Kate Moss unveils her comeback range for Topshop


The much awaited spring/summer 2014 collection, created by the celebrated English model Kate Moss for the British fashion retailer Topshop, is all set to be released in stores today.

Inspired from the 40-year-old’s personal high-priced designer and vintage wardrobe, the 61-piece timeless range, which is considered as Moss’ comeback range for the purveyor, features clothing prepared under different themes.

The boho chic Balearic Dressing themed line includes see-through smock tops, embroidered caftans and several fringe detailed outfits, apt for holiday and beach retreats.

Cocktail Hour ensembles include an array of sequined menswear-tailored eveningwear, whereas Pajama Dressing range features several party-to-bed silky separates.

Some of the other standout pieces from the line include a one-shouldered lime yellow prom dress, a black tuxedo jacket, a silver fringe dress, a smart black jumpsuit, a star-printed skirt, a leather waistcoat, a chiffon top and shorts.


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In addition to Topshop’s online and brick and mortar stores, the collection will also be available for sale at the luxury e-commerce destination Net-a-Porter as well as the upscale American fashion specialty retailer chain Nordstrom.

The supermodel, who had first teamed up with the high-street retailer in 2007, has designed some 13 collections before going on a hiatus in 2010.

Founded in 1964, the British multinational retailer Topshop operates nearly 440 shops in more than 33 countries.

Launched in 2000, Net-a-Porter offers clothing and accessories from cutting-edge labels like Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Stella McCartney, Valentino and Victoria Beckham.

Founded in 1901, the US-based retailer Nordstrom operates nearly 231 stores in 31 states across the country.




Birmingham Fashion Week shines with new & seasoned talents


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Once again the crème-de-la-crème of the US state of Alabama and its neighbouring states gathered to showcase their lines of exemplary creations at the just wrapped up fourth season of Birmingham Fashion Week (BFW).

Anthony Ryan Auld, a former Project Runway participant from Louisiana, showcased a total of 30 to 40 pieces, taken from his Spring-2014 and Fall-2014 lines, at the five-day event. The spring collection ANT featured upbeat wearable ensembles and the Fall range ‘Life and Darkness’ displayed mysterious designs in shades of gray and black.

Fashion label Baer’s Den presented men’s casualwear ensembles such as jeans, graphic T-shirts and blazers, whereas Salence opted to show outerwear designs like bubble coats and peacoats at the soiree.

Birmingham-based designer Heidi Elnora staged a very theatrical runway show, replete with a brief ballet performance. Punched with a dark macabre taste, the parade featured couture like bridal gowns.

The University of Alabama grad and NBC’s Fashion Star season 2’s winner Hunter Bell chose to present a spring/summer collection, peppered with feminine silhouettes and streetwear details like leather panels, at the event.

In addition to the famous fashion designer showcases, the new rising talent Lauren Ledford was awarded with the Emerging Designer title for her mini collection titled New Parisian Countryside at the southern fashion do.

Shanghai Fashion Week shows nearly 45 catwalk parades


More than 45 catwalk shows, staged by a series of local as well as foreign designers, were showcased at the just concluded Chinese fashion extravaganza Shanghai Fashion Week.

Home grown designer Zheng Shijing opened the nine-day-long event with her latest line of swimwear. The Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology grad’s range included one-piece swimsuits, string bikinis, beach robes, caftans and sarongs, adorned with bright tropical prints.

YYO’s CeliaB showcased an extremely colourful Autumn/Winter 2014 collection at the event. Replete with coloured fur, crochet and knits, the featured pieces were flirty short dresses, skirts, wide legged pants and bulky pullovers.

Designer Han Lulu blended her trademark oriental aesthetics into western silhouettes in the latest catwalk creations which included long sweeping evening gowns, short cocktail numbers, fur coats and graceful pristine white wedding gowns.

Other than the above mentioned brands, internationally famous labels like Oasis (Britain) and Dsquared (Italy) along with several other leading designers from Israel, France, Spain and Vietnam also showcased their avant-garde apparel designs at the Chinese soiree

Siempre magazine sponsors FIT’s Best Use of Color Award


Siempre Mujer magazine, the largest beauty, fashion, and lifestyle magazine for Latinas, announced that Editor-in-Chief Maria Cristina Marrero will join a prestigious panel of judges to select the winner of the second-annual Siempre Mujer-sponsored Best Use of Color Award for The Future of Fashion, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) annual end-of-year runway show.

The Best Use of Color award is given to the student designer whose use of color most enhances the design of his or her garment. The winning look will be selected during Judging Day on April 22, presented at the final The Future of Fashion show on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at FIT’s John E. Reeves Great Hall. The designer will also be featured in Siempre Mujer in a “Key to Success” feature.

“Siempre Mujer is so excited to return to The Future of Fashion show,” says Marrero. “I’m looking forward to seeing the freshest designs from up-and-coming talent, and judging how they incorporate color to enhance their garments in innovative and expressive ways.”

FIT’s The Future of Fashion is the place for established designers, editors, and other VIPs to preview the fashion industry’s most promising young designers. Approximately 85 designers will be selected from a class of 160 students to present fall 2014 looks in the four women’s wear specializations offered at FIT, including sportswear, special occasion, knitwear and intimate apparel, plus children’s wear. The professionally produced show also showcases a capsule collection by graduating Fashion Design students who spent their final year at the college’s Milan campus at the Politecnico di Milano.

The media and fashion industry professionals selecting the 85 looks for this year’s runway are Bryan Boy (blogger, BryanBoy.com), Kate Betts (author, contributor CNN, NPR’s Marketplace, Travel & Leisure and Elle Decor), Alana Kelen (stylist, MTV Networks), Colleen Sherin (senior fashion director, Saks Fifth Avenue), Lilliana Vasquez (founder, CheapChicas.com; author of The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style), and Beagy Zielinski (founder, L’Armoire Du Stylist).

The nine major designers and design houses that mentored students as they created their final collections include Kate Williams from Donna Karan (knitwear), Reiko Waisglass from Phillip Lim (knitwear), Rebecca Minkoff (sportswear), Daniel Vosovic (sportswear), Felicia Zivkovic from Lela Rose (sportswear), Brandon Sun (sportswear), Mathieu Mirano (special occasion), Jennifer Zuccarini from Fleur du Mal (intimate apparel), and Lisa di Napoli from Tommy Hilfiger Kids (children’s wear). Each designer will also choose one outstanding garment in his or her category to receive a special Critics Award.

Philadelphia Museum sees Patrick Kelly’s ‘Runway of Love’

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Runway of Love is an expansive retrospective showcasing some eighty ensembles that were recently presented to the Museum as a promised gift by Kelly’s business and life partner, Bjorn Guil Amelan, and Bill T. Jones. Kelly’s designs are complemented by selections from the artist’s significant collection of black memorabilia, videos of his exuberant fashion shows, and photographs by renowned artists including Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.

“I want my clothes to make you smile”—that was the goal of late African American designer Patrick Kelly in creating his bold, bright, and joyful creations. Kelly achieved this on the streets, nightclubs, and runways of New York, Paris, and beyond in the heady, inventive, and often-subversive urban milieu of the 1980s.

Kelly’s early signature creations—skinny, body-conscious dresses with colorful buttons—attracted the attention of French Elle, which featured the designer’s first commercial collection in February 1985. His aesthetic developed out of his African American and Southern roots and knowledge of fashion and art history, as well as from the club and gay cultural scenes in New York and Paris.

Kelly’s work pushed racial and cultural boundaries with golliwog logos, Aunt Jemima bandana dresses, and his ubiquitous black baby-doll brooches. His playful looks were inspired by his muse, Josephine Baker, and admiration for couturiers Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Yves Saint Laurent, among others.

Patrick Kelly was born and raised in Mississippi by his mother and his grandmother, who helped foster his love of fashion by bringing him fashion magazines. He moved to Paris in late 1979, and in 1988 became the first American and the first black designer to be voted into the prestigious Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, the French fashion industry association and standards organization. Kelly’s brilliant vision and career were cut short by AIDS, to which he succumbed on January 1, 1990.



“A Night With Vanity” will bring together celebrities, business owners, members of the press, and other VIPs to enjoy great entertainment, while sampling the most innovative new beverage in years. Vanity (http://www.vanitydrink.com) is a beautifying and youth-preserving drink that’s carving out a new niche in the drink and supplement market.

The launch party at SoHo’s Gold Bar is invitation only and begins promptly at 9 pm. Event organizers request that those planning to attend arrive by 8:45; from 9 to 10, guest will be treated to complimentary tastings of three different Vanity based cocktails and party favors, but the party goes on until 11. Entertainment will be provided by celebrity DJ Julian Cavin. 

“‘A Night With Vanity’ is the perfect opportunity for us to introduce the product to the women we want to buy it: entrepreneurs, trendsetters, fashionistas, celebs, jetsetters, and socialites,” explained Hezinger.

“Vanity is just as much about embracing inner beauty as it is about hydrating and revitalizing the skin,” she continued. “That’s why we’ve added brain-boosting ingredients to the mix. Equally importantly, Vanity encourages proper hydration; the natural fruit flavor is definitely cool and refreshing.”

Some of the active ingredients of Vanity include resveratrol,  coffee bean extract and green tea extract, among others. The drink’s unique formula contains zero preservatives and zero manufactured chemicals, making Vanity a 100% natural health and vitality supplement. Health professionals have identified resveratrol as a potent weapon in the fight against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The natural compound is also thought to increase lifespan. Meanwhile, great tea extract is prized for its obesity-fighting qualities; many studies have shown that green tea extract is a preventative measure against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, two of the most pernicious neurological conditions. Coffee bean extract is known to speed up the metabolism.

Unlike other supplements that sometimes disregard the taste factor, Vanity combines all of these remarkable and proven ingredients together in a fruity and fulfilling 8.4 ounce drink. Satisfied customers overwhelmingly agree that Vanity is by far the most appealing health drink available.

Vanity is a product of BeCare Life Services, a company that believes strongly in philanthropy and community building. A portion of the sponsorships for the event will go to Nomi Network. Nomi Network was established to strengthen social enterprises providing job opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.

Vanity is currently available online at http://vanitydrink.com, in addition to multiple natural food stores, boutique hotels, and health and beauty spas.

Those looking for a more convenient way to enjoy the Vanity way of life can become club members and benefit from home delivery of the age-defying beauty drink each and every month.

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Supermodel Naomi Campbell to turn fashion designer


Naomi Campbell, the internationally famous British supermodel, is soon going to take her love for fashion a step further by foraying into the world of fashion design.

According to The Cut, the 43-year-old catwalk diva, who started modelling at the tender age of 15, has announced her new career choice of becoming a fashion designer at the just held third edition of Vogue Fashion Festival in London.

The designer’s first collection, which will be aimed at women of all colours and ethnicities, will be released sometime in the year 2015.

Considered as the most famous coloured model of her times, Campbell has walked on the ramp for designers like Gianni Versace, Azzedine Alaïa and Isaac Mizrahi.

Attended by the likes of Franca Sozzani, Karlie Kloss, Edie Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Burton, Grayson Perry and Nick Knight, the latest two-day instalment of Vogue Fashion Festival included style and fashion masterclasses as well as talks conducted by key fashion industry movers and supermodels.


Caribbean designers gear up to showcase at CFW


Young and seasoned fashion designers from the Caribbean region are gearing up to showcase their creativity at the forthcoming edition of Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) 2014.

Slated to take place from June 11 to 16, the heavy on fashion extravaganza, now in its 13th year, will feature knitwear, resortwear, swimwear and women’s and men’s collections from designers belonging to Jamaica, Trinidad, Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Ethiopia, Cayman Islands, Zimbabwe and Tobago.

Due to be held in the Jamaican capital city of Kingston, the week-long soiree will showcase designs from names like Angelie Martin, Diana Williamson, Mahlet Afework, Barry Moncrieffe, Brenda Winstead, Jacqueline Cohen, Saleem Samuels, Tameka Jervis-George, Tigerlily Hill, Sabina Mutsvati and Amril Douglas.


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Other than the runway shows, an on-site shopping lounge, selling clothes right from the catwalk parades, as well as several business forums and workshops on topics ranging from branding to public relations will be included on the sidelines of the event schedule.

An e-commerce site shopcaribbeanfashion.com, aiming to serve as a platform for the participating Caribbean fashion designers to sell their products globally, will be launched on June 15, 2014.