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Resort 2016 Trend: Ruffles

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:42
Frills, flounces and flourishes accent resort's favorite shapes.

Eurojersey, WWF Team Up for Mediterranean Sea

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:04
SAFEGUARDS: Eurojersey SpA, the Italian manufacturer of the patented Sensitive Fabric, has teamed with the World Wide Fund for Nature to protect the Mediterranean Sea and its endangered species. The company launched a three-year partnership with WWF Italy, aiming to guard the sea from threats such as water pollution, overfishing and degradation caused by touristic activities. In addition the partners seek to preserve almost 130,000 sea turtles threatened by accidental fishing. Eurojersey, which produces eco-friendly fabrics for international swimwear and lingerie brands, is no stranger to environmental work. In 2009, the textile manufacturer launched a five-year partnership with U.K.-based conservation charity World Land Trust to preserve the Argentine rainforest.

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Lela Rose Takes Her Dresses Online

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 04:01
Lela Rose will roll out a new Web site on Sept. 1, offering up e-commerce for the first time. The designer credited consistent growth and the expansion into additional categories — from shoes to handbags — as to why she’s using her site to build her business. Most of her collection will be available on lelarose.com, including Web exclusives such as a white-striped fringe dress — it’s offered in mint at other retailers — as well as clutches in exclusive colors and silhouettes. “It can potentially be our biggest door,” Rose said of the site, which is editorial heavy with an emphasis on entertaining. The brand is already sold in about 150 doors worldwide, with leading e-commerce wholesale accounts including neimanmarcus.com, bergdorfgoodman.com and Net-a-porter.com.

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Asia Society Gears Up to Showcase Philippine Golden Treasures

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 20:20
THE GOLDEN TICKET: To add another dimension to its upcoming exhibition “Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms,” Asia Society will spotlight an assortment of Filipino designers in its Upper East Side lobby in Manhattan. Jewelry designer and gallery owner Federico De Vera dreamed up the latter, which will be billed as “Filipino Design Now” and launches on Sept. 11. While Asia Society Museum visitors will find 100 Philippine gold objects, artifacts and jewelry from the 10th to 13th centuries, the more contemporary outpost will feature pieces from 14 designers including jewelry from Josie Natori, Wynn Wynn Ong and Bea Valdes; fashion from Lenora Cabili and Ditta Sandico, and evening bags from Tina Ocampo and Rafe Totengco. Each designer was invited to create products that reflect their interpretation of Philippine culture. Meant to increase appreciation for Filipino design, materials and craftsmanship, Filipino Design Now will be on view in the lobby with some items available for sale at AsiaStore and online. The main exhibition will be organized in four sections — Archeology, Trade, The Kingdom of Butuan and Surrounding Kingdoms. Most of the works will be on loan from the Ayala Museum and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Gold Collection and have never

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Resort 2016 Trend: Colorblocking

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 16:00
Designers refreshed simple shapes with bright color combinations for resort.

Lolë White Tour Aims to Attract Thousands of Yogis to New York’s Central Park

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 22:29
After rolling out mats for nearly 800 yogis in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden for last year’s installment, organizers of the Lolë White Tour are hoping up to 10,000 Namaste-ers will take part in its Sept. 2 event in Central Park. An all-white dress code and online registration are the only requirements for the free class, which will be led by Elena Brower, Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee. Should they choose to, attendees can find plenty of white yoga pieces in the White by Lolë collection. There were 15 discounted options Friday afternoon on its e-commerce site, including the $60 Banita tank, the $72 Amoda Pants and the $120 Sohni Jacket. Once they’re limbered up, yogis will catch a live performance by indie pop singer Ingrid Michaelson as well as special guest Donna De Lory (a former Madonna backup singer). Bernard Mariette, president and chief executive officer of the $100 million Montreal-based brand, will also be front-and-center. Yoga isn’t his only lung-expanding pursuit — he has also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and spoke at the TED x Youth @ Montreal event. In 2009, Mariette took on the ceo role and invested in Lolë’s parent company Coalision Inc. and with his team updated the product offerings,

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Nicaragua’s Young Designers Eye Expansion

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:56
MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaraguan emerging designers Shantall Lacayo and Ana Alexandra Velazquez are aiming to tap overseas markets by showing at Paris’ Who’s Next in September. Lacayo, who has sales of $80,000 a year, hopes to open 12 points of sale over the next three to five years, with tentative plans to market in Paris, Dubai, Miami, Los Angeles and New York. In the near-term, she hopes to open doors in Honduras and El Salvador to take her count beyond her current four points of sale in Nicaragua and Panama. Further into the future, she hopes to enter the U.S. and Europe. “I would love to find an agent to represent me in Paris and one day sell in Bloomingdale’s or Saks [Fifth Avenue],” said Lacayo, who also helps direct the Nicaragua Diseña trade fair, which has an expanding fashion wing that also showcases other design talents. Lacayo, who was second finalist in the 2010 edition of “Project Runway Latin America,” hopes her spring 2016 will attract attention at Porte de Versailles. Dubbed “Gypsy Goddess,” the collection features several embroidered dresses inspired by the Nicaraguan genciana flower and featuring geometric and Cubist prints evoking the Seventies. The most popular item has been a handmade, dark-blue nylon-mesh gown

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Sotheby’s to Auction Historic Gray Pearl Necklace

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 08:00
Sotheby's will auction one of the world's rarest pearl necklaces this October.

TV and the Movies Go Back to School

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 04:01
These 30 film and television classics that take place in the classroom capture the fashion trends and mind-set of teenagers for almost 50 years.

Lakme Fashion Week to Showcase 100 Designers

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 21:28
The winter/festive season continues the event's 15-year celebrations.

Antonio Banderas Turns Fashion Student

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 16:36
The actor is taking a short course in bespoke tailoring at Central Saint Martins, a spokeswoman for the college said.

Manolo Blahnik Books First-ever Personal Appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 16:35
The shoe designer will appear at his shop-in-shop at Saks's Manhattan flagship next month.

British Fashion Council Names MA Scholarship Winners

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:01
AN EDUCATION: The British Fashion Council on Thursday named the three designers who have won MA scholarships for 2015 via its British Fashion Council Education Foundation. They are Benny Andaloo, a BA graduate from Central Saint Martins, who will study the MA Fashion Men’s Wear course at CSM; Gabriella Sardena, a BA graduate from Manchester School of Art, who will study the MA Fashion Textiles course at CSM; and Shaun Harris, a BA graduate of Kingston University, who will study for an MA in Fashion Women’s Wear at the Royal College of Art. The BFC Education Foundation is a registered charity, and the scholarship scheme is funded by donations from Coach, Marks & Spencer, Net-a-porter and Eiesha Bharti Pasricha.  The initiative funds both BA and MA scholarships, with fees for BA courses for U.K.-based students at 27,000 pounds, or $42,500, excluding living costs, and MA fees at around 9,500 pounds, or $14,900. The scholarship initiative is also supported by the British government with its employer ownership funding program, which allows employers to invest in the skills of a future work force. Past recipients of the scholarships include Erdem Moralioglu, who won in 2002, and Aitor Throup, who won in 2004.

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YSL Safari Jacket to Get Paris Showcase

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:26
Around 15 looks will be on display at the Salon du Vintage, a fair scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18.

Henry Holland Designs London Fashion Weekend T-Shirts

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 08:01
The designs take their cues from Holland's past collections.

Kenneth Cole Reactivates Business

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 04:01
Three years after taking his company private, the designer is advancing his business model.

Comme des Garçons Pocket Shop Opens in New York

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 04:01
HOW CONVENIENT: Pocket, Rei Kawakubo‘s answer to the bodega, lands in New York City today at 112 10th Avenue. Comme des Garçons said it likens the Pocket concept, which launched in Tokyo department stores in 2007, to a modern-day convenience store for “pocket-sized items that you don’t have to think about too much and can buy on a whim.” That means mostly the Play, Wallets and Parfum collections. Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garçons International, said the concept “celebrates the ease, efficiency and affordability of a convenience store.” This is the first freestanding Pocket in the United States. There are now 30 Pocket shops worldwide in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, as well as Singapore, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Melbourne. The company’s Dover Street Market stores also have dedicated Pocket spaces, as does its Comme des Garçons store in Chelsea.

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The Fashion Crowd Celebrates National Dog Day on Instagram

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 20:31
The fashion community took to Instagram to document their favorite canines.

Kia Motors to Sponsor Style360 at New York Fashion Week

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 18:22
BIGGER AND BETTER: Kia Style360 has changes in store for the upcoming New York Fashion Week. The 11-year-old platform, which is known for hosting celebrity fashion shows and presentations, landed its first title sponsor, Kia Motors, along with a new media partner, Us Weekly; Glamour held the title last year following Elle magazine’s nine-year run in the position. “We’ve been chugging along for 11 years and consider ourselves one of the lasting multiday platforms of New York Fashion Week,” said David Manning, the executive producer and owner of Kia Style360 who also serves as president of  A-List Communications, an event and brand communications agency. The fashion week platform is also moving into a larger venue, Metropolitan West, after previously showing at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The two-floor space will feature a lounge and check-in area on the first floor and a runway venue on the second. Participating celebrities this season include Serena Williams, who will show her Signature collection by HSN, and Adam Levine, who will preview his line for Kmart. Canadian plus-size brand Addition Elle will also make its New York Fashion Week debut at the venue and show its fall 2015 collection along with Ashley Graham’s line of lingerie. The shows

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Annette Worsley-Taylor, Former Creative Director of London Fashion Week, Dies at 71

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:26
Worsley-Taylor helped to make British fashion "a globally recognized industry," the BFC's Caroline Rush said.