Neil Barret designs for Justin Timberlake’s world tour


Popular American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake will flash a designer wardrobe at the forthcoming second leg of his ‘The 20/20 Experience World Tour’, slated to kick off on May 30, 2014, in Abu Dhabi.

The 33-year-old musician has assigned the Italian-based English-bred menswear designer Neil Barret to create an array of custom-made looks for his upcoming high-octane stage performances.

Replete with graphical motifs inspired from the Bauhaus’ designs and Modernism doctrines, the stagewear range will feature minimalist clean-lined costumes, replete with the designer’s signature streetwear style tailoring.

In addition to Timberlake’s outfits, the Devon-born designer has also created costumes for the music tour’s band members and backing dancers.

Before the latest tour wardrobe design venture, Barrett had also collaborated with the celebrated singer on several other occasions in the past, such as the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and the Legend of Summer tour with Jay-Z as well as various music videos.

Justin has a penchant for smartly created designerwear clothing. Last year, he had roped in American designer Tom Ford for his third solo album ‘The 20/20 Experience’. Ford created bespoke suits, ties, shirts and other accessories for the album video.

Trained from London’s Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, Neil Barret had earlier worked in leading fashion houses like Prada and Gucci before founding his namesake label in 1999.

Launched in support of the Georgian-born singer’s third and fourth studio albums—The 20/20 Experience (2013) and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013), The 20/20 Experience World Tour began on November 6, 2013 in New York City and is slated to wrap up on December 20, 2014 in Atlanta.

Kim Kardashian stuns in Givenchy at her wedding


The famous American socialite and reality television star Kim Kardashian, known for her bold attention grabbing wardrobe preferences, has surprised all her fans by choosing to don a classy demure Givenchy look for her wedding.

The 33-year-old ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ actress, who recently tied the knot with her American rapper husband Kanye West, sported a pristine white couture wedding gown from the French fashion house.

Designed by the Parisian label’s current creative helm Ricardo Tisci, the made to order lace crafted ensemble featured a bib-front bodice with long sleeves, paired with a floor skimming fit and flare skirt as well as a flowing veil.

Giving a close competition to Kim’s elegant look was her famous 36-year-old American hip hop recording artist bridegroom Kanye West, who also wore a custom made Givenchy suit at the wedding. The Georgia-born singer-songwriter looked dapper in a smart black tuxedo teamed with a matching bowtie and a white shirt.

The popular celebs got married on May 24, 2014, at an extravagant ceremony which took place at the Renaissance Fortress in Florence, Italy.

Founded in 1952, the luxury label Givenchy specializes in haute couture clothing, fashion accessories and lifestyle products. The company is owned by the French multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton.

The Italian-born 39-year-old Ricardo Tisci is an alumnus of London’s Central Saint Martins Academy. The designer took over as the creative director of Givenchy in 2005.

Triumph Motorcycles remembers Steve McQueen


The famous British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles has just unveiled a new spring-summer 2014 collection, inspired from the casual-fashioned looks of the late American actor Steve McQueen.

With an aim to pay homage to the charismatic star, whose passion for motorcycle riding had helped in popularizing the brand in the 1960s and 70s, the clothing range includes jackets, gloves, shirts, hoodies and jeans.

Adorned with a black and white image of the actor, who was known for his on-screen, anti-hero persona, the 1960s-styled McQueen Desert Racer Jacket features a smart inner lining and extra padded support on shoulders and elbows.

Based in jet black, the leather crafted McQueen Gloves features short cuffs and perforations on the back to provide proper ventilation to the motor bike rider’s hands.

Other than the aforementioned creations, the motorcycle company has also launched a special McQueen Capsule Collection 2014 which includes some vintage-inspired cotton made pieces such as a sweatshirt, two T-shirts, a polo shirt and a cap.

Founded in 1984, Hinckley-based Triumph Motorcycles had earlier marketed clothing lines dedicated to celebrities like Marlon Brando, Bob Dylan, James Dean and Elvis Presley.

Miss Universe Gabriela dons Yamamay at Miami Fashion Week


During this international fashion event, Yamamay proudly walked the runways starring the gorgeous Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler, modeling the pieces from Summer 2014 collection.

A further important step in the international projects of the Pianoforte Holding and especially of the Yamamay brand: the attendance at the Miami Fashion Week was a huge success that opened the doors to US in style.

Special guest Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013, added a touch of class and magic to the catwalk, thus sealing the already strong bond with Donald Trump’s organization that will make Yamamay even more protagonist in the upcoming Miss Universe editions.

Stunning swimwear and beachwear livened up the Miami Beach Convention Center and the “touch of Italy” was appreciated and recognized in America too.

Yamamay added an exotic touch to its show: directed by Sergio Salerni and music by Ben Dj. It’s the first of many projects expected for this year.


Disney debuts captivating iconic ‘Maleficent’ fashion line


Disney Consumer Products (DCP) has unveiled a wickedly captivating collection of products based on the highly-anticipated Walt Disney Studios live action film “Maleficent,” in theatres May 30.

DCP collaborated with some of today’s hottest brands including MAC Cosmetics, Stella McCartney, Crow’s Nest, HSN, JAKKS Pacific and more to assemble a product collection inspired by the storytelling and themes in the film starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. The collection consists of designer shoes, couture fashions, apparel, accessories, toys and a deluxe Disney Store costume collection.

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Disney film “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone.

“The ‘Maleficent’ product collection embodies both light and dark color palettes of the film’s iconic characters and settings,” said Jonathan Symington, vice president and general manager of licensing for Disney Entertainment and Games at Disney Consumer Products. “From high-end fashions to beautiful dolls and role play, we have produced an enchanting collection to thrill fans of all ages.”

About Disney’s “Maleficent”

“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The Wizard of Oz’ ladies to undergo fashion makeover


To mark the 75th anniversary of the timeless American classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the Warner Bros. Consumer Products and the US-based Tonner Doll Company have come together to give a contemporary sartorial twist to all the female characters of the 1939 movie.

According to WWD, several leading names from the fashion industry have been roped in to create dresses for an eclectic collection of 22-inch dolls, which have been created based on the looks of the female leads, such as Dorothy, Glinda and the Wicked Witch.

Famous designers like Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, BCBG Max Azria, Hervé Leger and Carmen Marc Valvo will create an array of miniature dresses, slated to be unveiled during the upcoming New York Fashion Week (NYFW) at the Fashion Institute of Technology on September 4, 2014.

For Dorothy’s character, designer Chris Benz has crafted a blue gingham windswept outfit, inspired from the windy weather of New York, and fashion talent Trina Turk has recreated the gingham pinafore into a peplum jumpsuit adorned with rainbow patch to complement the protagonist’s trademark ruby slippers.

Clothing label Jenny Packham has designed a high-fashioned, modern innovative dress for the Wicked Witch and the hit television series Scandal’s costumer Lyn Paolo and star Kerry Washington have designed an eclectic ball gown for the broom riding menace.

In addition to the above mentioned names, Reem Acra, Erickson Beamon, Sue Wong, Carlos Falchi, Douglas Hannant, Betsey Johnson, Byron Lars, Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui, Colleen Atwood and Ruth Myers will also be a part of the collaborative venture.

After its NYFW display, the doll collection will be later auctioned on eBay and the proceeds from the sale will benefit the international non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity, which is devoted to build simple, decent and affordable housing for poverty-stricken people.

Louis Vuitton launches cruise collection in Monaco



After Christian Dior’s and Chanel’s dazzling Brooklyn Navy Yard as well as Dubai resortwear fashion showcases, it was the turn of another premium luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton to launch its cruise collection at an equally exotic venue.

According to WWD, the label recently staged an extravagant show, featuring the first-ever resort range designed by its newly appointed creative director Nicolas Ghesqiuère, in front of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco, which is home to the Grimaldi family for more than 700 years.

Punched with youthful 1970’s vibes, the suede patches and jazzy pattern adorned collection was based on a mustardy yellow and brown palette with prints inspired from wallpapers, Grand Prix and underwater plants.

The featured pieces were belted pantsuits, stiff black leather lapelled coatdresses, lozenge-shaped motif decorated long-sleeve tops, jagged hemmed skirts, sheer silk knits, beige beaver fur coats, safari suits, high-waisted trousers and pretty spring dresses.

Founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton specializes in an array of leather goods, ready-to-wear and fashion accessories. The company sells products through a network of standalone boutiques, lease departments in high-end department stores and the e-commerce section of its website.

Before taking over the creative reins of Louis Vuitton from American designer Marc Jacobs in November, 2013, the 43-year-old French designer Ghesqiuère had helmed the Parisian high-fashion house Balenciaga for nearly 15 years.

‘NYC’s Real Housewife’ Countess LuAnn forays in fashion


Countess LuAnn, the actress from the popular TV series ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’, is the latest celebrity to foray into fashion.

The 49-year-old star has recently unveiled a collection comprised of pieces that can be worn both as standalone items or can be mixed and matched with the existing wardrobe staples.

Designed to be worn to different kind of occasions, the seasonless line includes lace overlay side-zipped pants, printed knit tops, long-sleeved sheer blouses, double pocket slim cut trousers, sleeveless drape neck dresses and cropped jackets.

The affordable yet wearable 11-piece range is exclusively available at SHOPHQ.

Other than her role in Bravo’s hit series The Real Housewives of New York City, the East Coast native Countess Luann, whose original name is LuAnn de Lesseps, has also authored a book titled ‘Class with the Countess: How to Live with Elegance and Flair’.


News Selena Gomez set to launch Dream Out Loud’s new collection


Young American actress and singer Selena Gomez is soon going to launch the latest Spring collection under her lifestyle label Dream Out Loud.

The 21-year-old pretty songstress has given a sneak peek of the upcoming collection, peppered with her boho chic and sporty personal style preferences, on her Instagram page.

Replete with floral prints and intricate details, the range includes pleated skirts, chiffon blouses, a short dress with a tiny midriff cutout, jogging pants and a tank top featuring the word love in bold letters.

Founded in 2009, Dream Out Loud specialises in eco-friendly fabric made apparels, woven in factories with established sustainability practices in the reduction of waste, water and energy.

Other than regular wear garments, the brand, which is exclusively sold at the American discount chain Kmart stores, also offers accessories like hats, scarves, winter gloves, outerwear and swimwear.

Established in 1962, Kmart is the third largest discount chain in the world with stores across 49 US states, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



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