Stella McCartney is British Fashion’s Designer of the Year

The British Fashion Council (BFC) announces that Stella McCartney has been named Designer of the Year, receiving the highest accolade at the British Fashion Awards 2012.

Stella also received the Designer Brand award on behalf of her eponymous label, picking up two awards on the evening, both of which recognize a momentous year for the designer through her achievements in the fashion industry and her contribution to Team GB in 2012.

The evening saw 14 awards presented to the leading figures in fashion, recognizing creative talent and design excellence across all areas of the industry. Hosted by Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw at the Savoy Hotel and theatre, the British Fashion Awards were attended by industry leaders, retailers, models, celebrities and media supporting both the winners and nominees of these prestigious awards. Guests on the evening included BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Harold Tillman CBE, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik CBE, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane and Alexa Chung.

“The British Fashion Awards are a significant event which represents the culmination of extraordinary talent, creativity and innovation across the whole industry. The ceremony provides the perfect conclusion to what has been an exceptional year for British fashion and we’re very proud to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees here this evening.” – Harold Tillman CBE, Chairman of the British Fashion Council.

Mr. Tillman was honored on the evening with a Special Recognition award for his term as Chairman of the British Fashion Council and contribution to the fashion industry. In light of the award, Mr. Tillman commented “The last five years have been extraordinary and seeing the BFC and the fashion industry go from strength to strength is a reward in itself so it is completely unexpected to be given this award.  My term as chair ends in just a few weeks time and I am so grateful to all those at the BFC and our designers who have inspired and supported me in equal measure. It has been an honor to serve this great industry for so long – Thank you all.”

The honor of Outstanding Achievement in Fashion was awarded to Manolo Blahnik CBE. This special award is one of the most significant of the evening; it celebrates and recognizes one designer, who throughout their career, has made an impact on the global fashion industry and the award pays tribute to Manolo’s extraordinary career and contribution to fashion.

Beatles Member George Harrison’s Leather Jacket on Sale

The famous clothing item worn by the late English musician George Harrison, celebrated widely for his unforgettable role as the lead guitarist of the popular English rock band The Beatles, will be auctioned at the London-based fine art auctioneering venue Bonhams on December 12, 2012.

The collector’s item, which is a black-colored leather jacket, is expected to fetch a whopping sum of around £120,000 at the auction.

The jacket, which is believed to have initiated the popular ‘leather look’ trend, was worn by the late Beatles member during the band’s high-voltage music performances at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and Hamburg between the years 1960 and 1962.

The garment worn by legendary musician will also be on display for ten days at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, before it goes for auction.

The late singer and songwriter George Harrison worked as a successful film producer and philanthropist after the band split-up in 1970.

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Fashion Week El Paseo to take place in March 2013

The eighth edition of the annual Californian fashion revelry Fashion Week El Paseo will take place at Palm Desert, California from 15th to 23rd March 2013.

Organized by Palm Springs Life magazine, the forthcoming event will showcase a range of apparel and accessory collections from several promising local and international designers.

The luxury American specialty store Saks Fifth Avenue will open the eight-day-long sartorial soiree with its premium spring 2013 women’s and men’s clothing lines.

New York based label Houghton, by designer Katharine Polk, will feature a variety of effortlessly chic, sexy yet strong creations.

Lebanon born and Paris raised independent couturier Gilbert A. Chagoury, who commands an impressive clientele comprising people like Milla Jovovich, Katy Perry and Eva Longoria, will be closing the fashion week with his myriad catwalk presentations.

Other than the spectacular parade of dazzling garments, the event will also feature a special couture show meant only for the cute four-legged canine creatures loved by everybody.

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On November 26th only, consumers will get a FREE mark fashion and beauty gift set valued at $72 at with any $40 (or over) purchase by using the code, MKCYBER.

Local Designers Excel at Haiti’s First Fashion Week

For the first time in the history of Haiti, an international fashion show ‘Haiti Fashion Week 2012’ was held in its capital city of Port-au-Prince to provide an international platform for local designers to showcase their creations.

Designs depicting the rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean nation, created by thirty Haitian and foreign designers, were showcased at the fashion week ‘Moda Yiti 2012’.

The show mainly aimed at revitalization of Haiti’s fashion and apparel industry, which will gradually aid the nation to rebuild itself since the country is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and the recent sandy storm.

Tanya Marie, Rykii De Jude, Daniel Oberti and Musset Payant were some of the prominent international fashion designers who displayed their latest creations at the event.

The event was further illuminated by the presence of popular models Angelova, Izabel, Camille Olivia, Fishel, Nayeli Fanfan and Marina Danae.

The fashion show was organized by the Haitian Center for Support and Promotion of Enterprises (CHAPES) and the Haitian Network of Designers (HAND), in association with Haitian Fashion Industry.

Teen Icon Selena Gomez Unveils New Apparel Collection

Well known teen icon Selena Gomez has introduced new apparel collection ‘Dream Out Loud’ for her younger fans at Kmart, a discount retail store in the US.

Former Disney star’s teen fashion clothing line includes jeans, tops, skirts, hats, jackets as well as handbags and accessories.

As part of the publicity campaign, the Hollywood actress has made several public appearances in her newly designed wardrobe collection.

Selena Maria Gomez is best known for portraying Alex Russo in the Emmy Award-winning Disney channel television series ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’.

Kmart was founded in 1962 and it is the third largest discount store chain in the world, after ‘Walmart’ and ‘Target’.

Pop Singer Chris Brown turns Couture with ‘Black Pyramid’

American pop singer Chris Brown has taken up the new role as a fashion designer, with the launch of his apparel brand ‘Black Pyramid’ in collaboration with the unique clothing line ‘Pink Dolphin’.

The apparel collection is available for sale at the Pink Dolphin’s flagship store in Los Angeles and online. It includes exclusive wardrobes such as hoodies, t-shirts, sweatpants, caps, shorts and wind breakers.

Chris Brown’s design is a merger of logos of both the companies which creates a unique combination of an upside down pyramid with pink dolphins rising from the top. Born on May 5, 1989, Chris Brown is also known for his song writing, rapping, dancing and acting skills. He commands a huge fan base amongst the hip American youth, especially the teenagers.

The Pink Dolphin is a clothing line focusing on unique limited edition wardrobes to provide the legendary feeling to its customers. Every season, the brand launches a new garment design with limited edition stocks.

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London to host Global Kids Fashion Week Next Year

The first Global Kids Fashion Week to be held in London in March 2013 would host several ramp shows, performances, dialogues and such other activities mainly focusing on high-end kid’s fashion.

The event, which would mark the completion of the fashion week season in the UK, would host two main shows – first, a showcase of latest autumn/winter 2013 collections by world’s leading brands and second, a charity event in support of charity Kids Company, where the company would showcase its own spring/summer 2013 collection.

While the first event would be open only to media, the second event to be held under the aegis of premium childrenswear e-tailer would be a ticketed show entertaining entry of public at large. The sum raised from this second show would be utilized to help the underprivileged children of UK.

The fashion week to be held simultaneously with similar events in the USA, Middle East and Australia, will be unique as it would be open to public.

Kids and their parents would also get a chance to view a performance from London’s Children Ballet and to participate in workshops by the V&A Museum of Childhood.

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Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation collection to hit Kohl’s

Kohl’s Department Stores announced the Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation collection will be available nationwide on November 7 at 7 a.m. The limited edition, limited time collection is the first in the company’s DesigNation concept which features fashions from premier designers based on international destinations. Inspired by a trip to Istanbul, the Narciso Rodriguez collection melds the designer’s simple, sophisticated esthetic with the vibrancy of the Turkish culture, creating a collection that epitomizes exceptional design at incredible value.

The contemporary collection of rich fabrics, bold prints and chic silhouettes will feature misses’ outerwear, dresses, skirts, pants and shirts. To give consumers even more options, the company is launching more than 30 exclusive styles and colors that will be available only on

 “Kohl’s is thrilled to launch the first DesigNation collection this holiday season, giving our consumers even more access to world-class designer fashions at a price point they can afford,” said Don Brennan, Kohl’s chief merchandising officer. “Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation delivers extraordinary quality, design and selection. With more than 100 pieces in the collection, our customers will have an unbelievable selection to choose from just in time for holiday.”

 “While my inspiration was drawn from the ancient and historic city of Istanbul, the collection is designed for today’s modern woman,” said Narciso Rodriguez. “Kohl’s DesigNation has given me the opportunity to deliver beautiful, quality clothing to women at a true value. It is exhilarating to see the collection come to life.”

The Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation launch is supported with an integrated advertising and marketing campaign that spans across print, broadcast, digital and social media. To celebrate with consumers nationwide, Kohl’s launched the “Pin Your Dream Looks” app, offering Facebook fans an opportunity to win a weekly $100 Kohl’s gift card by selecting their favorite collection looks on Pinterest through November 15.

Kohl’s second DesigNation collection will feature fashions from Derek Lam who will draw creative influence from his trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The collection, featuring misses’ apparel and swimwear, will be available nationwide in April 2013 exclusively at Kohl’s and Kohl’s will launch multiple DesigNation collections annually featuring a different world-class designer, and marrying his or her aesthetic with influence from select international destinations.

Courtesy NewsDesk Kohl’s Department Stores

Richard Chai to Create Stylish & Chic Pieces for Andaz

Andaz 5th Avenue, a hotel inspired by New York City fashion and design, is excited to announce their newest collaboration with renowned American fashion designer Richard Chai. The celebrated CFDA award-winning designer will be working with Andaz to create chic and functional pieces to be worn by Andaz Hosts, servers and bartenders.

Andaz 5th Avenue believes that the sophisticated elegance, artful tailoring and simple lines of Richard Chai’s collections fit perfectly with the Andaz ethos of attentive yet uncomplicated service in a stylish setting; and that this collaboration is a logical progression to ensure local artisans touch every aspect of the hotel.

“We are thrilled to be working with Richard, whose high standards of simple sophistication perfectly align with our brand ethos,” says Cornelia Samara, General Manager at Andaz 5th Avenue. “We strive to make the guest experience exceptional on every level, and frequently incorporate unique, creative programs into the hotel. This is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with an extremely talented artist and bring high-end, one-of-a kind fashion to our employees and guests.”

Richard Chai, winner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Designer of the Year Award in 2010, has been showing at the renowned New York Fashion Week with his own label since 2004.  Prior to launching his eponymous line, he worked with Marc Jacobs, Geoffrey Beene, Donna Karan and Lanvin. His popular 2008 diffusion line with Target sold out within days. Similar to Andaz 5th Avenue, Richard is known for attention to detail, muted color palettes and a local New York City yet worldly feel.  Employees of Andaz 5th Avenue will share a love of Richard Chai with celebrity fans such as Blake Lively, Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker.

“As a designer, I am inspired by the culture and design that Andaz brings to the hospitality experience. I was excited to be asked by the team at Andaz to design their first high-end collaboration and I’ve been having a great time working with the staff to make sure the line fits with their respective responsibilities within the hotel,” says Richard Chai. “I look forward to meeting the challenge of creating clothing that keeps up with their active roles and reflects the spirit of the hotel.”

Andaz 5th Avenue offers attentive, uncomplicated service in a relaxed, sophisticated environment designed to accommodate guests’ personal preferences and style.

Richard Chai, a New York native, began his career in fashion at an early age with a prestigious internship at Geoffrey Beene as an undergraduate at Parsons School of Design. Upon graduation from Parsons, Chai continued his studies at the Lissa School in Paris, during which time he worked as a sketcher at Lanvin. 

Courtesy of Andaz 5th Avenue  NewDesk