Clothing collections from bold-faced names are more the rule than the exception now, but true success is measured in the actual product. To that point, Claudia Schiffer's knitwear line is luxe, sophisticated and completely wearable — lessening the buzz about the model behind it, and focusing more on the covetable pieces. We spoke with the super/designer about her influential style, what she was thinking for the new collection — launching on Net-a-Porter tomorrow — and how to look effortlessly chic.
11 "fresh young stars of 2012" ; from left to right: Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling. The actresses lounge in an art-deco-inspired set and are dressed in pastel gowns meant to invoke a "'20s and '30s boudoir feel."
"The brand started in England," said its chief executive Harry Slatkin in a weekend interview with the Independent. "When it was bought by Italians [in the 1990s], it started to lose its way and lose its language. We wanted to make a firm commitment that it is back in England and that we're proud to be an English brand." The fashion brand has also enlisted fashion guru Tommy Hilfiger as an investor and consultant.
British luxury brand Belstaff is paying a record £3m for a new store on Bond Street in London as the upmarket street cements its position as a shopping destination for wealthy tourists.
Property experts said Belstaff – which is worn by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Victoria Beckham – had set a "record" for the highest rent paid on Bond Street for a new open market letting. The brand, part of the Labelux group that also owns Jimmy Choo, has taken a 20-year lease on the entire six storey building, which is to be renamed "Belstaff House". The retail space totals 25,000 sq ft and the store's neighbours will include high-end fashion brands including Miu Miu and Fendi.
THE White House has denied claims that Michelle Obama spent $50,000 (£32,500) in Agent Provocateur, allegedly boosting its sales by 12 per cent. Reports have suggested that America's First Lady closed off a section of Madison Avenue to privately shop in one of the lingerie label's New York stores, but Kristina Schake - director of communications for Michelle Obama - has denounced the story as "100 per cent false". "Recent claims regarding Michelle Obama and purchases made at an Agent Provocateur boutique are incorrect," a spokesperson for Agent Provocateur told the Daily Mail. "Agent Provocateur never discusses any of its clientele or their purchases." Along with the First Lady, recent allegations have also claimed that The Queen of Qatar, Sheikha Mozah has raised sale profits for the brand, though this is yet to be confirmed. Source: (Vogue)
Kristen Stewart was stalked by paparazzi when she left a photo shoot in Paris (rumored to be for Vanity Fair), where she found herself right behind Karl Lagerfeld. She was photographed giving either the back of his head or someone else (catering staff?) the finger. more here
Bianca Balti is sizzling hot in this editorial for the Vogue Nippon Beauty March 2012 issue. The gorgeous Italian supermodel, dressed in a pretty floral print frock and a printed bustier and shorts combo, models one of the season’s top beauty looks: glistening skin, bold red lips and dramatically lined eyes with long, swooping lashes.
Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura and styled by Anna Dello Russo, this Vogue Nippon Beauty March 2012 editorial is called ‘Power and Passion,’ which is an apt title seeing as how red is the color most associated with passion, and red is the primary hue used in this glamorous beauty story.
Makeup for the ‘Power and Passion’ shoot was provided by Jessica Nedza, with hair by Davide Diodovich.
"Power And Passion" Photographer: Giampaolo Sgura Styled: Anna Dello Russo Model: Bianca Balti
"Kiss of the Matador" Photographer: Giampaolo Sgura Styled: Anna Dello Russo Model: Bianca Balti
Lane Crawford is gearing up to unveil its spring advertising campaign dubbed “The Pinnacle of Style.”
Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, the images feature actress Li Bingbing, “It” girl Chen Ran and model Sui He — each woman featuring in a collage of images of herself against an emerald background. The retailer noted the cast’s “sleek look of today’s Chinese modern woman.”
The labels featured include Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Celine and Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Panos Yiapanis styled the shoots, which break in outdoor advertising in Hong Kong Wednesday.
“Her energy is endless,” says Marc Jacobs of artist Yayoi Kusama - with whom Louis Vuitton has collaborated to create what will be the most expansive fashion and accessories line the house has ever produced, launching in July.
“I think that’s what I admire and love and respond to about her,” he continues, explaining how the pair first met and what else it is he finds so inspiring about her.
"It's a graphic idea of what I like, what could be translated from me to girls," he explained. "It's very graphic; black and white, silver and grey. Chanel is me doing Chanel, Fendi is me doing Italy and this is me doing me, whatever that means. Don't ask me too many questions because it's very strange to see your face wherever you turn."
The Chanel legend also explained why he decided to enter the mid-range market, having worked at the luxury end of the industry as well as launching a collection for H&M in 2004.
"The people I've been in business with before, they always want to be in competition with Chanel or Fendi - I wasn't interested," he said. "Why would I want to do the same thing? I liked to do H&M, because it was a different point and this is another one. The middle class does not have enough class that I think the middle class should have."
Lagerfeld started his fashion career at Balmain, where he worked as Pierre Balmain's apprentice - an experience that wasn't all positive.
"At Balmain I wasn't crazy about what he did and he wasn't very pleasant," he told US Vogue. "But I said to myself 'you are here to learn, shut up and forget about it.' I thought it was chicer at Dior and Balenciaga, but you can learn there because you are not influenced. You learn not what to do."
Sienna Miller and her boyfriend Tom Sturridge in Paris
Savannah Miller has confirmed that her sister Sienna and boyfriend Tom Sturridge are expecting their first child - and the family couldn't be more happy. "She is doing really well and we are all really happy about it, Tom is an amazing guy," she told us this morning. (Vogue UK)
"They just spent the holidays in Paris together after they announced the news in London," a source told US Weekly, before adding that the couple "don't have plans right away to marry, if at all".
Sienna's step mother, Kelly Hoppen, also confirmed the exciting news but denied that the couple are engaged. "Sienna is definitely not engaged or getting married... she is pregnant," she told the Evening Standard.
Rumours that the actress was expecting a baby began to swirl earlier this month. They reached fever pitch after she and Savannah announced they were leaving Twenty8Twelve, the fashion label they founded six years ago. Savannah, who has two children with husband Nick Skinner, has since taken to Twitter to refuse claims that they stepped down because of their families.
Fashion designer Alex Mattsson said he felt "very privileged" to have won the opportunity to showcase his designs.
Alex, 27, from Sweden, graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester in 2007. His collection is being showcased in the Oxford Street windows of Selfridges after he was named one of Selfridges Bright Young Things for 2012. Donna Ives, Associate Dean of Fashion at the university, said millions of people would see his designs.
'Huge boost' Mr Mattsson said he felt "very privileged" to have won such an "amazing talent project".
"The publicity has already given me a huge boost - just days after I was announced a winner, I had a double-page spread in The Metro, which really shows the scale of this project and the potential benefits involved," he said. His creations will be on show until the end of February. Fashion designers who trained at the UCA campuses in Kent and Surrey include Karen Millen and Zandra Rhodes. (BBC)
Alex Mattsson, a London dwelling menswear designer talks to Un nouveau iDEAL about his own progression as a designer celebrating his 'Bright Young Things' installation at Selfridges... more
ALEX MATTSSON EXCLUSIVE FILM
Debuting at a unique fashion film event in London earlier this week, Alex Mattsson's film for his A/W'11 collection was one of those specially selected amongst others like J.W.Anderson, Henry Holland, Fred Butler, and Piers Atkinson. The Swedish-born designer's latest collection of innovative menswear designs entitled 'Gliptolithic Man', were inspired by ancient artifacts in Peru and the links between man and extraterrestrial life.. more
Adidas Originals Collection for Opening Ceremony - First Look
London 2012 Summer Olympic Games - Adidas Originals announced the new collaboration with the New York retailer Opening Ceremony. Opening Ceremony will reinterpret iconic adidas Originals silhouettes to create a premium capsule collection for multiple seasons.
A first Adidas collection for Fall-Winter 2012/2013 —which is expected to continue over several seasons—will draw inspiration from "the word of cycling and swimming associated with 1990s street wear.”
Adidas Originals is the authentic lifestyle brand, symbolized by the Trefoil bringing heritage styles of the Adidas history back to life in a way that is relevant to today’s stylish consumers. Opening Ceremony is comprised of multi-branded retail stores and has its own in-house collection. The philosophy and name behind Opening Ceremony are linked to the mission statement of the Olympic Games. Founded under the guise of creatively merging sports, business and global participation, Opening Ceremony takes from this foundation and applies these elements towards fashion.
Made up of approximately 100 pieces, both footwear and apparel, the capsule collection will launch in selected fashion retail accounts as well as both Adidas Originals and Opening Ceremony stores in July 2012.!
more: - Adidas Originals at Bread & Butter Trade Show Fall/Winter 2012 : here Adidas Originals showcased its new Fall/Winter 2012 collection at Bread & Butter during Berlin Fashion Week from January 18th to 20th. Presenting the premium sector of the brand, adidas gave a first outlook on the upcoming highlights such as Originals Denim, the Blue collection and the design collaborations with Jeremy Scott, David Beckham and Ransom! -The idea of Opening Ceremony - Dirk Schönberger "The idea of Opening Ceremony re-creating Adidas Originals products with their creative sensibility in mind was something that intrigued us," the label's global creative director, Dirk Schönberger, told WWD. "Once we delved deeper, we discovered Opening Ceremony’s close ties to the idea of the Olympics and with London coming up this year, it was just the perfect fit."
We've officially wrapped up Paris Couture Fashion Week, and there's certainly a lot to take in. From Chanel's quite literal flight of fancy to Jean Paul Gaultier's runway tribute to Amy Winehouse, we were pretty delighted with the high-end offerings. While some pieces will undoubtedly hit the red carpet on Hollywood's A-list, others are probably best suited for Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj — but either way, there was surely enough gorgeousness to put us in a bona fide couture coma. We've rounded up 35 of the best looks from the past week — click through to see them all now.
An immaculate runway to highlight the mastered embroideries and the pastel colors of the princess dresses that only Elie Saab knows how to make. Elegant gowns were dipped in soft sorbet shades and candilicious colors. Saab celebrated femininity with beautiful floral detailing, bow-cinched waists, sweet sheerness and his exquisite signature beading.Models floated down the runway in effervescent gowns and flirty frocks. Even with all the intrinsic detailing, the dresses seemed weightless and effortless. The spring palette consisted of delicate pinks, soft yellows, pretty peaches, baby blues and the must-have color of the season mint green. Adding an element of surprise, a beautiful botanical print was featured on a few key silhouettes.The grand finale showcased a magnificent wedding gown fit for any princess. Any Hollywood starlet will be a shimmering site on the red carpet in one of these pretty pastel delights.