Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tilda Swinton Fronts New Chanel Campaign

Tilda Swinton  is the latest face of Chanel. The actress features in an upcoming campaign modelling the Metiers d´Art Paris - Edimbourg collection, which was unveiled during a spectacular show held at Linlithgow Palace in December.

"Tilda perfectly embodies the Paris-Edimbourg collection," said Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, "She is of course Scottish, but more than that, she is a modern woman, a timeless icon of elegance."

Tilda Swinton
Shot by Lagerfeld himself, the imagery is expected to be released in full in May. The actress was chosen for her "unique personality, charisma and allure", stated a spokesperson from the brand.

British Vogue Nominated For Cover Of The Century

British Vogue's December 2001 cover, featuring Kate Moss, has been shortlisted by the Professional Publisher's Association (PPA) for the prestigious title of Cover of the Century.

Vogue Cover: December 2001
The cover in question is entitled Royal Salute and stars Moss in an embellished tulle dress by Giorgio Armani, wearing a replica Coronation crown and holding a sceptre. The image, which was shot by Nick Knight and styled by Kate Phelan, was designed to fuse fashion with symbols of power in the lead up to the Queen's Golden Jubilee the following year.

The award is one of a number of events planned to mark the PPA's centenary in 2013 and will be voted for by the general public before the winner is announced on November 21st.

Manolo Blahnik Open To High Street Collaboration

Manolo Blahnik would like to collaborate with a high street store - providing that the project was "something exciting." The legendary footwear designer revealed that he's open to the idea of designing a lower-priced shoe collection in the future.

"If someone asked me to do high street and I really liked it, then why not?" he told us. "But it would have to be a challenge, I don't just want to do it for commerce or for business, I've never really been into money that way. But if it was something exciting and I could really collaborate with someone marvellous then yes, of course."

Blahnik has famously worked with some of the biggest names in the industry - most recently creating the catwalk shoes for Victoria Beckham´s latest New York fashion shows.

Manolo Blahnik
"She's a dream to work with. I love people who really work, and she does. She works like she's possessed," he said of Beckham. "It's really incredible and she's really exciting to work with. And it's good that she's in England now of course. Everybody should move to England!"

A firm fan of Great Britain (his home has been Bath now for many years), the Spanish-born Blahnik is an untiring advocate of our home-grown talent - and in particular, a fan of the 2013 CDFA/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund winner and fellow footwear designer,Nicholas Kirkwood.

"I like what he does very, very much and he was very kind to me - last year, I was in New York and someone came up to me and said: 'You must meet this boy, he says you are the reason he is doing shoes', and I thought, how flattering," explained Blahnik. "He has a real vision of himself. There are so many youngsters emerging that don't yet have their own personality - they're too young to be fully formed - but he's got this incredible thread of thought."

Another designer that he is an open supporter of is John Galliano. The two have been friends for many years, with Blahnik one of the few to speak out in support of him following the Dior dismissal.

"I adore John, and I think whatever he does is great," he said. "He is just brilliant. He can do whatever he wants to do now - whatever he ends up doing will be fantastic, he's always so full of creativity. Unfortunately this has been a bad period of his life and he's not been well, but he'll always come up with something extraordinary."

Why London And Calvin Klein Are A Perfect Match

Calvin Klein Jeans may be firmly woven into American fashion DNA, but its global creative director, Kevin Carrigan, says that it will always have a special place in its heart for London. The brand - whose name became one of fashion's most well-known following its now legendary campaign shots of Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg in 1991 - reopened its Regent Street store earlier this week, complete with a new interior décor to reflect the label's global shop concept.

"London is one of the coolest fashion cities and there are so many stylish people from all over the world passing through," Carrigan told us. "I also think that British women understand Calvin's pared-down effortless style. On a personal note, being British, it is a dream to have a store on Regent Street."

The space features dramatic angular windows, large-format videos playing the brand's new campaign film starring Alexander Skarsgård, and an updated denim bar which takes centre stage in the middle of the space. Carrigan hopes that the redesign will attract a new customer.
Calvin Klein
"With the redesign of the store, we want to bring a sense of warm minimalism with a cool New York edge," he explained. "Our recent event with the amazing Rita Ora - who was featured in the most recent ck one jeans, underwear and fragrance global ad campaign - attracted a new generation. It was a fun event with a really cool, youthful and stylish crowd."

Relevance is one of Carrigan's buzz words and something he believes is integral in developing the brand as he focuses on bringing about an "evolution rather than a revolution". And who does he believe best embodies the spirit of his "iconic American modernist dream"?

"I am particularly taken by British model Eliza Cummings - who also participated in the most recent ck one global ad campaign," he said. "From her turn in that campaign, to when I saw her last month in Milan, she is always so cool, spirited and fearless. She has a boyish Calvin look but is also stunningly beautiful. She is a girl of our times."

Hailee Steinfeld Named Max Mara’s Face Of The Future

Hailee Steinfield has been named Max Mara's 2013 Face of the Future. The 16-year-old was announced as the recipient of the annual Women in Film prize last night, and will sit front row at the brand's autumn/winter 2013-14 show in Milan this morning.

Hailee Steinfield
The actress follows previous winners Chloe Moretz, Katie Holmes and Emily Blunt in accepting the accolade. The prize is awarded each year to a film or television star believed to be "experiencing a turning point in her career", in recognition of outstanding achievement coupled with "an embodiment of style and grace".

This year's Women in Film MaxMara Face of the Future Award will be presented at the 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 12th in Beverly Hills.

Rihanna For River Island

Rihanna has unveiled her River Island campaign, hiring Jourdan Dunn and Charlotte Free to showcase her debut collection. Other featured models include Tao Okamoto, Ataui Deng and Bambi Northwood Blyth. Today also marks the first time that the singer has unveiled cut-out images of the range in full.

Photographed by Mario Sorrenti, the shoot - as with the clothing itself - is inspired by the Nineties. Models lounge on a car - against a backdrop of vibrant colour - wearing a mixture of pieces from the collection, including a black floor-length dress with daring side split, a navy jumpsuit which is unbuttoned to the navel and a striped bra top and high-waisted shorts.

Rihanna For River Island
The Vogue cover girl debuted her long-awaited fashion offering for River Island on Saturday night during London Fashion Week. The range lands in stores on March 5th.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Valencia Fashion Week : Autumn & Winter 2013

Valencia Fashion Week has successfully completed its fourteenth edition with its presentation of the collections for Autumn & Winter 2013.

The ´Noble Room´ of the Palace of the Exhibition has been an exquisite space where the fashion world has been influenced from the established, to the more radical proposals of Valencian up-and-coming young designers in perfect harmony, with fashion shows and trends from prêt-à-porter to demi-couture in a superb platform to verify the designers credibility and ideals from this array of talent.

Within this magnificent space, a marriage of industry, leisure, culture and business activities were presented for the ´global village of fashion.´

´VFW seeks to advocate a concept without limits to any geographical gateway to enhance the brand "Valencia fashion" while promoting and building industry worldwide´ their press office quoted.

Debates and reflections on the new fashion media and communications took place on a daily basis, along with the role of designers and dressmakers in shaping the trends. A theme which has been developed in parallel activities through out the three days of the fashion extravaganza, which integrated 25 designers and fashion shows in 21 hours, in an attempt to strengthen the design copyright status of the fashion market within Community Valencia.

The array of fashion shows presented, was sometimes eclectic, and always breathtaking. The classical sobriety of Alexander Resta, the radical methodology of Anillarte, the tactile sensuality and femininity of Miguel Vizcaino, the genius of Aurelia Gil´s aesthetics combined with avante garde talent of Bibian Blue and Tomero Encarnis couture inspired craftsmanship.

Esther Noriega presented to us to the mystical universe of white contrasting with the ambiguity of the skin in her latest collection, whilst Gabriel Segui opted for a more primal elegance and Maria Lucia Cózar Couture presented her collection in a highly unified and wearable package. VFW has had its magnificent representation reinforced from The Guild of Tailoring (Dolores Sewing, Ruth Gate, Susa Plaza and Dolores Molla) and repeat collections from the highly successful Javier y Javier, Amparo Chorda and Juan Andrés Mompó to name a few.

In addition to all these activities, the ´Competition Zone D´ has established itself as a crucial place in VFW with challenging proposals that leap off the runway in ready-to-wear gusto, with the designers Antonio Posadas, Alejandro Berro, Almaravi, Anel Yaos, Visori Fashion Art and JDYS taking part in these exciting deliverables.

As a climax to the closure of the awards ceremony, the catwalk had kept an ace up its sleeve.

It was not exactly a prize or an award, just a heart felt confirmation of a sincere friendship and unconditional recognition of this increasingly popular fashion event for someone who has been present at each of its editions since 1999, a recognition to´The first lady of fashion journalism´ Maria Calabuig, who also in return took her time to acknowledge the several hundred people, along with members of the various technical teams, art, media, protocol and sponsorship who make up the bi-annual event.

JDYS, Mary Cozar Couture, Carla Denecker and Miguel Vizcaino became the latest winners of the Autumn & Winter collections 2013-14.

The Revlon Professional Award for Best Designer within ´ZONA D´ (which studied the emerging designers around the Spanish State), led to designer JDYS Murcia winning the prize of 1,500 € for her design aesthetic with ´volumetric nuances of garments made of felt recycled-like rigidity.´

The Revlon Professional Award for the best hair styling, with 1,500 € in prize money, chosen from the 14 official catwalk parades, and with a jury of members from the artistic team of Revlon Professional | American Crew VFW present on the runway went to Mary Cózar Couture ,a debutante on the VFW catwalk, where we saw her work recognized by the merger ´between tribal and contemporary salon with hairdresser timeless elegance of defining the new modern woman´.

In addition to this, VFW gave two honorary awards, in recognising the best model and best collection of the runway, which were delivered from Ms M ª José Catalá Verdet, the Councillor for Education, Culture and Sport. The Best Model of the XIV edition was chosen by the cast and crew of VFW and went to Valencian Carla Denecker.

Last but not least, the Castellonense designer Miguel Vizcaino, was the overall winner of the Autumn-Winter 2013-14 collection.

With so many designers and so little time, who were our hottest predictions for future success from this bi-annual jewel in the Valenciana super cities crown?


´Homogenous Freedom.´ is composed through a number of common features that create a similarity between each and every one of the items that compose it.

The common denominator is the colour black and the use of transparencies, which are closely linked to volume. The collection is composed of the most unusual fabrics within garment and it also presents a recycling originality, something common in this collection.




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´The Diagonal Collection.´Juan tries to be more adapted to the reality of the times we live in, and this is formidable because they are either good or bad. To him, the most important thing is that we live and follow fashion by however adverse the circumstances are. ´Fashion is as indispensable to society as breathing is´ , it is the witness of time passing.

The high waist line structure is accented with bows, and asymmetric, and the collection is presented in powdered colours with white and dark accents.





´The Banksy Collection.´ Here, the garments are un tethered with a dynamic usage that invites a free movement of the body. Utilising Banksy´s design ethos, this is a collection of high impact quick in its execution and in the claim to its receptors.




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´My Collection, Tango For You.´ A collection playing with the mixture of different weights and textures of 100% natural fabrics, both inside and outside. The collection features high quality wool for tailored pieces and, in a more fluid linel, delicate materials and 100% Silk like crepe, chiffon, tulle and lace.

With a color palette for the femme fatale that lives in petrol blue, black and red, but without neglecting pure white or pearl gray, Maria brings finesse to the collection. And to complete the look, leather belts, high heels and a sober and attractive styling with a 40´s influence.





´Chrysalid Collection.´ The garments have a simple construction, following volumes cut and finished so subtle and insinuating. Patricia combines different textures to add warmth with fluidity and movement. The fabrics have been carefully selected to achieve a perfect harmony in their combination, reflecting the simplicity, sophistication and elegance that aims to achieve this collection. The aggressiveness of her necklines are softened by applying a desaturated palette and relaxed and sober and simple patterns.

The main reference to the collection is three lines (Line draping, Bellows line, and Line crossings). each of these are very specific in form, structure and colour.




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´Vitalic Collection.´Is notable for its marked forms, tall sizes, big sleeves and collars that add a powerful touch of "folk" to the silhouette, giving the collection an element of masculinity.

Cloths, crepes, satins, wool and lace are the essential materials here, which together with the pure and linear color range of black and mustard as a base, plays with providing energy to the garments.

This combination marks all the characteristics of a strong and powerful collection, full of vitality.




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´Patagonia Collection.´A collection of contradictions that mixes shiny and dull, heavy and light, muted colors, and casual clothes with evening looks, all to recreate a journey, a walk, a life, a journey.




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´Potent Palace Collection.´A collection that is elegant, extravagant, modern and fun in which tissue thin fabrics are predominant, along with pure wool, silk brocade, crepe, tulle, jewels and sequins, are all added in various applications, which come together and move well.




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´Heroic Collection.´Breastplates and armour that we use with an invisbility through out our day. Anillarte creates these to provide security and make the wearer feel like a real hero.




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´A Man In The Moon Collection.´In the distance is the blue planet. Wrapped in an odyssey of silences and fleeting echoes. Maybe today I will decide to walk along the opposite side of where I live. I like the curiosity to discover where they come from, those flashes of metal. In equal volumes, I meet other new colorful stones to contrast with the pallor of my skin.





´The Other Side Of Heaven Collection.´ In the mixed collection presented here, there is an emphasis on the individual, encouraging him never to lose his manhood.

In the creative process and study of the collection, there has always been present the wonderful 70´s and 80´s influences, a nod to the great icons of the time like Cindy Lauper or Vivienne Westwood. The fashion trendies and the influence of the English, the ambiguous, the evolution, the volumes and the most important of them all, the attention to detail.

The looks of this collection consist on very classic staples like shirts, cardigans, coats which are offset against bulky clothing and bold pieces.




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´Caged Love Collection.´Here, inspiration comes from enigmatic pulses and tortured beings, played with the eccentricity and drama of a caged woman, high with emotions, which are nothing more than small internal cages that enclose a dream unrealized.

The clothes are very worked, where the structure and silhouette take centre stage, using corsets as a basis, which then evolve into skirts and shorts. Geometric lines draw new shapes within the pieces presented here.




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´Couture Collection.´ The delight of the tradition and craftsmanship of decades, along with a sincere passion for every detail. The reunion with time and dedication. This is definitely the way to love high fashion. Couture is a tribute to a life dedicated to building jewel encrusted dresses, dreamy soft and subtle embroidery, and a chance to be seduced by the elegance of wisdom or sinuous bodies, whilst enjoying every moment of it.




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´Cravate Collection.´ This collection offers a clear nod to the male attitude and a feminine elegant and self-assured style, providing designs that enhance the figure of woman by providing high-waisted ,napa shirts marked with lapels, jacket dresses pinstripe, tuxedos and tuxedo skin and straight cut dresses.

The unique signature designs are characterized by being made ​​of high quality fur (Astrakhan Afghan Fox Canada), from Napa, with reptile prints or fine wool textiles. The broad palette of neutral colors presented as alternating black and gray with more intense additions of red wine, mustard, fuchsia and emerald green.




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´Auril Collection.´Amongst the piercing cold, frozen nebulae and mountains of snow, this label was born.Think Russian heiress, bloody descendant lineages, the last of the ice princesses. Surrounded by luxurious fabrics, dazzling jewels and dark betrayals, the pieces become a femme fatale, with their desire and lust, for the highest and the most ardent passionate sins, all without ever losing it´s firm coldness.




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´Fragile Travel Collection.´ Here, the fabrics are the most varied, from stenciled canvas cotton knit, woven wire through cactus, poplin, voile printed, Moroccan trimmings, etc ... This collection consists of 20 looks, ten women and ten men, mixing fabrics and shapes from all different parts of the world.

The clothes are comfortable and adaptable, defining an attractive woman, determined and free spirit. The man of "Travelling Fragile" is a thrill seeker who wanders the world with strong personality, adapting to each location, merging with the nature that surrounds him.




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´Entelechy Collection.´ This collection is inspired by the theory of Aristotle on Entelequia, which refers to a certain state or mode of existence in which one thing is working actively in itself and also actively working towards achieving an end to the same thing intrinsicly . But, it is also that end, the state in which the entity has made its full potential, and therefore, has reached perfection. In the study of the forces that give rise to this theory Freud established a direct relationship with his theory of the subconscious (the ego, the id and the superego), in which three facets of the mind interact to achieve that end and elevate man to its best.




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´Kosher Collection.´ Kosher, right and proper, that which complies with the precepts of our own economic crisis. As if it were pure food, the social atmosphere pushes us as designers and consumers, as if we are practitioners of a common religion in fashion, to create and consume under some provisions aimed at simplicity and that will lead to a fashion industry sustainable. On the thread aesthetics of the garments and utensils used in religious ceremonies of the Jewish religion and modesty laws that determine how practitioners are to wear this orthodox religion, analyzed in painting by Marc Chagall Jewish theme .




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