“Dior and I” Documentary | Tribeca Film Festival Excerpt

“Dior and I.” is the new documentary made by Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng who follows up his work on fashion films such as “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” and “Valentino: The Last Emperor, with anoth” . The documentary offers a behind-the-scene  look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection under the creative direction of iconic house Christian Dior. “Dior and I.” captures the process and intensity of the work from conception through its ultimate presentation. Discover the snippet above, the complete version will be set to premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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Z Zegna to show as guest brand at Pitti Uomo

Z Zegna Fall 2014. Photo credit: Style.com.

Z Zegna Fall 2014. Photo credit: Style.com.

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According to Pitti Immagine, Z Zegna will be the next guest brand for the upcoming International men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo, scheduled for une 17 to 20 in Florence, Italy. Z Zegna, the younger and more experimental line designed by Paul Surridge and owned by Zegna Group will host an event on June. “We are very happy that such an important protagonist of international men’s fashion as Zegna will preview its Z Zegna collection at Pitti,” said Pitti Immagine president Gaetano Marzotto. “Z Zegna is a young and innovative line, which reworks formalwear combining it with sporty themes and materials — being inspired by urban lifestyle, it’s in line with the research embraced by our trade show.”19.

Source: WWD.

Shortlist for British Designer Men’s Wear Prize 2014 announced

Christopher Shannon SS14, Backstage (Dan Sims, BFC)

Christopher Shannon SS14, Backstage (Dan Sims, BFC)

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British labels Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon, E. Tautz, Lou Dalton and Richard Nicoll have been named finalists for the 2014 British Fashion Council/GQ designer men’s wear fund. The Fund will provide one designer with a bespoke, high level mentor ing support program over one year, as well as a £150,000 grant to provide infrastructure to take his project to the next stage.  The winners will also receive advice on several main fields such as branding, leadership, retail, e-tail and wholesale and digital innovation as well as £50,000 value in kind services. The winner will be announced a week before London Collections: Men 15th – 17th June.

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Christian Dior to show its Cruise 2015 collection in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Naval Yard

Brooklyn Naval Yard

French house Christian Dior will present its Cruise 2015 collection in New York, at the Naval Yard on May 7. “We wanted the show to feel very New York, and the Navy Yard’s view and space captures the city” a spokesperson said. Dior latest cruise show was at Monaco’s Hotel de Paris.

Source: Luxuo.

Opening Ceremony fueled by a new investor

Photo credit: Thomas Iannaccone.

Photo credit: Thomas Iannaccone.

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Boston-based private equity firm Berkshire Partners has recently taken a minority stake in Opening Ceremony with plans to implementing a major growth strategy. The goal of this investment is to enhance e-commerce, develop the brand women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories collections and in the meantime, accelerate retail expansion with new locations for the multibrand plateform, as well as new stores devoted to the Opening Ceremony’s brand.

Source: WWD.

Thierry Mugler Eclair by Fauchon

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Thierry Mugler is about to launch “Eau Sucrée” a limited version of his fragrance Angel this summer 2014. In honor of the event, French pastry maker Fauchon transformed the iconic perfume into a sweet eclair, giving to this dessert, a unique combination between two senses: smell and taste. The limited edition will be available from May 19 to June 7.

Source: Luxuo.

Adidas teams up with Mary Katrantzou

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London-based “Queen of print” designer Mary Katrantzou will collaborate in November with Adidas Originals on a long-term partnership comprises women’s wear and a footwear line. She follows in the footsteps of designers as Yohji Yamamoto, Raf Simons and Rick Owens and more. She will the second woman to collaborate with Adidas since Stella McCartney. “As with any collaboration, it’s always interesting to see two creative minds combine,” Katrantzou told WWD.

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Zaha Hadid new building opens in Seoul

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Zaha Hadid Architects team created the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a cultural hub built in an historic district of Seoul: the centre of Dongdaemun. DDP is a very cosmopolite place, people of all ages can find a lot of public spaces such as Exhibition Halls, Convention Halls, Design Museum, Lab and Archives, Children’s Education Centre, Media Centre, Seminar Rooms and Sky Lounge; enabling DDP to present the widest diversity of exhibitions and events that feed the cultural vitality of the city. See the pictures after the jump.

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Louise Bourgoin is the new face of Parfums Kenzo

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The brand taps French actress Louise Bourgoin for the next women’s scent campaign. Ads will be lensed by Parfums Kenzo creative director Patrick Guedj.

The actress appeared in several films including “The Girl from Monaco,” directed by Anne Fontaine; “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec” by Luc Besson; “Black Heaven” by Gilles Marchand, and more recently “The Love Punch” by Joel Hopkins.

Source: WWD.

What you can’t miss from Salone del Mobile 2014

Living Divani displayed its new outdoor collection in a space especially designed for the occasion by architect Piero Lissoni, set within Brera's leafy Orto Botanica.

Living Divani displayed its new outdoor collection in a space especially designed for the occasion by architect Piero Lissoni, set within Brera’s leafy Orto Botanica.

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The Salone del Mobile  (8-13 April) is the most important furniture fair in the world, gathering all the international design crowd in Milan. Every corner of the city is transformed into exhibition space. Discover after the jump what you can’t miss about design from this international fair for 2014.

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The Victoria’s Secret Show 2014 comes to London

Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show in London Announcement, Bond Street, London Photo credit: REX.

Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show in London Announcement, Bond Street, London. Photo credit: REX.

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Victoria’s Secret catwalk moves from New York to London’s Earls Court this year, December 2. ”The Victoria’s Secret fashion show is the biggest fashion event in the world. We are very proud and honoured to announce that we’re headed to London this year.” said Adriana Lima during a press conference this morning. Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer Ed Razek also said that Victoria’s Secret wanted to show in London since 1998. This show is one of the most watched catwalk event in the world, usually takes place in New York. The brand has a lot of well known ambassadors called “Angels” such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

Source: Fashion Telegraph.

Nanjing Cenbest Acquires House of Frazer

Photo credit: James Winspear.

Photo credit: James Winspear.

Nanjing Cenbest, otherwise known as Nanjing Xinjiekou Deparment Store Co. Ltd., a Chinese department store chain and a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate Sanpower Group, said Saturday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 89 percent of the U.K. department store group House of Fraser, in a deal that values House of Fraser at around 480 million pounds, or $804.3 million at current exchange.

The deal, announced in a joint statement from Nanjing and House of Fraser, comes after weeks of talks between the two firms.

Source: WWD.

Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to design luxurious suites at Hotel de Crillon

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Karl Lagergeld has often turning his creative hand to Hotels as he did last year for the exterior of the Hotel Métropole in Monte-Carlo. The creative director has been approached by the five-star landmark, the luxurious Hotel de Crillon which plan to reopen in 2015 with new suites designed by Chanel creative director. Originally commissioned by King Louis XV in 1758 as two palaces, it opened as a luxurious hotel in 1909. It has recently bought by Saudi Prince Mitab ben Abdallah Ben abd Al-Aziz al Saoud in 2010. The Hotel closed in 2013 for a major renovation set to reopen in 2015. “No one understands Paris or the heritage of the Crillon better than Mr. Lagerfeld,” said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Source: Fashion Telegraph.

H&M to collaborate with Alexander Wang

Margareta van den Bosch and Alexander Wang Credit photo: Mike Windle.

Margareta van den Bosch and Alexander Wang
Credit photo: Mike Windle.

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Designer Alexander Wang announced his partnership with Swedish fast fashion label H&M on Saturday night, at midnight EST with a video on his Instagram account showing a digital countdown, a basketball shot clock, ended with the numbers 11:06, for the collection’s November 6 debut. Wang is the first American designer who has partnered with H&M for its annual designer collaboration. The collection, which comprises apparel and accessories for men and women, will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide and online. Currently creative director for Balenciaga and for his eponymous label, Alexander Wang  follows in the footsteps of major fashion industry names such as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz and Isabel Marant,

Source: WWD.