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May 19, 2015

News in brief: Taylor Swift’s Tiger ring; Otis College’s 33rd fashion show; Swiss retails limited-edition Partime watch

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Jason Merritt

One of our favourite items from Carrera y Carrera, the Tiger ring, appeared on the finger of Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards at the weekend. The Madrid-based jewellery company noted that Swift, presenting her new music video for ‘Bad Blood’, wore the ring in white gold, smoky quartz and diamonds from the Bestiario collection with her white cut-out jumpsuit. Madonna, Jennifer López, and Olivia Palermo have chosen the Tiger ring in the past.
   Otis College of Art and Design’s 33rd annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was a lavish escape, revolving around the theme, A Celebration of Water. This year’s honorees include Carlos Alberini, the chief executive of Lucky Brand, designer Trina Turk, and Gary Schoenfeld, the president and CEO of PacSun. Mentors included: Bob Mackie, Trina Turk, Zaid Affas, Joe McCarty for Lane Bryant, Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay, Mary Jo Bruno, Anne Cole, Isobella & Chloe, Heather Brown for PacSun, Ryan Keenan for Quiksilver, Alan Hardy for DC, Kesha Pomeroy for Roxy, and Urban Outfitters. Year after year, the event reflects the students’ hard work and approach to the fashion industry while being guided by a number of professional designers. Student Jessica Choi was recognized as Designer of the Year. Guests gathered to watch 100 ensembles take centre-stage.
   Finally, Swiss International Airlines is retailing a special Partime watch from June as part of its duty-free range this summer. Available only on board Swiss flights, the Partime watch is a limited edition, joining the 11 other models already offered. The complete collection will also be shown at the China Watch & Clock Fair in Shenzhen from June 25 to 28. (A video of the Partime’s movement can be seen at the bottom of this article.)—Lola Cristall, Paris editor, and Lucire staff

Kai He; courtesy Otis College of Art and Design

December 11, 2014

Unbridled creativity at Raffles College of Design’s Perspective graduate show

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The 2014 graduate show from the Raffles College of Design and Commerce, titled Perspective, took place in the big top of the iconic Luna Park in Sydney on December 9.
   The location could not have been more idyllic, and the weather, which has been very stormy of late, held, allowing all guests and designers to make their way to the show.
   It is almost impossible to make comment about all 30 graduates but having an eye for trend, I can say that there was a yearning felt through a sizeable portion of the work presented to embrace all things Mother Nature, in all her textures and colours: escapism, easier living, freedom and expressionism. There were 30 capsule collections consisting of six looks each.
   The show was opened by Queency Yustiawan, inspired by the work of Russian painter Kazimir Malevich. A dramatic black-and-white dress coat was the pièce de résistance and reminded me of a bicolour paper plane. I was impressed with the tailoring of the piece.

Below Queency Yustiawan.

   Good tailoring has been spotted across much of the collections showed, which speaks volumes about the college they are graduating from. What I thought was a dying skill, cherished by very few nowadays, has hope.
   My total stand-out was the capsule by Ashleigh Kwong, which displayed pared-back elegance, fresh and interesting prints and shapes, and wearability. There was a little white trapeze dress with a blue print that I would happily wear any time.

Below The stand-out for Lucire’s Viviana Pannell was the capsule collection by Ashleigh Kwong.

   In the glamour department, Shannon Gambino was a shining star, and so was Tiana Ha Phuong Thao Van, with her royal blue obsession. Her inspiration reminded me slightly of Toni Maticevski and my favourite piece was a little single-shoulder cocktail dress featuring delicate, layered ruffles. Also notable in this department was Lily Purkiss, who presented a capsule of delicate sheers covering shorter layers: utter purity and elegance. Hailing all the way from Italy, Daniela Monica Da Rui presented a capsule inspired by German expressionism, femmes fatales and film noir. She captured her brief very well as one of the pieces, an elegant black dress appliquéd with sculptural black twigs, made me think of a fairy tale with the iconic Marlene Dietrich playing the lead. Christine Milanja, with her elegant and demurely sexy capsule, also deserves a mention.

Below Shannon Gambino.

Below A royal blue obsession from Tiana Ha Phuong Thao Van.
Below Lily Purkiss.
Below Italian designer, Daniela Monica da Rui.
Below Christine Milanja.
   High on wearability were Molly Ya Jung Wu with her pared-down capsule exhibiting very interesting cuts. Rishella Lisha Liang presented a capsule of more wearable menswear and resort-like womenswear featuring appliqués.
   The best menswear, to my mind, was presented by Noal Yam Gurung. Xtra Senquan Ruan presented an interesting combination of interlocking shapes and draping.

Below Molly Ya Jung Wu.

Below Rishella Lisha Liang, featuring wearable menswear.
Below Noal Yam Gurung created the best menswear of the show.
Below Xtra Senquan Ruan.
   It was a beautiful show and I expect to see much more from these graduates. I just love to see unbridled creativity not yet contaminated by commercial realities and the utter need to push prices down in today’s world. Good things are worth paying a nice sum for and are treasured forever. Some of what I saw could be produced and placed into stores tomorrow.

Filed under: fashion, Lucire, tendances, trend
November 26, 2013

Sean Kelly, Lucilla Gray, Soontariya Utto stand out among Massey’s 2013 graduates

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Through a sea of black-and-white and sheer chiffon came three stand-outs at the 2013 Massey graduate show, Launch. Sean Kelly’s desert-island-themed collection really stood out, as did the closing designers, Lucilla Gray and her crisp neoprene collection, and Soontariya Utto, with her refined, elegant gowns.

Matthew Beveridge/Matthew Beveridge Photography

   Kelly’s collection, inspired by an island, consisted of layered, tailored menswear in linen-looking khaki-greens and whites. This collection combines exceptional new ideas and design lines with impeccable tailoring. Quirky accessories also featured, such as a fishing-net backpack. Thick, brown leather hats, sandals and other leather items were specifically made for the collection to immaculate standards. Emphasizing impact and wearability through clever styling, Kelly has really hit the nail on the head here.

Matthew Beveridge/Matthew Beveridge Photography

   Gray’s collection created similar impact but for completely different reasons. The colour palette of fresh electric blue mixed with fluro-pink and the whitest white stood out from the dull colours of some other collections. Structured elements were innovatively moulded from neoprene to create out-of-this-world curved shapes where printed chiffon overlays bikini-like undergarments. This fresh collection really caught my eye for all the right reasons. We especially loved the curved, structural sleeve shapes and the tactile print in the white neoprene jacket. Lucille’s collection reminds me of a different take on Nicolas Ghesquière’s use of neoprene at Balenciaga and the Australian designers’ obsession. Perhaps this is the New Zealand response to the comeback of neoprene, which is no longer restricted to the un-shapely wetsuit.

Matthew Beveridge/Matthew Beveridge Photography

   From the opening outfit of Utto’s collection, there was something special in the making. The precision cutting and the exceptional tailoring to the couture-like nature of her garments all spoke of a refined elegance, which can so often be lost in ready-to-wear clothes. For someone so young, her taste level far exceeds her years. The moulded hips of her ball gowns matched her jewellery, which was made by hand, bringing a tactile old-world feel. The collection was sewn by hand, bringing it to life. Although crafted all in black, it was still evident that a lot of attention to detail had gone into this collection, from the pin-tucking on the structure corsets and bodices, to the cut of detailing and ostrich feather plumage that appeared on collars and peplums. This was a collection made for the red carpet and was a true show-stopper.—Anna Deans and Sopheak Seng, Fashion Editor

September 9, 2012

New York Fashion Week spring–summer 2013: Nicholas K. kicks off the week

Lucire staff/12.17

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

It’s the best way to kick off the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and this season did not disappoint with the brother–sister 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 US’s 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 palette—signature shades for Nicholas K—this 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 spring–summer while adding a new dimension to the brand’s æsthetic.
   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.—Angela Gilltrap, Associate Editor

Watch our day one videos here.

July 21, 2012

Heidi Klum talks about the struggle to get Project Runway started as it débuts its 10th season

Lucire staff/7.13

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.
   ‘I’m extra proud. It’s like one of my babies being born and being out there for so many years already now. … 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.
   ‘A 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.
   ‘Then we started filming and I didn’t 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.
   ‘I 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”—we all made it work.’
   The latest season premièred Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.

June 7, 2012

Missoni and Lindex collaborate on the fight against breast cancer

Samantha O’Reilly/23.26

Above Angela and Margherita Missoni.

Italian house Missoni has teamed up with the European fashion chain Lindex—part of the Finnish Stockmann group—to 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.
   ‘The 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 Lindex’s long–term 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—Samantha O’Reilly

May 3, 2012

H&M announces accessories’ collaboration with Anna Dello Russo

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H&M by Anna dello Russo
H&M by Anna dello Russo
Magnus Magnusson

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 L’Uomo Vogue, and fashion director-at-large for Vogue Japan.
   ‘I 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.
   ‘It’s 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.

H&M by Anna dello Russo
Magnus Magnusson

Filed under: fashion, Lucire, Milano, Sweden, trend
April 7, 2012

Designing 007 opens at the Barbican in July, covering 50 years of James Bond design

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Sean Connery as James Bond
Copyright ©1964 by Danjaq LLC and United Artists Corp.

Above Sean Connery as James Bond at the Furka Pass, Switzerland, and the iconic Aston Martin DB5, during the making of Goldfinger (1964).

With the 50th anniversary of the cinematic James Bond, exhibitions are being shown around the world to mark the occasion, but the Barbican Centre finally has one on the design aspects, including fashion and graphics.
   Called Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, the exhibition runs from July 6 to September 5, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on Thursdays).
   The exhibition looks at the fashion, craft, tailoring, costumes, stunts, props, and set and production design, including the Bond cars, gadgets and special effects. It also covers the graphic design and motion graphics of the Bond movies.
   Highlights include the gadgets and weapons made by special effects’ experts John Stears and Chris Corbould, along with artwork for sets and storyboards by production designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont and Syd Cain, and costume designs by Bumble Dawson, Donfeld, Julie Harris, Lindy Hemming, Ronald Patterson, Emma Porteous, and Jany Temime, says the centre.
   In addition, there are creations on display by Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Hubert de Givenchy, Gucci’s Frida Giannini, Douglas Hayward, Rifat Ozbek, Jenny Packham, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Anthony Sinclair, Philip Treacy, Emanuel Ungaro and Donatella Versace.
   Among the exhibits are Jaws’s teeth from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, the attaché case from From Russia with Love, and the poker table from Casino Royale. There are also blueprints and drawings from the Eon archives.
   Designing 007 is being produced in collaboration with Eon Productions Ltd. It has been designed by Ab Rogers and curated by the Barbican, with guest curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.
   Ticket prices are £12, £10 for concessions and £8 for under 16s. There are discounts for Barbican members.

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