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Eminent luxury fashion houses and international couturiers showcased their latest bold and avant-garde Spring/Summer 2015 lines at the recently held edition of Paris Haute Couture Week.

Italian company Versace featured a sexy and glamorous range created under the guidance of chief designer Donatella Versace. Enhanced with transparent cutouts and long, curve accentuating form-fitted silhouettes, the presentation displayed flared jumpsuits with frontal split detailing, tight black trouser suits, and an array of dresses and gowns with plunging necklines and thigh-high slits.

Drawing inspiration from 1950s, 60s and 70s styles, French label Christian Dior’s Belgian creative helm Raf Simons highlighted futuristic designs. Replete with shimmering sequins and luxurious layers of lace and tulle, the range included exceptionally designed jumpsuits, floral pattern adorned transparent duster coats and voluminous skirts in psychedelic colours.

Parisian house Chanel’s designer Karl Lagerfeld showed 73 pieces for the next S/S season. Accented with ladylike silhouettes, bare midriffs, low-slung hip belts and crystal flowers, the line featured tweed suits, rose-encrusted beanies and tulle dresses in a mixed palette of pastels and occasional pops of electric blue, yellow and orange.

Italian designer Giorgio Armani’s high-fashion brand Armani Prive showcased some 68 looks at the French couture runway. Decorated with Oriental prints and bamboo motifs, the delicately structured elegant pieces were made using yards of glossy nude fabrics, luxe silks and beaded materials.

Schiaparelli, the recently resuscitated brand founded by late Italian fashion designer and Coco Chanel contemporary Elsa Schiaparelli, showcased an innovative catwalk line themed as ‘Elsa’s pioneering spirit’. Embellished with poker chip buttons and embroidered 3-D bows, the featured ensembles were silk trousers and constellation print eveningwear.


The German model-turned-fashion designer Claudia Schiffer has sealed a two-season design deal with luxury knitwear house Tse.

According to WWD, the collaboration’s first instalment, set to debut sometime during the autumn season, will feature around 17 exclusive cashmere and wool-blend pieces.

Inspired from the English artist David Hockney’s famed 1970’s photographs, the collection reflects ethos of the 44-year-old supermodel’s scenic English countryside home.

Made using traditional hand-knit techniques like intarsia and aran, the capsule range, which is being co-designed with Tse creative director Tina Lutz, will feature knit dresses, cardigans, sweaters, pants and capes in a variety of weights.

Claudia forayed into designing with an eponymous Autumn/Winter cashmere collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2011. Later in 2012, her namesake brand released a Spring/Summer line which is sold globally in department stores and high-end boutiques.

Founded in 1989, Tse is known for its modern approach to the luxurious fibre cashmere. The company offers home furnishings as well as sweaters and clothing for women, men and children.



The Mexican songstress Thalia Sodi has signed an exclusive multi-year design partnership deal with the American mid-range department store chain Macy’s.

Inspired from the signer’s personal sultry Latina style, the introductory animal and ornate floral prints enhanced range is made using soft, form flattering materials like polyester, spandex, rayon, faux leather and nylon.

Based in metallic, neon blue, bright pink and red shades, the collection features wrap dresses, bodycons, skinny pants, bootcut three-button ponte trousers, pull-on scuba pencil skirts, studded blousons and sleeveless ruched sheaths.

The debut Spring 2015 line also includes knit draped cardigans, laser cut bomber jackets, wide leg jumpsuits, chiffon trim boleros, chain embellished tank tops and cowl neck blouses.

Founded in 1858, headquartered in Cincinati, Ohio, Macy’s operates some 850 department stores locations in the continental United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Guam alongside a prominent Herald Square flagship location in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

An acclaimed songwriter, author, actress and entrepreneur, the multi-faceted musician Thalia has sung in various languages including Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Filipino.


The German-born American fashion model Heidi Klum has finally launched her much-awaited debut innerwear collection created in collaboration with the New Zealand-based intimate apparel maker Bendon.

The model has created pieces suited for various kinds of women personalities, ranging from the quiet comfort seeking ladies to the flirty, feminine thrill seeking ones.

Inspired from the 41-year-old supermodel’s personal style preferences, the Heidi Klum Intimates features several delicate lace and smooth silk satin finished matching bra and brief sets, enhanced with contrasting straps and tiny silky bows.

Adorned with rose prints, the scarlet, peach, black and cream colours heavy line also offers chemises and long robes.

The Bendon website introduces the range as- “The Heidi Klum Intimates collection exudes femininity, elegance and sophistication, each piece designed with the modern woman in mind. The collection features pieces for everyday along with those special moments in exquisite laces, delicate silks, soft modals and microfibre combined with the very best technology.”

In addition to giving her inputs into the over-all designing process, the mother of four, who also owns a babywear collection with Babies ‘R’ Us, has also posed in advertising campaigns wearing pieces from the line.

The newly formed partnership with Klum has replaced Bendon’s 25-year-long collaborative innerwear design venture ‘The Body’ with Australian businesswoman Elle Macpherson who exited the brand in the end of 2014.

Founded in 1947, Bendon operates through a network of more than 50 stores in Australia and New Zealand as well as an online store that offers more than 1500 products from 12 of its brands.

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The American retailing company Target Corporation is set to launch a new reasonably priced, plus-size womenswear brand named AVA & VIV on February 22, 2015.

Created by the brand’s uber chic in-house design team, the range has been developed based on inputs taken from fashion bloggers Nicolette Mason, Chastity Garner and Gabi Gregg.

Speaking about the line, Stacia Andersen, senior vice president, merchandising, apparel and accessories, Target, said, “Target is synonymous with great design, and with the launch of AVA & VIV, we’re stepping up our fashion game for our Plus-size guests. From stylish original prints to the attention to detail and fit, this line is meant to impress and we can’t wait to share it with our guests.”

Targeted towards women who love fashion and appreciate a good value, the collection will offer a mix of trend-driven statement pieces along with stylish basics like bright skirts, tops, pants and accessories.

The line’s spring look book showcases the season’s looks modelled by the three bloggers who helped developing the collection. According to a press statement, the yet-to-be released range will be updated monthly.

Founded in 1911, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Target Corporation is the second-largest discount retailer, owning some 1,934 stores, in the US.


WHAT:    Fashion law is a quickly growing practice area — a place where IP and corporate junkies alike can aspire to dress stylishly while honing their legal skills in the glamorous world of haute couture law. Join the Above Law team, along with the fashion industry’s leading lawyers, for an evening of cocktails, canapés, and conversation focusing on the many ins and outs of fashion law.

WHO:     Moderated by Above the Law Editor Staci Zaretsky, panelists include:

Barbara Kolsun, General Counsel of Stuart Weitzman

Jennifer Sheaffer, Senior Corporate Counsel of J.Crew Group

Michael Lasky, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert

Sherry Jetter, Special Counsel of Katten Muchin Rosenman (formerly of HMX, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Donna Karan New York)


WHEN:          Thursday, February 5

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE:         Carson Street Clothiers

63 Crosby Street

New York

TICKETS:      The event is free. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


Above the Law is the biggest and best site for original legal news, counting among its readers everyone from general counsels and senior partners at the nation’s biggest firms to the ranks of 1Ls. Written by lawyers for lawyers, Above the Law’s staff blankets the courts, law schools, corporations, and life at firms both big and small. It’s the first with salary and bonus information and is a hub of professional advice for legal professionals at all career stages.


Tommy Hilfiger, one of the world’s leading premium designer lifestyle groups, has announced its Spring 2015 global advertising campaign ‘I do Hilfiger’.

In the campaign, photographed by Craig McDean, fictional ‘Hilfigers’ family comes together in Sonoma, California, to celebrate as wedding bells chime. The campaign stars supermodel Behati Prinsloo as the modern, spirited bride.

Razor sharp tailoring meets fun and floaty silhouettes, and everyone in the wedding party gets a dose of denim, leather, stripes and spangles.

“Inspired by my own family and the spirited heritage of the Tommy Hilfiger brand, the campaign captures a unique, eclectic mix of attitudes and styles. For Spring 2015, our collection fuses a relaxed rock-and-roll edge with our signature stamp that’s East Coast cool,” said Tommy Hilfiger.

‘I do Hilfiger’ will be released worldwide this year with a multi-media programme through an online, print, outdoor and social media presence.


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