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November 24, 2015

Video and photos: double win for J. W. Anderson at British Fashion Awards 2015; Gwendoline Christie wins Style Award

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Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Jonathan Anderson, the man behind the label J. W. Anderson, has scooped both the men’s and women’s Designer of the Year awards at the British Fashion Awards last night, held at the Coliseum in London.
   Anderson has previously won the men‚Äôs prize, in 2014, the New Establishment Designer award in 2013, and the Emerging Womenswear Designer award in 2012.
   As detailed earlier by the British Fashion Council, Karl Lagerfeld won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to the fashion industry.
   Other heavyweight names on the night included Tom Ford, who was recognized with the Red Carpet award, for creating global awareness of one‚Äôs designs in the media (Lady Gaga collected on his behalf); Burberry, with the Creative Campaign award for its editorial and advertising; and Alessandro Michele for Gucci as the International Designer.
   The much-acclaimed Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator was given to Nick Knight, for his contribution to the global fashion industry.
   Charlotte Olympia won the Accessory Designer award, and Stella McCartney was recognized as the best brand. Erdem won the Establishment Designer award for its retail and ecommerce presences, while Mary Katrantzou won the New Establishment Designer award.
   Jourdan Dunn won the award for Model of the Year. Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie was named the winner of the British Style Award, which was voted on by 6,000 people.
   Of the three emerging designer awards, the winners were Thomas Tait for womenswear, Grace Wales Bonner for menswear, and Jordan Askill for accessories.
   VIPs attending or presenting included British Fashion Council chair Natalie Massenet, Victoria and David Beckham, Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Burton, Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Angela Scanlon, Liv Tyler, Nick Grimshaw, Lily Allen, Poppy Delevingne, Rita Ora, Robert Konjic, Mollie King, Alexa Chung, Yasmin Le Bon, Laura Bailey, Pierre Denis, Imran Amed, Markus Lupfer, Gareth Pugh, Elisa Sednaoui, Michael Polish, Sandra Choi, Alexandra Shulman, FKA Twigs, Sophie Dahl, Sam Rollinson, Jack Whitehall, Jim Chapman, Immy Waterhouse, Elisa Sednaoui, Georgia May Jagger, Olga Kurylenko, Olivier Rousteing, Faustine Steinmetz, Harold Tillman, Jefferson Hack, Marc Hare, Christopher Raeburn, Stephen Jones, Molly Goddard, Susanna Lau, Kate Beckinsale, Mario Testino, Malaika Firth, Jamie Bochert, Charlotte Simone, Edie Campbell, Lulu Kennedy, Salma Hayek and Fran√ßois-Henri Pinault, Roksanda Ilincińá, Lilah Parsons, Katie Grand, Carson McColl, Giles Deacon, Lewis Hamilton, Nadja Swarovski, Daisy Lowe, David Burton, David Koma, Lara Stone, Lucky Blue Smith, Fernando Jorge, Sid Bryan, Jack Guinness, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire, Helen Wright, Emilia Wickstead, Erin O’Connor, Anya Hindmarch, Henry Holland, Noomi Rapace, Craig Green, Adrian Joffe, Astrid Andersen Mollie King, Jo Elvin, Patrick Grant, Peter Pilotto, Sophia Sanchez de Betak, Christopher de Vos, Christopher Kane, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Joseph Altazurra, Richard Nicoll, Tanya Burr, Kate Bosworth, Karlie Kloss, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders (as Patsy Stone and Eddy Monsoon), Orlando Bloom, Suzy Menkes, Alasdhair Willis, Alice Dellal, Chlo√ę Green, Arizona Muse and Amy Cole.
   Sponsors for the evening included principal partner Swarovski, presenting partners MAC and Toni & Guy, and official sponsors Ciroc, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes-Benz and St Martins Lane. Other supporters included Diptyque Paris, Fashion & Beauty Monitor, Fiji Water, Nikki Tibbles, Warsteiner and Wild at Heart.

Red carpet

Gwendoline Christie interview

Lucky Blue Smith

Suzy Menkes

Jack Whitehall

Alessandro Michele

Rita Ora

Erdem

Jourdan Dunn

Lady Gaga
















































































Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Winners’ enclosure
Lady Gaga accepts on behalf of Tom Ford

Jourdan Dunn

Karl Lagerfeld

Burberry

Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Stella McCartney

J. W. Anderson, Menswear Designer of the Year

J. W. Anderson, Womenswear Designer of the Year














Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Highlight reel

October 23, 2015

News in brief: Kendall & Kylie launch; Plakinger makes sure daughters look stylish; Blue Can water packaged to last

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Top Kendall and Kylie Jenner with their new collection. Centre and above By using the same fabrics, mothers and daughters can have matching designs thanks to Plakinger.

The Kendall & Kylie Collection, designed by sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, will hit Forever New stores in Australia on November 17. With 19 pieces, the limited-edition collection consists of ‘directional party looks’, with playsuits, skirts, crop tops and dresses featuring black, white and blush tones as well as an animal print. Details include lace work, exposed zips and sheer panelling. Prices range from A$79¬∑99 to A$249¬∑99 and the range is available from forevernew.com.au and selected stores nationally and internationally.
   Plakinger, the luxury label started by Russian mother‚Äďdaughter duo Svetlana Ziggel and her mother Galina Plakinger, has released 10 looks for mothers and their little girls, so that they can have outfits with the same fabrics. Made in their atelier in Germany, the label is available through Maison Bo-M in Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and in the concept stores owned by the Chaumont luxury group in China.
   One might think that bottled water lasts forever, but it only has a six- to twelve-month shelf life, and less if stored in extreme temperatures. Los Angeles-based Blue Can (right) provides premium emergency drinking water for homes, businesses and vehicles, thanks to a filtration system and the use of pressurized aluminium cans. The company says the water can be stored for decades‚ÄĒ50 years is regularly cited. It supports the Emergency Water Foundation, a California non-profit corporation, which assists public institutions, business organizations, and schools with their Disaster Awareness Plans.

Below Some of the looks from the limited-edition Kendall & Kylie Collection.





October 13, 2015

Specsavers shows spring‚Äďsummer ‚Äô15‚Äď‚Äô16 styles from Karl Lagerfeld, Converse, Karen Millen, Collette Dinnigan, Alex Perry, Osiris

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Above Looking fashion-forward with Karen Millen (top) and Osiris.

Specsavers is getting ready for the southern summer with new designs from Karl Lagerfeld, Converse, Karen Millen, Collette Dinnigan, Alex Perry, and Osiris Eyewear.
   Karl Lagerfeld has a 13-piece collection at Specsavers with, among others, a retro look for women with the KL 09 design, and the KL 25 is a richer, more jewelled style. For men, Karl Lagerfeld has classic, more geometric styles.
   Converse has a more streetwise sensibility: the Converse Chuck Taylor Eyewear collection has modern colours in acetate and metal, while the Sun Rx 04 style has an unmistakeable, funky appearance.
   We love Karen Millen’s animal print (KM 34), a sleek design that’s lifted with its leopard spots, while the Collette Dinnigan eyewear line reflects the designer’s creativity, with metallic embellishments on four designs, and more neutral tones for the other eight for summer.
   Alex Perry has gone for an animal print, too, among the 13 in the Specsavers range, but it’s the distinctive temple designs that we believe will mark them out for the fashion-forward. Meanwhile, J√łrgen Simonsen’s exclusive Osiris Eyewear sun collection for Specsavers showcase oversized frames and two-tone laminates.

Karl Lagerfeld


Karen Millen

Converse


Karen Millen

Collette Dinnigan


Alex Perry

Osiris

October 1, 2015

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

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Ikea

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.
   ‚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 ‚Ķ
   ‚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.

September 17, 2015

New York Fashion Week spring-summer 2016, Day 7 videos: Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Anna Sui

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With Jason Wu as the creative director of Hugo Boss womenswear, his creative flair was evident in this season’s New York Fashion Week. Using long sleek garments to accentuate and celebrate the female form, the collection was made up of fairly plain garments, each with its own sense of ambiance. These included feathered skirts, eye-catching prints, various necklines and an array of fabrics. Crisp colours allowed for the creative features to shine through, accentuating the beauty of subtlety in fashion.
   The packed audience at Michael Kors’s show indicates how celebrated and anticipated this collection was this season. A noticeable feature resonating throughout his pieces were red and blue poppies, featuring either on prints or as physical sewn-on features. Another common style was the box pleat, presented in flaps on both skirts and dresses. Kors’s inspiration drew from ‘earthly elegance’, clothes that have a down-to-earth appeal while still maintaining a classy presence.
   Anna Sui’s collection drew heavily from a tropical Hawaiian theme this year, captured in both the clothes and the elaborate set. However, she incorporated various undertones, most surprisingly a radical punk sub-theme with harsh black tones, tattoo-style sleeves, pin-up patches on bomber jackets and sequinned tassels. The collection altered dramatically and unpredictably throughout the show, yet it maintained the Hawaiian essence.
   Also on the official calendar for day seven were Suno, Thomas Wylde, Stella Nolasco, Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra, J. Crew, Greg Lauren and Demoo Parkchoonmoo.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow

Hugo Boss Women’s

Michael Kors

Anna Sui

Suno

Thomas Wylde

Naeem Khan

Bibhu Mohapatra

Greg Lauren

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September 15, 2015

New York Fashion Week spring‚Äďsummer 2016, Day 6 videos: Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Diesel Black Gold

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Not one to shy away from obscure designs, Vera Wang experiments with lingerie paired with heavy overcoats to open her collection this year. Bandeau-style bras are a recurring feature, teamed with various high-waist garments. Wang uses mostly heavy black for each garment; however, in various outfits a burst of glitter features, breaking up the heaviness of the collection. As the show develops blush coral contrasts starkly with the previous pieces; these pieces are a welcome adjustment. Wang’s inspiration is drawn from the sensual Belle du Jour, which can be seen in the independent, strongly feminine styles of the garments
   The Diesel Black Gold collection was essentially inspired by the heavy rock‚Äďbiker style with black-and-white cottons vamped up with various radical features. Heavy leathers, silver studs, cut-outs and crisp square cuts were refashioned time and time again throughout the show. Diesel used these iconic rocker staples and made them their own‚ÄĒan impressive feat considering the popularity these styles have had over the last few years.
   With the upcoming first anniversary of the passing of the label’s cherished namesake, the designers of Oscar de la Renta had a lot to prove with their first New York Fashion Week show without the founder’s expert oversight. However, they went over and above with the spring‚Äďsummer 2016 collection. Drawing inspiration from classical Sicilian elegance, the floral and feminine collection radiates with an air of class and creative originality, a trait made the company’s own by de la Renta.
   Also showing on day six were Badgley Mischka, Angel Sanchez, Dennis Basso, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, Carmen Marc Valvo, and the Art Institutes, among others.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow

Vera Wang

Diesel Black Gold

Oscar de la Renta

Badgley Mischka

Angel Sanchez

Dennis Basso

Carmen Marc Valvo

The Art Institutes

September 14, 2015

New York Fashion Week spring‚Äďsummer 2016, Day 5 videos: Tommy Hilfiger, Jeremy Scott, 3¬∑1 Phillip Lim

Alex Barrow/23.15

Jeremy Scott’s collection was brilliantly designed to transport the audience to the fast-lane fashion lifestyles of ‚Äô60s mods. With puffy curled hair dos, bright radical colours and prints, popping make-up, shapeless mini-dresses, and Latex- and sequin-saturated dresses, Scott no doubt achieved the essence of the blast from the past. The collection is a colourful combination of pop art and the fun and flirty free love of the ‚Äôsixties, demonstrating the quirky creativity Jeremy Scott’s designs have become notorious for.
   Phillip Lim’s show grabbed attention with the stage layout. With a large square catwalk interrupted by mountainous dirt pyramids seemingly placed arbitrarily, Lim is clearly looking to portray a wholly √¶sthetic appeal. With both soft and deep khakis resonating throughout the 3¬∑1 Phillip Lim spring‚Äďsummer 2016 collection’s designs, the adventurous tone is further accentuated by his safari-style wide trousers and shorts, heavy coats and fluid leather jackets, paired with long head ribbons. The set and the designs are perfectly compatible, setting the scene for Lim’s inspiration.
   Tommy Hilfiger’s collection, based on beachy Carribean themes, became an all-encompassing event with the set design depicting a fiery sunset and a water expanse inset in the catwalk. This collection presented mostly colourful swimwear and garments boasting bold tropical prints. Long bohemian maxi dresses were common, as well as colourful stripes typical of Tommy Hilfiger womenswear.
   Also on the day five calendar were Lela Rose, Taoray Wang, Reem Acra, Libertine and Vivienne Tam. Lola Cristall will have her detailed wrap-up from New York Fashion Week later.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow

Jeremy Scott

3·1 Phillip Lim

Tommy Hilfiger

Lela Rose

Taoray Wang

Reem Acra

Libertine

Vivienne Tam

September 12, 2015

New York Fashion Week spring‚Äďsummer 2016, Day 3 videos: Son Jung Wan, Herv√© L√©ger, Rebecca Minkoff, Monique Lhuillier

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Son Jung Wan’s spring‚Äďsummer 2016 collection was made up of severely structured pieces with a low-key colour palette. Metallic features stood out in the forms of colour-contrasting footwear, metallic zippers or merely singular stripe features on the garments. As the show developed, the initial crisp white of the clothing developed in colour, using tones of bubble-gum pink, dusky rose and grape, while still maintaining the stark structures of the garments.
   With a nautical theme in this season’s NYFW collection, Lacoste used red white and blue in their sporty style designs. With a resonating urban theme evident in their oversized shirts, sailor shorts and visa caps, the target audience indicated a youthful sailor style.
   Celebrating the feminine figure, the Herv√© L√©ger collection is filled with short, form-fitting dresses which are defined with extensive pattern work over a typically white palette. Patterns include floral grids, metallic work and beading, all used to flatter the female figure.
   Other notable designers which presented their collections on Day 3 were Noon by Noor, Rebecca Minkoff, Mara Hoffman, Francesca Liberatore, Monique Lhuillier, Misha Nonoo, Banana Republic and Alexander Wang, as well as several others.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow

Son Jung Wan

Lacoste

Hervé Léger

Noon by Noor

Rebecca Minkoff

Mara Hoffman

Francesca Liberatore

Monique Lhuillier

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