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November 3, 2015

Burberry launches festive campaign with Sir Elton John, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Dockery

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Dan Medhurst



Dave Benett

Burberry has launched a new promotion for Christmas that pays tribute to Billy Elliot, featuring Sir Elton John, Naomi Campbell, James Corden, Julie Walters (who starred in the original film), Romeo Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Michelle Dockery, James Bay, George Ezra and Toby Huntington-Whiteley.
   â€˜Billy Elliot is an incredible film full of so much joy and energy, so it was a real thrill and a great honour to be able to celebrate its 15-year anniversary through our festive campaign. It was also a huge privilege to work with such amazing and iconic British talent—the cast are quite simply some of the biggest names in film, music and fashion and it was so much fun working with them all to make this special film,’ said Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey. Bailey, as chief creative officer for the firm, also directed the three-minute promotion, which was shot at Park Royal Studios in London.
   The three-minute film, which features original footage from Billy Elliot and ‘Cosmic Dancer’ by T Rex, received its première at Burberry’s flagship store at 121 Regent Street before it was released online at 7 p.m. tonight. Sir Elton, Walters, Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Beckham and Bailey were among the VIPs present. It then launched on Burberry’s own website and various channels such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Weibo till the end of the year.
   Mario Testino shot the related stills for the campaign featuring Campbell, Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and James Bay.
   The release coincides with Burberry making its full festive gifts’ range, including its heritage trench coat and cashmere scarf, available both online and in stores. Its Book of Gifts also dĂŠbuts today at its website.
   Burberry will also donate ÂŁ500,000 to be split between two charities, Place2Be and the County Durham Community Foundation, which help the Easington community where Billy Elliot was set.


October 13, 2015

Specsavers shows spring–summer ’15–’16 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, Jørgen 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 11, 2015

Icebreaker releases spring–summer 2015–16 campaign, starring Vinnie Woolston

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Model and actor Vinnie Woolston stars in Icebreaker’s spring–summer 2015–16 campaign, photographed at Pakiri Beach on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
   Icebreaker says Woolston ‘exudes a rebellious and confronting sense of energy,’ fitting in with the campaign’s theme of an urban adventurer who seeks to explore, challenged by the unknown. The imagery sees Woolston on the sandy shores of Pakiri as well as rural paths and bushlands.
   Icebreaker says the new collection features its Corespun (a lightweight, hard-wearing fabric with a nylon core and merino wool) and Cool-Lite (a mixture between merino wool and Tencel) fabrics, which give comfort with durability. The season’s look sees more nature-inspired prints and stripes, and casual wear.
   The spring–summer 2015–16 collection hits stores in New Zealand on October 15.








October 7, 2015

Cole Haan dĂŠbuts ZeroGrand Outerwear collection, with the tough outdoor performance of Mountain Hardwear

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Alan Clarke

US retailer Cole Haan has teamed up with high-performance apparel brand Mountain Hardwear in a multi-season partnership, creating the ZeroGrand Outerwear collection.
   Launched this week, Cole Haan has released a campaign featuring mountaineers Cheyne Lempe and Angie Payne scaling New York skyscrapers, photographed by Alan Clarke.
   The campaign blends the idea of urban fashion with rugged function, and is inspired by the idea of ‘Proven on the mountain, refined for the city.’
   The new range features six outerwear pieces and one backpack. The women’s styles are the ZeroGrand Funnel parka, Down jacket and Metro coat while the ZeroGrand Commuter jacket, Trench coat and Motoring coat are offered in the men’s range. The ZeroGrand Commuter pack features a black-out pocket with composite aluminium sheathing to prevent electronic transmission, meant to keep devices protected both literally and virtually, making them hacker-proof. It also features an internal and external umbrella stash and a removable waterproof bag within.
   The same fabrics and insulation that Mountain Hardwear uses for its core range are adopted here, although the design and construction are for the fashion, not outdoor, market. Mountain Hardwear’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable Dry Q Stretch Ozonic shell fabric is used along with 800-fill Q Shield water-resistant down and Thermal Q Élite, a proprietary synthetic insulation.
   In a release, David Maddocks, Cole Haan chief marketing officer and GM of business development, said, ‘This partnership is built on a common understanding of style and innovation. Our ZeroGrand footwear is the pinnacle expression of the kind of elegant innovation Cole Haan is famous for. When we wanted to marry our style sensibility with the very best in engineered garments, we went to Mountain Hardwear. Our consumers are looking for style and functionality without sacrificing one over the other. We worked together to create a revolutionary line of smart products for everyday needs.’
   Robert Fry, global director of product merchandising and design at Mountain Hardwear, noted, ‘Our designers usually solve problems to save lives and maximize experience for outdoor athletes. With Cole Haan, we were presented with a different problem: how do you keep a hard-driving, fast moving urban explorer warm, dry and protected without slowing them down or asking them to compromise style?’
   Additional items bearing the ZeroGrand name made by others include the X Blunt XS Metro umbrella, the X S’well water bottle, and the X Fisher Space Pen. Footwear and a women’s Stagedoor handbag collection complete the range, which hit Cole Haan stores, including its website, on Tuesday. Mountain Hardwear will also retail the Outwear range through direct-to-consumer sales in the US.



It’s fine and dandy: Rembrandt shows a classy, complete spring–summer 2015–16 menswear collection

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Rembrandt’s spring–summer 2015–16 collection boasts an array of quirky prints, fine Italian shoes, and an æsthetically pleasing mash-up of modern and traditional in the tailoring of their suits. Since their opening in Wellington in 1946, Rembrandt has cemented its fine tailoring reputation throughout Australia and New Zealand, having opened ten main stores between the two countries, as well as a number of outlet stores. A fourth Auckland store at 41 Shortland Street will open in December.
   This year’s collection puts a modern twist on the British dandy of the nineteenth century with an array of less traditional coloured suit jackets, double-buckled leather shoes (we rate the double monk, made in Italy for Rembrandt), silk ruffle lapel pins, and eccentric printed shirts, ties and pocket squares.
   The company has identified marsala as the colour of the year, with it appearing through its accessories’ range as well as its Bryan dinner jacket.
   Rembrandt’s Wayward Heir line, targeting a younger wearer, has straight lines and narrow fits for the season.
   Rembrandt’s forte lies in dressing for black tie events, making the wearer of their suits stand out. With the option to purchase off the rack, order a made-to-measure suit, or hire one for an event, Rembrandt has its customers’ suit needs covered to a high standard. Furthermore, the menswear company also offers high-quality clothing for everyday casual wear.
   With the motto ‘bespoke is in our blood’, the history of Rembrandt draws back to the world wars of the early twentieth century where immigrants from Holland came to New Zealand, specializing in tailoring. With an opportunity on the horizon the company was started and have spent almost seventy years building tailoring knowledge and expertise to create the reputation they have today of fine craftsmanship.
   With the reputable work and class of Rembrandt, the company has partnered up with the Wellington Phoenix, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand All Whites in officially tailoring the teams. Rembrandt gives back to the fashion community by proudly co-sponsoring the Fashion and Textile award of the ECC Student Craft–Design Award for 2015.—Alex Barrow










































September 17, 2015

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

Alex Barrow/12.24

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.—Alex 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–summer 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–biker 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—an 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–summer 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.—Alex 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–summer 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 ’60s 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 ’sixties, 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 ĂŚsthetic appeal. With both soft and deep khakis resonating throughout the 3¡1 Phillip Lim spring–summer 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.—Alex Barrow

Jeremy Scott

3¡1 Phillip Lim

Tommy Hilfiger

Lela Rose

Taoray Wang

Reem Acra

Libertine

Vivienne Tam

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