H&M Studio shows key pieces of seasonal line in Paris

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H&M Studio, the new name for H&M’s seasonal collection of key pieces, presented its autumn 2014 catwalk show during Paris fashion week.

Held at the Grand Palais in front of 600 guests, including Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba and Solange Knowles, models such as Andreea Diaconu, Joan Smalls, Izabel Goulart and Saskia wore the look of the season: nonchalant attitude of the 21st century, mixing feminine with masculine styles.

The collection will be available in around 250 stores worldwide, as well as online, from September 4, 2014.

The mood of the collection was dominated by a mix of feminine with masculine, with slip dresses and draped tops worn under men’s blazers, biker and aviator jackets. Fabrics included silk crepe, silk satin, fine cashmere and velvet. Fake fur coats added texture with detailing from sequin and stone embroidery.

For the show, the historical Grand Palais was transformed into an abstract cityscape, with graphic architectural lines and billboards punctuating the space. At the head of the space was a stage, on which the upcoming French star HollySiz gave a live performance throughout the show.

Meanwhile the global audience at hm.com had exclusive access to the event with French fashion TV expert Mademoiselle Agnes. Before the show was live-streamed, Mademoiselle Agnes chatted live with celebrities and VIP guests, as well as taking the cameras backstage, giving the global audience a truly front row experience.

H&M Studio is the new name for H&M’s key seasonal fashion collection. With its own dedicated design team, each season H&M Studio will offer a limited-edition collection of the hottest looks and statement pieces.

“I loved the mix of feminine and masculine for autumn at H&M Studio. Slip dresses and draped tops are the new essentials, especially when worn with blazers or biker jackets. It’s about taking the Parisian spirit and bringing it to the H&M world,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design, New Development.

“It’s so good to be at H&M Studio in Paris to see this limited edition collection. H&M is such a wonderful brand – it’s affordable, wearable, and very fashion forward”, says Miranda Kerr.

“I love H&M – it’s so exciting to be here, so much fun. The way I dress I mix things together, and I love to shop at H&M, I always find something new when I’m there”, says Jessica Alba.

Designer Carla Zampatti to kick-off MBFW Australia

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IMG Fashion and Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific announced today Carla Zampatti, Australian Fashion Industry Icon with 49 years of dedication to the Industry will be the “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014. Zampatti will showcase her collection on Sunday 06 April, to kick off the official schedule for 2014.

The “Mercedes-Benz Presents” program recognises designers that demonstrate dedication to the use of quality materials, unique style and innovative design. Carla Zampatti, former recipient of the Australian Fashion Industry’s highest award – the Australian Fashion Laureate – joins a prestigious list of “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designers including Australia’s Easton Pearson and Johanna Johnson. Globally, Carla Zampatti joins ranks with designers including Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Narciso Rodriguez, Schumacher, Mattijs Van Bergen and Alena Akhmadullina.

“Carla Zampatti is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most established and influential designers. We are honored to welcome her into the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ program, which continues to support the industry globally.”

“Luxury craftsmanship and classic lines are considered from every angle in a Carla Zampatti garment, as it is in the creation of a Mercedes-Benz car which is a creative synergy we are celebrating through the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ show,” said Horst von Sanden, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific.

On receiving the offer to launch 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Carla Zampatti said: “I am delighted to work in partnership with a brand like Mercedes-Benz. It is synonymous with innovative, timeless design and excellent quality just like my own brand. I feel very honoured to have been asked to open this prestigious event.”

‘Mercedes-Benz Presents Carla Zampatti’ is scheduled for 5:00 pm on Sunday 06 April at Carriageworks, the home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

IMG Fashion owns and operates Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia amongst its stable of events, and is proudly supported in Australia by Mercedes-Benz, the NSW Government through it’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Maybelline New York, St.George, DHL, Swarovski, City of Sydney, Redken, oOh!, Pullman Hotels, Rekorderlig Cider, Lavazza, Peroni Italy, Baileys, San Pellegrino, Tempus Two, and Carriageworks.

Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 ready-to-wear showcase hits Paris

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After sweeping off the Milan runway, the Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 ready-to-wear showcase has now entered the French capital with a fashion packed schedule of nine days to give the Parisians a glimpse of next season trends.

The opening day of Paris Fashion Week  featured collections from both experienced and young designers. Emerging French designer of Asian origin Christine Phung featured a ski-themed collection, decorated with crystals which gave the impression of star-lit skies and snow-peaked mountains.

Based on hues of navy, grey, white, red, plum and sky blue, the range featured pants, appliquéd wool and cashmere sweaters, and digitally printed pleated dresses.

Tony Viramontes, the world-renowned American fashion and beauty illustrator, played as the source of inspiration behind Brussels-born design talent Anthony Vaccarello’s latest bold catwalk collection.

The pieces included red ruffled strapless black cocktail dresses, one-shouldered asymmetrical minis with midriff cutouts, oversized flying jackets, leather bombers and sheer tops.

Belgian designer Cedric Charlier drew inspiration from the vivid textures and patterns of reptile’s skin. The menswear-inspired ensembles included slouchy blue pantsuits, glittering shift dresses, wide-cut trousers, culottes, sweatshirts and oversize drop-shoulder coats.

A small child’s enthusiasm of playing in circles was the main driving factor for the budding self-taught designer Simon Gate Jacquemus’ clothing range which featured slouchy trousers, net crop tops, appliquéd pencil skirts and yellow neoprene jumpsuits.

Papier Glace hosts fashion photography exhibition

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The exhibition Papier glacé, un siècle de photographie de mode chez Condé Nast  (“Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast” ) draws on the archives of Condé Nast New York, Paris, Milan and London, bringing together some 150 mostly original prints from leading fashion photographers from 1918 through to the present day.

The Editors in chief and Artistic Directors of Vogue, Glamour and, more recently, W, have always had a nose for immense talents, playing a decisive role in renewing fashion photography. The very first photographer employed by the group was Baron Adolf de Meyer, to be followed by Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn. Then, from the 1950s onwards, Guy Bourdin, William Klein, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Miles Aldridge…

The exhibition is an opportunity to rediscover the work of some ninety photographers at the dawn of their careers. Organised by theme, it highlights the ties between these photographers who, from one glossy page to the next, have shaped the identity and history of Vogue.

The dialogue flows in the most natural of fashions between the elegant interiors of Baron de Meyer and Henry Clarke, the narrative staging of Cecil Beaton and Deborah Turbeville, the snaps of Norman Parkinson and William Klein, the visual experiments of Erwin Blumenfeld and Paolo Roversi, the surrealist games of Man Ray, John Rawlings and Guy Bourdin, the glorified bodies of Horst P. Horst and Herb Ritts and the portraits of models by Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh and Corinne Day.

The photographs are accompanied by some fifteen haute couture items from the collections of the Palais Galliera. There are also two reading rooms with fifty or so magazines in display cases and a number of screens where you can “leaf through” some outstanding features from the publications of the Condé Nast group. And last but not least, contemporary films projected on a large screen outline the possible future   of fashion photography.

After Berlin, Milan and Edinburgh, the journey continues to Zurich, West Palm Beach, Fort Worth and Tokyo.

Kardashian sisters create Kardashian Kids with Babies“R”Us

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Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, the famous Kardashian sisters known for their stylish womenswear ranges, are now set to foray into the kidswear market.

The reality television series stars of the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ fame are soon going to unveil a children’s clothing line with the US-based baby product retailer Babies“R”Us.

Meant for girls aged less than two years, the affordable line features gold polka-dot leggings, little butterfly printed frocks and tiny leopard print outfits.

The collection called Kardashian Kids will be available for sale from March 15, 2014 onwards.

Other than the girls’ range, the American socialites co-own an apparel boutique chain called D-A-S-H in the US and also have created clothing ranges for British partywear purveyor Lipsy and women’s retailer Dorothy Perkins.

Owned by the Washington DC-based toy company Toys “R” Us, Babies“R”Us specializes in baby bedding, diapers, apparel and other accessories.

Charleston Fashion Week announces full runway schedule

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bakers_160044170377Baker Motor Company Charleston Fashion Week 2014, announces its full runway schedule to be held March 18 – 22, 2014 under the tents in Marion Square, Charleston, SC. Showcasing both established and emerging fashion designers, Charleston Fashion Week has become one of the premier fashion events in North America.

Each night CFW will feature runway shows by five emerging designer contestants, select local retailers, and featured designers, headlined by Timo Weiland on Saturday March 22, 2014.

In addition to the schedule, twenty emerging designers will be competing throughout the week to make it to the finals on Saturday, March 22, 2014 and be crowned the Grand Prize Winner. Competing for a prize package valued at over $20,000, the Emerging Designer Winner will be judged by a VIP Fashion Panel.

About Timo Weiland

Timo Weiland is both the co-founder and creative director of his self-named brand, Timo Weiland. Born in rural Nebraska and raised between Jacksonville, Florida and New York City, Timo graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and later collaborated with designers Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang to produce a men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collection in 2010.

Timo Weiland works with established luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, and Moda Operandi. Celebrities the likes of Krysten Ritter, Levin Rambin, and Taylor Lautner are supporters of Timo Weiland and are often seen wearing their designs on the red carpet.

Weiland was selected to sit on the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Incubator programs and was also an International Woolmark prize finalist in 2013. In 2011, Timo Weiland was first nominated for the Ecco Domani Foundation Award for his women’s and men’s lines and later won the award in 2014.

About Brandon Sun

Brandon Sun began his fashion career after graduating from Parsons School of Design where he was honored with the coveted “Designer of the Year” title and the Gold Thimble. After his graduation, Brandon began working with distinguished American luxury brands: J.Mendel and Oscar de la Renta. Within five years at J.Mendel, Brandon rose from Design Assistant to Designer, honing his technique in couture, tailoring, ready-to-wear, and fur. Brandon joined Oscar de la Renta as Design Director for the fur division, and later he launched his own signature collection of luxury fur accessories with distinguished international retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hirshleifers, and others.

FASHION WEEK – LAUNCH NYC IS CHANGING THE FASHION GAME – FABULOUS

LAUNCH NYC is a SMASH HIT….
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LAUNCH NYC may be new on the fashion scene but it’s not new to Fabulosity.  The evening started with a beautiful space, easily accessible and enough seats for everyone.  Once seated the magic begins.  Designer Mimi showed a stunning collection entitled, METAMORPHOSIS, featuring  hand constructed garments, each one more beautiful than the next.  She displayed  great attention to detail and really knows the meaning of elegant glamour.  Garments had  beaded fringe panels, beaded bustle and signature chain stitch detailing.  The shoes were beautiful, more of jewels than shoes, with crystal embellishments, simply to die for.  The models were confident and poise.  Surprisingly, this is the most diverse group of models I have seen since I started covering Fashion Week, very refreshing.

The event was well executed as they had easy Media check in, a press lounge (2nd floor) and free WiFi.   They also have lots of “perks”.  If you are a photographer, you can take a few photos in their photo studio.  Also they allowed the Media to take photos of the models in the garments after the show.

Launch NYC has a great team of professionals working with them, just to name a few; PR & Front of the House – AMP3 PR and Hair Styling provided by Eva NYC for designer Mimi.

Some of the sponsors for the event were; Manufacture New York, Adorama, Canon, Sony, Storefront, Runa and Profoto.

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ABOUT MIMI

Mimi uses natural fibers, organic dyes acquired from the earth, and favors the intricacies of textiles that were handmade, as this establishes the story and connection to the artists who came before us and their unique craft. By combining recovered antique materials and employing hand-sewn haute-couture techniques Mimi creates artistically designed sustainable couture garments that achieve zero waste, and captures for a new generation the irreplaceable history that would otherwise have been lost with these forgotten fragments.  For additional information on MiMi go to http://miminewyork.com, for additional on Launch NYC go to http://www.launchnyc.co

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Oh and one last thing…. the PR and security people were nice, no attitudes here.

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Kate Upton returns as face of label Sam Edelman

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For the second year, Kate Upton will be the face of Sam Edelman’s spring advertising campaign. The campaign was shot by photographer Craig McDean on a private beach in California. Trey Laird directed the campaign styled by Karl Templer.

“Kate is the model of the moment, and I’m thrilled to have her as the face of the brand again”

“Kate is the model of the moment, and I’m thrilled to have her as the face of the brand again,” said Sam Edelman, founder of Sam Edelman Shoes and division president for the Sam Edelman Division of Brown Shoe Company. “The Sam Girl is aspirational and knows all the latest trends, whether it’s fashion, the newest workout or hottest models. They all want to look like Kate.”

The Sam Edelman spring collection is a mixture of boy-meets-girl looks inspired by the 50s St. Tropez beach towns style of dressing and combined with the more masculine London street styles. Nude palettes and natural leathers with touches of camo are used throughout.

The images from the shoot will appear in print ads in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle and Women’s Wear Daily, billboard and wild postings, online, and at samedelman.com, as well as in Sam Edelman retail stores.

ABOUT SAM EDELMAN

Since its inception in 2004, designer Sam Edelman’s eponymous brand has quickly emerged as a favorite among celebrities and fashionistas around the globe.

Bringing more than 30 years of experience developing some of the most successful shoe collections in fashion history, Edelman’s designs reflect his creative sensibility, delivering footwear that is eminently fashionable and beautifully constructed at an attainable price point 2012 was a banner year for the brand, with the launch of outerwear and accessories collections and a flagship store opening in Soho extending the company’s retail reach.

It also marked the debut of Sam Edelman’s juniors’ line Circus by Sam Edelman, helping Sam Edelman Shoes earn Footwear News’ Brand of the Year for a second time in the brand’s history. In 2013 the brand launched a jewelry collection and announced their expansion into apparel for Fall 2014. The Sam Edelman brand is owned by Brown Shoe Company.

Kate Hudson stars in Ann Taylor Spring-2014 campaign

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Ann Taylor, the famous American womenswear label, has unveiled its Spring-2014 advertising campaign, starring award winning actress Kate Hudson.

Shot by the internationally acclaimed Swedish fashion and celebrity photographer Mikael Jansson, the advertorial portrays the busy life of a multi-tasking film director mother, played by the 34-year-old Golden Globe winner.

The campaign shows the blonde beauty posing for the camera, with her two sons (10-year-old Ryder and toddler Bingham), in an array of chic sophisticated outfits from the latest collection.

The line features a tan belted shirtdress, a cream coloured blouse teamed with white trousers and a classy little black dress featuring a full mid-length skirt and a glossy waistband.

Hudson took over as the face of the brand from another highly famous American actress Demi Moore in the year 2012.

Headquartered in New York City, Ann Taylor is part of the American group of specialty apparel retail chain stores Ann Inc., which specializes in a range of classic styled suits, separates, dresses and other accessories.