Russia's luxury flagship store turns to Chinese spenders
By Olga Sichkar and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Framed by Swarovski crystal figurines and crocodile skin-clad smart phones, sales promotions at Moscow's exclusive TsUM department store are being publicized in two languages: Russian, of course, and now Chinese. The bi-lingual signs, promising to match the prices of all luxury goods with those on sale in Milan, are part of a push by store operator Mercury to encourage high-spending Chinese visitors to shop in TsUM'S neo-Gothic store, rather than the boutiques of the Italian fashion capital. Luxury retailers have fared better than many mass-market brands during Russia's economic crisis but they still need foreign shoppers to compensate for falling spending by local consumers.
02/05/2016 - 07:13 PM
Men's fashion week in New York wraps up on high note
The second round of men's fashion week in New York has wrapped up on a high note after four days of shows reflecting thirst for innovation, openness and confidence in what's to come. There was "a cool vibe," stylist Stevie Gatez said on Thursday, the final day of some 60 fall/winter 2016 shows concentrated in Manhattan's west Soho. "It has a lot to do with menswear, it's more chill," added the young blogger, wearing a three-quarter wool leopard print jacket paired with a gray hoodie, jeans rolled up at the ankles and Adidas sneakers.
02/05/2016 - 03:58 PM
Pouts and selfies as models Derek and Hansel back for 'Zoolander 2'
Male models Derek and Hansel are back on the catwalk in fashion comedy sequel "Zoolander 2", returning with their famous pouts, poses -- and a record-breaking selfie to capture them. On a blue carpet that evoked his trademark "blue steel" pout, Derek Zoolander himself, actor Ben Stiller, helped set a record for the longest selfie stick at the movie's London premiere on Thursday night. With co-stars Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell beside him, Stiller held the stick, said to be some 8.5 meters (27.89 ft) long and with a mobile device attached to it, above them for the snap.
02/05/2016 - 03:02 PM
London Fashion Week: official show schedule
London will be picking up where New York leaves off, as the British capital's fashion week -- running February 19-23 -- opens the day after the US event closes its doors. The London shows will see designers present their autumn/winter 2016-2017 womenswear collections, with Sadie Williams first on the runway on February 19. Xiao Li's show will close the event on February 23.
02/05/2016 - 02:45 PM
Alexa Chung signs for Marks & Spencer
A new series of design collaborations is being launched by high street retailer Marks & Spencer, with three-time British Style Award winner Alexa Chung kicking off the affair. The collection, called Archive by Alexa, comprises a 31-piece line which is, as the name implies, based on archival selections from the M&S back catalogue. Prices range from £19.50 ($28) to £89 ($129), reports WWD, with the items going on sale in Marks & Spencer retail locations as well as through its website.
02/05/2016 - 01:00 PM
Burberry shakes up its runway strategy
Burberry is changing the way it creates, presents and sells its runway collections.
02/05/2016 - 08:00 AM
Chinese shoppers in South Korea shun luxury for local brands
By Minwoo Park and Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese visitors to South Korea are buying less from global luxury mainstays like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in favor of cheaper homegrown brands, as young, independent travelers make up a bigger share of tourists. Lured by the "Korean Wave" of culture exports, from soap operas and K-pop music to food and fashion, price-conscious younger Chinese visitors are seeking a more authentic and less expensive shopping experience. South Korea trails only Thailand as an overseas destination for Chinese travelers, whose heavy retail spending has helped make South Korea the world's largest duty free shopping market.
02/05/2016 - 12:48 AM
Nipple pasties hit the mainstream in 2016 lingerie trend
This year's Salon International de la Lingerie, held late last month in Paris, France, saw the biggest names in the lingerie industry arrive in the French capital to show off their 2016 collections. Trends spotted at this year's event include the season's key theme, 1990s minimalism, spiced up with risqué bondage-inspired details, such as nipple pasties. Nipple pasties have been reinvented in a sexier, almost erotic incarnation that could see them become a must-have accessory for 2016.
02/04/2016 - 08:59 PM
Chicago's Driehaus marks final season of 'Downton Abbey' with special exhibition
The Driehaus Museum in Chicago is marking the sixth and final season of the television series "Downton Abbey" with a special exhibition entitled, "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times". The exhibition highlights changes in fashion over the course of four seasons of the series set in England in the early 20th century and based around the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. The garments will be presented in an immersive context in the luxurious interiors of the Driehaus Museum, which was once the home of the affluent Nickerson and Fisher families of Chicago.
02/04/2016 - 04:52 PM
Succession issue looms large at world's top glasses maker
Positions are not being filled, two of the sources said, complicating Del Vecchio's avowed search for a second-line manager from within to step up to the plate. Del Vecchio has pledged to develop e-commerce, where the company lags, investment that could hit profitability. Luxottica has ambitious growth plans and a reputation for top-notch managers.
02/04/2016 - 04:48 PM
Men's fashion week in New York wraps up on high note
The second round of men's fashion week in New York has wrapped up on a high note after four days of shows reflecting thirst for innovation, openness and confidence in what's to come. The nascent showcase for the latest in American menswear drew trend spotters, bloggers, buyers and other style gurus -- all in a distinctly laid back atmosphere. There was "a cool vibe," stylist Stevie Gatez said on Thursday, the final day of some 60 fall/winter 2016 shows concentrated in Manhattan's west Soho.
02/05/2016 - 04:35 PM
Tom Ford Embraces Consumer Schedule for Fashion Week, Too
It's all happening.
02/05/2016 - 05:00 AM
Ralph Lauren shares down on dim earnings, outlook
Shares in Ralph Lauren fell more than 22 percent to a multiyear low Thursday after the company cut its outlook for 2016 and reported disappointing earnings it blamed on unseasonably warm holiday weather ...
02/04/2016 - 09:38 PM
Weak sales at Kohl's, Ralph Lauren spark selloff in retailers
Ralph Lauren's stock fell 18 percent, touching a more than five year-low of $94.02. Kohl's said it discounted heavily in the quarter, hurting margins, as it worked to clear inventories, after a slow start to the winter season led people to spend less on sweaters, gloves and coats. Ralph Lauren said it would aggressively try to clear inventories in the March quarter.
02/04/2016 - 05:46 PM
Kohl’s cuts profit forecast; Ralph Lauren sinks on sales miss; Royal Dutch Shell gains on job cuts
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02/04/2016 - 04:36 PM
Tommy Hilfiger puts out prep aimed at younger set
NEW YORK (AP) — Will preppy ever go out of style? Not if Tommy Hilfiger can help it.
02/04/2016 - 12:00 AM
Supermodel Cindy Crawford, turning 50, denies plans to retire
(Story refiled to correct title of magazine in second paragraph to Rhapsody, not Hemispheres) NEW YORK (Reuters) - Supermodel Cindy Crawford on Monday denied reports that she planned to retire from modeling this month, saying she had made no final statements and that her "retirement" was a running joke in her family. Crawford appeared to suggest in an interview with United Airlines magazine Rhapsody, published on Monday, that she would quit modeling when she turns 50 on Feb. 20. It's a running joke in our family," she wrote.
02/02/2016 - 08:39 PM
2 museums dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent set to open in 2017
Two museums entirely devoted to French designer Yves Saint Laurent's life and work will open in 2017. The Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which works to preserve the legacy of the designer, contains a collection of 5,000 haute couture garments and 15,000 accessories. It also has thousands of sketches, photographs and various objects that Yves Saint Laurent archived since the creation of his fashion house in 1961, which will be featured at the museums.
02/02/2016 - 05:11 PM
Baggy and futuristic looks kick off NY men's fashion week
Following a successful debut in July, New York hosts its second menswear fashion week, with dozens of established fashion names as well as new designers showcasing their autumn/winter offerings - from slick suits to casual wear. Ooi was among those kicking off the show on Monday, dressing models in turtle necks, duffel coats and rolled-up jeans for a collection called "Class of 2525".
02/02/2016 - 01:54 PM
New York Fashion Week: 2016 show schedule
After a round of menswear shows then Haute Couture Week in Paris, fashion is heading off on its annual tour of the four catwalk capitals. The first of the autumn/winter 2016-2017 previews will be held in New York, with around 60 catwalk shows scheduled for this year's fashion week, which opens February 11.
02/01/2016 - 09:39 PM
Second men's fashion week kicks off in New York
Men's fashion week kicked off in New York on Monday for a second season, playing catch up after chic shows in London, Milan and Paris. It will also whet appetites for the style explosion and buyers' bonanza that is New York fashion week for women -- the main event -- due to begin February 11. "The success of the inaugural 'New York Fashion Week: Men's' surpassed our expectations," Steven Kolb head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America told AFP in an email interview.
02/01/2016 - 08:52 PM
Kate Spade Changed Her Last Name to Valentine
The designer swapped her name to help you sort out the difference between her former brand, Kate Spade New York, and her latest endeavor, Frances Valentine.
02/01/2016 - 05:00 AM
Dolce & Gabbana put gay parents on handbags as Italy in heated debate
Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have appeared to weigh in to an impassioned debate about gay people's rights in their home country with cozy designs showing same-sex couples with children. Last year, Dolce angered many when he used the common derogatory term "womb rental" for surrogacy, which is banned in Italy. Avid Instagram user Gabbana posted photos of handbags and t-shirts adorned with childlike drawings of family groups of two men or two women with children of various ages.
01/31/2016 - 12:13 PM
Ex-top model holds fashion world to account on anorexia
It was the stuff of dreams: walking down a Paris street one day to walking the runway as a top 20 model in the world's fashion capital. In just a few months Dauxerre was battling anorexia, eating three apples a day and sipping diet colas in an effort to maintain her elite model status. "But they said to me, 'In September, you're starting Fashion Week.
01/29/2016 - 05:12 PM
Dolce & Gabbana reveals new fragrance campaign starring Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren's full new beauty campaign Dolce & Gabbana has been revealed. The Oscar-winning Italian actress stars in a video by the Sicilian fashion house to mark the launch of its new fragrance 'Dolce Rosa Excelsa'. The video is divided into three acts, "Rinascita", "Festa" and "Meravigliosa." The story sees silver screen legend Loren play the mother of five sons who set about restoring their ancient Sicilian family property, Villa Valguanera, to its former renaissance glory.
01/29/2016 - 01:29 PM
An "InstaPit" Is Coming to NYFW Courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger loves Instagrammers — and with good reason, as they bring awareness to his brand, highlight his latest collections and drum up hype for his collaborations with Instagram darlings like supermodel-turned-designer, Gigi Hadid.
01/29/2016 - 11:00 AM
Style Notes: Derek Zoolander's Latest Cover; New Yves Saint Laurent Museums
01/29/2016 - 05:00 AM
Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Fashion's "Magical Moment" Recounted
On the heels of the paperback release of Dana Thomas' best-seller, 'Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano,' Pret-a-Reporter spoke to the author about the process of chronicling the tragic masterminds.
01/29/2016 - 05:00 AM
Harvey Weinstein honored at amfAR New York Fashion Week gala
NEW YORK (AP) — The Foundation for AIDS Research is recognizing film producer Harvey Weinstein at its annual New York Fashion Week gala.
01/28/2016 - 10:15 PM
Sumptuous gowns close Paris haute couture fashion week
Chinese designer Guo Pei made her Paris haute couture debut late on Wednesday with an array of sumptuous dresses for a collection she said was called "the emperor's courtyard". Guo was catapulted into the international spotlight in May when singer Rihanna wore her 25-kg (55 lb) fur-trimmed, flower embroidered cape dress to the ball at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the biggest nights in the fashion year. With her catwalk reminiscent of a Chinese royal courtyard, the brand designer turned haute couture stylist presented richly embroidered and jewel-encrusted dresses, skirts and cloaks in gold, pastel blue and pink, yellow and white.
01/28/2016 - 01:47 PM
Anne Hathaway's Baby Bump Makes Red-Carpet Debut in Marc Jacobs
Looking swell, Anne.
01/28/2016 - 05:00 AM
Fashion Designer Manolo Blahnik to Be Profiled in Documentary
The film will feature interviews with a who’s who of some of the most notable figures in fashion and entertainment, including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Andre Leon Talley, Paloma Picasso and 'Sex and the City' author Candace Bushnell.
01/28/2016 - 05:00 AM
N.Y. Fashion Week: Kanye West to Debut 'Swish' Album at Madison Square Garden
His latest album will drop Feb. 11, just in time for New York Fashion Week.
01/26/2016 - 05:00 AM
Christian Dior puts on a dreamy display for first couture collection without Raf Simons
When Raf Simons announced in October that he would be leaving Christian Dior after more than three years as creative director, it was left to the luxury French house's creative team to pick up the pieces and stitch them into a Spring 2016 Haute Couture collection that would live up to its famous name. Presented Monday in Paris, that collection struck the perfect balance between the elegant and the risqué, featuring the house's signature lightness of touch and sensual approach to women's fashion.
01/25/2016 - 04:57 PM
Taiwan students present creations at Berlin Fashion Week
BERLIN - Students of Taiwan’s Shih Chien university showcased their creative work at Berlin Fashion Week, presenting a range of colorful clothing. The various designs were combined under the name "Praxes" for the Friday fashion show and models strutted down the catwalk in printed silk jackets, studded corsets, ponchos as well as head pieces that looked like face guards.
01/25/2016 - 01:42 PM
Rihanna Listens to New Album in Nearly $9K Dolce & Gabbana Headphones
01/25/2016 - 05:00 AM
Bondage hits the runway at Paris Fashion Week
The odd-couple mix of bondage and big sizes collided on the Paris catwalk Friday, in clothing that was at once roomy and adorned with nude women who were tied up tight. The risque theme did not stop there, with designer Masanori Morikawa saying he sprinkled the autumn and winter collection with embroidered flowers and elephants to represent male and female naughty bits. "This collection is about tying, like everything, like belts, like buckles, like bondage," Morikawa told AFP after the show, which was inspired by controversial Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.
01/22/2016 - 08:13 PM
Bold, sexy looks dominate runway at Berlin Fashion Week
BERLIN - Makeup artists and hairstylists provide the finishing touches to models before they hit the runway during Berlin Fashion Week where strong, bold and sexy looks emerged as the major trend. German designer Isabel Vollrath said her Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 collection, with its vibrant colors and eccentric cuts, was inspired by iconic women throughout history such as French sculptress Camille Claudel and fashion designer Coco Chanel. ...
01/22/2016 - 07:17 PM
Spiky hair, slicked-back hair, and wigs: beauty looks from Paris Men's Fashion Week
There wasn't a man braid in sight at Paris Men's Fashion Week, but there were some bold beauty looks on show.
01/22/2016 - 05:15 PM
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