In one of the unlikeliest brand extensions, Sanrio has launched the Hello Kitty Men collection for autumn‚Äďwinter 2015‚Äď16. Announced two years ago to commemorate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, the brand has now collaborated with six Tokyo men’s brands‚ÄĒUndercover, Sise, Jam Home Made, Dresscamp, Patchy Cake Eater and Yoshio Kubo‚ÄĒto show that it’s a trendy choice for the chaps. At an event on October 16, Hello Kitty showed off its latest to 500 guests.
Designer Yuko Yamaguchi noted that she had had a lot of requests from men who don’t see Hello Kitty as exclusively girly, and even high school boys who are sons of women who grew up with Hello Kitty are partial toward a men’s collection.
Yamaguchi said, ‘Looking toward the next generation, I think we must have fans among men as well as women. Since I’m a woman, it’s difficult for me to always know what men want, so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to collaborate with all these wonderful people. It was quite a challenge to design Hello Kitty with men in mind, and I’m really satisfied with how well all of these collaboration items manage to express the various brand colours. Listening to the reactions from the men who attended this event, it’s fascinating to hear so much interest in these unique items.’
She added, ‚ÄėOur aim is to create a whole Hello Kitty Men world, incorporating not just fashion but art and various other fields.’ Hello Kitty won a Medinge Group Brands with a Conscience award in 2003 for its communication principles. ‘The guiding principle behind this Japanese company, founded by Shintaro Tsuji, is expressed in compassionate interpersonal communication,’ said the think-tank.
The Lanc√īme brand started in perfumes before branching out into the wide range of skin care and cosmetics, but now Mellerio dits Meller has taken it as an inspiration to create high jewellery.
The famed jeweller, founded in 1613, has created a design to adorn 80 flasks of the limited-edition La vie est belle extrait de parfum that celebrate Lanc√īme’s 80th anniversary.
After designing the first, it now has to replicate it another 79 times, a task that it believes it is unlikely to have undertaken before.
Mellerio explains that it paid special tribute to Lanc√īme founder Armand Petitjean, who personally created numerous beauty accessories between the 1920s and 1940s, including beauty boxes, lipsticks and powder cases. In the Lanc√īme archives are drawings featuring a rock crystal cream jar inlaid with precious stones, dating back to the 1850s.
‚ÄėMellerio reinterpreted the wings of liberty, the organza bow draped around the neck of the bottle ‚ÄúLa vie est belle‚ÄĚ, to create a pink gold coated silver piece (vermeil). Several wings are pierced, others are chiselled, inspired from a motif found in Lanc√īme‚Äôs archives, and the final ones are polished with the ‚Äúmirror‚ÄĚ technique, one of the three traditional metal treatment processes, used in jewellery. This ornament highlights the sublime glass smile dreamt up by Armand Petitjean and created in 2012 for ‚ÄúLa Vie est belle‚ÄĚ, using the latest glass-making techniques,’ it noted in a release.
The 80 flasks will be sold worldwide, with six bottles in France at the Printemps Haussmann from November 5.
September 29‚Äôs Ikea Fashion Show at Moda di Milano (hashtagged both #IKEAfashion and #IKEAtemporary) showcased work from two designers who collaborated with the Swedish-founded furniture conglomerate.
‚ÄėWith a number of new collections that have been developed in collaboration with fashion designers, Ikea is stepping into new territory‚ÄĒone from which we can learn a lot,‚Äô according to the company.
Giltig by Katie Eary and Sv√§rtan by Martin Bergstr√∂m will see their collections retailed in 2016, but they received a boost in profile thanks to their appearance at one of the top fashion weeks in the world.
For us, the first thing that came to mind when seeing Ikea fashion was Stefan Engeseth‚Äôs (below right) prediction, published in Lucire first last year, and later in Style.com, the Daily Mail, The Guardian and Flare, plus a number of newspapers and news websites: that fashion should be Ikea‚Äôs next industry.
At the time, Ikea had no such plans officially, but it isn‚Äôt surprising to see another one of Engeseth‚Äôs predictions come true. He came up with the idea of Coca-Cola being served through taps at home before Coke itself actually trialled that idea, plus another, over 15 years ago, on how cellphones could connect two strangers, albeit not through an app.
We wrote: ‚ÄėEngeseth says that Ikea‚Äôs expertise lends itself easily to the world of apparel ‚Ä¶
‚ÄėHe believes that fashion is in a repetitive cycle, stuck in history and needing renewal.
‚ÄėIkea could offer both complete apparel items and composite parts that customers could assemble themselves, says Mr Engeseth. The parts could be ‚Äútailored‚ÄĚ at home in inventive ways without the need for complex sewing.‚Äô
Last year, Lucire publisher Jack Yan added, ‚ÄėThis taps in to its existing fan base, and just as importantly, Ikea can make full use of its channels, outmanŇďuvring many existing fashion labels. Ikea has an international retail base and it has distribution down to a fine art.‚Äô
When we asked him about the Ikea show in Milano yesterday, he had his reservations about some of the designs, but stated, ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs good that Ikea takes its first step into fashion, and rewarding to see them developing the concept more now.‚Äô
He was also buoyed by seeing that, after the show, Ikea‚Äôs official Twitter account went back to his blog post late last year about Ikea fashion, and ‚Äúfavourited‚ÄĚ a Tweet about it. Engeseth even preempted the hashtag used back in 2014.
There‚Äôs no sign that Ikea fashion will be in a composite format, ready for its customers to assemble, but Engeseth appears to have been right that the brand would extend itself into the new segment.
A collaboration between big names Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti sparked the creation of the Fornasetti smart watch, the unveiling of which was done at Vogue China‚Äôs 10-year anniversary celebrations. Celebrated at the closure of Milan Fashion Week, the introduction of the special edition watch has allowed for it to be seen in the limelight of the fashion world.
Huawei, a global innovation company, works towards bettering and expanding on telecom networks. With a focus on consumer product, technical innovation and research and development, the company has expanded through Asia, Europe, the US and Russia. Huawei‚Äôs crowd-sourcing specialists have opened up a platform for outside artists and designers to contribute designs for appropriate accessories to complement the watch such as customized skins, or potential ideas for future technologies such as smart phones or smart watches.
The watch itself is a product of Huawei Business Group, but the design was customized by Fornasetti, the celebrated interior design and fashion label. The watch has all the traditional makings of a high-quality, sophisticated watch such as the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal class and stainless steel frame, as well as the traditional 42 mm diameter of the watch face itself. What makes this accessory stand out is its technical capabilities, inclusive of playing music downloads offline, Bluetooth connections and a heart rate and motion sensor. These make it the ideal companion for monitored physical activity without the bulk of other smart technologies.
Designer Barnaba Fornasetti said his design had a multi-dimensional inspiration to it which contributed to the final product. ‚ÄėThe Fornasetti brand is built upon the revival and reinvention of its classic designs and objects, giving them a new purpose and always keeping its artisan approach. The Lina face is a part of my father‚Äôs legacy and to reinforce its timeless design, I paradoxically decided to apply it on a cutting edge product that keeps time.’ The image on the watch face is a vintage-style depiction of a woman‚Äôs face, namely inspired by that of Lina Cavalieri, an Italian opera singer. This image is an established symbol of Fornasetti and has been used in a similar fashion in the label‚Äôs past designs.
The collaboration between the three large names has allowed space for future business endeavours, opening up each other‚Äôs company networks. Glory Zhang of Huawei said, ‚ÄėThis collaboration with Fornasetti is the start of an exciting journey for Huawei, delivering connections between innovative technology and art, design and culture. This is the first of many exciting cultural collaborations as we move to become an innovator within the arts‚Äô.
Notable attendees of the event included models Karlie Kloss and Sean O’Pry, AC Milan footballer Riccardo Montolivo and model Cristina de Pin, fashion photographer Mario Testino, Giorgio Armani, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung. Representing Huawei was Glory Zhang, its chief marketing officer. All attendees of the event were gifted with the smart watches and modelled them for the evening.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow
The Australian branch of international sportswear line Fila has welcomed TV host Lauren Phillips to be the new face of its spring‚Äďsummer 2015‚Äď16 line. The conglomerate, which originated in Italy in 1911, has developed into one of the leading lifestyle and fitness wear companies in the world and maintains fashionable yet practical sportswear.
The innovative materials used to create Fila sportswear allow the skin to breathe, with lightweight fabrics which stretch appropriately with the body‚Äôs natural movement. As “fitspiration” has become somewhat of a global phenomenon, FILA understands and adheres to the demand for sportswear to be fashionable, as well as practical and versatile. Furthermore, there are various collections which cater to different lifestyle needs. The Barre collection, for example, is designed and inspired by dance, featuring cardigan wraps, tulle overlays and cropped Ts which suit lower intensity workouts such as yoga and Pilates. Other sportswear includes leggings, fun coloured tops and Ts, as well as accessories such as bags, hats and microfibre towels to provide for your everyday active needs.
The company hired Phillips due to her passion for living a healthy lifestyle by eating responsibly, engaging in regular active exercise, and being a good role model for children and adults alike. ‚ÄėLiving a healthy and active life is hugely important to me and having fitness gear that caters for all types of training, but also has plenty of fun and colour injected into it is a perfect fit for me,‚Äô says Phillips. The spring‚Äďsummer range is in store now Australia-wide, as well as online.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow
Misha Nonoo and Aldo Rise have collaborated for a second time on a new collection of footwear and handbags for fall‚Äďwinter 2015‚Äď16.
Previewed at New York Fashion Week last February, the Misha Nonoo √ó Aldo Rise collection comprises four key items that bring together both Nonoo’s and Aldo’s √¶sthetic. The designs began with sketches by Nonoo, resulting in what Aldo’s chief brand officer Douglas Bensadoun calls ‘artful yet functional pieces.’ She was in part motivated by getting her pieces to a wider audience and, in her words, to ‘speak to more women.’
The Newhaven chunky heel pump with multiple straps (US$160, ¬£110) is a design that bridges work and social lives, with a croc-embossed pattern on the counter and heel; the Northampton pointy-tow ballerina with T-strap heel (US$120, ¬£85) is a modern style with plenty of practicality; the Newyork structured tote with croc-embossed synthetic leather (US$85, ¬£75) features a classic style; and the Midtown cross-body bag (US$60, ¬£55) features hidden pockets for today’s lifestyle, with faux fur lining and faux shearling.
‚ÄėI believe in the power of women and their endless capacity to achieve the life story that they wish for,’ said Nonoo. ‘Aldo’s innate understanding of the multifaceted woman is unparalleled. It has been an honour to collaborate with the Aldo team on a line of collectibles that are easy yet composed. Designed with the intent to make life easier, seamlessly taking women from day to play.’
‚ÄėWitnessing the evolution of Misha’s vision as she works with our designers has been a truly rewarding experience. It continues to be a privilege to collaborate with Misha at such a pivotal point in her career,’ said Bensadoun in a release.
The collection is available at select Aldo stores and online at aldorise.com.
Sara Sampaio attends the New York premi√®re of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY on July 27, 2015. Photographed by Aurora Rose.
Fan Bingbing wears Ralph & Russo spring‚Äďsummer 2015 couture to the Chopard Trophy Party at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, on May 16, 2015. The white silk cr√®pe off-the-shoulder fishtail gown features cascading silk organza and gazar ruffles.
At the 72nd Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica in Venezia, on September 4, 2015, Yvonne Sci√≤ wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. Photographed by Sebastiano Pessina.
Niamh Adkins attends the New York premi√®re of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY on July 27, 2015. Photographed by Aurora Rose.
Tilda Swinton at Chanel cruise 2015‚Äď16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Dita von Teese visits the Avakian suite during the 68th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel on May 23, 2015 in Cannes, France.
Suki Waterhouse arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party, in London, July 23, 2015. Photographed by David M. Benett/Getty Images.
Izabel Goulart in Georges Hobeika, at the premi√®re of Ice and the Sky, on May 24, 2015. Jewellery by de Grisogono.
Taeyang at Chanel cruise 2015‚Äď16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed by Jason Merritt.
Giorgia Surina at the Hotel Villa Laguna during the 72nd Venice Film Festival, September 6, 2015. Photographed by Annalisa Flori/Getty Images.