It’s the best way to kick off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and this season did not disappoint with the brotherâsister design duo of Nicholas K. delivering their signature style of layered, ready-to-wear to an appreciative, fashion-ready crowd. Backstage, models prepared for the first show of the official calendar with Haven for Essie nails and natural yet striking make-up from Janell Geason for Aveda.
There was not a spare seat in the house as Bryan Boy and Elle USâs Joe Zee entered to join the loyal crowd of Nicholas K converts ready to kick off another season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Aside from the khaki and black colour paletteâsignature shades for Nicholas Kâthis season the designers showcased stunning burnt orange and lavender to add splashes of spring to the collection. Tailored, wide-leg pants and floating outerwear creating the distinctive Nicholas K look. Styled by Wendy Schecter, it built upon the best of last springâsummer while adding a new dimension to the brand’s ĂŠsthetic.
Unbeknown to many, the brand styled its womenswear with Nicholas K jewellery and footwear, a relatively new addition to the collection, something we are very excited about. When you’re a fan of this brand it’s nice to know you can go head-to-toe.âAngela Gilltrap, Associate Editor
Above Heidi Klum in a publicity shot for the new season of Project Runway.
Heidi Klum has reached a milestone for her TV show Project Runway: its 10th season. To promote it, she was at Times Square on Thursday commenting the struggles starting the series.
âI’m extra proud. Itâs like one of my babies being born and being out there for so many years already now. âŠ Figuring something out, trying to sell something, I ran all over town to explain what this show could be all about, that people might love watching talented designers at work,’ said the 39-year-old model and businesswoman.
âA lot of people turned us away and they said, “Why would we want to watch that?” We were really passionate about it and then finally we did find a network that put us on the air and then we got started.
âThen we started filming and I didnât have a stylist in the beginning, [and I asked,] “How am I going to look really stylish?” This is a show about fashion. So I started calling friends and asking, “Can I borrow this? Can I borrow that?” A lot of designer friends and Michael [Kors], of course, helped me out.
âI couldn’t do a show on jeans and T-shirts and things that I wore a long time ago when I didn’t have that kind of a closet so we made do. So as Tim [Gunn] always says, “I made it work”âwe all made it work.’
The latest season premiĂšred Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.
Italian house Missoni has teamed up with the European fashion chain Lindexâpart of the Finnish Stockmann groupâto support breast cancer research.
The collaboration has resulted in a collection consisting of 70 fashion items, of womenswear, lingerie, accessories and childrenswear. Ten per cent of the sales price goes to the fight against breast cancer, which Lindex has supported for the last 10 years.
Missoni is famous for its iconic designs and use of colour. Founded in 1953, it has been led by generations of women from the Missoni family.
âThe collaboration with Lindex has given us a unique opportunity to bring affordable design to every woman, and at the same time to give something back, through creating worldwide awareness for breast cancer. We are impressed by Lindexâs longâterm commitment to breast cancer research, which the company has supported for many years. I believe that all individuals and organizations deserve recognition for the dedication and effort they input into the fight against breast cancer,’ says Angela Missoni.
The collection will be released on September 25, and will be sold in all Lindex stores in the Nordic countries, Central Europe and online at www.lindex.com.âSamantha O’Reilly
Top Designs from the Anna Dello Russo at H&M collection. Above Anna Dello Russo and H&M’s Margareta van den Bosch.
In the spirit of having famous designers collaborate on mass-market fashion, H&M has said that it will now work with fashion director Anna Dello Russo on a new accessories’ collection.
The new collection will hit 140 H&M retail stores worldwide, and online, on October 4. It will feature jewellery, sunglasses, shoes, bags and even a trolley, says the company.
Milano-based Dello Russo is perhaps best known as former fashion editor of Vogue Italia, former editor-in-chief of LâUomo Vogue, and fashion director-at-large for Vogue Japan.
âI am excited by this collaboration: this is the first time H&M involves a fashion director in a special project. This is the sign of an important evolution in fashion, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be the one chosen to lead it. I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find. As a stylist, I know accessorization [sic] is essential: it is the personal touch to any outfit. With these pieces everybody can have fun, turning an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion day,’ says Dello Russo in a release.
âItâs been extremely exciting to involve Anna Dello Russo in this project, something completely different from what we have done before. Anna has a fantastic eye and a strong taste, apart from being a veritable fashion icon. She produced an extravagant range of accessories that will get H&M customers and everyone in love with fashion excited. The collection is a celebration of excess, fantasy and decoration,’ says Margareta van den Bosch, creative adviser at H&M.
KĂžbenhavn native Stine Riis, a 28-year-old graduate of the London College of Fashion, has been announced as the winner of the ﬁrst Hennes & Mauritz Design Award. Her winning collection, called Decadence & Decay, was shown on the catwalk at Stockholm Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week earlier today.
The win sees Riis receive âŹ50,000 and 15 of her designs sold in selected H&M stores in Sweden, the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands in September.
Stine calls her style ‘tailored future elegance’. She sees the construction of the garments as being part of the design, while ensuring the clothes are comfortable.
The competition jury featured Christopher Kane, Hilary Alexander, Kristopher Arden Houser, Susie Lau, Margareta van den Bosch, and Ann-Soﬁe Johansson.
âI am still overwhelmed. Showing at Stockholmâs Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has been such a great experience. I canât believe so many people came to see my collection! This award gives me the conﬁdence and ﬁnancial back-up I need to pursue my dream of building my own brand. I couldnât have imagined a better start to my career as a designer,’ said Riis in a release.
Alexander complimented Riis, calling her entry ‘a polished, well-cut collection of strict tailoring in contrasting materials including leather, wool, metallic and bonded fabrics. Her silhouette was lean but ﬂowing, and particularly effective was her use of colour: a slim blue and orange bi-colour top, for example, or a blue coat stamped with white.’
The H&M Design Award People’s Prize, decided online by visitors to the Awards’ website, was won by Anne Bosman. She receives a one-month internship at Christopher Kane in London.
Students at fourteen colleges in six countries competed for the prize.
Summer Rayne Oakes and Benita Singh’s Cartier award-winning venture, Source4Style, which helps designers source sustainable fabric through a well designed, transparent website, launches its second version today. Lucire has the low-down in the main part of the site, and this story forms part of some of our next 2012 print and other non-web editions.
We believe this will revolutionize the way the business of fashion is conducted. Think about it: consumers demand sustainability and the trend has no signs of stopping. Yet, according to Singh, suppliers are spending up to 43 per cent of their marketing budgets just on trade shows. âItâs a huge up-front time and ïŹnancial commitment with no guarantee of a return,â she says. On the other end of the scale, Cornell University research shows that designers are spending up to 85 per cent of their time visiting those same shows, going through online directories, or wading through sample folders.
Source4Style uses the internet to bridge the divide, and has obvious positive implications for smaller suppliers, who are on a level playing ﬁeld with the big names. Some of these suppliers are in third-world countries, so it’s not hard to see the ﬁnancial beneﬁt that Source4Style can have for them and their communities.
It’s in line with the ideas in Simon Anholt’s Brand New Justice, where Anholt posited that good brands helped third-world communities ﬁnd greater proﬁts and margins. Source4Style doesn’t quite give these companies brands per se, but through the site, it allows them to be the equal of businesses that are operating in the ﬁrst world, and levels the playing ﬁeld.
It is the solidity behind this venture that sees us devote two web pages and the cover to it. We encourage readers to take a look, as this may well be the moment when fashion changes for goodâin more than one sense of the word.âJack Yan, Publisher