Chanel Unveils First Campaign With Penélope Cruz

CRUZ FOR CRUISE: Chanel has unveiled its first advertisements starring Penélope Cruz, who joins the likes of Margot Robbie and Kristen Stewart as the latest star to be lensed for a campaign by Karl Lagerfeld.
The black-and-white images show the Oscar-winning actress dressed in items from the label’s nautical-themed cruise collection, shown in May in front of a 330-foot-long replica ocean liner constructed in the middle of the Grand Palais in Paris.
Cruz brings a sensual warmth to the line’s tweed jackets and striped knits. In one image, she wears a checked tweed beret and a sweater emblazoned with La Pausa, the name of the villa in the South of France built by founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in the Thirties, which Lagerfeld used to christen his spectacular boat.
“It’s such an iconic brand and Karl is a genius, and I’ve been admiring everything he’s done since I was a little girl, so it’s such a pleasure working with him. He’s like the king of fashion and we had a really, really interesting photo shoot, so to be in front of his camera is an adventure,” Cruz told WWD in July.

Penélope Cruz in the Chanel cruise ads. 
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Sabyasachi Unveils L’Oréal Paris, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Collaboration

Designer and Indian celebrity favorite Sabyasachi Mukherjee has dipped into cosmetics with beauty giant L’Oreal Paris, working with actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the 21-piece collection, which is now available for sale online.
While the makeup is positioned as a festive collection, Sabyasachi wrote when debuting the line on Instagram late on Monday evening that he wanted the range to feel classic and simple.
“For me, classic is iconic, because classic is unforgettable,” the designer said. “The whole world is moving towards a state of effective simplicity where classic will lead the way. Makeup will be more about a stronger, lasting identity. A winged black liner with a bold red mouth offset with a simple saree and wind-swept hair is perhaps an iconic Indian beauty look.”
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The campaign with Rai Bachchan was shot on July 15 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Sabyasachi also shared how the look for the look for the packaging came together — inspired by a fountain pen that one of his team was using.
“It is sometimes funny how things just come together. We were all in deep discussion about the new packaging and nothing was quite working out. I wanted something

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Microsoft Unveils Game Streaming Technology Project xCloud

Microsoft is building a global game streaming technology called “Project xCloud,” it announced on Monday. Microsoft is testing the tech out today, it said in a blog post. Project xCloud runs on devices paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller via Bluetooth and it’s playable using touch input. The tech is complementary to Microsoft’s ongoing work […]

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Hedi Slimane Unveils Venue for Celine Debut

PARIS CENTRAL: For his debut show for Celine on Sept. 28, Hedi Slimane has chosen a powerful symbol of Paris: the Hôtel des Invalides, home to Napoleon’s tomb.
The designer posted an image on Instagram of a metallic structure being erected under the building’s gilded dome, which sits a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, with the caption: “Show location Paris.”

It won’t be the first time Slimane has staged a display at the venue. It was also the setting for his fall 2014 men’s show for Saint Laurent.
Since he began to unveil his vision for Celine earlier this month, Slimane — who in recent years has been based in Los Angeles — has exalted the French heritage of the house.
He named his first handbag design for the label, the 16, after the location of the brand’s headquarters and atelier in a 17th-century mansion at 16 Rue Vivienne.

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Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console

Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer are among the titles on Sony’s new miniature PlayStation.
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EXCLUSIVE: Jordyn Woods Unveils Fashion Label, Secndnture

Jordyn Woods: activewear designer.
Woods, a Wilhelmina model and influencer, is launching a fashion label called Secndnture, pronounced second nature. The debut line is a size-inclusive, 24-piece collection of activewear made in partnership with apparel manufacturing company Instaco.
“I always wanted to start my own business,” Woods said over the phone from Los Angeles. “I chose the name Secndnture because everything in life that comes natural to you is second nature. I thought it would be perfect for activewear because your activewear should feel like a second skin.”
Secndnture’s debut collection spans sports bras, bodysuits, biker shorts, high-waisted leggings, tops and jackets. Sizes go from XS to 2X with prices ranging from $ 45 to $ 79. The line, manufactured in China in a WRAP-certified factory, will launch on Aug. 30 as a digital first brand with pop-ups to come. Future releases will be limited edition and will take place every couple of months.
Woods, 20, has previously collaborated with BooHoo and Addition Elle on apparel, as well as with Barney’s on a shoe line. She is known for her close friendship with Kylie Jenner, with whom she currently lives, and has appeared in Jenner’s reality TV series “Life of Kylie,” as well as “Keeping Up With the

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Chris Cornell’s daughter unveils duet with late father

The 13-year-old daughter of singer Chris Cornell has unveiled a duet with her late father, a year after his death.
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NHS funding: Theresa May unveils £20bn boost

The PM says it will be part-funded by a “Brexit dividend” but Labour says this is a “hypothetical” windfall.
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Rimowa Unveils Second Installment of Fendi Collaboration

TAKE TWO: Rimowa has unveiled the second installment of its collaboration with Fendi.
The sleek aluminum cabin trolley, launched last November, will go on sale this month in two new colors, blue and red. The earlier black-and-yellow version was featured in Fendi’s travel-themed men’s ready-to-wear show in January.
Like its predecessor, the case displays the double F logo with a brushed effect, which changes depending on the light, as well as Cuoio Romano leather handles on the top and side, and a web belt that runs across the case. A new leather Airbag charm, shaped like a paper airplane, has Fendi’s signature Bag Bugs eyes.

The Fendi Airbag charm for Rimowa. 
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The novelty is that the cases will be among the first to feature Rimowa’s new visual identity, unveiled earlier this year to coincide with the brand’s 120th anniversary. Personalization options include stickers and a customizable leather name tag that snaps onto the external belt.
Fendi, which like Rimowa belongs to French conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, was the first brand to collaborate with the German luggage maker following the arrival of luxury scion Alexandre Arnault as chief executive officer.
Rimowa has also made limited-edition suitcases with Supreme, Off-White and graphic design duo M/M Paris.

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EXCLUSIVE: Beltology Unveils Collaboration With André Saraiva

Start-up accessory brand Beltology is taking things up a notch as they launch their first collaboration with graffiti artist and sometimes restaurateur and nightlife impresario, André Saraiva. The limited-edition collection, Beltology x André, launches exclusively in Barneys New York’s retail locations and online June 2 during the retailer’s thedropLA@barneys events.
Beltology founders Andrew Heffernan and Anna Lundberg were local fans of Saraiva’s now shuttered Café Henri in New York when they approached him with the idea.
“We were looking to collaborate, but we thought he might be too big for our brand. But when we started telling him our brand’s story and talking we could see that he represents so many things we want our brand to represent: colorful, fun and carefree, plus he is so incredibly charming,” Heffernan explained.
The result is a limited-edition capsule collection of five new colorways of Beltology’s signature stretch woven belts, each belt has a pin with custom artwork by Saraiva and features a leather-wrapped buckle and foil stamp of his graffiti artist alter-ego “Mr. A.”

André Saraiva 
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“I found my perfect belt many years ago in Paris and I always wanted to design my own in that style. My girlfriends always used to steal mine,” Saraiva lamented. He noted

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Matchesfashion.com Unveils Colville in London

CALLING COLVILLE: Matchesfashion.com has launched Colville, a contemporary label, with an installation at the retailer’s town house in London’s Marylebone.
Named after artist David Hockney’s Seventies residence, the brand is the brainchild of Molly Molloy, Kristin Forss and Lucinda Chambers. Design directors Molloy and Forss honed their skills at the Italian brand Marni for more than 10 years and worked with Chambers, who styled the label.
The designers describe their label as “personal, modern and eclectic, fearless, sensitive, eccentric and rigorous” and said during a walk-through that it’s an amalgamation of Chambers’, Forss’ and Molloy’s arty styles.
There is a focus on color, self-expression and texture.
The 30-piece offering is filled with layer-able pieces including tailored outerwear, cropped parkas, graphic printed dresses, skirts, jacquard knits and trousers.
The trio has also teamed with jewelry designer Vicki Sarge and milliner Stephen Jones on accessories. Prices range from 345 pounds for a pair of shoes to 1,560 pounds for a coat.
It will be sold exclusively at the British retailer.
“We love working together, we knew we could create a brand that we all wanted to wear and it felt very natural,” said Molloy.
Forss said the inspiration was “the women we know, who are intelligent and exciting and who

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Jimmy Kimmel Unveils Amazon’s New Trump-Proof Delivery Service

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Apple unveils new emoji to represent disabilities

Apple has proposed a set of new emoji to provide better representation of people with disabilities.
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Lulu Guinness Unveils See-Now-Buy-Now Range in London

INSTAGRAMMABLE INSTALLATIONS: “All people really want are photo opportunities on Instagram,” said Lulu Guinness at her accessories presentation held at The Hospital Club in London on Saturday.
She mused that all parts of the location were Instagrammable. “I wanted to have dancers, not models,” said Guinness. “We have always been sort of a small maverick company, and we’ve been an outsider. So I feel we can do different things.”
The designer said for this presentation, she focused on what people were engaged in during fashion week and mounted a series of mini installations. There was an interactive wall of art, where guests traced their hands. She utilized Sadler’s Wells dancers rather than models to present her range. There was a mirrored room — where guests could take selfies with Guinness’ bags — while disco balls hung from the ceiling in a small area, which presented another photo op.
She explained that in today’s marketplace where there are a plethora of brands, “you’ve got to have your act together on how you look and what you’re about.”
“I am also a consumer and a woman that likes buying things,” said Guinness, a fan of the see-now-buy-now format. “Frankly, I am over anything six months later.”
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Natacha Ramsay-Levi Unveils Chloé Pop-up at Selfridges

After her big debut at Chloé last year, designer Natacha Ramsay-Levi is enjoying the fruits of her labor, as her inaugural collection for the French house is dropping in stores around the world.
On Friday, she was in London to celebrate the opening of a dedicated pop-up space at Selfridges, stocking her spring collection of ready-to-wear and accessories.
“It’s incredibly gratifying. I think there are two great elements of the job; putting everything together before the show and then seeing it on the streets and in stores. I love how people mix the different pieces; it’s the best feeling in the world when you see that it works on different women,” said the designer, who has been on tour as of late, to mark her collection’s debut. Earlier this month, she was in New York at Saks Fifth Avenue.
At Selfridges, she worked with the French artist Marion Verboom to inject more personal touches to the pop-up space, located at the department store’s women’s galleries. Verboom’s sculptures, which were also featured at the Chloé show space last season, are displayed throughout the pop-up alongside Ramsay-Levi’s signature Drew bags and lace-up boots, which are already selling well at retail.
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Walpole Unveils Winners of Brands of Tomorrow Mentoring Program

I LOVE YA, TOMORROW: Walpole, the association of high-end British companies, has unveiled the winners of its Brands of Tomorrow program and they include Savile Row tailor Kathryn Sargent, flower delivery service Flowerbx, men’s underwear brand Hamilton and Hare and women’s wear and accessories label Rae Feather.
The brands will receive mentorship from a member of the industry and be able to take part in workshops that will help them with financial planning, distribution, strategy, branding, marketing and business management.
Other brands on the list include Asceno, which does pajamas and swimwear; technical sportswear label Castore; leather goods brands L.O.N.B. and Malle London; Method Studio, a boutique creative production house, London-based lifestyle magazine The Jackal and the oil-based skin-care brand Votary.
Sargent, who launched her tailoring brand in 2012, said she is in growth mode. She was the first female head cutter at a Savile Row tailoring house and first female master tailor to have a store on Savile Row.
“We have seen sales and client numbers continue to grow year-on-year,” Sargent said. “I believe we are now an integral part of London’s tailoring scene and hope to capitalize on this by expanding the brand into new associated categories that will help us grow

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Sisley Unveils New Hair-care Brand

BRAND NEW: Sisley is launching a new brand — this time, for hair.
“It’s a rather emotional moment for us to introduce a new brand,” said Philippe d’Ornano, president of Sisley, during a party held in Paris on Monday evening. “The last brand we launched was by my mother and father — Sisley.” That was in 1976.
Cut to today, and the luxury beauty company will shortly roll out Hair Rituel by Sisley, whose product collection includes a revitalizing volumizing shampoo, a revitalizing smoothing shampoo, a restructuring conditioner, a regenerating hair mask and a hair-care oil.

A Hair Rituel product 
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“We are really treatment specialists,” said Isabelle d’Ornano, Philippe’s mother, after the screening of a brief film to present the brand. Hair care, after all, is considered the new skin care today.

At the Hair Rituel by Sisley party. 
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EXCLUSIVE: Simon Spurr Unveils His First Collection for Eidos

MILAN — “Making the brand younger, clean, more modern and elevated, slighter closer to the Isaia brand but distinctively different” is the mission that Simon Spurr said he embraced when, in November, he joined Eidos, the Isaia company’s advanced contemporary firm.
The New York-based, British designer — who has worked in the men’s wear departments of labels including Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren before launching his namesake brand — presented his first Eidos collection exclusively to WWD in the new Isaia headquarters here.
In order to attract “more fashion costumers” but at the same time target a broad audience in terms of age, Spurr designed a versatile collection that, unlike the quintessentially Italian Isaia tailored line, is rooted in an international aesthetic.
In keeping with the British designer’s signature style, the lineup is focused on clean, lean silhouettes infused with a touch of “romanticism and sensitivity,” explained Spurr, who also highlighted the “wearability” of the collection.

A look from the Eidos fall 2018 collection. 
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Featuring more tailoring than in previous seasons, the Eidos fall 2018 effort offers impeccable slim suits, including styles with double-breasted jackets reworked to accommodate six vertical buttons, instead of four. While the overall silhouette of the pants is straight and slim,

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Marchesa Unveils First Collection Since Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Will Marchesa survive?
That is just one of many interwoven sidebars to the huge, ongoing story of how the exposure of widespread workplace-related sexual misconduct will change the culture.
In the big picture a small sidebar, yet one of major significance to Marchesa principals Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. As everyone knows, Chapman is the soon-to-be ex-wife of Harvey Weinstein, whose then-incredible Hollywood clout helped launch the brand and catapult it to red-carpet prominence.
Whether the company will ultimately survive the horror of Weinstein’s transgressions remains to be seen. In October, shortly after the news broke, WWD posed the question to a number of retailers. While several bridal stores expressed support for the brand and its principals, among major retailers, only Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo would go on the record. She noted that Bergdorf’s was the first store to commit to the brand in 2004, and that “We have been avid supporters of Georgina and Keren’s work ever since and hope to continue supporting the brand in the future.” Also in October, Berkshire Hathaway-owned Helzberg Diamonds put on hold the launch of a collection of Marchesa engagement rings.
Since then, there’s been little concrete news to report on Marchesa until now. With the pre-fall season 2018 season winding down,

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J JS Lee Mounts Installation and Unveils Men’s Wear

MOUNTING MENSWEAR: J JS Lee designer Jackie Lee debuted her men’s wear range as an installation during London Fashion Week Men’s on Sunday.
“I love Savile Row,” Lee enthused. “I love men’s tailoring, especially English and American tailoring. And I thought, how can I put a little bit of the humor in it and put a twist in it? It still looks tailored but in a young and a different way. That was the aim.”
Lee’s ensembles were suspended from the ceiling at her presentation held at the Discovery Lab at The Store Studios. “With women’s wear there is so many things to do and men’s there are so many challenges to do,” she mused.
Lee employed wools from British mills and used shades of cream, navy, black and sand. She created a range of separates that included outerwear, tailored jackets, trousers and shirting. Versatile jumpsuits came with detachable pieces while suspenders appeared as decorative elements on suits and jackets.

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MegaDon: Disney unveils Trump robot

Walt Disney World has unveiled a frightfully lifelike Donald Trump robot at the reopening of one of the Florida resort’s most historic attractions.
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SiriusXM Unveils Its ‘Future Five’ for 2018 and ‘Class of 2017’

The music discovery and curation team at SiriusXM announced today its “Future Five” artists for 2018 and the “Class of 2017” — which, in case it isn’t obvious, means its picks for next year and the artists that the satellite radio giant got behind early in their careers and broke through in 2017. “2017 shaped up to be […]

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Les Arcs’s Work in Progress Sidebar Unveils Lineup

Carl Marott’s “The Blue Orchid,” Ciaran Cassidy’s “Jihad Jane, Dangerously Seeking Marriage” and Jamie Jones’s “Obey” are among the 15 films in post which will be presented as Les Arcs European Film Festival’s 9th Work in Progress screenings, a sidebar curated by Les Arcs and Tribeca artistic director Frederic Boyer. “The Blue Orchid is the […]

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Carhartt Work In Progress Unveils a London Flagship near King’s Cross

KING’S CROSS CARHARTT: Carhartt Work In Progress, the fashion proposition from the American workwear brand, has opened its first London flagship in the newly-revitalized neighborhood near King’s Cross train station.
Located at 2 Pancras Square, near Nike, &OtherStories and Jigsaw, the 2,500-square feet store spans two levels and also houses a coffee shop. It carries the full Carhartt WIP men’s and women’s ranges and collaborations, with prices ranging from 25 pounds for a watch beanie, to 400 pounds for outerwear.
The interiors are meant to channel a “rugged utilitarianism” with canvas wall panels and display units designed in hues of brown and tan. Floors are done in concrete while aluminium lamps hang from the ceiling. Designer Faye Toogood created the post-industrial brass fixtures as well as the overall look of the store.
Brand director Wilfried Atzert said Carhartt specifically wanted to be in the neighborhood. “King’s Cross has had a transformation. The area is home to Central Saint Martins as well as London’s Eurostar international terminal. The surrounding area is in the middle of a very interesting expansion – offering a diverse mix of shops, bars, restaurants and headquarters as well.”
Launched in 1989 in Europe, Carhartt Work In Progress puts a trendy spin

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Elon Musk unveils Tesla Semi electric truck

Electric car specialist Tesla has unveiled a prototype for a truck equipped with a semi-autonomous driving system that it will start producing in 2019.
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Gucci Unveils Gift Giving Campaign for Holiday Season

HAPPY NEW GUCCI: Gucci is embracing the holiday season by unveiling its latest Gift Giving product selection and campaign, which will be extensively supported by digital activities.
Spanning many categories – ranging from T-shirts and footwear to handbags, jewelry, children’s wear and even porcelain items – the product selection is at the core of a new art book released by the house in collaboration with Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal.
Monreal designed a series of digitally-created artworks incorporating Gucci products and developing a narrative inspired by the story of the fall of Icarus.
“Icarus fascinates me because of his story, which could be read a bit like a mantra,” said Monreal.
“If you fly too close to the sun, you’re going to get burned. If you fly too low, you’re going to drown in the sea. It feels quite bluntly obvious, but I find it quite timeless, and reassuring. You have to find the middle point to land on the other side,” he continued, pointing at the “tricky human condition.” The artist also defined the mythological character as “very romantic and of course symbolic of everything young and pretty. Very East London.”
Illustrations in the book include belt-bags encircling a classical statue, small leather goods set in a contemporary, Renaissance-inspired

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Ralph Lauren Unveils 2018 Olympic Closing Ceremony Uniforms

It’s almost another Olympic year, if you can believe it. Today marks the 100-day countdown to the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018. As such the United States Olympic Committee is unveiling Team USA’s closing ceremony uniforms, designed by Polo Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams for the sixth Olympic Games running.

Polo Ralph Lauren’s Team USA Closing Ceremony Uniforms for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. 

The uniforms worn for the closing ceremony parade are done in patriotic red, white and blue, and include a white water-repellent down jacket; navy double-fleece pants with red stripe detailing, and a vintage ski-inspired sweater in a bold red, white and blue block stripe. To accessorize, there are wool gloves with a winter-inspired intarsia pattern and a matching ski hat; a graphic bandanna featuring the American flag, and brown suede mountaineering boots with red laces.
The Polo Ralph Lauren Team USA Collection will be available beginning in December in select Ralph Lauren and Polo Ralph Lauren retail stores and on ralphlauren.com and teamusashop.com.

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Sogo Department Store Unveils APAC’s Largest Screen

HONG KONG – Department store Sogo has unveiled what it says is Asia Pacific’s largest LED outdoor screen, installed on the facade of its flagship store in Causeway Bay.
Facing Hennessy Road, the screen, called Cvision, began operating on Oct. 27. It measures approximately 19 meters by 72 meters (62 feet by 236 feet)—covering a surface area of more than five full-sized tennis courts. 
“Since its inception in 1985, Sogo Hong Kong, the city’s largest department store, has become an important cultural landmark in Causeway Bay and a must-go retail destination for tourists and citizens alike,” said Alfred Cheng, head of sales & marketing for the company. “The launch of Cvision further cements Hong Kong’s status as a world-class metropolis and demonstrates our relentless push to innovate and adapt in the digital age.” 
Powered by Mitsubishi Electric, the screen produces exceptionally vivid colors with a 50 percent deeper contrast than that of conventional LED screens, parent company Lifestyle International said. Eave-like louvers allow for an 80-degree vertical viewing angle, nearly double that of conventional screens, to maximize street-level visibility.

The Sogo department store screen under construction. 
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The screen’s operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, extended for an extra hour

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Marina Testino Unveils Point Off View Fashion Brand

Marina Testino is ready for her fashion debut. The recent Parsons School of Design graduate and niece of famed photographer Mario today unveils Point Off View, her fashion brand.
After graduating in May and signing with The Society Management’s creative roster, Testino went to Peru to work on the collection. She says she consulted with some of her teachers from school, as well as her aunt, who lives in Peru and studied fashion. “Really, it was kind of a secret project,” Testino says. “I saw my uncle [Mario] over the summer and I showed him the collection, but once it was done, not a lot of people knew that I was doing it.”
Through Point Off View, Testino hopes to release about two capsules a year, featuring a different artist collaboration with each. The first, designed solely by Testino, is called Edition Zero.
The Edition Zero offerings include a “Risky Business”-inspired button-down for $ 120, a denim jacket for $ 210 and an army jacket for $ 180. Each piece is emblazoned with whimsical phrases like “go skinny dipping” or “buy me a drink” or “misbehaving.” Testino says she designed the line for “young women, ages 16 to 30 years, that are outgoing and fun and

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Prada Unveils Restored Mansion in Shanghai

SHANGHAI – The Prada Group has unveiled its latest restoration project: Rong Zhai is a restored mansion in downtown Shanghai, which will be used as a multi-purpose brand and cultural space.
As well as re-showing Prada’s resort 2018 collection and inviting a select group of influencers and celebrities – including director Baz Lurhmann, actress Zhang Ziyi, model Liu Wen and artist Cao Fei – for an intimate dinner at the mansion on Wednesday, the doors of Rong Zhai were thrown open to 1,000 guests for a cocktail party on Saturday night.
The evening included a performance by actor and musician Ansel Elgort, the face of Prada L’Homme fragrance, and among the guests were Du Juan and Alexander Wang.
The unveiling of Rong Zhai – the name translates to “Rong House” – comes following a six-year renovation. Miuccia Prada and her husband Patrizio Bertelli, chief executive officer of the Milan-based group, are not new to such initiatives of preservation. They have supported the restoration of Milan’s 19th-century luxury shopping arcade Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Palazzo Ca’ Corner della Regina, an opulent Baroque palace on the Grand Canal in Venice that was reconfigured as an art space for Fondazione Prada.
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Whitney Museum Unveils Plans for David Hammons Artwork in the Hudson

The proposed sculpture — 373 feet long, 50 feet tall — would be along Gansevoort Peninsula in Hudson River Park. The design evokes the original shed on Pier 52.
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Better Days Unveils Inaugural Art Exhibition With Works From Maripol, Olaf Breuning and Others

DESIGN IN MIND: Despite sounding like a sign of these unsettling times, the restaurant formerly known as Happy Ending quietly reopened as Better Days earlier this month.
But the name change is meant to be an homage to New York City’s music incubators from the Seventies and Eighties. In its original incarnation, Better Days was a place for the disenfranchised to retreat and an escape for artists who danced away their troubles. Owner Oliver Stumm said he wants Better Days to be a neighborhood destination and haven for creatives, so featuring local artists was a natural step in fostering this type of environment.
With that in mind, an exhibition has been culled by Better Days owner Oliver Stumm, as well Rita Cruz, Luke Brown, Eddie Brannan and Skylar Pittman (whose day job is with Bruce Weber’s Studio Little Bear Inc.) The artists they selected are likely to be found at the dinery and downstairs club on any given day. Work from established ones like Jack Pierson, Maripol and Olaf Breuning are in the mix. On view through December, the exhibition will be featured in Better Days’ upstairs space. The downstairs lounge is slated to open Oct. 6.
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Bella Freud Unveils Psychoanalysis Fragrance and Perfume at Liberty

FREUD’S FRAGRANCE: “I wanted it to conjure up this feeling of thoughtfulness and romance,” said Bella Freud at the launch of her latest unisex fragrance, Psychoanalysis, in London on Thursday evening.
Held at the perfume department on the ground level of Liberty, there were tiered displays of the fragrances and candles. The fashion designer daughter of the late painter Lucian Freud and great-granddaughter of Sigmund (no doubt hence the fragrance’s name) said that the name is also derived from the notion of a romantic obsession. “It’s the idea that it’s a journey,” said Freud. “It is the idea of psycho-analysis. When you trust somebody enough to take you to another stage and sometimes you fall in love along the way. I wanted it to smell like something which is very, well, the perfume is very comforting – memory.”
Psychoanalysis contains notes such as neroli, petitgrain and cedarwood, while the candle features hints of neroli and lilac flowers and amber. The fragrance retails for 165 pounds for a 100ml bottle of eau de parfum, while the candle is priced at 45 pounds. They are sold exclusively at Liberty and on libertylondon.com.
This is her fifth fragrance to date. Last year, the designer launched Close

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The Weeknd Unveils First Look from Second Collaboration With H&M

STARBOY STYLE: The Weeknd has unveiled the first look from his second collaboration with H&M on Instagram, posting a photo of himself in a sleek varsity jacket in deep purple and black with the shadows of palm trees and power lines in the background.
The Canadian pop and R&B star, whose birth name is Abel Tesfaye, served as a guest stylist for H&M’s Spring Icons campaign in February and performed at the H&M Studio show in Paris in March. His collection follows the company’s collaboration with British soccer legend David Beckham.

The Weeknd is collaborating with H&M 

The singer recently launched a sneaker boot with Puma, and has also dropped a series of merchandise collections tied to his 2017 Starboy World Tour.

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Marc Jacobs Unveils Hybrid Watch

Marc Jacobs is getting into wearables with a line of hybrid smartwatches. The Riley Hybrid Smartwatch launches for fall with a touchscreen that looks like a classic watch face with a multitude of digital features. The watch can be synced to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and users can control their music, track daily movements, receive message notifications and take photos. Available in four styles that have a multicolor flash crystal, rubber strap and aluminum nylon case, the watches are $ 175 and will be available on marcjacobs.com as well as select boutiques and department stores.
Accompanying the launch is a campaign featuring New York-based influencers and professionals, including musician Alexis Jae, YouTube beauty influencer Amanda Steele, dancer Charisma Glasper, actress Ke’andra Samone and editor and professor Amy Sall. David Hughes shot the campaign and Elissa Santisi styled.
 

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Julien Macdonald Unveils Collaboration with McDonald’s

WHAT A PAIR: McDonald’s U.K. has been looking to elevate its image. To do so, the fast food chain has asked for the helping hand of a London designer who also happens to bear the same name: Julien Macdonald.
Macdonald designed a limited-edition burger box for the McDonalds’ signature collection, a newly launched gourmet burger range. The box, which features a baroque-style gold print inspired by the designer’s signature shimmer, sequins and body-baring silhouettes, will be available at a series of showcase events held at McDonald’s stores across the U.K. Customers can buy the box by signing up to attend the showcase events.
“I drew inspiration from my fashion creations and iconic embellished red carpet dresses. This was translated into a gold, baroque, crystal-encrusted box, which is the perfect packaging for the luxury McDonald’s collection,” said the designer.
Macdonald will also reveal a special hand-embellished box at the McDonald’s Leicester square location, which will later be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald house charities.
“This is our first ever UK packaging collaboration, it’s a brave move and it’s like nothing we’ve ever done before,” said Emily Somers, vice president of marketing at McDonald’s. “It’s a great way to mark our nationwide launch of the signature

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Disney Unveils New Streaming Services

Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it will launch a pair of video-streaming services in the next two years, ending a distribution deal with Netflix as it responds to the cord-cutting trend pressuring the cable industry.
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Lucien Pagès Unveils Elements of Colette Pop-up

SUMMER FLING: Paris p.r. guru Lucien Pagès is gearing up for his summer-themed pop-up, Les Vacances de Lucien, in Colette’s first-floor space starting on Aug. 7. Among the exclusive items carried there will be two new lipsticks from the Rouge Dior line.
Peter Philips, Christian Dior’s creative and image director for makeup, also conceived the color cosmetics looks sported by 16 people appearing in a video installation that is to be shown in the windows of the Rue Saint-Honoré store.

Created by Studio L’Étiquette, the clip features 16 personalities, including Bella Hadid, Charlotte Chesnais, Vanessa Seward, Yazbukey and Yoon. In the video, each responds to questions posed by French journalist Sophie Fontanel.
Visitors to the concept store will — through Sept. 2 — be able to snap up especially created items from the brands represented by Pagès’ agency, many of which are one-offs, as well as a selection from their fall collections. Olympia Le-Tan, A.P.C., Loewe and RVDK/Ronald van der Kemp are among the 32 labels and designers participating.
As reported, the landmark Paris boutique is to host a series of pop-ups before closing its doors definitively on Dec. 20.

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Kylie Jenner Unveils Her Look-Alike Wax Figure

Watch as the "Life of Kylie" star reveals her spot-on wax figure look-alike at Madame Toussands in Hollywood!
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Venice Gap-Financing Market Unveils Selected Projects, Including VR Works

ROME – The Venice Film Festival’s Gap-Financing Market, which helps indie European and international producers secure the final portion of financing for their projects, has announced the 47 feature films, documentaries, TV series, and virtual-reality projects that have made the cut. They comprise 25 feature films and documentaries, many of which have been making the rounds… Read more »

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Huntsman Unveils Larger Bespoke Salon in New York

NEW YORK — Custom clothing is one of the rare hot-ticket items in American men’s wear these days, and with more than 167 years of experience creating bespoke clothing on the famed Savile Row in London, Huntsman wants to carve out a bigger piece of the pie in the U.S.
In February, the company opened a small appointment-only salon at 130 West 57th Street here, a multiuse building between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. This week it invited customers in to see a new space in the same building that is three times larger and includes the addition of a cutter from London who will be housed in the location permanently.
Additionally, the brand has hired veteran men’s wear executive Edward Turco as director of its U.S. operations. Turco most recently was corporate custom manager for Loro Piana in the U.S., was president of Burberry Tailored Clothing and also spent time at the former Hartmarx Corp.
Pierre Lagrange, the Belgian hedge fund manager and cofounder of GLG Partners, who purchased Huntsman in 2013, made a visit to the location — dubbed a pied-à-terre — to meet customers and christen the new space this week.
“Half of our business comes from America,” Lagrange said, so it made

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Axel Arigato Unveils Second Clothing Capsule

BLOOMING BUNCH: Following its initial launch last March, Axel Arigato has created its second clothing capsule for men.
“Working with a capsule collection allows me to experiment and try out different concepts on a smaller scale,” said creative director Max Svärdh. “I’ve been really into florals this season and wanted to let the concept express itself in three different garments.”
Titled “Saku,” the collection takes its cue from the Japanese word for bloom. The six-piece range consists of sweatshirts, hoodies and T-shirts in a red, black and white palette. The lineup includes logos accented with floral embellishments. The price range is from 55 pounds or $ 70 for a T-shirt to 125 pounds or $ 159 for a hoodie. The capsule is available for purchase at the brand’s web site, London flagship and Stockholm concept space.
“We recently opened up our temporary concept store titled “Axel Arigato Gallery” in Stockholm,” said chief executive officer Albin Johansson, “which we are very excited about as well as our second capsule clothing collection. For us Axel Arigato is a platform to test different ideas and concepts. With all we do, we want to create an idea of constant movement and energy. We want our customers to discover new

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E3 2017: Microsoft unveils Xbox One X

The new, super powerful console is shown off ahead of the E3 games show in Los Angeles.
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Microsoft has unveiled the next generation of its games console – the Xbox One X – which will be released later this year.
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Apple Unveils Smart Speaker Called HomePod

Apple revealed a voice-activated speaker on Monday, thrusting itself into the rapidly escalating fight between the biggest names in technology to control the home through a tabletop device.
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Apple unveils smart speaker and operating system

Apple has announced a new smart speaker device and a new iPad Pro, as well as upgrades to its mobile and desktop operating systems.
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Moschino Unveils Candy Crush Capsule Collection at Coachella

Jeremy Scott is returning to the desert for his 11th annual bash at Coachella, this time on behalf of Moschino, with mobile game Candy Crush and streaming video platform Tidal, which will live-stream musical performances from the party including appearances from Lil Uzi Vert and a surprise headliner. (Hint: It’s not an act performing at the festival.)
The always colorful event this year will be inspired by the Moschino Candy Crush collaboration on a capsule collection of summer festival items including a limited-edition backpack ($ 650); iPhone case ($ 70), and women’s and men’s swimwear ($ 300 and $ 205, respectively). Designs in the collection were inspired by the colorful candies featured in the mobile game Candy Crush. The pieces will be available on moschino.com starting today until supplies last.
Celebrities expected are Scott’s BFF Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner, Jared Leto, Sophie Turner, Emma Roberts, Justine Skye, Hailee Steinfeld, DNCE, Kiersey Clemons, Frances Cobain, Paris Hilton, Emily Ratajkowski, Kehlani, Joan Smalls, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, Soo Joo Park, Jasmine Sanders, Jordan Barrett, Romee Strijd, Chanel Iman, Dilone, Bebe Rexha, Will Peltz, Jasmine Tookes, Elsa Hosk, Grace Mahary, Soko, Riley Montana, RJ King, Martha Hunt, Georgia Fowler, Shanina Shaik, Matthew Noszka, Izabel Goulart, Poppy Delevingne, Charli XCX,

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Phoenix Art Museum Unveils ‘Yeohlee|Serra’ Exhibition, Combining Fashion and Art

UNDER THE DESERT SUN: The Yeohlee Teng designs that are now on view in the Phoenix Art Museum’s “Yeohlee|Serra” exhibition were a long time coming.
Curator Dennita Sewell first saw Yeohlee’s pieces, when she was a collections manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. “She saw them there and I guess they stayed with her for a very long time.” Teng said. “That was in 1995 and the pieces were from spring of 1992.”
Sewell said, “I was there when they were donated and I just always remembered how striking they were. You can imagine in that environment where there are so many great things, and they made such an impression on me — the graphic nature [of the pieces], the originality. I believe she came in and talked about the zero waste [principle] and how they had been sewed from seven meters.”
The compact exhibition juxtaposes Teng’s ivory and black designs opposite Richard Serra’s oil-stick paintings. The artist is known to heat black paint stick sometimes to a fluid state to create elemental forms. But Teng noted, “Both bodies of work happened independently of each other. They just happened in the same time frame but in different disciplines.”
Another curator, Susan Sidlauskas,

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Sony unveils 4K and super slow-mo smartphone

Sony has unveiled the world’s first smartphone to be equipped with a 4K definition high dynamic range screen – technologies which until now have been limited to premium televisions.
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Kensington Palace Unveils Princess Diana Style Exhibition

LONDON — It’s been nearly 20 years since the death of Princess Diana, and Kensington Palace — the royal’s former home – is marking the anniversary with a show of her style — and how it evolved over the years.
“Diana: Her Fashion Story,” which opens to the public on Friday, showcases looks she wore during daytime public engagements as well as for evening occasions. It will be open for two years.
“Diana has become a fashion icon in the same way as Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn — timeless, elegant, and still so relevant,” said curator Eleri Lynn, during a walk-through on Wednesday.
“She championed British fashion designers and put many of them on the international stage. Everything she wore had a huge impact and was copied by the high street. She helped popularize the romantic look in the early Eighties, the fabulously glamorous ‘Dynasty’ look in the late Eighties, and the sleek silhouettes of the Nineties. Each of these looks reappears on the catwalk from time to time, and are inseparable from Diana. Perhaps her greatest influence, though, will be championing understated British tailoring in the Nineties,” she said.
Lynn described the show as the story of “a young woman who had to

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Kanye West Unveils a Brand-New Yeezy Sneaker

Introducing the Yeezy Runner.

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Visionaire Unveils ‘Toiletpaper Paradise’ Exhibit With Maurizio Cattelan

PARADISE NOW: Things are getting trippy at The Gallery at Cadillac House.
For the latest exhibition in their ongoing partnership with Cadillac House, Visionaire founders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos have tapped Italian artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari — the duo behind mischievous, irreverent art magazine, Toilet Paper — to create an interactive installation, dubbed “Toiletpaper Paradise.”
The exhibit opens today and will remain on view until April 12.
Dean and Kaliardos came across Cattelan and Ferrari’s “Maze of Quotes” installation at the most recent edition of Art Basel Miami Beach in December, and they liked it so much that they immediately asked the duo to stage an installation for The Gallery at Cadillac House.
Two months later, the fantastical installation was complete, featuring ordinary domestic settings — a fully furnished bedroom, a kitchen — reimagined through a psychedelic lens. Guests will be invited to touch, play, lounge and, undoubtedly, take Instagram selfies in the space.
“My favorite aspect of the installation is the fact that you can interact with it as if it were your very own one bedroom apartment,” Dean said. “A Cadillac executive is having a meeting in the ‘Toiletpaper’ living room right now. I plan to eat my lunch in

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Macy’s Material Girl x Pia Mia Unveils Spring 2017 Ads

MG Icon, the joint venture between Iconix Brand Group, Inc., Guy Oseary and Madonna, today unveiled Material Girl’s spring marketing campaign, “Modern Fairytale,” featuring recording artist and Material Girl fashion director Pia Mia Perez, who goes by Pia Mia.
Shot by Ellen von Unwerth and styled by the starlet, the images are inspired by Perez’ first musical performance in a grade school rendition of “Cinderella.” Needless to say, the pairing of the two women resulted in photos that look both romantic yet playful, capturing Perez’s individuality and glamor.
The Material Girl spring looks will also be featured in an exclusive behind-­the-­scenes video from the shoot, set to Pia Mia’s newly released single, “We Should Be Together.”
“Pia Mia is an enormous talent and her star continues to rise. Her distinct sense of style and innate eye for trends, coupled with her fearless attitude, authentically represents the spirit of the Material Girl brand,” said Jamie Cygielman, chief marketing officer at Iconix Brand Group.
Von Unwerth shot Perez at a deconstructed mansion in Los Angeles in a variety of set-­ups, first cheekily lifting a barbell in color-­blocked Material Girl activewear, then posing in a velvet-­lined carriage. In the key shot, Perez pays homage to her first

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Ed Sheeran unveils new ‘post-exile’ music

Ed Sheeran has returned with two brand new singles after taking a year off from the studio and social media.
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CES 2017: Faraday Future unveils super fast electric car

Start-up Faraday Future unveils a self-driving electric car that it says can accelerate from zero to 60mph faster than Tesla’s Model S
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Cruz Beckham unveils debut Christmas single

Young Cruz Beckham has unveiled his debut single If Every Day Was Christmas, announcing all profits will be going to charity.
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Julia Restoin Roitfeld Unveils Le Marché Bleu Holiday Pop-up

JE NE SAIS QUOI: Julia Restoin Roitfeld is adding another slash to her name: curator. The “It” girl, creative director of Didier and founder of Romy and the Bunnies will add a distinctively French flair to Le Marché Bleu, a new holiday market slated to open to the public on Dec. 10 and 11. The two-day pop-up shop, produced by Grey Goose, will be located in SoHo at 64 Wooster Street.
Restoin Roitfeld curated the shop’s inventory, which will feature an assortment of French delicacies, several of which cannot be found in the U.S. — think hot chocolate from Angelina cafe in Paris; Pierre Hermé macarons, an Alain Ducasse advent calendar, Astier de Villatte cuff links and a selection of Scarlett Johansson’s “Yummy Pop” from the new popcorn shop the actress opened in Paris’ Marais district. “I still have such deep ties to France and love incorporating it in my work,” Restoin Roitfeld said of the partnership.
Other, more fashion-centric items include Cire Trudon candles, an Olympia Le-Tan clutch, Armor Lux slippers, Smythson notebooks, and a Yves Delorme cashmere blanket in addition to Grey Goose spirits and drinkware.
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Lauren Conrad Unveils Kohl’s Collection Inspired by Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and It’s So Cute We’re Going Mad

Lauren Conrad, Alice in Wonderland, Kohl's, EMBARGO'DIn a way, Lauren Conrad is painting the roses red–not pink, not green, not aquamarine. But we can’t imagine the Queen of Hearts will be shouting “Off with her head!” after she sees…

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Claridge’s Unveils Burberry’s Umbrella Tree

HIGH SHINE: Claridge’s unveiled its first Burberry-designed Christmas tree in the hotel lobby on Monday. The shiny, motion-responsive tree is made from nearly 100 umbrellas, each of which is finished in bespoke gold and silver metallic fabric. As guests walk by the towering structure, 77,000 individual lights will be triggered, sending twinkling beams into the lobby of the London hotel.
Burberry has also created a Snapchat geo-filter that will enable all Snapchat users to frame their images with metallic Burberry umbrellas, inspired by those on the tree. The bespoke filter, which launches Monday, will be accessible to Claridge’s visitors throughout the holiday season. Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s chief executive and chief creative officer, plans to host an event in the lobby later this week to mark the unveiling.

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Azzedine Alaïa Unveils Kris Ruhs Installation

GARDEN PARTY: Shapes — an estimated 45,000 of them — are on display at Azzedine Alaïa’s gallery in Paris, site of his spring-summer 2016 fashion show earlier in October.
But the shapes are branches, leaves, blooms and berries, all handmade in brass and white porcelain by American artist Kris Ruhs and strung from the ceiling in dense, paisley-shaped arrangements – like some abstract Christmas tree.
Titled “The Hanging Garden,” the installation was unveiled Thursday in tandem with the Fiac contemporary art fair.
Leading a tour of the display, art scholar and critic Donatien Grau said it took more than a week for Ruhs to assemble the thousands of elements, with members of Alaia’s design students lending a hand — along with a number of artist helpers, including Tatiana Trouvé, Adel Abdessemed, Mike Bouchet and Julian Schnabel.
“It makes you smile,” said Grau, calling shapes the linchpin element of Ruhs’ work, which spans jewelry, interiors and objects.
Billed as the first Paris exhibition for Ruhs, it runs through Dec. 27.

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Harrods Unveils Men’s Wear Campaign, Cover to Cover

TOP MAN: Harrods has unveiled its first storewide men’s wear campaign in response to a market category that has grown “beyond comprehension,” according to Jason Broderick, the store’s director of men’s wear, sports and fine watches.
Harrods Man Cover to Cover is a storewide takeover that includes all departments ranging from luxury and tailoring to contemporary and active.
For the first time, the October issue of the biannual Harrods Man Magazine will have 12 covers, created by Tom Ford, Burberry, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Corneliani, Paul Smith, Giorgio Armani and Brioni.
Each of the covers will have their own window at Harrods, facing Brompton Road.
Throughout the month, there will be a series of in-store events and personal appearances. There will also be exclusive capsule collections from Burberry, Balmain, Giorgio Armani, Neil Barrett, Dsquared2 and Givenchy, and limited-edition pieces from Fendi, Moschino, Christopher Kane, Versace, Balenciaga and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Broderick told WWD the men’s wear category “has evolved beyond comprehension and the drive from our customers to embrace this new world has led us to further expand our footprint of men’s wear in the store. The story-telling of men’s wear has become so prolific that we felt now is the

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Carine Roitfeld Unveils Uniqlo Line in Paris

FEELING TIGHT: Carine Roitfeld — one of France’s most famous editors and fashion personalities — presented her 40-piece collection with Japanese retail giant Uniqlo to editors and friends on Wednesday during Paris Fashion Week. The line is set to hit stores worldwide on Oct. 28.
“I love the details,” said Roitfeld, grabbing a panther faux fur coat to show off its reversible side. “There are pockets everywhere, including on tight-fitting skirts. It’s a no-brainer but I love it.”
“I am placing an order right away. I am going to start wearing tight-fit skirts,” said Inès de la Fressange, who’s done her fifth collection for the retail giant, and calls Naoki Takizawa, Uniqlo’s creative director her “Japanese twin brother.”
Roitfeld paid tribute to the fellow French style icon: “Our styles are crisscrossing and complementary. A peacoat paired with a pencil skirt, I should have thought about it earlier,” she said with a laugh.
“We have the two most beautiful pearls of Paris,” said Paris-based fashion consultant Jean-Jacques Picart, referring to Roitfeld and de la Fressange.
“They’re two exceptional French women, with strong personalities: They are both very popular; very different but they have the same values.”
Picart, who counts Uniqlo among his clients, predicts the 179 euros,

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Red Valentino Unveils Web Site

MILAN — The relaunch of Red Valentino is starting with the brand’s new Web site, which has been redesigned to match the new image that creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are shaping for the label.
“Rethinking a brand is not something easy to do,” Chiuri admitted. “For us, the redesign of the Web site is the first major step in the redefinition of the label, since the site is one of the strongest tools to communicate the brand.”
The new site, available at redvalentino.com, has an editorially oriented structure, which allows users to not only see and shop the brand’s collections and connect to its social networks, but also to navigate a range of content that might appeal to Red Valentino’s target age group.
“Our intention was to create a universe around Red where the brand’s values and images are exalted,” said Piccioli, highlighting that Red Life — one of the Web site’s sections — “is the part that really makes redvalentino.com stand out from the crowd.”
Updated every day with new posts, Red Life is the core of the Web site with eight sub-categories. These include “Pick of the Week,” a focus on a special event taking place in the world; “Next Big Thing,” which highlights a current

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Karl Lagerfeld Unveils First Kids Collection

CHILD’S PLAY: Kids and grown-ups munched on cotton candy and Karl Lagerfeld-stamped marshmallows at an event to present the new Karl Kids collection on Wednesday at Karl Lagerfeld’s headquarters in Paris.
Workshops for kids included one to make a key chain in the shape of Karl Lagerfeld’s profile and a pattern coloring workshop where kids could dress a Karl Lagerfeld figurine.
Lagerfeld’s fashions are now offered for boys and girls from newborn up to 16 years old, along with a range of accessories including black gloves, a black tie and a Choupette headband, named after Lagerfeld’s pet cat.
The feline also appears as the whiskered logo festooned on the clothes.
Lagerfeld’s signature kids’ wear collection is set for spring 2016 retailing, with France’s Groupe CWF having the global license.
Selected pieces will be available at children’s e-retailer Melijoe in December before the full collection rolls out to multibrand stores and department stores internationally in January.
French actress Céline Sallette came with her 6-year-old daughter Alice. “She wants to decide what she wears now,” Sallette uttered with a sigh, while browsing the collection.
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Zegna Unveils Japan-Made Capsule Collection

TOKYO—In bid to highlight this country’s high level of craftsmanship and lure new customers, Ermenegildo Zegna is rolling out an exclusive capsule collection made entirely in Japan by local artisans.
The 22-piece collection, labeled “Ermenegildo Zegna Couture Made in Japan”, will go on sale Saturday at Zegna’s flagship in Ginza. It will bow at the brand’s Osaka store on Oct. 1. The company plans to roll out certain pieces to other stores around the world later this year.
Zegna celebrated the collection’s launch with a cocktail party Thursday night at the recently opened Aman Tokyo hotel in the central business district of Otemachi. Stefano Pilati, Zegna’s head of design, and chief executive Gildo Zegna hosted the affair. Guests sipped champagne as they mingled in the lobby area of the hotel, where a nearly 100-foot-high ceiling creates the illusion of being inside a giant Japanese paper lantern.
Photographer Takashi Homma shot the capsule collection on five Japanese “key opinion leaders,” including actor Ryo Kase, who appeared in Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima,” as well as a chef, a musician and an architect. Homma’s photos were on display at the party, along with a video about the project and the collection itself. Olivier Zahm,

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Adam Lambert unveils two new album tracks

Adam Lambert has premiered two stunning new tracks from his forthcoming album, The Original High.
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Guillermo del Toro Unveils Comic-Con ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Crimson Peak’ Fan Experiences

Guillermo del Toro is in the world-building business. The director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and the upcoming gothic tale Crimson Peak is known for signature visuals, and an ability to craft rich universes on the movie screen.

And beginning tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, he and film production company Legendary Pictures are bringing those universes to life with a new initiative that allows attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the movies through “experiential exhibits.”

Before it was unveiled at “Preview Night” of the pop-culture mega-event, which officially opens tomorrow, Huffington Post received an early walkthrough with del Toro of the Legendary booth, which centers around a virtual reality Pacific Rim experience and a “gothic gallery” for next year’s Crimson Peak.

“We are giving them a taste of the set, a physical representation of how elaborate the set can be,” said del Toro of the custom environments. “For a moment, they will be in the world of the movie, even if it’s a brief visit.”

That visit includes the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot “Drift With the Rift” Experience. Based on last year’s blockbuster about giant monsters vs. giant robots (or kaiju vs. jaeger), the combat simulator utilizes Oculus Rift’s virtual reality tech and original film assets from Industrial Light & Magic. After strapping on the Oculus Rift headset, users will enter a 250-story fighting machine and go head-to-head against a kaiju.

Much like within the film, a pilot links with a co-pilot and “drifts” into an alternate state of being, where it feels like you’re really operating at dizzying heights. As you turn your head, so does your VR character take a look around within the world. It is necessary to do so as well, since the kaiju Knifehead shows up to make wreak havoc. After getting lost within the Oculus VR world, users receive a personalized Jaeger Pilot badge for going through the adventure.

The exhibit, said del Toro, will allow visitors to immerse themselves and feel what it’s like to be a jaeger pilot, and since he was involved in each step of the development, he “knows exactly the experience fans are going to get.”

Even though the film came out last year, the Pacific Rim space at the Legendary booth exists because it is a universe del Toro and Legendary want to keep alive.

“So this is one stone in the building of a continuous bridge by expanding the experience and mythology,” he said. “We create a world and we’re keeping it alive.”

Whereas the Pacific Rim presence is designed to promote an expanding brand that includes a comic, a 2017 sequel and planned animated series, the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery is dedicated to welcoming fans into the world of the October 2015 film. A handcrafted tiny hallway set from del Toro, the gallery is like a cabinet of curiosities that includes props and costumes. It feels alive, and for a few moments, it is as if one is exploring a haunted house – but one that has so many more mysteries beyond ghosts. Accompanied by a soundscape designed by Academy Award winner Randy Thom, the brief tour allows one to touch rotted, peeling wallpaper; examine the portrait of character within the film; look through the simulated destroyed roof into a snowy sky and peer down a hallway where specters occasionally appear. It is intimate and personal, and serves to tease clues from the Crimson Peak tale. Everything attendees see is part of a larger story within the movie — including a lot of butterflies, an obvious symbology del Toro will play with in the plot.

“It functions as a mini haunted attraction in a way, and has an eerie beauty that the movie has,” said the director. “You’re given a mini mini version of the set, and the atmosphere of what the film Crimson Peak is going to be.”

“We wanted the atmosphere of the house to eke into you, to touch you,” said Emily Castel, Chief Marketing Officer, Legendary Entertainment. “It is very layered like the film so you become have a vested interest in the journey [del Toro] is taking you on.”

In fact, the two spaces at comic con this year sum up Castel’s mission. A principal of the 533 Marketing Agency, a leading experiential marketing agency bought by Legendary two years ago, she is charged with crafting unique ways for fans to connect to movies.

“The best way is to immerse them into that and create natural extension to the world,” she said. Moreover, she said del Toro is an ideal filmmaker to do just that.

“He’s versed in worlds you want to live in and be in, and both these films are so rich and so ripe for this type of marketing experience”

For del Toro, these installments serve as the next step for a storyteller.

“The purpose is to share part of that storytelling in a very tangible way. It is more than a story or series of images but part of a memory to hold; it really is a beautiful effort to curate and build for their enjoyment.”

“I’m a very big fan of attractions, rides and exhibits,” he added. “They are by no means a whole attraction but it’s a taste of the spirit of it.”

Although Legendary is evangelizing its mission that they are more than movie trailers and old-school marketing via del Toro’s projects, it’s not the first time the company has activated a large-scale experience.

It went with a monster-sized installment at last year’s con with the Godzilla Experience. An enormous warehouse-sized environment, the attraction involved walking through Tokyo streets before a Gojira rampage. Attendees went from a busy marketplace into a simulated underground bunker to a Tokyo skyscraper, and were treated to glimpses of the creature. It was a highlight in San Diego in 2013 and was part of a goodwill campaign to reinsure fans that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla wouldn’t be a repeat of the 1998 film disaster.

“We treated this icon with the demonstrative reverence worthy of the icon, and made him relevant to a whole new audience,” said Castel. “We set the tone, then that tone was maintained.”

While she admits it is difficult to measure marketing like the Godzilla or the Jaeger Pilot experiences, but said she believes it does correlate to box office receipts.

“These stay with you, it touches you. You feel something and therefore will react differently than if you’re a passive recipient of a marketing message, such as a trailer.”

As such, Castel said fans can expect more from Legendary, and even hopes to take the exhibits beyond the con. She said the plan is to work early and directly with filmmakers on future releases to become a “more immediate conduit between their vision and the experience of a consumer.”

“It allows you to actually have a sensory experience within worlds that come to mean a huge amount to fans; the minute you can live it and experience it, you have a rapport with it, and live with it on a different level.”

“For me, it’s creating conversation,” said del Toro. “There is no tangible, quantifiable upside that you can prove with the research and numbers — but comic con is about celebrating the things we love.”
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