Lift off! NASA’s ‘touch the sun’ mission launches

A space probe that will “touch the sun” and reach record-breaking speeds has successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
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PVH Launches Dress Furnishings E-Commerce Site

PVH Corp. is showing some love to its heritage brands.
The parent company of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger today launched a centralized e-commerce platform for its dress furnishings labels. 
Called Stylebureau.com, the new site allows consumers to purchase from the company’s Izod, Van Heusen and Eagle brands through one centralized location. The site also offers shirts and ties from Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
In the past, consumers would have to shop on the individual brands’ web sites.
To help consumers make the best choice, Stylebureau also has a “tie match” tool that digitally coordinates the site’s 200-plus neckties with its more than 100 dress-shirt styles.
The site also carries a broad range of PVH’s big and tall offerings.
Ken Duane, chief executive officer of Heritage Brands at PVH, said the company had “long considered investing in a dedicated e-commerce site but wanted to ensure it had a unique value proposition different from those of our outstanding retail partners. Our focus was to provide consumers with immersive brand-centric experiences from Izod and Van Heusen, and an easy-to-shop portal unifying all of our heritage brands, in a single space. Launching our own e-commerce space has always been a natural progression for our business, but we have been very deliberate in crafting an offering with true value to

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Launches New Norvina Eye Shadow Palette

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IMG Launches Men’s Division in Milan

MILAN — And then IMG Models created the man.
The Italian branch of the international model agency has launched a men’s division, elevating IMG Models as global agency offering both men’s and women’s representation services in all of its offices, located in key cities as New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Paris, along with Milan.
Established in April — following the launch in Paris just a few months before — the opening of the men’s division in Italy reflects the company’s investment in the European market and it’s aimed to better serve regional clients and partners with localized support.
“We definitely opened some years late, but the fact is IMG’s men’s division reopened four years ago and we launched New York first, through a small staff, to see if there were the premises to do well there, which is still the most important market in terms of volume,” said Andrea Cairo, managing director of IMG Models Italy.
Cairo explained that after New York, the first European men’s division debuted in London, and the company preferred to consolidate its position in those two locations “and understand if a presence was necessary in Italy and France, both for models and our clients.”
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Armani Launches Second Edition of Filmmaking Workshop

MILAN – Giorgio Armani has called for applications for the second edition of Armani/Laboratorio. Introduced last August, the project consists of an intensive filmmaking workshop offered free of charge, which will allow participants to produce a short film.
Held at the designer’s Silos space starting from November, the workshop’s second edition will be led by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, whose “Call me by your name” movie received widespread critical acclaim and several accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award for Best Picture and for a BAFTA Award for Best Direction.
“Armani/Laboratorio is my idea of a ‘film atelier’ where stories are created by students working together with guidance and support from the most highly skilled key players in the industry,” said Armani.
“It’s my way of paying homage to the seventh art, the passion of a lifetime and a continuing source of inspiration. I’m privileged this year to do this with Luca Guadagnino, one of the most original and elegant directors on the Italian and international movie scenes.”
Guadagnino, who has cast Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloë Grace Moretz for his upcoming movie “Suspiria,” to be released in November, said he admires the designer for being a “man of his time.”
“His aspiration to support the

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Sync Performance Launches ‘Elevate the Athlete’ Project to Enable Shoppers to Support Emerging Athletes

COMPLETE SNOW JOBS: Internationally renowned athletes can really break the bank, as Floyd Mayweather can attest with $ 275 million in salary/winnings and $ 10 million in endorsements.
The quick-footed fighter tops the 2018 Forbes List of The World’s Highest Paid Athletes with Argentina’s leading soccer player Lionel Messi ranking second with $ 84 million and $ 27 million in endorsements.
With a reported $ 4 million in estimated earnings from sponsors like Burton and Beats by Dre, three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White was the highest-paid male athlete at this year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang. But the sponsored life is more of a challenge for unproven mountain athletes like ski racers, snowboarding and ski jumping even at the elite level. Snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who won two gold medals last winter, personally started pitching potential sponsors at the age of 10. Olympian Brian Fletcher worked part-time in a restaurant, snowboarder Jonathan Cheever punched the clock as a plumber and Ryan Cochran-Siegle worked at his family’s store to help get to this year’s Winter Games. To try to help offset athlete’s expenses — which extend beyond apparel and equipment — the Colorado-based brand Sync Performance has launched its Elevate the Athlete project. Shoppers can direct 10 percent of

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Frankie B Denim’s Latest Reboot Launches at Forward by Elyse Walker

What comes around, does indeed go around. Frankie B, which made its name as the sexy, low-rise L.A. girl jean during the early Aughts premium denim explosion, is back again.
Gone are the three-inch rise, dark stretch denim flares of days past. In their place are fitted high-rise jeans; rhinestone-studded, vintage denim styles with looser waistbands, and cropped trucker jackets.
The original brand, founded by Daniella Clarke in 1999, became a runaway success after launching in Fred Segal and Ron Herman, then cooled with the rise of ath-leisure. In 2015, it was sold to Mek Denim founder and chief executive officer Kevin Chen, who relaunched a contemporary women’s and men’s line called Frankie that year. Chen also retained the rights to the name Frankie B, and this year linked with creative director Alaina Etue of Ambi Studio, along with Ambi founder Lukus Eichmann, to relaunch a denim-centric collection in the same “It” girl spirit as the original.
So far, the brand has been seeded with fashion influencers including Kylie Jenner, Caroline Vreeland, Shea Marie, Danielle Bernstein, Jennifer Grace and Alana Hadid, so it should only be a matter of time, judging from the Instagram posts.
“A lot of people had it back in the day.

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IMG Launches Men’s Division in Milan

MILAN — And then IMG Models created the man.
The Italian branch of the international model agency has launched a men’s division, elevating IMG Models as global agency offering both men’s and women’s representation services in all of its offices, located in key cities as New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Paris, along with Milan.
Established in April — following the launch in Paris just a few months before — the opening of the men’s division in Italy reflects the company’s investment in the European market and it’s aimed to better serve regional clients and partners with localized support.
“We definitely opened some years late, but the fact is IMG’s men’s division reopened four years ago and we launched New York first, through a small staff, to see if there were the premises to do well there, which is still the most important market in terms of volume,” said Andrea Cairo, managing director of IMG Models Italy.
Cairo explained that after New York, the first European men’s division debuted in London, and the company preferred to consolidate its position in those two locations “and understand if a presence was necessary in Italy and France, both for models and our clients.”
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NASA launches mission to investigate Mars

NASA has launched a mission to Mars which, if successful, may help reveal the planet’s internal secrets and suggest if it was ever habitable.
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Facebook Launches Program to Pay People Who Report Data Abuses

Mark Zuckerberg has a new talking point as he faces a grilling before Congress: Facebook announced a new program to pay people who report “any misuse of data by app developers.” Facebook didn’t say how much it will fork out, saying the compensation will be based on “the impact of each report,” similar to its […]

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Maisie Williams launches social media app

Maisie Williams is known to tens of millions of Game of Thrones fans as Arya Stark, a deadly assassin seeking justice.
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Rebecca Minkoff Launches First Swimwear Line

IN THE SWIM: Rebecca Minkoff, who gave birth to her third child, Nico Valentine Bellour, on Feb. 10, isn’t letting maternity leave slow her down. Today, she launches her first swimwear collection that will be available exclusively at her own stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, and online.
Made in Los Angeles using Italian fabrics, Minkoff’s swim styles are designed to be mixed, matched and reversed. The spring collection includes 15 silhouettes, each available in several solids and prints, with bottoms offered in a range of coverage options, including, “teeny,” moderate and full. Tops retail from $ 70 to $ 110, bottoms are $ 60 to $ 75, and one-pieces are $ 135 to $ 145.

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“Swim is a category I have been wanting to introduce for some time, and creating this collection has been almost two years in the making,” said Minkoff, cofounder and designer. “I love everything about offering my on-the-go girl a gorgeous piece of swim that evokes a free-spirited style, while remaining true to our high-quality standards — one she can always count on each time she needs a new suit for her upcoming travels. It’s all about living life by her own rules

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SpaceX successfully launches the world's most powerful rocket

SpaceX successfully launches the world's most powerful rocketSpaceX has successfully launched its massive Falcon Heavy rocket and sent a red Tesla Roaster into space for a one million-year journey.



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Rabih Kayrouz Launches Eyewear Collection With Revel Paris

EYE SEE: Rabih Kayrouz is branching out into eyewear with the launch of a limited edition of sunglasses with French brand Revel Paris. The Lebanese designer celebrated the collaboration with a family-style dinner at the expansive space that houses his store, workshop and showroom in Paris.
Ballet dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot and writer Sophie Fontanel, who starred in his fall show during Paris Couture Week, sat with other guests on benches at two long tables decorated with candles and tall vases holding leafy branches. A buffet table groaned with homemade food.
At the back of the room, a display showed off the shades, which come in 32 variations: small, medium and round; with half or full frames, and in eight colors ranging from navy and tortoiseshell to absinthe and orange. The full frames feature a clear transparent line of crystal through the middle.

A pair of glasses from the Revel Paris x Maison Rabih Kayrouz collaboration. 
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“It’s the first time I’m collaborating with another brand on an object other than my clothes,” said Kayrouz. “I wanted to start with the basic premise of a pair of glasses: two circles and an arm, and I started the design like that.”
Stanislas Belliard, president of Revel, said the

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Margi Gad Launches Fierce + Regal Activewear With More of a Lifewear Point of View

NO TIMEOUTS: As a former private fine jeweler specializing in diamonds, Margi Gad brings a more gilded approach to activewear with her label Fierce + Regal.
A one-shouldered metallic taupe top, a platinum tunic, capri leggings with two zippers on the hip and a hooded blush-colored overthrow are among the styles. As for similarities between activewear and fine jewelry, Gad said, “Well, they both have a lot of gold. We use a lot of gold accents. This is sort of a gem of an activewear line. It is a glittering jewel in an overcrowded marketplace.”
Taking more of a lifewear approach, the collection relies on primarily Italian fabrics, aiming for more of a luxe touch. The neutral colored activewear can be interchanged with wardrobe pieces. The logo-free, minimalist chic collection lends itself to ready-to-wear, Gad said. “I really wanted something sophisticated.”
The company’s e-commerce business is up-and-running and Gad is committed to selectively building Fierce + Regal’s specialty store base. She connected with specialty stores during her first outing at the recent Active Collective at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.
Gad said, “I have always really loved working out and being active, so this really came from a personal need. I found myself running to

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Moncler Launches Charity Project with UNICEF

WARM HEART: Moncler has partnered with UNICEF – the United Nations international children’s emergency fund, – to launch a charity project. Named “Warmly Moncler For UNICEF,” the initiative aims to provide clothes and survival kits to children and families in need who live in areas around the world with harsh winter weather conditions.
In particular, the outerwear specialist and the charity association – which operates in 192 countries, – will provide thermal blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, socks and shoes, in addition to fuel to warm up homes and schools. Clean water, food and medicines will be also included in the survival kits.
Previously, Moncler supported children in need by funding the Child Priority Foundation. For the occasion, the brand launched the “Moncler Toy” initiative, which combined art and fashion.
A quirky version of the brand’s iconic cartoonish duck that imparts washing instructions inside all of Moncler’s jackets was molded from glass resin with a three-dimensional effect. The statue was then handed over to British artist Stuart Semple, who manually reproduced a mountain scene onto the duck in black and white, and auctioned it off.
Established in Grenoble, France, in 1952, Moncler was acquired by Italian entrepreneur Remo Ruffini in 2003 and is publicly listed

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Sheryl Sandberg, Who Lost Her Husband 2 Years Ago, Launches Initiative to Help Grieving Families During the Holidays

For many people coping with the diagnosis of a serious illness or the loss or separation of a loved one, facing the holiday season will be challenging—and they’ll need support from friends and family to help find joy in between their moments of grief.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer and author of the popular book Lean In, knows this struggle all too well: Sandberg lost her husband and father to her two children, Dave Goldberg, in May 2015 after he died suddenly at age 47 while on vacation in Mexico. After experiencing the pain that comes from loss and learning of ways to respond to it, Sandberg teamed with psychologist Adam Grant to publish the book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy and its accompanying website to help those facing adversity in relation to a loved one. This is something especially important during the holiday season, Sandberg says.

“The holidays are reminders, and you really feel the absence of the person,” Sandberg, 48, tells PEOPLE. “Particularly if there’s a loss, the holidays are times when whatever challenges we face, our absences are felt so deeply, whether it’s been a week or decades.”

This magnification of grief is something that will be experienced by many households who will have empty seats at the dinner table or unopened gifts under the Christmas tree this year.

To help family and friends of the bereaved who may be unsure how to best lend their support during the holidays, Sandberg is launching the #OptionBThere initiative, where visitors can find a collection of advice and tips organized by themes including “just be there,” “say something,” “lend a hand” and “celebrate the good.” OptionB.Org community members have also submitted their own real-life experiences and detailed what worked for them during difficult holiday seasons.

“The number one thing I’ve learned, which is why we’re doing this, is that so often, we don’t address the hard things because we don’t know what to say,” Sandberg says, “so you don’t say anything.”

To relieve these often difficult and painful situations, #OptionBThere provides conversation starters to help friends and family feel comfortable sharing their feelings, and suggestions for feel-good games, “all feelings welcome” dinners, meaningful gift ideas and holiday cards to remind them that they’re loved. 

For those experiencing grief who are unsure of how to interact with other during family engagements and celebrations, #OptionBThere also has tips on how to ask loved ones for help, and a seven-step guide to creating a “holiday bill of rights” to allow themselves to approach the holidays under their own terms. These suggestions may help them to find a bit of happiness during difficult times.

“Let yourself feel what you feel. Try to think of moments of joy. Little things,” Sandberg says. “Sometimes we’re looking for happiness in big ways, and I think, if you’re facing a holiday, or even a regular day through your illness or pain, you can’t be happy all the time—don’t put that pressure on yourself.”

In the years after Goldberg’s passing, Sandberg took up the habit of writing down three moments of joy at the end of her day, which have helped her to appreciate everyday moments.

“It is a great irony of my life that I lost my husband, and I am more grateful,” she says. “I’m grateful that I was alive for Thanksgiving. I’m 48. That never would have occurred to me before.”

Sandberg stresses that one of the most important actions that friends and family of the bereaved can do is simply show up.

“Just do something. That’s really what #OptionBThere is all about,” she says. “When you show up with a meal, when you show up with a hug, when you show up with the funny story, or just the willingness to sit there and cry with the person, that’s incredibly powerful—helping ourselves see what is still good in our lives is a super important part of recovery, and when you show up for someone, you are creating a good moment.”


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‘Star Wars’ Franchise Launches Location-Based VR Offshoot

One of the biggest impediments to the growth of virtual reality is the expensive equipment consumers must buy to experience it at home. That’s why many are placing their bets on location-based VR experiences that are bigger and more elaborate than anything that can be ported into someone’s living room, such as “Star Wars: Secrets […]

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W Hotels Launches Online Closet Inspired by Joan Smalls

OFF-DUTY LOOKS: W Hotels has revealed the exclusive “Off Duty” Closet, the latest project inspired by Joan Smalls, the brand’s global fashion innovator. W Hotels and creative director Sarah Easley will introduce 25 items inspired by Smalls’ lifestyle.
The Closet is available online starting Thursday until it’s sold out. The “Off Duty” Closet includes pieces from seven designers who have created signature items for the Closet’s limited release. They include a hat, shoes, jackets, shirts, jeans, jewelry and sunglasses, some of which are available in multiple colors and styles. In light of the recent disaster in Puerto Rico and in honor of Smalls’ passion for her heritage, she will dedicate all her royalties from the “Off Duty” Closet to Unidos for Puerto Rico, which will be matched by W Hotels in support of ongoing relief efforts.
“Everyone knows what I wear on the runway, in my shoots or on TV, but when I’m not in front of a camera I still curate my look — I spend so much time traveling, what I wear when I’m off duty shapes a lot of my personal style,” said Smalls.
The selection includes items from Veronica Beard, Yestadt Millinery, K/ller Collection, Kwewe, Rails, Jibs Life and Road Twenty-Two.

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AFM: Indie Sales Launches ‘Romulus and Remus,”Gangsta,”Paris Pigalle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based company Indie Sales is rolling into AFM with a slate headlined by Matteo Rovere’s “Romulus and Remus, The First King,” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s “Gangsta” and Cédric Anger’s “Paris Pigalle.” “Paris Pigalle” follows an undercover investigation of the 80s Parisian porn industry. The movie stars Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Michel Fau  and […]

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E-cigarettes: Cross-party group of MPs launches inquiry

They worry there are “significant gaps” in what we know about them and how they are regulated.
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Supra Founder Launches Path Projects

According to Scott Bailey, there are 50 million people in the U.S. who run — and the market is still underserved.
“I hated the running apparel that was out there,” said Bailey. “I believe if you focus on one thing and do it well, there’s a consumer that’s going to buy it.”
Bailey is very comfortable with building brands. He cofounded One Distribution, which owned Supra, the sneaker brand, and KR3W, a skate apparel brand. K-Swiss bought the company in 2015.
Since then, Bailey’s been assessing the retail landscape, which he describes as the Wild West, and serving as a member on Zumiez’s board of directors. He’s used his learnings to start Path Projects, a direct-to-consumer running brand that targets men ages 20 to 60.
“The customer today doesn’t want to wear a big logo,” said Bailey. “They care about good product, traveling and getting the most bang for their buck.”
The Path Projects assortment takes all of these things into consideration. It includes subtly branded running shorts and baselines, or liners, which come in three different lengths, running shirts and hats with SPF protection. The shorts are made from a Toray flex fabric, liners are constructed with an antimicrobial, quick-drying performance mesh, and running

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Barneys Launches Student Photography Competition

Barneys New York has created a program to support young photography talent through the Barneys New York Foundation. A competition called the Perfect Shot was unveiled in April, in which the department store worked with the country’s top photography schools, including Parsons and SVA. Students submitted a portfolio judged by Matthew Mazzucca, Barneys senior vice president and creative director, and Christopher Martinez, vice president and digital creative director, for a chance at a $ 5,000 award toward tuition and the opportunity to shoot a digital look book for Barneys. Rufus Barkley, a student at SVA, was the competition’s first winner. His digital look book launches today, and he will be featured in an editorial profile story in the spring 2018 issue of Barneys’ Window Book in print, as well as a behind the scenes feature on thewindow.barneys.com.
“It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to work with such an important name in fashion like Barneys New York, and to get their eyes on my work,” Barkley said. “I presented a collection of my work that was definitely nontraditional, and was not the most fashion focused. Luckily, the Barneys team got it and it worked out for me. If I were more conservative

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Australia launches site to report revenge porn

Australia has launched an online portal to report revenge porn, with researchers warning women are being affected on a “mass scale”.
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Prounis Jewelry Launches, Rooted in Ancient Technique

Leave it to a 24-year-old to reconsider the hard-won rules of jewelry. Jean Prounis this week introduces her namesake jewelry brand, Prounis — based not on flash and bling, but rather handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques.
Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, Prounis focuses on unpolished gold, cabochon stones and softer-than-typical metal, which molds to reflect the imperfect nicks and knocks of everyday life.
“I felt like there was a hand touch missing in a lot of jewelry — everything I make is made in New York. I [personally] make 90 percent of what I sell and the rest is made by three very talented jewelers in the jewelry district. There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes to how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said.

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Handmade pieces include a braided chain necklace that takes one week’s worth of man hours to complete, priced at $ 13,000.
Prounis’ collection is made from 22-karat gold that mimics the chemical compositions used in ancient Greek and Roman jewelry. This ratio of gold, copper and silver allows Prounis to utilize traditional granulation techniques. Granulation —

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Cerruti 1881 Launches Made-to-Measure Service

MEASURE UP: Cerruti 1881 is the latest men’s wear brand to join the made-to-measure club. Launching this week in the brand’s flagship stores and a selection of retailers worldwide, the new service extends to suits, tuxedos, waistcoats, jackets, trousers and overcoats.
Jason Basmajian, the brand’s chief creative officer, said the new service “allows customers to customize fabrics, fit and details to their own personal style with a deeper level of service.” Customers can select from a range of fabrics by Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, woven in Biella, Italy. They include vicuña, 13 Micron, Suri Alpaca, 100 percent cashmere, wool/silk blends and super 150s wool.
The garments will be hand-tailored in Italy with a process that involves more than 160 steps and eight-plus hours of handcraft construction. The average delivery time is eight to 10 weeks, with a made-to-measure suit starting at 2,650 euros. Clients can also be measured at their homes or offices by one of the house’s tailors.

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British-built satellite launches from Russia

A British-built pollution monitoring satellite was launched into orbit on Friday.
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Boys Meets Girl Launches in Macy’s

Boy Meets Girl is spreading its wings. The young contemporary brand has partnered with Macy’s for a 10-piece athleisure collection, including bomber jackets, women’s hoodies, sweats, sweatshirts, and tees, that hits stores and online this week.
Retail prices range from $ 39 to $ 69. Some of the T-shirts and sweatshirts say “Live to Inspire” and others feature the Boy Meets Girl graphic.
“I love what Macy’s has been doing lately as a company, and the value they place on important social issues which align with the Boy Meets Girl philosophy,” said Stacy Igel, founder and creative director.
The brand will be carried in 28 Macy’s stores and macys.com. It is housed in the fourth floor Impulse Sportswear department at the Herald Square flagship.
Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s fashion, said, “Boy Meets Girl, from its beginnings, has been a brand that stands out because of its creative approach to fashion. Not only are the clothes fun and on-trend, truly nailing the urban, street wear vibe the athleisure movement has embraced, but the positive message of self-confidence behind the brand’s identity is something we stand behind and are proud to bring to our customers.”
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The Family Behind Weatherproof Launches the Very Warm Project

Cousins Shai and David Peyser are helping their family, which owns outerwear brand Weatherproof, establish a bigger presence in the contemporary category.
They have partnered to introduce The Very Warm, a men’s and women’s outerwear line that will launch for fall. Each season, the brand will partner with artists to incorporate one-of-a-kind artwork into its products.
“I came into the business a couple of years ago and we decided to do something that was art inspired,” Shai Peyser said. “We wanted to start a conversation with outerwear and a way to do that is with the lining. I personally have a love for art and street art so we are incorporating that into the lining.”
For the first season, The Very Warm has tapped artists Trav, Jasper Wong, Morgan Lappin and Caleb Troy to create pieces for the lining. The collection includes coach jackets, reversible bombers and quilted parkas and retails from $ 189 to $ 375.
The line is being sold at Nordstrom, and beginning in October, the brand will host a three-month pop-up shop within Odin’s SoHo location in New York. The pop-up will include events every few weeks hosted by artists who have collaborated with the brand.
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Karmaloop Founder Greg Selkoe Launches Wanderset E-Commerce Site

Greg Selkoe, Karmaloop’s founder, has a new e-commerce proposition.
Selkoe has teamed with Wil Eddins, co-owner of Institution 18b in Las Vegas, and Matthew Growney, cofounder of Fabulous Brands who used to work for Karmaloop, to introduce Wanderset, a men’s e-commerce site that’s content heavy and features merchandising from cultural influencers.
This isn’t completely new territory for Selkoe. In 2016, he started Curateurs, a men’s online retail concept highlighting cultural influencers who sold pieces from their closets. In order to better scale the business, Curateurs was folded into LookLive, a site that aggregates pictures of celebrities’ outfits and allows readers to shop for the pieces or more affordable versions via affiliate links.
Selkoe, who had to leave LookLive after being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, which kept him sick for close to a year, said Wanderset operates from a different model. As opposed to offering one-off items from celebrities’ personal collections, Wanderset is a fully stocked e-commerce site that sells merchandise from brands including Android Homme, Carrots, Comme des Garçons, Dead Studios, Del Toro Shoes, En Noir, Gucci Ghost, Lacoste and Mr. Completely.
On Wanderset influencers are called set members and have a set page that features merchandise from their own brands or select pieces from

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NHS launches £100m drive to recruit foreign GPs

Contracts offered to recruitment agencies to help NHS boost workforce by 5,000 GPs.
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Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia

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Jess Jacobs Launches Production Company Invisible Pictures

Jess Jacobs, who stars in the upcoming movie “Butterfly Caught,” is teaming with producer Audrey Rosenberg to launch Invisible Pictures as a production company, Variety has learned exclusively. The first Invisible Pictures project will be a love story that involves a protagonist who’s somewhat disagreeable, according to Jacobs. She’s the daughter of Qualcomm founder Paul… Read more »

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Nick Graham Launches Underwear Line

Nick Graham is back in the underwear business.
The designer, who made his mark as founder and chief underpants officer of Joe Boxer, is launching a collection of underwear and loungewear under his eponymous brand for holiday.
“Even though it’s a very competitive classification, I still see a big opportunity to bring color, innovation and irony to the category.” Graham said.
The Nick Graham underwear collection will include conversational prints as well as core and fashion basics in microfibers, cotton spandex and combed cotton in vibrant colors. “We want to put the fun back into functionality,” Graham said.  
The all-cotton loungewear will be offered in both wovens and knits and is designed to be worn both in and out of the house. Graham said he views this classification as one of the biggest opportunities since it blurs the lines between sleepwear and ath-leisure.

Loungewear is viewed as a big opportunity for the brand. 

John Kammeier, president of NGL, the company that produces the collection, said, “Nick’s sensibility in these categories is somewhat legendary and I see a huge opportunity in the market for us. The reaction so far has been nothing but remarkable, and proves to us that there is still a void not being

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Creative Playground Launches to Help Companies With Branding, Production, Celebrity Influencers

NEW YORK — Dari Marder, Nicole Winnaman and Maria Dolgetta have joined forces to create a new branding and marketing agency, Creative Playground, aimed at fashion, entertainment, beauty and wellness industries.
Their alliance has been a long time in the making — though one that came together without any trace of a headhunter. On the October day in 2015 that Marder exited the Iconix Brand Group as global chief marketing officer, Winnaman, a public relations and communications specialist, was the first to contact her. “Nicole said, ‘This is the day I’ve been waiting for for years,’” Marder said with a laugh Tuesday.
The pair first met in 2008, when Winnaman pitched Britney Spears to Marder for a Candie’s campaign. After working together for two years, they stayed in touch and always tried to work together. “Maria and I always felt that Nicole was the closest to being just like us. She was a businesswoman, but a creative and a mom, who somehow found this great balance to raise these beautiful girls. She was just juggling it just like we were,” Marder said.
In their 20-plus years working together at Iconix, Marder and Dolgetta handled a portfolio with 30 brands which included Badgley Mischka,

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Couturissimo Launches in China, Previews New Collection

SHANGHAI – Couturissimo, the one-year-old brand backed by the Asian Couture Federation [ACF] and charged with a mission to democratize couture, formally introduced itself to Chinese consumers Friday with the launch of a pop-up store.
The week-long pop-up in Huaihai Road’s K11 Mall is designed to allow consumers an opportunity to get up close and personal with Couturissimo’s current season garments, which are normally available via the brand’s online platform but are also increasingly appearing at trunk shows, as well as boutique-in-boutique and pop-up concepts around Asia and the rest of the world.
According to the brand’s founder, Dr. Frank Cintamani, who is also founding president of the Asian Couture Federation, Couturissimo is looking to an online-to-offline strategy in order to attract a wider customer base. As well as K11, the brand is working with Lane Crawford in China and is also in talks with Harrods and Selfridges in London.
“For quite a while people have been debating what is better, offline or online. I think the answer is to have both positions, in an intelligent manner. I think brick and mortar has been challenged quite dramatically, so for us not to have to go straight into only standalone boutique, but working with retail

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Liverpool Jeans Company Launches Men’s Line

Los Angeles-based denim and sportswear resource Liverpool Jeans Company, one of the fastest-growing under-$ 100 jeans brands offering premium styling, is expanding into men’s. The company, which was founded in 2012, currently sells in Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Von Maur and Dillard’s as well as online at Amazon, Zappos, Stitch Fix and LiverpoolJeans.com.
Available in slim straight, relaxed straight and skinny styles, and three inseam lengths (30-, 32- and 34-inch) for waist sizes 29 to 42, the jeans utilize Liverpool’s Advance Comfort Stretch denim with Coolmax technology, offering fits for a range of body types. The collection retails for $ 89 and will be shown at the upcoming Stitch Las Vegas, L.A. Men’s Market and by appointment at its New York showroom located at 530 Seventh Avenue.

Liverpool Jeans men’s line 

Liverpool cofounder and president Ron Perilman, who had a line called City Girl and cofounded NYDJ, is a 30-year veteran of the denim industry along with wife Jill Perilman, who serves as design director.
“The market was missing a premium brand for under $ 100 and my wife said, ‘We can do it better,’” said Perilman. “This was before premium took a nosedive, though we thought it might.”
The Perilmans went to China and were surprised to find that

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Amazon launches a social network for spending money

Amazon launches a social network for spending moneyAmazon’s Spark is a social network that for spending cash. Available Tuesday for Amazon Prime members using the company’s iOS app, Spark is a Pinterest-like service that lets users upload images of themselves using products, or just products. Other users can then view those images and follow links to purchase the displayed items through Amazon.



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Peltz Launches Proxy Fight Against P&G

Investor Nelson Peltz has launched a fight for a board seat at Procter & Gamble, in an effort to jolt the consumer-products giant whose sales and profit growth stalled, the company said.
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Gucci Launches Gucci Places Project

GOING PLACES: Gucci is reaching out globally in more ways than one. The Florence-based company is launching Gucci Places with the goal to invite people to explore locations that creative director Alessandro Michele has found inspirational.
The idea is to build a community and to encourage discovering interesting details about the places. Each Gucci Place will have its own dedicated badge and incorporate motifs that suggest the specific location.
The first Gucci Place to be unveiled will be Chatsworth in Derbyshire, England, where Gucci is now supporting an exhibition of clothing and memorabilia entitled “House Style.” The exhibition showcases clothing from the past 500 years that belongs to the Devonshire family. Glen Luchford also photographed Gucci’s cruise 2017 campaign at Chatsworth, one of Britain’s stately homes. The ads were fronted by British actress Vanessa Redgrave.
An exclusive selection of products based on those in Gucci’s Courrier collection has been created as part of a Gucci Places Chatsworth collaboration. The pieces all feature Chatsworth and Gucci Places patches and will be on sale only at the Chatsworth store, and Gucci’s Sloane Street store in London, from mid-July.
The Gucci app will add a new functionality to involve customers in the story of each designated place.

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Loro Piana Introduces New Green Storm System, Launches New Ad Campaign for Tasmanian Fabric

MILAN — Loro Piana has embarked on a greener journey. The Italian luxury company, which makes fabrics for its own use and supplies high-end garment manufacturers, will present the new Green Storm System treatment at the upcoming edition of Milano Unica running here July 11 to 13.
The Green Storm System is the eco-friendly update of the existing Storm System treatment, which the company has applied to all its natural fabrics since 1994 to create waterproof and wind-resistant items.
The new treatment consists of a hydrophilic and osmotic membrane, applied to the reverse side of a fabric and created using a special polyurethane made from 50 percent renewable plant resources and castor oil, in particular. The result is a thin and breathable membrane that provides additional stretch and a softer feel to Storm System’s usual performance.
The Green Storm System is completed by the surface Rain System. Launched last February, the Rain System is used in combination with the membrane and increases the effectiveness of the waterproofing created by the Storm System by forming an invisible barrier around each fiber to protect it from dust, dirt and liquid stains. The Rain System treatment is also eco-friendly, with more than 60 percent of its components coming

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FX Launches Covert Emmy Promotional Campaign for ‘The Americans’

FX has launched an appropriately covert campaign to push “The Americans” for Emmy Awards consideration. “The Americans” revolves around a married couple in Washington, D.C. who are long-embedded spies for their native Soviet Union. FX has taken digital and print ads in the Sunday editions of the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles… Read more »

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Net-a-Porter Launches Good + Foundation Partnership

Net-a-porter is teaming with Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld’s Good + Foundation for a summer of do-gooding.
The retailer and the organization, which was formerly known as Baby Buggy, will join together for “a series of initiatives, editorial features and events in support of the charity’s overarching mission to break the cycle of family poverty,” Net-a-porter said.
“We are proud and honored to partner with Good + Foundation this summer on a series of events, content and charity initiatives across Mr Porter and Net-a-Porter that we hope will raise awareness and garner further support for the foundation’s mission,” said Net-a-Porter president Alison Loehnis.
First in the partnership will be an 80-person fatherhood lunch on Thursday hosted by Loehnis and the Seinfelds at Le Coucou in lower Manhattan. The gathering, which is expected to draw Seth Meyers, Ali Wentworth, Gabriela Hearst, Will Kopelman and more, is timed to the launch of Mr Porter’s White Shirts Campaign, in which 100 percent of sales from selected white T-shirts sold in the U.S. will be donated to Good + Foundation. The sale will begin the day of the lunch and run through June 18.

“Our work in the fatherhood space is unique, groundbreaking and effective,” Jessica Seinfeld said. “We were amazed at

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Snapchat firm launches camera glasses in Europe

Snap Inc, the maker of Snapchat, is doubling down on its camera-enabled sunglasses, making them available across Europe.
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Études Launches ‘Smiling Sun’ Capsule

KEEP ON SMILING: French collective Études is taking a political stand with a new unisex capsule named after and inspired by the iconic “Smiling Sun” logo. Created in 1975 and designed by Danish activist Anne Lund, the logo became a symbol of the anti-nuclear power movement and was translated into 50 languages.
Described by Études cofounders Aurélien Arbet and Jérémie Egry as “a collection celebrating the anti-nuclear movement that embodies the new generation’s environmental consciousness,” the capsule supports the nuclear power phase-out movement and features the logo revisited as patches and prints on denim, caps, T-shirts and sweatshirts. It grew out of a sprinkling of looks that featured in the brand’s spring 2017 show.
So far Germany, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland are the only countries to have committed to a nuclear power phase-out, following in the footsteps of Italy, which closed its last reactors in 1990 following the Chernobyl accident, as the first and only country in the world to do so.
The Smiling Sun capsule will enter the brand’s Paris store on May 18 as well e-commerce site Ssense.com, with other points of sale to be confirmed.

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Rocket launches secret US spy satellite

A top-secret spy satellite has been launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, with the rocket booster landing itself just nine minutes later.
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YouTuber Launches Campaign to Create World’s First Vagina Museum

YouTuber Florence Schechter has started a campaign to create the world’s first brick-and-mortar vagina museum.
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Gina de Givenchy Launches Geeg Specializing in Headwear for Women Fighting Disease

WELL-COVERED: As a cancer survivor, Gina de Givenchy knows firsthand the complex emotions that women face while fighting disease.
Her new e-commerce business, Geeg, specializes in head coverings made of shirting material, turbans and other specialty items designed to help lift the spirits of the unwell.
After having a double mastectomy and starting treatment for breast cancer in 2013, the former fashion executive said she struggled to find any headwear that was “relatable” to her. Starting to think about going back to work, de Givenchy said. “I really wanted to start my own business. It really was like a bolt of lightning, after searching the Internet. It’s not really something that you’re walking the streets for. There was nothing that was really designer and luxury. And there was no real retail shopping for the cancer patient.”
That realization was “really strange” for de Givenchy who had always been connected to the fashion industry through her posts at Richard Tyler, Chanel and Jil Sander. She explained, “I sort of felt like the same person even though I didn’t look like same person. I just felt sort of shortchanged.”
Recalling her own purchases, she said, “What it really comes down to is I needed something that

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Lipstick Launches for 2017 Cannes Film Festival

PUCKER UP: To help mark the 20th anniversary of its partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, L’Oréal Paris is launching a limited-edition version of its Color Riche lipstick.
The new product comes in just one hue – (spoiler alert) ruby red. Called Color Riche Red Carpet, the lipstick is billed to give eight-hour moisturizing and a satiny effect. Its tube is engraved with a gold-colored palm leaf, giving a nod to the iconic symbol of the festival’s top prize.

L’Oréal Paris is launching a limited-edition version of its Color Riche lipstick to help mark the 20th anniversary of its partnership with the Cannes Film Festival. 
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Color Riche Red Carpet will be sold starting in May and retail for 12.50 euros, or $ 13.30 at current exchange.

The lipstick’s tube is engraved with a gold-colored palm leaf, giving a nod to the iconic symbol of the festival’s top prize. 
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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival will run from May 17 to 28.
 
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Queen Elizabeth Delivers Message of Peace and Launches Baton Relay on Commonwealth Day

On Monday, Queen Elizabeth delivered a special message of peace and unity for Commonwealth Day, an annual celebration which honors the 52 countries that comprise the Commonwealth of Nations.

The 90-year-old monarch called upon the 2.5 billion citizens of the Commonwealth to continue to work together and “build peace by defending the dignity of every individual and community.”

She also launched the Queen’s Baton Relay, which kicks off Monday in London and will continue on a 388-day journey around the Commonwealth before it arrives at the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Games next year on April 4, 2018.

The baton will also make an appearance at a service at Westminster Abbey, which will be attended by the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and Princes Harry, Andrew and Edward.

“Over the next 12 months, the baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean,” the Queen’s message continued.

“Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, the Queen’s Baton will have brought together, through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens.

“Contained within the Baton will be a written message that will be opened and read at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year. However, there is an even more powerful message to be seen and experienced as the Baton passes from hand to hand, from seashore to mountaintop, through cities, towns and villages. It is the message of a peace-building Commonwealth.”


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Los Angeles Girl-About-Town Paige Elkington Launches Handbag Line

Los Angeles-based PYT Paige Elkington is off to the races.
The model-slash-actress — who recently appeared in one of Playboy magazine’s new fashion-inclined photo shoots — has launched a handbag line inspired by equestrian competition ribbons.
The pin-tucked mementos provided strong visual reference to Elkington — a former equestrian herself.

Model Paige Elkington Launches Handbag Line 

“I did [ride horses] but I also just love the ribbons so much. It’s more about a love for those ribbons. Everyone has been doing a fun clutch, a fun bag [recently] and that kind of took over — those bags really spoke to me, I’ve never carried a normal purse. I wanted to make something that represented me and my style,” she said.
The petite, vegan handbags are being sold direct-to-consumer through Elkington’s web site. The bags, which are made in New York of upcycled, dead-stock fabrics, are priced at $ 525.
Each bag comes with a detachable strap, and is lined in contrast fabric.
While the style is currently available in two colors — red and blue — Elkington has a bigger goal in mind.
“My ideal plan is to make them customizable, where you can choose your color and also get initials embroidered on the center and pick the thread color.

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Fan Ink Launches Fi Hats in the U.S.

The Fi Collection is making its U.S. debut.
Fan Ink, the manufacturer of officially licensed sports gear, will introduce the Fi Collection, a line of hats dedicated to international soccer, to the U.S. market.
“From an undeniable international influence and favor for the sport globally, the popularity of professional soccer has grown tremendously Stateside over the past decade,” said Robert St. Amant, vice president of sales and marketing for the Fi Collection. “By uniting a lifelong interest in soccer with our expertise in headwear, we hope to meet high demands on urban lifestyle and soccer aficionados, uniting them with the greatest international sport in a more elevated, stylish way than ever before.”
The collection, which ranges in price from $ 26 to $ 40, will be available at Lids and feature the proprietary Inno-Fit Sweatband, which provides moisture control, and wicking technology.
Along with launching in the U.S., Fi has also launched licensed product with 15 international soccer clubs including the France national team, Club América in Mexico and the Brazil national team.

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Facebook boss launches bid to tackle fake news

Mark Zuckerberg has posted a 6,500-word letter on his Facebook page, outlining his plan to “come together to build a global community that works for everyone”.
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Ermenegildo Zegna Launches Short Film, Communication Campaign With Robert De Niro and McCaul Lombardi

 MILAN — Ermenegildo Zegna is shifting gears and investing in a new communication campaign heavily hinged on digital and dubbed “Defining Moments,” pairing Roberto De Niro with McCaul Lombardi.
This confirms a WWD report in November. A private dinner will be held in New York tonight to celebrate the project.
An exclusive interview with chief executive officer Gildo Zegna and artistic director Alessandro Sartori together at the company’s headquarters here meant to discuss the spring campaign’s concept turned into a “defining moment” in itself as the conversation touched upon a wide variety of topics, including the bond between the two men, which goes back more than two decades.
“I still get goosebumps when I watch the video,” Zegna said of the three-minute film, which sees De Niro and Lombardi in Los Angeles talking at a private villa in Beverly Hills or driving around town in a burgundy, vintage open-top Maserati.
In the video, De Niro discusses his decision-making in accepting or refusing a role and shares his experience with Lombardi. “The conversation was real, easy and spontaneous, there was no predefined theme,” said Sartori, who showed his first collection for the brand in January.
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British Tweed Supplier Linton Launches Men’s Apparel in Japan

TOKYO—Linton, an English textile company that is primarily known for being Chanel‘s tweed supplier, is launching its first ready-to-wear line in Japan.
Linton Japan will launch Linton Men with a small collection of tweed jackets and coats starting with the fall season. The pieces are all made with Linton fabrics, but are designed and sewn in Japan. The company is targeting department stores and multi-brand boutiques, and anticipates the collection will hit stores in mid-August.
“The concept behind the brand is accessible luxury,” said designer, Yoritsugu Negaki during a launch event at Tokyo’s British embassy.
“As a luxury line, we are targeting customers in their 40s and up, but we expect actual customers to mainly be in their 50s and up.”
Prices for the pieces range from 88,560 yen, or $ 781, for a basic tweed jacket, to 162,000 yen, or $ 1,429, for a jacket made of a patchwork of different fabrics. Coats range from 118,800 yen, or $ 1,048, to 138,240 yen, or $ 1,219.
“We expect our customers will be the kind of people who can afford to buy a nice jacket and just wear it once or twice a month,” Negaki said. “We don’t see these as everyday items.”
William Linton founded the brand in 1912

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Lulu Guinness Launches Footwear Line

NEW BEGINNINGS: Lulu Guinness is expanding her accessories line with a footwear range, WWD has learned.
Taking inspiration from the brand’s signature retro aesthetic and popular lip and doll-face motifs, the designer has tried to combine functionality with a touch of humor.
There are block heels galore in the brand’s signature black and red color palette, from preppy Mary Janes to more classic T-bar pumps and cutout sandals. While the shapes may be classic, they have a playful attitude with doll-face shaped appliqués on the backs.
“We took the best of our spring 2017 bag concepts and our classic signatures, such as our new doll face and lips, and designed a capsule with a real dose of Lulu humor. You discover new details on that second glance,” said Guinness.

A style from Lulu Guinness’ new footwear range 
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Other highlights include a pair of black, pointed toe pumps with a heel molded in the shape of red lips – which Guinness hopes to establish as a signature – and a silver metallic pair of sandals featuring a sculpted heel.
Prices will be in line with the rest of the collection. “We are aiming for a really original design viewpoint and beautifully made shoes, but without compromising on a great

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Levi’s Launches 2017 Pride Collection

Levi’s is about to roll out the fourth installment of its limited-edition Pride collection for 2017. The collection’s inspiration, “Fight Stigma,” underscores Levi’s commitment to fighting for and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community.
The Pride offering features T-shirts ($ 29.50), trucker vest ($ 78), denim shorts ($ 69), a baseball cap ($ 18) and bandanna ($ 18).
One T-shirt and tank style, for example, has the “Fight Stigma” logo on the front and an LGBTQ timeline of historical moments that the company’s design team develops. Each season Levi’s pulls from that timeline and a moment inspires that year’s collection.
Another Pride T-shirt carries the rainbow batwing and the Levi’s logo, while the trucker vest in dark wash denim has the “Silence = Death” rallying cry. The Pride bandanna has a paisley print and Levi’s rainbow batwing embroidery.
“Fighting stigma on any level is important. And we feel that it’s our responsibility to stand up for the issues of our time,” said Grant Barth, Levi’s chief merchandising officer.  “Levi’s has always been on this journey; doing the right thing, standing up for the values and giving everyone a voice.”
Levi’s has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ community. In 1982, then-chief executive officer Robert Haas joined employees in the

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Gant Launches Tech Prep Shirt Range

LONDON — Gant is tapping into technical fibers with the launch of its men’s tech prep range, WWD has learned.
“We thought we had an opportunity here of bringing innovation into products that still look very preppy,” said Gant president and chief executive officer Patrik Nilsson.
Specially woven fibers offer quick-dry, breathable and cooling effects. Garments are made from fabrics that are treated with a fast-drying and anti-absorbant finish to regulate body temperature.
The 23-piece collection includes shirting and knitwear. Key pieces include a chambray shirt in a classic button-down collar style, a fitted check shirt, a blue stripe shirt, as well as a pique jersey style. The range is priced from 85 pounds, or $ 106, for a shirt to 150 pounds, or $ 188, for a sweater. It will be available for purchase this month in stores and the brand’s web site.
Nilsson noted that 20 percent of the brand’s total business is from shirting and believes that it will grow to 30 percent by 2020. He said that the company tested the shirts while running a company relay race and marathon at Bellmanstafetten in Stockholm. “We had over 200 people from the company run,” noted Nilsson. “And all of us ran in those shirts so

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Robert Graham Reenergized for Fall, Launches Ad Campaign

NEW YORK — Robert Graham, the luxury men’s wear brand, has been refreshed for fall with a more refined premium line and will launch an ad campaign today that is aimed at its current customers while hoping to reach younger men.
The brand’s fall collections — which span wovens, bottoms, knitwear, sport coats and accessories — use more luxurious fabrics, have updated silhouettes and details that are cleverly articulated on the inside. The company’s spring ad campaign was created and photographed by David Lipman and features model Alex Lundqvist.
In an interview with Andrew Berg, the 40-year-old president of Robert Graham, who joined the company eight months ago, he said his top priority was to “evolve the brand to show the end consumers and the retailers — and even ourselves — that we’re evolving with the times and reenergizing our customer base, while making sure we are speaking to a new customer.”
In addition to redesigning the West 40th Street showroom here with its new aesthetic, the 16-year-old company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Differential Brands Group Inc., analyzed all customer touch points, including its web site, which is its biggest volume generator. The company generates $ 150 million in global volume, including licensed products.
“We looked at our social media and

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Band of Outsiders Launches First Men’s Wear Effort Under New Creative Team

LONDON — For their first effort as Band of Outsiders’ new creative team, brand director Daniel Hettmann and designer Angelo Van Mol delved into the label’s archives and aimed to revive its carefree, Californian spirit while offering the customer a complete wardrobe.
They blended loose tailoring with sportswear and colorful printed separates, everything being designed to be mix and matched in order to create a contemporary look.
“This is a very complete yet diverse wardrobe, so each man can really find something for himself that enhances his personality,” said Hettmann during a preview. “It was really about individuality and what we actually wear or want to buy.”
The tailoring was easy to create for the duo, given Van Mol’s former Savile Row training.
He pointed out that every piece was hand-stitched and cut on a single canvas to create light, comfortable silhouettes. Trousers were high-waisted and oversize, and the jackets were cut long and loose to achieve an effortless feel, relevant to the needs of a modern man who travels and needs items that are easy to move in.
Van Mol also applied tailoring techniques to the collection’s activewear offer, with track suit bottoms featuring subtle front pleats to enhance the fit.
Shirting is another brand

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Corneliani Launches Digital Initiative to Present Fall Men’s Collection

MILAN – Classic Italian men’s wear brand Corneliani unveiled the “Corneliani To You” project during Men’s Fashion Week here, which launches the next phase of the company under a new owner,  Bahrain-based fund Investcorp,, and a new chief executive officer, Paolo Roviera.
“The basic idea was to create a formula to communicate the existing values of the brand without distorting the product, while in an unconventional and innovative way,” said Roviera during an interview at the firm’s stately, frescoed showroom. “We were mindful of everyone’s busy schedules.”
As a result, the company didn’t hold a presentation this season but invested in a communication idea, tapping four different directors to present their visions of the brand in one-and-a-half-minute videos. “You can do this when you are confident in your style,” said the affable Roviera, who was previously ceo at rival Pal Zileri, which is also owned by a Middle Eastern fund, Mayhoola for Investments. “I am happy with the results – four different yet complementary videos,” he said, emphasizing his belief in digital communication.
For example, “Like Suit Like Man,” by Vincent & Kristell shows a man on a business trip whose every change of suit projects him in a different dimension, from France

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SpaceX Launches Rocket With 10 Iridium Satellites

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket, rebounding from a catastrophic accident in September.
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SpaceX Launches Rocket With 10 Iridium Satellites

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket, rebounding from a catastrophic accident in September.
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Tinie Tempah Launches Ath-leisure Range in London

TINIE’S TIME: For the debut of his label, What We Wear, Tinie Tempah looked to the British capital and youth culture for inspiration. The 28-year-old musician staged a runway show held at the British Fashion Council Show Space on Saturday, where models walked as an orchestra played classical tunes.
“I’m here to try and introduce something that is here to stay and is long-lasting,” said Tempah. “And that doesn’t just appeal to men but it can also appeal to women. I don’t see why it can’t be for everybody.”
He describes his wearer as an everyday modern man and said the aesthetic of the label takes its cue from his own style. “It is a mix of the two,” said Tempah. “I definitely dress in young street wear kind of way – very high-end though. Now, I just want to wear my own stuff. My personal tastes go from vintage or high-street to expensive elaborate one-off pieces. But for me, the things I always cherish are the most simplistic things that last the longest and don’t necessarily have to be the most expensive.”
Tempah said his range will be sold at an accessible price point. “We’ve made it very much an essentials range with

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SpaceX Launches Set to Resume

Elon Musk’s SpaceX said it plans to resume rocket launches on Jan. 8, using revised operational practices developed in response to a fiery accident that occurred during routine ground preparations last fall.
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Ahead of the start of the giant CES tech expo, we pick some of the new products that may cause a stir.
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Globo Launches at Natpe TV Series ‘Above Justice,’ ‘Nothing Remains the Same,’ ‘Supermax’

Brazilian TV giant Globo has announced the international launch at Natpe this January of three new TV series: “Above Justice,” “Nothing Remains the Same” and “Supermax.” All three suggest new fiction production trends coursing through Globo. Underscoring an increasingly consolidated tendency at now most big Latin American TV players, including Televisa and Telemundo Internacional, Globo’s… Read more »

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Baron Davis Launches The Black Santa Company

Four years ago Baron Davis reluctantly wore a Santa Claus suit to a Halloween party.
“I remember I didn’t want to go the party because I didn’t want to be Santa Claus,” said Davis. “But the whole night turned into magic. And people would sit on my lap and ask me for things like a new Ferrari or another Lakers championship.”
This led to the former NBA player trademarking Black Santa and launching the Black Santa Company, a brand that offers apparel and other merchandise centered around the Black Santa character, who resembles Davis but is not him.
“I told my business partner, ‘Imagine how great it would be to actually introduce a black Santa to the African-American audience,’” said Davis. “I know my mom, her friends and my grandmother would always search for figurines that reflected us because they wanted us to grow up feeling that same sense of worth.”
Davis has created a collection of unisex apparel — T-shirts, hoodies, onesies, ugly Christmas sweaters and hats — covered in Black Santa graphics along with gift wrapping paper, ornaments and lapel pins. The collection, retails from $ 12 for an ornament to $ 35 for a sweatshirt. Limited-edition pieces such as the Ugly Santa sweater

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Haute Hippie Launches Spring With Fresh Team, New Showroom and E-commerce Site

NEW YORK — Living up to its company’s name, Haute Hippie made sure numerous candles were burning and the wildflowers were arranged just-right for Thursday night’s spring presentation here.
The brand had much to celebrate, having installed a new creative and management team, moved into a roomier Manhattan address, expanded its retail reach, and unveiled its bohemian-inspired collection. And in time for the crucial holiday selling season, especially Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Haute Hippie relaunched its e-commerce site last month.
Guests circulating through the new showroom were the first to see the new spring looks. Embellished T-shirts, fringe tuxedo blazers and lace-insert maxi dresses were amongst the May and June highlights, which clearly delivered the brands luxe bohemian message.
Haute Hippie’s creative director Cady Vaccaro greeted guests in the company’s new West 27th Street studio and offices. The past year has been abuzz with activity for Vaccaro, who spent nearly 10 years at Alice + Olivia before leaving in October 2015 as senior design director to start with Haute Hippie. She now oversees a seven-person team.
In the process Haute Hippie has expanded its presence in Neiman Marcus to 35 or 40 doors, according to Gary Epstein, executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
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Dish’s Sling TV Launches DVR Test With Up to 100 Hours of Storage

Dish Network, looking to steal some thunder from AT&T’s DirecTV Now launch Monday, announced a network DVR beta test for Sling TV subscribers offering up to 100 hours of storage. However, the DVR recording feature will not be available on all channels; Dish did not immediately provide a list of which channels will not be… Read more »

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‘The Hills’ Star Audrina Patridge Launches Prey Swim for Resort 2017

“The Hills” star Audrina Patridge is taking her California bikini babe image to the next level with the resort 2017 debut of her swimwear line, Prey Swim. The Orange County, Calif. native, who rose to fame as Lauren Conrad’s BFF on the hit show, this month married her longtime beau, BMX dirt bike rider Corey Bohan, with whom she has a daughter, and she’s finally made good on her dream to design her own fashion line, as several of her former cast mates have done.

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“I’m at the beach all the time, living in swimsuits and traveling the world to more beaches, and I’ve tried on so many different suits,” said Patridge. “I can never find one that I love so I took patterns and styles I like plus elements from my adventures in Australia, Mexico and Costa Rica as inspirations to create my own. This all started three years ago; it’s definitely a labor of love.”
The line features pastel, metallic and neutral prints and solids fashioned into strappy bikini and cutout one-piece styles made to accommodate bust sizes from A to DD. Working with her sisters Casey Loza and Samantha Patridge, she designs and sources

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Net-a-porter Launches Jacquemus Capsule Collection

Jacquemus is the latest in Net-a-porter’s stable of designer collaborations. Launching on Nov. 28, “Bleu Blanc” is a nine-piece collection of ready-to-wear by Paris-based designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, based on the asymmetric shirting and men’s wear-inspired styles from his main collection. The pieces include cinched shirtdresses, a dress made from two jackets sewn together, a wrap coat, a cable knit sweater, an off-the-shoulder top, pants with exaggerated cuffs and a skirt that looks like it was made from a blazer. It’s all done in white, navy and pinstripes, hence the name of the collection. Prices range from $ 115 and $ 840.
Net-a-porter has carried Jacquemus for a year and reports strong sell-throughs for the collection. “The reasoning behind the capsule was to establish ourselves as a destination for the brand,” said Lisa Aiken, Net-a-porter’s fashion director. “They haven’t done any capsules with any other retailers, so we wanted to be the first. We are also selling out of the existing collection so quickly, and wanted to give customers an opportunity to shop something special from the brand between the seasons.”
Some of the other collaborations Net-a-porter has rolled out this year were with J. Crew, Gucci and Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP shoe collection. During

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Steve Aoki Launches Dim Mak Collection In the U.S.

Steve Aoki, DJ and owner of Dim Mak records, is bringing his high-end men’s line, also named Dim Mak (which means “the touch of death” in Chinese) to the U.S.
Aoki produced and sold T-shirts and hoodies under the Dim Mak label from 2006 to 2011 but always wanted to create a luxury lifestyle collection. In 2014 he had the opportunity to do that by partnering with Parco, a Japanese mall operator, to produce and distribute the line.
Aoki said that because of the collection’s success in Japan — it had high sell-through rates at retailers including Opening Ceremony and Youth by United Arrows — he believes it’s time to make the brand available in the U.S.
“I’ve been involved in building different lines for a long time and know how difficult it is to do it in America,” said Aoki. “I’m just glad we had the wherewithal to start in Japan, see what was working and what wasn’t working and take the line out here.”
According to Aoki, the assortment has an American edge with Japanese pride. It’s made and designed in Japan and features streetwear basics created with Japanese textiles, interesting graphics and updated silhouettes. The line ranges from around $ 87 for a

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Gant Relocates Regent Street Space, Launches New Store Concept

LONDON — After almost seven years at the same address on Regent Street, Gant has crossed the road and moved into a space formerly occupied by Hugo Boss.
The new store, at 184-186 Regent Street, spans 4,449 square feet across two floors and is located between Hamley’s toy store and Kate Spade.
Gant chief executive officer Patrik Nilsson said he prefers the new location, called it the “sunnier side of the street with 60 percent more traffic.”
He also said the new location was a better space, adding that 60 percent of the products stocked in the store had been selected based on research the company had conducted.
The brand has implemented a new store concept, shifting from an “American lifestyle” to a more “cosmopolitan and sophisticated” aesthetic, with plans to roll out the same approach to its other locations globally. The store’s interiors include movable oak furniture and brass fixtures, with the aim of giving it a more contemporary appeal compared with the previous setup, which was fixed.
“We’ve used the oak cut, which is also taken from the history we have,” said chief marketing officer, Brian Grevy.
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The Summer Makeup Launches Allure Editors Can’t Wait to Try

Lazy weekends at the beach. Barbecues in the backyard. An excuse to indulge on sugary, tropical drinks at brunch without being judged: There’s a lot to get pumped about for summer. For hard-core beauty fans, however, summer also means a new crop of bright and bronzy makeup launches (and even a few updates on our favorite staples). Our editors picked out the ones they’ll be adding to their makeup bags this season.
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Yael Sonia Launches Collection of Sterling Silver Jewelry for Men

Yael Sonia is growing her men’s collection.
The jewelry designer is working with sterling silver, which is a first for her brand, and incorporating other materials including leather, cord and organic gems.
“For our men’s assortment, we found it important to also tap into a metal more accessible than gold, while still keeping it exclusive,” Sonia said. “Even though men are spending more on themselves and there is definitely a rise in demand for men’s jewelry, the amount of money they spend on jewelry is not the same as women.”
The collection, which retails from $ 325 to $ 1,150, includes architectural bracelets, cuff links and pendant ring necklaces. “I think people appreciate the dual wearability you get from a single piece,” Sonia told WWD.
Sonia, who launched the men’s line last year, said stud earrings have also resonated with the male consumer.
“There’s a lack of men’s earrings in the fine jewelry market and it seems there is an increasing demand for them as the perception of jewelry for men changes,” she said.
The line is sold at Odin, the Yael Sonia e-commerce site, and Swoonery, a jewelry e-commerce start-up. Sonia said she wants to keep distribution limited and focus on the one-on-one, personalization experience at her

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California Launches Effort Promoting Art and Culture Districts

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 189 , a measure empowering the California Arts Council to designate areas as Cultural Districts in a competitive application process.

Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council said, “The signing of AB 189, is great news for communities of all sizes, all across our state … (we will) play a central role in strengthening local communities through economic growth, increased tourism, and community cohesion. The resources we expect to bring together on a statewide level will strengthen existing districts and foster the development of new cultural hubs.”

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Governor Brown, Craig Watson, and of course, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) who introduced AB 189, all undoubtedly see the connections between the arts and creativity and, in turn, between creativity and innovation and want California to continue to lead the nation in the development of theatrical films, television, cable and Internet programs, video games, high tech hardware and software goods and services which are the heart and soul of the new economy.

AB 189 charges the Council to formulate a plan to foster Art Districts throughout the state, thereby enhancing creativity, and in the process,reinventing the landscape of cities throughout the state. The Council, always looking at ways to enhance creativity in the schools and almost everywhere art is displayed, has now joined the movement to change communities too. They will, according to the legislation, “provide technical and promotional support to the districts, as well as collaborate with public agencies and private entities to maximize the benefits to the local and state economy.”

To date, 15 states have taken on a formalized State role in the creation of art and cultural districts. Together, they are leading the effort to transform America for the rapidly evolving creative economy.

According to the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, such “districts are special areas designated or certified by state governments, that utilize cultural resources to encourage economic development and foster synergies between the arts and other businesses. State cultural districts have evolved into focal points that feature many types of businesses, foster a high quality of life for residents, attract tourism and engender civic pride.”

Arts districts, usually found on the periphery of a city center, are intended to create a critical mass of art galleries, dance clubs, theaters, art cinemas, music venues, and public squares for performances. Often, such places also attract cafes, restaurants and retail shops.

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More and more however, cities are thinking about such districts as a way to insure the city attracts, nurtures and retains the creative workforce it needs to succeed in the new economy, an economy vitally dependent on creativity and innovation. As important as reinventing our systems of education, communities where people young and old spend more than half their day living and working, aspiring art and culture districts are essential to establishing vibrant and productive communities. Indeed, these places are the incubators of creativity.

Art and Culture Districts, says Theresa Cameron, formerly Local Arts Agency Services Program Manager of Americans for the Arts (AFTA), “have the potential — with their critical mass of art galleries, cinemas, music venues, public squares for performances, restaurants, cafes and retail shops — of attracting, and nurturing the creative workforce our cities need to succeed in the new economy.” Recently AFTA has created a website devoted to the “who, what and why” these districts are so important.

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As the geographical landscape of a city morphs into a larger metropolitan region–partly because of population growth, mostly out of economic necessity — what we call downtown becomes even more critical to the wealth and well-being of the people living in those communities. Few efforts to insure America’s success and survival in the new economy could be more important.

Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky and Massachusetts are the most recent state agencies to establish such an initiative. Eight other states recognized such districts as tax free enterprises and have adopted similar efforts. The appointees to Art Councils, usually loyal friends of the elected Governor, don’t often take on issues of local economic development. But this seems to be changing, as many appointees are visionary leaders, action oriented, and making their voices heard.

States use a variety of tax incentives to encourage business development within local cultural districts. Examples of state incentives include sales, income, or property tax credits or exemptions for goods produced or sold within the district; or preservation tax credits for historic property renovations and rehabilitation. Maybe a state will offer an amusement or admission tax waiver for events within the district. All the plans vary and the funding is uniquely packaged to insure sustainability.

The “State Cultural District” designation from the Art Council seems to be enough for cities to apply, but you have to wonder what cities could do and whether smaller cities might apply if a little financial help were forthcoming. You have to wonder too, what might be possible if more organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies and high tech companies in a region joined forces to help in the reinvention effort.

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J.J. Martin Launches First Clothing Collection

TEST PATTERN: J.J. Martin can add a new line to her résumé: fashion designer.
The journalist and vintage fanatic on Thursday night held a cocktail with retailer Matchesfashion.com during Milan Fashion Week to mark the launch of a collection of dresses made with Italian manufacturer Mantero Silk.
For her first outing under the label LaDoubleJ Editions, she opted for a short-sleeved A-line style that hits just above the ankle, available in eight archival patterns dating from the 1910s to the Eighties.
“I’m a big maximalist. I love print, I love pattern, but I think you kind of need it in really simple lines,” said Martin, sporting one of her own creations in a bold pattern called Confetti.
“Basically, what we wanted to do was create the easiest, most fail-safe silhouette that literally looks good on every woman, and you’ll have no problems with those areas that every woman is concerned about: the hips, the butt, the stomach. You can have as much dinner as you want, you still fit in the dress,” she added.
Available exclusively on her Web site, LaDoubleJ.com, and Matchesfashion.com, the dresses retail for $ 480. Further collections are already in the works.
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INDIXIA Launches in New York, Hong Kong and London to Follow

ALL IN FOR INDIA: The first New York installment of INDIXIA has launched to help underprivileged children in India who are interested in getting a higher education in fashion, design or cinema.

Pooling international supporters who specialize in fine art, design, fashion. cinema and philanthropy, INDIXIA supports Arts For India, the charity was started by Satish Modi in the U.K. in 2010. The agency receives educational support by the University of the Arts London and the Prince’s Drawing School, London. Through Arts for India’s four-year scholarship program, a donor sponsors one needy student artist at the International Institute of Fine Arts. Each year 100 underprivileged students benefit from the program.

Aiming to help as many impoverished Indian students as possible, Modi said, “By giving them the opportunity to study, they, especially women, can escape arranged marriages. With education, they are then able to make informed choices in their lives and have a much better chance and brighter future.”

As part of the first edition of INDIXIA in New York, Nicole Miller and Columbia University Professor and Tibet House U.S. president Robert Thurman will be honored Wednesday at Bonhams. They will be joined by what is expected to be a strong showing by the

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Fuzzi Launches Swimwear Line

DIVING IN: Fuzzi, the Italy-based, Aeffe SpA-owned knitwear company founded by Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi in 1954 — perhaps best known for producing knits for Jean Paul Gaultier in a collaboration that began in 1983 and lasted more than 30 years — is in expansion mode. Since the closing of Gaultier’s rtw business in September 2014, Fuzzi has made a name for itself with an expanded women’s collection that goes beyond its signature printed tulle knitwear. And for spring 2016, to build upon its lineup of dresses and separates, the company will launch its first swimwear line.
Marianne Hicks, who served as the senior vice president of Jean Paul Gaultier North America for over 20 years and joined Fuzzi in 2012, serves as the collection’s New York-based creative director. Hicks works closely with Anna Maria Fuzzi, the daughter of Adele Bacchiani Fuzzi, at the brand’s Cattolica, Italy-based factory, where the team continues to expand the scope of the collection. “Having developed Gaultier’s swim business from the beginning, I was very saddened when Gaultier shut his business,” said Hicks. “I always loved swimwear, had established relationships with the stores and knew that it was an area that I wanted to eventually explore with Fuzzi.

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Journelle Launches Private Label Lingerie Collection

Journelle, the New York City-based lingerie chain, is launching a private label collection. The store, with three outlets in Manhattan and one forthcoming in Chicago, will introduce its own line of lingerie, a 25-item collection including eight bras, boys shorts, bikinis and thongs, Sept. 8.
“It’s our version of everyday basics,” said Claire Chambers, who founded Journelle in 2007. “We’re starting with styles we call ‘everyday lovely,’ which are unlined demis, a few T-shirt bras in special laces.” The collection is produced primarily in Asia with European and American laces. Prices range from $ 58 to $ 92. For now, the line is exclusive to Journelle stores and online. “We’re going to take it slow and test it out with our own stores and customer,” said Chambers.

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Prism Launches Worldwide Pop-ups Featuring Chloe Sells Art

HOT STUFF: London brand Prism, which has rapidly moved from eyewear into clothing and accessories, plans to beach hop this summer with a series of pop-up shops in resorts ranging from Bali to Mykonos to Venice Beach. The five pop-ups will stock the brand’s swimwear, beachwear, footwear, sunglasses and accessories, and showcase original photographic art by Chloe Sells.
“We really wanted to activate retail spaces in beach destinations that we don’t work with all year-round,” said Anna Laub, the founder and creative director of Prism, who opened her first store last year in London’s Marylebone neighborhood. “We’re taking over the stores’ windows and have tailored our space to suit each shop. We’ve also done an exclusive swimsuit for each store.”
Laub is collaborating with her friend, the artist Chloe Sells, on the windows at each location. They will be covered with handmade vinyl prints showing a variety of tropical images from Sells’ catalogue. As they’re made from vinyl, the prints can stick to the shop windows and let the light shine through for a “prismatic effect,” Laub said.
The pop-ups will start opening Wednesday, and trade for the duration of the summer. Prices range from 150 pounds, or $ 234, for a pair of espadrilles to

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Grayers Growth Calls For Swim, Kids, Retail Launches

Grayers’ founders fancy the label they launched three years ago as something along the lines of affordable J. Crew. The company has reached a point now, they say, to hunt for capital to fuel the next phase of expansion, which calls for taking the men’s wear brand to full-on lifestyle label.
The company’s founders have their sights set on expanding the accessories collection for fall, launching swim and then following all of that up with kids.
Grayers, headquartered in New York with production in Asia, was founded by former Ralph Lauren executive Peter Georgiou and his wife Joanna, who handles sales and marketing.
“In the case of Grayers, I felt there was a sweet spot in the market, both in price point and product attributes, in the U.S. and U.K.,” Peter said. “Over the last few years we’ve gone from being a 20-door business out of Nordstrom to about 200 points of sale today in the U.S. mostly.”
The line includes polos starting at $ 58, $ 88 chinos, selvage denim for $ 165, French terry cardigans for $ 138 and wool blazers for $ 195.
“It’s [for] a guy who cares about what he wears and doesn’t want to be burdened by it,” Peter said.
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Chris Christie Launches Bid to Become New President of FIFA, Citing Ability to Build Bridges

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In a dramatic week for world football, Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA, gave himself a red card and announced his resignation, and Chris Christie declared his goal of replacing him.

At a hastily arranged news conference in a Dunkin Donuts, Governor Christie said:

“I have always believed that I would make a great President, so for the benefit of the people of New Jersey, America and the world, I will be formally announcing my candidacy for the Presidency of FIFA as soon as I’m done eating. “

As reporters collectively choked on their frosted maple crèmes, Christie continued:

“I have to tell you guys that I would be the perfect person to replace Blatter.

I appreciate that a deep knowledge of football is essential for this job, and I have it! I’ve been watching the Cowboys, the Giants and the Eagles my entire life and I will bring all that know-how to the table for the benefit of American football fans throughout the world.

I also hear that running FIFA is like running the mafia. That’s awesome because I’m the Governor of New Jersey for Christ sakes, so enough said about my qualifications in that regard.

Additionally, I know that the new head of FIFA must have a lot of experience dealing with the US Department of Justice in ongoing criminal investigations. Well, guess what? I’ve been doing that for well over a year now!

Most importantly, I believe FIFA really needs someone to build all the bridges that have been burnt during this entire fiasco. And as I’m sure you will agree, whenever anyone thinks of bridges nowadays, they immediately think of me!”

After his announcement, Christie did not immediately respond to questions from reporters, citing an urgent need to finish his doughnut.

In further developments, other republican FIFA presidential hopefuls also declared their candidacies, notably Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Sarah Palin — the latter of whom called the decision to give the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, “the worst supreme court ruling since Roe v. Wade.”

No matter who else throws their hat into the ring, Christie is likely be the most appealing candidate to FIFA sponsors such as McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken — particularly given his extraordinary rates of consumption.

However, when contacted for comment, Irma Crook, one of the few remaining executives at FIFA, said: “Chris Christie wants to become the new President of FIFA? Oh my God, quick! Let’s get Sepp Blatter back!”

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Lancel Launches New Line and E-Commerce

TRAVEL BOLDLY: Lancel is turning to pop, while going back to its own roots with the launch of a new leather goods line for men and women.
Designed in a bold mix of hues, including tourmaline, cinnabar and amethyst, Pop features travel bags in three different formats, suitable for short getaways, in concert with a series of matching accessories which are to include pouches, tablet and mobile cases.
Ultra-light and foldable, the pieces mirror the French leather goods maker’s philosophy that travels should come lightly, which in the Fifties climaxed in the creations of its first nylon suitcase, also known as the Kangourou, swiftly catapulting Lancel into the spotlight.
Lensed by Patrick Demarchelier, Pop’s new ad campaign is a nod to the brand’s lively shoots from the Eighties, this time showing Malgosia Bela and Will Chalker having fun with their supple travel companions.
To fete the launch and Lancel’s reorientation as a lifestyle brand, the French house has teamed up with Wallpaper magazine for a capsule of three additional travel items: a city guide library, a passport holder and a key ring, which will be unveiled in Paris on Thursday night and sold exclusively via Lancel’s new e-shop.
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J.Crew Launches Save the Bees Campaign

BEE PROACTIVE: J. Crew is doing its part to help the diminishing bee population. In honor of Earth Day today, the retailer will launch a Save the Bees campaign, which will donate 50 percent of profits from an exclusive collection of T-shirts to the Xerces Society, an Oregon-based nonprofit for wildlife and its habitat. The initiative falls within J. Crew’s Garments for Good program and will offer T-shirts for women and children illustrated by Donald Robertson. The Ts will be available at J. Crew and Crewcut stores and online and will retail for $ 45 for the women’s model, $ 36 for the girls’ T-shirt and $ 29.50 for the boys’.
More than 75 percent of the world’s 115 principal crop species are dependent on or benefit from animal pollination and in North America, bees are responsible for roughly $ 20 billion in agricultural production.

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Amour Vert Launches Plant a T(R)EE Collection

SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE: When a model, a photographer and an actresss get together to host an event, one can count on a good-looking crowd. On Thursday night, at the behest of friends Lily Kwong, Claiborne Swanson Frank and Elizabeth Gilpin, a bevy of PYTs filled Beverly Hills’ Switch boutique to celebrate the opening of eco-friendly apparel line Amour Vert’s pop-up shop inside the store.

Actresses Dylan Penn, Ashley Hinshaw and Claire Holt, aspiring musician Caroline Vreeland and model Amanda Hearst shopped the San Francisco-based brand’s Plant a T(R)EE collection, which promises one tree planted in America for every t-shirt sold.

“It just felt like a call to action,” Kwong, recently named Amour Vert’s director of brand strategy, explained. “Fashion is the number two polluting industry in the world after oil. I have this platform in fashion…so I had to do something.”

Kwong, who commutes between New York and San Francisco juggling modeling and urban planning, enlisted the help of her Los Angeles pals to spread the word. “When she [Lily] told me about the brand and I realized what a good cause it was, I said to her, ‘Why don’t I help you organize an event in LA?’” said Gilpin, an aspiring actress and

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Lapo Elkann Launches Garage Italia Customs

LAPO GOES CUSTOM: Lapo Elkann has launched a new project in the automotive business. Following the “Tailor-Made” service he developed for the Ferrari brand in 2011, the Fiat scion founded Garage Italia Customs, a Milan-based company specializing in vehicle customization.
Under the guide of Elkann and the company’s creative director Carlo Borromeo, the brother of Elkann’s sister-in-law Lavinia Borromeo and husband of fashion designer Marta Ferri, the company offers a complete service to customize cars’ exteriors and interiors. In particular, Garage Italia Customs uses not only classic techniques, such as bodywork, painting and upholstery, but also introduced a range of more affordable and innovative services, including wrapping and wrap-paint which allows an infinite number of personalized solutions.
Last week at the Geneva Motor Show, Garage Italia Customs presented its Fiat 500X “Black Tie,” which was wrap-painted to obtain a herringbone effect. The car was also customized with leather-trimmed cashmere sun visors and denim seats.

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Nicola Formichetti Launches Nicopanda at Printemps

JACK OF ALL TRADES: Nicola Formichetti made a personal appearance at Paris department store Printemps on Thursday night to celebrate the launch of the first full-fledged collection for his label Nicopanda.
The line of accessibly priced unisex pieces is sold at the Maria Luisa store at the retailer’s Boulevard Haussmann flagship. In the U.K., it has made its debut as part of Selfridges’ gender neutral shopping space Agender.
“Everyone around me just wears boys’ and girls’ and just mixes it up. Now it’s going to be more mainstream, I’m super happy. The whole sexuality thing is all blurring, lots of trans people are in the spotlight. I love all of that stuff,” said Formichetti, who is also artistic director of Diesel.
The line features bows and ruffles inspired by Tokyo street style. “This is the side I don’t explore at Diesel, which is more my Japanese side,” the Italian-Japanese designer explained. “I love Harajuku. That’s where my spirit is, and Nicopanda was born in Harajuku, via London and New York, so it’s always inside me.”
Formichetti was heading next to the South by Southwest festival in Austin for a talk on Tuesday with Zing Tseng, digital news editor at Dazed magazine, about how he

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Frame Denim Launches First Men’s Campaign

Frame Denim has released its first men’s advertising campaign, which features model Matt Clunan wearing Le Homme, a slim-fit style.
“We instinctively gravitated to him. We felt he represented the Frame man we all want to be, or at least wish we looked like,” said co-founder Jens Grede, who started the brand in 2012 along with Erik Torstensson, Josh Levine and Nico Peyrache.
According to Grede, the campaign, which was released today, will be showcased in-store, on social media platforms, inside select independent media titles and on wholesale retailers’ e-commerce sites.
The campaign was shot by Torstensson and styled by George Cortina.
Frame Denim, which also offers women’s wear, launched its men’s collection last season with Barneys New York, Mr Porter and Nordstrom. The brand partnered with Dutch photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin on a capsule collection that included a slim men’s style aptly named Vindooh.
Grede said Frame is slowly broadening the men’s denim range and expanding into other categories.
“Frame is carving out its distinct opinion in the men’s market. We are ultimately trying to dress ourselves,” said Grede.

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Alexander McQueen Launches Capsule Collection of Silk Scarves

SILK STORY: Alexander McQueen has created a capsule collection of silk scarves to mark the launch of the designer’s “Savage Beauty” retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum, opening on Saturday. Each scarf features one of five designs drawn from signature house creations such as the Armadillo shoes from spring 2010, and the Spray Painted Dress from spring 1999. “Our silks remain the most popular and accessible product from the house, and we wanted everyone to be able to own a memento celebrating ‘Savage Beauty,’ featuring imagery from Lee’s most memorable collections,” said McQueen’s chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd. The capsule collection will be available in limited runs of only 100 for each design, and the scarves will retail for $ 595 at the Alexander McQueen flagship on Bond Street in London and at alexandermcqueen.com.

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Beyonce Launches Vegan Home Delivery Meal Service In Hopes You’ll Feel #Flawless

If a diva is a female version of a hustler, then, logically speaking, a vegan diva is the female version of a vegan hustler.

The clean-eating Beyonce herself recently partnered with her personal trainer, exercise physiologist Marco Borges, to launch the 22 Days Nutrition plant-based home delivery meal service. The service offers three meal plans, where you can sign up to receive anywhere from one to three meals a day for 22 days delivered to your door each week. A full three-meals-a-day package will cost you a total of $ 629.79, including shipping of $ 19.95. According to the website, all of the meals are gluten-free, soy-free and organic. Each meal is “a perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat with limited salt and sugar.”

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The meal plan busts the myth that vegans struggle to get enough protein in their diets. “In reality, eating a variety of beans, nuts, seeds and grains will give your body the protein it needs to keep energy levels up and build and keep muscle tone,” the website says.

Twenty-two days of veganism may seem random, but the time span is a conscious choice of Borges and Beyonce. “The program’s philosophy is based on the concept that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit and on the 22nd day you are well on your way to forming new habits,” says a statement. The meal plan is targeted to those who want to lose weight, cook less or simply “experience a whole new way of eating.”

“I am so grateful that I took the challenge and credit Marco with leading by example,” Beyonce says in the statement. “He is the most energetic person I know and it’s all because of his decision to live a healthy lifestyle. He came up with a great program to get people motivated to make better nutritional choices. All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Beyonce’s first public stint with veganism was in December 2013, when she and her husband Jay Z adopted the plant-based diet for 22 days. Jay Z referred to the challenge as “a spiritual and physical cleanse.”
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Katy Perry Launches NFL Women’s Apparel Sweater

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The pop star tweeted the news today to her 64.3 million Twitter followers.

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NFL Shop at Super Bowl Launches

To try to attract more stylish football fans, the NFL revamped its women’s apparel offerings and its marketing this season.

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ISIS Launches Canada Unit in Latest Tax Inversion Deal

September X, 2014 — Now that American icon Burger King has agreed to merge with Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a blatant “screw you” to the U.S. Treasury, the trend of moving abroad to save on taxes seems to be catching on. The latest party to take advantage of this is infamous terror group ISIS, which announced through Al Jazeera that it is moving its headquarters to Canada.

“The corporate tax rate in Iraq is just killing us,” said ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “We can’t function in such an anti-business environment. That’s why we’re so angry all the time. Canada, on the other hand, has a corporate tax rate of only 26.5 percent, which is really awesome. What’s the point of terrorizing and pillaging if we can’t keep most of our spoils?”

This type of ‘tax inversion’ deal has drawn fire in the international community for being unpatriotic but ISIS is undeterred by the criticism. “People don’t understand how burdensome it is to pay taxes twice – once at the corporate level and once at the individual level. Our warriors are being fleeced by the Iraqi government but nobody seems to care. The press never covers that side of the story,” grumbled al-Baghdadi.

Of course, the Canadian government is not very happy about this development and has expressed concern for the safety of its citizens if ISIS moves to its shores.

We asked ISIS for a response to this and their public relations department issued the following statement: “The Canadians have nothing to fear. We feel that they have enough problems already because of their bizarre desire to be French, total lack of ambition, and most of all, their ridiculous accent. We will only be using the Canada office for planning purposes and dissemination of grisly videos to the world but will restrict our terror campaign to the Middle East.”

The U.S. State Department, however, has made it clear that if ISIS moves to Canada, the U.S. government will launch airstrikes against its neighbor — something it has wanted to do for a long time anyway. From a geopolitical standpoint, such posturing could be construed as an act of war but, true to form, the Canadians just said “thank you” and went back to doing nothing. Some analysts even speculate that the Canadians are closet S&M junkies and actually want to be bombed by the U.S.

When asked whether ISIS would change its flag after the move, al-Baghdadi responded: “Does a camel have a hump? Our graphic designers have come up with some really cool ideas, including a maple leaf with bullet holes in it and a moose carrying an AK-47. Please understand that even though we are doing this for tax reasons, we are grateful for Canada’s hospitality and will do everything we can to integrate with the local population there. We also look forward to giving them the divine gift of Sharia law.”

After a pause, the leader of the terror group added: “Of course, if the Canadians disrespect us, we will have no choice but to chop off their heads, but why worry about that now? In any case, they will receive billions of new tax dollars from us so they should be happy about that.” Noting our skepticism, he explained with a grin: “We invested early in Google, made a fricking bundle on it! Not just a pretty face, man…”

So is ISIS just the tip of the Canadian iceberg for such tax inversion deals? Will other terror groups follow and if so, could Canada have finally found a reason for its existence? Who knows but whatever happens, one thing is for certain: if ISIS moves there for a lower tax rate, the Canadian government better not even think about raising it…

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Artist Launches Bonsai Trees And Other Lovely Plant Arrangements Into Space

We’ve heard that outer space is, visually speaking, a pretty majestic experience. Yet although the galaxy beyond is undoubtedly filled with stars and misty clouds for days, there aren’t any decorative touches around to spruce up the space.

Enter Tokyo-based artist Azuma Makoto, aka the official interior decorator of outer space. For Makoto’s recent artistic endeavor, entitled “EXOBIOTANICA,” he launched a 50-year-old Japanese white pine bonsai, along with an arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, into the great beyond.

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The carefully arranged greenery was expelled from planet earth from Black Rock Desert, Nevada — also the location of the Burning Man Festival. The whole project was taped, thanks to the six GoPro cameras strapped to the balloons which carried the plants. As you could probably guess, the juxtaposition of crisp floral arrangement and the empty wilderness of outer space is a surreal sight to behold.

“I went to Amazon, Brazil last year and created art pieces with plants that were full of aliveness in dense forest where I could hear groan from the earth,” the artist explained to the Huffington Post. “This was a mind-blowing experience since I really felt that I was arranging the plants onto the earth. For this EXOBIOTANICA project, one of my inspiration sources was curiosity – I asked myself, ‘what would it happen when I arrange plants on the globe, from up in the sky?’ as a concept that is completely opposite of what I did in Brazil.”

The goal was simple: “I wanted to explore how flowers and plants would bloom, decay and change outside of the earth. I wanted to seek and tell how their beauties will look with the earth as its background.”

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Before actually launching the flora into outer space, Makoto, in collaboration with John Powell of JP Aerospace, “experimented number of times under low-temperature and did rehearsals for camera’s angles beforehand so that we would able to estimate what would happen to some extent.” Despite all the preparations that took place, nothing could predict the staggering beauty that results from the strange and enchanting vision of a domesticated floral arrangement floating through the unbridled Milky Way.

Now that he’s tackled outer space, Makoto has set his sights on artistic destinations closer to planet earth, though just as visually compelling. “For the next steps I would like to try various conditions such as the bottom of the sea, volcano, the Arctic and the Antarctic to see what kind of expressions flowers and plants would display. These challenging concepts make me excited by only thinking about it.” We cannot wait to see where Makoto brings his lucky bouquets next.

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‘The Simpsons’ Launches On FXX With Longest Continuous Marathon Ever

FXX is planning 12 days that will put that Christmas song to shame.

This summer, the FXX network will launch “The Simpsons” in style with a 12 day marathon, showing all 552 episodes consecutively. The marathon will start August 21st and continue through Labor Day.

“It will be the longest continuous marathon in the history of television,” said chief executive of FX Networks Jon Landgraf at an upfront presentation held in New York on Wednesday, reported Variety.

In addition to the marathon, FXX will make use of their $ 750 million dollar investment by showing four hours of episodes every Sunday this fall.

A new “Simpsons” app, which will provide access to every episode of the series, is also planned to debut in the coming weeks.


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