Designers on Notre-Dame

As Paris — and the world — continued to reel from the fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral on Monday, designers reacted to the blaze and shared their memories of the famed landmark, the center of the City of Light.
Ralph Lauren: “We always remember where we were when tragedies occur like yesterday’s devastating fire in the cathedral of Notre-Dame. I was in a design meeting when one of my French team members uttered a cry and said, ‘Notre-Dame is in flames.’ We watched together on her iPhone as that towering spire, a landmark of Paris for centuries, collapsed. It was difficult to return to work thinking of all our friends and colleagues in Paris and in France who have suffered this loss so personally. Our thoughts are with them and our strong belief that Notre-Dame will rise from the ashes and continue to inspire not only the strong faith and resiliency of the French people, but all of us from around the world who have been touched by the beauty and history of that remarkable edifice.”
Diane von Furstenberg: “Watching it burn yesterday was heartbreaking.
“But it is standing and will be rebuilt.
“Notre-Dame de Paris is Paris.
“It is also the Victor Hugo book

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Bergdorf Goodman to Unfurl ‘Designers Off Duty,’ Showcasing Hidden Talents

Next week, Bergdorf Goodman will launch “Designers Off Duty,” a monthly series that will showcase the hidden talents and hobbies of such designers as Phillip Lim, Jason Wu, Sander Lak of Sies Marjan, Adam Lippes, Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera, and Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia of Oscar de la Renta.
Lim will kick off the series Monday night with a cooking class for VIP customers and friends, featuring recipes from his recently launched cookbook, “More Than Our Bellies.” Guests will be invited to an intimate dinner at the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant where recipes from Lim’s cookbook will be served. There is no charge to participate and it’s open to a mix of VIP customers, friends of the brand and media.
“We have had a long partnership with BG, they have been supporting the brand for over a decade, and I am excited for the opportunity to share a more personal side of myself with my cookbook,” said Lim. “‘More Than Our Bellies,’ is a vehicle — much like my clothes — to continue to express love.” Lim said he’s eager to outfit his customers with clothes for the day and nurture them with food for the evening “as it is all

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Designers Take on Tutus to Benefit Young Dancers

FASHION ON POINTE: Three designer labels are pitching in to help young ballet stars pursue their dream at this year’s Youth America Grand Prix.
Monse’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, Carolina Herrera’s Wes Gordon and The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen have each designed one-of-a-kind tutus that will be auctioned at the YAGP’s April 18 “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” gala and performance. The designer component is a new initiative called “Beautiful at the Ballet.” Once the tutus are displayed at the gala, they will be auctioned online via Charitybuzz. Proceeds from the auction will benefit YAGP educational programs to help up-and-coming dancers.
This year’s 20th anniversary YAGP is a sold-out event which will feature a mashup of YAGP young finalists and members of the international ballet circuit’s establishment performing. Guests will be the first to see “Porte Rouge,” a collaboration between Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick. Jagger-orchestrated Rolling Stones music will be paired with choreography by Hamrick and Jenn Delifice. Jagger and Hamrick, an American Ballet Theatre ballerina, have a toddler son, Devreaux. Organizers were not certain Monday whether Jagger, who is recovering from recent heart surgery, would be able to attend to see the work that he and

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LVMH Prize Finalists Include Two African Designers

PARIS — LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has unveiled the names of the eight finalists for the LVMH Prize for Young Designers, and for the first time, designers from Nigeria, South Africa and Israel have made the final round of the competition.
“We are very proud of the international dimension of the prize. It’s really what sets it apart,” Delphine Arnault, the force behind the initiative, told WWD. “The LVMH Prize is global. It reflects the fact that fashion is now a global market, with a capacity to reach and to touch more and more people, namely thanks to the Internet.”
Among those competing for a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at family-controlled LVMH — the parent of brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi — are four labels making gender-neutral clothes, two women’s wear designers and two men’s wear designers.
“Gender issues, and the question of women’s place in society are key concerns for young people today, I believe. It’s normal therefore for designers to seize on those topics, which inform their designs,” said Arnault, who is a key talent scout at the French luxury conglomerate.
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China’s New Wave of Designers to Watch in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — China’s consumption power has left an indelible mark on global retail, but could its creative potential rise to that same level of impact? The jury remains out, but many attempts are being made, none more visibly than at Shanghai Fashion Week.
The event returns Wednesday and figures as China’s best place for fashion talents to showcase their collections and do serious business.
“I expect to see new creative directors to come out from this group in the near future,” said Burak Cakmak, the dean of Parsons School of Design. “In recent years, Chinese fashion designers have proven their creativity’s global relevance through the recognition they are getting at international prizes and during global fashion weeks.”
“They truly believe in what they are doing, and are not led by trend, established designers or even the market,” said Angelica Cheung, editor in chief of Vogue China. “For them, design has nothing to do with nationality, gender or age, but to express the vision. I think that’s what makes their works convincing to worldwide audiences.”
Influencer Susanna Lau, better known as Susie Bubble, has been attending Shanghai Fashion Week for the last few seasons. She had a new appreciation for what’s happening there. She said,

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What Interior Designers Hate to See on Instagram

Too much social-media love can shorten a design trend’s life cycle. Here, pros share which looks have been victims of their own success—and how to avoid getting stuck with one.
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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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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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Hong Kong Designers Channel Color, Art into London Collections

FASHION EXCHANGE: Hong Kong fashion has landed in London with local brands Loom Loop, House of V, Yeung Chin and Doris Kath presenting their fall collections as London Fashion Week kicked off.
The initiative, supported by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, spotlighted a diversity of styles and inspirations from the four brands.
Loom Loop’s designer Polly Ho served up a colorful mix of prints and fabrics to represent Hong Kong’s fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. Dubbed “Concrete Jungle,” the collection balanced solid colors with prints featuring floral and animal motifs for kimono dresses and other ensembles.
The standout look was a print-on-print number: Ho layered a long shirt with ruffles and dolman sleeves with a vest, leggings and gloves, in a color palette that ranged from forest green to bright red.
House of V channeled a spare, Scandinavian-style aesthetic, with designer Vickie Au drawing inspiration from Damien Hirst’s famous series of spot paintings. She placed colorful, round buttons on the cuffs of shirts and minimal outerwear, adding dimension to the clean silhouettes.
Yeung Chin went in a different direction from his fellow designers, opting for a darker palette. Themed “Utopia,” the lineup revisited military inspiration with boyish, asymmetric and oversized silhouettes.
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Fashion Review: More Women Than Ever Are Running for President. Do Designers Care?

Rethinking what female confidence looks like at Gabriela Hearst, Maria Cornejo and Oscar de la Renta.
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NYFW: Designers’ Men’s Fall 2019 Inspirations

New York always offers a diverse group of designers, with aesthetics that range from classic men’s wear to streetwear, and even nonbinary. As the last round of the men’s fall runway season gets under way, brands offer a peek into their inspiration this season — everything from technical sport and the California desert rock scene from the Sixties to  uniforms for the modern-day cannabis ambassadors.
 
“Combining robust flannel, washed tweeds and vintage velvets — the contrasting textures, hues and patterns in the Joseph Abboud fall 2019 collection are as unique and diverse as the immigrants who helped found this country.” — Joseph Abboud
“This season, art — an integral strand of the Boss DNA — is our starting point. We take on the role of curator, traveling the world in search of creative ideas, and have stopped in New York. The gallery district in Chelsea has inspired the design, creation and curation of the new fall collection.” — Ingo Wilts, chief brand officer, Boss
“Dyne fall 2019 stays true to its technical sports-inspired roots, elevating the materials through texture and color and inspired by the beautiful outdoors of the Oregon Painted Hills. Tailoring is at its roots as always and fabrics have been sculpted

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The Designers Behind the Chopra-Jonas Wedding, and More

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

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

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Home Is Calling for Young Chinese Designers

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

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Artists and Fashion Designers Team Up in Some Unexpected Places

Several arts-related shows and exhibitions are cropping up in fashion-friendly places.
As part of an ongoing effort to showcase artistic programs, Spring Place will be staging “Infoxication” Monday night.
The 50-minute multidisciplinary performance will feature art, music, dance and technology. The theme is technology’s presence in our lives. Infoxication is the latest arts-related collaboration at Spring, with the American Ballet Theatre and the Water Miller Center being others. Monday’s will be the first full production, and the largest one to date, with more than 20 collaborators, according to Spring Place’s art director, Roya Sachs. The full immersive experience includes product support from Google — Pixelbooks and Pixel phones. “It’s definitely in the vein of trying to create these more impactful and interactive programming and performances,” Sachs said.
The four-part experience is meant to take audience members on a visual, physical and mental journey. Ticket holders will learn the story of “waking, working, wanting and withdrawing.”
Collaborators include choreographer Dusan Tynek, a world premier composition by Danielle Eva Schwob, live body art by Heather Hansen, and performances by PubliQuartet and cellist Inbal Segev. Schwob said Friday, “Our goal has been to provide an even-sided take on people’s daily lives. It’s very easy to talk about

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Katie Holmes Was the First Celebrity to Rock This Designer’s Colorful Bags

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Designers Upbeat at Americans in Paris

WORK AND PLAY: The fifteenth edition of the Americans in Paris showroom, backed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue and underwritten by Diesel, drew to a close Monday after its three-day run.
Designers from nine labels  – all past finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund – cited brisk attendance from international buyers and press. “I’ve seen some international specialty stores, and there was some good interest from Barneys and Neiman Marcus,” said Victor Glemaud.
Ji Oh, showing for the third time, shared his positive sentiment. “It’s a great location for a young label like us,” she said. “We get to see a lot of international buyers, which is good because 90 percent of our business is in the U.S.”
It wasn’t all work and no play, however. Glemaud was planning on checking out the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Louis Vuitton foundation when it opens later in the week. “I’m trying to enjoy the sun, and we went to the (flea market) over the weekend and did some shopping,” he added.
For Oh, Paris is all about the food. Her favorite spot? Sardinian restaurant Fulvio, in the Marais. “It’s not a fashion restaurant, so it tastes better,” she said.
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Designers Apartment Showcases 12 Young Labels

BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS: Boyarovskaya, Airvei and Nicolas Lecourt-Mansion are the newcomers at the Designers Apartment initiative this season, joining growing labels including Dawei, Mazarine and Kenta Matsushige in the lineup.
The showroom, which serves as an incubator for young France-based design talent, runs until Tuesday at the Palais de Tokyo.
Boyarovskaya — founded in 2016 by designer Maria Boyarovskaya, who previously worked at Givenchy and John Galliano, and Artem Kononenko, a photographer — offers innovative, minimalistic outerwear with quirky details – a biker jacket, for example, with a strap like a bag so it can easily be carried over the shoulder, or a two-fronted trench coat.
Young designer Nicolas Lecourt-Mansion, meanwhile, presented his second collection, which could perhaps be situated somewhere between couture and fetishism, combining corsetry techniques with tailoring. His first collection was already picked up by H. Lorenzo, which has already written orders for the second, the Lecourt-Mansion said.
Among the returnees, Quoi Alexander presented a collection made by pleating and weaving strands of fabric into weighty but fun, colorful designs, proving his growing ease.
As well as his core collection of minimalistic basics with a twist, which included a fun caramel-colored t-shirt dress with interesting stitching details, Kenta Matsushige was unveiling a

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Designers Shine at Discovery Lab, On|Off Showcases in London

RISING UP: Among the rising stars at the British Fashion Council’s Discovery Lab were Asian designers who either studied in the U.K. or crossed the globe to present their brand in the country for the first time. The most notable names at this London Fashion Week showcase were Maarknull and Underage, whose collections were steeped in nostalgic street and club references, but with an eye on the future.
Marrknull meshed the athletic wear worn by school kids in China with traditional Chinese clothes. It dismantled stereotypes and created a fresh aesthetic. Among the collection’s highlights was the baseball jacket qipao, which reimagined an army green satin bomber jacket into a qipao dress silhouette, and a track jacket layered with a mesh fisherman’s vest.
London-based Chinese designer Ying Shen of Underage looked to the Club Kids of the late Eighties and early Nineties for her spring 2019 collection. It featured distressed denim in various iterations, as well as boxy wool tweed jackets layered over floral and fringed skirts that were held up by leather harnesses. The collection felt a bit dystopian but wholly appropriate given today’s political climate.
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Shakira Taps L.A. Designers as ‘El Dorado’ Tour Hits Stateside

Seven years have gone by since Shakira last toured, but her bold and sexy attitude hasn’t changed.
Ahead of a Los Angeles stop on her “El Dorado” tour Aug. 28 and 29, the Colombia-born singer has recruited L.A.-based designers Juan Carlos Obando and Brian Lichtenberg to create custom pieces for her show.
“Shakira is bold, powerful and very rock ‘n’ roll, so her wardrobe always reflects that,” said Marjan Malakpour, her go-to stylist for nearly 10 years. “She has so many hits, we definitely put a lot of work into creating standout looks that coincide with every song on her set list.”
Malakpour, who helped her create the famous “Hips Don’t Lie” look, has shaped Shakira’s signature look, often described as rock glamazon and mainly consisting of garments that are ripped and provocative.
With a total of six outfit changes that complement both the old and new music, Shakira dons stop-and-stare looks that range from glam rock to traditional belly dancer. The former look is channeled via a customized Balmain T-shirt adorned with Swarovski crystals and paired with custom patch leggings from Lichtenberg. The latter hinges on a custom Laurel Dewitt chain skirt that the singer and Malakpour designed together. The custom gold floor-length Obando dress pays

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Masayuki Ino’s Streetwear Label Doublet Wins LVMH Prize for Young Designers

PARIS —  Masayuki Ino’s streetwear label Doublet on Wednesday won the 2018 edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers.
Emma Stone announced the winner at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris in the presence of jury members including Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri and Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière.
Masayuki Ino beat some 1,300 applicants to walk away with a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, parent of fashion houses including Vuitton, Loewe, Céline, Berluti and Marc Jacobs.
Among the nine finalists were three labels making gender-neutral clothes, two that design for both men and women, two women’s wear designers and two men’s wear designers. In addition, three of the brands are run by design duos.
The short list included gender-neutral designers Matthew Adams Dolan, based in New York and Ludovic de Saint Sernin from Paris, a former Balmain designer who launched his label less than a year ago.
Others who specialize in gender nonbinary creations are Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus of the New York-based label Eckhaus Latta, and Glaswegian designer Charles Jeffrey, whose Charles Jeffrey Loverboy brand extends to a nightclub. Jeffrey

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Designers Apartment Heads to Palais de Tokyo

SUPPORT NETWORK: The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode’s Designers Apartment initiative is getting a burst of new energy this season with a change of venue to the Palais de Tokyo, intended to highlight the industry body’s role as an incubator for young design talent, offering them year-round support and training as well as an all-important showroom during Paris Fashion Week.
Alum of the initiative include Y/Project and Victoria/Tomas, who are both now included on the official show calendar.
“This new space shows a new energy,” said Designers Apartment project manager and brand coach Patricia Lerat. “It’s interesting for the brands to be in a contemporary art space, several of them are artists, so that goes well with the place.”
She continued, “Each of them is very different, and that’s important. We need singular designers with strong identities. But they also benefit from our help on the commercial side.”
The new space, on the top floor of the modern art museum, which plays a central role in Paris Fashion Week each season as the setting for many a show, allows the 13 labels to present a bigger area to show off their creations. Several also staged their presentations within the space.
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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Lists Designers for the Americans in Paris Event

COMING TO TOWN: The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have listed the nine designers who will be showing at the Americans in Paris event to be held from March 3 to 5.
They include: Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem, Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat, Victor Glemaud of Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill of Jordan Askill, Matthew Harris of  Mateo New York, Eli Azran of RtA, Sandy Liang of Sandy Liang, Telfar Clemens of Telfar, and Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses and Claire Sully of Vaquera.
Bella Hadid, Renzo Rosso and Nicole Phelps will host the event’s opening cocktail party.
“Cultivating the next generation of American fashion designers and providing them with global opportunities is part of CFDA’s overall mission,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement.
“Diesel has a proud history of supporting young talent,” said Rosso, founder of Diesel, a backer of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and president of the Italian fashion group OTB, which includes Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf.
Tomorrow London Holdings Ltd. is also supporting the event, managing sales appointments for the designers.
Underwriters of the fund include Caleres, Instagram, Lane Bryant, Lifewtr, MAC Cosmetics, Saks Fifth Avenue and Vogue.
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Designers Rule the Oscars Red Carpet: Vote for Versace, Valentino and Christian Dior’s Best Dresses Ever!

Angelina JolieThree designers have ruled the Oscars red carpet for the past few decades. We’re talking Versace, Valentino and Christian Dior, baby!
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LVMH Prize Shortlist Highlights Gender-Neutral Designers

PARIS — The distinction between women’s wear and men’s wear may soon become obsolete: At least, you might be tempted to come to that conclusion from reading the list of 20 semifinalists for the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.
Among those competing for a grand prize of 300,000 euros, plus a year of coaching from experts at luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, are no fewer than six labels making gender-neutral clothes, two that design for both men and women, eight women’s wear designers and four men’s wear designers.
Those are the official designations; in effect, half the labels are treading a unisex line with their designs.
“Gender-neutral fashion, already present in former editions, has gained considerable ground, thus proving that the prize echoes the recent evolutions in fashion,” said Delphine Arnault, the force behind the initiative and a key talent scout at family-controlled LVMH, the parent of brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi.
“Naturally, LVMH is interested in celebrating creativity in fashion, regardless of the category it fits in. However, the gender-neutral brands we have selected must also demonstrate an ability to produce quality clothing. Some of our designers, such as J.W. Anderson, actually pioneered this

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Designers Mark Chinese New Year at Dover Street Market

DOG YEARS: Dover Street Market has unveiled a new collaborative project to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Friends and collaborators of the retailer, including streetwear label A Bathing Ape, NikeLab, Undercover, Noah and Stüssy, as well as the musician Nick Cave, came together to design limited-edition Year of the Dog-themed T-shirts.
The T-shirts feature imagery and humorous illustrations of dogs and will be sold exclusively at Dover Street Market stores worldwide, as of Friday, the first day of London Fashion Week.

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Alongside the Year of the Dog project, the retailer plans to debut a series of other collaborations and in-store installations to coincide with London Fashion Week.
In celebration of London’s eclectic spirit, Charles Jeffrey will display inflatable pieces designed by Gary Card for his fall 2018 show in-store, Simone Rocha’s new jewelry range will be featured in a special display, while Gosha Rubchinskiy will be making an appearance to celebrate his eyewear collaboration with Retrosuperfuture.
Buzzy new label The Vampire’s Wife, the brainchild of musician Nick Cave’s wife Suzy, will also be launching a range of intricate charms created in collaboration with jewelry brand Annoushka.

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The Three Designers to Watch at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Name: Willy Chavarria
Background: Chavarria, a Mexican-American, grew up in Huron, Calif., a small town near Fresno, and held design stints at Ralph Lauren and American Eagle Outfitters before starting Palmer Trading Co., his Made in the U.S. men’s wear line that leaned heavily toward workwear and was snapped up by Japanese retailers. Now he’s exclusively focused on his namesake assortment of men’s wear.
Inspiration this season: “Faith in humanity during dark times.”
Mentor or idol: “I love the work of film director Romain Gavras. I find a connection with it in my work.”
Goal: “I’d like to help us see ourselves in a new light.”
What’s your favorite secret spot in New York?: The lobby bar at Jolly Madison Towers Hotel on 38th and Madison Avenue.
 
Name: Emily Adams Bode
Background: Bode was born and raised in Atlanta, and spent her summers in New England, where she frequented antique shops and shows with her mother. Through that she was introduced to age-old techniques and fabrications. “I have always been drawn to hand-work, craft and labors of love,” the designer said. “The stories told through craft and the sense of the hand, the individual-maker, drew me to them.” Bode eventually moved to New York, where she graduated from Parsons

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Moncler Reveals Eight Designers for Genius Building Project

GENIUS 8: Moncler revealed on Wednesday the names of the designers and creative talents that are part of its new Genius Building project with the tagline “One House Different Voices.” They are: Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli; stylist Karl Templer who will curate Moncler 1952; Sandro Mandrino for Moncler Grenoble; Simone Rocha; Craig Green; Noir Kei Ninomiya; Hiroshi Fujiwara for Moncler Fragment, and Francesco Ragazzi for Moncler Palm Angels.
The collections for men’s and women’s will be presented together in Milan on Feb. 20, and will be launched as single monthly projects.
Moncler Genius Building will be available at the brand’s boutiques and in pop-up stores around the world.
As reported, Moncler has been teasing the new strategy on social media and billboards here ahead of its show.
Genius Building follows the 10-year run of the Moncler Gamme Bleu and Gamme Rouge lines, designed by Thom Browne and Giambattista Valli, respectively.
 

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Designers Use Epson Technology for Themed Couture Presentation

DRESSED-UP TECHNOLOGY: For a fourth year, Epson is hosting its annual “digital couture project” pre-New York Fashion Week. The theme of the Feb. 6 presentation, to be held in New York, is “Cosmopolitan Couture with Impossible Colors — How Does Your Culture Dress Up?” Participating designers from North and Latin America will showcase designs that used Epson’s textile printing solutions. Keith Kratzberg, president and chief executive officer of Epson America Inc., said the “future of fashion is customization — from the colors and prints, to the size and shape of garments — all on-demand.”
Kratzberg said the company’s “digital-imaging technology is changing the business of fashion, providing a platform for designers to print higher-quality, more unique designs for customers on-demand, as well as the ability to print just in time.”
Prior to the fashion show, Epson is hosting a panel discussion on how digital technology is changing the fashion industry. Panel participants include: interior designer Ryan Korban; Mark Sunderland from Thomas Jefferson University, and Aliza Licht, executive vice president of brand marketing and communications for Alice + Olivia.
 
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‘Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda’ Fashion Event Features 10 Designers

“Black Panther: Welcome to Wakanda,” a nod to the fashion inspired by the new superhero movie, will be presented by Marvel Studios on Feb. 12 as part of New York Fashion Week.
The red carpet event takes place at Industria at 775 Washington Street from 8 to 10 p.m., and several stars from the movie are expected to attend.
Designers including Chromat, Cushnie et Ochs, Fear of God, Ikiré Jones, Laquan Smith, Sophie Theallet and Tome worked with Marvel Studios to create one-of-a-kind pieces interpreting different characters and themes from the movie. The designers were selected for their dedication to empowerment and individualism through fashion.
The seven bespoke pieces will be unveiled the night of the event and installed in a Wakanda-inspired venue that guests can explore. Following the event, the looks will be auctioned off via Charitybuzz.com in support of Save the Children.
Jones called the experience “awesome and great.”
“I was honored, and I saw the film with my partner. It’s an attempt to help uplift the voices of people who have been marginalized historically and in the present day, both in the U.S. and globally, and Ikiré Jones specifically does that by using fashion as a vehicle to address these issues. It’s beautiful

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The Paris Vintage Shoe Store That’s a Resource for Top Designers

PARIS — Situated among orthopedic shoe stores, natural wine bars and bobo restaurants, La Petite Fripe sells vintage footwear to fashion designers and their Parisian muses.
The pocket-sized boutique, located in the 11th arrondissement’s trendier zone, exclusively sells unworn, dead stock vintage shoes. While only open since September, the store has quickly culled a fan base including girl-about-town Clara Cornet, model Louise Follain and actress Pauline Jacquard. It has also become a sourcing ground of inspiration for footwear designers at some of Paris’ leading fashion houses, with designers accounting for half the shop’s sales.
Founded by antique and vintage dealer Lhassan Oubakrim, La Petite Fripe’s shelves have recently housed an assortment of Eighties metallic mule pumps, dandy loafers and embroidered mukluk boots. Shoes are typically priced around 80 euros, with boots hitting the highest price point at about 280 euros.
Here, Oubakrim speaks with WWD on about his store.
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Lhassan Oubakrim: I have been a bargain hunter and an antique dealer for years. I love unexpected discoveries and the feeling of finding one amazing piece amongst a mountain of s–t. It is both my work and my passion.
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Designers Turn Out for Paris Rwanda Benefit

FESTIVE SPIRIT: It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas as guests flowed into Yannick Alléno’s 3-star restaurant, the Pavillon Ledoyen, on Thursday night Numéro editor in chief Babeth Djian’s annual dinner for Rwandan children, with proceeds going to Les Amis des Enfants du Monde (Friends of the Children of the World).
Designers including Olivier Rousteing, Alber Elbaz, Alexandre Vauthier, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christan Louboutin — who took Djian for a spin on the dance floor — got into the festive spirit.
Sparkle and black was the dress code with outfits ranging from Karidja Touré’s peak-shouldered silver and black jacket by Mugler to the matching, jewelry-loaded, black and gold Saint Laurent ensembles sported by rising rock star brother-sister duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman of Wild Belle who had been flown in by the house for the event. “I love bells,” deadpanned Elliot Bergman, whipping out his phone to share a photo of a set of bronze bells he has on display in a Paris gallery. The group is currently recording their third album, “a back-to-roots affair,” between Chicago and L.A.
Dressed in a sheer gold leaf-embroidered black gown layered over a T-shirt by Louis Vuitton, French actress Ana Girardot, who has

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A Designer’s Dreamy Île de Ré Getaway

Christian Liaigre has expanded his longtime retreat on the scenic barrier island, transforming a whitewashed cottage into a distillation of his spare and resonant point of view.
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British Designers Turn Out for Browns East Halloween Store Launch

SPOOKY SPACE: “I’m not a big fan of Halloween I must say, but I have to be for my daughter,” said Roksanda Ilincic at the Browns East launch in London on Tuesday evening. “We were carving pumpkins in the office and also with my daughter. So there were a lot of pumpkins going on.”
Ilincic, Peter Pilotto, Christopher de Vos, Sandra Choi, Molly Goddard and Nicholas Kirkwood were among the guests who turned out to mark the launch of the retailer’s concept store in Shoreditch.
In October, Browns opened the 4,000-square-feet unit on the corner of Club Row and Redchurch Street in east London. It is the first iteration of the Browns Nomad project that will see the retailer move its multi-brand shop from venue to venue, or city to city, around the world.
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Just one block from the concept store and around the corner from Shoreditch House, the retailer hosted a Halloween-themed party. The warehouse venue was transformed into a spooky space that was darkly lit and smoky.
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CFDA and LIFEWTR Partner to Boost Three Young Designers

JUST ADD WATER: Three up-and-coming designers are getting a visibility boost thanks to the strategic partnership between the CFDA and LIFEWTR, Pepsico’s premium water brand.
Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang and Ghazaleh Khalifeh have each been tapped to have their designs displayed on nearly 40 million bottles of LIFEWTR for its Series 3. All three designers are among the participants in the CFDA+ spotlight program. Each will present their collections, which will incorporate patterns from their respective Series 3 bottle designs, on the first day of New York Fashion Week.
“I’m from Taiwan, which is an island so we are always surrounded by water. So water is something that feels very natural to me,” said Huang, who developed prints with a friend skilled in augmented reality. “This is an incredible opportunity. Because when you are starting out as a young designer, it’s very hard to find people who just believe in you.”
She, Blake and Khalifeh will also receive mentoring and networking opportunities in the months ahead.
Olga Osminkina-Jones, vice president of hydration at PepsiCo Global Beverage Group, declined to comment on its financial commitment but said the goal was to help emerging fashion designers “get their names out there, to be discovered and

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The 6 Eastern European Designers To Know Now

Want to wake up your wardrobe with under-the-radar women’s wear brands? Look to fresh talents out of Russia, Ukraine and Poland.
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Designers to Watch During New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Brand: Private Policy
Designers: Haoran Li and Siying Qu
Aesthetic: Genderless luxury streetwear
Backstory: The duo met while they were design students at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. Both China natives who had emigrated to New York to fulfill their dreams in fashion, they graduated in May 2015 and blended Qu’s talents in women’s wear and Li’s in men’s wear to create Private Policy. They offered up a range of unisex silhouettes in high-quality fabrics such as satin/velvet, silk/wool and fur, with a mission to reinvent downtown streetwear. But the collection also delivers a loud societal message and a call to action — prior seasons have taken on issues such as slave labor and global warning.
Spring Inspiration: Trinkets: A View of America Through Foreigners’ Eyes. The idea behind the collection is that in light of the current political climate, the idea of the American Dream may be lost. So the duo collected some pieces from ordinary life and infused them into Native American-inspired vests and jackets, reinvented denim jackets and pants embellished with rhinestones and abstract prints that resemble the Thank You plastic bags used at convenience stores around the country.
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Cadillac Provides Grant to Seven Men’s Designers

With the departure of Amazon Fashion as the primary sponsor of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Cadillac is stepping up its game this season.
Cadillac House, a one-year-old event space on Hudson Street, will serve as an official runway location for the third time. But the automotive company, which has sponsored the men’s-only event since its inaugural season in 2015, this time has provided grants to seven designers showing at the venue — Todd Snyder, Robert Geller, Dyne, Kenneth Ning, Matiere, Luar and Rochambeau — which were intended to “enable the designers to push boundaries and produce an experience beyond the traditional runway show,” according to Cadillac.
The designers chosen for the grants submitted proposals demonstrating how they would creatively reimagine Cadillac House during their shows for the spring season. As a result, Cadillac is paying the entire cost of staging their shows, according to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which hosts the week. 
“It was important to us that our commitment to NYFW: Men’s continued to evolve this season, so we provided grants to help both established and emerging designers realize their most dynamic and compelling shows possible,” said Nathan Tan, associate director of brand partnerships and experiences for Cadillac. “To cut through the clutter today, designers need to think outside the box, but too often their vision can be limited by

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What Menswear Designers Want You To Wear Next Spring

Neckties are coming back, jeans are getting wider and athletic windbreakers are taking a turn for the luxe. The men’s spring 2018 fashion shows unleashed a flood of trends. Here, the looks mostly likely to trickle down to your closet.
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Marine Serre Wins 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Designers

PARIS — French-Belgian designer Marine Serre was named on Friday as the winner of the 2017 edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers. The prize was handed over by Rihanna.
She walks away with a grand prize of 300,000 euros, or $ 335,000 at current exchange rates, plus a year of coaching from experts at luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, parent of fashion houses including Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Givenchy, Berluti and Marc Jacobs.
The eight finalists earlier presented their work to a jury including Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Karl Lagerfeld of Fendi, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Loewe artistic director Jonathan Anderson, Céline’s Phoebe Philo and Kenzo designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
Unique in its online-only application process, the prize usually attracts about 1,000 entries, according to Delphine Arnault, the force behind the initiative and a key talent scout at family-controlled LVMH.
The past three winners are Thomas Tait, Marques’ Almeida and Wales Bonner, and the prize has also boosted the careers of its runner-up special-prize winners: Hood by Air, Jacquemus, Vejas and Miuniku.
Prizes for young designers have multiplied in recent years as fashion’s biggest players jockey to do good, and forge relations with potential future recruits.
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IMG Courts International Designers With NYFW: First Stage

SHOWCASING THE INTERNATIONAL SET: IMG is launching New York Fashion Week: First Stage, an international designer showcase that will run Sept. 7 to 11.
NYFW: First Stage will feature more than 30 international designers at The Dream Hotel, a new IMG show venue. The entrance will be at 346 West 17th Street.
“As New York Fashion Week: The Shows and our ongoing designer development programs gain more recognition on the global stage, we have seen a surge in interest from international designers looking to showcase their collections in our venues,” said Catherine Bennett, senior vice president and managing director, IMG Fashion.
She said she’s had “overwhelming interest” from international designers who would like to participate. As far as criteria, Bennett said, “We are looking for designers whose current business plans include either breaking into or expanding in the U.S. market and whose production infrastructure is capable of supporting such growth.”
The venue will have a big runway space that can accommodate more than 400 people, as well as a  presentation space, she said.
IMG plans to release the schedule of designers participating later this summer. Bennett anticipates that the new venue will primarily feature women’s wear designers, but some of the designers may show women’s

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British Designers Turn Out for Launch of ‘The World of Anna Sui’ Exhibition

SPOTLIGHT ON SUI: Designer love was flowing on Thursday night at the opening party for Anna Sui’s retrospective at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum on Thursday night. Among the guests were Sui’s creative peers, including Stephen Jones, John Rocha, Pam Hogg, Twiggy and Rifat Özbek.
“She’s been collecting my clothes for years. Then I gradually got to know her — which has been wonderful,” said Zandra Rhodes, who founded the museum in 2003. Rhodes, who first met Sui 15 years ago, said her favorite bits of the show were the prints she did for Sui “when she did her Tahiti collection.”
Rhodes has recently been working on prints for Valentino’s men’s wear and resort collections.
Jones said he met Sui in 1982 through Marc Jacobs and the jeweler Karen Erickson. He said his favorite Sui moment was the designer’s spring 1994 show at New York Fashion Week. “Linda [Evangelista], Naomi [Campbell] and Christy [Turlington], coming down the runway in little baby-doll dresses — genius,” Jones said.
Known for her exuberant looks made from rich fabrics, prints and colors, and for tapping into subcultures, “The World of Anna Sui” features 125 ensembles complete with accessories, shoes and hats and highlights the designer’s collaborations, collections, interior work

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Harajuku Boutique for Emerging Designers Grows Its Influence

Harajuku boutique Wall is bolstering Tokyo’s current wave of emerging designers.
The shop is located front-and-center on the ground floor of Harajuku youth mall Laforet. Its convenient location and dynamic merchandising has made it a key stockist for Japanese designers looking to make a mark on Tokyo’s youth culture while also reaching connected, style-inclined tourists. Sources say that the shop’s taste, reputation and prime location have made Wall as important a Tokyo stockist as Isetan’s Shinjuku location.
Laforet is a popular after-school destination for fashion-hungry Tokyo teenagers, who bop about its floors in an eclectic mishmash of vintage, fast fashion and reconstructed wares. Wall — under the umbrella of select shop conglomerate H.P. France — is located just inside Laforet’s doors. While the shop opened in 2008, it was moved to this plum location approximately 18 months ago, effectively making Wall “the face of LaForet,” said buying director Kyoko Mashiko.
She took over the shop’s buying and merchandising four years ago, also overseeing the assortment at Wall’s locations in Fukuoka and Osaka.

From Wall Harajuku’s spring catalog. 

In the process, she’s helped support a new league of Japanese designers who are currently bubbling up in studios across Tokyo’s more remote, working class neighborhoods.
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South African Fashion Weeks See Spurt of Young Designers

South Africa’s two rival fashion weeks were a celebration of African design as well as an indication of the growing corporate support for the country’s young designers.
At South Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg, which was held earlier this month, one of its banner sponsors, the department store chain Woolworths, backed the Woolworths StyleBySA show, which featured eight local designers: Rich Mnisi, Thebe Magugu, AKJP, Maria McCloy, Sol-Sol, Selfi and Young & Lazy.
The designers showed modern streetwear to footwear and accessories inspired by the African continent; from the runway, the collaborative capsule collection was, in a first for SAFW, made available online immediately and what ensued was “a frenzy of online sales,” according to Charmaine Huet, Woolworths’ group director of marketing and sustainability.
Fast-tracking runway to retail has been a priority for the partnership of Woolworths and SAFW.
“As a passionately South African retailer we want to boost the visibility and viability of local designers,” Huet noted. “The quality of the work on show, and the response to it, is compelling proof of the incredible local talent the South African fashion industry has on offer.’’
After inventory of the StyleBySA capsule collection was exhausted via online sales, the collections became available in select Woolworths

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In Dubai, Designers Embrace a More Seasonless, Commercial Approach

DUBAI — Despite a rare downpour in the desert over the weekend, 10,000 people from Dubai and the region came out in force to see regional designers showcase their latest collections at Fashion Forward, the emirate’s answer to a fashion week.
The key themes that emerged were wearable, seasonless collections, with an emphasis on comfort. In a region known for its interest in couture, ready-to-wear designers showed a move toward practical dressing with a decidedly feminist edge.
“Dubai is a retail capital, something that can be a really big advantage for our young designers,” said Bong Guerrero, chief executive officer of Fashion Forward. “Social media gives emerging talent the opportunity to take their runway designs directly to their audience, and it creates a lot of buzz and demand right after the shows.”
With retail sales generally slowing in the area, retailers are looking for new brands to discover. Maria Gold Knudsen, head of style and content at Ounass.com, a new luxury retail platform in the Middle East, said the company is featuring several regional designers alongside well-established global brand names. “We have capsule collections launched exclusively for us [that] do very well. We are always on the lookout for new brands from the region.”
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Nike Collaborates With Emerging Designers on Elements of Style Project

NikeLab is turning its attention to up-and-coming designers.
The brand tasked Stavros Karelis, the founder of Machine-A, a boutique in London, with selecting five new designers to create looks based on the Air VaporMax sneaker, a new style that will be released on March 26, which is Air Max Day.
He chose Azar Rajabi, a Canadian designer who has interned for Damir Doma and Prabal Gurung; Shizhe He, a Chinese designer based in New York, and Central Saint Martins graduates Liam Johnson, Paula Canovas and Wanbing Huang.
Each of these designers used the VaporMax as a starting point for their creations.
Shizhe He utilized plastic packaging film that’s typically used to protect furniture during transit to build a dress. Rajabi used pearlized Neoprene mesh and texturized vinyl for her hooded creation. Johnson played with buoyancy and lightness for his abstract piece that’s meant to mimic clouds. Canovas worked with nylons and knots. Huang built a headpiece and full-length bodysuit inspired by the woven Flyknits.
NikeLab recently partnered with Riccardo Tisci to redesign the Nike Air Max 97 and they also opened a NikeLab store within Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s department.

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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Names Designers for ‘Americans in Paris’

LES AMÉRICAINS À PARIS: The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have named nine designers for the 12th round of the “Americans in Paris” program. Nine designers and CVFF finalists will head to The City of Light to show their fall collections for this season’s showcase, including Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock of Brock Collection, 2016 CVFF winners; Adam Selman, a 2016 CVFF runner-up; Stirling Barrett of Krewe, a 2016 CVFF runner-up; Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area; Chloe Gosselin; Ji Oh; Morgan Curtis of Morgan Lane; Maryam and Marjan Malakpour of NewbarK, and Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper of Rochambeau.

The showroom, which aims to expose emerging American designers to retailers and editors during Paris Fashion Week, will be located at 29 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré — inside a townhouse once inhabited by Coco Chanel — from March 4 to 6. The initiative will be celebrated with a cocktail party on March 3 at the 1728 restaurant within the Hotel Mazin La Fayette.

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Emerging Designers Grab Spotlight at On|Off

SPACE ODYSSEY: On|Off, the London-based showcase that helped kickstart the careers of J.W. Anderson and Peter Pilotto, among others, took over London’s Oxo Tower on Friday to introduce three new designers: Luke Anthony Rooney, Jack Irving and Timothy Bouyez-Forge.
Taking cues from Rosalind Russell, the feisty, fashionable reporter who played opposite Cary Grant in the 1940 screwball comedy, “His Girl Friday,” Rooney offered a lovely wardrobe that oscillated between breezy weekend dressing and crisp workwear, in line with Russell’s character.
To wit, he paired a striped knitted sweater with a wonderfully light, silky slip dress and conjured a jumpsuit from a textured wool fabric donated to him by Christian Lacroix.
The group show quickly turned conceptual with Irving’s “army of alien showgirls,” as he called them. Cue corsets sculpted from plastic shards and matching headwear and zippy, sequin stretch bodysuits with inflatable spikes protruding from the back like a giant cosmic porcupine.
“I’m only 23,” Irving offered apologetically, “I don’t want to wash it down. I want to be more of an artist than a fashion designer,” he said. One could only picture Lady Gaga – an avid Irving supporter – sporting one of these.
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Nickelodeon, Viacom Tap Fashion Designers for SpongeBob Gold Capsule

SPONGEBOB GOLD: Nickelodeon International and Viacom Consumer Products have collaborated with a host of designers on the SpongeBob SquarePants Gold collection, which will be unveiled during London Fashion Week.
Peter Jensen, Bobby Abley, Salar, Maria Francesca Pepe, Suecomma Bonnie and Bad Denim are among the names that have created men’s and women’s apparel, footwear and accessories. They’ve put their own spin on the cartoon character who is celebrating his 18th birthday.
The 27-piece range is part of the company’s SpongeBob Gold brand. The collection includes T-shirts by Bobby Abley, sweatshirts by Peter Jensen, vintage embroidered pieces by Bad Denim, patchwork sneakers by Suecomma Bonnie, accessories by Salar and jewelry by Maria Francesca Pepe.
The collection will be unveiled at event hosted by the company on Feb. 18 and sold in the U.S. in May.
“I have watched SpongeBob for as long as I can remember,” said Jensen. “He is part of my Saturday morning ritual in the same way a boiled egg with salt is. Mrs. Puff is my absolute favorite, but of course I love SpongeBob, Patrick, Gary and the rest of the clan. It’s been great fun to be part of this project. We were allowed to hand-draw Spongebob for this collection

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What Menswear Designers Want You To Wear Next Fall

From relatable clothes—camel coats, Fair Isle knits—to a Supreme moment of high-fashion hype, the men’s fall 2017 runway shows ran the gamut. Here’s a guide to the dominant trends from London, Milan, Paris and New York.
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Project Selects Next Edition of Next in Class Designers

Project has selected the two emerging designers who will be showcased at its New York trade show next week.
Madison Li and Molly Kirchoff have been chosen to exhibit as part of the show’s Next in Class section. The initiative kicked off in July and is part of the trade show’s partnership with The New School’s Parsons School of Design.
Next in Class offers the school’s recent graduates an opportunity to expand and grow their emerging businesses.
Li studied at Central Saint Martins in London as well as Parsons where his interests in fields such as product design‚ architecture, technology and sculpture are visible in his fashion designs.
Kirchoff has a bachelor’s of fine arts from Parsons and has worked at Thom Browne, Joe’s Blackbook, Linder New York and Utility Canvas.
She said the program “allows me a platform to voice my design philosophy and exhibit my own abstract ways of problem solving that were developed during years of schooling. Fresh ideas in combination with experience create the change that propels fashion forward.”
She said the opportunity to show at Project will also allow her to “speak with and gain insight from like-minded industry professionals” is also expected to “better my work as a designer and

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Unbuttoned: Détente and Defiance: Designers Sort Out Their Reactions to Trump

After a rocky postelection period, designers are beginning to come to terms with the president-elect in a variety of ways.
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Nominees for 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards Announced

Nominees were unveiled Thursday for the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA), to be hosted by singer-actress Mandy Moore on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and for which Lacoste will return for the 14th year as presenting sponsor. As previously revealed, Meryl Streep will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland will receive the Career Achievement Award and illustrator Lois DeArmond will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award. In addition, costume designer Ret Turner will be posthumously inducted into the Guild’s Hall of Fame.
Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” Rebecca Hale
“Captain Fantastic, “Courtney Hoffman
“La La Land,” Mary Zophres
“Lion,” Cappi Ireland
“Nocturnal Animals,” Arianne Phillips
Excellence in Period Film
“The Dressmaker, “Marion Boyce, Margot Wilson
“Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle
“Hail, Caesar!” Mary Zophres
“Hidden Figures,” Renee Ehrlich Kalfus
“Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
Excellence in Fantasy Film
“Doctor Strange,” Alexandra Byrne
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Deborah Cook
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Colleen Atwood
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” David Crossman, Glyn Dillion
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
“American Horror Story: Roanoke,” Lou Eyrich, Helen Huang
“Empire,” Paolo Nieddu
“Grace & Frankie,” Allyson B. Fanger
“House of Cards,” Johanna Argan, Kemal Harris
“Transparent,” Marie Schley
Outstanding Period Television Series
“The Crown,” Michele Clapton
“Penny Dreadful,” Gabriella Pescucci
“Stranger

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South Korean Designers Set to Show in London

Four South Korean design talents are gearing up to present their fall-winter collections at men’s fashion week in London. The Korea Creative Content Agency, a government-sponsored organization, is staging the showcase, which runs Friday to Monday at 180 Strand.
The presentation will feature apparel brands Me.Yoomi, Sewing Boundaries and Dozoh as well as custom footwear label Redmeteor Design.
Here is a rundown of the participants:
ME.YOOMI
Designer: Chu Yoomi
Age: 40
Education: Master of Fashion Design at Dongduk University
Background: Worked as a designer at Korean multibrand retailer Ecru, men’s brand Wozzeck and Hello Kitty
Sales points: Sells at a selection of stores in France, Israel, China and Korea
Retail price points: $ 308 to $ 1,666
Inspiration for fall: “My inspiration was images from the past that make our image for the future. A balance of restraint and freedom, the collection is a mix of urban lifestyle, comfortable, casual yet business-ready with chic minimal lines.”
Design philosophy: “My design attitude is that chic and comfortable should coexist.”
 
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Retail price points: $ 140 to $ 600
Inspiration for fall: “I am a dreamer.”
Design philosophy: “Sewing Boundaries literally means to connect differences and encapsulates our philosophy

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Designers Raise Funds for Women’s March on Washington

MARCH ON: A group of designers has come together to raise money for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
Mara Hoffman, along with Aurora James, Ace & Jig, Clare Vivier, Erica Weiner, Erin Considine, Electric Feathers, Fay Andrada, Robin Mollicone, Lulu Frost, Lizzie Fortunato, Maiyet, Melissa Joy Manning, Pamela Love, Rachel Antonoff, Raquel Allegra,  Yestadt Millinery and Ulla Johnson, with support from Julie Gilhart, are donating a percentage of proceeds from their web site and store sales to Gathering for Justice, the organization behind the march, to cover the costs of logistics and production of the event.
Hoffman, for example, will be donating 10 percent of all merchandise sold on marahoffman.com to the Women’s March. In addition, all merchandise sitewide will be marked down 10 percent, including sale items.
The sale takes place Saturday from midnight through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. The discount code upon checkout is WEMARCH.
There is also a donation link: crowdrise.com/gathering-for-justice-inc.

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Designers line up to dress Melania Trump

Carolina Herrera is the latest famed designer to offer her services to dress Melania Trump as the future first lady of the US.
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Fashion Man Hunt: Designers Scammed Out of Thousands by Fraud Stylist

FAKING IT: London-based Dazed media, which publishes Dazed & Confused and AnOther Man, has alerted fashion colleagues worldwide to a fraudster stylist who’s been swiping samples for non-existent shoots.
As a result, fashion and public relations companies are looking for a man who calls himself Arnaud Henry Mensan. He claims to be international editor-at-large for Dazed & Confused and has already stolen tens of thousands of dollars worth of samples for “shoots” at Dazed, AnOther Man and Elle France.
Dazed discovered the fraud after the designer Sadie Clayton got in touch over the summer to inquire about four samples she had sent to Mensan, in Japan, for shoots alleged to be taking place for Dazed and i-D magazine.
According to emails, every time the designer requested the samples be returned to her, Mensan said he would speak to his team to get the courier’s tracking number, which never happened. Mensan also told the designer that he’d spoken to the British customs office to sort things out. Clayton is still waiting for her samples.
“At one point, he did say I should make an invoice to claim the money back from Dazed. So really he hasn’t a clue what’s going on and keeps fobbing me off with lies,”

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On the Runway: DKNY Designers and C.E.O. Leave. Where Does It Go Next?

Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, the creative directors of DKNY, and Caroline Brown, the brand’s chief executive, are departing after less than two years, as a new owner takes over.
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Designers’ Christmas Trees Unveiled in Paris

‘TIS THE SEASON: Francis Kurkdjian, Ali Mahdavi and Jean-Claude Jitrois were among guests who turned out to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris on Friday night to inspect Christmas trees they designed for an annual charity event organized by fashion journalist Marie-Christiane Marek.

Jean Paul Gaultier, Dior, Chanel, Elie Saab and Emanuel Ungaro are among other designers and fashion houses that have created 30 Christmas trees or artistic pieces to go under the tree that are to be auctioned off Monday night at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and simultaneously on Drouotlive.com.

The 21st edition of the Sapins de Noël event is being held under the patronage of  Ralph Toledano, president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, and Pascal Morand, its executive president, and Montaigne Committee president Jean-Claude Cathalan.

French rising actress Marie-Ange Casta, alongside boxing champion Cyril Benzaquen, pushed a button in front of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to light the famous luxury thoroughfare.
Jitrois, who called Casta “an ambitious and talented young woman,” has been participating to the designer Christmas trees initatiative since its first edition. This year, he was inspired by the Tower of Babel. “Because everyone was speaking the same language,” he said, noting that his tree with a metal structure involves Swarovski crystals and leather fringes.
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Donna Karan and Trudie Styler to Chat About the Designer’s New Book

Donna Karan will be sitting down with Trudie Styler to discuss the fashion designer’s new book, “My Journey.” The conversation will take place at the 92nd Street Y on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
In her book (Ballantine Books, $ 30), which will be published Oct. 13, Karan shares her life story, including intimate and candid stories of her difficult childhood, her five decades working on Seventh Avenue, her two marriages, motherhood and her spiritual journey over the last 20 years, as well as her departure from her namesake label last June.
“Sting [Styler’s husband] and I were both born on the same day, Oct. 2, so we have a lot in common,” said Karan.
Tickets can be purchased through the 92nd Street Y Web site.

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Kanye’s Decision to Show Disrupts Designers’ Plans

Kanye West’s show, a last-minute addition to New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at noon, is causing headaches for at least one fashion designer. Anne Bowen, who planned to launch her new streetwear collection, Nomad VII by Anne Bowen, at the exact same time, is up in arms and scrambling to reschedule.
Another headache: Naeem Khan is also scheduled to show in Kayne’s new time slot.
Bowen told WWD: “We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor and commitment cost to our company. Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks. We went through all the proper channels to make this a reality. And just yesterday we learned that Kanye West is having a show at the same time on the same date as ours.”
“Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this. It’s like we are David and he is Goliath. We have put our heart and soul into our show, and should not be stepped on like this,” continued Bowen.
Consequently, Bowen said she has to move her show date to Thursday, Sept. 17 at 12:30 at the

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The Sophomores: Novice Designers Talk About Their Return to NYFW

Three designers who launched their collections at New York Fashion Week in February — Gabriela Hearst, Ji Oh and Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock, the husband-and-wife team behind Brock Collection — discuss what they learned from their first experience and what they changed for their second act.
WWD: What was the most exciting part of planning your first NYFW presentation last season?
Gabriela Hearst: It was our launch season and we’d been conceptualizing the project for more than two years, so it had been a long journey to get there. Only a few trusted key people had seen the collection so we were very excited to finally show it.
Ji Oh: The most exciting part for me was the casting. Finding the right face and the right attitude isn’t so easy, but still very fun. When a girl comes in and tries my clothes on and looks great, nothing makes me happier.
Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock: Seeing the world we dreamt of come together was the most exciting part. The days before our presentation were our favorite — the styling, casting, hair and makeup tests, and set design.
 
WWD: What was the most stressful or frustrating part?
G.H.: As the debut season was a very personal collection,

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Nicaragua’s Young Designers Eye Expansion

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaraguan emerging designers Shantall Lacayo and Ana Alexandra Velazquez are aiming to tap overseas markets by showing at Paris’ Who’s Next in September.
Lacayo, who has sales of $ 80,000 a year, hopes to open 12 points of sale over the next three to five years, with tentative plans to market in Paris, Dubai, Miami, Los Angeles and New York.
In the near-term, she hopes to open doors in Honduras and El Salvador to take her count beyond her current four points of sale in Nicaragua and Panama. Further into the future, she hopes to enter the U.S. and Europe.
“I would love to find an agent to represent me in Paris and one day sell in Bloomingdale’s or Saks [Fifth Avenue],” said Lacayo, who also helps direct the Nicaragua Diseña trade fair, which has an expanding fashion wing that also showcases other design talents.
Lacayo, who was second finalist in the 2010 edition of “Project Runway Latin America,” hopes her spring 2016 will attract attention at Porte de Versailles.
Dubbed “Gypsy Goddess,” the collection features several embroidered dresses inspired by the Nicaraguan genciana flower and featuring geometric and Cubist prints evoking the Seventies. The most popular item has been a handmade, dark-blue nylon-mesh gown

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Lakme Fashion Week to Showcase 100 Designers

MUMBAI, India — There is even more glitz and party spirit at Lakme Fashion Week as the event continues the 15-year celebrations that began with the LFW summer-resort season last March.
The five-day winter/festive season opened Wednesday featuring 100 designers, a big leap from 84 in March. It is being seen as a time to take stock, both of the industry and of the event, which opened with a pre-event show on Tuesday by long-established designer duo Sandeep Khosla and Abu Jani.
The show set the tone for pomp as well as partying with glamorous embroidered evening dresses, a cream and gold color palette and retro music that had the audience foot tapping.
“We have the senior most fashion designers such as Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Ritu Kumar, Tarun Tahiliani, Neeta Lulla, Anita Dongre and then we have the younger designers who are launched with the event. That’s the charm of Lakme Fashion Week,” Saket Dhankar, vice president and head of fashion at IMG Reliance Ltd., said.
The fashion week is organized by IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd., a venture between Reliance Industries Ltd. and sports marketing and management company IMG Worldwide, in collaboration with beauty brand Lakme, which is a subsidiary of consumer goods

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Designers Highlight Androgyny for Men’s Spring 2016

“Men’s wear” is starting to sound like an antiquated term.
Silk blouses, knit skirts and hip-hugging tunics are all part of the picture for the spring 2016 season, accentuating the ways that men’s collections are becoming more gender fluid than ever.
Designers Alessandro Michele at Gucci, Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent and Jonathan Anderson were among those flying the flag for a new young style inspired by Millennials — a generation that appears to have cast off gender labels like last season’s Zara duds.
And all this coincides with a moment when the transgender community — thank you, Caitlyn Jenner — is experiencing unprecedented visibility.
“We are living in a transgender moment,” said Riki Wilchins, a transgender activist and author of three books on gender theory. “Gender roles are being challenged, and they’re being challenged in fashion. Fashion isn’t just reflecting it, fashion is helping to lead it, it’s profound and it’s here to stay.”
Even before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June, a revolution was playing out on social media. “I think Millennials are definitely pushing this change. Millennials are much more comfortable with gender nonconformity and gender queerness,” Wilchins said.
Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne are

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8 Breathtaking Wedding Dresses From Two Designers You Need to Watch, Now

Any bride can shop the big-name wedding dress designers, but if you want your aisle style to be unique, you should check out gowns by under-the-radar labels, including two of our new favorites. With gorgeous…


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Since we learned yesterday that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux tied the knot Wednesday night, the details—and the rumors—about their wedding have been flying. Here’s what we’ve heard so far. Stay tuned for updates. The…


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Fashion Flashback: What Top Designers Wore in High School

They wore bell-bottoms wider at the hem than at the waist, shoulder pads a linebacker would envy, glittery butterfly hair clips, fuzzy boas, and, of course, a few “sewed-it-myself” looks. When WWD asked designers — from Tommy Hilfiger and Norma Kamali to Brian Atwood and Pamela Love — to share memories of their back-to-school fashion choices, we discovered some were preppy wannabes and others were fans of grunge, but most were just teens trying to find their own personal style.

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Sara Lundberg Scoops Designers’ Nest Prize at Copenhagen Fashion Week

ROYAL PRIZE: Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wearing Danish label Fonnesbech presented Sara Lundberg with the Designers’ Nest prize.
The talent show and award organized by trade fair Revolver was held Friday afternoon during Copenhagen Fashion Week.
A jury that included London-based designer Peter Jensen, Eyes on Talents’ cofounder Guillaume de Piédoüe and fashion scholar Ane Lunge Jorlen selected the 28-year-old Swedish designer as the winner of the competition.
“She expressed the way we convey emotions today is through emojis, and how fashion has become a new community,” Lunge Jorlen explained.
“Her statement was very strong: fashion turned into a totem, a sculpture,” de Piédoüe said. The co-founder of the online platform for connecting brands with international design talents sees a “good combination of technical skills and creativity among Scandinavian designers.”
Lundberg, who just graduated from at the Swedish Schools of Textiles and cites Rei Kawakubo among her favorite designers, is to start a PhD in fashion design in Vilnius, Lithuania  this fall. “I want to discuss things, and continue to do projects about humanity,” she told WWD.
Lundberg was one of 24 students from eight schools in Nordic countries competing for the prize, valued at 50,000 Danish kroner, or $ 7,310 at current exchange.
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London’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise Names Designers to Pioneer Program

YOUNG PIONEERS: The Centre for Fashion Enterprise, a British business incubator, has announced the six London-based designers who will join its New Fashion Pioneer Program, which runs for six months. They are the LVMH Grand Prix scholarship winner Richard Malone; women’s wear designer Min Wu; Lei Sihan of the jewelry brand Lion Studio; the design duo Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe of the sustainable women’s wear label Gyo Yuni Kimchoe; performance activewear designer Charli Cohen, and Fashion East men’s wear designer Grace Wales Bonner.
“These Pioneer designers represent a new crop of talent who are breaking the mold. They redefine what a fashion business is, and illustrate that today’s new designers can explore design, fashion and product from a range of different angles with sufficient talent to lead new markets,” said Wendy Malem, director of the CFE.
“Since we launched our label, we have faced so many difficulties and problems in various areas and the program and the support it provides will be such a huge help to overcome these obstacles and grow as a sustainable business,” said designers Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe. Among the program’s alumni are fashion labels Erdem, Thomas Tait, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto and Craig Green.

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Middle Eastern Designers Gain Strength in Dubai

DUBAI — In a region known for its affinity for luxury brands, the appetite for regional designers has been slow to develop. But if the latest edition of Dubai’s Fashion Forward is any indication, that mind set is beginning to change.
More than 75 regional buyers turned out for the four-day event, which included 23 runway shows and presentations, panel discussions and showroom events.
“We started Fashion Forward two years ago to heighten awareness for the design talent we have in this market,” said Bong Guerrero, founder of Fashion Forward. “This platform is the starting point and as the industry becomes more mature, the content keeps getting better, buyers are more interested and consumers more aware.”
Shireen El Khatib is a retail executive known as one of the pioneers in retailing in the region, having introduced countless foreign brands into the market since the early Nineties, from Gucci to Giorgio Armani and department stores Bloomingdale’s and Harvey Nichols. Now she is launching an innovative new concept store called Macramé, focused solely on Middle Eastern brands. Slated to open at the end of the year, the store will be the first of its kind, offering a platform to both established and emerging designers across

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Ruffian Designers to Launch New Line

RUFFIAN DUO TO DEBUT NEW LINE IN L.A.: Designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are still in the honeymoon phase of their Los Angeles love affair. Inspired by their recent move from New York, the Ruffian designers will launch a new line called Wolk Morais on April 13, which marks the one-year anniversary of their arrival in Hollywood. Focused on the pre-seasons rather than spring and fall, the line will offer a dressier take that Wolk calls “luxury sportswear with evening elements” meant to be worn year-round. It will be shown in October and April annually. All pieces are sourced and produced in Los Angeles and will retail between $ 795 and $ 4995.
“When we moved here there was a dramatic climate change in our native New York and it gave us a new perspective on the way women dress. The pre-seasons make the most sense because they have the longest shelf life and been most financially successful for our retailers.”
The duo says they moved West to have creative freedom outside of the traditional New York fashion system, and showed Ruffian’s spring 2015 collection at Gavlak Gallery in Hollywood. This time, they’ll debut Wolk Morais at Kohn Gallery, fitting because it was

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Call for NYC Designers to Apply for Design Entrepreneurs NYC 2015

NEW YORK — Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a free, intensive “mini-MBA” program based at the Fashion Institute of Technology that educates emerging New York City-based fashion designers on how to run a successful business, is now accepting applications through April 7.
DENYC offers emerging designers in-depth courses and one-on-one help on marketing, public relations, operations and financial management specifically within the fashion industry. Some $ 150,000 will be awarded to DENYC participants with outstanding business plans to further implement the skills and plans they develop over the course of the program.
DENYC was created through a partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corp. and FIT in 2011, and the fashion industry, led by DENYC founding sponsor G-III Apparel Group, is funding this year’s awards and ensuring the program’s sustainability. Additional funding is coming for the first time from companies such as Calvin Klein, The Doneger Group, YM Fashions and Herman Kay.
In order to apply, emerging designers must have businesses that are based in one of New York City’s five boroughs and have been open for at least one year. The application and additional information are available online at designentrepreneursnyc.com.
Each year, some 200 designers have applied and they’ve selected 35 people for the

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Japanese Designers are Hopeful as Tokyo Fashion Week Begins

TOKYO — As the fashion pack barely catches its collective breath from the conclusion of the Paris shows, Tokyo Fashion Week starts today, with designers here voicing optimism despite the looming challenges of growing their small businesses and a domestic economy that continues to sputter.
Future prospects look mixed. On the one hand, Japan is struggling to climb out of a recession and local consumers remain cautious about spending. On the other, tourists from elsewhere in Asia are flooding the country to take advantage of a weak yen and shop. While most Japanese designers still do the bulk of their business in their home country, the currency factor stands to boost the nation’s fashion exports.
Designers are going to need all the overseas help they can get. Last week [EDS: March 9], Japan revised down its fourth-quarter GDP figures to show that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.5 percent in the October to December period — the initial estimate pegged growth at 2.2 percent. Meanwhile, household consumption in January fell 5.1 percent in price-adjusted real terms, indicating that consumers still have not fully recovered from last April’s historic sales tax hike. On a brighter note, consumer confidence in February

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Young Designers Vie For LVMH Prize

GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT: Anton Belinskiy’s sweater said it all: “Poor But Cool.” He’s one of 26 young designers who displayed their wares at the headquarters of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Wednesday night, all vying for a cash prize of 300,000 euros, or $ 335,560 at current exchange, plus a year of coaching from the luxury group.
There was a mood of camaraderie among the designers, despite the walls separating their stands and all the jockeying for attention as members from the expert panel, who must whittle down the crop to eight finalists, toured the room along with top LVMH brass.
“It’s really exciting to see all these great talents here, and to see all the energy,” said Delphine Arnault, executive vice president of Louis Vuitton and the woman who conceived the prize as a powerful talent scout and advocate for young designers at the luxury giant her family controls. “It’s already great for them and I hope it’ll help their careers.”
The 45 experts have two days to inspect collections and meet designers before casting their vote. Finalists are to face a jury whose members include Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Nicolas Ghesquière, Raf Simons, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Jonathan Anderson and

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Tim Williams’ ‘Circuit Designer’s Companion’ provides a unique masterclass in practical electronic design that draws on his considerable experience as a consultant and design engineer. As well as introducing key areas of design with insider’s knowledge, Tim focuses on the art of designing circuits so that every production model will perform its specified function and no other unwanted function – reliably over its lifetime. The combination of design alchemy and awareness of commercial and manufacturing factors makes this an essential companion for the professional electronics designer. Topics covered include analog and digital circuits, component types, power supplies and printed circuit board design. The second edition includes new material on microcontrollers, surface mount processes, power semiconductors and interfaces, bringing this classic work up to date for a new generation of designers. This book is a unique masterclass in the design of optimized, reliable electronic circuits. Beyond the lab, it is a guide to electronic design for production, where cost-effective design is imperative. Tips and know-how provide a whole education for the novice, with something to offer the most seasoned professional.

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Remember Your Favorite Fleece From College? Designers Say It’s Time to Bring It Back

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In his fall show, Altuzarra sent models down the runway in evening dresses and skirts styled with what we can most accurately describe as Patagonia-style fleeces. Though the styling was epically amazing, it may have fallen a little short of practical for most of us. That being said, it did nothing to stop us from swooning over each and every piece.

Altuzarra reminded us of the Patagonias of our past that we didn’t even realize we had forgotten about. So, in lieu of a black-tie event fit for the likes of his satin gowns, the winter season is the perfect time to appreciate a great fleece. Cozier than anything you will ever own, your fleece can be rocked everywhere from the ski slopes to the city streets. This winter, I definitely pulled a few of my old fleeces out of storage and—confession time—I even bought an awesome pullover from Crewcuts (seriously, shop some of the larger sizes in the boys’ department and you’ll be surprised what you can find!).

Now, some of you may have already tossed the fleeces of your past, and others are not overly enthusiastic to shell out designer prices for your fleece of choice. For both those reasons and more, we have rounded up 20 of the best fleeces of the season. Grab one before the holidays and cozy up at home with your family and friends!

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10 Brooklyn Jewelry Designers with Their Own Shops

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Brooklyn jewelry designers have emerged over the past decade or so with a distinct philosophy, fusing the concepts of high-end luxury with low-key presentation. They’ve also shown a gutsy independent streak, which may go a long way in explaining why so many of them also run their own shops. Their retail spaces become extensions of their design aesthetics and ideal environments for people to enjoy their latest works. Many of these shops double as studios, allowing visitors to see firsthand how the pieces on display come into being.

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Designers Fountain 81821 Mendocino Flushmount in Forged Sienna Finish

Designers Fountain 81821 Mendocino Flushmount in Forged Sienna Finish


Simple in design, but with the right amount of elegance to complement upscale interiors, the Designers Fountain 81821 Mendocino Flushmount in Forged Sienna Finish will be the right choice for your hallway or any other room of the house. The beautiful forged sienna finish plays up the delicate beauty of the warm amber glaze glass shade, while two 60-watt incandescent medium base bulbs (not included) emit a warm glow that’s both ambient and functional. About Designers Fountain Headquartered in sunny Los Angeles, Designers Fountain lets you show off your creative side. Indulge yourself and your home with a range of lighting styles, from contemporary to classic, each crafted with care from high-quality materials. Designers Fountain supplies lighting fixtures to over 1,200 authorized North American dealers and sources designs from across the world. Get quality lighting that enhances your home while impressing you with its affordable price… only from Designers Fountain. Traditional-style flushmount Forged sienna finish; warm amber glaze shade Decorative ceiling light for interior use Requires (2) 60W incandescent medium base bulbs (not included) Overall dimensions: 14.75W x 8H inches

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How Etsy Changed the Rules & What It Means for Indie Designers

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I’m a conscious consumer. I shop second-hand, I limit my consumption of “stuff,” and I try to keep my purchases local. I believe in voting with my dollars, and I’ve gone so far as to dedicate my career to figuring out what that means.

On occasion, though, when I’m hankering for a new piece of jewelry or a unique gift I can’t find in my local thrift shop, I’ll look to Etsy. If I’m going to dish out the cash on a new item, I know that my purchase has more impact if it goes to the local makers who are working on their craft.

As someone who is directly involved in the maker movement, I’m somewhat embarrassed to say I didn’t pay much attention when Etsy changed its policies last fall. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, CEO Chad Dickerson announced that Etsy sellers could use outside manufacturers to produce their designs. In other words, items sold on Etsy no longer had to be handmade.

It wasn’t until a few months ago, when looking on Etsy for a new watch that I realized the implications of this change.

I had a specific brown, repurposed leather, wrap-watch in mind. I knew the one I wanted was handmade by a seller in Ohio, but I didn’t know his name. Typing in a simple search for “wrap watch” into Etsy, I proceeded to spend nearly an hour sifting through 50+ pages of three-dollar “wrap watches” from China.

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My eyes scanned over page after page of items I would have expected to find in the kiosks of Daytona Beach, not on a website for handmade goods. I sat at my computer with my jaw on the keyboard, wondering what had just happened. When I eventually found what I was looking for I purchased the handmade watch, for significantly more than three dollars, and moved on. I didn’t think much more about the experience after that.

A few months later, I met an Etsy seller through Factory45, the accelerator program I run for designers and makers. Among other reasons, she applied to my program looking for business guidance on restoring her Etsy shop sales.

She recently told me, “Last year my Etsy sales tripled in the spring and then again in the fall, so I figured things were still looking good. But in May, my views dropped off to about one-third of what they were in the previous months and as compared to last year. I thought they just dipped because of the holiday weekend and the nice weather, but in June they did not pick back up.”

She went on to explain that several message boards had popped up about similar drops in traffic for other Etsy sellers. When I went on the site to see for myself I found threads with titles like, “Are most of you feeling the low traffic, views and sales?” “Can Etsy stop letting Chinese factories sell here?” and “Your Stuff: Made in China?” with diplomatic responses from Etsy administrators encouraging the sellers “to take advantage of the downtime.” (Interesting advice when downtime could mean the difference between paying and not paying your rent.)

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Aside from the issue that independent designers are now competing with full-scale production operations, there is the issue of sheer volume — Etsy now has over 1 million shops. When a seller is competing in a sea of 999,999 other shops, the odds aren’t good.

Now that Etsy shoppers have the option of buying from middlemen selling three dollar watches, finding that handmade wrap watch you’re looking for will undoubtedly be more difficult. From the seller’s perspective, no matter how many times they change their “tags,” SEO or refresh their storefront, the traffic just isn’t going to come like it used to.

So what actually happened?

In the fall of 2013, Etsy shifted their loyalty from the maker to the shareholder as it made plans to further scale its business model. How did this change things?

Because Etsy’s policy changes happened at the maker’s expense, many of the people who were once making a living off of their shops are now seeing a fraction of the sales. The difference between Etsy, and let’s say, Wal-Mart just got a whole lot smaller. At the core, Etsy changed its mission. No longer is it a website for makers of one-of-a-kind, original goods. Instead, it has become yet another website for the mass-produced and cheaply made goods that satisfy our insatiable culture of mindless consumption.

So what’s a seller to do?

If you’re an independent designer or maker with an Etsy shop, there are a few ways to try and get your traffic back up.

  • Create a small network of fellow sellers. Etsy offers the “team” feature but going beyond that, find five other sellers who have a similar target market and non-competing products. Work together to promote each other’s shops using your individual social media outlets and outside networks.
  • Narrow down your niche and create very specific tags. “Screen printed t-shirt” just isn’t going to cut it anymore. The competition is too high. Use tags and keywords you know would appeal to your target market and get specific.
  • Guest post on the Etsy blog. The blog run by Etsy is “consumer facing,” meaning the content is written for shoppers. It’s an entire platform where your potential customers could be hanging out. Come up with a few article ideas that would appeal to Etsy shoppers and pitch the editorial team.
  • Move marketing efforts away from Etsy to Pinterest, Instagram and a personal blog. Etsy ads are not going to be as effective as they used to be, so save your money. Focus your marketing efforts on creating compelling content through your social media outlets. Host contests on Pinterest, run giveaways on Instagram and write about the “behind-the-scenes” of your business on your blog.

As someone who supports the manufacturing movement in the USA, I believe that Etsy sellers should be able to scale production when their sales numbers get too high to manage on their own. My issue with Etsy lies in the lack of a discerning gatekeeper.

It comes down to this: the world doesn’t need another eBay. It needs the old Etsy.

Get more business strategy for your Etsy store or small business from Factory45 here.

Photo credit: Etsy
This post was originally published on the BF+DA blog.
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The Fashion Designer’s Textile Directory: A Guide to Fabrics’ Properties, Characteristics, and Garment-Design Potential

The Fashion Designer’s Textile Directory: A Guide to Fabrics’ Properties, Characteristics, and Garment-Design Potential


This valuable materials directory for professional dressmakers and fashion designers is also a good reference source for students of fashion design, as well as for those who make their own garments. The author points out the best fabrics for creating specific garments, explaining how each fabric’s qualities make it suitable for various items of apparel. Knowing which fabrics can support a structured silhouette is fundamental to fashion design, and this book explains the use of stiff or crisply textured fabrics for tailored garments, as well as soft textured fabrics for rounded forms. Ornamentation is also discussed, and includes advice on how to work with different fabrics to create what author Gail Baugh classifies as opulent, simple, and in-between decorative effects. The book’s additional features include: Fiber characteristics charts Weave charts and knit charts with fabric names and photos A glossary of terms and definitions Lists of textile suppliers, online stores, and study resources This directory of textiles and their uses is profusely illustrated with more than 500 color photos.

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Designers Behind New York’s Floating Pool Announce Next Steps

The team behind Plus Pool (+POOL) — that floating swimming hole that promises to be the world’s first water-filtering system of its kind — is inching closer to its goal of creating a massive public pool on the banks of New York’s East River.

In a statement released this week, masterminds Archie Lee Coates IV, Dong-Ping Wong and Jeff Franklin announced they are beginning construction on Float Lab, an experimental version of the planned 164-foot +POOL. They raised the funds for the smaller pool (35 feet by 35 feet, to be exact) through their last Kickstarter endeavor. Set to launch in 2014, it will put their filtration membranes to the test in real-river conditions and run throughout the summer to capture data.

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Coates and company have partnered with naval architects at Persak & Wurmfeld, filtration textiles and systems specialists at Mackworth, fabricators at Olollo, Hudson River Park’s Pier 40, River Project, Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Riverkeeper to help make the test pool and water quality studies happen, and to keep the public informed of their progress.

Along with Float Lab, +POOL also announced the next phase of it’s “Tile by Tile” campaign, a crowdfunding method that offers supporters the opportunity to purchase a +POOL tile that will become part of the project’s final structure. The team is hoping to raise $ 500,000 this time around to further the larger pool’s design, engineering development, and economic impact report, among other things.

The 164-foot +POOL is still scheduled to open in 2016, if fundraising allows. In total, the pool needs to sell 70,000 tiles to reach its $ 15 million goal — a sum that would make this project the largest publicly and privately funded civic project to date.

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“We look at the High Line as a perfect model [for +POOL funding]. It’s both public and private in the sense that it functions like a public park — it’s free to the public, the public can use it,” Coates explained in an interview with The Huffington Post. “But it’s offering all of this privately, because it’s funded through a non-profit called “Friends of the High Line.” That would be our goal, so that the project is not a burden on the city.”

“We’re not adding problems, but we are creating something that is a full-on part of the civic architecture of the city,” he added.

Read our full interview with Coates here and check out the +POOL website here for more details on the project.
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History of American Jewelry Designers and Manufacturers

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