Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2013: Teenage Grunge Returns

Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs often revisits one of his favourite fashion eras, the 90's, in his designs. For the Marc by Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 collection, the designer once again mixed a grunge influence with graphic monochrome t-shirts, striped layers and geometric prints.

Marc Jacobs
The models were styled with bright streaks placed into their loosely wavy hair, while rocking headphones and sunglasses and an array of bright accessories. Open-toe clogs, flat loafers and a pair of quirky 'bunny' front heels made up the footwear of the collection - it was mismatched and pieced together nonchalantly, which reinforced the carefree, layered vibe that the collection exudes.

Marc Jacobs

Chanel Hosts An “Exceptional” Scottish Spectacular

Vogue editor  Alexandra Shulman says that Karl Lagerfeld´s Chanel Metiers d'Art spectacular last night was a "truly exceptional show". The event was staged in the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh in Scotland.

Linlithgow Palace
"Karl's interpretation of traditional Scottish dress was exquisite and imaginative and to say the setting was magical is a huge understatement," she told us this morning. "It was one of those evenings where you just felt so privileged to be there."

Stella Tennant
Unsurprisingly, tartan and tweed were key themes - as worn by Stella Tennant and Edie Campbell on a catwalk that encircled medieval-inspired baskets of fire. Guests sat underneath a wooden awning as the show took place, with refreshments in the form of hot ginger and whiskey to help ensure no one felt the snowy weather. Afterwards, an exclusive dinner was held overlooking a nearby loch - at which six bagpipers provided the evening's soundtrack, before British musician Jake Bugg performed.

Chanel Goes Jacobean (Scottish Style)
The luxury fashion house has had a long-standing love for Scotland. Coco Chanel  had always used Scottish wool in her creations, but her fascination with the country was heightened when she started a romantic relationship with the Duke of Westminster in 1924. The pair would often visit his numerous estates in the Scottish Highlands, occasionally joined by Winston Churchill. The tweed jackets and Fairisle jumpers that the Duke wore to go hunting and fishing during these breaks inspired the designer's work for years to come.

John Galliano Intends To Come Back

John Galliano will return to fashion - says legendary USVogue creative director Grace Coddington.

"I love John, I think he's brilliant," she said. "He certainly intends to come back - when he's ready. I hope he will return, but I don't know. That's a tough one to get over. That's tougher than the Gucci people thinking they want a change of face."

Coddington went onto to show her faith and confidence in another fashion pioneer who recently left the industry - Nicolas Ghesquiere. The designer stepped down from his role at Balenciaga in November and has since been replaced by "well-liked, confident, cute-looking" Alexander Wang.

John Galliano
"He will bide his time and come back," she said of her friend Ghesquière. "He's too brilliant to just disappear. He's very passionate about what he does. He's not caught up in fashion and celebrity at all. I don't think he's going to go off and become a sculptor like Helmut Lang, either."

The fashion veteran also added to comments made in her recently-released memoir about the burgeoning numbers of fashion show attendees and the influx of front row bloggers.

"Anyone can be in the front row that the designer deems important enough to put in the front row, I used to find attending the shows so invigorating and exciting, but [now] you have to be there with blinders on - to cut out all the rubbish that's going on around, where the focus seems to be more on the audience than on the clothes that go down the runway. Any old shit can go down the runway and they all sit there and clap."

Romeo Beckham For Burberry

Romeo Beckham has made his modelling debut in the new Burberry campaign. The 10-year-old son of David  and Victoria beckham stars in the spring/summer 2013 advertisements, alongside Burberry favourites Edie Campbell and Carla Delevigne.

Other models to appear in the campaign include Charlotte Wiggins, Alex Dunstan, Charlie France, and Max Rendell - but according to chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, it was the middle Beckham boy that "was a joy to work with and really stole the show".

Romeo Beckham For Burberry
"This season's campaign lights up with the infectious energy of an amazing young cast of old and new Burberry family," said Bailey. "We had such fun shooting the campaign and I think that comes through in the images, which really reflect the upbeat spirit of the collection."

Shot by Mario Testino, the campaign features a mixture of Burberry Prorsum, Burberry London and Burberry Brit clothing - with a focus on the brand's iconic trench and heritage outerwear. Further imagery and digital content will be rolled out throughout the season.

Victoria and David Beckham have three sons - Brooklyn, 13; Romeo, 10; and Cruz, seven - as well as daughter Harper, who was born in July 2011. David and the three boys walked the red carpet at the premiere of the Spice Girls musical premiere in support of Victoria - all decked out in bespoke Burberry suits.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

David Beckham : Fashion Designer

David Beckham is set to retire from football next year but, with wife Victoria busy giving him ideas for his next career more, it seems unlikely that he'll be disappearing into a world of playing golf and bingo!

According to sources, Victoria Beckham has turned from WAG to NAG in her attempts to get hubby David thinking about the future,and she's been trying to persuade him to follow her lead and start up his own fashion line:

“She doesn’t want him to become lazy after he retires [so] She’s suggested he goes into partnership with her design label and does the men’s range."

We quite like the idea of him inspiring more and more men to look and dress just like him, actually - Victoria could be onto something with that idea!

David Beckham
However, being ever considerate, Victoria Beckham has also come up with a few other suggestions for her hubby to tackle in his post-retirement days: “Victoria has also said he’d make a perfect sports anchor on TV."

Despite all of her best efforts, dad of four David seems to have something far more relaxing in mind: "He just wants to rest and have a break.”

Kate Moss Publishes Memoirs

Kate Moss went au naturel as she popped for a spot of lunch in Paris, seemingly with no make-up on. The Brit model went back to basics with the fresh-faced look and simple hair-style parted in the middle.

Kate, 38, wrapped up warm in a black jumper, jeans and cape as she arrived at Le Castiglione in the French capital, Earlier Kate hid her eyes behind giant black shades as she arrived at the city’s Gare du Nord for a short stay in the fashion metropolis.

She was there to promote Kate: The Kate Moss book and was due to sign copies of the career retrospective at department store Colette, to the delight of her waiting fans.

Kate Moss

Her promo trip comes shortly after it emerged that she is to star in a TV documentary about herself. Kate is set to be filmed as she goes on a global book tour and while a release date is yet to be announced her spokespeople have confirmed it is happening.

The Croydon-born model is famously guarded about her private life. But fans will now get a glimpse of the in-demand clothes horse’s day-to-day activities.

She recently lifted the lid on her heartbreak following the split from Johnny Depp and how she found it mortifying to pose nude as a newcomer.

Marc Jacobs For Louis Vuitton

Modes of travel are obviously on Marc Jacobs’ mind when he puts on his Louis Vuitton hat: we’ve had elevators, a carousel, and even a steam train in the LV seasonal tent at the Carousel de Louvre. (I’m really hanging out for models arriving on an elephant one season). This time, however, they came two by two down four escalators and marched along a giant white and yellow checked runway.

The show was punctual, as usual, and with the way things ran it was all done and dusted in just six minutes. MJ even raced down the escalators to take his bow. I’m not sure why it was hurried, but it was a rush in every sense of the word — the set, the production, and the clothes were faultless.
Marc Jacobs For Vuitton
Picking up where he left off with Marc Jacobs in New York, the collection was super mod, this time with 60s shapes and beehive hair-dos. Inspired by an artwork by conceptual artist Daniel Buren, Marc took a very disciplined approach to silhouette and skirt length — working with the three different lengths (mini, mid and maxi) in blocks.

LV’s signature Damier pattern in both big and small checks was the reoccurring motif and appeared mostly in yellow and white, and black and white. I’m amazed the pattern did not feel like overkill, but it was perfectly balanced and extremely effective.

Kate And Naomi´s New Cover

British supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell are no strangers to shedding their clothes, so it’s only fitting that both of them recently posed topless in the December 2012 issue of Russia’s version of Interview magazine.

Interview Magazine
The magazine’s mantra of having one star lead an interview with another has Moss, 38, asking most of the questions to Campbell, 42; and the two discuss their early days in the modeling industry.

Moss reveals that Campbell’s first job was in a Bob Marley video.

“I read that you made your first public appearance in a Bob Marley video,” she says.

“Yeah. I was seven, I think,” replies Campbell. “He was such a handsome man. I remember I started crying when I saw his dreadlocks because I thought they were worms. But he was really, really gentle.”

The two also discuss the shock they had when they first arrived in New York City from the comforts of their native London suburbs.

“When I first got to New York, I was like, ‘What are they talking about?’ I could not tell, you know,” says Moss. “It was really weird and I also think growing up in South London, it is so mixed race.”

“Exactly, we just know our area and how we were raised,” adds Campbell; “so it was a big eye opener to me.”

As for Kate Moss, Interview Russia isn’t the only nude shoot she’s got out in December, she recently shed her clothes for a nude shoot with Rihanna for the December issue of V Magazine.

But unfortunately if you want to get your hands on a copy of the December Interview you’ll have to fly over to Russia or Germany to grab a copy because it’s not available in the States.

Murakami For Louis Vuitton

Just in, are some excellent detailed photos of the Murakami for Louis Vuitton “Monogramouflage” Collection, which was released exclusively at the Brooklyn Museum Murakami Exhibit several months ago.

Murakami For Louis Vuitton
The second shipment of the collection is ready for European delivery. As Nitro quoted, “The second shipment scheduled for release contains the Speedy 35, Keepall 55, Pegase 60, Treillis (denim), Ceinture (belt), iPhone Case and Passport Cover.

The camouflage pattern is obtained through different fading into the denim material and the other bags and luggages are coated canvas. There’s also boots, sneakers and ready-to-wear.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Victoria Beckhams Photoshoot With Karl Lagerfeld

She's a fashion designer with a modern minimalistic approach to style, she's got a boyish figure and works the androgynous look with a glamorous twist, so it is only fitting to suggest that Victoria Beckham is the contemporary Coco Chanel.

And from what her latest photoshoot with Chanel's chief designer Karl Lagerfeld insinuates, Posh has well and truly made it in the fashion industry by posing on Gabrielle Chanel's actual staircase in Paris.

But seeing as Victoria is hard to please, not even this once in a lifetime opportunity could make her crack a smile, as she posed throughout the shoot looking her usual glum self.

The former Spice Girl, 38, seemed happy with the result of her latest modelling shots however, taken by the German designer, Lagerfeld himself for Elle magazine, as she proudly posted them to her Twitter page.

She wrote: “First pictures from my ELLE cover shoot with Karl Lagerfeld, a dream come true! X VB”

Posh later added: “At 31 Rue Cambon wearing my new optical collection on the iconic CHANEL staircase shot by Karl Lagerfeld! X vb”

In the sneak peak snap, Victoria shows off her super slender pins in a black one piece by Chanel featuring one sleeve and a wrap around on one arm fastened with a brooch.

Another shot shows Victoria posing on Chanel's iconic mirrored staircase in a white short sleeved shirts and high waisted black shorts teamed with black heels, accessorising with a pair of specs.

Victoria Beckham is currently enjoying success from her increasing popular fashion label, which heralded rave reviews from Merceded Benz New York Fashion Week.

Agyness Deyn Retires From Modelling

She has fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Doc Martens, and Mulberry, but 29-year-old Agyness Deyn has decided to call time on her modelling career.

The British beauty confirmed she has 'officially' stopped modelling in favour of pursuing her love of acting because she has grown disenchanted with the fashion industry over time.

She said: 'I suppose I have stopped modelling officially. I've not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feeling were changing towards the industry.

'I didn't hate it, but I was yearning to do something different. I was on a gradient. I was something different.'

Deyn, who this year played a stripper in remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 cult classic, Pusher, saw her preference switch from fashion to film with each new role she landed.

The star's acting career began in 2010 when she played Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans. In 2011 she appeared as a warrior in Woodkid's debut music video.

Following on from the success of Pusher, she made her West End stage debut as Paula in François Archambault's comedy, The Leisure Society, for which she received rave reviews.

Deyn, who is now settled in New York with husband Giovanni Ribisi, 37 whom she married in a ceremony earlier this year, says she doesn't begrudge spending 10 years of her life travelling the world for her sake of her modelling career because it gave her the creative desire to try acting.

She explained to The New Review: 'Oh god, I loved it. Being 18 years old, from Manchester, and suddenly having this new world to explore - being able to travel, meet all these different people, and immerse myself in all these different cultures - was just so much fun.

'I got spotted [by a modelling agency] and I've had this great chunk of time - 10 years - to find out what I really wanted to do, which is to act.'


  • Born in Lancashire in 1983
  • Real name Laura Hollins, her name was apparently coined to further her modelling career
  • Model scouted by SELECT model management while shopping with designer Henry Holland
  • Vogue cover girl in 2007 alongside Doutzen Kroes
  • Has appeared in adverts for Anna Sui, Blugirl by Blumarine, Burberry, Cacharel, Doc Martens, Gianfranco Ferré, Shiseido, Giorgio Armani, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Reebok and Vivienne Westwood
  • Was face of fragrance The Beat by Burberry, Gold by Giles Deacon at New Look replacing Drew Barrymore, Jean Paul Gaultier's fragrance Ma Dame, Shiseido (replacing Angelina Jolie) and childhood friend Henry Holland's label House of Holland
  • Landed a Uniqlo campaign in 2007 and in 2010 her and her sister created a T-shirt line for the chain
  • Vogue Paris named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s
  • Married Giovanni Ribisi in a surprise wedding in June 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Olivier Theysken´s Debuts Shorter Strands

Olivier Theyskens  just chopped his long luscious locks, just  in time for New York Fashion Week.

The designer got a friend to turn his medium-length hair to a messy Kurt Cobain-esque ‘do. When Theyskens was around nine-years-old, he imagined himself as a beautiful girl, which might explain the look he adopted during adulthood. 

His long strands have become very much a part of his personal style, just like how Karl Lagerfeld  ties his white hair into a neat ponytail. 

“There’s no real reason, but people always want to think there’s something more to it. I’ve been wanting to cut it for years, but it’s never been the right time—when I left Ricci and took a year off, I wanted to cut it, but then people would think, ‘Oh no, did he freak out?!’ And then when I took the job at Theory and moved to New York, people would have associated it with that change. So, I waited.” 

And now, the wait is over. But unlike everyone else who feels weird after cutting off a huge chunk of their hair, he admits the change feels natural:

“I mean, it felt strange to wash it at first and not have it there anymore… but other than that, no. I just feel like me. I think with the long hair, people took me more seriously…it was more of an intense look, I guess. It’s a bit more ‘normal’ now, though I still think not so many guys have hair this length.”

The Capsule Wardrobe

'Capsule wardrobe' is a term coined by Susie Faux, who was and is the owner of London boutique 'Wardrobe', in the 1970s. She considers that a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers and coats, which can then be up-dated with seasonal pieces.

This idea was popularised by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.

Today, the term is widely used in the British and American fashion media, and has been the subject of several popular television series. The term has come to refer to a collection of clothing which is designed using only interchangeable items, in order to maximise the number of outfits which can be created. 

The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be 'key' or 'staple' items in co-ordinating colours.

The term 'capsule wardrobe' was coined by Susie Faux  - owner of the West End boutique 'Wardrobe' - in the 1970s to refer to a collection of essential items of clothing which do not date, and could therefore be kept for several seasons. 

The aim was to up-date this collection with seasonal pieces, in order to have something to wear for any occasion without buying many new items of clothing.Typically, Faux suggests that a woman's capsule wardrobe contain at least "2 pairs of trousers, a dress or a skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit, two pairs of shoes and two bags".

The concept of a capsule wardrobe was popularised by American designer Donna Karan  in 1985, when she released her collection entitled "7 Easy Pieces". Her aim was to fill what she referred to as "a void in the marketplace"  for a stylish and practical wardrobe designed with working women in mind. 

When the collection debuted, she showed eight models dressed only in bodysuits and black tights. The models then began to add items of clothing such as wrap-skirts, trousers, and dresses, to demonstrate her interchangeable style of dressing.

'Capsule wardrobe' is a term which is widely used in the fashion media; for instance, the fashion sections in British newspapers The Independent and The Telegraph have recently run dedicated capsule wardrobe features, as well as British Marie Claire and Elle magazines, among others.

The concept has been further popularised by several television programmes, includingTrinny and Susannah's 'What Not to Wear', which aired on the BBC 2001-2007, and Gok's Fashion Fix which aired on Channel Four from 2008 onwards. 

Presenter and stylist Gok Wan asserts that a capsule wardrobe is an especially important tool in a recession as it allows people to look good on a small budget. This is perhaps part of the reason that the idea has endured since its conception in the 1970s.

Creating a capsule wardrobe.

Below are some rules which are widely given for creating a capsule wardrobe.

Choose a colour scheme.

This would typically involve choosing one or two base colours which go with everything, such as black, white, brown, grey or navy. Items such as trousers, handbags or coats would be bought in shades of these colours, so that they can be put with anything else in the wardrobe. 

After choosing the base colours, choose one or two accent colours, which are brighter than the base colours, and co-ordinate with each other. These would typically be used for items such as tops, dresses or accessories; once a colour scheme is established, all the items in a wardrobe should be interchangeable, as the colour of the pieces will always complement each other.

Consider your body shape.

Some cuts of clothing are more flattering than others; for instance, stylists often advise that women with wider hips wear cap sleeves, as they make the shoulders appear wider, and more proportionate to the hips. If the items of clothing chosen are flattering, the wearer is more likely to want to keep them in their wardrobe.

Consider your complexion. As with cuts of clothing, some colours are more flattering than others, to both skin tone and body shape. If the colours are well-chosen, then the items are more likely to remain in favour.

Choose classic shapes and patterns.

While some cuts and patterns of clothing go in and out of fashion, there are others which are considered 'classic' because they do not date. It is wise to choose classic pieces for a capsule wardrobe, as they are intended to be kept for a number of years.

Choose good quality fabrics. As the idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own a few items of clothing which can be worn in a number of different ways, individual pieces will get lots of wear. Therefore, it is a good idea to choose clothing that is well made, and will continue to look good despite the heavy wear.
A typical capsule wardrobe.

Below are examples of a typical capsule wardrobe.

One for women.

Sample women's wardrobe
A belted trench coat
Bootleg jeans
A white shirt
A black blazer
An LBD (little black dress)
A pair of tailored trousers
A pencil skirt
T-shirts and camisole tops
A cashmere sweater
A sundress
A pair of ballet flats
A pair of long boots
A tote bag
A clutch bag
A silk scarf
A pair of high heels

One for men.

Sample men's wardrobe
A suit
A pair of jeans
A pea coat
T shirts
Cotton shirts
A blazer
A pair of slacks
A pair of smart shoes
A pair of casual shoes
Various accessories
A jumper 
A jacket

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Marc Jacobs Goes Optical

The show was eye-popping, madcap, 1960s Swinging London revisited and the years of Andy Warhol and his Factory reintroduced on the runway.

“All that!” a joyous Marc Jacobs said backstage after a presentation of super short and super long outfits, both playing with the idea of optical illusions.

The Jacobs theory is to take an opposing stand: Whatever he did last season — layered, textured outfits with romantic big fur hats — goes into reverse for the next collection.

So the message for summer 2013 was hard, young and graphic as opposed to sweet and dreamy. Some skirts were so short that as the models walked the raised triangular platform with a multitude of doors, matching underpants peeked out to protect their modesty. Other hemlines swept the floor, or, more accurately, the flat shoes with pointed toes that ran through the collection.

The geometric elements were everywhere: zigzag op-art patterns or harlequin effects; shoes with checkered heels. The show — from its Edie Sedgwick hair to its graphic handbags — was an eye-zinger and a blockbuster.

The Marc Jacobs look is always powerful and unique, creating a clear image for the brand, and deliberately out of synch with the prevailing trends.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Victoria Beckham : The Big Apple Calling

Dancing on top of a London taxicab, singing her heart out, Victoria Beckham reverted to her Spice Girl days in the rock and pop ending to the Summer Olympics.

But the next day, “Posh Spice,” as she was once dubbed, returned to her day job: building the brand Victoria Beckham as a credible and commercial fashion company.

On Sunday, Ms. Beckham is scheduled to show her new collection as a pillar — albeit a very slender one of New York Fashion Week.

And, as if that were not enough for a mother of four and wife of the international soccer star David Beckham, on Tuesday she is to show her fledging Victoria line of more accessibly priced clothes.

Why does New York’s fashion week, which Thursday began the spring/summer 2013 shows with the Fashion’s Night Out event, act as a magnet for international designers who, even if they do not stay, often jump-start their careers here?

Victoria Beckham is one of those many creative companies, which also include Carlos Miele of Brazil and Diesel Black Gold of Italy, that see New York as the ideal show spot.

“For me, I lived in America, although I am British-born and my aesthetic is British,” says Ms. Beckham. “But I admired U.S. brands, and I wanted to follow the U.S. model. It seemed like the right thing to do.”

“In a very humble way, I always had big dreams and ambitions for my brand,” she continues, stating her desire to take the brand “from America to the rest of the world and to see the international press and retailers.”

Compared with those of most show-off celebrity lines, the Beckham trajectory has been impeccable. Working with the Spice Girl supporter Simon Fuller, now head of the XIX entertainment empire, and with her husband, David, Ms. Beckham determined to think big but start small.

While the famous usually introduce their lines with runway razzmatazz, filling the front row with Hollywood friends, the Beckham plan was the opposite. The first collection of just 10 pieces was shown at a series of appointments at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in 2008. A year later, the collection was offered as informal presentations in a gallery. Then came a slow buildup, with shows where the designer herself talked the audience through the collection.

“VB,” as she is known within her fashion company, presented a classic runway show only in September 2011, at the New York Public Library.

Zach Duane, chief executive of the London-based company, talks about “a desire for the launch to be about the product, rather than the spectacle.”

“The decision to launch the brand with a single collection of 10 dresses was based on the fact that the heart of the brand is product that Victoria has worked hard to conceive,” Mr. Duane said. “To simultaneously launch multiple categories as Victoria’s first step into the fashion world would have meant a totally different approach to design — one where Victoria just could not have been involved in every detail of every item within the collection. This wasn’t what she wanted the label to represent.”

Ms. Beckham calls the label’s growth “organic,” saying that “it just happened naturally” — although industry insiders say she works fiendishly to push the brand ahead, hence the speedy development of the younger, less expensive Victoria collection.

As for selecting New York as the location, “there were a number of factors,” Mr. Duane says. “David and Victoria having moved to the U.S. was part of it, as was the sense that, at the time, New York felt very international in terms of fashion.

“Also, by presenting in New York, we showcase the collections to an international audience, whilst building important relationships with U.S. retailers — many of whom at that time didn’t travel to London.”

This idea of building up a British company in the United States is not unique. Matthew Williamson took his colorful, hippie deluxe collection to New York in 2002 — and returned to New York’s fashion week for the next seven years.

Joseph Velosa, the company’s chief executive, notes that other British brands, like Roland Mouret, Preen and Jonathan Saunders, also have taken a bite out of the Big Apple.

For the Matthew Williamson brand, “it was a business decision which at the time made sense because London Fashion Week was not attracting the major editors and buyers that it does today,” says Mr. Velosa. “It certainly helped getting the name out there and showing to an audience that would otherwise not have seen the collections.”

The brand returned to London because of the complex logistic planning — and because British fashion picked up.

Other international brands have trod a similar path. ZZegna, the sportier, more fashion-forward part of the Ermenegildo Zegna group, presented in New York for a few seasons to raise awareness, according to Gildo Zegna, the brand’s chief executive, who has now brought the line back to its home in Milan.

Heidi Middleton, co-designer of the Australian brand Sass & Bide, shows just how peripatetic brand strategy can be.

In the brand’s embryonic stages, Ms. Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke chose to present in London although their base was Sydney. After three seasons, they were encouraged by the organizers to show in New York Fashion Week and did so for five years, seeing global and U.S. market growth.

Then in 2008, when U.S. sales softened and Australasian and British sales were escalating, they returned to London, where they now show. At the same time, they are planning a first store in New York, to complement their range of stores and in-store boutiques in Australia.

A Victoria Beckham store is being planned for London, but the brand strategy is to stay in New York — even if it requires the designer to hop between the West and East Coasts and London.

“At the moment, there is no reason to move,” says Ms. Beckham. “I get a great slot; the American industry is kind to me; I feel at home here; I like the atmosphere. I’ve got a good thing going — I don’t see any reason why I would move.”

Perhaps because the fashion week in New York is now one of the longest of the four-week season, designers can find a slot more easily than, for example, in Paris.

But Ms. Beckham has a more down-to-earth point of view.

“What I had in common with American brands is: Yes, I want to be creative — but also a business brand,” she says. “There are goals we had to reach. I’m very ambitious. I want each season to top the season before. This is my passion.

“But you have got to sell dresses at end of the day.”

Candice Swanepoel´s Sexy Shoe Ad´s

Stunning supermodel Candice Swanepoel is at the centre of a shoe storm.

A series of adverts showing the blonde bombshell in variety of seductive poses have been banned in New York for being too steamy

The sexy ads for show designer Brian Atwood’s latest collection feature Candice writhing around provocatively with naked men while wearing a black basque and hold-up stockings.

One shows the leggy model holding biting the heel of a tiger-print shoe while two hot male models stroke her leg.

A scantily-clad female model can be seen in the background.

But it's all eyes on Candice, and in another she sits astride a model sporting thigh high boots and bright red lipstick.

One shows the South African stunner relaxing on a sofa as a model bends at her feet, carressing her shoe.

The campaign is thought to be so racy it won’t even appear on billboards outside Atwood’s new boutique at 655 Madison Avenue in Manhattan’s Midtown.

Candice – who defends the red-hot advertising campaign – admitted she understood why they were banned.

She said: “I respect that they banned it. Not everybody is comfortable with their sexuality and with showing your body.

“For me it’s not a problem. I’m proud of my body. I work hard for my body.

"As long as it’s always done in a tasteful way, which it was.”

Candice, 23, is one of the world’s ten highest-paid models.

She has been modelling for Victoria’s Secret since 2007 and has been dating male model Hermann Nicoli for six years.

A film version of the ad, which was due to air on screens in New York taxis, has also been banned.

The large-scale campaign is a first for the designer, whose shoes are loved by stars including Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson and Rachel Weisz.

Shot by top fashion photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, it makes its debut this month in the September issues of Vogue, W, V Magazine and CR Fashion Book.

With all the fuss about the ads, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about the shoes themselves.

But designer Atwood is on hand to explain that with his footwear it’s all about the ankle.

“There is something so sexy about this part on a woman, and these shoes celebrate that,” he said.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

British Fashion Awards 2012 : The Nominees

The young creators are up against the designer behind Team GB’s Olympics kit for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards 2012. In an announcement made last night at The Savoy, Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane  face Stella McCartney for the annual ceremony’s top accolade, Designer of The Year. And whilst McCartney has had a standout year with her major involvement with London 2012, Kane and Katrantzou have both been responsible for turning the limelight back on London Fashion Week – from the onset of Kane’s neon lace bodycon dresses in 2007 to Katrantzou’s innovative prints since launching her label in 2009. "There’s always a point of difference to British fashion, it dares to be different to everyone else," Kane tells us.

Nothing is ever boring and British fashion is really establishing itself at the forefront of global fashion.

Also present at the reception was Jonathan Saunders, nominated for both the New Establishment Award and Emerging Talent for menswear, and Roksanda Ilincic, whose romantic, tumbling dresses loved by style icons from Carey Mulligan to the Duchess of Cambridge, is pitted against Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Alessandra Rich for the Red Carpet Award. Meanwhile, the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator sees Katie Grand nominated a second time, along with Edward Enninful and Professor Louise Wilson who is surely a strong contender – that a handful of nominees passed through her discipline on the Central Saint Martins MA course is but a small indication of her influence on the industry.

Winners will be announced at the British Fashion Awards 2012, taking place 27 November and hosted this year by Lauren Laverne and Nick Grimshaw. 

Full list of nominees and awards:

Emerging Talent Award – Ready-to-wear: Simone Rocha, Michael van der Ham and J.W. Anderson
Emerging Talent Award – Accessories: Dominic Jones, Jordan Askill, Sophie Hulme
Emerging Talent Award – Menswear: Agi & Sam, Jonathan Saunders, Lou Dalton
Model: Cara Delevingne, David Gandy, Jourdan Dunn
Designer Brand: Alexander McQueen, Burberry Mulberry,Stella McCartney
Menswear Designer: Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton  Oliver Spencer, Richard James
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Edward Enninful, Katie Grand, Professor Louise Wilson OBE
Red Carpet Award: Alessandra Rich, Roksanda Ilincic, Stella McCartneyVictoria Beckham
Accessory Designer: Katie Hiller, Nicholas Kirkwood, Philip Treacy
New Establishment Award: Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, Meadham Kirchhoff
Designer of the Year: Christopher Kane Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney 

The winner for the British Style Icon is chosen by public vote.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trending : From the Top

Sweaters aren’t the only thing we break out at the first sign of fall. Beyond their practicality, the proper hat can instantly adjust the mood of your outfit. Take the beret, as favored by Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace, and brothers Dean and Dan Caten at Dsquared2, which lent their recent collections varying degrees of military staunchness. So make like revolutionary Che Guevara and opt for this season’s go-to chapeau.

From left: beret by Louis Vuitton, $630; beret by Giorgio Armani, $425; beret by American Apparel, $20; turtlenecks by Prada, $595; button-down shirts by Bottega Veneta, $450–$510

GQ´s Designer of the Year : Dolce&Gabbana

The men behind the brand, Dolce&Gabbana received the Designer of the Year award at the 15th edition of GQ Men of the Year in London on Tuesday night.

Dolce&Gabbana’s forward looking, flattering and manly designs have been recognized and loved all over the world. In 2012, GQ have chosen to further honour the relationship and respect they hold for Dolce&Gabbana by awarding them the accolade of Designer of the Year.

The hall of fame lists some iconic previous winners such as Tom Ford, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani.

The designers were presented the coveted award by their close friend Monica Bellucci, who wore a classic Dolce&Gabbana black lace gown for the occasion. Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Kylie Minogue, David Gandy and Ashley Cole all turned up in force to celebrate with Domenico and Stefano.

The GQ Men of the Year awards are in their 15th year and celebrate the achievement of significant men in a vast choice of industries, from cinema to music, comedy and cooking.

Stefano Pilati for Ermenegildo Zegna

Former Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati finally has a new gig. Starting Jan. 1, the designer will head to Ermenegildo Zegna, where he will serve not just as head of design for the brand's menswear line, but also as creative director for Agnona, the house's secondary women's ready-to-wear and accessories line.

"With this appointment, we will be able to combine our tradition in tailoring and our leadership in innovative materials with a new vision for men’s fashion," said Gildo Zegna, CEO of Zegna Group. "We have ambitious plans for Agnona and we strongly believe that under his creative leadership we will be able to develop this little jewel into a global brand."

Pilati had been head designer at YSL since 2004; his Fall 2012 collection, shown in Paris last March, was his last for that label. His first collections for Ermenegildo Zegna and Agnona will be shown in June 2013.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lady Gaga : Cover Girl ?

This  behind-the-scenes shot from Lady Gaga´s new Vogue cover reveals how much airbrushing went on to give her that impossibly thin waist.

The September issue sees her wearing an electric purple Marc Jacobs number looking lean.

But a new video from the shoot exposes how she actually looked chunky and unflattering in reality.

Her skin has clearly been touched-up, her waist shrunk and the fishtail dress given a major airbrushing job.

And the stark differences have sparked an Internet furore among fans keen to share the contrasting shots.

Born This Way star Lady Gaga, 26, seemed proud of the altered snap when she leaked it to fans earlier this month, saying: “I’m a COVER GIRL, and it's FAB.”

She also poked fun at her hair, saying: “I’m totally channelling Fozzie Bear.”

The snaps were taken by photographers Mert and Marcus – and include another frame in which she appears nude, wearing a giant hat.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fashion Trend 1920´s : The Great Gatsby

Prada and Miu Miu have designed outfits for the upcoming movie; The Great Gatsby.

Baz Luhrmann's dazzling silver screen adaptation, starringLeonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, is creating a new buzz and this time, it is fashion-related. According to an interview of Miuccia Prada published in the September issue ofVogue, 40 dresses from past Prada and Miu Miu collections will be adapted for the movie.

While Gatsby's couture will be inspired by the elegant 1920s, Prada Spring / Summer 2013 menswear collection represents a very seductive first approach of this era's fashion interpretation.

This second collaboration between Miuccia Prada and Baz Lurhmann promises to be spectacular. ForRomeo + Juliet, in 1996, the director asked the Italian designer to create one of Leonardo DiCaprio's unusual outfits.

Carey Mulligan's outfits will also be styled with Tiffany & Co's sparkly creations.

Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of the famous novel published by Francis Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 will hit cinemas in July 2013.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Grace Coddington for FNO and Balenciaga

Grace Coddington has designed a limited edition accessories line for Balenciaga. The US Vogue creative director has created a mini collection of bags and scarfs, inspired by her pet cat Pumpkin.

The pieces feature fashion illustrations hand-drawn by Coddington, which depict her cat modelling iconic Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga looks from the past decade. The Papier tote bag, $1,000 (£633), is the collection's hero piece and comes in either ecru or bright pumpkin orange, with a black calfskin trim.

The Pumpkin collection will launch on September 6 to coincide with Vogue's Fashion´s Night Out celebrations, and a very limited number will be available to buy in the Balenciaga New York and LA boutiques. 20 per cent of all proceeds will go towards The Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Victoria Beckham Launches Optical Line

Victoria Beckham is adding a new range of optical frames to her fashion portfolio.

The designer, who is near-sighted herself, has been on a mission for the perfect prescription frames for as long as she can remember, admitting that she’s never photographed in glasses (except for oversize sunglasses) because it’s been trying to find a flattering pair.

“I do need to wear glasses — [but] I haven’t found glasses that suit me or that I particularly like,” Beckham told WWD. “I’ve always been quite self-conscious [about this], so that’s why I’ve decided to do them myself.”

After the designer launched sunglasses two years ago, an optical collection was the obvious next step. Beckham’s global eyewear business spans Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in the U.S. to Harrods in the U.K.

She partnered with Cutler & Gross on the six-piece optical collection that will make its debut at Silmo Paris on Oct. 4. Each style comes in three colorways, with the overall palette comprised of black, tortoise, topaz, yellow and forest green. All frames are handcrafted in Italy and fashioned from combinations of metal and acetate, the tips of each pair are adorned with a refined, diamond faceted “V.” They also contain elements such as sepia stained coloring, horn, pearl oyster interior lining and tortoiseshell.

Silhouettes range from delicate and feminine styles such as superlight metal aviators to heavier, acetate rectangular shapes. Some are even unisex — such as the “Heavy Square,” a bolder frame that Beckham and her husband David Beckham both wear.

Each pair goes through four weeks of production and 37 assembly processes. This means frames are “tumbled” for nearly a week with resin chips and undergo two stages of hand polishing. Each pair will retail for about $410.

“I will be wearing my glasses now, and it will be nice to see where I will be going for once,” Beckham said.

The optical frames are slated to hit retailers in January and February.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our top designer at Barcelona Fashion Week : Celia Vela

In the tenth edition of 080 Barcelona, Celia Vela has presented  a collection for  SS/2013  which is cautious, but elegant. Under the summer sun, he worked a few looks, with all key pieces containing a black primer.

His  designs  were  mixed building silhouettes that were sophisticated, elegant, sober and yet very worked. His technique is based upon  modeling the fabric and  generating textures, playing with transparency and light volumes.

The show ran rhythmically, subtly introducing his most glamorous and rocking, first with small panels pailettes, then with a shirt and tie organza emerald green, concluding with a magenta brocade printed on a jacket and then in a dress detailed cutting.

The collection was a play of structure and texture made by squeezing tissue qualities and materiality. That way it creates new fabrics, new textures and overlapping work garments become portable, desirable and even essential.

First we saw a collection evolutionary worked with a perfect blend of glamour, casual chic and sympathy.

Each piece takes us to different scenarios. We see at night, an option for  sober or dance and debauchery attire. Then later, sophisticated or casual is cleverly presented. And, finally the morning, sunbathing or in the cool of the office is the call of the day rounding this universal collection.

All women's needs are covered, and in them all, an element of gratitude was presented.

The Brandery Barcelona : Summer 2012

The Brandery 2012 Barcelona summer contemporary urban fashion trade show, will present the latest news, trends and innovations in the fashion world. Indicate that this fair will take place from next 13th to July 15th, 2012 at the fairgrounds facilities of Fira de Barcelona. 

The Brandery summer 2012 Barcelona will have structured its offer in four Areas: The Fira, The Brandtown, The Laundry and The City. 

The Fira 
The heart of The Brandery with exposure of brands. 

The Brandtown 
With bars, restaurants and chill-out areas.

The Laundry 
The laboratory of ideas Brandery, which will host presentations, roundtables and conferences. 

The City 
Meet activities taking place in the city of Barcelona linked with fashion and with the main rooms.


The Cathedral, dedicated to the designers with their own brand. 

The Loft, for brands with a major component design / trend. 

The Warehouse, with the offer of Denim. 

The Stadium, focused on the world sport & street, action sports, street culture, fashion sport style and performance. 

The Brandery summer 2012 Barcelona more than a fashion show. It is an event done in Barcelona and designed to Barcelona, ​​one of the most modern, cosmopolitan and active in the generation of latest trends in Europe. This year the event will hold its fourth edition, which has already become a landmark event in its sector. 

This fair will bring together the best professionals in the market both in Europe and around the world, with access to major brands in the industry: retailers, department stores and distributors, providing exhibitors the opportunity to make a trade promotion very positive and fruitful in the present and the future, as we saw in the last edition held in 2011 that was attended by over 100 brands and 9700 professionals.

The Brandery 2012 Barcelona summer is the great meeting of southern European fashion, is a useful tool for communication and marketing for designers, buyers, distributors, commercial and creators are a must, since in this fair will bring together the best companies and market professionals who will present their latest creations, being the ideal event to spot trends and fashions.

080 Barcelona Fashion Week : Spring / Summer 2013 highlights

During the 10th to July 13th the tenth Fashion Week at the Palace of Pedralbes, took plce in Barcelona. Here are some of our key moments:

Siki Him 
Shows the identity of the designer through his own creations. Ethnic Fashions, based in the Middle East with a mixture of Western minimalism, and signature colours in black and white abounded throughout their parade.

Manuel Bolaño
Within the conceptual level, the designer found a balancing between the good from the doubtful. A mixture of the 50's with the moderniso characterizing the city.Again, key colours were all pales and blues.

Lurdes Mergada & Syngman Cucala
Both designers made a wink to the  spirit of youth for excellence. The protagonists of urban fashion. Within this functionalism  they emphasized comfort, originality,  respect and  a lot of grey colours.

Gori de Palma 
We return to the era of the nineteenth century. Predominance of the colour black in a world that highlights the tattoos and the bohemia of the era, as if it were a story. 

Was the one that marked the end of the event, and then started a big party. It highlighted the fashion of the 50's, floral prints, ethnic fashion.

Brain and Beast 
Standing  out as the strongest collection in the overall event. Denim geometric games came together like a collage, and in different ranges.The main colour for the collection  was blue.

Karl Lagerfelds Fragrance: Books

The book-aholic has found the cure for everyone who misses the smell of paper in these digital times: a perfume that smells of books, thanks to a "fatty" olfactory mark.

According to the German newspaperFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Lagerfeld - who is known for his love of books and says he stocks more than 300,000 of them in his famous personal library - is already working on the fragrance with his publisher of choice, Steidl, which distributes most of the designer's photography books.

FAZ reports that Paper Passion, which will be sold inside a hardcover book with the pages hollowed out to hold the flacon, will be developed with Berlin perfumer Geza Schön, who told the paper that "the fragrance will have a fatty note," probably along the lines of linoleum, and that he was taking his inspiration from the smell of printed and unprinted paper.

For those who can't wait until the perfume comes out, there are several paper-inspired fragrances already on the market, including Demeter's Paperback, Zadig & Voltaire's Tome 1, or Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligons.

Stefano Pilati leaves YSL

It's official. Stefano Pilati the long-time creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, has officially stepped down. As we reported earlier this weekend, designer Hedi Slimane will take the position. Pilati plans on dropping his last YSL collection on March 5, but after that, it's unknown where he will end up. Check out a recent interview Pilati did with Vice Magazine in which he speaks on his time at YSL and why "fashion is not fashion anymore¨.

There is still a vacant job at Dior and Pilati, Raf Simons, and London designer Christopher Kane are all rumored to be up for the position. The fashion world is poised for a shift of power, and only time will tell where everybody ends up


YSL to change its name

French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent is undergoing a name change to Saint Laurent Paris. Supposedly the idea of the label's new creative director, fashion designer Hedi Slimane, the name change is expected to take effect in Spring 2013, when his first collections are expected to debut.

Reportedly, the brand's iconic YSL logo will not disappear (so no need to stock up on those logo tees like Rick Ross), but it's still unclear the extent to which the rebranding will affect YSL's overall aesthetic. 

Designer Yves Saint Laurent started his label in the '60s and was noted for popularizing "prêt-à-porter" ready-to-wear collections. He also designed a dress based on the paintings of Piet Mondrian, which would go on to inspire a Nike SB sneaker, among other things. His men's line has been seen on numerous celebrities and mentioned by plenty of rappers.

He passed in 2008. Previous Creative Directors of his label have been prestigious names like Tom Ford and Stefano Pilati. Hedi Slimane had previously been at the helm, and recently returned after a memorable stint at Dior Homme.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Stella McCartney Designs for Olympic Games

Stella McCartney has been appointed creative director for Great Britain's London 2012 Olympic team.

The British fashion designer will oversee the design of both athlete kit and fan wear for the Adidas Team GB range for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is the first time in the history of the Games a designer has been taken on board to design the teams' kit, with Adidas having now provided kit for Team GB since 1984. 

But McCartney's sportswear range for Adidas has enjoyed fantastic success, and this new role looks to be an extension of that.

She said: 'As a British fashion designer it is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be creative director of Team GB as the host nation of the London 2012 Olympic Games.'

Olympic and world champion Victoria Pendleton was also enthusiastic, saying: 'I'm a massive fan of Stella McCartney and with London hosting the Olympic Games it is really important as the host nation to set the standards.

Stella McCartney with some of the Olympic team

'To have a British designer inputting into the British kit is going to be very special.'

Andy Hunt, chief executive officer of the British Olympic Association, said: 'We know that how an athlete looks and feels in their kit gives them a psychological advantage when competing, and we are delighted that Adidas has brought Stella on board.

'This apparel line provides an exciting opportunity for fans to connect with Team GB and show their pride and support for the athletes who will represent our nation during the 2012 Games,' he added.

Key pieces of the collection featuring the UK flag

McCartney, 38, is the youngest daughter of former Beatle Sir Paul, and is currently pregnant with her fourth child.

Prior to starting her own label, she worked under Tom Ford at Gucci,  and was creative director  for French fashion label Chloe.

Katy Perry Models for Adidas

Between stirring up controversy with militaristic music videos, romancing male models, and posing for Adidas‘ new campaign, Katy Perry sure has been keeping busy lately!

The ads feature the blue-haired pop star running, smiling, popping her collar, and sitting atop a merry-go-round, all in Adidas’ new ClimaCool collection. Now, we realize this is no Chanel campaign, but we’re still a little perplexed with the poor photoshop job and the too-obvious roots.

The retouchers seem to have gotten a little airbrush-happy here, especially in that first photo. We eagerly await the day when the eery, plastic-skin look is no longer de rigueur.

What do you think? Does she give ‘boyfriend’ Baptiste Giasbiconi a run for his money?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rory Lewis: A Decade of Seduction

2012 marks Rory Lewis' 10th year as a successful professional photographer.

He has spent the last decade honing his craft as a self-taught commercial, fashion, portraiture and editorial photographer.

Rory has worked with prestigious clients such as Vidal Sassoon, Toni and Guy and Selfridges, to name a few.

His first exhibition, which will be held on Friday 20th ( 19:00 – 21:30 by private invitation only) and Saturday 21st July (10:00 – 16:00 for the general public) in Liverpool’s prestigious Bluecoat gallery, which  will showcase some of this visionaries both published and unseen catalogues, to which he extends old and  new admirers a warm welcome.

To register for the event, please contact ‘Rory Lewis Photographer’ on Facebook, or contact directly by e-mail to Rory Lewis

Tickets for the private viewing are £10, and include a drink on arrival and discussion by Rory on ‘Life Through a Lens’.

All proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Charity.