Betsey Johnson decides to feature at NYFW again

BetseyJohnson_120471142057After pulling out her name from the upcoming fashion show New York Fashion Week (NYFW) just a fortnight ago, the 70-year-old American designer Betsey Johnson has changed her mind and decided to participate in the bi-annual event.

According to an official statement, the veteran will now be unveiling her latest affordable dress collection on February 11, 2013 at NYFW.

The exuberant designer, who voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012, is presently working on her debut reality programme titled ‘The Betsey and Lulu Show’, scheduled to be aired on Style Network, with her daughter Lulu Johnson.

Known for her whimsical and outlandish fashion creations, the sartorialist specializes in lingerie, outerwear and swimwear collections.

News Desk – India

Global Designer Naeem Khan to showcase line at LFW S/R’13

lakme_fashion_120434142011The international flavor of luxury fashion, high end evening wear makes its way to Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013, with Naeem Khan debuting in India with his exquisite collection.

In a move that reinforces Lakmé Fashion Week’s commitment to showcasing remarkable talent and continuing the infusion of contemporary energy into the event, India’s premier fashion event has announced that international designer Naeem Khan will be showcasing his signature repertoire at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013.

An outstanding number of the world’s most stylish women are fans of one of the biggest names in international fashion: Naeem Khan. His style is committed to adorning elegant women in clothes befitting their refinement, his ever shining fan base of celebrities and socialites includes First Lady Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Penelope Cruz, Eva Longoria, Lea Michele, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Florence Welch, Emily Blunt, and Queen Noor of Jordan. His designs have graced the silver screen in epic fashion films like Sex & the City and Dreamgirls.

Naeem Khan brings with him tremendous amount of experience and heritage. His trademark luxurious collection consists of impeccably cut dresses, sophisticated gowns and separates – all hand embroidered by experts. Khan was born in India and grew up surrounded by the beauty of its culture, architecture, history and design. He cultivated his vast knowledge of textiles under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father, both well known in India for designing intricate clothing worn by the royal families.

“I am incredibly excited to showcase my collection in India for the first time, especially in my hometown of Mumbai. It is truly an honor to be part of Lakmé Fashion Week, India’s answer to the international runway, and I am thrilled to announce our partnership.” says Naeem Khan talking about Lakmé Fashion Week.

We are extremely proud to bring in Naeem Khan to India, his roots, to showcase at Lakmé Fashion Week –Summer/Resort 2013. His designs have been celebrated at International platforms like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York and much admired by leading ladies across the globe. This will be Naeem’s first ever show at Lakmé Fashion Week and it promises to be truly grand with his signature style gowns and evening-wear that are synonymous with transnational glamour. Our association with him further establishes Lakmé Fashion Week’s parity with fashion events around the world. ” says Purnima Lamba, Lakmé, Head, Innovations

“We at IMG Reliance have brought together on a single platform, India’s biggest names in the fashion and creative arena. This season we bring to you one of the biggest names in the fashion industry – Naeem Khan. It is indeed our honor to have Naeem showcase his collection at Lakme Fashion Week – Spring/Resort 2013. This association brings to life our endeavor of making Lakme Fashion Week a truly global fashion event.” said Mr. Saket Dhankar, Head – Fashion –, IMG Reliance.

About Lakmé Fashion Week:

Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) is jointly organized by Lakmé, the No.1 cosmetics and beauty services brand in India and IMG Reliance, the global leader in sports and entertainment event marketing and management. LFW has been conceived and created with a vision to “Redefine the future of fashion and Integrate India into the global fashion world”. LFW is organized twice every year. LFW Summer/Resort 2013 will be held from March 22 to March 26th at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai.

Lakme Fashion Week

World’s First Fashion Show on Sundeck of Cruise Ship

J_Winter_FashionShowonCostaAtlanticaDubai_120319141868Famously known for turning England’s iconic London Tower Bridge and the world’s highest PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Skybridge into a phenomenal catwalk, entrepreneur and model Jessica Minh Anh made history again yesterday with the first ever fashion show on the sundeck of an international cruise ship.

The highly anticipated J Winter Fashion Show, which took place on the luxurious Costa Atlantica at 3pm, showcased an exquisite combination of haute couture, bridal, swimwear, and high end ready wear collections from the UAE, Portugal, Lebanon, Russia, Italy, Hong Kong, Greece, and Vietnam. With the grand catwalk staged on the 70 metre sundeck overlooking Dubai’s skyline, the event redefined modern fashion show standards.

Adding sophistication to the grand catwalk, Jessica Minh Anh’s next collection of choice was the dreamy bridal series from Portuguese famous designers Joana Montez and Patrícia de Melo. Using light fabrics such as tulle, muslin and silk organza in the form of overlays, transparencies and frills, the 15 dresses moved away from traditional styles to show more distinguished cuts.

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Michelle Obama Woos Onlookers with apt Wardrobe Choices

Michelle ObamaWell, the most awaited moment for which the fashionistas world over were waiting with bated breath materialised when the US First Lady Michelle Obama walked in a no-nonsense, strictly business like Thom Browne navy coat and dress on Barack Obama’s second inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Like always, this time also the first lady wooed everyone with her apt choice of wardrobe for the occasion. Fitted from top, the navy and cobalt coloured, front-pleated outfit, designed by the US-American fashion designer, was a perfect balance of style and seriousness, very appropriate for the official ceremony.

For the inauguration ball, Mrs. Obama once again chose a Jason Wu design, like she did four years ago when President Obama was first sworn in 2009.

By choosing a luxe chiffon and velvet shimmery red halter gown with a keyhole neckline, the first lady brought the Manhattan-based 30-year-old designer back to limelight again.

In 2009, for Obama’s first inauguration ball, the first lady wore a white chiffon one-shouldered piece designed by then upcoming Taiwanese-born designer Jason Wu, who became popular overnight.


Designer Lauren Leonard Winner of NFF fund 2013

nashville_120142141665Congratulations  to  Lauren  Leonard,  the  creative  mind  behind  the  fashion  line,  Leona, for  being chosen  as  the  2013  Nashville  Fashion  Forward  Fund  winner.  Leonard  was carefully  selected  from an  illustrious  group  of  fashion  industry  professionals  that included  designers,  hair  and  clothing stylists,  photographers,  makeup  artists  and models.

Established  in  2011,  the  objective  of  the  Nashville  Fashion  Forward  Fund  of  The Community Foundation  of  Middle  Tennessee  is  to  provide  an  award  that  will recognize the  individual achievements  of  a  fashion  industry  professional.  The  financial  resources that  accompany  the  award are  intended  to  provide  a  professional development  and/or experiential  opportunity  for  the  winner  to further  advance  their  career  in  the  fashion industry.

Since  Leonard’s  debut  of  her  line,  Leona,  in  the  spring  of  2008,  it  has  quickly  gained  a faithful following  and  is  sold  at  more  than  a  hundred  of  the  most  discerning  and renowned  retailers internationally.  With  celebrity  fans  like  Taylor  Swift  and  Giuliana Rancic,  sightings  in Lucky,  Elle and  People  magazines,  and  hit  television  shows  Gossip Girl  and90210,  Leona  is  becoming  one  of the  fastest  growing  contemporary  labels  in fashion  today.  Best  of  all,  the  entire  line  is  created  right here  in  Nashville  in  Leonard’s studio  and  has  shown  at  Nashville  Fashion  Week  in  the  inaugural year  of  2011  and then  again  in  2012.

“I  am  thrilled  and  honored  to  be  chosen  as  the  recipient  of  the  Nashville  Fashion Forward  Fund Award!  Nashville  Fashion  Week  has  been  incredibly  impactful  for  our business,  and  the  receipt  of this  award  will  only  further  facilitate  our  plans  for  growth,” said  Leonard.

Anouk Wipprecht Makes Techno-Couture Robotic Spider Dress

Anouk%20Wipprecht_119880141352Anouk Wipprecht, the techno-couture designer from Netherlands, has come up with yet another quirky garment called Robotic Spider Dress in collaboration with Austrian software developer Daniel Schatzmayr.

Famous for creating convention defying ensembles, the designer’s latest invention features a dress with sensor-installed spider like legs, which move if a stranger strays too close to the wearer’s body.

The queer outfit was first showcased at VIVE LE ROBOTS / Cafe Neue Romance in Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, during the EU Robotics week in November 2012.

Wipprecht, whose fashion-tech garments have been favoured by the likes of Fergie from the famous American hip hop group ‘The Black Eyed Peas’, has earlier designed an Intimacy dress, which can turn from opaque to transparent in response to the wearer’s level of arousal, measured by the heart rate.

News Desk – India

Tom Ford to Present his Maiden Catwalk Show at LFW

Tom-Ford_119825141289Tom Ford, the famous American fashion designer, is all set to present his first-ever full-scale catwalk show featuring his latest autumn/winter 2013-14 collections, at the upcoming high-profile bi-annual fashion fest London Fashion Week (LFW), scheduled to start from 15th February 2013.

The 51-year-old designer, who till date preferred showing his collections at small private gatherings only, is going to stage a regular show with an expected attendance of nearly 500 to 1,000 people, including fashion media and bloggers, at LFW.

n alumnus of New York’s Parsons The New School for Design, Ford has recently showcased his latest menswear creations on the final day of London Collections: Men (LC: M).

His newly unveiled line at LC: M included neat and trim slim suit jacket lapels based on Daniel Craig’s wardrobe in Skyfall, elegantly cut and crafted three-piece plaid suits, fiery orange-colored jacquard blazers and short trousers.

Owning nearly 100 stores worldwide, the multi-talented designer is also a successful film director, who got an Oscar nomination for the 2009-released Hollywood movie ‘A Single Man’.

News Desk – India

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A’ Design Award & Competition Calls for submissions

fashiondesignaward_119773141230A’ Design Award & Competition has announced its final call for submissions for the 2013 Fashion Design Competition Category. The A’ (A-Prime) Fashion, Apparel & Garment Design Competition is a freestyle design competition open to both concept stage and realized works designed by professional and young fashion designers, tailors, stylists, fashion design companies and other business in this industry worldwide.

About thei Fashion Design Award

The A’ Design Award for Fashion is not just an award, it is the indicator of quality and perfection in design, the award is recognized worldwide and takes the attention of design oriented companies, professionals and interest groups. Winning the A’ Award is a certificate of excellence for designers, an important milestone in your career. Having the A’ Award attracts the eyes of design oriented companies worldwide, winners will be able to find better and higher profile leads, get a step ahead in their commercial life.

Submission Process and Timeline

Submissions are made online through A’ Design Award & Competitions’ website until the end of February and results of the fashion design competition will be announced on 15 April 2013.

Benefits for Winners

In addition to the award winners’ kit which includes the award trophy, the annual yearbook, printed certificate in metal frame, award winners manual, free gala-night invitation for two people to the award ceremony, free participation and space allocation in the winners’ exhibition, free sales listing at SaloneDelDesigner, free utilization of Design Mediator services, inclusion in Buy Sell Design Network, proof of creation service, free subscription to, free listing at Design Megastore, guaranteed publication through IDNN and DXGN Networks to 100+ magazines including Design Interviews & DM Design Magazine, press release preparation and distribution through specialized services, publicity and visibility through Design Media communications, feedbacks, judging and evaluation of entries by a respected jury panel, lifelong licensing of the award winners logo, A2 poster design and printing for exhibition, and many others such as inclusion in the World Design Rankings, all of which are provided with no further fees, winners of the A’ Design Award & Competition also receive Prestige and Honor.

About the A’ Design Awards

The A’ Design Award and Competition has a very well developed methodology for choosing the best designs using rigorous evaluative criteria, blind judging processes, score normalization, cross matching and more, to reward only the best designers and firms that truly deserve special recognition. The primary aim of the award is to create publicity, PR push and advertisement opportunities for award winners while supporting the global design culture, creating incentives for entrants to come up with superior designs for a better future.

Courtesy of: A’ Design Award & Competition

Parsons Design School Establishes Academic Centre in Paris

Parsons_Paris_510x286_119713141162New York-based ‘Parsons The New School For Design’, the alma mater of the contemporary extraordinary fashion designers like Balenciaga’s new creative director Alexander Wang and American fashion talent Marc Jacobs, is opening a new fashion design school in Paris – the European hub of art, craft and heritage.

Scheduled to be opened in September 2013, Parsons Paris will offer U.S. undergraduate and graduate degrees in fashion design, design management and history of the decorative arts to more than 150 students.

Though primarily based on the courses developed for the New York campus, the new school’s curriculum will be slightly modified to suit the Parisian culture.

English will be the basic medium in which the program courses will be taught, however students can also avail the opportunities to take French language classes in Parsons Paris.

Based on the same ethics of the New York school, one-third of the proceeds collected from the tuition fees at Paris campus will go into the institution’s scholarship programs.

Colloquially known as Parsons or Parsons School of Design, the New York campus was established in 1896 as a private non-profit entity. Currently, the school offers more than 25 undergraduate and graduate programs

News Desk – India

American Rapper Nicki Minaj to unveil Fashion Line

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj, the vibrant American rapper, is all set to foray into the fashion world by designing her own clothing line, set to be released sometime in 2013.

Nicki, who appeared in a figure-hugging golden hued dress for the New Year’s Eve at PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, told reporters, who were present at the club, about the soon-to-be-released apparel range and her third album.

Because of her eccentric and colourful choice of costumes, wigs and clothing, the 30-year-old song writer and voice actress has gained the status of a contemporary fashion icon.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki has been appointed to judge the twelfth season of American Idol television series, slated to start from January 16, 2013.

News Desk – India