Swarovski names its designers at New York Fashion Week

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Swarovski is thrilled to announce its line-up of Swarovski Collective designers who will be showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections during New York Fashion Week.

Selected for their creative flair and ability to demonstrate exquisite craftsmanship with crystal, the Collective designers receive financial support as well as the opportunity to experiment with Swarovski’s extraordinary crystal range.

“Putting our crystals into the hands of creative talents always seems to inspire and results in the most extraordinary experimentation. Members of the Swarovski Collective continue to amaze us with their ability to fuse crystal so imaginatively into their collections.

This season is no exception and we are thrilled to welcome some exciting new talents into the program for Autumn/Winter 2014,” says Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

Designers this season include Collective veterans Rodarte, Prabal Gurung, SUNO, and Wes Gordon as well as Brandon Sun, who is partnering with Swarovski for the first time. Sun crafted a successful career at both J Mendel and Oscar de la Renta before presenting his first collection in 2012.

He commented: “I am honored to be partnering with Swarovski. I always choose to work with the finest materials, whether fur or fabric, and Swarovski offers the best one can use for embellishments.”

Founded in 1999 by Nadja Swarovski following collaboration with Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, the Swarovski Collective has grown to support over 150 designers in producing some of the most avant-garde fashion looks of the past decade.

“Swarovski has brought us so much over the past few years, it’s impossible to summarize all it means. The crystals have helped to elevate our designs to another level, adding a new dimension to the collections,” stated SUNO designers Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis.

MAD FOR MINIS – THE MINI SKIRT 50TH ANNIVERSARY

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Just in time for Spring Fashion Week, the miniskirt marks the 50th Anniversary of its first appearance in Vogue.

To celebrate, Reminisce—North America’s top-selling nostalgia magazine—has unveiled Mad for Minis, a vivid recap of photos and facts highlighting how these short skirts sparked a fashion rebellion. Long before many of today’s top designers ever hit the runway, the miniskirt was much more than a new wardrobe staple—it symbolized freedom for women whose legs were now free to move.

Did you know…

  • London designer Mary Quant is often credited as the mother of the mini, shortening hemlines since the late 1950s and then going on to open her store in Chelsea.
  • Quant was inspired by the ballerinas she watched as a child and wanted to create clothes that allowed women to dance. She named her skirt sensation after her favorite car, the Mini Cooper.
  • Once the Chelsea-girl look caught on in London and models like Twiggy rose to superstardom, the miniskirt made its way to the U.S.
  • American clothing companies were reluctant to adopt the mini—until they spotted trendsetter Jackie Kennedy wearing one.

Take a look at – Reminisce – full slideshow: http://www.reminisce.com/1960s/the-miniskirt-rebellion-of-the-1960s/

Here’s a sample of this look back at the miniskirt:
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Amber Riley to launch plus-size clothing website

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Amber Riley, the American actress and young fashion icon, is all set to launch a clothing website for the curvy divas.

The 27-year-old actress has recently announced on her Facebook and Instagram pages that she and her sister are soon going to introduce an official website for plus-size fashionwear.

The Glee star revealed, “There will be an official website coming soon with more than one of kind clothing and more sizes for you plus size cuties!”.

Known as a plus-size fashion goddess, Riley has recently sold off her favourite closet pieces on rileylandfashions.bigcartel.com at affordable prices.

The sold off ensembles included an animal print tunic, a shimmery one-shouldered cocktail number and a short blue dress with pleats.

Roberto Cavalli designs costumes for Miley Cyrus’s tour

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Internationally-renowned designer Roberto Cavalli has been roped in to design stage costumes for the California-based young singing sensation Miley Cyrus’s forthcoming Bangerz Tour, scheduled to kick off on February 14, 2014, in Vancouver.

According to vogue.co.uk, the 73-year-old Italian fashion design veteran has created a variety of blingy, attention grabbing looks for the 21-year-old star’s on-stage performances.

The costumes include a sheer bodysuit embellished with strategically placed sparklers, a crystal studded denim hot pants and sleeveless vest ensemble, a cropped leopard and python print denim jacket and shorts combo, a black zebra-patterned number and a matching tiny top and knicker set.

Other than Miley, the Florentine designer has designed stage outfits for famous recording artists like Beyoncé, Cheryl Cole and the Spice Girls in the past.

Philadelphia Eagles WR, Brad Smith launches Emerging Designer Competition

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Brad Smith @RealBradSmith, a Men’s Health magazine contributor, announces its call for entries for the emerging designer competition #designforbradsmith

Brad Smith officially starts accepting submissions for “Design for Brad Smith”, a one-of-a-kind fashion design competition for emerging U.S. fashion designers.

Design For Brad Smith is an innovative, life-changing, nationwide competition to discover the next up & coming fashion designer, in addition to creating opportunities, using its established network to further the new designer’s media exposure and assist with introductions in the fashion industry. “I’d tell the participants to keep it simple,” he says. “I like clean, classic lines, with a bit of an edge. Someone took a chance with me and I always want to pay it forward,” says Smith about launching this competition.

Submission Process and Timeline

The competition runs from Thursday, January 2, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m. EST to Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5:00 p.m. EST. To enter, applicants are required to “Like” Brad Smith’s Fan Page use pre-selected swatches from Mood Fabrics as inspiration while sketching and complete the submission process. For official rules and guidelines go to http://www.designforbradsmith.com.

Grand Prize Package

The prize package gives the winning designer a broad, well-rounded opportunity to learn from fashion industry professionals and garner significant exposure in the process. The total package value is worth $20,000 and includes the following and more.

o An exclusive (1) one-month internship with Intricate Concepts Inc. in Manhattan and a chance to score a manufacturing deal with Intricate Concepts Inc.

o One-year brand management representation with Destined for Success Management (D4SM)

o Exclusive six-month fashion branding representation with The Lane Style House

o All expenses paid trip to NYC, with 2-nights accommodations and ground transportation

o A judging panel of fashion industry notables including Brian Boye, Executive Fashion Director, Men’s Health; George Robles, Creative Director for Trukfit Experience, Eman Awuro, Fashion/Creative Director Fourfront1602, Rita Kahn, CEO, Fashion TV; and Jacqueline Quinn, Couture Designer

o Professional patterning and production of the winning design

o A fashionable afternoon with Brad Smith at a Mercedes-Benz fashion week show (Lincoln Center) plus a walk on the Red Carpet with Brad wearing your design

o Your design photographed on Brad for editorial in Traffic Magazine

ABOUT BRAD SMITH

Drafted as a Wide Receiver/Quarterback, Brad proved to be a versatile and valuable member of the New York Jets organization, making plays not only in those positions, but also as a running back and on special teams. During his rookie year, he was awarded the Jets’ Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award for his consistent cooperation and professionalism in dealing with various team departments. In December 2009, he returned a kickoff for a 106-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts, completing the longest kickoff return in NY Jets history and tying for the second longest kickoff return in NFL history. In 2011 after the NFL lockout, he was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent and earned most of his playtime in wildcat formations. To date, Smith is the only NFL player in history to score touchdowns on kickoff return (three times), reception (twice), rush (twice), blocked punt (once) and also threw a touchdown pass. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife, Rosalynn and their son, Bradley Alexander Smith, Jr. and empowering inner city youth through his foundation and now making a place for himself in fashion.

Join the conversation about @RealBradSmith on Twitter using hashtag #designforbradsmith

ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH

Men’s Health is the number one source of information for and about men. It’s the brand for active, successful, professional men who want greater control over their physical, mental and emotional lives. We give men the tools they need to make their lives better through in-depth reporting covering everything from fashion and grooming to health and nutrition as well as cutting-edge gear, the latest entertainment, timely features and more.

ABOUT INTRICATE CONCEPTS

At Intricate Concepts, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by designing outside the box followed by our expertise in technical execution and knowledge of manufacturing. Our purpose is to satisfy the client’s needs with the best possible solution, therefore generating the best margins. Intricate Concepts has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars annually for their clientele from behind the scenes. We understand placement in today’s market by filling in niches and current trends. Founded in 2001 by Raymond Wong and Joseph Mbeh, Intricate Concepts caters to many international and local brands, from big to small. We specialize in apparel design, manufacturing, fashion packaging, corporate branding, print, and web design. Intricate Concepts strives to remain dominant as the premiere design firm and production powerhouse for the industry. Dedicated to providing creative design and manufacturing solutions to retailers and wholesalers.

ABOUT JEN ABRAMS STYLE (Celebrity Gifting Suite)

Jen Abrams has become one of the industry’s foremost authorities on all things stylish. She has created a multi-faceted career from covering Fashion Week for various outlets, styling editorial photo shoots and consulting with emerging brands and more. Jen’s vast knowledge of the industry has made her one of the most sought after talents. With an MBA in Marketing, she has worked for legendary designers such as Calvin Klein and has a thorough knowledge of the business side of the fashion and beauty industry. As the Fashion Production Supervisor for the multinational corporation, QVC, she worked with fashion icons ranging from Rachel Zoe to Isaac Mizrahi to the Kardashians. As a magazine Lifestyle Editor and Fashion Stylist, Jen has styled professional athletes, TV personalities, celebrities, business executives and high profile socialites for both fashion spreads and feature editorials. Jen was also the contributing Fashion Editor for London-based magazine, Fashion Salade and continues to write for various fashion publications. Most recently People Stylewatch named Jen their On Campus Celebrity Stylist where Jen spoke to college students about trends, dressing for success and style on a budget.

ABOUT DESTINED FOR SUCCESS MANAGEMENT (D4SM)

In today’s sports and entertainment world, athletes have become a very marketable commodity. Their lives—both on and off the playing field—are incorporated into various media. As professional athletes excel in their careers there is a need for personal attention and expertise in order to develop his or herself as either a brand or a business. Destined for Success Management, LLC is a full-service sports public relations, brand marketing, management and consulting firm that offers personalized attention to each client and provide the necessary expertise and medium for advancement pre and post career.

Smithsonian exhibits Michelle Obama’s 2nd inaugural gown

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The First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama, is back in news again as her Jason Wu designed ruby red gown, which she wore during her second inaugural ball, has made it to the Smithsonian Institution’s ongoing First Ladies exhibit.

Displayed at the Washington D.C.-based institution’s National Museum of American History, the floor-sweeping, glittery, slim-cut chiffon dress features a cross-halter strap neckline, decorated with tiny diamonds.

Other than the cut velvet embellished outfit, the exhibit, which documents the social and political contributions as well as the lives of America’s first ladies, also showcases dresses worn by the former US first ladies to several high-profile occasions, such as inaugural balls, state dinners and public appearances.

Among the most remarkable outfits that are on display at the museum is a 1780’s silk taffeta gown, painted with flowers, butterflies and motifs of other insects, that belonged to Martha Washington, wife of the first president of the United States, George Washington.

The exhibits also include a black striped and purple flower printed two-piece dress, worn by the wife of the 16th President Abraham Lincoln, Mary Lincoln, and a yellow silk evening gown, accented with a crepe chiffon overlay, donned by the fashion savvy spouse of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, to the Kennedy administration’s first state dinner in honour of Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba in 1961.

Curated by the Smithsonian Curator, Lisa Kathleen Graddy, the exhibit, which is going to celebrate its 100th anniversary in the coming months, illustrates not only the personal styles of a first lady but also the official style of a presidential administration through its exclusive showcase of over 1,000 objects.

UKFT Rise launches fashion event for budding designers

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Australia’s hottest up and coming emerging fashion talent, aspiring to grow their businesses, is invited to enter the second annual BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.

Through this award, BT is proudly investing in Australia’s young and gifted emerging fashion designers. BT is proud to be encouraging emerging designers to reach their full potential by not only investing in, but supporting the growth of Australian designers.

The Award provides the winning emerging Australian fashion designer with a $10,000 cash grant and a year’s financial planning services provided by BT; two return business class flights to New York provided by Virgin Australia to further their fashion ambitions; and two mentoring sessions with two fashion industry icons provided by the Australian Fashion Chamber. Total value of the prize is $40,000.

Christopher Esber was the inaugural winner of the Award in 2013.

“Winning the BT award really helped with my business’ growth, and having support with putting strategic plans in place for my business,” Mr Esber said.

Brad Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of BT Financial Group said: “BT is proud to present the 2014 BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award to help one of fashion’s rising stars prepare for their best future in the Australian fashion industry.”

Jane Watts, General Manager Private Wealth of BT Financial Group said: “I am delighted that Private Wealth will be hosting BT Runway for Success again next year. The event promotes our wider community by supporting the Fitted for Work charity, encourages Australia’s emerging designers through the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award and supports our top designer clients by showcasing their collections.”

For the 2014 Award BT is proud to be working with the Australian Fashion Chamber (AFC). The AFC is a newly established collaboration of industry professionals with the goal of strengthening the influence and success of Australian fashion in the global economy.

Led by Edwina McCann, Editor in Chief of Vogue Australia, the AFC worked with BT to establish judging criteria for the winning designer.

BT has been helping Australians, including Australia’s fashion icons, establish and grow their businesses since 1969. It has supported its fashion clients by helping them become better investors, showing them how to grow and protect their wealth to secure their future.

About BT Financial Group

BT has been helping Australians prepare for the best since 1969. Today we help thousands of customers find superannuation, investment and insurance solutions to suit their personal needs and goals. We’re also a specialist in financial advice.

THE FACE OF AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2014

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Africa Fashion week London is once again offering a vista of opportunities to models who will be privileged and lucky to win its flagship competition, “The Face of AFWL” for the 4th Edition. AFWL  2014. The winner of Face of AFWL is usually the model who represents AFWL event on all promotional platforms and also gets the opportunity to represent the event at major African Fashion and entertainment events in the UK, and of course, model on the runway for the event as well.

AFWL 2014 will be taking place from 7th to 9th August 2014 in an event that is programmed to take the fantastic concept further on its ever upward journey towards maintaining its position as the biggest and most beloved  African Inspired fashion event in the UK.

The face of AFWL 2012, Edith UBA, took part in the promotional shoot at the venue of the event and following the event, she was signed up to top UK modeling Agency, Strike Models.

Face of AFWL 2013, Regina Manneh had fantastic showings at the pre-event promotional shoots as well on the event runway.

Interested models are to apply by uploading a collage of one full length and one portrait image and include their name, age and stats (hair and eye colour, height, dress/suit size, measurements) to http://www.facebook.com/Africafwl/app_451684954848385 and spread the word to ensure they get the most number of votes. The competition is open to all young men and women between the ages 18-24. Women must be at least 5.7” and Men 6.1”.

Prior modeling experience is ideal but not essential; public voting Starts 13 March 2014, Male, Female, all races are welcome.

AFWL 2014 will be taking place on the 7th-9th  August 2014 at the Olympia Earls Court.

Africa Fashion Week London 2014 is also accepting applications from designers who wish to showcase on the runway and/or exhibit their merchandise at the exhibition. To participate in AFWL 2014 as a designer or support the event as a sponsor, please email info@africafashionweeklondonuk.com.

Los Angeles hosts Diane Furstenberg’s wrap dress exhibit

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Famous American designer Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress is back in news again, thanks to a new exhibit celebrating the outfit’s 40-year-long glorious existence in the fashion world.

Going on at Wilshire May Company, Los Angeles, the exhibition titled ‘Journey of a Dress’ displays more than 200 vintage and contemporary interpretations of the dress that helped in empowering the new age working women of the 1970s.

Other than the display of different versions of the outfit, which was first originally made in drip dry, cotton jersey fabric, the event also gives an up and close view of the evolution of the dress through a photographic timeline showcase.

The photo exhibition includes the ensemble’s first-ever advertorial images for Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue retailers as well as a runway shot of the 17-year-old Jerry Hall, posing in the legendary garment.

Slated to run through April 1, 2014, the exhibit also includes images of celebrities like singers Madonna and Amy Winehouse, politician Ingrid Betancourt and the First Lady Michelle Obama, all wearing different styles of wrap dresses.

Also pictures of Cybill Shepherd from the movie ‘Tax Driver’ (1975) and Amy Adams from the film ‘American Hustle’ (2013), both wearing wrap dresses, have become a part of the exhibit.

Additionally, portraits and photographs of the 66-year-old veteran designer by artists like Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Francesco Clemente, Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz have been also exhibited.

The dress, which wraps in front and ties at the waist, became the symbol of women’s liberation in the 1970s when female from the western world started to join the workforce in masses.

Marc Jacobs’s S/S-14 campaign features Miley Cyrus

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Months after his departure from French fashion house Louis Vuitton, the American design talent Marc Jacobs is back in news again with his eponymous line’s new Spring/Summer-2014 advertorial, featuring the California-based singer Miley Cyrus.

Shot in a dark sandy beach, the campaign showcases the 21-year-old blonde posing in an embellished navy blue jacket paired with embroidered maroon dress shorts.

Shot by David Sims and styled by Katie Grand, the advertisement images, which also showcase models Natalie Westling and Esmerelda Seay Reynolds alongside Cyrus, will feature on the February issues of top international fashion magazines.

Before the ‘Wrecking Ball’ hitmaker, big names like Meg White, Helena Bonham-Carter, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dakota Fanning, Victoria Beckham and Sofia Coppola have also starred in Jacobs’s earlier campaigns.

The 50-year-old designer who has been on the creative helm of Louis Vuitton since 1997 stepped down from the position, to concentrate on his own eponymous label, right after showcasing his S/S-14 collection at the Paris Fashion Week’s September, 2013 calendar.

Based on a pre-dominantly dark, nightmarish and almost mourning like theme, his 41-piece ready-to-wear collection included thick floor sweeping Edwardian dresses, feathery cabaret-style jackets, decorative corsets, blue baggy jeans and bodystocking printed with the famous Stephen Sprouse graffiti.