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Bloomingdale’s Celebrates Style Icons in Los Angeles

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 22:18
LA LA LAND: After a brutal winter on the East Coast, Bloomingdale’s executives enjoyed a stylish spring break in Los Angeles. Following last fall’s style icons-themed marketing campaign that featured seven New Yorkers — including Eidos creative director Antonio Ciongoli and restaurateur Michael Chernow, as well as commentary by blogger Michael Williams from A Continuous […]

Calvin Klein White Label Fall 2015

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 20:05
“I’m calling myself a sensualist rather than a minimalist.” That was global creative director Kevin Carrigan’s analysis of his fall lineup for Calvin Klein White Label — and he wasn’t kidding.

They Are Wearing: Shanghai Fashion Week

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 16:03
Attendees wore a wide array of trenches, the occasional biker-style leather jacket, a variety of scarves and shawls, and an eclectic assortment of designer handbags.

The Paris Review Hosts Spring Revel

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 14:42
MAKE MINE EXTRA DRY, PLEASE: Blame on the pre-and-post dinner open bars, or the crowd’s thirst for a George Plimpton-worthy good time, but The Paris Review’s Spring Revel lived up to its billing once again Tuesday night. As the literary pub’s editors Lorin Stein, Louis Begley, Mona Simpson, Richard Ford, Katie Roiphe, Gary Shteyngart, Kurt Anderson, Tao Lin, Emma Cline and other scribes worked the room, former Massachusetts Governor William Weld recalled shooting the breeze decades ago with Plimpton and Hunter S. Thompson during the magazine’s 62 White Street days. “George and I shared an affinity for three-cushion billiards,” he said with a laugh. “Hunter admired my style because he thought I was more of a dissolute than I really was. “When I was 17, I worked in Paris near the Place Vendôme. We all lived in Paris and lived and died for that,” he said somewhat wistfully. Then fellow Harvard Hasty Pudding performer Sharon Hoge buzzed by for a quick hello and to remind him of his collegiate cross-dressing days singing, “Career girls are independent” on stage. Weld explained, “So my preparation for my career in politics was prancing around on stage wearing women’s clothes and high heels.” “And a huge brassiere,” she

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Apple Watch Debuts in London, Paris Stores

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:47
Customers road-tested the new models for pre-order.

Edwin Opens First Store in Germany

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:48
SUBCULTURE SPREAD: Japanese denim manufacturer Edwin opened its first store in Germany — a monobrand boutique in Berlin’s jeans district around Hackescher Markt — on Thursday. “After Paris and London, we decided on Berlin because Germany is a big and important market. It’s also the most open and creative city, the home of subculture, and that’s what denim is,” said Edwin brand manager Pierre Boisselle. The Berlin store carries the complete men’s and women’s wear collections, accessories and Edwin’s seasonal collaborations with friends and like-minded creative types. The 700-square-foot space on Rochstraße takes a cue from the low-key designs of the three existing Edwin stores, with simple metal racks and fiber boards, yet has an even more minimalist, white-cube style. It’s only the fourth monobrand store for the company established in Japan in 1947, but Edwin is aiming at expanding its monobrand strategy with other boutiques to be opened in Milan and London’s Covent Garden this year. “The market getting more and more difficult for multibrand stores, and we believe in monobrand stores,” said Boisselle. “It is also a better way to develop and present our brand. We can show progressive collections and collaborations that would not be seen at stockists this way, so it’s also a

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George W. Bush to Be Honored at Father of the Year Awards

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:01
PRESIDENT, FATHER: The Father’s Day Council has snagged George W. Bush as this year’s honoree for its annual Father of the Year Awards. He will join Morris Goldfarb, chief executive officer of G-III Apparel Group at the event, which will be held on June 18 at the New York Hilton Hotel.

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Barbara Cirkva to Exit Chanel in 2016

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:01
Barbara Cirkva, division president of fashion for Chanel in the U.S., will step down from her role at the French luxury house in March 2016.

Kate Spade & Co. CEO Craig Leavitt’s Compensation Revealed

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:01
KATE COMPENSATION: Craig Leavitt, chief executive officer of Kate Spade & Co., received $26.2 million in total compensation last year, according to a definitive proxy, or Form14A, filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That amount included a base salary of $1.4 million; bonus of $1.6 million, and stock awards valued at $20.8 million. Included in the compensation package were one-time incentive payments, such as the $1.6 million payment made when the company was still Fifth & Pacific before the change to Kate Spade & Co. Leavitt started his position on Feb. 25, 2014. Former ceo William McComb also received $26.2 million in total compensation, but his consisted of severance payments and the vesting of stock options. He received $6.5 million in severance consisting of $2.6 million in cash, or two times his base salary; $3.9 million representing two times his annual bonus target and prorated annual cash bonus for 2014 of $299,178. He also was approved by the board for the vesting of 855,000 outstanding and unvested non-qualified stock options, valued at $18.2 million. McComb also received 24 months of continuation of benefits for medical, dental, vision and long-term disability and life insurance programs. The company will hold its annual

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Dior Homme Brings Fall Collection to China

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:01
HIT REPEAT: Dior Homme presented a repeat performance of its fall collection Wednesday evening at the opera house in Guangzhou, China. This is the brand’s third time presenting a runway show in China, following events in Beijing in 2013 and a 2014 show in Shanghai. “It was a privilege to return to China with our runway show. As this collection plays with codes of a techno-sartorial elegance, showing it in Guangzhou puts it in a new perspective,” said Kris Van Assche, Dior Homme’s artistic director. Similar to its Paris show, which was presented in January, the Dior Homme runway featured an orchestra — this time the Guangzhou symphonic orchestra — that played original music composed by French producer Koudlam, who made a surprise appearance that night at the Zaha Hadid-designed opera house. Chinese celebrities Dou Xiao, Zhang Huiwen and Chen Bige were also in attendance.

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Fall 2015 Trend: Loose Ends

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:01
Fall’s most distinctive sweaters are heavy on shaggy, fringed and even unfinished elements.

Promise Project Hosting 8th Beautiful Promise Party

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:51
PROMISES, PROMISES: Promise Project will host its eighth annual Beautiful Promise cocktail party, chaired by Dana Buchman, Cindy Weber Cleary, special projects editor at InStyle, and Lori Buchbinder, principal in realty group Buchbinder & Warren on April 21. The event, which will once again feature ABC’s Bill Ritter as guest emcee, takes place from 6:30 p.m to 8:30p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 123 West 18th Street in New York. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items that include accessories from Tiffany & Co., Jennifer Meyer, Alexis Bittar, Kara Ross, Chanel, Lafont, Ferragamo, Burberry and The Row, among others. One-of-a-kind items, such as a Donald Robertson drawing, tickets to a Badgley Mischka fashion show, a table at Rao’s and a visit to the San Francisco Giants’ baseball dugout, will also be available for bidding on Charity Buzz, when the auction goes live on April 14. All proceeds from the event go to Promise Project, which in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospial, is committed to helping impoverished children living with learning disabilities get the support they need to succeed.

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ModCloth Testing Showroom Concept

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:49
Executives are waiting to see the outcome of the showroom’s three-day run before considering similar experiences in other cities, a company spokeswoman said.

L’Uomo Vogue Celebrating Italian Cuisine

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:46
PASTA POWER: To coincide with the opening of the Expo universal exhibition in Milan in May, which is dedicated to food and nutrition, L’Uomo Vogue is celebrating Italian cuisine and its creators. Italy’s 16 most important chefs will appear on the gatefold cover of the magazine’s April issue, which hits newsstands Saturday. Photographed by Ellen von Unwerth, the black and white picture features Gualtiero Marchesi, Andrea Berton, Carlo Cracco, Enrico Crippa, Paolo Lopriore, Davide Oldani, Massimo Bottura, Antonio Cannavacciuolo, Pino Cuttaia, Aimo Moroni, Fulvio Pierangelini, Niko Romito, Giovanni Santini, Davide Scabin, Marco Stabile and Mauro Uliassi. The magazine will also include an interview with Marchesi, who can be considered the father of contemporary Italian cuisine, as well as articles and photo shoots highlighting Italy’s most suggestive locations and most interesting stories.

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Pharrell Williams, Woolworths Team Up

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 22:44
PHARRELL’S LATEST GIG: Pharrell Williams seems to be every brand’s favorite collaborator these days. Woolworths, the South African department store chain, is the latest to snap up the award-winning multiplatform artist, naming him style director of a forthcoming sustainable-fashion collaboration. A Woolworths spokesperson said that the partnership was a strategic one, “grounded in a strong set of shared values.” At a press conference Thursday at the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg, Ian Moir, chief executive officer of Woolworths Holdings, Ltd., said he was hoping that “Pharrell will help us make sustainability cool for the next generation of South Africans,” adding that the musician is “a global icon for social cohesion, advancement through education and environmental awareness — these same values lie at the heart of our business and form the foundation on which this partnership is built.” The collaboration includes a sustainable T-shirt design competition, which is a tie-up with Bionic Yarn, a company that creates fabric out of recycled plastic waste. Design students are invited to submit designs and Williams will select his favorite T-shirts, which will then be produced and sold in Woolworths stores across South Africa. Winners will also receive a cash prize amounting to around $2,000. Williams will

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Christie’s Geneva Holding Magnificent Jewels Sale

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 20:28
Lots are expected to amass more than $80million in total sales.

Lanvin Reaches 1M Instagram Followers

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 14:32
Lanvin has more than 1,000 posts on the social platform.

MyTheresa Hosts Dinner for Francesco Russo in London

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:40
Erin O’Connor was among the guests at Harry’s Bar in Mayfair.

Sibling, E.Tautz Shortlisted for BFC Prize

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:44
THE MAIN MAN: London labels Astrid Andersen, Christopher Raeburn, E.Tautz, Matthew Miller and Sibling have been shortlisted for the BFC/GQ Designer Men’s Wear Fund 2015, the British Fashion Council said Thursday. “Over the last year the global men’s wear market has grown faster than women’s wear, showing that there has never been a more important time to drive support for accomplished British designer men’s wear businesses,” said Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ and chair of London Collections: Men. “The opportunities surrounding men’s wear are still underexploited, which is why we at GQ thought it was so important to launch this men’s wear fund,” Jones added. The shortlisted designers will participate in a mentoring program developed by the BFC over the next month, where industry experts will provide guidance on topics including branding, leadership, retail, e-tail and wholesale and digital innovation. The fund, supported by Vertu, provides one designer with bespoke, high-level mentoring support over one year, as well as a 150,000 pounds, $223,000, grant to provide necessary infrastructure to take them to the next stage in their business and 50,000 pounds, or $74,000, value in kind services. The winner is to be announced May 12. The prize is aimed at businesses that have been

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Hermès Opens Wanderland Exhibition

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 04:01
Hermès opened its Wanderland exhibition dedicated to flânerie, or the act of wandering the city streets and drinking in the details of everyday life.