Best Jackets for Spring

E-Comm: Best Jackets for SpringSpring has sprung, and we are more than ready for it–well, sort of.
From a clothing perspective, we could honestly use a few fresh spring jackets–that aren’t too heavy–to rotate…

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STREET SIGNS: Renowned Retools, Reemerges Ready for Future

All it takes is one item to help propel a brand forward. John Dean knows that feeling well.
The founder and chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based streetwear brand Renowned started his company when he was still in Ohio in high school, selling a $ 10 shirt with a somewhat crudely drawn “Renowned” on it. It wasn’t until a T-shirt he sent to Chris Brown’s stylist ended up being worn by Brown on the cover of Nylon in 2013 that the brand gained notoriety.
“I didn’t know how the game worked where brands send boxes and boxes of clothes to celebrities,” Dean said. “I sent one T-shirt. I didn’t know any better, but he wore it on the cover of Nylon. It really caused a spark. We went from not knowing what wholesale was to being in 20 stores.”
He ultimately decided to stop studying business marketing his junior year of college, opting instead to drive four days to Los Angeles to focus on building his business. Brown continued to wear Renowned and, in 2015, the two teamed for the rapper’s “Between the Sheets” tour, for which Dean designed all the merchandise, in addition to Brown’s onstage pieces.
Reality settled in and, while buyers were

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Kohl’s Ceo Pay Tops $12 Million

KOHL’S COMP: Kohl’s Corp. might be known for its value-minded pricing, but it pays up in the c-suite.
Chief executive officer Michelle Gass drew total compensation of $ 12.3 million last year, down slightly from $ 12.6 million in 2017, according to a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Over $ 7.2 million of Gass’ take for 2018 came in the form of stock awards, the full value of which might never be realized, but she also received a salary of $ 1.4 million and incentive pay of $ 3.5 million.
President Sona Chawla received compensation of $ 7 million while chief merchandising officer Doug Howe’s pay totaled $ 8.7 million.
Former chairman, president and ceo Kevin Mansell received compensation of $ 8.9 million despite retiring May.

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Mistergentleman Men’s Fall 2019

Name: Mistergentleman
Main message: Always one of the bright spots during Tokyo Fashion Week, Takeshi Osumi and Yuichi Yoshii’s men’s brand mixed easy tailoring with streetwear, outdoor and women’s wear influences for fall. Models walked the grass-like carpeted runway in retro, relaxed snakeskin print suits paired with satin double-breasted shirts and neckerchiefs, or velvet pants with roomy overcoats. The more casual looks included dad jeans, hooded sweatshirts and duck canvas jackets, all in neutral shades of gray, brown, khaki and black, interspersed with pops of purple, green and orange.
Osumi and Yoshii played with proportions, shrinking trenches and puffer jackets into crop tops and styling them over wool coats and loose sweaters. Moto, letterman and toggle jackets were chopped up into bib-like pieces and layered over outerwear, while a series of coats and jackets were cut from two contrasting fabrics: olive corduroy and gray wool flannel, or plush fleece with the same snake print from earlier pieces. Subtle feminine touches came in the form of silk scarves worn as belts over coats, and a handful of equestrian print jackets and shifts. The brand also debuted its latest collaboration products, including quilted bags made with Outdoor Products and a black satin bomber designed

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Figure Skaters’ Costumes, Artistry Wins Them Celebrity-like Endorsements

SAITAMA, JAPAN — More than a dress, figure skating costumes are an opportunity to communicate a larger concept with viewers and judges — strategically designed to complement a routine’s music and emphasize its theme. At Friday night’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships — held at the Saitama Super Arena — this meant spandex, rhinestone-laden interpretations of famous stage works such as “Carmen,” “Chicago” and “Romeo & Juliet.”
Skating enlists an extreme athleticism that sees athletes hurtling themselves three, and now increasingly four, rotations into the air and spinning so rapidly that their body encounters multiple G-forces. The sport is unique, however, in that visual presentation plays an equally important role in an athlete’s success, placing costumes in a vital position.
Skating’s athletic romance and expressive fashions have helped create a significant fanbase for the sport in countries including Russia, South Korea and Japan — where figure skaters are becoming household names and are beginning to appear in high-profile campaigns for major beauty and fashion brands.

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“I think what differentiates skating from other sports is that it’s also not only about athleticism. There is an artistic component, which complicates things enormously,” said designer Vera Wang, formerly a nationally ranked skater, who also

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Kimono Cover Ups for the Beach or Pool

E-Comm: Kimono Cover UpsIt’s no secret that right about now we’re all thinking how we’re going to spend these warmer days that are suddenly upon us.
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Street Signs: Peaches Looks to New Capital to Support Growth

LOS ANGELES — A car buff and restaurateur have entered the streetwear fray with an interesting proposition, creating an urban label inspired by car culture.
Peaches, which has one foot in South Korea and another in Los Angeles, last year raised about $ 550,000 through angel investors and is in the midst of raising its Series A, expected to close this month and land somewhere in the range of $ 1.5 million to $ 3 million. The capital infusion will be used to open a store on Fairfax Avenue as early as the end of this year at the site of a former gas station, which will be incorporated into the overall design of the space. There will also be a car warehouse in Orange County opening this year that would serve as a hangout of sorts for the core car consumer to come in and check out the cars being built.
The company is currently direct-to-consumer online, but will eventually expand into wholesale with higher-end boutiques.
Pop-ups to test into the South Korean and U.K. markets are also slated for this year.
The slated retail and warehouse openings speak to the duality of the Peaches brand.
“Opening the store on Fairfax, that’s a very street fashion and

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Lane Crawford Signs Strategic Partnership With Labelhood

LONDON — Labelhood, a Shanghai-based emerging designer support platform, community and fashion retailer, has entered into a strategic partnership deal with Lane Crawford for the Greater China region.
Labelhood will open pop-up corners in Lane Crawford’s stores in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, with the focus on Chinese emerging talents from the fall 2019 season.
The partnership also includes a three-season scholarship supporting the most promising Chinese designers. The retailer will support the winner’s showcase in Labelhood during Shanghai Fashion Week with a cash prize of 100,000 renminbi, or $ 14,867 each season.
The first recipient of the inaugural scholarship is the New York-based Chinese designer Caroline Hu. Educated at Central Saint Martins and Parsons School of Design, Hu was nominated as a finalist in the 2019 edition on LVMH Prize last month.
“I am truly grateful for the support from Labelhood and Lane Crawford,” said Hu. “The scholarship is a very big encouragement for independent designers like me, and it will play a positive role in promoting the growth of independent designers in China.”
Tasha Liu, founder of Labelhood, said “The upcoming collaboration with Lane Crawford reaffirms our positioning on continuous Chinese designer incubation. I believe the partnership will amplify the message.”
Joanna Gunn, Lane

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Shiroma RTW Fall 2019

Name: Shiroma
Main message: Shiho Shiroma lucked out with unseasonably balmy weather for her outdoor fashion show, held right in the center of Shibuya, Tokyo’s most buzzing neighborhood. It was also a wise choice for a venue, as her clothes looked right at home in one of Japan’s fashion centers — although the logo-covered backdrop left much to be desired. She showed basics with a twist, mixed with less conventional pieces. Simple shift dresses were made interesting with structural belts and one-shoulder harnesses, some trimmed in frills. While overall the neutral-toned collection had a modern feminine feel, there were also ample military and athletic influences. Wide-leg olive pants and khaki trousers had snaps all down the outer leg, allowing them to be opened up so they billowed with movement, wool arm covers were reminiscent of skaters’ elbow guards, and bomber jackets were turned out in navy and mustard lace or cropped in burgundy satin with balloon sleeves. Ankle-length sweatshirt hoodies were splashed with botanical patterned embroidery and sequins, and cotton twill tanks, dresses and trenchcoats had overlays on one half of a gossamer-thin, sheer tech fabric.
The result: Just the right amount of asymmetry, mixed influences and contrasting textures made for an

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North Sails Sponsors 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar Regatta

MILAN — Sailmaking specialist North Sails is supporting the 10th edition of Italy’s 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar regatta and has pushed the offshore competition to become completely plastic-free.
“It’s a partnership we care a lot about, because the 151 Miglia is one of the most important regattas in the Mediterranean Sea and also it allows us to stress our commitment to the sea and the oceans,” explained Elisa Riva, marketing director of North Sails, while unveiling the sponsorship at the company’s showroom here on Thursday evening. “Starting from its 10th edition the regatta becomes plastic-free.”
The sailing competition — which will take place on May 30 through the coasts of Livorno, Marina di Pisa, Punta Ala, Giraglia, Elba Island and Formiche di Grosseto, in the Tuscany region — has pledged to avoid the use of disposable plastics in all its catering services and replacing it with glass and compostable materials.
“We never set up sponsorships but rather partnerships based on shared values,” explained Roberto Lacorte, founder of the regatta and chief executive officer of pharmaceutical company PharmaNutra, the main sponsor of the event. “We strongly identify with North Sails for the way they embody and represent the sailing world.”
In keeping with its commitments to raise

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Coachella Accessories to Absolutely Nail Your 2019 Festival Weekend

E-Comm: Accessories for Coachella If you’ve ever been to Coachella, you already know that figuring out your festival outfits is a whole thing.
In regular life you can get away with wearing jeans and a tee, but…

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Beverly Hills Men’s Suiting Veteran Jumps to Avedon

Stuart Newmark, the longtime general manager of the now-shuttered men’s retailer Carroll & Co., has created a new customization concept within existing retailer Avedon in Beverly Hills with the help of senior buyer and partner in the business Nancy Herrera.
Newmark, who served as general manager of Carroll & Co. for more than 30 years, teamed with Avedon owners Reza Shekarchian and Yasmine Farmanara on a lounge concept called Bespoke at Avedon. The deal merges his buying prowess with that of Shekarchian to merchandise the men’s store.
Carroll & Co. began a store closing sale late last year, shuttering its doors for good after the Carroll family received an offer they couldn’t refuse on the building the retailer occupied. Carroll & Co. had long been a mainstay in Beverly Hills, once frequented by high-profile A-listers such as Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and Jack Lemmon.
Newmark, still seeing a demand for customization and luxury men’s brands, spotted a hole in the market with Carroll & Co.’s closure.
“It’s still viable. We had a huge custom business, which is also a big part of what I’m doing here, along with carrying inventory similar to what we did there,” said Newmark, who was hired in 1989 by

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Barneys Beverly Hills Door First to Bow the High End Concept Shop

ROLLING OUT: Barneys New York is looking to take the cannabis lifestyle to higher ground with a new concept shop rolling out to its Beverly Hills store first.
The High End launches with product from more than 30 brands, including an exclusive deal with Beboe. The assortment touches on categories that range from home and beauty to jewelry. Among the roster of product exclusives are Devambez rolling papers, custom-blown glass pipes by Caleb Siemmon and Laboratorio Pesaro ashtrays.
“As vast as the market is, it’s actually a really small community in terms of what everyone is doing,” said creative director Matthew Mazzucca about the competitive landscape. “No one is really addressing the home, the lifestyle product aspect of it. We have access to the best designers and vendors in the world and we’re able to partner with them on special collaborations. We looked at the concept and started speaking to people about a year ago to create special product people can use in their homes that’s functional, that’s meant to be left out and displayed.”
It’s the buys, which Mazzucca called “super elevated,” that Barneys thinks will give it a leg up on the competition.

The High End at Barneys New York’s Beverly Hills

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The Reracs RTW and Men’s Fall 2019

Name: The Reracs
Main message: With her inaugural show during Tokyo Fashion Week, Naomi Kurahashi displayed just how to present classic pieces on a runway without boring the audience: make sure to have plenty of variety, use beautiful textiles, keep the pace quick, and employ inventive styling choices. The brand lived up to its profile, which says that it’s “backed by quality and practicality,” but proved that it has so much more to offer.
The collection was made up of variations on a pretty basic theme: straight-legged or relaxed, jogger-style trousers paired with V-neck sweaters or just about any kind of outerwear imaginable, all turned out in neutral tones of gray, black, navy, white and beige. But the superior construction and luxurious textiles elevated the collection beyond simple classics, with suiting material showing a drape resembling that of matte jersey, and a black pleather poncho turning more heads than it would have if it had been made from animal skin. The fabrics were so beautiful on their own that there was no need for flashy prints, but occasional flashes of Fair Isle, argyle or checked patterns kept things interesting.
The result: Kurahashi has been designing The Reracs for nearly a decade, but proved

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Paul Surridge Said to Exit Roberto Cavalli

According to a well-informed source in London, Paul Surridge has resigned, or is close to taking that step, leaving his role as creative director of the Roberto Cavalli brand. An announcement is expected to come as early as this week.
Sources said the designer over the past few months has grown increasingly frustrated because of the lack of investment in the development and refurbishment of the store network as well as in marketing and communications. He is also said to feel the design team has not been supported, as resources have been scarce.
“The decision last summer to look for an external investor and, more recently, to not provide any more funding have made the original project impossible, and therefore triggered Paul’s decision to look elsewhere,” said one source.
Committed to chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris and his team, Surridge agreed to stay on to design and present the spring 2019 and fall 2019 collections. However, sources now say that Surridge has been approached for another project and wants to distance himself from the company in order to be in the position to evaluate freely the next step in his career.
The Roberto Cavalli company had no comment on the rumors.
Surridge joined the

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Daphne Oz Is Pregnant With Baby No. 4

Daphne OzThis famous foodie has another bun in the oven.
On Tuesday, TV personality and former The Chew host Daphne Oz shared some breaking news: she’s pregnant! The 33-year-old daughter of…

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Herno’s New Showroom Seen as Key to Increasing U.S. Sales

NEW YORK – Herno is stepping up its efforts to expand in the U.S. market.
The Italian luxury outerwear brand has opened a permanent showroom on Varick Street in Tribeca to better service its existing customers — which include Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Nordstrom and Mitchell — and others seeking a sartorial alternative to the ubiquitous Canada Goose and Moncler puffers.
Herno has had a small presence in the U.S. in the past and had been represented by the M5 Showroom, which is located in the same building. But now Claudio Marenzi, president and chief executive officer, has moved a few floors down and opened a cleanly designed space where the brand can present its full offering of men’s, women’s and children’s coats hanging on hooks similar to how they are displayed in its retail stores.
Herno is sharing the floor with Woolrich. Although the two brands have no professional affiliation, Marenzi said they are friendly competitors with a mutual respect. Both firms had been represented by M5 and wanted to have their own space, so it was a practical decision.
Marenzi said that over the past five years the U.S. has grown to represent a larger chunk of Herno’s business. It now

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ANDAM Jury Welcomes Eight New Members

PARIS — French fashion prize ANDAM is welcoming eight new members to its jury as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
They include Martin Margiela, the winner of its inaugural award, as reported. Joining him will be an eclectic group including graphic designers Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M (Paris), photographer Harley Weir and Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of Vogue Paris.
Amzalag and Augustyniak, whose clients include Prada, Loewe and Galeries Lafayette, noted the prize was founded the same year that they met at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.
“Shortly afterward, in 1992, we founded M/M (Paris). Having been in constant conversation with some of the most influential fashion designers over the last 30 years, we are delighted to help identify and support a new generation who are working vibrantly in the world of fashion,” they said in a joint statement.
Another addition is Thierry Guibert, chief executive officer of Lacoste. The French sportswear brand recently joined the consortium of sponsors of the prize alongside companies including Chanel, Kering, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Galeries Lafayette and Swarovski, as reported.
Also on board are Pascal Morand, executive chairman of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, and Tim Blanks,

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Malamute RTW Fall 2019

Name: Malamute
Main message: For her second outing during Tokyo Fashion Week, Mari Odaka took inspiration from Tokyo’s changing landscape ahead of the 2020 Olympics, as well as from two films: Andrew Niccol’s 1997 “Gattaca” and Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 “Only Lovers Left Alive.”
Odaka created her own surreal landscape on the runway with large squares of gold Mylar illuminated by fluorescent tube lights, accompanied by a soundtrack of jarring noise. She deftly mixed contrasting textures, showing pleated chiffon trousers together with an unevenly knit scarf that resembled static on a TV, but in red and navy. A shimmering, open knit long skirt resembling a spider web glistening in the morning sun was paired with a cold shoulder black sweater with spots of ivory fringe. There were also pantsuits with relaxed, slit-ankle trousers in black on black floral brocade or pale gray suiting trimmed with tiny ruffles. An oversize grandpa sweater worn as a minidress and a red and black tracksuit with chevron detailing lent a retro vibe.
The result: The designer proved her fledgling brand to be one to watch with a strong collection of relaxed yet elegant pieces in interesting textures.

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JW Anderson’s Latest Campaign Pokes Fun at the Infomercial

ON AIR: JW Anderson’s latest campaign, JWA-TV, takes inspiration from tele-shopping and infomercials.  The campaign is a three-video series with a focus on the brand’s signature handbag families, the Keyts, the Anchor Logo and the Bike. The campaign launches today online and across JW Anderson’s social media channels.
The parody features two hosts talking about the merits of the JW Anderson bags, which are shown on a model. Classic infomercial elements include sidebar descriptions such as shipping information and exclusive deals.
The hosts are played by Justin Vivian Bond, a Tony-nominated cabaret performer and performance artist, and Jill Pangolla, a multidisciplinary performer. The model is played by Amber, who is an on-air QVC veteran.

Jonathan Anderson and Justin Vivian Bond 
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The hosts riff off each other in a playful dialogue: “Let’s suppose you wanted to take your Keyts bag to New York City and you need to keep it close to the body as you’re going down the subway,” says Pangolla’s character.
“High and tight, like me,” replies Bond’s character.
On choosing these actors, Anderson said: “I have always been an enormous fan of Viv. I remember working on some of my first collections and listening to her albums on repeat. I ran into her in San Francisco not too

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Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale Pack on the PDA After Movie Premiere

Kate Beckinsale, Pete Davidson, PDAFor Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale, it was a night out sealed with a smooch.
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Kim Herring to Head Design for Culturata Brand

Kim Herring, a men’s wear veteran who served most recently as vice president of men’s private brand at Saks Fifth Avenue, has joined Culturata as chief creative officer for wholesale. He will be responsible for designing and presenting the seasonal collections for the brand while expanding its categories to create a full lifestyle offering. His first collection will be for spring 2020.
At the same time, Culturata’s founders and design partners Jacques Haggiag and Nadine Price will be leaving the brand, but will continue to consult with the label to ensure consistency, the company said.
In 2015, Culturata, a Canadian sport shirt brand, was purchased by Grano Retail Holding’s Luxury Men’s Apparel Group subsidiary, which also operates Hickey Freeman and Samuelsohn.

A Culturata ad 
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“At LMAG, we have always wanted to work with Kim Herring, who we consider one of the premier sportswear design talents in North America,” said Stephen Granovsky, chairman and chief executive officer of LMAG. “When Jacques and Nadine advised us that they wanted to pursue other interests, and Kim departed Saks, we jumped at the opportunity to secure Kim for Culturata. I wish Jacques and Nadine well in their future endeavors.”
Herring said he was drawn to the “great richness

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Sonia Rolland to Front Guerlain

FACE FORWARD: Guerlain has appointed former Miss France Sonia Rolland as the newest face for the brand’s makeup and fragrance.
The actor, director and producer has, since 2001 with her mother, founded and run the Maïsha Africa association, with brings material, social and psychological help to African children, particularly in Rwanda, through educational and health programs.
Social solidarity is part of Guerlain’s four pillars of sustainable engagement, which also include biodiversity, climate and eco-conception.
For the past 12 years, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand has focused on sustainability. Next year, all of Guerlain’s products will be eco-conceived, and in 2028, it aims for a neutral carbon footprint.

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Dressedundressed RTW Fall 2019

Name: Dressedundressed
Main message: Takeshi Kitazawa’s spring presentation was part runway show, part performance art, with models emerging on the runway in pairs before engaging in various interactions in front of a simple set: drinking a cup of water, swapping jackets, cutting open a feather pillow, or one presenting the other with a piece of paper on which was written “do something boring.” All this took place to a voiceover soundtrack of men describing their dreams, but the significance of it all was not immediately clear.
Kitazawa sent out tailored or wide-leg trousers with high waists together with tiny cropped tops and jackets. There were shirts with sheer chest panels, bandage tube tops, tailored coats, a leather biker jacket and trench, and suit jackets with key fobs safety pinned to them. Many looks were pantless, instead including only a pair of briefs or a bodysuit. As with most of Dressedundressed’s collections, everything was unisex and in neutral shades of black, white and beige. Half of the models wore black masks with silver eyelets to see through, which together with belts worn on wrists, gave the offering slight BDSM undertones.
The result: The clothes were well cut and there was some interesting proportion play, but the collection

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Khrisjoy Shakes the High-End Puffer Market

MILAN — Spotted on street-style stars around the globe — including Vittoria Ceretti, Caroline Issa, Chiara Scelsi, Tamu McPherson and Candela Novembre — Khrisjoy padded jackets are stealing the spotlight in the urban outerwear arena.
First introduced as a capsule in June 2017 at the Milan luxury retailer Antonia, the Khrisjoy brand officially made its debut on the international market with a sales campaign in January 2018.
“The brand was born as my own personal fun project with no serious business plan or strategy involved,” said Khrisjoy founder Marzia Bellotti, who built her experience in different fashion areas, spanning from editing and styling to retail management, prior to establishing her label. “I had the idea of designing a puffer [that] could reflect my personal style.”
An eclectic spirit with an international background — she spent years in London and Madrid — Bellotti, who has a weakness for Eighties fashion, created Khris, a versatile puffer showing a cocooning silhouette rendered in a range of variations, making it perfect for being matched with both the most casual looks and more elegant outfits.

A style from Khrisjoy’s fall 2019 collection. 
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“For example, you can wear it ‘off-the-shoulder’ on a night attire,” said Bellotti, who at the time

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Save Up to 70% Off at Wayfair’s 3-Day Clearance Sale

E-Comm: Save Up to 70% off At Wayfair's 3-Day Clearance Sale Home is where the heart is, so, admittedly, it’s where we spend most of our time.
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Chriselle Lim Collection to Enter Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s

Chriselle Lim is expanding retail partnerships for her eponymous label.
In September, the superinfluencer teamed with Nordstrom to launch the debut line from The Chriselle Lim Collection, her namesake clothing brand. The collection, inspired by the fall season, was sold in 40 Nordstrom doors and online. On March 21, the sophomore line will arrive at Nordstrom and two new retail partners: Bloomingdale’s and Shopbop.

Chriselle Lim modeling her namesake collection, which enters Bloomingdale’s and Shopbop on March 21. 
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“[Nordstrom is] one of the best retailers out there, but I felt like I was ready to expand the collection and to get it into more hands,” said Lim. “Nordstrom isn’t everywhere — they’re not in New York. I have a ton of New York followers that have been asking and dying for [the collection], so Bloomingdale’s felt like the right fit. Our international customers, as well, are dying to get the collection and I believe that Shopbop has a great international shopping [experience]. I felt we were ready to expand.”
The forthcoming collection, the theme of which is “blooming,” consists of 28 stockkeeping units — tops, trousers, blazers, shorts and matching sets. There is also a larger offering of dresses, as requested by Lim’s

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Jenny Fax RTW Fall 2019

Name: Jenny Fax
Main message: Taiwanese designer Shueh Jen-Fang takes fragments of childhood memories and turns them into avant-garde collections. For her latest offering she put her stamp on an innocent picnic, with sweet, pastel lace dresses paired with candy-striped blouses. True to form, nothing was quite as it seemed, with acid-washed denim skorts that were so low-waisted they put on display the granny panties attached underneath. Plush balloon dresses had boning to create voluminous, sculptural shapes, while tweed tops were shrunken into tiny, frill-adorned bandeaus. The show closed with a vinyl puffer coat with a hood that zipped all the way up to create a cartoon-like character, and a white split cape that billowed behind like a pair of angel wings.
The result: The collection struck just the right chord between the bizarre and charmingly unique, a weirdly fun take on a fairy-tale-like dreamscape.

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Giorgio Armani Headed to Tokyo With Show, Armani/Ginza Tower Reopening

Signaling his admiration for the Japanese culture, Giorgio Armani is headed to Tokyo on May 24.
In the Japanese metropolis, the designer will host his first runway show for a pre-collection parading the Giorgio Armani men’s and women’s resort 2020 lineups. The location for the show has yet to be disclosed.
The show will be held in conjunction with the celebrations, that same night, for the reopening of the Armani/Ginza Tower in the city’s tony shopping district.
“I am glad to be returning to Tokyo for the reopening of Ginza Tower after its refurbishment: a major project that underscores my bond with Japan, a country whose aesthetics and culture I have always admired,” Armani said.
Nodding to the Japanese culture, the Italian designer, for instance, pierced the runway of his spring 2015 Privé haute couture show in Paris with bamboo-shaped transparent stalks and featured prints, embroideries and appliqués of the plant’s stems and leaves on the garments; gold brush strokes inspired by Japanese calligraphy decorated men’s jackets, knits and outerwear in the Emporio Armani men’s fall 2015 collection.
First unveiled in 2007, the Armani/Ginza Tower — covering about 65,000 square feet over 12 floors and two basement levels — featured the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani

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Our Top 5 Carry-On Suitcases

E-Comm: The Top 5 Carry On Suitcases Traveling is tough, but it makes a world of difference when you have the right luggage handy.
Our go-to, don’t leave home without it piece: a carry-on. It fits right in the overhead…

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Ssense Launches Marine Serre Men’s Line

Ssense has snagged the exclusive for the launch of the Marine Serre’s first men’s designs.
The 22-piece collection includes fleece jackets, dégradé tracksuits, bike shorts, T-shirts and accessories that are rich in Nineties nostalgia.
The collection retails from $ 95 for a whistle-festooned lariat to $ 2,270 for a floral-print blanket coat.
Ssense is a luxury retailer based in Montreal that has a strong following with men and women under the age of 34.
Serre, a Parisian-based designer, has been a winner of the LVMH Prize, and made her mark with crescent-moon print bodysuits and dresses made from upcycled silk scarves for women. Her clothes blend futuristic, athletic and couture references.

She had interned at Maison Margiela and quit her job in the studio of Balenciaga in September 2017 to focus on her own label. This is her first men’s wear capsule.

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Louis Vuitton RTW Fall 2019

Since Nicolas Ghesquière presented his debut collection for Louis Vuitton inside the Louvre’s Cour Carrée in 2014, he has often used the historic museum as a backdrop for spectacular sets with a futuristic bent.
On Tuesday evening, guests arrived at the venue to discover a reproduction of another Paris art institution, the Centre Pompidou, built by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, in a groundbreaking style that caused an uproar when it opened in 1977.
Why the world’s largest luxury brand would build a faithful copy of a structure that is only a mile away in real life was something of a mystery — one that Ghesquière cleared after the show: The collection was inspired by his people-watching at Café Beaubourg, which overlooks the vast square in front of the Pompidou.
The eclectic lineup drew on the tribes he spotted there. The fashion crowd was decked out in speckled tweed dresses that framed the neck with extravagant ruffles; the museum staff, in a blend of sharp tailoring and folkloric patchwork sleeveless coats; the former punks, still marching to a colorful New Wave beat, and even the street performers, with many of the models sporting leather Pierrot caps — although disciples of Marcel Marceau

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Ones to Watch: Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung of YanYan

Can sustainable fashion be both polished and quirky?
Hong Kong-based designers and childhood best friends Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung are banking on it with their premium knitwear brand YanYan, which utilizes deadstock and leftover yarns from mills and knitwear factories.
The two are aiming to create a youth factor around sustainability, blending grandma elegance with a playful spirit in their designs, and simultaneously touching on hot-button issues facing the fashion industry — including low-waste production, experimental retail strategy, reacting to the pace and competitiveness of fast fashion, and putting out product with more long-term, less trend-driven, potential.
“We thought about what’s a good and interesting way to create product,” Chan said on a call with Chung from Hong Kong, adding: “We didn’t want to put stuff out there that doesn’t contribute anything new. We wanted to make sweaters that were special. We wanted to challenge ourselves and make sweaters that aren’t traditional. The knitwear market is starting to grow. It’s a space for people to have fun and experiment.”
Knitwear was a natural venture for Chan, too, who moved back to Hong Kong after spending nearly a decade at Rag & Bone in New York, most recently as the director of knitwear until

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Pack Like a Celeb for Spring Break

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Hanes Celebrating Michael Jordan With Trading Card Promotion

Hanes is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its partnership with Michael Jordan by putting special trading cards into 800,000 packages of its Comfort Flex Fit boxer briefs.
And 10 of those packs will actually be signed by the basketball legend.
Jordan and Hanes first teamed up in 1989 when the athlete scored his 10,000th point and hit “The Shot” at the buzzer in game five of the NBA playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers to give his Chicago Bulls the win.
“Michael has always had his pick of brands to endorse, and we are incredibly honored that he has chosen to stay with ours for the past three decades,” said Sidney Falken, chief branding officer of Hanesbrands. “This is one of the longest-running and most successful partnerships of its type to date — a powerful statement about Michael and Hanes.”
A total of 170 different Fleer trading cards have been produced by The Upper Deck Company, each with a photo of Jordan from one of his Hanes advertisements. They are packaged in five-card packs.
“Through the years, we’ve certainly benefited from Michael’s enduring popularity with such a wide audience,” Falken added. “MJ continues to be one of the most recognizable people in the world, and we’re thrilled

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Donna Karan, Mashonda Tifrere’s Art Lead Her Team for ‘King Woman’ Exhibit at Urban Zen

Donna Karan has teamed with Mashonda Tifrere’s nonprofit Art Lead Her to put on an all-women exhibit called “King Woman” at Karan’s store and community space Urban Zen.
Pieces from Reisha Perlmutter, Delphine Diallo, Swoon and 12 other emerging and midcareer artists lined the walls of Urban Zen during a recent visit. Tifrere, dressed all in black just like Karan, pointed out one piece that especially moved her by Perlmutter. It’s a painting of a woman with vitiligo, her face peering above a pool of water in which her body’s submerged. Her hair is wet and slicked back.
“Reisha wanted to portray the woman in the portrait as strong and beautiful in her own skin,” Tifrere said. “On opening night, the woman came, and when she saw her picture hanging on the wall, she started bawling.”
There are individual stories like this one behind most of the pieces included in “King Woman”; Tifrere, who curated the showing, said it was imperative to forge relationships with the artists after selecting them to be part of the exhibition. She added she’d found all of them by looking around on Google and Instagram, then meeting them in person at art fairs.

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Maticevski RTW Fall 2019

Toni Maticevski upped the focus on tech fabrics, “And seeing how they translate into things that are wearable.”
The attitude stayed dressy, though. Gathered into architectural folds, a gold and silver foil jersey used on gowns was surprisingly light and soft, with foil effects also surfacing on a black wool-cashmere coat. A capsule of black-and-white chiffon evening pieces peppered with high-tech flocking in animal-meets-floral motifs were striking.
The designer broke the mood with a romantic section of dresses, including a long ivory tulle gown with a pleated top and short pale pink skirt embroidered in organic strips of metallics and sequins which lent an artisanal charm.
The pièce de résistance in the handiwork intensive collection was a floor-sweeping pastel gown covered in circular tea-stained ruffles.

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William Middleton Strikes Deal With HarperCollins for Karl Lagerfeld Book

Well, that didn’t take long.
William Middleton, a former Paris bureau chief of WWD and W magazine, just signed a book deal with HarperCollins to write “an unconventional biography” of Karl Lagerfeld and how he turned himself into a cultural icon. Lagerfeld died Feb. 19.
Middleton, who met Lagerfeld in 1995, did many stories with him when he worked in Paris and developed a friendship along the way.  Middleton is the author of “Double Vision,” about the powerful art-world family headed by Dominique and John de Menil that was published last spring.
Middleton said he had proposed a book to Lagerfeld about a year ago, and the designer was not interested in delving into his past. “I don’t think the history of Karl is the most interesting part. There are some elements of his past that are interesting. But it’s really what he turned himself into that’s so fascinating. I didn’t want to do a normal biography,” he said.
Immediately after Lagerfeld died, Middleton wrote a three-page proposal and e-mailed his agent, Binky Urban at ICM. “By 9 a.m., she had me on the phone [with HarperCollins vice president and executive editor Sara Nelson] and we had a contract the next week. It all

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Best Swimsuits to Flatter Every Figure

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Tata Accessories Expanding Capacity by 30 Percent

Tata Accessories Globales, the world’s largest men’s and women’s belt factory and an affiliate of Randa Accessories, is expanding its facility by nearly one-third and beefing up its workforce. The move is intended to “meet the growing demand for accessories’ top-performing category,” the company said.
As part of the expansion, Tata has invested in new state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to improve the quality of the product, speed up production and reduce costs.
“Due to our success over the last few years, we are increasing our facility footprint by 30 percent, nearly doubling our workforce, and exploding our annual production capacity to 18 million belts,” said Rodrigo Toledo, president of Tata. The company will now employ more than 1,000 people.
Because of its location in Guatemala, Tata also provides an option for North American brands and retailers seeking the benefits of nearshoring. Manufacturing in that country takes advantage of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, which does not levy duty or tariffs on products imported into the U.S. It also cuts shipping time to one week from the four or more required to import product from Asia.
“Tata provides our retail and brand partners with a competitive advantage,” said Judy Person, executive vice president and

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Jeffrey Fashion Cares to Honor Jordan Roth

Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the annual fund-raiser thrown by Jeffrey Kalinsky, will honor Jordan Roth at this year’s benefit.
Now in its 16th year, the annual event will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. The evening aims to raise awareness surrounding the people who live with HIV and AIDS, support LGBTQ youth and challenge discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Over the past 15 years of Jeffrey Fashion Cares’ existence, the event has raised a cumulative $ 6 million to $ 7 million as of 2018.
President of the Jujamcyn Theaters Jordan Roth is slated to receive the Jeffrey Fashion Cares Community Leadership Award. His theaters have been integral in telling queer stories by hosting productions like “Kinky Boots” and “Falsettos.” He also produced “Angels in America,” and received a Tony Award for it.
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy will emcee. The athlete, who won the silver medal in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was one of two openly gay American competitors who walked in the Winter Olympics opening ceremony — the other, figure skater Adam Rippon. Kenworthy has yet another connection to the entertainment world: He has a role in the

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Yves Salomon RTW Fall 2019

A Seventies-style faun-colored intarsia coat figured among the rich range of shearlings, as the brand continues to steer the focus away from fur, also mixing textures on coats, contrasting shaved and fluffy surfaces and playing with prints, including a leopard motif, to broaden the category’s appeal.
Brought in to design the second edition of the brand’s Pieces capsule of six upcycled furs was André Walker who got creative with mink scraps. Items included a black mink jumpsuit masquerading as corduroy, a cream shirt in sheared mink, and a showstopper fringed sheared-mink intarsia dress with a face print based on one of Walker’s artworks. Sporting labels signed by Walker, the pieces will be produced in limited-edition series.

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Saks’ Roopal Patel and FIT’s Valerie Steele Talk Fashion Shows and Trends

After a whirlwind month covering the fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Roopal Patel, senior vice president and fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue, gave the lowdown to Valerie Steele, curator and director of The Museum of FIT on Thursday afternoon.
The conversation, which took place at the third annual winter luncheon of the Couture Council of The Museum at FIT, was held at Avra Madison Estiatorio and sponsored by Saks.
By way of introduction, Kathy Reilly, luncheon chair, said Patel has driven the transformation of Saks since 2015, with responsibility for trend forecasting, spotting emerging designers and honing the seasonal fashion message.
Steele then kicked off the discussion, asking Patel to describe her primary day-to-day responsibilities and strategic point of view.
Patel, who oversees men’s, women’s, accessories, jewelry and beauty, said, “When we look at fashion, there’s a lot of storytelling that goes on. Our job and my responsibility is to be the translator and curator. Taking what we’re seeing on the runways in London, New York, Milan and Paris, and making sure that that vision and the trend direction is translated for the Saks customer to experience.”
One of Patel’s goals is to make sure they’re making shopping at Saks

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Kourtney Kardashian Strips Down to Her Birthday Suit to Announce Mystery Brand ”Poosh”

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Tailored Brands Needs Major Overhaul to Improve Results

Tailored Brands managed to reverse year-ago losses in the fourth quarter, but is still struggling with a serious slowdown in sales, one that is going to require a major transformation to improve.
“This is not business as usual and we are not accepting the status quo,” Dinesh Lathi, executive chairman, said on an analysts’ call Wednesday afternoon.
Lathi said the company needs to change — and quickly — to offer more personalized products and services, a better omnichannel experience and fewer promotions in favor of more “brand stories.”
Lahti was highly critical of former management, saying the company’s issues have “roots in a degree of historical under-investment and [inability to keep] pace with an evolving customer.”
He said the company does “some things well, but we have considerable work to do in order to be considered great. There are examples where we have relied on [our market position] instead of investing to build on our leading position in the category.”
Lahti slipped into the top slot at the company last year upon the retirement of former chief executive officer Doug Ewert. Although a ceo search is ongoing, sources expect Lahti will eventually be named to the position.
In the past six months, Lahti said he has

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British Fashion Council Expands China Partnerships Strategy With Ontimeshow

LONDON — The British Fashion Council is expanding its China partnerships strategy with Ontimeshow, one of Shanghai’s largest trade shows, to promote British brands during Shanghai Fashion Week later this month. They will also host a series of events with key industry partners, WWD has learned. An announcement is expected today.
The project is part of the BFC’s China partnership strategy, which was revealed in September and aims to help British designer businesses access the Chinese market. The organization is supporting talent through networking, content and access partnerships and business support.

Roksanda Ilincic, Christopher de Vos and Peter Pilotto. 
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Brands Roksanda and Peter Pilotto will launch a stand-alone showroom within Ontimeshow from March 28 to 31, with support from the Department for International Trade. The trip will help the brands’ business development in the market and the designers will have the opportunity to meet with key retailers, media, stylists, opinion leaders, creative industry influencers and high-net-worth individuals from the region.
“China has always been an important part of our strategy,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the BFC. “We are delighted to collaborate with Ontimeshow to bring two hero brands of London Fashion Week to Shanghai. We hope this is only the

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Galvan RTW Fall 2019

“It’s kind of funny when you think about seasons anymore because what’s winter for someone is summer for another,” described Galvan’s Katherine Holmgren. ”There’s always so much travel in-between different locations and climates and temperatures.” Having an international customer who shops in varying climates, the team from Galvan looked to their creative director, Sola Harrison’s, recent trip to Bali to infuse a wintery jungle theme into their fall lineup. Lush green leafy hues ran throughout — simply sophisticated in floor-length slips or more daring in an emerald green sequined blazer with fringed details. Acid green also made an appearance in scuba-like materials, like a bustier minidress, mixing the surfer, beachy vibes and jungle landscapes of Ubud and Uluwatu.
“We’re always trying to make eveningwear — glamorous, yes — but with a dash of fun and youth…and a cool factor that’s often missing,” Holmgren described. The brand continues to do so — fall meant updated sequined — as well as velvet devore-offerings (in a great leafy print). A special edition hand-placed tiger printed velvet devoré shirtdress and slinky “Bali” scarf printed — found during Harrison’s travels — gowns made for great additions to round out the collection of multiple-climate appropriate attire.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sonia Rykiel Splits With Julie de Libran, Seeks New Investor

PARIS – Creative director Julie de Libran has left Sonia Rykiel, as the French fashion house known for its striped knits looks for a new investor, WWD has learned.
“The house confirms the departure of Julie de Libran,” a spokesman for Rykiel said on Thursday, adding that the label’s management was mulling over the organization of the design studio. “The house is not for sale. It is looking for a partner to enter its capital in order to increase its development,” the spokesman added.
De Libran, who joined Rykiel in 2014, showed her last collection for the label in a showroom presentation during Paris Fashion Week, having skipped the runway this season after a banner 50th anniversary year that culminated in an outdoor fashion show last September on the newly christened Allée Sonia Rykiel in Paris.
Her departure comes amid steadily declining revenues at the loss-making house, whose founder died in 2016. In recent years, it has been hit hard by the successive impact of the Russian financial crisis, the slowdown in consumer spending in Asia and the impact of terrorist attacks on tourism to Paris and the rest of Europe.
One source estimated that revenues at Sonia Rykiel are down to between 20

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Chance the Rapper Marries Kirsten Corley: Inside Their Star-Studded Wedding

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Bestseller Opens Permanent U.S. Showroom in SoHo

Bestseller, the Danish apparel conglomerate behind the Selected Homme, Jack & Jones, Vero Moda and Only brands, has opened its first permanent showroom in the U.S. in SoHo. The company had previously operated a temporary space in Midtown.
The 7,500-square-foot space at 96 Spring Street was designed by architecture firm Loda Design, and features a floor-through, loft-like design that blends the original architecture of the building with a design inspired from the company’s headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark. Each brand is given its own distinct space within the showroom.
Bestseller is a family-owned apparel and accessories company founded by Troels Holch Povlsen in 1975. It produces 20 brands that are sold in some 15,000 retailers in 70 markets and operates 3,000 branded stores across the globe.
The opening of the New York showroom is part of a larger strategy to expand the company’s reach in North America.
According to Brian Edgar, president of Bestseller North America, the new showroom “showcases our brands’ DNA more accurately, which helps elevate our presence in the marketplace. The space is much larger than our previous one allowing us to really show what each Bestseller brand can offer.”

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Varvatos Teams With ‘Game of Thrones’ for Capsule Collection

Count John Varvatos as among the fans of “Game of Thrones.”
The designer has teamed with the show’s creator, HBO, on an exclusive men’s capsule collection that will launch on Thursday. This marks the first time Varvatos has collaborated with a television series and is the only luxury fashion collaboration for the “Game of Thrones” final season.
The 11-piece collection features hand-dyed leather outerwear, a cross-over henley, pants, a textured messenger bag and graphic prints on spray-dyed Ts. Signature details from the series are found throughout the collection, including outerwear pieces with the Iron Throne motif printed on the inside of a jacket. Prices range from $ 98 for a graphic T-shirt to $ 2,698 for the hand-dyed leather jacket.

A graphic T-shirt from the capsule includes references to the show. 

“From the very first episode, I have been inspired by the incredible costumes in ‘Game of Thrones,’” Varvatos said. “To have this opportunity to collaborate is a dream come true.”
“As we prepare for the final season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ we wanted to celebrate with an incredible collaboration for a clothing line inspired by the show,” said Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing and retail for HBO. “John Varvatos has delivered a stunning collection of

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Antonio Berardi RTW Fall 2019

While he showcased his latest fall collection to buyers according to the traditional schedule, Antonio Berardi skipped any classic shows or presentations during fashion week this season. His beautiful collection was actually revealed to journalists with one-on-one appointments in his Milan showroom and via a range of images portraying fashion icon Catherine Baba.
“The idea that the collection starts in my world is given over to someone else, who makes it fit in her world, and the eventually of it becoming part of someone else’s universe on a totally different level is perhaps the most exciting thing of all,” Berardi said on Baba’s interpretation of her clothes.
Her bold personality actually exalted the already distinctive spirit of the collection — which, designed to complement the pre-fall range, was more focused on cocktail and evening attire.
Continuing to offer his own take on his inspiration from the year 1968 — already the theme of pre-fall — Berardi played with the sharp and the precise mixed with the soft and bohemian. A white minidress with scalloped edges and flared sleeves exuded the same feminine allure as another short dress, worked in overblown checks, showing exaggerated ruffles.
Lengths got longer in a hot pink gown revealing precise vertical

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Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn Among Winners of Inaugural CO10 Sustainability Award

GREEN MACHINES: Stella McCartney, Christopher Raeburn and Bottletop are among the 10 fashion businesses that have been awarded the inaugural CO10 Leadership Award, which recognizes companies that put sustainability at their core.
The award is presented by Common Objective, a network that connects more than 10,000 professionals in the fashion, retail and textile industries to share knowledge and best sustainability practices. It will be awarded virtually in the spirit of sustainability.
The other winners are Osklen, Indigenous, Outland Denim, Mayamiko, Sonica Sarna Design, Ethical Apparel Africa and The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills.
“The industry has seen an incredible amount of traction over the past year, from increased consumer demand and government engagement, to the abundance of new entrants that focus on sustainability,” said Harold Tillman, former chairman of the British Fashion Council.
He added that the overall CO Leadership Awards are aimed at creating a milestone moment for fashion to champion innovators.
A panel of judges, including representatives from Farfetch, Kering and Vivienne Westwood, selected the 10 winners.
The winners were chosen based on their ability to marry sustainability strategies with commercial ones. The key criteria, according to organizers, were mission, business model, products and services, impact, sustainability roadmap and communication strategy.
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Last-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Party Favors

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Quarterback Jared Goff Named Banana Republic Ambassador

Banana Republic has named Jared Goff, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, as its latest brand ambassador.
The two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and the fastest number-one overall draft pick in the history of the League to advance to the Super Bowl will help shine a light on the company’s performance-driven men’s collections by appearing in advertising campaigns, making public appearances and promoting the relationship on social media and through activations.
He will also serve on Banana Republic Men’s Style Council, a group of stylish professional athletes created by the company in 2017 to highlight its performance apparel. Others in that group include quarterback Matt Ryan, pro baseball shortstop Didi Gregorius, pro basketball guard C.J. McCollum and pro-basketball power forward Kevin Love.
“Banana Republic is a premiere destination for modern men’s wear designed for a life with no boundaries,” said Banana Republic’s chief marketing officer Mary Alderete. “Jared has become a fan of our pieces over the past year, so making this official was a natural next step. We’re excited to welcome him to the BR family and add his confident sense of style to our men’s playbook.”
The first campaign creative featuring Goff will launch in the summer, timed to coincide with key

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Bonnie Cashin Archivist Considering Documentary and Other Projects

As the heir to Bonnie Cashin’s archives, Stephanie Lake is the last person who needs to be reminded about the designer’s lasting influence on American fashion.
Rather than reside in the I-told-you-so corner, Lake is actively trying to inform current and future generations about how Cashin’s aesthetic continues to appear in certain designer collections.
Last month’s Diet Prada post, alleging JW Anderson’s appropriation of a Bonnie Cashin design was not the impetus for her proactive approach but a coincidence. Lake said Monday, ”My husband and I are constantly considering what our roles are and how we can best serve Bonnie’s legacy. It’s a constant theme in our lives. With JW Anderson, it did pop up just as we were getting very focused on the film. It just happened to be a coincidence as we were talking about needing to focus our energies on the next big project. It amplified what we were thinking about the timing being right.”
A JW Anderson spokesman said, “Jonathan has always been inspired by postmodernist fashion and mentioned Bonnie as an inspiration backstage after the show in London.”
Having been approached by a major documentary filmmaker last year about the prospect of a Cashin-themed film, Lake is mulling over

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Y’s RTW Fall 2019

One of the key themes from the Black line was transparency, with signature gabardine coats flipped inside out to put their inner workings on display, the seams exposed, as well as reversible pieces, with a split-personality coat with beige linen on one side, black silk on the other.
A uniform storyline included coats mixing houndstooth with a monochrome Y’s tartan, lovely black blazers with cutouts of jewel-tone motifs lifted from Persian carpets used to evoke medals, and a series of pinstripe coats with the stripes bleached into the fabric, as well as bleached color-blocking effects.
The Pink line offered a capsule of textured knits, including a seamless cashmere sweater; feminized spins on men’s shirting fabrics, applying details like lace and ruffles to gingham and striped styles, as well as a capsule of sweatshirts playing on the band T-shirt graphics used for Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain Tour in the mid-Eighties.

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Victoria & Albert Museum Extends Sold-Out Dior Exhibition to Sept. 1

MORE, MORE, MORE DIOR: The house of Dior can certainly command a crowd, according to the Victoria & Albert museum, which plans to extend its “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibition to Sept. 1. Having opened on Feb. 2, it was set to close on July 14.
The museum said the show had sold out less than three weeks after opening, and it has already welcomed 121,566 visitors. Additional tickets are on sale through the V&A’s website.
“We knew that ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ would be popular, but we have been overwhelmed by the phenomenal visitor response to date,” said Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A.
The largest and most comprehensive British show on the House of Dior, it is a grand sweep of sparkle, rippling wool, sculpted jackets and floral prints and motifs. It throws light on the designer’s fascination with Britain, his “lines” and defining looks, his international outlook and inspirations from history.
It is also the first fashion exhibition to be staged in the vast new galleries designed by Amanda Levete, on the west side of the building. They showcase more than 500 objects, memorabilia and clothing, including an array of works by Dior and the creative directors who followed him: Yves Saint

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Shop St. Patrick’s Day Graphic Tees Here

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Keith Haring x Terez Collection Launches Today on Terez.com

Terez, the New York-based ath-leisure brand, is collaborating with the estate of the late Keith Haring to develop the Keith Haring x Terez collection.
The partnership was forged in collaboration with Artestar, which represents high-profile artists,  photographers, designers and creatives.
Haring, who died in 1990, was known for his Pop Art and graffiti-like style, which grew out of the New York street culture of the Eighties. The collaboration was said to be heavily inspired by the power of love.
The pieces from Haring’s image library used for this collaboration were those that triggered joy through their vibrant colors, something that is a Terez signature, according to the brand.
The collection includes leggings, bras, tanks, Ts, crewnecks and joggers. Prices range from $ 60 for an uplifted heart-muscle T to $ 101 for a rainbow crowd printed jogger.
The collection launches today and is exclusively being sold at terez.com.

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Karim Adduchi RTW Fall 2019

Amsterdam-based Moroccan designer Karim Adduchi’s mission in Paris was to present a line of more commercial ready-to-wear looks, ranging from jacquard coats in a woodland print to a tailored blazer with details including 3-D buttons with a design inspired by berbère culture and belt loops at the waist.
But his couture pieces grabbed all the attention, especially the twists on traditional Moroccan garb, like a top and skirt honed from finishings sourced from every city that the designer has visited in his homeland, including colored tassels in earthy hues that formed the skirt.
Also drawing the eye was a red silk scarf dress and a long gown with a split made from an artisanal striped wool with raw seams.

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Gucci to Hold Cruise 2020 Show in Rome

CLOSE TO HOME: Gucci is not traveling far for its cruise 2020 fashion show — instead, it has selected one of the most striking sites in Rome: the Capitoline Museums.
The show will be held May 28 and the choice of the location results from creative director Alessandro Michele’s ongoing interest in “the Old World,” said the company, “this time drawing from a place reminiscent of his childhood.”
Located on the Capitoline Hill, the museums display a large number of ancient Roman statues, inscriptions, and other artifacts; a collection of medieval and Renaissance art, and collections of jewels and coins, among others.
In line with his interests, most recently Michele shot the brand’s pre-fall 2019 collection in the archaeological parks of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Selinunte.
Previous Gucci Cruise shows were held at the Dia-Art Foundation in New York City; the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey in London; the Palatine Gallery at Pitti Palace in Florence, and last year, the Promenade Des Alyscamps in a Roman necropolis in the southern French city of Arles.
In addition, over the next two years the Florence-based company will make a donation to support the restoration project of the Rupe Tarpea, the Tarpeian Rock, a steep cliff of the southern summit

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Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin–Ranked

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Hermès Takes Craftsmanship Showcase to Rome

MILAN — After more than 43 stops across the world, Hermès has taken its traveling exhibition of craftsmanship to the Museum of the Ara Pacis in Rome.
Running through March 16, the “Hermès at Work” showcase, dubbed “Hermès Dietro Le Quinte [Behind the Scenes]” in Italy, continues to support the luxury house’s ongoing effort to introduce its artisans to the public. Hermès counts more than 4,500 craftspeople out of a total of 13,700 employees worldwide.
Spread over 10,764 square feet, the presentation in Rome will allow visitors to meet and interact with artisans from 10 different disciplines while they work, delving into how the luxury company produces its signature leather handbags, gloves and saddles, among others.
Master craftsmen will also do live demonstrations of the silk engraving and silk rolling that distinguishes the famed Hermès silk scarf, as well as of gem setting, watchmaking and hand-painting of the brand’s porcelain.

“Hermès Dietro Le Quinte” in Rome. 
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In addition, thanks to virtual reality, visitors will be able to take in a 360-degree film about the master glassmakers and cutters of the Saint-Louis crystal works, founded in 1586 and acquired by Hermès in 1989.
Roundtable discussions and conferences about craftsmanship, innovation and the transmission of know-how will be

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Y’s RTW Fall 2019

One of the key themes from the Black line was transparency, with signature gabardine coats flipped inside out to put their inner workings on display, the seams exposed, as well as reversible pieces, with a split-personality coat with beige linen on one side, black silk on the other.
A uniform storyline included coats mixing houndstooth with a monochrome Y’s tartan, lovely black blazers with cutouts of jewel-tone motifs lifted from Persian carpets used to evoke medals, and a series of pinstripe coats with the stripes bleached into the fabric, as well as bleached color-blocking effects.
The Pink line offered a capsule of textured knits, including a seamless cashmere sweater; feminized spins on men’s shirting fabrics, applying details like lace and ruffles to gingham and striped styles, as well as a capsule of sweatshirts playing on the band T-shirt graphics used for Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain Tour in the mid-Eighties.

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Kimora Lee Simmons Buys Baby Phat, Plans for Relaunch

Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner has gotten her baby back.
The designer, former model and entrepreneur celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday by revealing that she had personally purchased the once red-hot streetwear brand Baby Phat and will relaunch the label later this year.
She declined to disclose the purchase price or the company from which it was purchased, only saying: “We had to hunt around to find it.”
Leissner was the creator of the women’s-skewed streetwear brand 20 years ago as an extension of the Phat Farm men’s label under her then-husband Russell Simmons’ Phat Fashions company.
Leissner felt at the time that women streetwear fans should have a vehicle and created Baby Phat to fit that bill. She served as its creative director from 2000 to 2010 and later added the president’s title as well.
In its heyday in the early Aughts, Baby Phat was one of Phat Fashions’ most profitable brands with a wide variety of product categories and sales in excess of $ 1 billion. It was worn by major celebrities and hosted elaborate fashion shows.
When Phat Fashion was sold to Kellwood in 2004, Leissner continued to serve as creative director of Baby Phat. A fragrance was launched with Coty in 2005 and

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Slippers You Can Actually Wear Outside

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19 Calvin Klein Runway Looks Worth Taking a Look Back At

It’s the end of an era at Calvin Klein.
The American fashion brand announced Wednesday it will not continue its traditional collection business, meaning Calvin Klein will no longer be a fixture on the fashion week runway. The news comes after the brand shuttered its 205W39NYC label in January, following the departure of its chief creative officer, Raf Simons, the prior month.
Starting his namesake label in 1968 as a coat shop, Calvin Klein grew his brand quickly, adding sportswear and lingerie. In 1973, Klein received the Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award for a 74-piece women’s wear collection, becoming known for his youthful and classic American style.

Calvin Klein fall 1973 ready-to-wear collection. 
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While the proliferation of Klein’s underwear and jeans businesses — and legendary ad campaigns featuring the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kate Moss and Brooke Shields — are a significant marker in the designer’s legacy, his designs on the runway were equally impactful. Most notably, Klein popularized the slipdress, which was routinely modeled by Moss on the runway.

The finale at the Calvin Klein spring 1998 ready-to-wear runway. 
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When the brand was acquired by PVH Corp. and Klein resigned from his position in 2003, designer Francisco Costa was brought on as

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Capucci RTW Fall 2019

Having cycled through a number of formats and creative directors in the last few years, Capucci is banking on an injection of youth to restore the brand to the glory days of its founder, Roberto Capucci.
The label’s owner, businesswoman and art patron, Paola Santarelli, has appointed her daughter, Vittoria Bonifati, as artistic coordinator, with Valeria Giampietro as art director. They, in turn, have drafted Luisa Orsini and Antonine Peduzzi, the “It” girls behind the handbag label TL-180, to refresh the brand.
Staging a presentation in Paris for the first time, Capucci unveiled a capsule collection based on the more wearable portions of its archive. The couturier, now 88, has been a friend of the Santarellis for decades.
“He was very close with my grandmother and my mother. My mom’s wedding dress was designed by him, and also my grandmother had a lot of clothes designed by him, so I’ve known him for quite a bit, and he comes still to the atelier. He has some clients and makes haute couture,” Bonifati said.
A tunic top and cropped flared pants featured subtle black-and-white Op Art stripes that were stitched together from dozens of fine strips of fabric. A collarless coat with a scalloped edge

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Karlie Kloss and New ‘Project Runway’ Judges on the Show’s Kinder, Gentler Reboot

When “Project Runway” launched in 2004, it pulled back the curtain on the fashion industry, made Michael Kors a household name, and elevated the role of designer into the pop culture pantheon. Running for 16 seasons with guest judges including Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ciara, the show introduced such memorable moments as the Gristedes challenge and the Thunder From Down Under challenge. And it gave millions of wannabes dreams of making it like Christian Siriano, the biggest success story among the winners.
After a nearly two-year hiatus, the show returns on March 14 to Bravo for its 17th season, reimagined for now. New host, model Karlie Kloss, who is also executive producer, is joined by a new mentor (Siriano) in the Tim Gunn role, and three regular judges — Elle magazine editor in chief Nina Garcia, a veteran of the show’s earlier iteration; former Teen Vogue editor Elaine Welteroth, and designer Brandon Maxwell.
The 17 designers competing have a range of experience, and hail from all over the world, including one contestant who is a Syrian refugee, and others who are from India and Samoa. The show will put a new emphasis on inclusion, featuring models of all races

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Books by Boss Ladies We Love

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Jos. A. Bank Reopens New York Flagship With Updated Design

NEW YORK — Jos. A. Bank has taken the wraps off a store design that is intended to be a more visible statement of its brand positioning.
The 13,800-square-foot flagship on Madison Avenue and 46th Street had been closed since June for the revamp and had a soft reopening on Tuesday. The official opening event is on March 19.
“We wanted our flagship in New York to represent a unique space as iconic as Madison Avenue,” said Mary Beth Blake, brand president for the Jos. A. Bank division of Tailored Brands Inc. The retailer was founded in 1905 in Baltimore and purchased by Tailored Brands, the former Men’s Wearhouse, in 2014.
The Madison Avenue store opened in 1994 and had not undergone a revamp for 25 years, Blake said.
The first hint that something has changed is seen on the awnings, which tout “the new tradition” that will be found inside. Upon entering, the customer finds 17-foot-high ceilings, custom furniture and fixtures in rich brown woods, Corian stone tops, brushed copper hardware and antique mirrors. Features intended to speak to the brand’s heritage include metallic wall coverings and architectural ornaments as well as a map of Baltimore on the walls of the staircase.
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Burberry Teams With U.K. Charity Smart Works to Dress Women in Need

GET SMART: Burberry is marking International Women’s Day by spreading the love, and the checks and the trench coats, to women in need of work wardrobes. Since 2013, the brand has been teaming with the British women’s charity Smart Works, which offers new, donated clothing and styling advice to women in need who are trying to get back into the workforce. Burberry has always donated clothing to Smart Works, but this year for the first time it invited seven women from the program into its London showrooms for a styling session and the opportunity to pick out their capsule work wardrobes.
The clients are at stage two of the Smart Works program, meaning they have secured employment and will need clothing to wear to their new jobs, ahead of their first pay checks. Half of Smart Works’ clients are from an ethnic minority, are long-term unemployed and have been unsuccessful with a large number of job applications. Smart Works said the majority of women it helps eventually secure full employment and that it aims to dress 3,500 women this year in the U.K.

A portrait by Esther Theaker for Burberry’s project with Smart Works. 
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Judy Collinson, Burberry’s chief merchandising officer, helped to curate

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Hillier Bartley RTW Fall 2019

Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley cast their eyes to the Eighties, and to the pop colors and patterns of Kansai Yamamoto. Their collection was wild, full of color and languid proportions in the form of a check Zoot suit, its jacket slashed open at the front, and a camel pinstripe suit with a short jacket and roomy, tracksuit-style trousers. Blouses and dresses were draped, folded, knotted or tied, as in a silk raspberry dress with statement sleeves and piratical flair, and a black tuxedo jacket with a cascade of jewel-toned, fringed silk spilling from the back. The collection had its New Romantic moments, too, in the form of a white poet’s blouse with wide ruffles around the neck and wrists, and cotton striped shirts with layered sleeves and long flowing tails. These clothes, with their dramatic proportions and look-at-me colors, aren’t for everyone: Only the cool kids need apply.

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Anne Valérie Hash Becomes Artistic Director of Bonpoint

NEW BEGINNINGS: French designer Anne Valérie Hash is taking over the creative direction of mother-daughter fashion brand Bonpoint.
She succeeds Christine Innamorato, who was brought into the company by its founder Marie-France Cohen in 2006. Innamorato oversaw both the childrens’ collection and the adult line, Bonpoint Paris, which was launched in 2018. Prior to that, Bonpoint was carrying a young-adult line, named YAM, which has since been discontinued.
A start date for Hash is yet to be announced. Contacted by WWD, a spokeswoman for Bonpoint declined to comment.
Hash, a graduate of the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, launched her own fashion label in 2001, subsequently winning the ANDAM Prize in 2003. The designer introduced a kid’s line named “Mademoiselle” in 2008, aimed exclusively at girls. Then the brand closed in 2014, and the designer was named creative director of Comptoir des Cotonniers, owned by Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing, in February 2015.
Under Hash’s creative leadership, Comptoir des Cotonniers highlighted its legacy of dressing mothers and daughters via a series of advertising campaigns. For the brand’s 20th anniversary, for instance, Charlotte Gainsbourg and her 13-year-old daughter Alice appeared in the fall 2015 campaign. Hash’s contract with the brand ended in May

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Boss Looks for the Office

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Cottweiler Becomes First British Brand to Show at Seoul Fashion Week 

LONDON — The British Fashion Council is furthering its partnership with Seoul Fashion Week in support of emerging talent, with men’s wear label Cottweiler the first to benefit from the special relationship.
Cottweiler, the streetwear brand that won the 2016-17 International Woolmark Prize for men’s wear, will be the first British name to be sponsored at Seoul Fashion Week in March. The brand will restage its fall 2019 show alongside those of South Korean designers.
“We are very grateful to be given the opportunity by the BFC and Seoul Fashion Week to present our work to a wider audience and connect to our already growing fan base in South Korea,” said designers Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell of Cottweiler. “This will be our first venture outside of London Fashion Week and for it to be in a city that embraces cutting-edge style like no other is an exciting prospect.”
The BFC-Seoul partnership aims to support emerging British and South Korean talent through sponsorships and to provide them with the opportunity to showcase directly to buyers and media.
“We are thrilled to be able to host Cottweiler in Seoul and to build on our partnership with the British Fashion Council,” said Jung Kuho, executive director of

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A.F. Vandevorst RTW Fall 2019

For fall, An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx had a country girl in mind — low profile but feminine, used to roaming the outdoors. Not one to put up with vestimentary restrictions. So they cut open the sleeves of her suit coat, lining them with zippers in case she wanted to close them back again. Shirt sleeves, too, were opened in this way, but with buttons. There was no planned color scheme — fabrics were chosen for their qualities, and then crafted into garments, making it more spontaneous and perhaps less intellectual, explained Vandevorst. Loose, tan trousers had a sporty, orange ribbon running up the leg while a silky purple shirt had piping details on the cuff, western style  and one shoulder. Also in the lineup, season staples: a long, pleated skirt and smart outerwear, including trenchcoats.
Reflecting the label’s new emphasis on accessories, the showroom presentation was dominated by boots, sneakers and handbags galore — all shapes and sizes. Bags were mostly square-shaped, stamped with the label’s signature cross. Footwear options included a chunky-heeled ankle boot with zebra stripes on the front and lizard skin on the back — suitable, no doubt, for that country girl hitting the city streets.
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Erica Hanks Has Built a Career Styling Hard-to-Fit Men

Erica Hanks racks up the frequent-flier miles.
The stylist, who has built a business dressing professional male athletes as well as some female socialites and actresses, isn’t based in the fashion hubs of New York or Los Angeles. Instead, she’s headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.
But what the fashionistas on the right and left coasts may have overlooked is that the Southern city is home to many professional sports teams including the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
When Hanks moved there eight years ago with her husband, who is in the commercial real estate business, the mother of three was looking for a way to utilize the skills she had developed working at retail stores and writing for lifestyle blogs and magazines. She quickly realized that Charlotte was “a huge sports hub,” she said, but saw that no one was working with the players to up their fashion game.
So she started networking and offering her services. She “landed a race-car driver for the Kids Choice Awards,” Hanks said, and it was — pardon the pun — off to the races. She now has a roster of around 25 professional sports clients including

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Sweatpants That Are Comfy and Cool

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Opportunity Abounds in Los Angeles for Indochino

SANTA MONICA — Indochino continues to grow at a rapid clip, most notably in the Los Angeles area where the company on Wednesday opened its newest store in Santa Monica.
The 2,300-square-foot showroom at Santa Monica Place will be followed by additional stores locally on Melrose Avenue and up north in Sacramento. The company, by the end of the year, will have seven California showrooms.
“The business is growing quite rapidly,” president and chief executive officer Drew Green said, adding the company between 2016 and 2018 grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 55 percent. “What we’ve seen is New York is our number-one market and we’ve heavily invested in New York. California represents a big opportunity. We invested in San Francisco on Post [Street]. We’ve got the showroom in Beverly Hills and now we’re going to continue to really expand in California.”
Santa Monica marks the company’s 41st showroom with another 11 in production. The company will likely launch another 20 showrooms in 2020 bringing the total count to more than 70 in the U.S. and Canada, Green said.
Santa Monica will serve the large customer base in the area, with showroom location openings data driven.
Elsewhere in the U.S., Indochino’s 2,234-square-foot Boston

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L’Oréal Paris, Nivea Top Beauty ‘Megabrand’ Ranking

BEAUTY BRAND-BUILDING: One-quarter of the top 100 “megabrands” in Euromonitor International’s ranking are beauty and personal-care brands, and the category took second place overall, behind the packaged food sector.
According to the market research provider’s recent list, which takes into account the world’s leading fast-moving consumer goods labels, the top 10 were: L’Oréal Paris, Nivea, Colgate, Gillette, Dove, Avon, Garnier, Shiseido, Gemey/Maybelline/Jade and Natura.
L’Oréal Paris and Nivea have maintained their first and second rankings since 2014.
“While there has been movement across the top 10, rankings have not changed significantly,” Tom Rees, industry manager at Euromonitor International, said in a statement. “Only one brand has entered the top 10 since 2014: Shiseido, at number eight.
“The key trend has been premiumization,” he continued. “Revived consumer confidence in key markets, plus aspirational demand in emerging regions has grown the premium market substantially.”
According to the report, L’Oréal Paris ranks fifth among global megabrands.
“L’Oréal is the world’s leading beauty and personal-care brand by sales, with China its second-highest country for sales behind the U.S.,” Euromonitor said. “[China] is forecast to increase beauty and personal-care sales by over 40 percent by 2022.”

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Cyclas RTW Fall 2019

A former fashion director for Japanese concept store United Arrows, Keiko Onose has chosen to eschew seasonal inspirations for the collections she creates for Cyclas, the ready-to-wear brand she founded in 2016.
“Gerhard Richter’s paintings are a continuous inspiration for me,” said the designer backstage about the German artist’s “Abstract Paintings” series, which were already a starting point for last season’s collection. Hints of his work were found on a printed coat dress worn over trousers: “It’s a flower print, but I tried to make it look destroyed, like it’s been crashed or hammered,” said Onose.
Other than the printed silhouette, the color palette for the fall 2019 show — the brand’s first on the official calendar — was a muted mix of khaki, light sage, beige and grey, with bright accents delivered by kooky sequined flats. The clashes came in the form of contrasting textures: an ivory pleated organza apron was tied over crisp cotton trousers, a lamé skirt was paired with a knitted top, and chubby faux fur coats were worn over high waisted corduroy trousers.
It was quite a cerebral collection: minute details, such as hand stitches replacing traditional seams on a voluminous cream top, were only visible up close

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Mark Zunino Teams up with Bridal Reflections, Dresses ‘Entertainment Tonight’ Hosts for Red Carpet

Living and designing in Beverly Hills, Mark Zunino has seen the extremes celebrities rely on for red-carpet dressing and he wants consumers to avoid them.
With Mark Zunino Atelier, a new red-carpet inspired bridal and eveningwear collection, the designer wants women to have figure-flattering looks by choosing a well-constructed gown. Architecture was his course of study at Pepperdine, but accepting an undergrad job at Nolan Miller’s assistant altered his career plans. At that time in the Eighties, Miller designed costumes for the glitzy hit show “Dynasty.” Catering to clients like Sophia Loren, Bette Davis, Ann-Margret and Lana Turner (whom Miller was engaged to at one point), “we were so Hollywood engulfed. We were flying around globally,” Zunino said, during a preview of his wedding gowns at Bridal Reflections’ Fifth Avenue flagship. A one-year commitment led to a decades-long one, with Zunino eventually buying the rights to Emmy-winning Miller’s company. Miller died in 2012.
Traces of his designs for such celebrity clients as Jennifer Lopez can be seen in such unexpected bridal styles as a beaded open-back jumpsuit. With eveningwear retailing for upwards of $ 6,000 and wedding dresses starting at $ 8,000, the collection is being sold exclusively through Bridal Reflections, a three-store operation

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Rachel Lindsay Dishes on Wedding Planning and Her Picks for the Next Bachelorette

Rachel Lindsay, BacheloretteThe wedding countdown is on for Rachel Lindsay.
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A Moment of Silence — and a Serene Mountain Set — for Karl Lagerfeld’s Last Chanel Show

No one coughed. It felt like no one even breathed.
Karl Lagerfeld’s last show for Chanel opened with a moment of silence, and the vast Grand Palais was as hushed as the mountain village depicted in the set, rows of wooden chalets, their chimneys smoking, set among pine trees and mounds of fake snow.
Lagerfeld loved snow — he would rush out to take photos whenever it dusted Paris — and his finale looks were white “snowball” sweater dresses with fluffy skirts, the first modeled by Penélope Cruz, who strolled out smiling and twirling a flower.
“I felt like laughing and crying at the same time, to see all these people that loved him so much celebrating him together. But seeing all this, also it’s the beginning of something else, all that he’s created over all these years,” Cruz said.
“The collection I saw today gave me goosebumps because everything is there: the past, present and future. I loved that they took the time at the beginning of the show, that they asked for that minute of silence. It made everybody stop and breathe, then there was the right kind of energy for the show,” she added.

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Alexander McQueen RTW Fall 2019

Celtic warrior goddesses, you’re off duty for a while. For fall, Sarah Burton sought more real inspiration. It started with a homecoming in the north of England, where she visited old mill towns, some with still-operational mills that supply the classic, refined men’s wear fabrics she has long used at Alexander McQueen.
“We thought of the industrial revolution but also the memories I have as a child,” Burton said backstage, noting that her father had one cherished pinstriped suit. “We thought of the skill that goes into making these fabrics. It’s man and machine working together,” she offered, noting that much of the work remains by-hand, including the threading of needle-like instruments called heddles. “I love nature [inspirations], but nature is very much escapism,” she said. “I wanted this to be very much grounded in reality. I wanted it to be [about] where I’m from and where we belong in the world and where we feel at home. There’s an honesty about these mills.”
It all provided a framework for Burton’s focus on tailoring in an exquisite collection that pulsed with artful tension while retaining an underlying commercial savvy, without a trace of bourgeois rumination. Burton started from her beloved baseline of

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Etienne Russo Released From Japanese Authorities

PARIS — Fashion show producer Etienne Russo has returned to Europe over two months after being held in Japan for suspicion of cannabis smuggling.
The founder of Villa Eugénie, who was absent from the men’s shows last January, was seen at the Fendi show in Milan during fashion week. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that he returned to Europe on Feb. 20.
Russo is now back in Paris, where he was spotted on the set of the Dries Van Noten show on Wednesday. He declined to comment or provide any information about what happened in Japan.
It is understood Russo entered Japan on Nov. 30 for the Dior men’s pre-fall 2019 fashion show that was held in Tokyo.
He is said to have been seen at the show, but was put in custody in early December after customs officials at Narita Airport outside of Tokyo found a liquid that they believed was extracted from cannabis packed in Russo’s luggage, according to reports by Japanese media.
In Japan, 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 seven to 10 years in prison and a fine.
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Cardi B and Offset Turn Up the Heat in Cabo

Offset, Cardi B, 2018 American Music Awards, 2018 AMAsCardi B likes this getaway.
The famed rapper and her on-and-off beau jetted off to Mexico on Sunday for what looks like quite the steamy vacation. The husband and wife, who reunited last…

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Steve Aoki Collaborates With Travel Accessories Brand Fūl

For the guy on the go, travel and gear accessories brand Fūl has unveiled a range of accessories — a collaboration with Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Steve Aoki called the “Fūl-Aoki” collection.
Fūl, originally founded by Justin Timberlake in 2004 and now owned by Concept One Accessories, has carved out a space in the travel category with backpacks, belt bags and travel gear inspired by the nomadic life of a musician but curated for anyone with an active lifestyle.
“Steve and I had been talking about doing something together for Fūl over the past couple of years,” said Sam Hafif, chief executive officer of the accessories brand. “Travel is such a big part of his life. No one I know travels as extensively as he does, so his vision for the product and how it should function comes from a unique personal experience.”

Grammy-nominated DJ and musician Steve Aoki. 
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The line takes a cue from the streetwear scene and Aoki’s personal style, and splits into two distinct directions. The first is the “street” collection which is comprised of five backpacks and one waist pack, and features  caribiners for headphones, multiple pockets for cables, thick padded laptop sleeves, and ergonomic shoulder straps. “For the

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Woolrich to Release Range of Collaborations for New York Store

To mark the opening of its expanded New York store in June of this year — the SoHo unit will more than double in size — heritage outdoor wear company Woolrich will be launching collaboration collections with a variety of brands from around the world. One collaboration with Beams+ will serve the dual purpose of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Japanese brand. Other collaborators include N.Hoolywood, Stussy and Griffin. There will also be a second Woolrich collection with New York-based brand Aimé Leon Dore.

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Sacai RTW Fall 2019

An oversized trench coat restrained by a teeny-tiny cropped puffer vest, all as one piece, epitomized what Chitose Abe was trying to do with her fall Sacai collection: bring new proportion play to her signature hybrid pieces. “Putting something really small on top of something big,” she said backstage, recalling how as a young woman, she used to wear a child’s size Ralph Lauren button-down oxford shirt over a voluminous vintage dress. “That’s something I tried to do in one piece.”
She succeeded, and found the perfect balance of large and small in almost every look. Consider the black anorak, cinched at the waist, fanning out in cartridge pleats over the hips, balanced with a straight skirt zipped down the back. Or a denim jacket, trimmed in fur, that flared into a nylon puffer at the bottom. Working the male-female balance, an oversized tweed overcoat came with a nylon corset built in. It was outerwear stylish enough to keep on indoors.
Sacai’s knits are always another high point, and this season didn’t disappoint. Both an oversized black crewneck sweater, and a long green Nordic sweater dress, had multiple zippers down one side for the wearer to reveal or conceal as much as

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Azzedine Alaïa Moves Paris Exhibition to SKP Beijing

BEIJING — Compagnie Financiere Richemont-owned Azzedine Alaïa is bringing its exhibition “The Secret Alchemy of a Collection” from Paris to Beijing.
Organized by Carla Sozzani, a close friend of the late designer’s and curated by Oliver Saillard, some rare pieces from the 1992 Summer collection, the largest collection the late couturier ever made, is on display on the fourth floor of SKP Beijing. The exhibition will run until March 26.
High-end fashion department store SKP Beijing, known to the West as China’s luxury mecca, is the most important point of sales for many luxury brands in China. Azzedine Alaïa opened his third boutique there with an exhibition featuring red evening dresses and photographs from Erwin Blumenfeld in 2014.
“When Mr. Alaia and Mr. Ji [Xiao An, chairman of Hualian Group, parent company of SKP Beijing] met, it was immediate sympathy between them and friendship without words and only through eyes happened and stayed,” Sozzani said.
Ji and Sozzani will host a cocktail party on March 17 to celebrate the exhibition.
SKP Beijing has been a hot spot for fashion companies to collaborate with unique retail and branding experiences. In January, Dior Men took over the whole façade to celebrate the launch of Kim Jones’

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Cuddle Up on the Red Carpet

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Paul Stuart Unveils Opening Price Point Made-to-Measure

Paul Stuart is fighting back against the proliferation of low-cost made-to-measure men’s wear.
The upscale New York-based specialty retailer has quietly launched CustomLab, an initiative that taps into its 80-plus years of expertise creating and selling men’s apparel as well as the large fleet of on-site tailors at its Madison Avenue flagship.
“We’d been talking a lot about what we could do to compete with all the other retailers who have launched made-to-order at an opening price point,” said chief executive officer Paulette Garafalo. That includes companies such as Suitsupply, Indochino, Knot Standard, My.Suit and others. Even more long-standing competitors such as Men’s Wearhouse have embraced this popular category, with many offering customized suits for as low as $ 400.
“We felt we were losing momentum and wanted to continue to be relevant and give the consumer what he wants,” Garafalo said.
So the Paul Stuart team put their heads together and came up with the concept that brings the opening price suit in the store down to $ 995 with a three- to four-week turnaround. Also available are sport coats starting at $ 695 and shirts at $ 195.
An off-the-rack suit at Paul Stuart starts at $ 1,595 and most retail for $ 1,895 to $ 1,995. Bespoke garments sell for

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Protection, Empowerment Central Themes at U.N. Women for Peace Association Awards

No one needs reminding that the world is not a peaceful place, but attendees at Friday’s United Nations Women for Peace Association’s annual luncheon preferred to focus on the positive.
While the annual event honored actor-director-producer Ben Stiller, fashion designer Naeem Khan, philanthropists Albert and Deidre Pujols and “India’s Daughter” filmmaker Leslee Udwin, their messages stressed the need for greater women’s empowerment, improved training, workers’ rights and safety.
Before the program got under way, former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly, who cochaired the event, spoke of what needs to happen for fashion companies to help with the problem of human trafficking. “Attention has to be drawn to it. It’s a problem that is sort of under the radar. It exists to a large extent in Eastern Europe, Central America and South America,” he said. “Sometimes it’s not as obvious as you think it would be. There is leverage being exerted against relatives, a village or something like that. It does not necessarily come to the fore; even when you question these young women, they are not coming forward with information in many instances. They have to consider what’s being held over them so it’s not always easy to investigate the

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Tommy x Zendaya Spring 2019

When the original Battle of Versailles happened in 1973, an African-American hadn’t yet made it onto the cover of American Vogue (that would be Beverly Johnson in 1974), much less into the creative director role at a European luxury house like Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton Men’s. Fashion’s record of inclusion is still far from perfect, but on Saturday night in Paris, Tommy Hilfiger and multihyphenate Zendaya reminded everyone of America’s role in the change with their celebration of diverse beauty featuring models of color in all sizes to launch the first Tommy x Zendaya collection in stores now.
Roller disco dancers on an illuminated runway warmed up the crowd of over 1,000 guests at the Art Deco-style Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on Avenue Montaigne, including previous Hilfiger collaborator Gigi Hadid, Janelle Monáe, Yara Shahidi and Luka Sabbat.
It turns out roller discos aren’t unfamiliar territory for five-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, whose second collection for Hilfiger drops in a couple of weeks.
“My dad use to go to roller discos in the Eighties,” he told WWD. “So when I was younger, I used to borrow his skates and go to a couple of places in Stevenage, where I grew up in Britain.”
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For Anna Dello Russo, Street Style Is a ‘Job’

FASHION TOME: The first floor of Parisian concept store Montaigne Market was packed with students and visitors on Thursday for a book signing by Italian fashion editor Anna Dello Russo.
The journalist, creative consultant for Vogue Japan and brand ambassador for Istituto Marangoni started her afternoon by presenting her “AdR Book: Beyond Fashion” to students at the Paris branch of the fashion school, before heading over to Montaigne Market to sign copies.
The book, which was published in 2018, documents the fashion editor’s 30-year career in the form of box set with a pop-up book, pictures of some of her greatest looks, excerpt from her diaries, a scrapbook and a set of stickers.

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“Phaidon approached me after I auctioned my clothes at Christie’s in February 2018: I had taken pictures of all my looks and we decided to turn it into a magic box, which reflected my approach of fashion better than a regular book,” said Dello Russo. “It’s an experience: it’s at times fun, at others serious, you can touch and play with it. It’s fashion explained to the kids, like a video game.”
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This Beauty Supplement Is the Reason People Can’t Stop Complimenting Our Skin

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Brooks Brothers to Debut New Design at Hudson Yards Store

Count Brooks Brothers as among the retailers ready to take the plunge at Manhattan’s new retail destination: Hudson Yards.
When the 2,500-square-foot store opens in April, it will mark the debut of a new global interior design concept that will blend archival architectural elements inspired by the flagship at 346 Madison with modern design features. The store will have a teal and dark blue color scheme with light gray lacquered fixtures and rosewood paneling. Cabinetry and display racks will be trimmed in brushed brass, furniture will have a midcentury modern design and there will be a large sculptural chandelier. Flooring is in ash oak herringbone parquetry paired with mosaic marble.
The store will offer both Brooks Brothers’ flagship collection as well as the higher-priced Golden Fleece line and the women’s collection designed by Zac Posen. There will also be a dedicated area for made-to-measure clothing.
“We are excited for the opening of Brooks Brothers at Hudson Yards as the development is one of the most ambitious and exciting retail projects in New York City history, further demonstrating our brands’ commitment to innovation in all aspects,” said Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and chief executive officer.
Brooks Brothers last year celebrated its 200th anniversary. In addition

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Chainmail Is a Trend Happening at Paris Fashion Week

As many stay tuned to Paris Fashion Week, an unlikely fashion trend has popped up among the Parisian street-style set: chainmail.
The 12th-century armor, originally a mesh made up of metal rings to protect the head and body, has been reimagined by many Paris showgoers, who are wearing the style in silver, gold and black as clothing, headwear and handbags.
Giving a nod to the medieval chainmail style, two showgoers were seen wearing the style as headwear, one with a black chain-link headpiece worn over a metallic silver headscarf and another wearing a silver chain-link headpiece with a matching handbag.

Chainmail at Paris Fashion Week fall 2019. 
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Others went with more of a disco theme. Designer Michelle Elie wore a silver metallic sequined dress with a matching bag, while another paired a metallic gold chain-link top with a matching gold sequined skirt.

Chainmail at Paris Fashion Week fall 2019. 
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Over the decades, the style has been a runway staple, most notably by Paco Rabanne, who made it his signature style in the Sixties. Most recently, the look was interpreted for fall by designers including Christian Siriano, who gave models ponytails tied together with links of chainmail; Area, which accented clothing with colorful

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2019

If you weren’t already convinced Haider Ackermann is one of the sexiest designers in Paris, you would be after hearing his NSFW heart-thumping, rapturous-moaning show soundtrack. Wowza.
It set the tone for the designer’s latest exploration of gender and sexuality. Nothing unisex here (that’s still somewhat of a dirty word in fashion), “it was all about borrowing clothes from your loved one,” he said backstage. The morning after, perhaps? And indeed, you couldn’t tell what was for women and what was for men, or even who was whom model-wise underneath the androgynous slicked back hair that created its own kind of new, non-binary normal on the runway.
As usual, the focus was sculptural tailoring, but not in the long liquid style or moody color palette laced with exoticism of seasons past. Instead, Ackermann wanted to “restrict it to something graphic to really challenge myself,” he said by way of explaining the black, white and red of the collection, including a long, duster coat reminiscent of a color field painting.
Throughout, there was a dialogue between structure and ease; a fitted jacket with concealed buttons, fabric twisted into something reminiscent of a shoulder embrace, for example. The style came in a variety of fabrications,

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Funeral Arrangements Set for Margaret Hayes, Head of Fashion Group International

Funeral arrangements have been set for Margaret Hayes, president and chief executive officer of Fashion Group International, who died Thursday at the age of 79.
The cause of death was complications due to breast cancer.
Visitation will be held March 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., as well as March 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home in Greenwich, Conn.
A funeral mass will be held on March 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside, Conn.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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What to Buy This March Based on Your Horoscope

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Hickey Freeman Creates Capsule for 120th Anniversary

NEW YORK — This year marks the 120th anniversary of Hickey Freeman and the brand is creating a special capsule collection for fall to commemorate the milestone.
The brand, which is owned by Authentic Brands Group and licensed to Grano Retail Investments, will celebrate the anniversary in September.
Hickey was founded by two young entrepreneurs, Jacob Freeman and Jeremiah Hickey, in Rochester, N.Y., who manufactured suits for men and boys. Over the years, the brand has survived many ownership changes but its reputation as a purveyor of high-quality, American-made men’s wear continues to this day.
Most recently, Hickey has seen its chief creative director shift from Arnold Silverstone to Aliya Moorehead, who has been elevated to vice president of design and merchandising. Moorehead, a Greensboro, N.C.-native who had worked hand-in-hand with Silverstone for the past five years, has a rich men’s wear background that also includes six years with Joseph Abboud.
Silverstone has transitioned to work more closely with Grano’s other tailored clothing brand, Samuelsohn.
In a presentation at Hickey’s Madison Avenue showroom, Moorehead said that in preparing for the 120th anniversary, she started to research men’s wear from the Twenties. “We did a little vintage shopping,” she said, adding that the Twenties “were a great era

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Australian Designers Band Together To Launch Retail Collective

SYDNEY – A problem shared is a problem halved – or in the case of new Sydney retail collective Our Store, a problem divided by six.
Opening on Saturday in the Sydney suburb of Paddington, Our Store is the brainchild of Croatian-Australian designer Karla Spetic.
A regular on the runways of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia since 2008 and known for her feminine tailoring and unique prints, Spetic has teamed with five other brands to pool resources to lease and fit-out a 237-square-foot boutique at 37 Elizabeth St.
All but two of the brands are Sydney-based. There is also Gary Bigeni, new luxury lingerie line Ame Nue Intimates, Venice jewelry and Melbourne footwear brand Post Sole Studio.
Italian sustainable eyewear brand Pagani is the only international label  and will be represented by its Australian distributor Umberto Ianni.
The cost of the fit-out was 200 Australian dollars, or $ 142 apiece, with all work done by the designers and their friends.
The Sydney partners will also take turns staffing the store.
“That was the idea, to keep the overheads down to offer a really unique retail experience – we can have a one-on-one connection with our customers” said Spetic.

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Balmain RTW Fall 2019

For fall, Olivier Rousteing may have been inspired by troublemakers, but it was a gateway to one of the more conventionally wearable collections he’s shown to date. That was a good thing.
The brand that has made jackets with linebacker shoulders its stock and trade went light on the look, and in a season when it’s turned up everywhere from Yves Saint Laurent to Dries Van Noten, too. Instead, Rousteing leaned more on romance, channeling his rock ‘n roll spirit (and a few winks to Rue Cambon) through Easter egg pastel hues, pleated miniskirts resembling armor, looser tailoring and lighter fabrications (in the best exits), for a vibe that was “sweet poison” as he called it.
Coming off showing his first couture collection for the house in January, Rousteing said he is thinking differently about ready-to-wear. “She’s younger,” he said of his woman this season, and the clothing is “more relaxed.” Exhibit A: the opener, a tweedy black drop-shoulder jacket with wide satin lapels that had the ease of a cardigan, and matching short skirt with feathery trim. Never mind that the allover studding could pose a problem when sitting: The look had charm, especially when worn with a studded headband and

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Designers Apartment Ups Creative Quotient

GROWING UP TOGETHER: From labels such as Dawai, Mazarine and Savoar Fer, all now featuring on the official schedule, to newcomers including Ester Manas and Marianna Landryet, the selection at Designers Apartment exudes a burst of creativity this season.
Presenting upstairs at the Palais de Tokyo until March 5, the current edition of the accelerator created by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode — which provides support for its protégés for three years on average — features 13 France-based designers, including four newcomers.
Among the new concepts on show, Ester Manas, created by La Cambre graduates Ester Manas and Balthazar Delepierre, offers a creative and sustainable solution to one-size-fits-all fashion.
The young label’s first collection includes ruched jersey tops and pants and skirts with integrated belts that adapt to the body, intended to accompany the wearer through life. The design duo works with the Mulieris workshop in Belgium, which helps to reintegrate former prisoners into the workforce, and uses fabrics from the South of France.
French-Cypriot Marianna Landryet, a 2017 Hyères finalist, has been creating bags for a couple of seasons and presented her first ready-to-wear, inspired by castaways and with the toga as her starting point. Highlights in the

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Dooney & Bourke Debuts App

Accessories brand Dooney & Bourke is creating a hub for brand-dedicated commerce.
The company today launches an app with the aim to boost brand loyalty and engagement.
It has partnered with PredictSpring, an app developer, and Salesforce on the backend. The app will have weekly drops of exclusive product as well as exclusive offers — a lure that the brand hopes will incentivize repeat use of the app, as well as repeat purchases.
“I think five or six years ago we made a conscious decision to heavily invest in technology that’s well-placed to meet consumers where they want to wear and buy our product,” said Peter Beaugard, head of brand strategy for Dooney & Bourke.
The Dooney & Bourke brand sees about half of the sessions on its web site to occur via mobile traffic. While Millennial consumers have proven a tricky audience to enrapture via an app, Dooney & Bourke says this will not be an issue — as its average consumer is about age 45. The brand sees brisk performance via its Facebook page for this reason.
“I think the differentiating features in the app will provide stickiness to it, and have it be a truly different experience to encourage download and engagement,”

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Dawei RTW Fall 2019

If Dawei Sun was nervous ahead of the first runway show of his namesake label, he didn’t let on.
Describing his mood backstage, amid the flurry of last-minute primping, his words were, “happy, relaxed, calm, breathing — not feeling the stress.” Delivered in an unhurried, business-like manner, it was time — a message also conveyed through the sophisticated tailoring of the lineup that followed.
The bow was a source of some concern. “I’m stressed about heading out,” to address the audience, he noted.
Preceding his own, brief appearance on the catwalk, the collection proved to be a confident display of complex design techniques. Sun draws on the A-line shape, which he tries to offset by introducing masculine elements, constructing and deconstructing silhouettes, adding layers and folds along the way. One of the more elaborate looks, made from a crinkly, ultra light fabric, had a series of pleated folds — six of them — running across the front, from a shoulder down to the waist, before splitting open. Other outfits were built to look as if a coat had been tossed off the shoulders, left hanging unfolded across the back to reveal a logo tag. Fabrics ranged from thick, luxury wool twills to breezier

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Target to Partner With Vineyard Vines

Target is getting ready for the warm weather.
For spring, the retailer has partnered with Vineyard Vines on a limited-edition collection of apparel and accessories for men, women, children and pets as well as home and outdoor goods.
The collection, which will be available in all Target stores and online starting May 18, will include more than 300 items. There will be 85 pieces of apparel for men and women including sweatshirts, tops, bottoms, dresses, swimwear, hats and tote bags. The 75-piece kids’ assortment will include tops, bottoms and bibs, while the 130-unit home and outdoor assortment will include inflatables, games, a wagon, towels and tableware. And for Fido, customers can choose from among 25 items including collars, leashes and beds.
Many of the home and outdoor items are new for Vineyard Vines.
Prices will range from $ 2 to $ 120, with most retailing for under $ 35.
Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Target, said: “Vineyard Vines is a brand that our guests know and love, and one that exemplifies our shared sense of optimism and joy through their use of bold colors and prints. We worked closely with the Vineyard Vines team to create a collection of well-designed, affordable items that

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The Vampire’s Wife Turns Cult Following Into Global Retail Hit

LONDON — London-based label The Vampire’s Wife quietly came onto the scene four years ago, but quickly seduced women with its lavish fabrics, romantic prints and signature ruffles.
What started as an insiders’ secret — favored by British fashion editors, models and friends of the brand’s founder Susie Cave, who is a former model and the wife of musician Nick Cave — turned into global retail hit, with stockists including Matchesfashion.com, Browns, Dover Street Market and Moda Operandi.
Cave’s success recipe is simple: offering product that fits well and makes women feel good.
“There is certainly a community of women who are loyal to The Vampire’s Wife, but this is simply because the dresses just look beautiful when on — women respond to this,” Cave said. “The pieces are easy-to-wear but have a maximum impact and there’s a disruptive quality to them, a sort of seditiousness. They are simultaneously demure and outrageous, turning the wearer into a walking event.”
Despite the brand’s soaring popularity both at retail and on the red carpet — fans include everyone from Keira Knightley, to Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Aniston and Ruth Negga — Cave has been treading cautiously when it came to growing the brand’s offer.
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Faith Connexion RTW Fall 2019

For the brand’s first runway presentation and his first full collection as creative director, Nikola Vasari succeeded in bringing together with casual ease streetwear influences with grunge and glam references inspired by music icons such as Courtney Love, Grace Jones and Lou Reed.
The lineup was a further step in a more focused direction for the edgy label, a balance of tailoring, flou and streetwear with an edge. There was some standout outerwear — a ruched jacket in green jacquard that Vasari described as a “party bomber” was among the most striking pieces.
Animal-print motifs were key to the glam vernacular, as on a zebra-print minidress in a holographic metallic fabric or bright prints in purple, red and black on some of the later flamboyant looks, while grunge references were seen in the form of distressed knitwear or the embroidered chains that adorned several designs.
Elsewhere, a hand-painted and fur-trimmed parka was pure Faith Connexion. Other outsized outerwear pieces were paired with racy looks, as in a dress made up of strips of lace like bandages across the body.
Dominated by a largely monochrome palette, the collection offered further pops of color in the form of a green sequined shift dress or the multicolored

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Alejandro González Iñárritu to Head Jury for Cannes Film Festival

CANNES BOUND: The Cannes Film Festival has picked Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu to be the president of the jury of its 72nd edition, scheduled for May 14 to 25.
It is the first time a Mexican director has been chosen for the role.
Director of critically acclaimed movies including the 2006 feature “Babel,” “Birdman,” in 2014 and “The Revenant” in 2015, Iñárritu was the first Mexican-born director to win the best director awards in Cannes in 2006. He has also won several Academy Awards, including Best Director for “The Revenant” and Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for “Birdman.”
His short “Carne y Arena” (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), a virtual-reality installation addressing the question of migrants, was part of the Official Selection in Cannes in 2017.
“I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the jury,” the director said in a statement. “This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”
Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux, respectively president and general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, jointly stated, “Not only is he a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises, Alejandro is also a

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13 Lip Masks That’ll Be Your New Best Friend

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Meghan Markle Stuns in Custom Dior and Carolina Herrera

ROYAL FITS: The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry ended their three-day royal tour of Morocco on Monday evening, where she bid farewell in a custom Carolina Herrera dress. She wore the blue, floral-printed chiffon gown to meet with King Mohammed VI at his royal residence. Markle paired the look with a beige clutch and stud earrings.
Markle also debuted a custom design the night before. On Sunday night, she wore a custom Dior dress to a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco. The dress she wore was a beige, cape-style gown with embellished trim, which she paired with a gold satin clutch and pointed-toe heels from Dior.

Meghan Markle, in custom Dior, attends a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco. 
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During their trip, the royal couple learned about the entrepreneurial efforts of the country such as the Moroccan NGO Education for All and the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports to learn about Equine therapy.
The Duchess of Sussex sported a variety of looks from the high-end to more casual attire. She started off the tour in Valentino and other outfit choices included pieces from Alice + Olivia, Misha Nonoo and J. Crew.

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Ottolinger RTW Fall 2019

Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient doubled down on draping techniques to remake familiar pieces, yielding a sci-fi-infused lineup that was vigorous and sexy. Their game is one of subversion and the pair is known for sending traditional Swiss, mountain references like edelweiss flower patterns and laced bodices off on a psychedelic jaunt.
No flowers this season—fall is about knits—and a series of chunky weaves kicked off the show, setting a grungy tone: short skirts and tops in lime green, orange and black, with a bulging, oversized sleeves and strappy skin-baring shoulders. Exuberant patches of frayed tufts ran up and down some pieces. Chanel-flavored tweed sets were not an homage to Karl Lagerfeld—they had been designed well in advance of his passing—but with the late designer on everyone’s minds, the question came up backstage.
The pair works on the premise that beauty comes from the unexpected. “It’s always about treatment, more than destruction, maybe,” offered Gadient.
A tangle with high performance ski jackets — in technical fabrics — turned up some of the sexiest pieces, tucked closely at the waist, while added zippers highlighted body curves. A profusion of bared midriffs and thigh-high leggings brought further sensuality, offering flashes of skin among the piles

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Sentaler, Turning 10, Has Eyes on China

BEIJING — The year is off to a great start for Bojana Sentaler, the Canadian designer known for making vibrantly colored and feminine alpaca wool coats. In January, Meghan Markle was spotted wearing one of the brand’s red designs in the duchess’ first official outing of the year, creating another globally watched fashion moment for the line that’s become favored by young British royals and Canada’s First Lady Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
Looking back on the last decade, Sentaler can pinpoint the Sophie, Kate and Meghan effect for propelling the business to new heights. First in 2015, Trudeau helped introduce the label to a national audience when she wore it to her husband’s swearing-in ceremony, and with Kate Middleton and Markle, Sentaler’s international profile has leapt and leapt again.
“It’s hard to say which duchess had a larger effect,” Sentaler said. “The Kate coat was back-ordered four times, and for Meghan it was something similar.”
Although the company turns 10 this year, Sentaler explained “it’s really been in the last four to five years that business has picked up” with “dramatic growth.” This year, the focus is opening up new markets, namely China via Lane Crawford.
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Best Accessories to Grace the Oscars 2019 Red Carpet

Hannah Beachler, Lady Gaga, 2019 Oscars, 2019 Academy Awards, Best AccessoriesYou know what they say: Accessories make or break the outfit.
So when it comes to the 2019 Oscars red carpet, the extras (the jewels, the shoes, the handbags) are really the saving grace….

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Lady Gaga Wears 128-Carat Tiffany Yellow Diamond at the Oscars

Lady Gaga has brought some extra star power to the Oscars red carpet — to the tune of a reported $ 30 million.
The singer and actress arrived at the 91st annual Academy Awards wearing Tiffany & Co.’s legendary yellow diamond. This marks the first time that the 141-year-old, 128.5-carat yellow diamond was worn on the red carpet.

Lady Gaga wears Alexander McQueen. 
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Nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Song for her film, “A Star Is Born,” Gaga wore the diamond with a black Alexander McQueen gown and matching gloves, in a look fit for a newly minted movie star.
The diamond was last worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961 during publicity photos for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Audrey Hepburn and Lady Gaga, both wearing the Tiffany Yellow Diamond. 

Lady Gaga has had a series of show-stopping red carpet looks during this year’s awards season, including her periwinkle blue custom Valentino Couture gown at the Golden Globes, which paid homage to Judy Garland’s role in the 1954 version of “A Star Is Born.”

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Angel Chen RTW Fall 2019

Ominous tribal music played at Chinese designer Angel Chen’s fall 2019 coed collection, presented in Milan after a one-season stint in New York. The designer took inspiration from an ancient tribe called the Qiang people, a group of nomadic shepherds based in the Sichuan region.
Chen’s bright palette of orange, red and zingy yellow was taken from the Qiang’s ceremonial headdresses. The brand experimented with wool for the first time, including a six-color jacquard jacket that was dyed using Anofix, an environmentally friendly dye. Some of the looks were head-to-toe wool — trailing scarves and shorts masking as skirts on men, long fuzzy coats and macramé-like shawls on women — and will be presented as part of the 2019 edition of the International Woolmark Prize.
Lace embroideries were done using a laser technique and some silhouettes were crafted in recycled polyester, made from discarded plastic bottles. Puffa jackets had huge, quilt-like sleeves, while dark wash denim was paired with madras-printed pieces. Watches dangled from around necks, created in collaboration with FOB Paris, alongside feather trinkets and ribbons.
A true standout piece was the mountain boot with a rubber teeth-shaped sole bulging from underneath. “It’s a funny story — a friend of mine lost

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Rokh’s Paris Fashion Week Debut Signals Ambitious Future

LONDON — When he founded Rokh in 2016, London-based designer Rok Hwang wanted to experiment with the construction of garments and propose new silhouettes.
While his fashion might be cool and of-the-moment — think oversize shirts with extra-large cuffs, deconstructed trench coats and fluid dresses — Hwang has chosen to take the more traditional, and at times more challenging, route to brand-building. He offers ready-to-wear and handbags, he is committed to a wholesale strategy and to building long-term relationships with luxury European manufacturers.
He favors traditional show formats, too, which is why he’s making his runway debut at Paris Fashion Week, having amassed a growing network of 120 retail partners, including Net-a-porter. (See review this page.)
“It’s been a personal dream to show in Paris. I also wanted to give the option to the brand to have international exposure and to pass on the message that we are now more established,” Hwang said in an interview.
In an interview last week, he was unequivocal about his ambition to build a full-fledged design house. He’s set the bar high, having cut his teeth at the likes of Celine, Louis Vuitton and Chloé. He credits his time at Celine under Phoebe Philo as a particular influence.

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Lil Xan’s Fiancée Dishes on Their Wedding Plans and Baby News

Lil Xan, Annie SmithLil Xan is no longer a heartbreak soldier–because he’s in love and has a baby on the way.
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16 Oscars Red Carpet Looks You Forgot Happened

Every year, the Oscars red carpet produces a number of standout looks that stand the course of time.
However, there are also looks that leave the cultural lexicon soon after the ceremony, but are still memorable in their own right.
For example, take Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon’s look at last year’s Academy Awards. Before Timothée Chalamet and Michael B. Jordan championed the harness during this year’s awards season, Rippon was seen sporting the look under a tuxedo, created by Moschino.

Adam Rippon at the 90th annual Academy Awards. 
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Before she was nominated for any Oscars, Nicole Kidman established herself as a red-carpet standout in 1997, when she arrived to the ceremony wearing one of John Galliano’s first designs as creative director at Dior: a chartreuse-colored silk dress with floral embroidery.

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman at the 69th annual Academy Awards. 
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There were also the red-carpet flops, such as Juliette Lewis’ ill-advised cornrows in 1992 and Faith Hill’s rainbow Versace gown in 2002, and the more creative costumes, like costume designer Lizzy Gardiner’s American Express dress from 2004.

Lizzy Gardiner posing with Tim Chappel and Sharon Stone at the 67th annual Academy Awards. 
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And who remembers Lady Gaga’s lunch lady-esque Azzedine Alaïa getup in 2015?

Lady

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Bally RTW Fall 2019

It was Bally on the tracks this season: Models posed in elegant Alpine train cars designed by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, while guests swilled tea and cocktails and made their way down the imagined corridors to have a look inside.
These cars, with their bright blue velvet seats and fabulous luggage on the racks — plus shearling backpacks and pouches, high-performance hiking boots with vintage laces, and logo sweaters — could certainly challenge the Orient Express. Kinmonth and Monfreda even filled their windows with videos of snowy mountains whipping past, on the way to ski heaven.
“We own the mountains, and wanted to go back to our roots, show the uniqueness of Switzerland, and the craftsmanship of the brand,” said Frédéric de Narp, Bally’s chief executive officer. He added that the company is gearing to open its first China flagship, in Beijing, in April, while in July, it will cut the ribbon on its Milan flagship on the corner of Via Montenapoleone and Via Manzoni. The three-floor space will span 6,000 square feet.
That’s a lot of room to fill, but Bally’s got it covered, what with its luxe-injected lineup of winter basics, such as buttery leather ski jackets and capes, some

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Wrangler Unveils Icons Collection With Soho Pop-up

RETRO FINDS: Wrangler has looked to its past for its latest range, dubbed Icons. The collection, which launches Feb. 25, will feature six reissued heritage styles including the 11MWZ, the first pair of jeans the brand ever created.
“We as a brand wanted to set a milestone for the story of Wrangler, our first global product range. We worked long and hard researching, aligning and developing what these Icons are,” said Sean Gormley, creative director of Wrangler.
To mark the occasion, Wrangler has launched a pop-up in Soho, London, inspired by a Seventies recording studio. It will be open until March 24. Customers who visit the pop-up will be able to view the archival pieces alongside their modern counterparts and be treated to weekly in-store live music nights featuring artists such as IAMDDB and Black Honey.
Wrangler will also host a three-day party during SXSW, South by Southwest music festival, which runs from March 8 to 17 in Austin for influencers and press. Another VIP event, set to take place on March 14, will offer customers the chance to customize their denim and listen to music from Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

Wrangler’s Soho pop-up. 
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This At-Home Facial Will Save Your Dry Winter Skin

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Hickey Freeman to Add Jobs at Rochester, N.Y., Factory

Hickey Freeman is staffing up in Rochester, N.Y.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that Luxury Men’s Apparel Group, the parent of Hickey Freeman, has committed to creating up to 80 jobs over the next three years at its factory in the upstate city. LMAG has also said it would retain the current 420 positions in the factory. 
“Hickey Freeman has been a fixture of Rochester’s business and manufacturing community for generations, and this investment will ensure it remains part of the city’s economic fabric for decades to come,” Cuomo said. “We are proud to support the expansion of this iconic Rochester company, creating quality jobs for hardworking residents and moving the Finger Lakes forward.”
The announcement was made in Rochester by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. In exchange for the investment, New York State will provide $ 4 million through a Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative convertible loan. The factory is in the process of upgrading its facility, a project that is expected to be completed by the end of this year and cost $ 8.2 million. 
Stephen Granovsky, chairman and chief executive officer of LMAG, said, “This year Hickey Freeman turns 120…we intend to re-engineer this factory enabling our clothing to be manufactured for

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Karl Lagerfeld Cremated in Nanterre

CLOSING CEREMONY: Karl Lagerfeld was cremated in a private ceremony in Nanterre, in the outskirts of Paris, on Friday, Chanel confirmed.
The Wertheimer family, which owns Chanel, attended the ceremony at the Mont Valérien crematorium, joined by Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and Chanel SAS, according to a spokeswoman for the house.
Virginie Viard, his longtime right-hand woman who has taken over the creative reins at Chanel, was also in attendance alongside a number of industry executives and friends of the designer, according to a report in Closer magazine. They included LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chief Bernard Arnault, Sidney Toledano, Carine Roitfeld and Sébastien Jondeau, Lagerfeld’s bodyguard.
Anna Wintour, Princess Caroline of Hanover, Alain Wertheimer and Marie-Louise de Clermont-Tonnerre, a longtime communications executive at Chanel, gave speeches, the house said.
A number of guests, including Inès de la Fressange and model Baptiste Giabiconi, headed to the Chanel headquarters on Rue Cambon after the ceremony.
The couturier, who died on Tuesday, always made clear that he did not want a public funeral after his own death, telling Numéro magazine in an interview last year that he preferred for his ashes to be scattered near those of his mother Elisabeth and those of his cat Choupette, should she pass away before him.
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Fausto Puglisi RTW Fall 2019

Cultivating a strong identity is job number one in order to succeed in today’s crowded fashion market. Fausto Puglisi definitely knows what he loves and what he wants for his fashion house and has settled on maximalist flamboyance. His unapologetic devotion to it was at the core of his fall collection, which was a fun, appealing distillation of the designer’s obsessions, including hyper-feminine sensuality, Greek and Roman references and Baroque eccentricity.
Oversize bows, which made their debut with pre-fall, remained a focal point. They gave a glam and ironic feel to short, linear dresses and miniskirts crafted from a range of precious materials, including pink duchesse silk, leather, velvet combined with vinyl, and cotton. Inspired by a silky Ottoman carpet that Puglisi found at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, he reworked the pattern and rendered it in a red and blue version on mini and maxidresses with generous sleeves and belt details putting the focus on the waist. Embellishments inspired by antique coins, striking colorblocking and mannish sartorial patterns defined his cashmere coats and enhanced the bold attitude of the collection.

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Chanel at the Oscars: 13 Iconic Karl Lagerfeld-Designed Red Carpet Looks

Karl Lagerfeld was a master of many things, from design to photography — but his red-carpet looks were especially spectacular. With the Academy Awards coming up on Sunday, WWD looks back at the late designer’s most memorable Chanel looks at the Oscars.
Historically, Lagerfeld’s take on Oscar fashion was about clean silhouettes and a neutral color palette fused with intricate, couture details such as embroidery and beading, as seen on the likes of Diane Kruger, Sarah Jessica Parker and Pharrell Williams.
Julianne Moore wore Chanel couture dresses back-to-back for her best actress win in 2015, and then again to present in 2016. Lagerfeld created a custom look in 2018 for Margot Robbie, for whom he designed a minimalist white gown with off-the-shoulder crystal embroidery, to critical acclaim.
Perhaps the most newsworthy Chanel look at the Oscars, however, came in 2001 when Jennifer Lopez wore a sweeping taupe ballgown with a transparent bodice. Only in Hollywood.
Click through the above gallery to see more of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel designs on the Oscars’ red carpet.

Julianne Moore picked up the Oscar for best actress in 2015, wearing a Chanel couture gown  covered in no fewer than 80,000 sequins. 
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Margot Robbie wearing custom Chanel at the 2018 Academy

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Our Favorite Smell-Good Scents to Buy Now

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Dunhill to Spotlight New Brand Positioning in U.S.

The Alfred Dunhill brand can trace its roots all the way back to 1893 but its presence in the U.S. market over the years has been spotty at best.
In the Fifties, the London-based brand operated major stores on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and Rockefeller Center in New York and counted celebrities such as Frank Sinatra as fans.
But it slowly lost its grip on the market as management changed, stores closed and the brand cycled through a number of designers including Richard James, Nick Ashley, John Ray and Kim Jones.
Enter Andrew Maag, a former Burberry executive who joined the brand at the end of 2017 and promptly set out to “right size” the business and redirect its focus back to its core business. “We were really missing the mark in the luxury space,” he said. “But we’re just now experiencing a turnaround.”
That has been helped in large part by the positive reaction to the modern tailoring created by the company’s new creative director, Mark Weston.
At the same time, Maag said that since joining the company, one of his major focuses has been updating the fleet of stores. “They desperately needed to be brought up to relevant standards,” he said.
Next month,

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Vogue Italia and Yoox Celebrate Upcycling Capsule

MILAN — For the second edition of The Next Green Talents award, Vogue Italia and Yoox invited seven young designers to create a unique silhouette using the sustainable technique of upcycling.
Guests flocked to the Palazzo Morando on Wednesday night to discover the selection of international designers handpicked by Sara Sozzani Maino, head of Vogue Talents. Each designer unveiled both a limited-edition silhouette, created using items from the Yoox archive and sold on the Yoox web site, and their latest collection, a selection of which will hit the online store in September.
British designer Bethany Williams had just flown in from London, where she received the Queen Elizabeth II award for her “Adelaide House” collection, which she presented during men’s fashion week in London. (The previous recipient of the award is Richard Quinn, who was graced with the presence of the Queen herself on the day of the ceremony.)
Alongside her fall 2019 collection, created in collaboration with a Liverpool-based shelter for women, Williams unveiled an upcycled denim look crafted with old Yoox prototypes. The denim was unstitched to create a completely new silhouette and screen-printed with illustrations by Giorgia Chiarion.
“Upcycling is a passion of mine,” the designer said. “I love taking something

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Fabiana Filippi RTW Fall 2019

Fabiana Filippi explored textures and colors for fall. Focusing on extensive fabric research, the brand juxtaposed materials with different finishings. Jacquards with abstract graphic patterns gave a rich, 3-D effect to coats worn with oversize knitwear and leather pants for a cool, urban attitude; sweaters showing asymmetric argyle motifs had a furry look, while a pink velvet puffer worn over a matching suit revealed iridescent reflections.
Expanding its proposal for special occasions, Fabiana Filippi presented dresses and skirts covered with a cascade of fringes, a frock worn with a tuxedo jacket combined organza and sequins and a knit top punctuated by crystals was paired with a feminine see-through maxi skirt.
The best results came when the brand embraced its original casual-chic attitude, demonstrated, for example, with a hooded shearling coat matched with a wrap top and comfortable pants, all worked in a warm caramel tone.

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Supreme Finds Temporary Home on Bowery During Remodeling

The center of gravity of New York’s streetwear scene moved four blocks east on Thursday as Supreme set up a temporary retail home at 190 Bowery Street for the launch of its latest collection.
While the brand’s home base on Lafayette Street has gone dark from time to time as the brand switched between seasons, the store is closed now for remodeling after nearly 25 years.
The brand’s fans got the message and queued up outside the Bowery Street door, which gives only a hint at an oversize version of the red-and-white Supreme logo through a row of windows. The store features a typically sparse interior, with hats, sneakers, shirts, skate decks and the rest lined up along the walls. Occupying the middle of the space is a baby blue, comic Sphinx-like sculpture flashing a peace sign.
Among the latest from the brand are a green and black Supreme/Castelli cycling jersey, a metallic jacquard crewneck, a reversible faux suede leopard coat and a drum set, co-branded with Pearl.
Supreme designs its stores internally and it remains to be seen just how the original space will be transformed. Word is the location will be closed for one to two seasons.
In 2017, the brand, which has

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Comfy Clothes Up to 50% Off Now

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DL1961 Introduces the Performance Denim for Men

DL1961, a premium denim brand that combines functionality and versatility for eco-conscious customers, is introducing a men’s performance denim line. 
The collection features more than 50 styles and comes in five fits ranging from skinny to straight. The line is designed for comfort and functionality and to be worn to work, dinner outings and everything in between. 
“We built DL on the foundations of quality, fit, innovation and sustainability. The hidden element that makes this pant so special is the added breathability — making the garment functional for year-round wear,” said Zahra Ahmed, DL1961‘s vice president of marketing. 
DL uses performance fabrics that are suitable enough for all-day wear, so customers can achieve the right look without sacrificing comfort. This men’s performance denim line molds with the body, creating a fitted shape that doesn’t feel too tight or stretchy.  
The brand uses eco-friendly fabrics, such as Tencel-lyocell. According to DL, Tencel-lyocell fosters a closed loop process, meaning that the brand’s clothes prioritize the environment from sourcing to final product. 
“We use up to 50 percent less energy and water and up to 60 percent less carbon footprint resulting in lower environmental impact, compared to our competitor’s product,” Ahmed added. “This brings significant lifecycle savings of water

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Rising Jewelry Brand Prounis Marks Department Store Entry

Jean Prounis’ namesake fine jewelry line, Prounis, next week marks its entry into department stores.
The brand will hold a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman for the next month. Running from Feb. 26 through March 28, the Prounis trunk show will mark its kick-off with a personal appearance by the designer on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
Bergdorf’s adds to Prounis’ roster of specialty stockists that already include Dover Street Market in New York and Los Angeles, Holly Golightly in Copenhagen, and Desert Vintage in Tuscon, Ariz. She has also held a trunk show with Moda Operandi’s digital interface.
“Bergdorf Goodman, in particular, has a really great timelessness. It’s such a historical store that I feel is in line with my brand story and image. They really care about quality and there is this sense of yesteryear, an homage to a New York elegance of the past,” Prounis, 25, said of her decision to show with the department store.
While the designer has a focus on direct-to-consumer and private sales, she decided to enter department stores, Bergdorf’s in particular, for the chance to reach a wider clientele.
At Bergdorf’s, Prounis will sell her signature 22-karat gold pieces, as well as five-figure designs from

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Carlotta Canepa RTW Fall 2019

Carlotta Canepa is not one to shy away from prints but for fall she employed subtle necktie patterns in somber tones.
They were splashed on everything from silk shirts to a pair of cropped, wide-leg trousers featuring a macro medallion-shaped motif. The latter were paired with a striped shirt and floral vest in the same purple and dark fuchsia hues.
The designer, who launched her namesake label three years ago, drew inspiration from prints and fabrics she found in the archives of her family’s textile company, with geometric and paisley motifs taking center stage.
A couple of cozy, belted coats crafted from jacquard fil coupé featured a pattern inspired by Arctic populations’ traditional clothes. The same design peppered a floor-length shirtdress.
Although at times she went too far by piling up different patterns and prints, the collection was still accessible and wearable.

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Chanel Plans Farewell Ceremony for Karl Lagerfeld

REMEMBERING KARL: Chanel is planning a farewell ceremony for Karl Lagerfeld following the designer’s death on Tuesday at the age of 85.
In a death notice in French daily newspaper Le Figaro on Thursday, the fashion house said Lagerfeld would be laid to rest “in a strictly private ceremony,” confirming what a spokeswoman for the Lagerfeld brand told WWD.
“A farewell ceremony will take place at a later date,” Chanel added. A spokeswoman for the brand said no additional details were available at this time. Lagerfeld’s final collection for Chanel will be shown in Paris on March 5, in what promises to be a highly emotional occasion.
The couturier always made clear that he did not want a public funeral after his own death, telling Numéro magazine in an interview last year that he preferred for his ashes to be scattered near those of his mother Elisabeth and those of his cat Choupette, should she pass away before him.

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Destination XL Finds New CEO

The nearly year-long search for a new leader has come to an end for Destination XL Group.
On Wednesday, the country’s largest big & tall men’s retailer named Harvey S. Kanter president and chief executive officer. He joined the Canton, Mass.-based company on Tuesday and will succeed David Levin, who had been acting ceo since officially retiring from the role at the end of last year. Levin will continue to serve as an adviser to Kanter until April 1. Kanter will also join DXLG’s board of directors.
Kanter has an extensive background in retail but not in men’s big & tall. Most recently he was president, ceo and chairman of the board of Blue Nile, Inc., the online retailer of high-quality diamonds and fine jewelry, which was purchased and taken private by Bain Capital in early 2017.
Before that, he was president and ceo of Moosejaw Mountaineering and Backcountry Travel, Inc., a multi-channel retailer of outdoor apparel and gear that was acquired by Walmart. He has also held executive positions at Michael’s Stores, Inc. and Eddie Bauer, Inc.
In addition to continuing to serve on the board at Blue Nile, Kanter also sits on the board of Potbelly Corp., an international sandwich concept. He is also a brand ambassador

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Best Chanel Red Carpet Looks of All Time

Karl Lagerfeld has designed no shortage of memorable red carpet looks.
The late Chanel fashion designer was tasked with dressing both his muses, such as Cara Delevingne and Keira Knightley, along with A-list celebrities during awards season, including Emma Stone and Margot Robbie.

Margot Robbie wears Chanel Couture at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. 
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No stranger to the Met Gala red carpet, Lagerfeld was responsible for the looks for both Yara Shahidi and Lily-Rose Depp’s first times attending the annual costume event. Shahidi, for example, attended her first Met Gala last year wearing a Chanel Couture tulle dress with an intricate full-length beading.

Yara Shahidi wears Chanel at the 2018 Met Gala. 
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Chanel spokeswomen, Julianne Moore and Marion Cotillard, also have a long history of being dressed in Lagerfeld’s creations. Most notably, Moore picked up her first Academy Award in 2015 wearing a Chanel Couture gown made with 80,000 sequins.

Julianne Moore wears Chanel Couture at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. 
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Click through the above gallery for more of Karl Lagerfeld’s best Chanel red carpet looks.
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Au Jour Le Jour RTW Fall 2019

Setting aside the ironic, playful graphics, which characterized their early efforts, Diego Marquez and Mirko Fontana embraced a more urban, glamorous aesthetic.
“The irony is still there but is expressed in a different way,” said Marquez, referring in particular to the intentionally wrong proportions characterizing some of the pieces. For example, a pair of jeans showed an exaggerated high waist and a T-shirt had oversize, boxy shoulders.
A playful touch was introduced via fox fur coats worked in neon colors, also appearing on the threads giving an eye-catching touch to cable knit sweaters and minidresses, while a range of frocks, which seemed designed for young disco queens, featured precious crystal embroideries and cascades of degrade sequins.
Even if the designers’ intention to step out of their comfort zone is definitely remarkable, this collection, which missed a certain cohesiveness and probably the so-called X factor, demonstrated that Au Jour Le Jour still needs to find clear aesthetic codes to fully develop its repositioning strategy.

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ThirdLove Launches More Sizes

ThirdLove is growing its size range.
To double down on its inclusive messaging, the online bra brand, which was founded by Heidi Zak, will introduce 27 new sizes in four styles. This follows the introduction of 24 new sizes in its 24/7 Perfect Coverage bra that quickly sold out last June. Zak said prior to that launch, there were 1.3 million women on the waitlist for these sizes.
“The mission of ThirdLove has always been about being as inclusive as we can be and executing on that,” said Zak. “We had double-D size when we launched and we’ve had the ability to take on more sizes and invest in that. I believe we should try to have a bra for every women. We aren’t there yet, but we are getting closer and closer.”
For this launch, ThirdLove is extending its offering by 27 sizes — smaller and larger — for the 24/7 Perfect Coverage bra in addition to five more styles including the T-shirt bra, the cotton T-shirt bra, the Everyday lace T-shirt bra, the lace back T-shirt bra and the lace balconette bra. ThirdLove now has 78 sizes with bands ranging from 30 inches to 48 inches and cups AA to I.
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The Best Red Lipsticks–Ranked

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Retailers Weigh In on the Pros and Cons of Men’s Fashion Week

Men’s wear retailers had a choice to make this week: stay in New York for the men’s runway shows or jump a flight to Las Vegas for the trade shows.
As reported, both events overlap this season; an unfortunate shift in dates by Project to a week earlier forced merchants and vendors to choose between the two.
NYFW: Men’s will run Feb. 4 to 6 in New York City — the start of the larger 10-day New York Fashion Week — while Project, Liberty Fairs and Agenda will run Feb. 5 to 7 in Las Vegas.
The men’s part of the show calendar has had trouble gaining traction since it was introduced by the Council of Fashion Designers of America four years ago. Most of the marquee designers have either opted for dual-gender shows — Tom Ford, Michael Kors and John Elliott among them — or showed in Europe, such as Ralph Lauren and Thom Browne. Other men’s designers have opted out of showing in New York altogether including Billy Reid, Perry Ellis and Carlos Campos.
With some exceptions — Joseph Abboud, Todd Snyder, Robert Geller and Ovadia & Sons — the men’s-specific days on the calendar are full of little-known designer names, many of

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The 11 Best Karl Lagerfeld Quotes of All Time

Designer Karl Lagerfeld who died this morning at 85,  had a career in fashion spanning more than 60 years, touching fashion houses including Chanel, Fendi and  Chloé. Lagerfeld was known not only for his prolific fashion output, but also for his repartee, bon mots and headline-making quotes.
Full of wisdom and sharp opinions, his observations were incisive and inspiring, sometimes biting and often newsmaking. Here’s a look back at the 11 of the most memorable Karl Lagerfeld quotes:
11. On Taking Risks 

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“When I took over Chanel, everybody said to me, ‘Don’t touch it. It’s dead. There’s nothing you can do.’ And I said to myself, ‘I love that people think that. Now let’s see.’” — October 2017 (WWD Honors). See the complete interview here.
10. On Competition

Karl Lagerfeld closing his Chanel show in 1995. 

“Is there something healthier than competition? If not, you fall asleep and think success, and what you did, is granted. Nothing is granted in fashion, and this is what I love about fashion.” — January 2013 (WWD CEO Summit Leadership). See the complete interview here.
9. On Choupette

Karl Lagerfeld photographing his cat, Choupette. 

“She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on

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Emilia Wickstead RTW Fall 2019

Emilia Wickstead immersed herself in “The Godfather” trilogy, enchanted by the quintessentially Southern Italian charm and refinement that defined Francis Ford Coppola’s film series.
For her latest fall presentation, she took over the Art Deco restaurant Le Caprice, hosting an intimate salon-style show and transporting her guests back to this nostalgic universe, complete with classic Italian music, head scarves, pearls and lavish fabrics galore.
The character of Mary Corleone — played by Sofia Coppola in the film — and her signature berets were at the center of the story line dreamed up by Wickstead.
The designer also drew from the men’s wear codes on-screen, delivering tailored jumpsuits and mannish coats in a traditional palette of chocolate brown, or draping leather over a suit — a reference to the movies’ distinct gangster vibe and abundance of leather jackets.
Wickstead ensured that she translated this old-school charm to her own universe of modern femininity. Cue androgynous wool tweeds done in midi dresses with voluminous long sleeves, pleated A-line dresses featuring wallpaper prints that could have easily been taken out of one of the lavish rooms on the movie set and romantic bouclé tweed suits accessorized with pearl-embellished headscarves, like the ones worn by Corleone.
For the finalé, Wickstead

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China Fashion Gala to Honor Jason Wu With Fashion Leadership Award

Supporters of this year’s China Fashion Gala will get an early start on celebrating Jason Wu at a private event tonight.
Wu will be honored with the Fashion Leadership award at the May 1 dinner at The Plaza Hotel. He is expected at tonight’s private warm-up event, which is being hosted by Yue-Sai Kan, the founder and chairwoman of Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund. She is also hosting the China Fashion Gala and her fund is the event’s copresenter, along with the China Institute.
In addition to recognizing individuals who have helped to position China at the forefront at the global fashion scene, the annual gathering is designed to draw attention to Chinese design and to help propel emerging Chinese talent to the international stage. Wu will plan a fashion show and the hip-hop artist VaVa, who is known as ”China’s Queen of Rap,” will perform for guests at the seated dinner.
Wu’s husband Gustavo Rangel, architect Chien Chung “Didi” Pei, Google’s Abigail Posner and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Valerie Steele are expected to help toast Wu tonight at the event. The designer may be a little more relaxed than last week, having just presented his luxury label

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Why This Pair of Classic Levi’s Is All Over Instagram

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EXCLUSIVE: Dunhill Partners With Mr. Bags for White Day

SHANGHAI — White Day, a.k.a. the male version of Valentine’s Day, has become increasingly popular in China, a country inundated with Eastern and Western commercialized, romantic festivals. Celebrated one month after Valentine’s Day, on March 14, the holiday became popular in Japan, before spreading to other East Asian countries, including China. The concept behind the day is that men are repaid by their loved ones for the effort they put into making Valentine’s Day special.
This year, White Day will be celebrated by British luxury men’s wear brand Dunhill and popular Chinese influencer Mr. Bags with a limited-edition collection of 368 pieces, with the edition number etched inside each bag. The number of pieces was chosen by Tao Liang of Mr. Bags as it is a combination of Chinese lucky numbers, as well as his own personal lucky numbers. This is just one example of the attention to detail paid by the online entrepreneur, whose previous luxury bag collaborations have sold out within minutes. “It’s not like we want to use this number to create something lucky. It’s just that I want everything to be perfect,” said Liang.
Liang’s Chiltern drawstring backpack is his first collaboration to focus on a single man’s

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Next Step Is Loungewear for Ban.do

CREATURE OF COMFORT: Ban.do, the company that gained steam for its day planners and other giftable items bearing phrases such as “I Am Very Busy,” is continuing its growth spurt. Now, with loungewear.
The company on Monday launches the new category in its online shop, along with retailers such as Nordstrom and boutiques. The collection, branded the Ban.do Leisure Club, totals eight stockkeeping units. It’s four pajama styles in two different prints ranging from $ 48 to $ 68, the highest-priced item being a sleep dress. The prints include a pink-and-blue stripe pattern and a daisy print, with details such as Peter Pan collars and contrast piping.
The expansion into lounge continues to grow the business from when Ban.do first stepped into apparel in 2015, which initially transferred its prints and sayings to simple blanks. The offering matured for spring/summer 2017 when the company began dabbling in more basics.
“How does a brand known for giftable products make a mark in the apparel world without making it feel disjointed?” merchandising director Ruthann Clawson said of the consideration the company makes when thinking about the apparel.
The answer, as it related to loungewear, came when founder Jen Gotch wore pajama pants styled with other Ban.do apparel to

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Osman RTW Fall 2019

Osman Yousefzada reveled in his flair for magpie dressing and told a tale of dark romance in his fall collection, paraded at his brand’s new London townhouse.
He layered fabrics, textures – and cultural references – to create a real visual feast: Skin-tight undergarments featured blown-up tattoo patterns peeked out from under draped organza gowns and tulle dresses; ruffle-trimmed leather jackets were worn with dramatic floral-embroidered veils; while sleek tailored looks were accessorized with ruffs.
Yousefzada amped up the drama of his evening wear. Consider a fuchsia feather-embellished gown, lamé shirt dresses or a black top featuring voluminous sequin frills.
The idea was to play with both soft and tougher fabrics and it created an interesting tension throughout the range. It was best captured in a woven black coat whose sharp, tailored structure was offset with cascading layers of tulle.
Yousefzada also made it a priority to experiment with new techniques and fabrications, including a series of vegan leather dresses and a checked coat, where suede and black vinyl squares were incorporated into a light, seamless fabric.
It was a compact collection that highlighted the designer’s sharpened focus on one-of-a-kind, crafty pieces.

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Salvatore Ferragamo to Unveil ‘Sustainable Thinking’ Exhibition

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO’S SUSTAINABILITY STREAK: The late Salvatore Ferragamo was revolutionary in sourcing and using natural and recycled materials, and the “Sustainable Thinking” exhibit to be unveiled on April 12 at the brand’s museum in Florence pays tribute to his innovative spirit and designs, while underscoring the brand’s more recent experiments with environmentally friendly materials, such as orange fiber.
The exhibit is designed by Stefania Ricci, the director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and Fondazione Ferragamo, with Giusy Bettoni, Arabella S. Natalini, Sara Sozzani Maino and Marina Spadafora.
Materials are the common thread, starting from the founder’s research into materials in the Twenties, including hemp, cellophane and fish skin, to the circular economy. The exhibit will run until March 8, 2020 and sustainability projects, seminars and workshops will be organized concurrently.
“Sustainable Thinking” follows the “Italy in Hollywood” exhibition staged at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, located in the 13th-century Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence, which also houses the brand’s headquarters, set to end on March 10. Curators Giuliana Muscio and Stefania Ricci focused on 1915 to 1927 — the years Ferragamo spent in Santa Barbara, Calif. — from his work with famous directors of the time, such as D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille, to the opening of his Hollywood Boot Shop,

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Top Shiny Hair Products–Ranked

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New York Trade Shows Set Uncertain Tone for Season

The rollicking situation with the U.S. government and the subsequent economic uncertainties are giving specialty stores some angst about their prospects in 2019.
With that as the backdrop, retailers were cautious as they shopped the trade shows in New York City last month. They scoured the aisles of Project, Liberty Fairs and Man searching for those special items that would draw customers into their stores. And luckily, they were able to find some things that fit the bill — updated knitwear, outerwear and accessories in particular — from some off-the-radar vendors with a creative bent.
“The fourth quarter overall was good, but the last two weeks of the year with the government shutdown and the market tanking took some steam out of our results,” said Ken Giddon, president of Rothmans.
Although he remains positive, Giddon said he’s expecting a “fight” to hit last year’s numbers, especially as traditional tailored clothing sales continue to drop. “There are a lot fewer suits being bought so we have to find dollars to make up for that,” he said.
And so Giddon, who admits that he loves “the hunt” at trade shows, pored through the hundreds of brands on display to find those replacement dollars. The good news,

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