Apple Watch launches quietly at handful of big-city boutiques
NEW YORK/TOKYO (Reuters) - The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece - but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. Apple courted the outlets to promote the watch as a fashion item rather than just another techie gizmo. The watch has been on display in Apple stores since April 10, when it became available for preorder.
04/24/2015 - 10:23 PM
May auction will be dedicated to the passions of Jean Patou
An auction of items retracing the life of designer Jean Patou (1887-1936) will take place at the Hôtel Drouot in Paris on May 22, organized by auction house Pierre Bergé & Associates. The auction was entrusted to Pierre Bergé & Associates by the designer's heirs. There will be more in the spotlight at this auction than Jean Patou's work in couture and perfume. His passion for literature, and writing in general, as well as for the furniture of Süe et Mare, with whom he enjoyed a privileged relationship, will also feature prominently.
04/24/2015 - 03:22 PM
Shop till you drop: the latest luxury fashion concept stores opening around the world
Cult leather label Jitrois has opened its first New York flagship store on Madison Avenue. Designed by architect Christophe Pillet, the store offers a sleek and elegant take on the French label's signature ‘salon hotel particulier' aesthetic. "New York is the greatest entry point for the whole American market for a French brand," explains Art Director Jean Claude Jitrois. Emilio Pucci opened up a new space in Miami's Design District this month, featuring the brand's famous 1966 Torre print embellishing the entire façade like an optical public artwork hanging above the sidewalk.
04/24/2015 - 10:14 AM
Apple Watch goes on sale worldwide amid supply shortage
The Apple Watch goes on sale around the world on Friday, the final stage of a protracted launch of Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook's first new product, capping months of publicity and a frenetic two weeks of pre-orders. Buyers can take the smart watch home from a handful of upscale boutiques and department stores, such as The Corner in Berlin, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, which Apple courted to help position the watch as a fashion item. The lack of queues at Apple stores will make it hard to judge popular demand for the Apple Watch, which comes in 38 variations with prices ranging from $349 for the Sport version to $10,000 and more for the gold Edition. Wall Street estimates of Apple Watch sales vary widely.
04/23/2015 - 09:09 PM
Lily-Rose Depp launches modeling career
Lily-Rose Depp -- daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis -- has released an image of her first-ever fashion shoot with Oyster Magazine.
04/23/2015 - 03:56 PM
Fashion houses await birth of a tiny style heavyweight
Whether wrapped in pink or blue, the new baby of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, will have the power to influence trends across the globe as the latest addition to a powerful fashion dynasty. Whenever Kate or her baby Prince George wear items, they rapidly sell out, in a marketing phenomenon dubbed the "Kate effect" that is helped along by social media and online shopping trends. Kate's maternity wear and Prince George's baby clothes have proved particularly popular. Social media allows fans to track down and share exactly the items that Kate is pictured wearing -- and it helps that she mixes expensive designer wear with more affordable high street brands.
04/23/2015 - 02:44 PM
Online store merger prods luxury goods makers toward Internet
The merger of the world's two biggest online fashion stores, Net-a-Porter (NAP) and Yoox, sends a warning to luxury brands to embrace the Internet with more vim after years of resistance.
04/23/2015 - 02:34 PM
Vivienne Westwood setting up shop in New York
There's good news for American fans of Vivienne Westwood: the house has announced the opening of its first flagship boutique in New York. The new location, set to open in the fall, will offer the brand's ready-to-wear lines Gold Label, Red Label, Anglomania and MAN, as well as all accessory lines, alongside a bridal and Gold Label Capsule collection eveningwear salon dedicated to showcasing and fitting demi-couture gowns. The space will also stock a special selection of original Worlds End collection pieces, otherwise only available from Westwood's London boutique. Spanning six stories of a French Beaux-Arts building, Vivienne Westwood New York will be the brand's largest retail location to date.
04/23/2015 - 01:51 PM
Paul Smith opens first 'Junior' store in Europe
Cult British label Paul Smith has opened its first European "Paul Smith Junior" store for mini fashionistas in Paris. At 19 square meters, the shop is as mini as the clients it caters for but big enough to stock pieces from the brand's lines Paul Smith Baby, Junior and PSJR, all recognizable due to the label's signature vibrant colored stripes and prints echoing the style of the adult collections. The retail space itself is reminiscent of the brand's standard shops, with wooden paneling and elaborate coving contrasting with the contemporary oak furnishings and suspended brushed brass clothing racks.
04/23/2015 - 01:30 PM
Apple tests smartwatch market with quiet debut of Cook's first product
The Apple Watch will launch with a whisper rather than a bang on Friday, an unusual start for the company that may reflect early uncertainty about demand for Apple Inc boss Tim Cook's first new product. Apple was unsure whether the watch would create the lines snaking around stores that the company has historically seen with its iPhones, said Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray. Demand turned out better than expected, according to Munster, who predicts more than 2 million watches will be sold in the quarter ending in June. "But it's a resounding yes." Now Apple faces the question of whether confused consumers will swamp Apple Stores on Friday.
04/23/2015 - 12:35 AM
The Day AIDS Hit the Fashion Industry
In the 1960s and 70s, the fashion designer Chester Weinberg was a household name, usually mentioned in the same breath as Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Oscar de la Renta. With his daring yet elegant clothes and outsize personality, Weinberg was the undisputed darling of the fashion press, and he was equally beloved by the industry, winning a Coty Award in 1970—the fashion equivalent of an Oscar. He worked with a who’s-who of models, photographers, and editors, and dressed socialites and celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, and Nancy Reagan. As an instructor at Parsons School of Design, he mentored the likes of Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, and Marc Jacobs.
04/24/2015 - 05:32 PM
Taryn Manning's Alleged Stalker Sued by Yves Saint Laurent for Parody Tees
Looks like the 'Orange Is the New Black' actress isn't the only one to file a claim against Jeanine Heller.
04/24/2015 - 04:00 AM
Tommy Hilfiger: 'My favorite style icons include Steve McQueen, Grace Kelly, James Dean'
As his namesake brand celebrates its 30th anniversary, American designer Tommy Hilfiger agreed to an interview on his three decades of success, design and growth. What can we expect from your brand for the next 30 years?
04/17/2015 - 03:06 PM
Supermodel Liya Kebede Is First Black Woman on Vogue Paris’ Cover Since 2010
The French publication joins its British sister magazine in ending a long run of covers with zero diversity.
04/17/2015 - 04:00 AM
Supermodel Gisele takes her last stroll down the catwalk
Gisele Bundchen bid adieu to the catwalk Wednesday night, strutting her stuff at an emotionally charged show in Sao Paulo that she said will be her last stroll down a runway in a 20-year career that has ...
04/16/2015 - 12:43 PM
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen makes teary last catwalk turn
There were tears, hugs, and a standing ovation as supermodel Gisele Bundchen strode the catwalk one last time on her home turf in Brazil on Wednesday. Bundchen, the world's top-earning model, made her final sashay down the runway at Sao Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW), the same event where she made her debut 20 years ago. She opened and closed the show for Brazilian label Colcci, bringing full circle a runway career that launched her to stardom. In the first row were family and friends she invited including her parents and American football star husband Tom Brady.
04/16/2015 - 07:33 AM
Supermodel Gisele to retire from runway at Sao Paulo show
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Gisele Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel who has lit up catwalks around the world for 20 years, is retiring from the runway.
04/15/2015 - 05:23 PM
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen set for final catwalk turn
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen will strut her stuff on the catwalk for the last time Wednesday, putting a gold-plated seal on the runway career that launched her to stardom. Bundchen, the world's top-earning model, will take her final sashay down the catwalk at Sao Paulo Fashion Week (SPFW), the same event where she made her debut 20 years ago. The 34-year-old Brazilian bombshell announced last month she was retiring from runway modeling, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband, New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, and their two children, Benjamin and Vivian. I respect my body, it's a privilege to be able to stop," she told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
04/15/2015 - 02:56 PM
Trademark War: Adidas Sues Marc Jacobs
The designer's four-stripe Marc by Marc Jacobs sweaters are apparently a little too close for comfort to the sportswear brand's signature three-stripe motif.
04/14/2015 - 11:25 PM
Gisele's last catwalk in focus at Sao Paulo Fashion Week
Designers are unveiling their spring/summer 2016 lines on the runways of Sao Paulo Fashion Week, where Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen will strut down the catwalk one last time during the five-day spectacular. The 34-year-old, who is married to New Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has modeled for fashion's biggest brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton as well as retailer H&M. Her much awaited final catwalk show will take place on Wednesday. Singer Iggy Pop added a touch of rock and roll on Monday when he launched a sunglass collection by accessories retailer Chilli Beans in collaboration with Swarovski.
04/14/2015 - 05:35 PM
Will postal uniforms be tres chic at New York Fashion Week?
What are you wearing to this year's New York Fashion Week? How about something in a sporty, light blue, poly-cotton blend with a U.S. Postal Service emblem? Organizers announced Monday that September Fashion ...
04/13/2015 - 05:01 PM
New York Fashion Week relocates to new venues
New York's glitzy, multi-million-dollar Fashion Week is moving downtown to two new venues, officials said Monday, having been booted out of Lincoln Center for causing disruption. The fashion extravaganza, run by IMG Worldwide Inc, lost its five-year license on Lincoln Center after being accused of misusing Damrosch Park, where trees and perennial plantings were removed. "We're looking forward to reintroducing the industry to a showcase of creative talent, style and innovation that made the New York runways famous," said Mark Shapiro, chief content officer at IMG. An increasing number of designers already hold their catwalk shows away from Lincoln Center, selecting hotels, restaurants and other prominent buildings dotted across Manhattan.
04/13/2015 - 03:58 PM
New York Fashion Week Has Two New Homes
Better load up that MetroCard this September.
04/13/2015 - 04:00 AM
Supermodel Gisele says body 'asked to stop' runway life
I respect my body, it's a privilege to be able to stop" runway work, said Bundchen, the highest paid model in the world, according to Forbes.
04/12/2015 - 07:58 PM
Style Notes: Kanye West Calls Ralph Lauren "Daddy"; New American Apparel Ads Debut in 'Vice'
Four fashion stories to help you forget that you're not at Coachella.
04/11/2015 - 03:28 AM
Donna Karan Partners With Parsons to Launch Design School in Haiti
The designer, who previously has championed Haitian craftsmanship with her Urban Zen Foundation, has partnered with the private art-and-design school to help foster Haiti's emerging talent.
04/09/2015 - 04:00 AM
Italian fashion designer Francesco Smalto dies at 87
Italian designer Francesco Smalto, who as one of the stars of the men's fashion industry clothed princes, heads of state and sporting icons, has died in Morocco aged 87. The "creative visionary" provided men with "an allure and unique style" his fashion house said in a statement on Monday, adding that Smalto had died in the night from Saturday to Sunday in a Marrakech hotel. Smalto enjoyed a lengthy and successful career but his image took a tumble in 1995 when he admitted in court that he had provided call girls as well as suits to then Gabonese president Omar Bongo. Smalto was born in the southern Italian region of Calabria in 1927 and showed a precocious talent for custom-made clothes, creating his first suit at the age of 14 for a friend.
04/06/2015 - 10:55 PM
A challenge to the fashion industry's body ideals
France, which prides itself as the global innovator of fashion, has decided its fashion industry has lost an absolute right to define physical beauty for women.
04/05/2015 - 12:50 PM
Marc Jacobs and Melrose Place : The Week in Pop-Culture Writing
Madrose Place: What Mad Men and Melrose Have in Common Molly Haskell | Grantland "Mad Men is a subtle melodrama, and Melrose Place is a campy riot.
04/04/2015 - 02:00 PM
Fashion Runway Shows Are Taking Over Coachella
Tracy Reese and Nanette Lepore are among the designers who will be presenting their collections during the three-day festival.
04/03/2015 - 10:20 PM
Tommy Hilfiger celebrates 30 years in business with a biography and... Rafael Nadal
The most American of ready-to-wear brands is celebrating its 30th birthday this year with a plethora of festivities, a famous new ambassador, a second store in Paris and a biography. Founded in 1985, the Tommy Hilfiger brand has never stopped evolving and today produces a large selection of ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, perfumes, sportswear and denim, as well as luxury collections for men, women and children. The festivities for Tommy Hilfiger's 30th anniversary began earlier than planned. In fact, it was last December that the brand announced the arrival of a new ambassador, Rafael Nadal, to be the face of the Tailored and Underwear lines for Fall-Winter 2015.
04/03/2015 - 02:18 PM
Lebanese fashion designer Basil Soda dies
Basil Soda, credited as one of Lebanon's best-known international fashion designers, has died, his company said. Lebanese media said Soda had died aged 47 after suffering from cancer, without providing further details. Soda began his fashion career in 2000, and was based in Beirut.
03/31/2015 - 08:34 PM
Summer 2015 makeup: warm hues of Morocco inspire Yves Saint Laurent
Following its spring collection on the theme of desire (Désir de Jour), Yves Saint Laurent has turned up the heat for summer with Terre Saharienne, a makeup line inspired by the captivating colors of Morocco.
03/31/2015 - 07:46 PM
Marc by Marc Jacobs Designers Are Launching Their Own Line
Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley have announced they'll be starting a womenswear label called Hillier Bartley.
03/31/2015 - 04:00 AM
In Her Shoes: A Chat With Jimmy Choo's Creative Director
Sandra Choi shares how the iconic luxury footwear label has become a red carpet must-have and the time she didn't recognize Angelina Jolie.
03/27/2015 - 11:28 PM
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio Joins 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'
The film will mark the Victoria's Secret Angel's big-screen debut.
03/27/2015 - 04:00 AM
Marc Jacobs Is Now on Instagram
The designer, who previously stated that he was "appalled" by social media, posted his first selfie Monday evening.
03/24/2015 - 04:00 AM
Marc Jacobs switches to single label: Women's Wear Daily reports
Marc Jacobs plans to end its separate entry-level Marc by Marc Jacobs fashion line and fold it into its main collection, the designer of the same name told Women's Wear Daily (WWD). The company, controlled by French luxury group LVMH declined to confirm the move, which comes ahead of a possible initial public offering expected as early as next year. LVMH also declined to comment on the article. "In a sense, we're starting at the beginning," WWD quoted Marc Jacobs as saying in reference to the move.
03/23/2015 - 08:12 PM
Marc by Marc Jacobs Is Shutting Down
MBMJ will be folded into the Marc Jacobs line.
03/23/2015 - 05:57 PM
Tommy Hilfiger Tapped for Race to Erase MS Honor
The famous fashion designer and philanthropist has a long-running relationship with the charity.
03/23/2015 - 04:00 AM
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