Britney Spears-dedicated boutique opens in Las Vegas

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Die-hard fans of American songstress Britney Spears will now be able to imitate her signature rock chic fashion, thanks to a new boutique dedicated entirely to the 32-year-old diva.

Located at the Las Vegas-based Miracle Mile shopping centre, the new store has been opened ahead of the signer’s two-year residency premier at Caesar’s Palace.

The boutique features an array of Britney Spears’ branded merchandise and memorabilia, including t-shirts with slogans like “Go call the police, go call the governor” and hoodies with the singer’s face peeking out.

The Mississippi-born and Louisiana-raised singer has been signed on to perform 100 shows over the next two years in Las Vegas.

Vivienne Westwood designs for Vienna State Ballet


Dame Vivienne Westwood, the renowned English fashion designer, has added another feather to her glorious cap by designing costumes for one of the top ballet companies in the world, Vienna State Ballet.

According to WWD, the fashion veteran, who is known for her punkish creations, has created outfits for a live Waltz performance, which would take place during the intermission of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Concert on January 1, 2014.

Replete with Westwood-style romantic elements, the designs will include a bespoke edition of the sumptuous silk taffeta Moon dress (for dancer Kathrin Menzinger) from the 72-year-old design talent’s spring 2014 Gold Label collection and a black double-breasted jacket and black silk pant ensemble, to be worn by dancer Vadim Garbuzov.

Other than the live performance, a film on Vienna’s Liechtenstein Museum’s ballet performance, which would again showcase some additional creations from the Derbyshire-born designer-cum-social activist, will also be featured during the concert intermission.

Those added ensembles will include a buttercup yellow gown, inspired from her spring 2005 collection, and a deep burgundy tulle bird of paradise dress as well as an array of tartan mini kilts and bustiers.

Vivienne Westwood is being largely credited for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

Michael Kors and Diane Fürstenberg opt for off-site venues


Michael Kors and Diane von Fürstenberg, the two leading American fashion designers, are the latest to opt for an off-site venue at the forthcoming February edition of New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

According to WWD, the designers are set to stage their fresh autumn/winter 2014 collections at different venues, other than their usual favourite one in New York’s Lincoln Center, in the upcoming bi-annual event.

Apart from Kors and Fürstenberg, the bridalwear queen Vera Wang and Venezuelan fashion veteran Carolina Herrera will also not feature their collections at the Lincoln Center this year.

In addition to the industry stalwarts’ choice of new venues for their catwalk shows, the coming season of NYFW is undergoing some major changes to make the event less crowded and more cost effective for the designers.

IMG Fashion, the organizer of the event, which had become increasingly crowded and expensive over the last two decades, is revamping the prestigious do by introducing new state-of-the-art venues and a tighter guest list.

To cut down the cost of staging catwalk shows, the firm plans to reduce the rents in some of the spaces at the Lincoln Centre, which this year will feature parades from NYFW regulars like Monique Lhuillier, Tory Burch, Jill Stuart, Lela Rose, Milly, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller and BCBG.

Rihanna stars in Balmain’s spring/summer 2014 campaign

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Balmain, the celebrated French fashion house, has roped in popular Barbadian recording artist Rihanna to star in its upcoming spring/summer 2014 campaign, directed by Atelier Franck Durand.

Slated to be featured in various international fashion publications from January, 2014 onwards, the advertisement images showcases the Bajan singer, styled by her personal stylist Mel Ottenberg, posing in some of the pieces from the brand’s S/S collection, debuted earlier this year.

Shot by Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in New York, the campaign pictures show the 25-year-old songstress in a black leather boiler suit, a round-shouldered pink dogtooth check coat with reversed cuffs as well as a white and gold chain accented denim top paired with high-waisted trousers.

Designed under the aesthetic guidance of the brand’s Bordeaux-born young creative director Olivier Rousteing, the S/S 14 collection includes a gold-buttoned baby-blue quilted leather trouser, a feathered skirt, a long sleeve white mini dress and gilded overalls.

Founded in 1945, Balmain is known for its chic couture designs, favoured by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Penélope Cruz, Alexandra Kerry, Tatiana Sorokko, Kate Moss and Kristin Davis.

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NY designer Robert James celebrates fifth anniversary

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By Robert James is proud to celebrate five years of clothing mastery and successful retail in New York City’s Lower East Side.

Experiencing equal success with their temporary Brooklyn storefront opened last year, they are now relocating their Williamsburg location to a permanent home and opening a third boutique in Brooklyn’s historic Boerum Hill.

Appealing equally to high-end fashion as to the modern gent, By Robert James takes its inspiration from music and historic men’s garments and themes, while honoring the tradition of honest, hard work.

By Robert James is cutting the ribbon on two boutiques: a fresh Williamsburg storefront, and a new Boerum Hill location.

This five-year triumph is owed to James’ commitment to classic utilitarian and masculine styles. Musing on his approach, he comments “How I design can be summarized in three words: simple, honest and handsome”.

About Robert James

Robert James, a rural Ohio native, is the brainchild behind By Robert James. After graduating from The Ohio State University and FIT, James pursued a design career in apparel design, with the purpose of honing his skills for his own brand.

That day has arrived and James now works to bring his passion for men’s fashion to life by designing, a head to toe line of jackets, coats, jeans, trousers, and craft knitwear.

20 designers reach semifinals of Charleston Fashion Week

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Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week (CFW) is proud to announce the long-awaited Emerging Designer Top Design 20 semifinalists for CFW 2014.

Officially called the Emerging Designer Competition: East presented by Benefitfocus, the Top Design 20 were selected from the 175 applicants who applied for the coveted opportunity to showcase their talent on a nationally recognized runway.

The five-day event showcases collections by emerging designers, spectacular designer runway shows, glamorous style lounge, and after-parties.

Scheduled for March 18-22, 2014, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week will continue its mission to serve as a pipeline to career success for undiscovered talent in fashion design. CFW, in its eighth year, offers aspiring designers exposure and mentorship from fashion industry leaders.

This years fashion panel includes New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, fashion designers Sarah Parrott and Nikki Poulos, and Cator Sparks fashion industry journalist; Editor in Chief,

Semifinalists will show their collections in groups of five each night—Tuesday through Friday—with hopes of moving on to Saturday’s Finale event. There finalists, in front of both fashion industry leaders and a large audience, will compete for the CFW Emerging Designer: East title and the Grand Prize.

The 2014 Emerging Designers Competition: East semifinalists chosen to début their collections at CFW are:

Angela Bacskocky, Virginia

Anna Toth, North Carolina

Cori Spade, North Carolina

Deanna Ansara, New York

Ebony White, New York

Felicia Barth-Aasen, Georgia

Justin LeBlanc, North Carolina

Kaitlyn Machos, South Carolina

Leah and Rebecca Plante, New York

Maria-Teresa Peña, New York

Noelle Stanley, South Carolina

Nkundwe Kasyanju, New York

Paola Ricardo, New York

Rebecca Walker, North Carolina

Sarah and AnnaKay Winford, Alabama

Stephanie J. Perry, Georgia

Terese Brown, Pennsylvania

Tiffany Saini, North Carolina

Yuyan He, Georgia

Zachary Howell, Georgia.

About Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week

Showcasing fashion designers, retailers, and models, Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week has fast become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America.

Named the Biggest Style Event in the South by The Daily South and profiled on CNN, this multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. The 2013 event held under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC, featured more than 45 runway shows, the Spring Bridal Show, Emerging

Dreams Hotel – Bikini and Couture Fashion Event



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As I twirl out of the taxi and dash inside the Dream hotel, I fall in love with its elegance, instantly.  I get directions to the PHD Lounge and am met by a security office standing strong, “Yes, can I help you?” I say PHD Lounge, he says “name please” I say Fashion Avenue News, he says “OH, GO RIGHT UP…. I smile, I can get used to this.

I arrive at the PHD Lounge, and this place is breathtaking, with a panoramic view of NYC.  This event is produced by Avian of NYC Runway Shows and is set to be a night to remember.  She is a top notch, hi end promoter of fashion events around the world.  As I am escorted to my VIP (roped off) booth, people pour in; there is wall to wall Press, lights, camera, action…. The fashion show starts and the magic begins….


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Luis Aponte named winner of Fur-Free Fashion Competition


Luis Aponte, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at Miami International University of Art & Design, put his own fur-free spin on a Derek Lam garment to win the grand prize in the ninth annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition.

Aponte earned a cash prize of $1,000, and was also awarded an expense-paid, week-long internship in New York City with celebrated fur-free designer and competition judge Victoria Bartlett.

The competition, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes, challenges fashion students at The Art Institutes system of schools throughout North America to creatively reinterpret and replace animal fur on runway designs by Diane von Furstenberg, Tom Ford, Derek Lam, or Moncler.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with The Art Institutes for the ninth year of the Cool vs. Cruel fashion design competition. This competition gives us the opportunity to reach hundreds of students each year and educate them about problems in the fur trade, including mislabeling, environmental impacts and welfare concerns for the millions of animals killed every year for their fur,” said Michelle McDonald, fashion outreach manager of the Fur-Free Campaign for The HSUS.

This year’s competition featured an additional challenge — students were not permitted to use faux fur in their designs, which encouraged innovation and non-traditional material choices. Competition winner Aponte recreated the look of animal fur by using foam peanuts. He painted them, grouped them together, then sewed them into the garment to create a unique looking fur substitute.

“The Cool vs. Cruel Competition showcases our students’ design talents and provides an important lesson to our students about thinking outside the box when creating designs,” said John Pufahl, vice president of academic affairs, The Art Institutes. “We are excited to continue our partnership with The Humane Society of the United States to make fur-free design more mainstream.”

Second place winner Jesus Romero, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of California — San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, earned $750 for his fur-free redesign. Third place winner Josue Beltran, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of California — Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, was awarded $500.

The judges’ panel consisted of professionals from the fashion industry, including designers Carmen Artigas; John Bartlett; Victoria Bartlett; Leanne Hilgart; Kimberly Ovitz; PAPER magazine editor Mickey Boardman; designer and founder of OlsenHaus, Elizabeth Olsen; founder and president of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs, Donna Salyers; writer and editor Nell Alk; and designer and founder of Brave GentleMan, Joshua Katcher.

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New York Fashion Week to become more designer friendly

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The forthcoming February edition of New York Fashion Week is set to embrace some phenomenal changes to make itself more cost-effective, less crowded and more convenient for the participating designers.

Since the last two decades, the bi-annual event has become increasingly more crowded and expensive due to the growing number of guests, which include celebrities, fashion bloggers and media, and oversized runways.

In order to tackle the issues and make the fashion do more specific for the industry insiders, the organizer of the event IMG Fashion is gearing up to revamp the show with more modernized venues and a tighter guest list.

To cut down the cost of staging catwalk shows, the firm plans to reduce the rents in some of the spaces at the Lincoln Centre and would introduce new affordable nearby venues.

Also, the existing runways will be remodelled with better lighting and other modern amenities to make them more spacious and contemporary.

To curb the number of guests, the media guest list will be reduced by 20 percent and the invitation passes will be given exclusively to the fashion insiders only.

Additionally, shuttle services from all the main venues of the event, which will highlight trends for the Fall-2014 season, will be provided for the editors and buyers.

IMG Fashion is one of the world’s leading companies engaged in production and management of fashion events.

Gorgeous & bizarre lingerie at Victoria’s Secret’s show

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Like its previous seasons, the just-aired Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013 on CBS television network once again offered a heady concoction of some gorgeous and some outlandishly bizarre lingerie pieces.

The event sent its winged angels down on the runway in designs created under six themes- British Invasion, Birds of Paradise, Parisian Nights, Shipwrecked, Snow Angels and Pink Network.

The eye-catching outfits shown on the show were model Karlie Kloss’ very on-trend shocking pink outfit, replete with vibrantly-colored wings and Erin Heatherton’s intricately woven, red inside and pink outside feathered cape.

One of the most beautiful ensembles on the runway was model Lindsay Ellingson’s 3D-printed shimmery wings dress, which the innerwear maker created in collaboration with the 3D printing marketplace Shapeways, architect Bradley Rothenberg and Swarovski. The dress featured a sequence of entwined snowflakes gathered into a unique geometric shape that when combined creates a 3D printing effect.

The show also featured slightly quirky pieces like emoticon printed sweatpants and cropped tops as well as some kids’ clothing-inspired pieces.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel was this year’s lucky wearer of the show’s major attraction—the Fantasy Bra. Priced somewhere around US$ 10 billion, the bejeweled ensemble was lavishly studded with gems and a giant ruby.