2013, stars Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson, and the next season is due to start in September, just as the collection drops in-store.
Kent & Curwen designer Daniel Kearns has created a three-piece tweed suit, lightweight frock coat, collarless shirts inspired by Twenties styles, peg leg trousers and flat caps. Some styles have printed canvas patches featuring the brand’s rose motif done as a Victorian-era photograph with the writing, “Garrison Tailors by Order of the Peaky Blinders.”
Garrison Tailors is a men’s wear clothing company founded by the show’s creator, Knight. The British-made tailored clothing is inspired by the Peaky Blinders-era costumes.
The story follows police

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Qasimi Men’s Fall 2019

Played out on a set three levels underground, Khalid Qasimi showed a collection that had toughened up since last season while still retaining his signature romantic optimism.
“It’s today’s vision of what’s going to happen next because we’re all questioning what will happen next,” said Qasimi. “None of us know what will happen next socially, culturally.”
He sent his urban nomads on an exploratory trip to the near future, where they were turned out in boxy shirts, rounded bomber jackets, cargo pants and some gorgeous coats in olive, navy and plum cashmere wool.
The notion of protection, an essential in the uncharted future, was explored through biker padding, which looked lovely in the subtle elbow panels on white shirts and in the ruched belts secured by nylon webbing, and in layering experiments in looks like the cropped jacket in deep grape wool worn over a black hoodie and paired with a pair of neon yellow silk track pants.
Other hits included many-pocketed flak jackets or roomy biker styles done out in shiny nylon or stiff cotton, and a padded biker jacket that had “Searching For The Unknown” embroidered in Islamic calligraphy on the back and was worn with matching nylon sweatpants.
A navy sweatshirt bore a fortifying

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Beckhams Turn Out for Kent & Curwen Show, ‘Peaky Blinders’ Debut

PEAK PERFORMANCE: “We watch ‘Peaky Blinders’ all the time — and dress like that every day,” said Brooklyn Beckham, his bearded face shaded by a charcoal flat cap at the Kent & Curwen show in London on Sunday.
The Beckhams’ eldest son, who was wearing a collarless shirt and peg trousers from the new “Peaky Blinders” collaboration with Kent & Curwen, attended the show with girlfriend Hana Cross, parents David and Victoria Beckham, and BBC TV series’ creator, Steven Knight, among others.
The capsule collection made its debut at the fall/winter 2019 Kent & Curwen show, which took place at Two Temple Place, William Waldorf Astor’s former office and a Victorian gem of a building overlooking the Thames with stained glass windows, wood paneling and Arts and Crafts interiors.
Designed by Kent & Curwen’s creative director Daniel Kearns, the capsule includes flat caps, frock coats, peg trousers and a special rose logo that appears on shirts, tops and knits. He riffed on the look of the actors in “Peaky Blinders,” the hit show that centers on the lives of 1920’s street gangsters in Birmingham, England and the policemen trying to keep them in line.
A beaming David Beckham, who was looking snazzy in a flat cap,

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Fashion Flashback: See the Stars’ Looks at the 1999 Golden Globes

ESC: Fashion Flashback 1999 Golden Globes, Jessica ParkerWe’re going back, way back, to when scarves ruled the red carpet.
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What to Watch: New York Fashion Week: Men’s Latest Challenges

New York Fashion Week: Men’s has had trouble gaining a foothold since it was launched by the Council of Fashion Designers of America four years ago. The upcoming fall shows — slated for Feb. 4 to 6 — are facing even bigger challenges. First, an unexpected one-time shift in dates by the trade shows in Las Vegas means that retailers and editors who usually attend both will have to make a choice or abbreviate one or both of the events. Project, Liberty Fairs and Agenda will be held Feb. 5 to 7.
On top of that, many of fashion’s biggest and buzziest names have opted to either hold dual-gender shows or have decamped to other cities. Tom Ford will again hold a men’s and women’s show, as he has in past seasons, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, officially ending the men’s shows. The women’s shows kick off with Ralph Lauren on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
Also opting for dual-gender shows later in the week are Palm Angels — which is making its New York debut — on Feb. 8; John Elliott on Feb. 9; Opening Ceremony on Feb. 10, and Michael Kors on the final day, Feb. 13.
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Bankruptcy Court Confirms Restructuring Plan for David’s Bridal

David’s Bridal can start to think about a planned exit from bankruptcy court proceedings.
A Delaware bankruptcy court has confirmed the retailer’s restructuring plan, the final hurdle in the company’s plan to exit bankruptcy court. The retailer previously said it expects to complete its tour of bankruptcy duty later this month.
When the retailer exits bankruptcy, it will have reduced its debt by $ 450 million. That was part of the negotiated deal with lenders, most of its senior noteholders and equity holders. The company filed its prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy court petition on Nov. 19.
Scott Key, chief executive officer of the bridal retailer, said, “During the court-supervised process, our more than 300 David’s Bridal stores have remained open and dedicated to delivering a five-star customer experience.”
He also said the process has led to the company exiting bankruptcy as a “stronger company with significantly less debt.”
The company previously arranged for exit financing of between $ 40 million and $ 60 million.
David’s Bridal was able to keep its stores in operation, and most of its stores are four-wall profitable on an EBITDA, or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, basis. Its problem was its debt load from a leverage buyout.
The company still has challenges ahead,

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Philipp Plein Pre-Fall 2019

While maintaining his aesthetic bold and flamboyant, Philipp Plein introduced more quotidian options for pre-fall.
A macro houndstooth pattern reflected the sartorial inspiration of power coats, wrap skirts and sheath dresses all embellished with leather details, while denim parkas matched with coordinated pants were richly lined with fluffy fur.
Jeans were also embellished with a cascade of crystals and studs, revealing the collection’s punkish inspiration, also echoing in the leather garments punctuated by metallic embellishments. A tribute to Eighties hard rock music bands, a pattern mixing flames and roses combined with the brand’s logo was splashed on silk separates and structured outerwear styles for the most audacious Philipp Plein’s fans.

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Supreme Court to Weigh In on Offensive Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a new case that will determine if the government can deny trademark protection to words or phrases it deems vulgar. The decision will have far-reaching implications for what should be protected as free speech under the First Amendment.
The case in question, Lancu vs. Brunetti, involves Los Angeles-based clothing brand “FUCT.” Founder Erik Brunetti applied for trademark protection of the name in 2011, but was denied. Attorneys at the United States Patent and Trademark Office nixed his application on the basis that the phrase was “immoral” and “scandalous.”
The USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board affirmed the decision, finding that the apparel company displayed “strong, and often explicit, sexual imagery that objectifies women and offers degrading examples of extreme misogyny.”
But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the decision.
Now the country’s highest court will have to consider whether the Lanham Act, which governs trademarks in the U.S., is lawful and should be allowed to continue blocking trademark protection to brands it finds offensive.
FUCT could not immediately be reached for comment.

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How to Get a Red Carpet Glow at Home

Branded: L'OrealCelebs always have a way of luring us in with their red carpet glow, but is it something you can actually achieve at home?
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What to Watch: Looking Ahead

From short-shorts to vibrant day-glow hues, here are the key trends to look out for this spring.

Return to elegance
Neon
Bucket hats
Short-shorts
Dad jeans
Utility

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London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2019: What to See, Eat and Where to Shop

LONDON — The first weekend in January is never an easy one, but London has the antidote, with a lineup of streetwear and luxury stores and restaurants serving everything from classic British to Taiwanese food, all of which will be open during London Fashion Week Men’s.

London store End. 
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END OF THE LINE: British property group Shaftesbury has expanded its retail portfolio, opening the first London outpost for the online men’s wear store, End. Occupying 9,000 square feet on the corner of Broadwick and Marshall Streets, the two-story glass-fronted space offers a range of collections from labels including Off-White, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Nike and Adidas Consortiums. The store, which already has units in Newcastle, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, features modern furnishings such as marble staircases and glass showcases.
End is part of a strategy by Shaftesbury to position Soho as a go-to destination for emerging brands. The company has been offering reasonable rents in the neighborhood, which is a few minutes’ walk from Oxford and Regent Streets. Shaftesbury has also helped to install Supreme, Palace, Carhartt and Dukes Cupboard, a multibrand retailer, in the neighborhood. Samantha Bain-Mollison, head of retail at Shaftesbury, has been driving the strategy. She describes End as “influential, with a renowned selection of directional and globally sourced men’s wear.” — Hannah Connolly
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Tibi Pre-Fall 2019

News first: Tibi has officially launched men’s. Ssense picked up the smattering of men’s looks that appeared on Amy Smilovic’s spring runway and will be incubating the collection for at least a yearlong exclusive. “We didn’t really know we were tapping into something new in the market,” Smilovic said during a pre-fall preview. “Ssense really believes there’s a whole area missing for soft tailoring. Men’s doesn’t really have any young designer correlation. There’s nothing for a guy who’s like, ‘I want to pay a little more than contemporary and a lot less than designer and I don’t want to be street.’”
In terms of the pre-fall lineup at large, Smilovic focused on lightening things up in terms of attitude, a sense of humor. “We never do a theme, per se, but we were feeling the need to shake things up a bit, keeping on the track of updating classics, and a little bit of not taking yourself so seriously felt right,” she said. “We love suiting and a real urban palette, but we wanted to infuse it with a nature vibe.” Nothing was funny-ha-ha, but there were moments of cheekiness, for example, an oversize women’s suit cinched with a supersized, Eighties-inspired belt

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Ones to Watch: Studio ALCH, C2H4 and Feng Chen Wang on the Power of Streetwear and Brand Collaborations

LONDON — Designers from around the world have been coming in waves to London Fashion Week Men’s and among the newest names on the calendar are Studio ALCH, C2H4 and Feng Chen Wang. But while they may be new to the London runways, they’ve already garnered international attention, having worked with brands such as Nike, Levi’s, Kappa and Converse.
The Australian designer Alexandra Hackett of Studio ALCH, who creates new garments from repurposed Nike pieces, said she’s come to London to be better integrated into the international market. “Australia is quite geographically removed, which is reflected in its industry. London is more of an internationally recognized city and you can create product that, perhaps, has more markets in different countries across the world,” she said.
Hackett caught Nike’s attention early on and the famous swoosh has become her brand’s trademark. The sportswear giant has also sponsored some of her designs. Hackett has snared celebrity fans such as Kendrick Lamar, who has worn Studio ALCH’s boiler suit made from reconstructed Nike bags, and British Grime rappers Stormzy and Skepta.
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These Were the Biggest Fashion Risks at the Golden Globes of All-Time

ESC: Sophie TurnerWhen it comes to the Golden Globes, it’s either go big or go home.
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What to Watch: Up Next for Fur Industry, Furriers

Last year was a momentous one for designer labels vowing to go fur-free. Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry and Versace are among the ones that did so. Whether the trend continues into 2019 is a matter up for debate — as is the entire “fur” or “no fur” issue.
Last month, Chanel joined the antifur brigade — although the brand’s use of fur has always been minimal — and also pledged to stop using exotic skins. Before its pre-fall Métiers d’Art show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chanel said it would “no longer use exotic skins in our future creations.”
The exotic skins in question include crocodile, lizard, snake and stingray. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and president of Chanel SAS, said, “The future of high-end products will come from the know-how of what our atelier is able to do.”
Michael Kors Inc. — now called Capri Holdings — was one of the leading brands that agreed to go fur-free in 2017 along with Jimmy Choo, which Kors also owns. Kors had been targeted by animal rights activists over the years (most noticeably during a Q&A with the designer in June at the Metropolitan Museum). Versace, Burberry, Maison Margiela, Diane von Furstenberg

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Fendi Pre-Fall 2019

In keeping with the mood of its spring 2019 women’s runway show, Fendi showcased a pre-fall collection centered on elegant, real clothes for modern and dynamic women.
Creative director Karl Lagerfeld took inspiration from 19th-century French gates for the chic graphic patterns that peppered a range of pieces, spanning from asymmetric plissé dresses to urban bombers with mink fur collars. Reflecting the utilitarian attitude of the spring collection, the runway show’s maxi pockets returned here on the outerwear pieces, including a lightweight laser cut mink fur coat showing color-blocked fur intarsia. Inspired by traditional workwear, slightly oversize shirt jackets with front pockets were matched with wide-leg coordinated cuffed pants, while sartorial influences resonated in the masterfully crafted blazers showing asymmetric lapels. Their sophisticated rigor was softened by the feminine and lively attitude of the silk dresses punctuated with lace details and printed in charming motifs echoing the patterns of vintage men’s kimonos.
The collection’s balance between soft and sharp, as well as decorative and functional, also defined the bag lineup, where Silvia Venturini Fendi delivered new versions of the brand’s iconic Baguette style, along with introducing the practical and essential Kan B shoulder design enriched with a bold metallic chain.

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What to Watch: Royal, Political Influencers Spark Criticism, Affect Fashion With Photo-ops

Like them, love them or despise them, political and royal influencers churn up the Internet nearly instantaneously with every public outing.
Whether stepping out for a diplomatic gala dinner, a schoolyard visit with wide-eyed students or for a hardhat-worthy ribbon cutting ceremony, the powers-that-be dress accordingly, knowing their choices will send sales skyrocketing. Their personal fashion loyalties vary — Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel favors pantsuits, beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May prefers skirt suits, France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron is all about Louis Vuitton and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump is nonpartisan in terms of designers.
As a sign of their global reach, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, topped Google’s 10 most-searched people list last year. For her first official tour, with Prince Harry last fall, to Australia, the American-born royal packed plenty of options for the 16-day trip. Occasionally changing twice in one day, the former “Suits” actress wore an assortment of Australian labels, as well as Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu, Roksanda Ilincic, Stuart Weitzman, Manolo Blahnik, Gucci and Birks.
Before last spring’s royal wedding, it was estimated that the net present value to brands that Markle wears was 150 million pounds, or $ 212.1 million, according to David Haigh,

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Selena Gomez’s Go-To Workout Class Will Cost You $300 an Hour

Selena GomezIf you want to focus on your fitness à la Selena Gomez, it may cost you a pretty penny.
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Agnona Pre-Fall 2019

Frida Kahlo served as inspiration for several designers over the decades. Agnona creative director Simon Holloway, though, focused on a more personal and private aspect of the Mexican artist, rather than on her colorful and exotic style.
Inspired by an exhibition of her personal belongings hosted at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum earlier this year, Holloway looked at Kahlo’s makeup and fragrances, which stimulated his sophisticated color sensibility. Delicate blush and pink tones were juxtaposed with purple, brown and gray shades in the elegant collection, which offered an upscale, covetable wardrobe for women looking for timeless, durable pieces with a modern spin.
Agnona’s outstanding textile quality stood out in the plush, cozy yet lightweight designs, including an effortless chic ribbed cardigan layered on a sable fur vest, felted cashmere narrow double-breasted coats and hyper feminine plissé knitted skirts and tops. The sense of relaxed refinement infused in the lineup was highlighted by the velour tracksuits worn with oversize camel coats, while trenchcoats crafted from luxurious performance materials revealed the collection’s practical attitude.
Continuing working with a coherent and cohesive approach, Holloway is actually shaping the new image of the Agnona brand, which is actually widening its offering to welcome onboard the younger generations

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Virginie Morgon Makes French New Year’s Honors Roll

PARIS — Virginie Morgon, chief executive officer of Paris-based investment firm Eurazeo, was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian decoration, on New Year’s Day.
With a portfolio of roughly 15 billion euros in assets under management, of which 9 billion euros is from third parties, Eurazeo is a shareholder in Moncler, Farfetch, Vestiaire Collective, Nest Fragrances and Pat McGrath Labs, among others.
Others associated with the fashion and retail worlds who were promoted to Knight of the Legion of Honor in the annual list included Jean-Luc Déchery, owner and ceo of leather-goods brand Camille Fournet, and Franck François, founder of hair salon chain Vog.

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Shop These Go-To Joggers and Hibernate

E-comm: Shop these Go-To Joggers and HibernateAs the year comes to a close, you’ve got a lot of things to think about.
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Pringle of Scotland Pre-Fall 2019

Inspired by a post-World War I quote from curator Alistair O’Neill, “Women had gotten used to wearing their husbands’ cardigans,” Fran Stringer patched together feminine and masculine silhouettes for this cozy, laid-back collection.
Oversized knitwear was worn over flowy knitted trousers, while other knits included a cable-knit granddad-style cardigan and a twin set in the form of a khaki brown sweater and asymmetric skirt with ribbing.
 

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Stringer also adopted a “make do and mend” attitude. Classic cable-knit and intarsia argyle styles were reworked and patched together and whipped into a multicolored boxy jumper and a midi dress in black and green with a high neck.
Details on other knits included ruffle cuffs and necklines and vintage-looking buttons on oversized cardigans. An outfit composed of a roomy, acid green twin set and cargo-style military trousers with a high waist looked cool and chic.

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Hubert de Givenchy, George H.W. Bush, Kate Spade, Stan Lee in Their Own Words

Hindsight, foresight, oversight — depending on perspective, all may apply to words spoken by some of the more established cultural figures who died in the past year.
Over the years, WWD sat down with numerous designers, politicians and writers to reveal their ambitions and obstacles alike. Here are a few of the more memorable lines spoken by some who helped to define the world we live in.
Hubert de Givenchy
“Mine is one of the most beautiful professions in fashion: making others happy with an idea.”
“Balenciaga was my religion,” Givenchy said, explaining that he assembled more than 1,000 dresses for the collection of the Spanish designer’s creations. “Since I’m a believer, for me, there’s Balenciaga and the good Lord. Balenciaga had a sense of construction of clothes. He did things that were intelligent, which isn’t the case today. People are interested in glitz.”
“Fashion’s over. There are bags and shoes that are more and more ugly. That’s all. There are perfumes and everyone talks of luxury. But for me, luxury is, in part, to be well-dressed.”
Kate Spade on starting her own company over dinner with her husband in an Upper East Side Mexican restaurant: “Andy said, ‘Why don’t you do handbags? You love handbags,

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2018’s Best Celebrity Fitness Trends: The Workout Kardashians Love, Technology and More

ESC: Fitness Trends 2018During 2018, celebrities revealed exactly what it takes to stay in top shape. Based on their workout routines, it’s not easy.
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Tooling Around Tokyo for Vintage Treasures

TOKYO — The Japanese capital arguably has some of the best vintage shopping in the world, with stores across the city offering a huge variety of used pieces in excellent condition. Many visitors flock to areas such as Harajuku, Daikanyama and Shimokitazawa to get their fix. But to the west of the city center is an area that is often overlooked: Koenji.
With a location that is just removed enough from the packed streets of Tokyo’s business districts and yet still easily accessible, Koenji has a unique atmosphere that draws people young and old to its web of tiny streets. Old-school bars, Japanese-style pubs and “live houses” (small establishments with live music) mix with cool art galleries, great restaurants, eclectic cafes and, of course, some of the city’s best vintage shopping. It’s one of the few areas — if not the only one — in the city where great deals can still be found, and since many of the stores specialize in very specific eras or aesthetics, the clientele varies widely.
“This is one of the few places where you can live in a fashion style. You can wear the style and then go to a cafe that reflects that style, and

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Whitney Eve Port Delivers a New Bundle

NEW PORT: Whitney Eve Port has sailed into a new gig. The former fashion designer and cast member of “The Hills” has been named chief brand director of Bundle Organics, a brand of products aimed at women in their childbearing years, which contain ingredients that claim to enhance fertility, fill cravings and promote fetal development in pregnant women.
The former star of MTV reality series “The Hills,” which aired from 2006 to 2010, Port has publicly confirmed that she’s participating in the franchise’s reboot, “The Hills: New Beginnings,” which is launching in the spring.
At the end of a phone interview on Wednesday, Port revealed that she was “headed to Santa Barbara for filming of the last day of “New Beginnings.” “Not everybody came back, but almost everyone came back. It’s been fun to reconnect,” she said, declining to confirm reports that Lauren Conrad is a no, but Heidi Montag, Kristin Cavallari and Spencer Pratt and Brody Jenner will all be seen in “The Hills” reboot. “A lot of us have kids now. It’s been really fun to connect on another level.”
Asked about the story line of the reboot, Port demurred, saying, “You’ll have to just wait and see and tune in.”
Port,

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Max Mara Pre-Fall 2019

“Nureyev: All the World His Stage,” the documentary by Jacqui and David Morris released earlier this year, majorly influenced the Max Mara pre-fall collection.
In particular, during a walk-through at the company’s showroom, creative director Ian Griffiths said he focused on the backstage moments and rehearsals when Rudolf Nureyev and his beloved dance partner Margot Fonteyn were captured wearing their training outfits, including T-shirts with rolled-up sleeves and knots at the waist, ribbed knitted leggings and cache-coeurs.
The inspiration actually translated in the fluidity and dynamic sense of movement infused into the elegant collection. Ballet’s iconic tones echoed in the chic color palette, mainly focused on neutral shades with pink touches, as well as more vibrant red accents and graphic blacks.
Griffiths showed a soft hand in the development of the cozy coats layered over flowing pants and draped lightweight tops, as well as chiffon panel dresses injected with an ethereal femininity. This was balanced by the tailoring appeal of the cashmere and reverse satin suits, as well as by the bold silhouette of a covetable trenchcoat worn over a fine cable knit sweater, while Max Mara’s iconic 101801 camel coat was presented with an impalpable organza shell — a symbol of the

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On Your Bike

It could go wrong really quickly. Bike shorts, a controversial relative to leggings, were unmissable on the spring runways. But it wasn’t just black spandex; designers jazzed up the shorts with prints, bold color, elaborate embroidery and unique fabrications to amp up the appeal, or create the potential for more fashion disasters.
“From a commercial standpoint, we’ve really seen the bike short popularize this past year with the immense saturation of streetwear. If winter’s cozy was the hoodie and the track pant, summer’s iteration is that oversize T-shirt with the body-con bike short underneath,” said Marian Park, youth fashion editor at trend forecasting company WGSN.
It’s not a new trend — nothing ever is. Princess Diana sported the shorts regularly in the Nineties with casual crewnecks, as did Madonna to more glam effect in the Eighties. A comb through the WWD archives revealed references to the skintight item as “bodywear.” Virgil Abloh even name-checked Princess Diana as a muse for his spring 2018 Off-White collection, and celebrities — i.e. Kim Kardashian in Yeezy — and influencers have also taken the trend to the streets.
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Sportswear to Get You Pumped for 2019

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Ones to Watch: Tiziano Guardini

For Italian designer Tiziano Guardini, sustainability is a personal matter. “I’m a vegetarian and I really have this almost primordial need to go back to living in harmony with nature, to respect it,” he said. After graduating in economics, Guardini decided to join the KOEFIA fashion academy in Rome where he followed a master’s degree in product management. He then started to collaborate with local ateliers, but taking part in AltaRoma’s Limited/Unlimited project in 2012 was the real turning point in his career. “It’s an initiative promoting free creativity without any commercial purpose and it was such a good opportunity for me because for the first time I looked into myself and told a story [close to my heart],” Guardini recalled.
In sync with that edition’s “Sculptural” theme, Guardini presented statement garments including coats made of pine needles and sculptural dresses crafted from licorice roots. After the project, he decided to develop his sustainable approach in more contemporary pieces, as he made it his mission to have “everybody dressing in a sustainable way in the future.” He gradually started to research more common eco-friendly materials to introduce in his offering, beginning with cruelty-free silk.
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Johanna Ortiz Pre-Fall 2019

“When you’re expecting something to receive in June or the end of May, you want to wear it immediately. You don’t want to wait two or three months to wear it,” Colombia-based Johanna Ortiz explained over the phone of the direction for her first pre-fall collection. The designer has been masterfully designing feminine frocks over the years and took to her first pre-fall collection to build out her daywear offerings — with an emphasis on easy summery shirts, skirts and dresses that could  transition into fall. A plaid suit, peach-colored eyelet blouse (one of Ortiz’ favorites) or button-downs with Western-inspired piping paired with a lightweight, leather skirt were among the highlights. While less ornate or frilly than her gowns or swimwear, they held the same feminine allure with versatile wearability.
Her expanded swimwear was great. Ditto to her gowns and flirty dresses, offered short for the first time this season. Both came in a varying jaguar prints — Ortiz’s first dip into using animal prints — best seen on a wonderful spotted dress with ribbon-ties at the shoulder and waist with matching Tabitha Simmons collaboration sandals or a ruffled one-shoulder navy maillot with the animal walking through Colombian coffee plants.

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Christopher Bailey, Twiggy Among Fashion Names in Queen’s New Year Honors List

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Queen Elizabeth II has handed honors to a clutch of names in the arts and fashion worlds as part of her New Year’s Honors List 2019. Honorees will receive their awards at Buckingham Palace at various times over the next few months.
Christopher Bailey is among this year’s honorees. Bailey, who served as Burberry’s president and chief creative officer until March, and who had previously been chief executive officer, will receive a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his work at the British brand.
This is Bailey’s second royal accolade: He already holds an MBE, or Master of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which he received in 2009.
Twiggy has also been recognized by the British monarch. The model and Andy Warhol muse whose pixie cut defined the fashion of the Sixties, will be named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

TWIGGY LEAVING LONDON AIRPORT FOR NEW YORK WHERE SHE WILL DO PHOTOGRAPHIC MODELLING – 20 MARCH, 1967<br />VARIOUS 
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Daphne Selfe, Britain’s oldest working model at 90 years old, is being honored for creating opportunities for older women in the modeling industry. She will receive a British

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The Best Drugstore Beauty Products Celebrities Used on the Red Carpet in 2018

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Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Teams Up With Dsquared2 on Capsule

POWER COLLABORATION: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are making their debut as fashion designers in collaboration with Dsquared2 founders and creative directors Dean and Dan Caten.
The fashion photographers and the Canadian twin brothers teamed up on a fashion capsule collection, hitting selected stores and the Dsquared2 online shop in February.
As suggested by its name, the Mert and Marcus 1994 x Dsquared2 capsule captures the most iconic spirit of the Nineties, as seen through the filters of the creative crew. Including a range of eye-catching pieces for men and women, the collection is focused on a combination of bold volumes and bright hues and is infused with a hip, underground vibe inspired by the Nineties’ Berlin metropolitan scene where music, art and fashion collided creating a hip, forward-thinking environment.

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The Mert and Marcus 1994 x Dsquared2 capsule counts a range of overalls, bombers, tank tops, hoodies, oversize T-shirts, asymmetric sheath dresses and boxy tailoring styles, all crafted from a selection of fabrics that are masterfully manipulated to create laminated, paperlike and rubberized effects.
In addition, iconic archival images shot by Alas and Piggott, including pictures of Kate Moss, decorate some of the pieces for a post-punk

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Natasha Zinko Pre-Fall 2019

Natasha Zinko offered her take on two very hot topics for pre-fall: Sustainability and gender-neutral clothing.
She had quietly began experimenting in both arenas with her catwalk show in September, where she unveiled a small men’s wear range, but with her new pre-fall collection she was ready to make a bolder, more confident statement and come into her own.
The men’s wear line — which Zinko codesigns with her 11-year-old son Ivan — is already growing and so are the crossovers with the women’s range.
Everything from the brand’s signature tracksuits, to tailoring and oversize outerwear became interchangeable.
“I’m always taking my husband’s clothes and he takes mine. No one cares anymore, especially when it comes to streetwear,” said Zinko, pointing to a women’s bandana-printed tracksuit she ended up styling on a male model, matching men’s and women’s check shirts and roomy blazers referencing the suits worn by the Duke of Windsor and high-waisted jeans, which were photographed together in a bid to create a contemporary take on “Thelma & Louise.”
Zinko also wanted to take a stance against the much-talked-about issue of waste, which gave the brand a revitalized sense of purpose.
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The Designers Behind the Chopra-Jonas Wedding, and More

MUMBAI, India — Two high-profile couples, two extravagant Indian weddings, two Instagram-frenzy inducing events — but behind them both, one design duo: Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, who not only created the brides’ opulent wedding outfits, but also the decor of both weddings.

The weddings of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas in Rajasthan and Isha Ambani — the daughter of Mukesh Ambani, one of the world’s richest men and chairman and managing director of the $ 60 billion Reliance Industries — to billionaire Anand Piramal in Mumbai generated a slew of publicity for both couples (so much so that Chopra and Jonas were criticized for the estimated $ 800,000 cost) and attracted social media junkies worldwide who had never followed an Indian wedding before. Part of the fascination was the sheer flamboyance of the events, as well as the celebrity guests and performers — Beyoncé flew in for the Ambani wedding, for example. And Jani and Khosla dressed many of those guests as well, including one in a red tulle mirror sheet dress embellished with tiny mirror pieces and beads and an organza shoulder drape for the sangeet function, and separately a traditional dress in navy blue, with a low-waisted, embroidered multipanel skirt.

But

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Statement Jewelry to Get Your Sparkle On

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Miley Cyrus Marries Liam Hemsworth in Vivienne Westwood

Miley Cyrus wore a made-to-order Vivienne Westwood gown for her wedding to Liam Hemsworth this past weekend.
For the private ceremony held at their home in Franklin, Tenn., on Sunday, Cyrus opted for the Long Cocotte, an off-the-shoulder ivory gown from the British designer. The dress is corseted with draping across the bodice, and goes for $ 8,600 at retail.
Despite having a history of donning wacky, out-there outfits — including a silver belt as a top at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — the “Younger Now” singer kept her look understated for her wedding (even if it did come from the anti-establishment designer who helped invent the Punk look). In a video posted on Wednesday, Cyrus is seen singing Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” in her dress, wearing spare amounts of jewelry and keeping her hair undone.

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Cyrus and Hemsworth were first engaged in 2012, but broke things off in 2013. The couple’s on-again, off-again relationship officially resumed in 2015, and by 2016, Cyrus was rumored to be having dinner with the Australian actor’s family on a regular basis. During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in October of that same year, DeGeneres asked about

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Emilia Wickstead Pre-Fall 2019

Emilia Wickstead wanted to tell a story of whimsy and empowerment with her latest pre-fall range.
Continuing the feminist narrative she started on the catwalk last spring, she turned to Fleur Cowles, the American artist and editor of Fifties magazine Flair, for inspiration: She was drawn to the way the famous editor worked hard to make a fortune in a man’s world, yet kept her “fun-loving and vivacious attitude” alive.
It was easy for Wickstead, whose vision of an empowered woman is one who keeps her femininity — and flair for romantic floral dresses — intact, to bring Cowles’ colorful spirit into her world.
She created a charming rose print — Cowles’ favorite flower — that featured on bright orange trenches and an array of midi dresses.
She also channeled the riot of pattern and color from Flair magazine’s interiors pages with a bright orange polka-dot print. It came in a pleated crepe midi dress for day and a more delicate, tulle version for the evening.
Elsewhere, Wickstead updated signature silhouettes such as her wool-crepe, structured midi dresses with pastel hues, small geometrical cutouts and Fifties-inspired necklines. She continued to add more separates to her range, too, with elegant pussy-bow blouses, a canary yellow two-piece

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Home Is Calling for Young Chinese Designers

SHANGHAI — As Champagne glasses clinked and heads of industry assembled at The Woolmark Co.’s gala in October to celebrate 50 years of trade with China, six of the country’s most successful designers presented their capsule collections made with Australian merino wool. During the event, the designers were periodically called for press photos, interviews and business introductions, yet between these obligations, they gravitated back to one another, sharing pats on the back, chats and inside jokes.
Perhaps it isn’t surprising that in the emerging pool of contemporary Chinese designers, there is camaraderie and familiarity among the biggest players. The kinship could also be down to the fact that many of them have studied at the same overseas colleges, shared the same manufacturers and suppliers, and worked in the same studios as their careers advanced.
Although many of these successful young Chinese designers studied their craft overseas — this cohort particularly favoring Central Saint Martins in London, many are now returning home to China to set up or promote their labels as the market in their homeland matures.
There is a mix of reasons why this moment in time offers a unique and exciting opportunity for Chinese designers to return home. As the nation’s economy continues

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The Best Hair Products for Cold Weather

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Men’s Spring 2019 Trend: Retro Businessman

What’s the difference between a woebegone, Seventies-era businessman and a spring 2019 hipster? Less than you might think. Designers are serving up retro-tinged tailoring and suburban-dad sportswear that’s so uncool, it’s cool.

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Selfridges Notches More Than 4 Million Pounds in Early Hours of Boxing Day Sale

LONDON — Footfall may have been down on Boxing Day, which marks the start of the winter sales in Britain, but for Selfridges, the pickings were rich.
The store, known for its bright yellow branding, said following a strong pre-Christmas trading period, it took in more than 4 million pounds in the first hours of the Boxing Day sale, which began Tuesday night online and Wednesday morning in-store.
Selfridges said it has already seen a 6 percent uplift on last year, and added that Boxing Day 2018 is on track to remain the retailer’s biggest trading day of the year. Selfridges doesn’t close until 9 p.m. local time, so final numbers are still unavailable.
The company said shoppers began arriving outside the Oxford Street store at 2:30 a.m. on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, when estate owners and employers in Britain traditionally gave gifts to their employees. The store said it expected to see around 120,000 customers between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Selfridges.com has seen the highest number of site visits to date, with 1.5 million customers visiting the site since Tuesday night, with “high double-digit growth” online compared with last year, it said.
So far the highest-performing departments have been women’s

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Ji Oh RTW Fall 2019

Gender ambiguity in fashion has been a hot button issue this year, with many retailers and brands embracing a fluid approach to dress. Designer Ji Oh knows it, and has a design ethos rooted in subverting classic men’s wear for women that boasts broad appeal.
The big news from her fall range was a distinct focus on recontextualizing classics to draw in more male consumers. It’s a wonder why she hasn’t introduced the idea of “unisex” clothing into her collections before. She used the term loosely as trousers, like a quirky pair of “blazer pants” or another with pleating on just one side, are fit differently for guys and gals.
She shot her look book on both male and female models — twice in the same outfits — to show an inherent neutrality. Off-beat shirting looked just as cool on him as on her, as did striped trousers; the pleated skorts cut one leg higher than the other, though sharp and clean, were definitely geared for more eccentric fashion enthusiasts.
There were a lot of pieces here that demonstrated experimental restraint. The aforementioned shirting, for instance, were easy to wear even with asymmetric construction or manipulated fabric gatherings along the chest. Speaking of,

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How the Internet Sparked Copenhagen’s Rise

COPENHAGEN — Inside the centuries-old Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, doyennes of Copenhagen’s fashion scene gathered. Apollo Bar, a trendy restaurant housed within the school, was that evening’s location for a party hosted by Ganni, a homegrown megabrand celebrating its new art film series directed by the Danish “It” girl Emma Leth. Clutching whimsical striped boxes of popcorn, women from various creative fields — dressed in pastel track suits, tinsel sweaters and running sneakers — sauntered through the historic, wood-paneled rooms.
Such is a typical magpie Thursday night here, where a close-knit community of fashion designers, artists, restaurateurs, interior designers and creative types have collectively drawn significant attention on the Internet for their “Scandi 2.0” style: colorful, mismatched fashion, expressive interior design and experimental cuisine that is a far cry from Scandinavia’s reputation for austere, minimalist style.
Copenhagen — along with Seoul and Mexico City — has become the latest creative hub to grow repute on Instagram. These cities’ unique aesthetic sense, cultural pride and innovative panache are attracting hip-seeking visitors — joining the list of chic destinations for Millennials in a world that is increasingly interconnected.
Restaurateur Frederik Bille Brahe, founder of Apollo Bar and the nearby Café Atelier September, said social media

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Sexy Heels to Ring in the New Year

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John Varvatos Business on a Growth Path as Sale Rumors Silence

NEW YORK — In 2020, John Varvatos will mark a major milestone — the 20th anniversary of showing his first men’s wear collection.
Like any fashion label, Varvatos has experienced his share of ups and downs over the past two decades — ownership changes, painful reductions in staff, department store consolidation and changing shifts in fashion.
But after a couple of years of flux, the John Varvatos business is once again in expansion mode. The brand just entered the Middle East with its first retail store in Dubai and there are others in the wings. New product categories such as accessories, jewelry and swimwear are being added.
Star USA, the more-casual, younger and lower-priced line, has been completely revamped and will be unveiled at the Pitti Uomo show in Florence in January.
The architect steering these changes is Mark Brashear, who joined John Varvatos Enterprises as chief executive officer three years ago. Brashear has a long history in the men’s industry that includes Nordstrom, Façonnable, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors.
He’s also seen as a straight shooter and, as such, doesn’t duck questions regarding the uncertainty that surrounded the brand just two years ago when rumors were rampant that its majority owner, the private equity group, Lion

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Chiara Ferragni Launches Beauty Bites Masterclass

QUEEN MIDAS: Everything Chiara Ferragni touches seems to turn into gold — or even better, into its modern equivalent of likes and followers.
The latest initiative launched by the influencer and entrepreneur behind The Blonde Salad digital platform and the Chiara Ferragni Collection footwear and accessories label is no exception.
Ferragni teamed with her personal makeup artist Manuele Mameli to launch Beauty Bites, a beauty masterclass to be held in Milan’s Teatro Vetra venue on Feb. 9–10.
Sponsored by Lancôme and Sephora, the project will “enable followers to move from virtual to real,” reads the dedicated web site providing information on the special event. Starting from 2.30 pm, the four-hour makeup and hair style masterclass will be divided in two parts: in the first, Mameli will share professional beauty techniques and tips, while the other will involve attendees — including Ferragni herself — trying to replicate the looks.
Mayhem in the social kingdom followed: after the Beauty Bites Instagram account featuring teasers, videos and Ferragni’s key beauty looks reached 44,500 followers in a few days, over 37,000 people queued online on Tuesday to buy the 700 tickets available to the masterclass, with many users giving up once they discovered that beauty — and Ferragni

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Raquel Allegra Pre-Fall 2019

Like many designers, Raquel Allegra looked back to the Nineties for inspiration this season, specifically her high school years in which one of her favorite pieces of clothing was a DKNY T-shirt borrowed from a boyfriend. Incorporating the oversize initials “RALA” into one of her slouchy, fine-gauge knit Ts was one of her bolder nods to the decade.
The others came in more subtle fashion: the hero piece, a camouflage tie-dyed mesh anorak; a subtle gradient grey washed silk blouse; or a navy button-front, midcalf-length skirt.
Each season, Allegra finds new ways to manipulate her signature tie-dyed silks and cottons, while copiously layering in new fabrications and updated silhouettes. This season, it was the olive, brown and navy tie-dye masquerading as camouflage that was her starting point, as the earth tones grounded her collection.
Around these mesh and woven pieces, she added layers for underneath such as a Nineties throwback ribbed tank dress, and on top, a quilted cotton olive trench or a sleeveless coppery satin duster. Allegra also offered more luxury-casual looks such as a washed silk blouse and cotton jersey pant work together as a tie-dyed lavender and marigold matching set.
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What’s Next for Calvin Klein Following Raf Simons Split?

The much ballyhooed Calvin Klein-Raf Simons marriage has ended in divorce — and now observers wonder what’s next for the iconic American fashion brand, and whether it can flourish without the “halo” of a designer collection.
As reported, the tie-up between Klein and Simons came to an abrupt — but not unexpected — end Friday night when Calvin Klein Inc. sent out a terse press release at 6:17 p.m., right before the Christmas holiday weekend, stating the company and Simons, who was chief creative officer, had “amicably decided to part ways.” The statement said that Klein has decided on a new brand direction which differs from Simons’ creative vision — but provided no details on what that new direction is.
Calvin Klein will not be having a fashion show during New York Fashion Week in February (it had been scheduled for Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.), and the company will now have to figure out how to move forward after the pricey, multimillion dollar experiment with Simons went bust after a mere 28 months, and eight months before the end of a three-year deal with the Belgian designer.
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Coats To Complete Your Party Look

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Miu Miu Revamps Web Site

NEW NEW: Miu Miu has unveiled its revamped web site, featuring a new, sleek layout and a more dynamic, streamlined navigation system.
The digital platform combines editorial content, campaign images and short videos with a restyled e-commerce offering the brand’s whole range of ready-to-wear collections, footwear, bags, eyewear and fragrances.
In addition, a Miu Miu Club section enables users to dig deeper into the brand’s archives, tracing it back up to the first, spring 1993 collection. In addition to images of the fashion shows, the section also features special projects and all the Miu Miu Women’s Tales short movies, flanked by extra behind-the-scenes content and interviews with the directors and protagonists.

The Miu Miu Club section on the new miumiu.com. 
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Unveiled in 17 European countries first, the web site is currently available in five languages: Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. In 2019, the new miumiu.com will consequentially roll out across Asia, North America and the Middle East.

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Warm RTW Pre-Fall 2019

“In summer, everyone’s tan. Everyone feels thinner even if they’re not…maybe it’s just the tan…but for me, I make happy clothes and clothes that try to make you feel happy and like you’re on vacation while grinding it out in the city,” Warm designer Winnie Beattie mused. The designer used knowledge from her own store, customer requests of buy-now warm-weather pieces, combined with requests from her buyers for transitional pieces that can still sit on the floor come early fall, as well. Envisioning those warm summer nights, Beattie designed a lovely collection to appease both.
There were easy printed voile dresses — floral mumus, geode minis — or washed silk jumpsuits with pussy bows and rompers fit for Beattie’s clambake nights in Amagansett, N.Y., that also stayed true to her unwavering versatility. Throw on one of her washed macro-floral printed silk or striped cotton dresses with a pair of Manolos for a summer wedding or dirty Chucks for running around, either worked wonderfully. Plaid “rainbow” cover-ups — a matching surf poncho and trouser — took the place of summer sweaters (because sweaters in the summer is “like admitting it’s cold, which is a horrible, sad thing,” Beattie quipped) made a stellar addition to the

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Young Royals Join Queen at Sandringham for Christmas Day Service

FAMILY SPIRIT: Royals young and old came out in force for the Christmas Day church service at St. Magdalene’s church near Queen Elizabeth’s country estate in Sandringham, England.
This was Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s, first Christmas as the wife of Prince Harry.
She arrived wearing a Victoria Beckham navy coat and midi knit dress, showing off her baby bump. She paired it with a feathered hat and a modernist, structured clutch bag, also designed by Beckham.
The Duchess of Cambridge – who walked beside the newly married couple with Prince William – wore a more classic burgundy coat by British designer Catherine Walker, with a matching headband and Jimmy Choo pointed-toe pumps.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the latter with her new husband Jack Brooksbank, were also among the churchgoers.
They greeted members of the public, who also attended, and shared holiday wishes.
The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip didn’t attend. Both are fighting a winter cold.
As per tradition, the royal family had a black tie dinner on Christmas Eve, where they exchanged presents. They will also get together for Christmas lunch at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk.

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Must-Read Celeb Memoirs

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La Prestic Ouiston Expands With Plans for Store in Paris

A NEW FLAME: Rounding out a globetrotting tour of pop-up stores, La Prestic Ouiston is opening its first boutique in the Saint Germain district of Paris and launching an e-commerce site at the start of next year.
Nearly a decade old, the upscale Parisian label best known for original prints and fluid silhouettes, has recently experienced a surge of interest abroad, where it is sold in places including Fivestory in New York, Ron Herman in Los Angeles and Japan, Hanwha Galleria in Seoul, and soon on Matchesfashion.com.
For the label’s designer Laurence Mahéo, opening a Paris store will offer the chance to return to her design roots with one-off items. Self-taught, the designer was exposed to textiles growing up—her grandparents ran a high-end fabric store in France—and, as an adult, started selling clothing at Le Bon Marché in small batches of one-off pieces. Mahéo branched out into collections at the suggestion of the Left Bank institution’s Régine Bérault.
“I didn’t realize I was building a brand—I was making clothing,” recalled Mahéo.
“I still have a hard time realizing that it has become a French label with a certain notoriety…I feel like I have spent 10 years working like crazy and, suddenly, lifting my head

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Moon Choi Pre-Fall 2019

“I started from cuddling people,” designer Moon Choi unexpectedly remarked. “I want to make clothing that comforts one’s life because clothing is the one thing that touches the skin first.” Choi embraced her first pre-fall collection quite literally, with modernly tweaked tailored garments that very subtly mimicked the gestures of cuddling. One of the key pieces included an overlapped double-breasted jacket with sashes that could be criss-crossed and buttoned on opposite sides, offered both long and short. “Like someone is holding you,” Choi explained. Blazers and trousers were given detachable fabric sashes that could be buttoned inside or outside a row of buttons on the garments to distort their shape as if the wearer’s clothing was being bunched during a hug.
As always, Choi’s garments were designed to be defined not by gender, but by size and after last season’s introduction of lighter materials and dresses, Choi returned to her roots with a fall-based, tailored lineup with eccentric touches that lean more refined than kitschy. “Tailoring is center to design methodology because I think it’s very attractive. It has very limited silhouettes, but in this silhouette, I can make a balance between my skills and my creativities,” she stated. The rest

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Melania Trump’s Stylist to be Honored by City Officials in French Hometown

As the year comes to a close, First Lady Melania Trump’s designer choices have been the focus of plenty of listicles.
Soon her stylist of choice, Hervé Pierre, will be in the spotlight in his hometown. Pierre’s holiday celebrations will be extended Wednesday in Sancerre, France, where he will receive the keys to the city.
“I’m so touched because everyone is working in the wine industry or in the goat cheese industry. Sancerre is located on top of a hill, which is where all the vineyards are. And at the bottom of the hill you have Chavignol goat cheese, which is the most delicious and expensive one in the world — for people who like goat cheese.” he said. “It was not so easy as a kid to do fashion in that environment.”
“The good news was that they knew what I wanted to do. You have a lot of parents who look at their teenagers and say, ‘What are we going to do with that one?’ That was not the case with my parents. I knew exactly what I wanted to do — which university, which school. It was actually a very straight line. There were no surprises,” he said.
Although his father

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Leggings to Complete Your Winter Wardrobe

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L.A. Knitwear Label Replica Ramps Up With Nostalgia

As nostalgia continues to drive designers to mine their pasts for inspiration, L.A.-based knitwear label Replica Los Angeles is gaining traction in the market for its throwback motifs. Angeleno Nathalie Saphier, who spent 15 years in Paris designing for Sonia Rykiel, Christophe Lemaire, Eric Bergère, Gaspard Yurkievich and Isabel Marant, decided to venture out on her own after another decade of styling for magazines and celebrities such as Amber Heard and Serena Williams and consulting for L.A. brands ranging from Lucky Brand to Equipment, A.L.C. and Raquel Allegra.

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“When I lived in Paris, I was constantly trying to piece together looks based on my youth—I grew up on David Bowie and punk rock, and designers like Terry de Havilland and Peter Max have always been big inspirations,” Saphier said. “Replica has become a billboard for all the things that shaped me in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. I’m replicating in a way, my ideal wardrobe when I was a teenager.”
As megabrands such as Gucci popularize logo and graphic knits, Saphier decided to pay homage to Bowie, Iggy Pop and Pop Art at a more accessible price point—$ 180 to $ 500 retail for cashmere and cotton blends. “I’m not a knitwear

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Chalayan Pre-Fall 2019

Hussein Chalayan’s collection was filled with beautifully constructed clothes that would fit into any luxury wardrobe: There were asymmetric, lightly draped dresses in striped jersey or dogtooth fabrics; roomy trousers with side pleats or appliquéd panels lightly hanging on the sides; separates in a colorful forest print painted in a Chinese style, and skirts made voluminous with deep, contrasting pleats.
Apart from being a master at draping and creating unique constructions, Chalayan is also curious — and a deep thinker. This season he let his imagination run loose, unpicking the concept of pretending. Every drape, pleat and layer in the new range was informed by his philosophical interpretation of what it means to try to be someone else.
Turning the idea on its head, Chalayan bypassed all the negativity and instead focused on pretending as a catalyst to the imagination or “a medium that can healthily lift us away from our reality, adding richness to the monotony of our lives.” He also broke down the word pre-tension, discovering another alternative meaning of “applying tension to an object before use, to make it stronger.”
Chalayan managed to turn all of that abstraction into reality with clothes inspired by activities that can take the human body away from its

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Dolce, Gabbana Cleared of Tax Evasion at Fiscal Level

TAX BREAK: Despite their recent scandal in China, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have reason to celebrate the holidays: The designers have been cleared of tax evasion charges also at a fiscal level.
While Dolce and Gabbana were acquitted in 2014 at a penal level at the end of seven years of legal troubles — which included an acquittal from charges of fraud from a judge at the preliminary hearing level in 2011, a reversal at a higher court, new charges of tax evasion and two trials at lower court — fiscally in Italy the issue was not resolved and meant they could be hit by a fine by the tax commission. Case in point, in March 2013, Italy’s tax commission fined the designers 343.4 million euros, plus interest.
The fine by the tax commission is separate from the tax evasion trials, but both stem from the same accusations put forward by Italy’s Internal Revenue Agency of omitted and unfaithful earnings declarations.
The designers were charged with alleged tax evasion totaling 416 million euros related to the 2004 sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to the designers’ Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl. The Italian tax police reportedly considered Gado essentially a

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Our Favorite Puffer Jackets

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House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Looks to Swim for Expansion

DEEPER WATERS: Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow label continues to broaden its assortment, now looking to swim for its next move.
The business, in conjunction with retailer Revolve, has launched a collection of swimwear and ready-to-wear under the House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve label. It’s the first drop, totaling some 16 pieces, of several planned for rollout across January, February, April and May.
“Swim is a strong category for Revolve definitely with the top three peak months, so it just made sense for the progression of the brand,” Richie said. “We, last resort, came out with great footwear styles so this is more about completing that story.”
The range is priced from $ 68 to $ 198 and is being sold exclusively through Revolve.
The assortment is in keeping with the design aesthetic Richie’s built House of Harlow on, with neutral colors in addition to knot detailing, stripes and crochet.
“It’s still very House of Harlow, really beautiful cover-ups to go with the swimwear so that it can transition into ready-to-wear,” Richie said.
Teaming with Revolve has helped on the back end in terms of designing House of Harlow for the market, Richie said. She cited the multibrand e-commerce company’s access to consumer data as an example

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Camilla and Marc Pre-Fall 2019

Siblings Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman sought to explore the idea of human connection and intimacy for pre-fall. In a positive note, that meant injecting clothes with comfort, through both cozy fabric selection and design. There were silhouettes that cocooned and wrapped the body, like a transparent Lurex knit top and roomy, angora wool windowpane coat with detachable scarf to bundle up in. Sporty zip-up bodysuits and sweaters with a casual element rounded out wardrobe enhancers essential for layering.
A hallmark of the brand is approachable, easy chic, found namely in empowered tailoring. A plaid coat cut on the bias was a striking example of understated luxury for both its contouring effect and easy wear. A velvet herringbone blazer featured strong, accentuated shoulders in a great proposition for power suiting. They played to house codes of harmonious contrasts by offering fluid evening dresses to offset structured tailoring. There was an effortlessness to a billowy sheer red dress with great movement, and playfulness in the fringe framing an hourglass shape to a camel dress.
Freeman-Topper made a point to highlight the brand’s seasonless appeal. “I’ve always said Camilla and Marc is forever,” she said on a call from Australia, adding: “We have pieces

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Etienne Russo Held in Japan on Suspicion of Marijuana Smuggling

TOKYO — Fashion-show producer Etienne Russo was indicted in Japan on Friday on charges of cannabis smuggling after being arrested weeks prior, according to reports by Japanese media.
Customs officials at Narita Airport outside of Tokyo are said to have found a liquid that they believe was extracted from cannabis, packed in Russo’s luggage. The founder of Villa Eugénie entered the country on Nov. 30 for the Dior men’s pre-fall fashion show that was held in Tokyo. He is said to have been seen at the show, but has been in custody since early December.
Russo and his event production firm Villa Eugénie are popular among luxury brands, having worked on shows not only for Dior but also for brands including Hermes, Thom Browne and Dries Van Noten. He makes a brief appearance in the new Netfilx series “7 Days Out” documenting preparations for a Chanel couture show.

Japan has very strict drug control laws, with zero tolerance and tough penalties for offenders. Use and possession of cannabis is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine, whereas cultivation, sale and transport are punishable by up to 7 to 10 years in prison and a fine.
Russo will be held

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Proof Cardi B Will Be the Style Star to Watch This Award Season

ESC: Cardi BBetween her plans for Christmas, public apologies from Offset, a feud with Nicki Minaj and more, there were a lot of things threatening to steal Cardi B’s shine in 2018.
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Guy Harvey Collection to Debut at Surf Expo

Perry Ellis International will unveil its inaugural Guy Harvey apparel collection for men, women and children at Surf Expo, slated to run Jan. 10 to 12 at the Orlando Convention Center.
The fall collection is the first Guy Harvey product created by PEI following the recent signing of a global licensing agreement with the artist, conservationist, scientist and entrepreneur.
The collection will be focused around performance and lifestyle items including T-shirts, technical fishing pieces, headwear, sportswear, swimwear and layering pieces.
In addition to the apparel, a new line of Guy Harvey boating and coastal casual footwear will also be offered. Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc. is the licensee for the footwear.
With both the apparel and shoes, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research and educational initiatives.
Harvey said Perry Ellis’ “expertise in lifestyle brands and experience across broad apparel product categories will expand our reach to new audiences.”
The apparel collection will be available at select department stores, sporting goods and specialty stores as well as online.
The launch of the Guy Harvey collection is among the largest initiatives undertaken by Perry Ellis since George Feldenkreis, the former chairman, completed a $ 437 million

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Garment District Rezoning Goes Forward With City Council Approval

It’s official — the New York City Council has approved rezoning of Manhattan’s Garment District.
After decades of wrangling and dispute among city officials, landlords, designers and long-term tenants — the sometimes warring parties have come to a truce. Thursday’s landmark vote frees up parameters that were put in place in 1987. Since that time under Mayor Ed Koch’s administration, which established the district, landlords in Manhattan’s Garment District have been required to add a square foot of garment space for every square foot removed for some other use.
Garment District loyalists lobbied for a building earmarked for garment manufacturing, a tax-incentive program to enlist more owners and to provide tools to upgrade the industry and train workers for long-term survival of the garment center’s nucleus. Community Boards Four and Five, Pratt Center for Community Development, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Design Trust for Public Space and The Municipal Art Society, have been pushing for Garment Center preservation.
The city’s Economic Development Corp. and the Garment District Alliance Business Improvement District, which more or less covers the area bordered by 35th to 41st Streets and Fifth to Ninth Avenues, have been behind the rezoning, which they feel would benefit the

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Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2019

Designer Stacey Bendet is all about emotional clothing. It’s what drives her design process, which has undertones of female empowerment. It also drove a new direction in the look book shoot to mirror videos she’s made recently that bring her clothes to life. She shot against a black backdrop to allow the clothes to really pop. Her theme for the season, after all, was a blend of pop art, Twiggy and the swinging Sixties, but brought into modern day with her signature thread of eclectic confidence.
The mixed prints here were the most striking, and ranged from a rainbow of snake prints on an accordion pleat dress to a wicked mash-up of florals, animal prints, mod checks and stripes in an easy wrap gown. She extracted the florals to create a burnout fabric, which she pieced together into a flowy colorful dress. She highlighted colorblocking elsewhere with a great tailored plaid trench and matching miniskirt.
The collection maintained an energetic tone that worked for a number occasions. A lightweight black-and-white plaid coat for day, sexy snakeskin burnout separates and saturated monochromatic looks for the office, or a patchwork denim jacket that read “love more” and “game changer” to keep it cool while

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Richemont Joins Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeit Alliance

FIGHTING THE FAKERS: Compagnie Financière Richemont has become the latest international corporation to join Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance, which aims to protect intellectual property rights on the e-commerce giant’s platforms.
Alibaba said this week that Richemont is now among 115 members from 16 countries and regions that are part of the AACA. Richemont said it would share its technology, expertise and other information to support the Alliance’s efforts.
Richemont has long been an anti-counterfeit crusader, with a robust in-house legal team that has gone after watch and jewelry counterfeiters and the sales platforms that sell their goods.
Richemont, New Balance, General Motors and McDonald’s, are the latest global brands to join the AACA, according to Alibaba. The alliance’s membership has more than tripled from the original 30 founding brands at its launch in 2017.
Alibaba said it works with brand partners to find and eliminate fakes at their source. In the luxury sector, Alibaba and Louis Vuitton – one of the first members of AACA – conducted an offline investigation that resulted in the seizure in May of approximately $ 14.4 million worth of counterfeit goods.
“The protection of intellectual property rights requires all stakeholders to work closely together and share their expertise. The AACA will continue its efforts

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Party Dresses Under $50

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Converse Extends Partnership With Vince Staples

Vince Staples wanted to do something different.
Although he’s known for wearing Chuck Taylors, the 25-year-old artist from Long Beach, Calif., wanted to update a lesser-known silhouette from the Converse archives: the Thunderbolt, a sneaker that pulls from the brand’s history with running sneakers, which dates back to the 1900s.
“You have the Chuck and the One Star and it was just time to work with a shoe that a lot of people aren’t designing for the brand,” said Staples. “Me being the kind of person I am, I wanted to see what I could do with another silhouette.”
Staples worked with Converse designer Brook Bergland and team on the collection. The sneaker, which comes in a cream and black colorway that Staples said originated from the demo sneaker and they decided to keep it. It retails for $ 110. He also worked on an apparel capsule that includes a varsity jacket, a sweatshirt and track pants — each covered with “Run.” The line retails from $ 350 to $ 90.
“Vince has a very distinct point of view — he sits outside of the traditional definitions one might try to apply to him,” said Jimmy Manley, senior director of special projects at Converse. “He took a

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Ones to Watch: Courtney Pellow

Determined not to be defeated by New Zealand’s isolation — and before she had even launched her brand — emerging Auckland-based designer Courtney Pellow flew to New York earlier this year to find a showroom. Zannick Studio took her on and she didn’t have to wait long to get noticed.
In September, Gigi Hadid attracted international media attention when she stepped out at Milan Fashion Week in a pair of the designer’s eye-catching patchwork Up-Cycled Sock Pants.
Handmade from faulty wool socks discarded by a New Zealand manufacturer and retailing on Pellow’s web store for 1,196 New Zealand dollars or $ 821 at current exchange, the pants were among several pieces from the designer’s debut collection that were loaned to Hadid’s stylist.
A day later, Hadid was photographed again in another Courtney Pellow style: the White Camo Cropped Jean, a relaxed-fit, mid-rise jean in a camouflage print with contrast denim waistband and patch pockets.
While upcycling accounts for just 20 percent of Pellow’s production, sustainability is front of mind for the Auckland University of Technology graduate, who is using organic cotton in her T-shirts.
Other repurposed products include the Up-Cycled Sock Jumper and a range of Bush Shirts crafted from vintage wool blankets that Pellow sources from

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Naeem Khan Pre-Fall 2019

Naeem Khan lives in a world of opulence. Elaborately embroidered gowns, as in one this season with captivating floral appliqué, and drama, like red and navy iterations of a bridal jumpsuit with overskirt, factor heavily into his seasonal offerings. But with jumpsuits and short flirty dresses accounting for 40 percent of his bridal business, Khan is aware of a want for ease. His previous endeavors from spring and resort, especially, have focused on separates and an approachable glamour for a younger clientele.
He continued that narrative for pre-fall, and the range of occasions was quite vast. For girls not quite ready for a long-term commitment, Khan offered sheer beaded jackets and delicate yet formal sweaters that easily transitioned day-to-night for multiple wear opportunity. Silhouettes remained relaxed, as in sequined or drawstring pants with skin-baring side strips that maintained an element of allure. He offered new bold jungle and tropical prints for summer destinations, too, cut into lightweight, packable dresses and a body-curving caftan. The real standouts here were minimalistic dresses influenced by his time at Halston, including sequin knit dresses that form like liquid on the body and a new version of a caftan in seductive red that’s fitted in front

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Ones to Watch: Maggie Marilyn

Determined to be a business that is on board with the New Zealand government’s plan to be a carbon-zero country by 2050, Maggie Marilyn is trying to do its part on a variety of levels. The company’s namesake said, “As a proudly New Zealand-made business, we are acutely aware that our location means shipping materials further because of our geographical isolation. We are now starting our journey to learn, understand and, therefore, be able to calculate our carbon footprint. It is our goal to reduce this as much as possible and have engaged outside experts to enable us to carry out this goal.”
Key sustainability achievement of 2018: It has been a really exciting second year in business for Maggie Marilyn. We have just converted all of our dispatch plastic packaging to organic compostable packaging sourced from a local New Zealand company. This packaging is made from cassava root. It doesn’t produce harmful or long-lasting microplastic particles or leave any chemical trace elements following degradation in the soil, rivers, sea or air. We have also for the past four months been writing our sustainability strategy to align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability target for 2019 : As a company,

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How Celebrities Get the Perfect Tan Before the Red Carpet

ESC: Kendall Jenner, Met GalaHave you ever wondered what it takes to get the perfect tan ahead of a red carpet event?
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Men’s Brands Breathe New Life Onto Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street has become a magnet for men’s wear.
The once-red hot stretch of the West Village stumbled badly over the past few years as nationally known names such as Marc Jacobs, Brunello Cucinelli and Ralph Lauren exited in the face of escalating rents and declining sales.
In fact, at its lowest point last year, there was a 25 percent vacancy rate for all of Bleecker from the East to West Villages, according to Chelsea Mullen, marketing director of the Skylight Group, which has been working to revitalize the street.
Joel Isaacs, founder and president of Isaacs and Co., a key real estate broker for the area, said a primary reason for the “revival” on Bleecker is that “rents have corrected and have gone from $ 600 a square foot to around $ 200.”
But it’s more than just rent that draws people to Bleecker. He said despite the empty storefronts, the street retains its charm and beauty. Residents of the area are very affluent, he said, and everyone — New Yorkers and visitors alike — like to stroll the street.
Slowly and without a lot of fanfare over the last year, many of those vacant storefronts have found new life as independent men’s brands — many of

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Sears Details $443M in Expenses to Close 142 Stores

Sears Holdings Corp. detailed the hefty cost of closing 142 stores in a regulatory filing Tuesday. The store closures were revealed on Oct. 15 when the company filed its voluntary Chapter 11 petition for bankruptcy court protection.
Sears said it expects to “incur charges of $ 443 million” in total costs to shutter the stores. That includes $ 81 million in markdowns, $ 9 million in severance costs, $ 335 million in lease termination costs, $ 12 million in other charges and $ 6 million in depreciation in the third and fourth quarters.
Since the bankruptcy filing, Sears has tagged an additional 40 doors for closure.
The retailer, which operates under the Sears and Kmart nameplates, is trying to find a buyer for the company as a going concern. So far its chairman Edward S. Lampert, through his hedge fund ESL Investments, has offered a nonbinding bid of $ 4.6 billion for the assets. If accepted, that offer would in effect constitute Sears’s exit plan from bankruptcy. It is not clear any other party will submit a going-concern offer for the company. Liquidators are expected to submit offers, but those are geared toward winding the business down.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Pre-Fall 2019

The company’s rich archives, the vivid colors of 16th-century painter Bronzino, whose paintings are on show at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, as well as the effortless sartorial elegance of iconic men, including Mick Jagger and John Kennedy Jr., served as inspiration for the Salvatore Ferragamo women’s and men’s pre-fall collection.
During a walk-through at the company’s Milanese headquarters, women’s creative director Paul Andrew and men’s design director Guillaume Meilland put the focus on the coherent attitude running through the women’s and men’s looks. These actually exuded the same luxurious elegance, revealing the high-end craftsmanship deeply rooted in the brand’s heritage.
Taking a step back from the dark tones of the last few collections, the designers played with a lighter, more lively color palette, including bright green, orange, red and ice gray. Constructions were also softened to welcome a sense of relaxed sophistication. For example, upscale padded coats were crafted from silky fabrics, men’s shearling and leather jackets and women’s suede trenchcoats were cut in clean, lean silhouettes, while chic suits revealed a deconstructed approach.
Knitwear took center stage with precious plissé skirts, dresses showing built-in ties to wrap around the neck and embroidered cashmere sweaters. Archival prints were revamped included the

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CFDA Releases New York Fashion Week Schedule

The next New York Fashion Week will see a dual-gender Tom Ford show bridge the official men’s and women’s calendars.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America released a preliminary schedule Tuesday night that includes Ford at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the last of the three-day men’s-specific schedule. His show will be co-ed, however.
In addition, Joseph Abboud will be showing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, followed by Todd Snyder at 8:00 that night. Other known names on the men’s roster are Robert Geller who will show on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:00 p.m., and Ovadia & Sons who will show an hour later that night. Tuesday will also see shows from Dyne, N. Hoolywood, Landlord and Linder.
As reported, a shift in dates by Project in Las Vegas means that the runway shows will overlap with the men’s trade shows this time. Project, Liberty and Agenda will hold their shows Feb. 5–7.
As far as the women’s shows are concerned, Ralph Lauren will kick off the week at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, and Marc Jacobs will end the week on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:00 p.m.
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How Mary Poppins’ Style Returned to the Big Screen With a Practically Perfect New Twist

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins ReturnsMore than five decades later, Mary Poppins has come back into our lives–along with all of her signature style.
It’s been over half a century since Julie Andrews first brought P.L….

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Men’s Wear Brand Fisher + Baker Targets Women for Minneapolis Event

Fisher + Baker is a men’s brand, but that didn’t stop the company from targeting women for an event at its Minneapolis headquarters earlier this month.
More than 80 women showed up at the Fisher + Baker studio for a Sip and Shop event, its first initiative targeted to females.
The event also served as a fund-raiser for Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker’s #Give16 Campaign, which was created by Zucker and his wife, Carly, to build the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Fisher + Baker donated $ 2,500 to the campaign from the event.
“Women are powerful consumers and are influential in the brand and style decisions of the men in their lives,” said Mike Arbeiter, Fisher + Baker’s chief executive officer and president. “By targeting female consumers as part of our brand engagement strategy, we are building awareness with a community that has a strong influence on men’s wardrobes.”
At the event, the women browsed through the brand’s classic styles of outerwear, sweaters and shirts while enjoying wine and cheese. Among the most popular items was the Lexington Vest, which retails for $ 298.
Arbeiter said the Sip and Shop event “was intended as a pilot concept that if

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Tranoï to Open Pop-Up at Galeries Lafayette

TRADING UP: With Paris trade show organizers looking to rethink their game, Tranoï on Tuesday revealed plans to open a temporary corner at Galeries Lafayette in January in tandem with its salon, presenting exclusive limited edition capsules by 28 designers participating in a new space in the event dubbed Only at Tranoï.
The aim, said a Tranoï spokesman, is to present the brands in a new light by offering buyers attending the show “a new level of exclusivity,” as the capsules are only being presented in Paris, and at Galeries Lafayette offer members of the public a taste of Paris Fashion Week.
“It’s a Tranoï concept store,” he added. Participating brands will include Russian down jacket specialist Shu, a Tranoï newcomer; China’s Jing Yu; Ukrainian fashion label Frolov, and Paris-based bag brand Zoobeetle.
Tranoï will be held at the Palais de la Bourse from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, with the Galeries Lafayette corner due to run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 4.

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Nanushka Pre-Fall 2019

“Effortless femininity that reflects the brand’s signature, modern nomadic aesthetic infused by Seventies interior design inspiration. I’m really attracted to the Seventies interiors and also the Seventies architecture,” Budapest-based Nanushka designer Sandra Sandor said of her vast pre-fall collection, pointing to Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill and Mexican artist Javier Senosiain. The collection leaned more Bofill than Senosiain with clean lines and an earth tone palette but the largest inspiration came from Seventies-inspired interiors and upholstery. For instance, velvet puffed bags and vegan leather garments such as a quilted, updated version of its Hude puffer jacket embodied a comfortable yet clean upholstery. Prints were also inspired by vintage duvets: a washed floral tank top and underlayer set or new snake print on a button-up shirt and skirt combination and updated puffer jacket.
The nomadic aesthetic — “the essence of the Nanushka philosophy” — that is rooted in the brand’s Hungarian roots flowed through in relaxed, elongated silhouettes such as long sweaters piled over skirts or daydresses with Western hints on their pockets and collars. Sandor also used tonal, fabric covered rope and tie-techniques to emphasize the female figure. There were wrapped silk dresses as well as front-tie napa leather offerings. Accessories included a

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Australian Fashion Foundation Announces 2019 Winners

SYDNEY – Two recent graduates of Melbourne’s RMIT University are the winners of the Australian Fashion Foundation’s 2019 scholarship awards.
Helena Dong and Amanda Nichols will each receive a financial grant of 20,000 Australian dollars and assistance securing a six-month internship at a global fashion house headquartered in Europe or the U.S.
The judging panel included designer Nicky Zimmermann, stylist Brana Wolf, Vogue Australia editor in chief Edwina McCann, Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor in chief Eugenie Kelly and consultant David Bush.
Dong had submitted her interdisciplinary graduate collection, comprised of a capsule collection of traditional wool suiting and shirting, together with an online digital game and a performance piece.
Master’s graduate Nichols – who, at 35, is considerably older than the usual AUSFF applicants – is a professional costumer who has worked with film duo Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin for 14 years. “It [the award] is really important for me, because it means that I’m able to transition out of costumes into fashion” she said.
The foundation was launched in 2009 by two New York-based Australians – publicist Malcolm Carfrae and VFiles founder Julie Anne Quay – to help young Australian fashion creators gain international experience.
Previous winners include Vlad Kanevsky (2015), who is now

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Fun Gifts for Your Coworkers

E-comm: CoWorker Gift Guide So you’re almost done with your holiday shopping, are you?
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LVMH Opens Applications for Sixth Edition of LVMH Prize

STARTING BLOCKS: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has opened applications for the sixth edition of its LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Candidates have until Feb. 4 to submit their applications on the web site lvmhprize.com, the French luxury conglomerate said on Monday. The winner, decided by a jury including LVMH’s top designers, will walk away with a cash prize of 300,000 euros plus a year of coaching from experts at LVMH.
Launched in 2013 and spearheaded by Delphine Arnault, second-in-command at Louis Vuitton and a key talent scout at the luxury group her family controls, the prize is open to designers under age 40 who have presented and sold at least two collections of women’s, men’s or unisex ready-to-wear.
The past five winners of the main prize are Doublet, Marine Serre, Grace Wales Bonner, Marques’Almeida and Thomas Tait, and the award has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners: Rokh, Kozaburo Akasaka, Vejas, Jacquemus, Hood By Air and Miuniku.
LVMH also rewards three graduates from fashion schools. They will each receive 10,000 euros and will join one of the group’s houses for one year. Last year’s edition drew 1,300 applications from 90 countries, with 20 semifinalists invited to show their work during Paris Fashion Week in

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Sportmax Pre-Fall 2019

The purist and innovative architecture of Le Corbusier inspired the graphic appeal and the striking contrasts of the Sportmax pre-fall lineup.
The brand’s signature urban aesthetic was updated this season with a versatile approach resulting in the detachable details of a range of pieces, including leather coats and trenches, which can be transformed because of the functional zippers.
Graphic striped motifs contributed to the sartorial appeal of the sartorial outerwear and to the purity of the fitted midi dresses showing college-inspired polo collars.
The world of sport remained at the core of the label with multicolor bands embellishing the intarsia leather bombers and neoprene giving a soft touch to a zippered hoodie with the ergonomic cuts highlighted by the use of Lycra. An eye-catching starred print splashed on a silk pleated dress introduced a flamboyant touch breaking the lineup’s overall rigor.

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Trunk Club Seeks to Answer Style Questions

When it comes to style, Americans need the most help figuring out how to define “smart casual.”
That was the takeaway from a recent survey conducted by Trunk Club. The personalized styling service for men and women studied more than 400 search engine queries about style as well as 200-plus general style questions in all 50 states. The term is smart casual topped the list in 21 states.
Lisey Barela, head of styling for Trunk Club at its headquarters in Chicago, offered this explanation to customers: “Where casual meets formal, you will find the smart casual dress code. Use your best judgment depending on the location and event, and don’t be afraid to incorporate your personality into the look. For ladies at the office, this might mean denim with a pump and a structured jacket. For men at work, consider adding a sweater on top of your button-down shirt paired with dark denim and a brown boot.”
Tied for second place among consumers were searches for “professional” and “trendy” styles, which came up on top in seven states. That was followed by “bohemian” and “vintage” with four states each.
Leggings turned out to be a question mark for shoppers in Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine,

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Gifts for Your Hard-to-Impress Friend

E-comm: Gifts for Your Hard-to-Impress FriendsWe all have that one friend that, shall we say, is difficult to shop for.
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Alexander McQueen Missing From Paris Men’s Week

SHOW BUSINESS: Big acts missing from the official schedule of Paris Men’s Week in January will include Alexander McQueen. The house plans to switch to a series of intimate events as its new presentation format, WWD has learned. The first will take place in London in May for the fall 2019 season. “Intrinsically connected to the bespoke tailoring heritage of Alexander McQueen men’s wear, these events will be central to the evolution of the house’s commitment to the championing of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation,” the brand said. The house moved to showing in Paris in June 2017 after having shown by appointment in Milan and London in previous seasons.
As expected, Lanvin, which recently parted ways with its men’s creative director Lucas Ossendrijver, is also missing from the lineup, according to the Chambre Syndicale which released its provisional schedule for the week on Friday.
Maison Margiela will also sit out the Paris men’s shows this season as it undergoes a strategic review under chief executive officer Riccardo Bellini, who joined the company in March. The house is believed to be aligning its men’s ready-to-wear collection more closely with its women’s line and Artisanal couture collection. Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano oversees

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Temperley London Pre-Fall 2019

Alice Temperley has been rethinking her business structure and embracing change — the ultimate aim being to sharpen her focus and offer smaller, but better-targeted collections.
Her latest pre-fall range offers a taste of her renewed vision for the brand: Her flair for color, pattern and all things feminine and sequined remain intact, but she is embracing a more laid-back mood and adding a heftier dose of daywear into the mix.
It came in the form of chic shirtdresses, loose tailoring and silk kimono jackets, drawing on the designer’s love of Japanese design and culture.
She also looked to Eastern woodblock prints and Japanese graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo’s posters and matchboxes to inspire the season’s prints. They were loosely translated in the form of geometric patterns on loose tailored pieces or gold flame patterns featured on silk lamé dresses.
One silk lamé dress came in a bright chartreuse shade and a wrap silhouette. The way it flowed around the body and its ability to transition from day to night seemed to encapsulate Temperley’s new direction and the potential of the brand in daywear.
The designer also wanted to add a stronger sense of ease in the range’s eveningwear section, which remains key nevertheless: Sequins were

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