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November 3, 2015

Karl Lagerfeld to be awarded Outstanding Achievement Award at 2015 British Fashion Awards

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As with previous years, the British Fashion Council has announced its Outstanding Achievement Award winner at the British Fashion Awards before the big night: Karl Lagerfeld will receive the award on November 23 at the Coliseum in London.
   The Council notes that Lagerfeld’s contribution is ‘unrivalled’: ‘For over fifty years Karl Lagerfeld has remained a formidable force in the fashion industry and has taken the helm of numerous iconic houses—including Chloé and Fendi. His eye for detail has proved transferable, juggling successful careers as photographer, publisher and art director alongside his numerous design undertakings.’
   It credits Lagerfeld for turning Chanel into a ‘global superbrand’, redefining fashion advertising and establishing how a brand can be revived.
   Previous winners included Alexander McQueen (posthumously), Sir Paul Smith, Manolo Blahnik, Terry and Tricia Jones, and Anna Wintour.
   Natalie Massenet, chairman of the Council, stated, ‘Karl Lagerfeld defines outstanding. He is the champion of excellence, the master of the exceptional and one of the most iconic figures globally from our industry. His life’s work for his own and so many extraordinary brands has written the language of fashion. He is the ultimate visionary and we celebrate not only the decades already passed but those yet to happen. In Karl’s hands the future of fashion will be an exceptional one.’
   This year’s sponsors include MAC, Toni & Guy, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes-Benz and St Martin’s Lane Hotel.

October 27, 2015

Hello Kitty Men collaborates with Undercover, Sise, Jam Home Made, Dresscamp, Patchy Cake Eater, Yoshio Kubo

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In one of the unlikeliest brand extensions, Sanrio has launched the Hello Kitty Men collection for autumn–winter 2015–16. Announced two years ago to commemorate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, the brand has now collaborated with six Tokyo men’s brands—Undercover, Sise, Jam Home Made, Dresscamp, Patchy Cake Eater and Yoshio Kubo—to 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, ‘Our 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.

October 10, 2015

Mellerio creates high jewellery for Lancôme’s exclusive 80th anniversary La vie est belle extrait de parfum

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The Lancôme 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 Lancôme’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 Lancôme founder Armand Petitjean, who personally created numerous beauty accessories between the 1920s and 1940s, including beauty boxes, lipsticks and powder cases. In the Lancôme archives are drawings featuring a rock crystal cream jar inlaid with precious stones, dating back to the 1850s.
   ‘Mellerio reinterpreted the wings of liberty, the organza bow draped around the neck of the bottle “La vie est belle”, to create a pink gold coated silver piece (vermeil). Several wings are pierced, others are chiselled, inspired from a motif found in Lancôme’s archives, and the final ones are polished with the “mirror” 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 “La Vie est belle”, 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.

October 1, 2015

Ikea extends itself into fashion: you read it here first last year

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September 29’s 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.
   ‘With a number of new collections that have been developed in collaboration with fashion designers, Ikea is stepping into new territory—one from which we can learn a lot,’ according to the company.
   Giltig by Katie Eary and Svärtan by Martin Bergström 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’s (below right) prediction, published in Lucire first last year, and later in, the Daily Mail, The Guardian and Flare, plus a number of newspapers and news websites: that fashion should be Ikea’s next industry.
   At the time, Ikea had no such plans officially, but it isn’t surprising to see another one of Engeseth’s 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: ‘Engeseth says that Ikea’s expertise lends itself easily to the world of apparel …
   ‘He believes that fashion is in a repetitive cycle, stuck in history and needing renewal.
   ‘Ikea could offer both complete apparel items and composite parts that customers could assemble themselves, says Mr Engeseth. The parts could be “tailored” at home in inventive ways without the need for complex sewing.’
   Last year, Lucire publisher Jack Yan added, ‘This taps in to its existing fan base, and just as importantly, Ikea can make full use of its channels, outmanœuvring many existing fashion labels. Ikea has an international retail base and it has distribution down to a fine art.’
   When we asked him about the Ikea show in Milano yesterday, he had his reservations about some of the designs, but stated, ‘It’s good that Ikea takes its first step into fashion, and rewarding to see them developing the concept more now.’
   He was also buoyed by seeing that, after the show, Ikea’s official Twitter account went back to his blog post late last year about Ikea fashion, and “favourited” a Tweet about it. Engeseth even preempted the hashtag used back in 2014.
   There’s 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.

September 30, 2015

Bar Refaeli, Pelé and Lapo Elkann celebrate Hublot’s Big Bang watch anniversary at new production warehouse

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Hublot, the luxury watch company, opened an expansive new production warehouse in Nyon, Switzerland on the 10-year anniversary of their iconic Big Bang watch on Tuesday.
   Three hundred guests from around the globe attended the opening event including ambassadors, VIP guests, friends of the company and journalists. The milestone ceremony was further endorsed by notable Hublot ambassadors Pelé, Bar Refaeli and Lapo Elkann who contributed to the handing over of keys ceremony.
   To celebrate the sweeping popularity of the large watch, the warehouse was developed to keep up with enormous production demand. With the first major production centre being built just six years ago, this feat recognizes and celebrates the vast success the company has had with their luxury watches.
   Owned by big-brand conglomerate LVMH, Hublot has consistently enhanced and cemented their reputation as high-quality, skilled watchmakers recognized the world over. Over the past decade the Big Bang watch has been celebrated at various award ceremonies internationally in Genève, Japan and the Middle East. With the rapid success of the company in such a short time, the decade anniversary celebrations of the Big Bang watch indicates that Hublot aren’t even considering slowing down their economic boom.
   Based in Switzerland, the new warehouse is destined to house over one hundred work stations which will bring Swiss employees up to over 400 people working for the company. Due to the high sales of the last decade, the company have afforded SFr 20,000,000 into the project. To further celebrate the acheivements, the company has launched a “decade of success” campaign across the 73 Hublot stores worldwide.—Alex Barrow

September 29, 2015

Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti collaborate on custom smart watch, released at Milan Fashion Week

Alex Barrow/23.17

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

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’s 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’s 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. ‘The 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’s 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’s 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’s past designs.
   The collaboration between the three large names has allowed space for future business endeavours, opening up each other’s company networks. Glory Zhang of Huawei said, ‘This 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’.
   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.—Alex Barrow

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

September 23, 2015

Fila Australia teams up with Lauren Phillips to launch spring–summer 2015–16 sportswear line

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The Australian branch of international sportswear line Fila has welcomed TV host Lauren Phillips to be the new face of its spring–summer 2015–16 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’s 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. ‘Living 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,’ says Phillips. The spring–summer range is in store now Australia-wide, as well as online.—Alex Barrow

September 3, 2015

Misha Nonoo × Aldo Rise fall–winter 2015–16 footwear and handbag collection débuts

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Misha Nonoo and Aldo Rise have collaborated for a second time on a new collection of footwear and handbags for fall–winter 2015–16.
   Previewed at New York Fashion Week last February, the Misha Nonoo × Aldo Rise collection comprises four key items that bring together both Nonoo’s and Aldo’s æsthetic. 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.
   ‘I 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.’
   ‘Witnessing 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

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