Dunhill Taps Artist Fredrikson Stallard for Festive Sculptures

METAL MANIA: Dunhill has tapped the artist Fredrikson Stallard to create unique works that will be shown in the brand’s flagships worldwide.
Named ‘Dunhill Crush,’ the sculptures are made from pieces of mirrored and polished aluminum that have a crushed and folded effect, much like opened wrapping paper.
“Metal and engineering are house codes that I have always been drawn to, and continue to develop as a means to expressing the design vocabulary of Dunhill,” said Mark Weston, Dunhill’s creative director.
The artwork will also be showcased in Dunhill’s seasonal campaign imagery, which has been photographed by Chris Rhodes. The campaign highlights the brand’s latest designs, such as the Duke flap briefcase, the Radial Spoiler sneakers and the Duke metallic card.

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Tesla Taps Boss to Oversee Musk

Tesla named board member Robyn Denholm as its chairman, tasking her with overseeing one of the business world’s most freewheeling figures at a pivotal moment for the electric-vehicle company.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Taps Lucky Brand for Queen-Inspired Fashion Collection

“Bohemian Rhapsody” may not be hitting theaters until Nov. 2, but the Queen biopic is ramping up the buzz with a new fashion collaboration with Lucky Brand. The L.A.-based denim company has launched a collection of vintage-inspired Queen concert tees to coincide with the Rami Malek film’s release this fall. The capsule includes three t-shirts for […]

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Acne Studios Taps Cindy Crawford for Fall Campaign

ICON TO ICON: Acne Studios is no stranger to making creative leaps: having featured Juliette Lewis in its spring campaign, the Swedish brand has tapped Cindy Crawford to star in its fall ads.
The model teamed with a fellow American, photographer Sam Abell, to shoot the images in front of the Cadillac Ranch installation in Amarillo, Tx., created in 1974 by the art group Ant Farm. Abell is best known for his Marlboro Man images in the Seventies, which have been famously re-appropriated by Richard Prince.
Crawford posted the first two images of the campaign on her Instagram account on Tuesday. Acne Studios creative director Jonny Johansson said he wanted to explore fashion’s obsession with icons.

Cindy Crawford’s Instagram post. 
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“I wanted to play with living iconography, so we commissioned Sam Abell to photograph Cindy Crawford at the Cadillac Ranch. It is the iconography of Cindy, America, and also Acne Studios, with Cindy wearing new versions of the first ever jeans we designed,” he said in a statement.
The 1996 and 1997 jeans models have been reintroduced as part of the fall collection of the brand’s denim line, known as Blå Konst. The 1997 is a five-pocket rigid jean with high rise and regular

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Shakira Taps L.A. Designers as ‘El Dorado’ Tour Hits Stateside

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

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Jil Sander Taps Wim and Donata Wenders for Fall 2018 Ads

FAMILY AFFAIR: Jil Sander strongly believes in power couples.
The brand, which is codesigned by Lucie and Luke Meier, has tapped Wim Wenders and his wife, photographer and artist Donata Wenders, to realize its fall 2018 advertising campaign.
In particular, Wim Wenders, in his second collaboration with the fashion label, filmed the three-minute “Time Passing” video infused with a surreal atmosphere, while Donata Wenders shot behind-the-scene images of the short movie’s making. These will be used by Jil Sander for the advertising campaign hitting the September issues of international publications.
“Jil Sander designed by Lucie and [her husband] Luke has a new, unique and modern mélange of classiness and avant-garde, easygoing and haute couture, subtle elegance and defined silhouettes in all their different elements of clothing. I especially like their choice of colors, cuts and fabrics,” said Donata Wenders. “Their garments help you to live in an elegant, imaginative, natural and still somehow strict lifestyle. I tried to reflect this kind of fusion in my photographs, accompanying the latest commercial by Wim.”

Asked about working with her husband on the project, she said, “I loved to witness Wim in his element. I think he enjoyed shooting the many little episodes and creating a new way of storytelling in these spots he made

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EXCLUSIVE: Faith Connexion Taps Swizz Beatz for Capsule Collection

THE BEAT GOES ON: Faith Connexion and Swizz Beatz are making things official.
The rapper, DJ and producer, who has long been a fan of the collaborative label, has designed a capsule collection of 11 pieces that will be shown at the brand’s spring 2019 presentation in Paris on June 21, and hit stores this fall.
The items, which include hoodies, T-shirts, tracksuits and leather jackets, feature art by Nina Chanel Abney. Swizz Beatz collects works by the African-American artist, who explores race, gender, pop culture and politics in her brightly colored paintings, watercolors and collages.
“I love being partners with Faith because it’s the brand of freedom and the future. It’s also an honor to be working with the amazing Nina Chanel, who is a true artist in every form,” he said in a statement.
Faith Connexion president Maria Buccellati noted the tie-up was part of a long tradition of bringing together “creative souls” at the label, which has previously worked with influencer Sita Abellan, street artists Vincent Dacquin and Pisco Logik, and brands including Disney, Kappa and K-Way, among others.

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Virgil Abloh Taps Stylist Christine Centenera for Louis Vuitton Debut

RECRUITING DOWN UNDER: Virgil Abloh is working with Australian stylist and Vogue Australia fashion director Christine Centenera for his debut Louis Vuitton men’s collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21, WWD has learned.
According to her sole international agent —Ben Hams at the Sydney-based agency M.A.P. —  Centenera is consulting to Louis Vuitton’s newly appointed men’s wear artistic director on his spring collection, will be styling the show and has been back and forth between her New York base and Paris working on the project since April. On Friday, she was en route to Paris for the final show preparations, Hams said.
Although Centenera has worked with Vogue Australia since 2012 — from 2016, based out of New York — she has also been building a parallel freelance styling career. Other clients have included Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Estée Lauder, for the latter’s fall 2017 Victoria Beckham collection campaign shot by Lachlan Bailey. Centenera met Abloh while both were working with West.
Centenera has consulted to West on all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women’s wear show in 2011. At the time she was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Abloh was the creative director of West’s creative agency, Donda.
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The V&A Taps Dame Mary Quant for 2019 Retrospective

LONDON — Mary Quant, the queen of mod known for popularizing the miniskirt, is to be the focus of a show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London next year.
The retrospective, which is set to open in April 2019 and will run until March 2020, will be the first international exhibition about the designer in 50 years, and will spotlight her work between 1955 and 1975.
The museum is also making an open call to the public for one-off designs from Quant’s Bazaar boutique, pieces from her 1963 “Wet” collection and clothes made by the public with the designer’s 1964 Butterick patterns.
The exhibition aims to highlight the 88-year-old Quant’s experimental approach and mod aesthetic, which was instrumental in shaping the Swinging Sixties scene.
“She freed women from rules and regulations and from dressing like their mothers. This long-overdue exhibition will show how Mary made high fashion affordable, and how her youthful, revolutionary clothes made British street style the global influence it remains today,” said Jenny Lister, curator of the exhibition.
Pieces will be drawn from the V&A archives, Quant’s personal collection and loans from the public. The retrospective will showcase more than 200 objects, including films, sketches, photographs and personal testimonies, illustrating the

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Gucci Taps Harry Styles for its Fall Men’s Tailoring Ad Campaign

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Harry Styles is the latest addition to the Gucci gang.
The British singer and actor was tapped by the fashion house to front the advertising campaign of its fall 2018 tailoring collection.
Lensed by Glen Luchford with art direction by Christopher Simmonds, the images portray Styles in a fish-and-chip shop in northern London posing with animals including chickens and dogs.
The musician is pictured in a variety of Gucci tailored outfits, combining formal shirt and ties with buttoned-up casual shirts and accessories such as rings, necklaces and brooches.

Harry Styles in Gucci’s men’s tailoring ad campaign. 
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Looks include a teal checked three-piece suit with bees as decorative motifs; a blue-and-beige macro gingham dressing gown worn as a coat over a pinstripe double-breasted suit, and a grey wool option embellished with patches featuring the insignia of the NY Yankees baseball team. Moccassins, sandals and sneakers complete the outfits.

Harry Styles in Gucci’s men’s tailoring ad campaign. 
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Flanking the images, a short clip also directed by Luchford shows the musician heading to the local chippy with his pet chicken and queuing to order some food.
Previewed on Gucci’s Instagram account, the campaign breaks this month across all media.
The musician’s predecessors in the role included

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Gucci Taps Tippi Hedren for Timepieces and Jewelry Campaign

EXTENDED FAMILY: After making Dakota Johnson one of his muses and the face of the Gucci Bloom fragrance, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele tapped Johnson’s grandmother Tippi Hedren to star in the label’s new timepieces and jewelry advertising campaign.
In the images, the Hitchcock actress appears as a mysterious fortune teller. Set in Los Angeles, in a richly decorated interior embellished with gold chairs, silk table cloths, crystals and candles, the campaign portrays Hedren practicing the arts of palmistry and crystal ball reading for fellow models Victoria Schons, Emily Unkles, Tom Atton Moore and Tex Santos-Shaw.

Gucci timepieces and jewelry ad campaign. 
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Shot by Colin Dodgson, the ad images are also flanked by a short video, which includes close-ups of the Gucci Ouroboros, GG Running and Le Marché des Merveilles fine jewelry collections and the G-Frame and G-Timeless timepieces, among others.

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Lascana Taps Alessandra Ambrosio for Spring Campaign

Lascana, the third-most popular lingerie brand in Germany that was founded in 2006, is targeting the U.S. market in a big way.
For its spring campaign — which the company is calling a “self-happiness” inititative — Lascana has tapped Alessandra Ambrosio, in the hopes of appealing to a broader consumer base.
The campaign footage will be integrated in all digital channels from performance and e-mail marketing to social media and Ambrosio will be featured in one of Lascana’s summer catalogues that will be distributed in the U.S. She will also star in a TV commercial that will air in the U.S. and Europe.
“Alessandra was a perfect match for this campaign,” said Sarah Rissen, head of marketing at Lascana. “She is an independent and very successful woman and shows that you can be successful and sexy at the same time. She can handle her private life being a mother and at the same time have a career. The campaign stands for self-happiness and Alessandra is a great testimonial for that since her motto, #alwaysonvacation, fits perfectly with that.”
Currently, Lascana has an e-commerce site that ships to the U.S. and uses targeted catalogue mailings to increase brand awareness. The multibrand concept, which is owned by

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H&M Taps Moschino for 2018 Designer Collaboration

Moschino, who took the “cheap and chic” ethos to a literal level with a diffusion line of the same name, is getting back into the high-low game with an H&M collaboration unveiled in the wee hours of its annual Saturday night party during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The tie-up was made in a surprise reveal during the annual dance party at the Corona Yacht Club near the festival grounds, just after midnight. Designer Jeremy Scott, who presided over the star-studded party, his 12th turn at the festival, should have no trouble translating his Moschino designs into less expensive and just as cheerful versions for the Swedish fast-fashion retailer.
Every year, fashion lovers and bargain hunters alike anticipate news of H&M’s latest designer collaboration the way sports fans wait for draft day. It’s hard at this point, after 16 years of the high-low mash-ups — the first of which was with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 — to say which collaboration has been the most spot-on. The Moschino effort may just be one of the more popular, judging from the way fans have snapped up Scott’s designs since he took over as creative director in 2013.
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Hennessy Taps Jean-Raymond for First Apparel Capsule

NEW YORK — Kerby Jean-Raymond bristles when it’s suggested that he’s a streetwear designer.
But there’s no denying the founder of Pyer Moss is popular with the trendsetting Millennials who define the movement. His first sneaker for Reebok, which dropped earlier this month, sold out within minutes and is being offered on resale sites for more than $ 500.
Now Jean-Raymond has designed a capsule collection for cognac brand Hennessy’s Wild Rabbit “Never stop. Never settle.” project.
The designer was commissioned to create a line inspired by Marshall “Major” Taylor, an African-American track cyclist who won the sprint event at the 1899 ICA Track Cycling World Championships in Montreal and went on to compile a storied career in the sport. However, Taylor, who died in 1932 and was once esteemed as the fastest man on two wheels, is largely unknown today.
But with the help of Hennessy, ESPN and Jean-Raymond, that’s about to change.
On Thursday night, the brands will unveil the MMT 140 x Pyer Moss for Hennessy Capsule Collection, a mash-up of vintage cycling gear and streetwear staples, as part of an event that will celebrate the athlete. The program will include an ESPN-produced documentary, a voiceover performed by Nas, and a monument called

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Ray-Ban Once Again Taps Steven Klein for Ad Campaign

Luxottica’s Ray-Ban has tapped Steven Klein to lense their spring ad campaign.
The 2018 campaign, shot on location in Marfa, Tex., is made up of four images, each embodying a different Ray-Ban style and is a continuation of the 2017 campaign, also shot by Klein.
While the 2017 campaign’s inspiration was about people leaving their life behind, “the new campaign is about freedom and letting go,” Klein explained. “Living in turbulent times, one of the things that evokes that for many people is a road trip. This campaign represents that no matter what hardships come your way, you can be an individual, go on your own path and experience fun, optimism, creativity, love…everybody’s looking for their own personal freedom.”
The new assortment consists of three sun options — the marshal, wayfarer blaze and aviator evolve — as well as one optical option — the hexagonal. Each gets their own narrative under Klein’s direction, “a musician and an artist; a young female film director; a social activist, and a young Jack Kerouac.”
The updated range is available on ray-ban.com and retails from $ 163 to $ 188. The campaign launches today first on ray-ban.com and then on the brand’s social channels.

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Dior Taps Jones as Creative Renewal Hits Men’s Wear

PARIS — The arrival of Kim Jones as artistic director of ready-to-wear and accessory collections at Dior Homme signals that leading luxury brands are reshuffling their decks to keep pace with the red-hot streetwear sector, industry observers said.
The surprise move marked the first big decision by Pietro Beccari since he took over as chairman and chief executive officer at Christian Dior Couture six weeks ago, after stints at Fendi and Louis Vuitton.
Jones, who succeeds Kris Van Assche in the post, is seen as one of a handful of marquee designers who can straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds. Previously, men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton, the British designer made a splash with his collaboration with New York-based streetwear brand Supreme; artists such as Jake and Dinos Chapman, and cult brands Fragment Design and Christopher Nemeth.
Jones, who starts April 1, is set to present his first collection for Dior Homme in June. Van Assche exits Dior Homme after leading the brand for 11 years and is expected to take up a new assignment within LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
“I am delighted to welcome Kim Jones, with whom I had the chance to collaborate previously at Louis Vuitton,” Beccari told WWD. “I admire

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OVS Taps Massimo Piombo to Refresh Its Men’s Offering

Massimo Piombo is the new artistic director of Italian retailer OVS’ men’s line.
During a press conference held Thursday in Milan to present the capsule realized by the company in collaboration with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, OVS chief executive officer Stefano Beraldo said the designer will overlook the development of the retailer’s men’s wear offering, which will be enlarged with the creation of a still-unnamed “upper casual” line featuring retail prices 30 percent higher than regular products.
The collaboration with Piombo will start with the fall 2019 season.
The same strategy aimed at dressing customers looking for more design-oriented and high-quality products will be extended to the women’s division, which will continue to be guided by OVS fashion director Caterina Salvador.
The new labels will be sold in dedicated areas inside OVS stores and online.

A look from the Kendall + Kylie for OVS collection. 
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“My real ambition is to continue serving customers of every age and spending power, which means being also able to fit the needs of those who look for higher quality,” said Beraldo. “And actually, we can definitely make products with a higher value with prices that are just a little bit higher and always accessible.”
At the same time, Beraldo revealed

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EXCLUSIVE: Kenzo Taps Karen O to Record Original Song

HEAR MY SONG: First film, now music. Having commissioned leading filmmakers including Gregg Araki and Sean Baker to create short films, Kenzo has tapped singer-songwriter Karen O to record an original song, and writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour to direct the accompanying film.
Titled “Yo! My Saint,” the track will be released on Jan. 12 across more than 50 streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, Deezer and Google Play Music. A companion limited-edition vinyl is to go on sale on Jan. 22 in Kenzo stores and online.
While championing female talent is nothing new for Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, the project marks the first time the label has released an original song. Others brands which have produced music include Burberry, which supports British artists via its Burberry Acoustic initiative, and Kitsuné, which has its own record label.

Karen O 
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Best known as the frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, O — whose full name is Karen Lee Orzolek — frequently works with director Spike Jonze, another member of Kenzo’s extended tribe of creative collaborators. The two were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “The Moon Song,” which appeared on the soundtrack of Jonze’s movie “Her.”
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Colette Jewelry Taps Georgia Fowler for Instagram Campaign

Los Angeles-based fine-jewelry brand Colette this week will debut #ColetteWoman, a digital and Instagram campaign featuring two-time Victoria’s Secret runway model Georgia Fowler wearing the brand’s holiday and signature pieces.
Fowler, who has 408,000 followers on the social media platform, will be the brand’s first official face, representing the ideal Colette woman.
“I first discovered Georgia on Instagram,” designer Colette Steckel said, “where I followed her travels around the world and was instantly drawn to her ‘joie de vivre,’ warmth and cool sense of style. A serendipitous run-in in Paris last season sealed the deal for both of us; it was meant to be.”
Steckel described the #ColetteWoman as “a woman of the world, shaped by her diverse experiences. She’s fearless, independent and finds beauty in all of her encounters.” It was important to Steckel to find a woman who would resonate with her creative influences, many of which stem from her French-Mexican heritage and extensive travels. To celebrate the launch, she’s inviting friends, fans and collectors to share how they identify with Georgia and the #ColetteWoman, using the hashtag.
Photographed by Felisha Tolentino with makeup by Spencer Barnes and hair by Amber Rose, the campaign also signifies an overhaul of Colette’s digital strategy.

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Dior Homme Taps Patrick Demarchelier for Capsule Ad Campaign

Patrick Demarchelier is behind the new, moody campaign for Kris Van Assche’s slinky Black Carpet spring 2018 collection for Dior Homme.
The photographer, who’s a frequent Dior collaborator, took cues from the strictly black and white color palette for the collection in his shots of stern, but fine-featured young men in a capsule collection of sharp evening looks.
The noir-heavy photos more than show off the louche tailoring of the collection — black layers of a mock turtleneck, dress shirt, tie and jacket are barely decipherable and most of the photos are half-shrouded in shadow — but Van Assche’s wish to reinterpret formalwear is apparent. He’s dubbed the collection “Black Carpet.”
“The idea of the Black Carpet was to convey the energy and rebel attitude of the runway collection in a capsule collection of eveningwear, while playing with the embellishment codes and the know-how of Dior, reworking the evening suit by pushing it in a more extreme interpretation,” Van Assche said.

Dior Homme spring 2018 capsule campaign by Patrick Demarchelier. 

The campaign is a departure from Dior’s spring 2017 men’s ads featuring the likes of Boy George and A$ AP Rocky, which showed more personalized styling and pops of color, as did the brand’s fall

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Benetton Taps Oliviero Toscani for New Communication Campaign

THE A-TEAM: Benetton is once again teaming with Oliviero Toscani on a communication campaign that is expected to bow on Dec. 1. The Italian fashion company is thus renewing a collaboration with the photographer that made history in the Eighties and Nineties for its controversial photos and campaigns that shines a light on issues such as the death penalty, AIDS, racism and homosexuality. His explicit and transgressive campaigns for United Colors of Benetton included images of a sensual kiss between a priest and a nun or a black horse mounting a white one, for example.
While Luciano Benetton no longer has an operative role within the family-owned company, it is understood he has played a significant part in reigniting the collaboration with Toscani, posting on Facebook a photo of himself and the photographer with the caption, “I think it is the right time to start having fun.” The group has been revamping its operations, cleaning up its network of stores, refurbishing, streamlining and refocusing its product offer in a bid to further develop the United Colors of Benetton brand.

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Nordstrom Taps MoMA Design for Pop-in Gift Shop

Nordstrom begins opening its New York flagship complex with a men’s store next year and the main women’s store the year after. But it appears the Seattle-based retailer is eager to identify with the Big Apple and one of its most famous cultural institutions by opening a holiday gift shop in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store. It’s a pop-up shop for the The Pop-in@Nordstrom program that’s online and in eight key Nordstrom stores.
On Friday, the MoMA shops opened in Nordstrom’s Bellevue Square, Wash. store; CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver; CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Canada; NorthPark Center, Dallas, and South Coast Plaza, Calif. stores. Prices range from $ 10 for coasters disguised as toast to $ 6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed to form one digital display. There are also other gifts handpicked by Olivia Kim, vice president of creative projects at Nordstrom, and her buying team. “I’ve always been a huge fan of MoMA Design Store and their ability to thoughtfully consider the most interesting, exclusive and enticing products from around the world,” said Kim.

Pop-in@Nordstrom features gifts from the MoMA Design Store. 
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Kenzo Taps Three Young Filmmakers for Season Zero Campaign

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon are known for their experimental approach to campaign films.
This season, for the launch of their Kenzo Season Zero collection, the design duo embarked on an adventure with three young filmmakers – Mati Diop, Baptist Penetticobra and Eduardo Williams – whose work they felt encapsulates the theme of the season: “a singular relationship with the world.” Their brief: “How do we inhabit Earth today in 2017?”
Described in a press release from the house as “mixed, expatriated, nomads,” Williams hails from Argentina, Diop is French and Penetticobra is French but L.A.-based.
Williams’ work, “Tzzd,” follows the dream of an elf who nods off in the metro in Buenos Aires, winding through three countries and two continents and moving from cool to warm colors, with locations ranging from a Buenos Aires fruit and vegetable shop to a dark cave.
Diop’s film, “Olympus,” captures her brother, model Gard Diop, bicycling through Paris in moonlight, and Penetticobra’s “Untitled (Juice),” presented in a vertical format, stars Karmesha Clark playing a modern-day, black Mona Lisa rapping about orange juice.
The films can be viewed on international streaming platform lecinemaclub.com, ending Nov. 9.
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Original Penguin Taps Band AJR for Spring 2018 Campaign

Men’s wear brand Original Penguin has tapped New York-based indie band AJR for its spring campaign, to be released in February of next year. Brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met were in Los Angeles this week to shoot the campaign as well as the music video for their single “Come Hang Out,” off their new album “The Click,” a version of which will also serve as the video campaign for OP’s spring collection.

Adam, Jack and Ryan Met of AJR. 
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“The shoot is some performance and some facial expressions, sort of like acting,” said Jack Met, explaining the concept of the video. “We are at a crazy party, but we are so busy performing that we don’t really notice the party going on around us,” he said.
Adam Met explained that it’s their first time linking with a fashion brand. “Original Penguin has great style, great simplicity and a throwback vibe that mirrors our style as a band. I also like the juxtapositions in the line, like a Seventies print shirt with Nineties pants. It’s sort of our like our music, a post-modern mix.”
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Sotheby’s Taps Caroline Issa for Next ‘Contemporary Curated’ Sale

COLLECTING FANTASIES: Caroline Issa has channeled her fantasies in the artworks she has curated for the upcoming Sotheby’s “Contemporary Curated” sale in London.
The fashion director and chief executive officer of Tank magazine is joining the likes of Erdem Moralioglu, Anya Hindmarch and Michael Clark, who have all participated as guest curators in the ongoing initiative by Sotheby’s.
Issa said the collaboration with Sotheby’s “has been a mixture of education and rediscovery, finding things that catch one’s eye, seeking out unusual or rare finds, and looking up the artists or historical pieces that were new to me,” said Issa, who has always dabbled in art.
Tank magazine has had art as one of its key subjects, while her aunt Rose Issa is known as one of the first curators of contemporary Iranian and Middle Eastern art.
“Art, just as much as fashion, often inspires an entire issue of the magazine, a photo shoot we conceive and can be a springboard for a brand campaign or a look. It can also confuse, madden and induce euphoria,” she said.
The pieces Issa chose for the auction are a mix of photography, watercolor paintings, sculpture and other mixed media pieces.
“Some of the works spoke to me because they

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Balmain Taps Txampi Diz as Chief Marketing Officer

LOOK AT DIZ: Balmain has lined up Txampi Diz as the house’s first chief marketing officer.
After more than 15 years at KCD Worldwide, Diz has exited as senior vice president and managing director of KCD Paris. What he won’t be relinquishing is an advisor role to KCD’s executive board of directors. Balmain is one of the American agency’s largest clients. Balmain’s team works with KCD’s offices in New York, Paris and London across all of its divisions — media relations, creative services and digital.
In step with Diz’s news, KCD Paris has promoted Alexis Arnault and Michele Giacalone to managing directors. Previously, the two men held the title of vice president of public relations. They will work with agency partner and managing director Laurence Laure. Arnault and Giacalone have been with the agency for 14 years and 6 years respectively.
In this new post, Diz is to oversee marketing, advertising, media relations and digital responsibilities. He will report to chief executive officer Massimo Piombini and he will work closely with creative director Olivier Rousteing. Diz has been very much part of Rouesting’s inner circle as he has amassed a colossal social media following, due partially to big-name fans like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and

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Hurricane Harvey Telethon Hand in Hand Taps Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and More to Help Raise Funds

Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Reese WitherspoonThe biggest names in Hollywood are coming together for a good cause. Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Blake Shelton, Jamie Foxx and more famous faces will…

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Opening Ceremony Taps Wasikowska, Stanfield for Fashion Week Event

Opening Ceremony won’t forget the victims of Hurricane Harvey even during New York Fashion Week.
The designers and retailers will showcase their fall/winter 2017 collection in a dance performance on Sunday, Sept. 10 called “Changers.” The show was written and directed by Spike Jonze, choreographed by Ryan Heffington and will feature Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield.
Now Opening Ceremony said the performance at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, 66 E 4th St in the East Village, will also be open to the public for four nights, Sept. 11, 12, 14 and 15. All proceeds from the ticket sales — which are $ 15 — will be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
The performance explores the evolution of relationships and will be told through movement and dance. Following the show on Sept. 10, the Opening Ceremony fall collection will be available for pre-order.
In the past, Opening Ceremony’s founders Humberto Leon Carol Lim have teamed with Jonze on other projects including “100% Lost Cotton,” a play at the Metropolitan Opera, and a collaboration for Jonze’s movies “Her” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”

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Ouai Taps Stephanie Shepherd, Kristen Noel Crawley for ‘Live Life Your Ouai’

Product isn’t central to the new campaign Jen Atkin conceptualized for Ouai, her one-and-a-half-year-old hair-care brand — celebrating the “hustle” of women is.
And to do this, Atkin tapped eight women, a baby and a dog (Chrissy Teigen’s French bulldog Pippa) to depict what it means to be a woman for “Live Life Your Ouai.” The series of images shot by husband Mike Rosenthal. Today, the campaign kicks off across Ouai’s social platforms, with new content rolling out through Oct. 30. A collection where customers can shop “the best products for girls on the go,” as well as non-hair related merchandise will hit theouai.com too, including “Ouai Woke” and “Nasty in My Own Ouai” pins.
“It felt like everything was external and the narrative was about being pretty. I get it — we’re in the beauty aisle. But part of me felt just wanted to put a twist on that…and when I sat down and thought about what it means to be a woman, [I realized] there is so much more of the story to tell,” Atkin said.
The celebrity hairstylist turned entrepreneur’s need to convey “the spirit, independence and strength” of women was born from what she thinks is a hole in marketing and

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Wallflower Jeans Taps ‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho as Brand Ambassador

Wallflower Jeans, the junior denim and sportswear resource, has tapped actress Auli’i Cravalho as the new face of the brand, beginning with the fall back-to-school campaign. The Hollywood newcomer, known for voicing Disney’s “Moana,” will star this fall in NBC’s “Rise,” while fronting the #FeelingIt campaign for Wallflower. Previous Wallflower girls have included Katherine McNamara, My Life as Eva, Olivia Holt, Bella Thorne and Sarah Hyland.
“I love that Wallflower caters to so many different styles and sizes. As a growing teen, there’s a sense of pride in wearing clothing that makes you feel like you, and because Wallflower is ever-expanding and staying on trend, it means they’re really growing with me,”said Cravalho, who called her first fashion shoot “a fantastic whirlwind experience.”
“I had initially heard about Wallflower through previous brand ambassadors, and it didn’t take long for me to realize how awesome the brand is. Affordable, cute, well-made clothing isn’t the easiest thing to find,” she added.
The fall collection places an emphasis on buy-now-wear-now and curating your own closet. The newest offering includes denim with adjustable hems, giving customers the ability to alternate their own lengths from fall to spring. Other key design elements include unique hem treatments, embellishments, destructed

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Theory Taps Into Millennials

MILLENNIAL PROJECT: Is Theory tapping into some new design talent? The market has been buzzing that the 20-year-old company is developing a “Millennial collection,” where it’s asked young people on staff to design a separate capsule collection. The staffers are handling fabric selection to design as well as photo shoot production. Sources said the collection will be distributed to Theory’s own freestanding stores and web site. Like other major apparel brands, Theory has experienced a slowdown in sales at department stores and continues to be challenged by fast fashion and excessive discounting. The Millennial collection is reportedly being viewed as a way to ignite some fresh ideas and creativity from within the ranks as the company looks to empower the next generation of creative leadership.
A spokeswoman for Theory didn’t return a phone call and e-mail Friday seeking comment.

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Lacroix Taps Brian Kenny for 30th Anniversary Capsule Collection

PARIS — Christian Lacroix is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a capsule collection designed by New York-based multimedia artist Brian Kenny.
Kenny, known for creating collage-inspired banners and flags, reinterpreted some of the house’s best-known scarf designs and patterns to create original artworks used on two dozen products including T-shirts, mugs, cushions and phone covers.
Nicolas Topiol, chief executive officer of Christian Lacroix, said the celebration was designed to underline the activities of the house, which has focused on men’s wear, accessories and homewares since it went into administration in 2009.
“We feel at this point, with the recent history of the house, that we wanted to celebrate the past 30 years, but more importantly, the next 30 years,” Topiol said. “We really wanted to share the anniversary with the largest number of people possible.”
Available in limited quantities, the line will go on sale in early August at the Ron Robertson store in Santa Monica, Calif. Prices range from 12 euros for a small patch to 240 euros for a scarf.
“The U.S. has always been very important for the house of Lacroix. Obviously it’s a very French house and the roots are in couture, but at the same the U.S. press has supported Lacroix

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Quay Eyewear Taps Kylie Jenner for New Sunglass Collaboration

Kylie Jenner may already have cornered the market on lips, but she’s venturing into eyewear territory via a collaboration with Melbourne-based Quay Australia. The Quay x Kylie capsule collection, composed of four limited-edition styles and 11 stockkeeping units, will be available July 11 on QuayAustralia.com and retailers worldwide for $ 75 to $ 80 retail.
“We’ve found the perfect collaborator in Kylie. Her social media influence is unparalleled and she is known for her dynamic style and edge that her followers want to emulate,” said Quay Australia founder Linda Hammond.
Jenner has been hands-on designing the collection with the Quay team, saying, “I’ve been wearing Quay Australia sunglasses for a long time.”
The collection features a diverse range of styles, including an oversized shield, sportswear-inspired aviators, petite cat eyes and minimalistic geometric frames. Each pair of sunglasses comes with a premium case and cleaning cloth.
As one of the world’s most-followed people on social media, Jenner has amassed a combined following of over 175 million users and has an influence on everything from beauty to fashion. A digital campaign using the #QuayXKylie hashtag will be used to promote the collaboration on social
media and online.
Quay Australia was born 12 years ago on the festival circuit, surrounded by music artists

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MSGM Taps Liam Gallagher’s Son to Walk Its Catwalk in Milan

MILAN — Italian designer Massimo Giorgetti tapped Lennon Gallagher to model at the upcoming men’s wear show of his label MSGM. Born in 1999, Gallagher is the son of singer Liam Gallagher — former frontman of the English band Oasis — and British actress Patsy Kensit.
In addition to walking exclusively on the MSGM catwalk on Sunday, Gallagher has been appointed to front the label’s fall ad campaign, lensed by English photographer Alasdair McLellan. Shot in London under the creative direction of Katie Grand, the images are infused with Nineties-inspired aesthetics.

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“We wanted an image that recalls London in the Nineties, the music of those years, telling also about my passion for the indie genre,” said Giorgetti, adding that Gallagher “represents perfectly the MSGM style.” The designer underscored that he is “a great fan of Oasis.”
Gallagher made his debut in the fashion industry this year, during the January edition of London Fashion Week, when he walked the Topman Design show. On the occasion, his father shared an encouraging tweet reading “Very proud of my boy Lennon for doing his first catwalk today.”

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Brioni Taps Nina-Maria Nitsche as New Creative Director

MILAN — Brioni has appointed Nina-Maria Nitsche as its new creative director.
Nitsche joined Maison Martin Margiela in 1989, working closely with the founding designer for 23 years. After Margiela’s  resignation, in 2009, Nitsche took over the creative direction of the brand. She joined Vetements in September 2016 but left when the company relocated to Zurich from Paris earlier this year.
“Ever since I met her in 1996, I have been impressed by her creative approach, starting from a clearly defined concept and then transforming that into products that accurately resonate with the customer,” said Brioni’s chief executive officer Fabrizio Malverdi. “Her point of view will allow the brand’s core values to prosper and yet inject a contemporary dialogue that will enable Brioni to evolve into the future.”

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“Thanks to its long sartorial history, Brioni has the potential to redefine its position as a unique luxury brand,” said the designer. “The house’s philosophy is based on a pioneering approach to men’s wear. My aim is to reinforce and invigorate this longstanding tradition.”
François-Henri Pinault, chairman and ceo of parent Kering, added: “I am delighted to welcome Nina-Maria Nitsche to Brioni and within Kering. Nina-Maria has a very accurate understanding of the Brioni man

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Louis Vuitton Taps Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård to Deliver Tennis Trophies

CHARM OFFENSIVE: Louis Vuitton has tapped two high-profile ambassadors to deliver the winner’s trophies at the Roland-Garros tennis tournament, which will be housed in custom-made Vuitton cases for the first time.
Nicole Kidman will deliver the Coupe des Mousquetaires (“Musketeers’ Trophy” in English) awarded to the winner of the men’s singles competition at the French Open before the final on Sunday. She will attend the match and trophy ceremony.
The Australian actress won the 70th Anniversary Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, with no fewer than four projects showcased this year: “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” “The Beguiled,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and the second season of Jane Campion’s television series “Top of the Lake.”
Alexander Skarsgård will bring the Suzanne Lenglen Cup courtside just before the ladies’ final on Saturday. The “Tarzan” actor recently starred opposite Kidman in the HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies,” in which they played a couple locked in an abusive relationship.
Kidman will be accompanied by canoeist Tony Estanguet, three-time Olympic gold medal winner and co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics, while Skarsgård will be flanked by boxer Estelle Mossely, who won gold in the women’s lightweight event at the

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Wear LACMA Program Taps Kendall Conrad, Lena Wald and Outerknown

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, known as LACMA, has chosen three more L.A.-based designers for its latest Wear LACMA Collection: Kendall Conrad, Lena Wald and Outerknown. An initiative of the museum’s Director’s Circle, Wear LACMA is an art and fashion project featuring limited-edition pieces created by local designers and inspired by the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions.
“One of the great things about Los Angeles is that there are so many creative people here in the city. With Wear LACMA, we love partnering with Los Angeles based-designers for their unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds. The way these designers have been inspired by the museum’s collection allows us to look closer at these works and appreciate them in a different way,” said Katherine Ross, founder of Wear LACMA. “This season’s selections from Kendall Conrad, Outerknown and Lena Wald perfectly reflect the original mission of the Wear LACMA project and spotlight incredible works of art.”

Lena Wald rings for the latest Wear LACMA collection. 

Conrad created two leather goods and a jewelry item inspired by an ancient handled weight from Afghanistan that depicts primitive scorpions surrounding a fruit bearing palm tree. “This artwork first caught my eye because it was in the shape of a bag, but the carved image

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Duchess of Cambridge Taps Alexander McQueen Yet Again

MCQUEEN’S REIGN: The Duchess of Cambridge did her best to remain as low-key as possible during her sister Pippa Middleton’s wedding on Saturday, and her choice of dress suited her attitude.

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There was no way she would ever risk upstaging the bride, like Pippa nearly did in her curve-hugging Alexander McQueen gown at Westminster Abbey six years ago. Instead, the duchess wore a custom-made, Forties-style midi-dress by McQueen, the same fashion house that created her wedding gown.
The dress had full sleeves, a peplum waist and full skirt, and its peachy pink color complemented the cascade of roses around the door of the church. Her hat, adorned with a large rose, was by milliner Jane Taylor, and her morganite earrings were from jeweler Kiki McDonough. The stiletto heels were Gianvito Rossi.
Mother of the bride Carole Middleton also plumped for pink – and she chose the same couture brand as she had six years ago for her elder daughter’s wedding. Mama Middleton donned a Catherine Walker coat dress with buttons down the front and bracelet sleeves, pairing

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Karl Lagerfeld Taps Illustrator Steven Wilson for Capsule Collection

COLOR WHEEL: Karl Lagerfeld is getting the color printing treatment.
The designer has tapped artist and illustrator Steven Wilson to collaborate on a limited-edition capsule collection of clothing and accessories featuring designs made using layers of cyan, magenta and yellow – the hues that form the basis of the printing process.
Wilson created graphics including a portrait of Lagerfeld, his cat Choupette, the brand logo, a camera and a pair of sunglasses. They feature on items such as an embroidered satin bomber jacket, sweatshirts, jeans, a tote bag and an assortment of accessories that will go on sale in stores and online on April 1.
“The principe behind the graphics is that they are made using just three layers. Abstract cyan, magenta and yellow shapes are laid on top of one another to create a design that has identifiable form,” Wilson said in a statement. “The beauty of this process is that where the colors overlap, you get secondary colors — red, green and so on.”

A look from Steven Wilson’s capsule collection for Karl Lagerfeld featuring the designer’s cat Choupette. 
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The U.K.-based illustrator has worked with brands including Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, Converse and Stussy, but said he rarely gets name-checked. “All too often

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Exclusive: Brioni Taps Samuel L. Jackson for Spring Ads

MILAN —  Brioni is going back to its tailoring roots by tapping legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson to front its sophisticated spring ads in a strong move away from the recent campaign portraying members of Metallica.
In the polished and sleek black-and-white images, Jackson strikes a pose by mostly looking straight into the camera.

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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Most recently, the American actor wore a blue velvet Bespoke Brioni suit at the Academy Awards and a suede blouson and cashmere sweater by the Italian brand at the Independent Spirit Awards. By choosing Jackson, Brioni underscores its longstanding link with Hollywood, from the on-screen James Bond character to actors ranging from Denzel Washington to Michael Keaton, to name a few.
Jackson, who has been featured in movies including “Pulp Fiction,” “Star Wars,” “Django Unchained” and “The Avengers,” was photographed in Los Angeles by Gregory Harris.

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The campaign is part of a wider project titled “Tailoring Legends” — portraits of international leading men from different industries each with their own interpretation of the brand.

 

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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The shift in communication comes as the men’s wear company is going

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Five Four Taps Chris Paul for Summer Campaign

Five Four has brought on a new type of collaborator.
The digital men’s wear brand is known for producing capsule collections with fashion industry veterans including Robert Geller, Mark McNairy and Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi. But now they are pushing for more visibility by partnering with Chris Paul, a nationally recognized NBA player.
Paul, who is a point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, will appear in the brand’s summer campaign and will design a Five Four capsule collection to be released throughout the rest of the year. It will infuse Paul’s athletic sensibility with pieces that can be worn from day to night.
“Chris has great personal style, he’s the biggest superstar athlete in Los Angeles and he’s a family man,” said Andres Izquieta, who cofounded Five Four with Dee Murthy. “His values are so on point with what we believe in and he’s had big challenges during his journey through life. We wanted to show how Five Four can help take you through your own journey.”
Paul has had a partnership with Brand Jordan for the past 10 years, but this is the first time he has worked with a fashion company. He discovered Five Four when he first moved to Los Angeles

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Linda Farrow Taps Four Digital Influencers for Spring Capsule

DIGITAL VISION: Linda Farrow is sidelining designers in favor of digital influencers for its spring capsule collection.
The luxury eyewear brand, which is known for its seasonal collaborations, has so far been teaming with a host of designers to create capsules. They have ranged from established names such as Matthew Williamson and Dries Van Noten to younger, eccentric labels including KTZ, Yazbukey and Bahrain-based Khaleda Rajab.
For the latest capsule, the brand has instead tapped four influencers: Australian native Nicole Warne, known for her blog Garypeppergirl.com; Leaf Greener, a Chinese stylist and publisher of her own WeChat fashion magazine; Elena Perminova, a Russian model and founder of Instagram charity “SOS by Lena Perminova,” and the Netherlands-based Negin Mirsalehi, who is a vlogger and founder of a hair-care line.
The four women, who boast a combined following of up to 7 million, have designed one pair of sunglasses each and are featured together in a new campaign promoting the collection, shot by Mariano Vivanco.
Simon Jablon, the brand’s chief executive officer, said the decision to work with the influencers was based on the idea of “global togetherness,” and on teaming people with whom the Linda Farrow customer can relate to.

A visual from the Linda Farrow spring

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ESL Taps Fox TV Vet David Hill to Make eSports More Like Television (EXCLUSIVE)

Major eSports producer ESL has inked a partnership with David Hill — the former longtime Fox TV exec who launched Fox Sports in the U.S. — to give its video-game competitions television-style production values. Hill will work exclusively with ESL on special projects with select game publishers and sponsors to develop premium eSports events through… Read more »

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Rochambeau Taps Nike, Avery Dennison and Others for Woolmark Prize Collection

Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper, the design team behind New York-based men’s wear brand Rochambeau, looked to multiple resources to help them compete at the highest level for the 2016-17 International Woolmark Prize contest, which will be awarded in Paris on  Monday,  Jan. 23.
Rochambeau, who won the U.S. Woolmark prize last July along with women’s designer Gabriela Hearst, will compete against MÜNN from Asia, Ex Infinitas from Australia, Cottweiler from Britain, Tonsure from Europe and Bounipun from India.
Their winning look for the U.S. competition, which was influenced by the late artist Dash Snow, consisted of a boxer short made from wool suit fabric, a hand-waxed wool vest that looked like trompe’l’oeil leather, a wool hat and trousers. Chandler hopes to build on that with a larger collection that’s been created with help from Nike, Avery Dennison, Chromatic, Larsson and Jennings, Evrythng and Albertus Swanepoel. Rochambeau also worked with fabric mills including Dashing Tweeds, American Woolen, Aurotex, Steady Tex and Kendor Fabrics.
“We want to continue the narrative we created this past summer by bringing on great partners and innovating with wool,” said Chandler, who added that the entire line was created in New York.
Rochambeau, a 2016 Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist that

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PETA Taps Singer Joss Stone for Latest Campaign Protesting the Use of Exotic Skins

LONDON — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has tapped the British singer Joss Stone to appear in its campaign against the use of exotic skins for fashion.
Shot by Andrzej Dragan, Stone is portrayed with tears in her eyes and her body is painted to resemble the skin of a crocodile.
The release of the images follows a series of actions taken by the organization to prevent practices in the alligator farms known for supplying Hermès-owned tanneries.
“We don’t need to steal animals’ skin for fashion, and we’re grateful that Joss has joined us in sending this message,” said Elisa Allen, PETA associate director.
After an undercover investigation, PETA exposed what it condemned as acts of cruelty to animals at two alligator farms in Texas. A video posted on PETA’s YouTube channel shows the alligators at the facilities being kept in severely crowded pits and being cut open live.
“I hope when people see footage of what happens to crocodiles and alligators killed for their skin to be turned into handbags, they’ll join me in leaving wildlife out of their wardrobes,” said Stone.
PETA filed complaints against both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Anahuac, Tex., in June. The actions taken resulted in

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ModCloth Taps Lizz Wasserman as First Fashion Director

ModCloth, the retro-minded e-tailer that in January brought on Matt Kaness as chief executive officer, has just hired its first fashion director.
Lizz Wasserman, who is based in Los Angeles and will work out of ModCloth’s office there, will report to Kaness and co-founder and chief creative officer Susan Koger, who are both based in the brand’s San Francisco headquarters. Wasserman will create seasonal collections for ModCloth’s line of branded apparel, which was introduced in August.
Wasserman, who studied sociology at the University of Wisconsin, has spent time at brands like Free People and Urban Outfitters, and was most recently Global Creative Director at 20th Century Fox Film.
“Her expertise will be invaluable as we grow our namesake label into a true ‘collection’ of high-quality pieces that are joyous, whimsical and make you feel your best,” Koger said.
Wasserman said that she was drawn to ModCloth’s supportive community and its vintage DNA, and described her aesthetic as “simpler silhouettes in beautiful prints and easy fabrics, with standout pieces.”
In this newly created role, Wasserman will “have an immediate impact on our product narratives, visual concepts and overall brand storytelling,” said Kaness, who also spent time at Urban Outfitters (although the two did not work there

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Mambo Taps Emma Mulholland

SURF’S UP: Mambo is hooking up with some emerging Australian fashion talent.
The 30-year-old Australian surf and streetwear brand — which was acquired by Los Angeles-based Saban Brands in January for an undisclosed sum — announced Wednesday it will be releasing a collaboration capsule collection with Sydney-based Emma Mulholland, one of Australia’s hottest up-and-coming designers, for the southern hemisphere’s spring-summer season.
An Australian exclusive for now, the 35-unit Emma Mulholland x Mambo Goddess collection will be released through Myer stores nationwide and online at ASOS.com on Aug. 17.
Inspired by the psychedelic marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, the collection features mix–and-match swimwear, T-shirts, leggings, shirts, jackets and sunglasses. Prices range from 39.95 Australian dollars, or $ 29 at current exchange, for a Lobster bra or Angel fish tank, to 149.95 Australian dollars, or $ 110, for a chambray Angel Fish bomber jacket or embroidered Lifestyle jacket.
Known for her acid bright color palette and quirky prints, Mulholland launched her label in 2011 straight out of design school — Sydney’s Fashion Design Studio — and regularly shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Her pieces have attracted the attention of music boldfacers such as Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Grimes, M.I.A and Kimbra. Mulholland is also the

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Galeries Lafayette Taps Hyères Finalist for Capsule Line

NEW FACE: French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has tapped Louis-Gabriel Nouchi, a finalist in the 2014 edition of the Hyères Festival, to design a 15-piece capsule collection for fall set to go on sale on Sept. 23.
The collection is made up of minimalistic looks in bright colors that use abstract patterns and oversized volumes to mix feminine and masculine codes.
“The idea was to have that masculine-feminine ambivalence, on one side a very masculine woman who becomes even more feminine like that I think, and on the other side a man playing with the feminine codes without being ridiculous. It’s about the right balance between the two,” Nouchi said in a YouTube interview.
“I also really like color, because I think it’s the field in which we can try new combinations, new proportions,” he explained.
A graduate of La Cambre, Nouchi was spotted at the Hyères Festival, which Galeries Lafayette has sponsored for eight years. Recently, the retailer recruited young design duo Marius et Léonie to create a capsule collection for its Version Originale private label. It has also supported the ANDAM prize since 2003.

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Betsey Johnson Taps Dance Moms’ Maddie Ziegler for an Adorable New Collaboration

Betsey Johnson‘s punky, funky, completely spunky style translates perfectly to the dance world, as evidenced by her brand-new collection for dance-wear giant Capezio. The campaign shows Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler in a range of apparel and accessories including, yup, a tutu.

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The range is available for sale starting today and ranges between $ 20 and $ 120.

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Blue Nile Taps Monica Rich Kosann for Exclusive Collection

ON THE NILE: Monica Rich Kosann is getting a new online home. The fine jewelry designer has created a new collection exclusively for online jewelry retailer Blue Nile. “Blue Nile is one of the leading retailers in the digital space and are credited as being one of the first to develop a new model for selling jewelry online,” said Rich Kosann. “As a brand with an omnichannel perspective, we welcomed the opportunity to create an exclusive collection for them.” Inspired by the act of storytelling, the collection consists of classic lockets and unique charms, such as family trees, handprints and wedding bells. The pieces are made of 18-karat gold and sterling silver, with accents of sapphires, mother-of-pearl and blue topaz. “The collection stays true to the locket and charm collections that underpin our business,” explained Rich Kosann. “We had always seen an opportunity to create an opening price, petite 18-karat gold charm collection that would fit the growing merchandising matrix for our brand. We felt Blue Nile was the ideal launch partner for that.” With the collection, Rich Kosann joins Bree Richey, Robert Leser, Lisa Jenks and Sloane Street & Sage as part of the Blue Nile Designer Collective, the

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Levi’s Taps Local Talent for Berlin Store

PERSONAL TOUCH: Levi’s has collaborated with local talents for the first time to celebrate the reopening of its Berlin flagship store on Kurfürstendamm.
For two weeks starting March 30, classics like Trucker Jackets and 501 jeans personalized by young designers Bobby Kolade, Malaikaraiss and Sopopular will be on display in the Levi’s store – Germany’s largest.
Customizing has been part of Levi’s DNA from the outset. The brand’s jeans were personalized by 19th-century miners and Fifties Rockabillies, for instance. But repair and customizing services only entered into the corporate strategy in 2010 with the Levi’s Tailor Shops in European flagships.
The company plans to open such shops in all of its major European stores and intensify collaborations with local designers.
“We want to work more with Berlin talents,” said a Levi’s spokesman. “The city has always been a symbol of freedom and subversion — attributes inherent to our brand.”

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Suno Taps New COO

NEW HIRE: Suno has tapped Maloni Goss, formerly the director of wholesale strategy development at Chanel, as chief operating officer. In her new role, Goss will oversee all operational aspects of the business including finance, sales, production, e-commerce and merchandising. Previously, Goss held buying and merchandising roles at the Gap Inc. and Ralph Lauren. Goss said she jumped at the opportunity to work with designers Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis. “We have a natural synergy that is rare and is so important for a strong leadership team,” Goss said. Her plans include growing the brand’s wholesale business within the U.S. and internationally, as well as relaunching its e-commerce site, entering new categories such as accessories and shoes, and eventually opening the brand’s first retail store. Suno is currently sold in over 70 retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, Net-A-Porter, Ikram, The Webster and Opening Ceremony.

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True Religion Taps Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

The brand has brought Westbrook on board as campaign creative director and is partnering with the Oklahoma City Thunder player on its spring ad campaign.

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Karl Lagerfeld Taps Cartoonist Tiffany Cooper for Capsule Collection

Tiffany Cooper with her drawings.

Tiffany Cooper was invited by Karl Lagerfeld to create a capsule collection featuring her drawings of the designer and his famous pet Choupette.

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River Island Taps Edward Enninful

River Island

The stylist is behind the high street chain’s spring campaign.

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